School Visit Book List 2012

 

During May 2012, Mrs. Jarombek visited North Mianus, ISD, Riverside, and Old Greenwich Schools to recommend

new and exciting books! Here is the list of books she talked about, along with brief summaries. 

 

You can ask for copies of these books at the Youth Services Desk.

 

 

 

The Case of the Deadly Desperados

The Case of the Deadly Desperados, by Caroline Lawrence

 

When twelve-year-old P.K. (Pinky) Pinkerton's foster parents are murdered by Whittlin' Walt and his gang of ruthless desperados, Pinky goes on the run. He's forced into hiding with Ma's priceless last possession: the deed to a large amount of land and silver mines in the Nevada Mountains. But relying on disguises will only keep Pinky hidden for so long, and the desperados are quickly closing in. This thrilling high-speed chase through the Wild West will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

 

 

 

 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, by Frank Cottrell Boyce

When the Tooting family finds an old engine and fits it to their camper van, they have no idea what kind of adventure lies ahead. The engine used to belong to an extraordinary car-- and it wants its bodywork back! But as the Tootings hurtle across the world, rebuilding the original Chitty, a sinister baddie is on their trail-- one who will stop at nothing to get the magnificent car for himself. Fueled by wry humor, this is a much-anticipated sequel to the classic book by Ian Fleming.

 

 

 

The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman

The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, by Meg Wolitzer

At first glance, Duncan Dorfman, April Blunt, and Nate Saviano don't seem to have much in common. Duncan is trying to look after his single mom and adjust to life in a new town while managing his newfound Scrabble superpower-- he can feel words and pictures beneath his fingers and tell what they are without looking. April is pining for a mystery boy she met years ago and striving to be seen as more than a nerd in her family of jocks. And homeschooled Nate is struggling to meet his father's high expectations for success. When these three unique kids are brought together at the national Youth Scrabble Tournament, each with a very different drive to win, their paths cross and stories intertwine. . . and the journey is made extraordinary with a perfect touch of magic.

 

 

 

Floors

Floors, by Patrick Carman

 

The Whippet Hotel is a unique place, full of strange and mysterious people. Each floor has its own quirks and secrets. Leo should know most of them-- he is the maintenance man's son, after all. But a whole lot more mystery gets thrown his way when a series of cryptic boxes are left for him-- boxes that lead him to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances. Leo had better be quick on his feet, because the fate of the building he loves is at stake-- and so is Leo's own future!

 

 

 

 

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny-- Detectives Extraordinaire!

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny-- Detectives Extraordinaire!, by Polly Horvath

In this hilarious mystery, meet a girl whose parents have been kidnapped by disreputable foxes, and a pair of detectives that also happen to be bunnies! When Madeline gets home from school one afternoon to discover that her parents have gone missing, she sets off to find them. So begins a once-in-a-lifetime adventure involving a cast of quirky and unforgettable characters. There's Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, who drive a smart car, wear fedoras, and hate marmots; the Marmot, who loves garlic bread and is a brilliant translator; and many others.

 

 

 

 

The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

 

 

One Dog and His Boy

One Dog and His Boy, by Eva Ibbotson

All Hal had ever wanted was a dog. "Never!" cries his mother. "Think of the mess, the scratch-marks, the puddles on the floor." But on the morning of Hal's 10th birthday, the unbelievable happens. He's allowed to choose a dog at Easy Pets, a rent-a-pet agency (a fact his parents keep from him). The moment he sees the odd-looking terrier, he knows he's found a friend for life. But no one tells Hal that Fleck must be returned. When Hal wakes up on Monday morning, Fleck is gone. If dog and boy are to stay together they'll have to run away. . .

 

 

 

Pie

Pie, by Sarah Weeks

 

When Alice's Aunt Polly passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily surly cat Lardo. . .and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice. Suddenly Alice is thrust into the center of a piestorm, with everyone in town trying to be the next pie-contest winner, including Alice's mother and some of Alice's friends. The whole community is going pie-crazy, and it's up to Alice to discover the ingredients that really matter.

 

 

 

 

The Unwanteds

The Unwanteds, by Lisa McMann

 

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths. Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret-- behind the mirage of the "death farm" there is instead a place called Artime. There, each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically. But it's a rare occurrence for twins to be separated, and as Alex and Aaron's bond is stretched, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.

 

 

 

 

Wild Wings

Wild Wings, by Gill Lewis

The majestic Osprey is an endangered bird that hasn't been seen in Scotland for years, so when Iona McNair locates an Osprey nest, she's desperate to keep the bird safe from poachers. She shares her secret with her classmate Callum, and the two become friends as they work to save the Osprey, who they've named Isis. They're able to get the bird tagged by a preservationist, but after Isis flies to Africa for the winter, her signal becomes stagnant, then lost. Spurred by a promise to Iona, who has fallen ill, Callum is determined to track and save Isis, and a leap of faith and the magic of e-mail connects him with a girl in Gambia who can help him make good-- in more ways than one.

 

 

Wonder

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school-- until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is, Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances? With wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

 

 

 

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