School Visit Book List 2013

During May 2013, 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,

or click on each book cover to view that item in our catalog and place a hold.

 

 

 

The Adventures of a South Pole Pig

The Adventures of a South Pole Pig

by Chris Kurtz

 

Flora the pig was born for adventure: "If it’s unexplored and needs to get dug up, call me. I’m your pig," she says. The day Flora spots a team of sled dogs is the day she sets her heart on becoming a sled pig. Before she knows it, she’s on board a ship to Antarctica for the most exhilarating-- and dangerous--adventure of her life. This poignant novel of a purposeful pig is sure to become a favorite with any young readers who have ever dreamed of exploring the great beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

The Adventures of Sir Balin the Ill-Fated

The Adventures of Sir Balin the Ill-Fated

by Gerald Morris

Many years ago, the storytellers say, the great King Arthur brought justice to England with the help of his gallant knights of the round table. While most of King Arthur’s knights freely chose a life of duty, for Sir Balin the Ill-Fated, destiny was foretold in a prophecy. And seriously, "ill-fated" is right there in his title, so Balin’s not surprised when things go sour. Still, no matter how dire the task, a loyal and gallant knight never refuses adventure!

 

 

 

 

The Awesome, Almost 100% True Adventures of Matt & Craz

The Awesome, Almost 100% True Adventures of Matt & Craz

by Alan Silberberg

 

Best friends Matt and Larry "Craz" Crazinski couldn’t be more different. Matt loves order, while Craz lives on the edge. The boys share a passion for cartooning, but thanks to the school paper gatekeeper (and kind-of bully), Skip Turkle, it seems their cartoons will never be published. But then the boys discover a pen that promises to help them DRAW BETTER NOW!-- and quickly realize it’s no ordinary pen: Whatever they draw comes to life! They start small with their drawings-- bags of cash, cool gadgets. Next, they get their pesky English teacher to take a unique and extended vacation. But when the boys get a little bolder in their magical drawings, they realize that things don’t always end up as perfect as the art they create. . .

 

 

 

 

 

Hold Fast

Hold Fast

by Blue Balliett

 

Where is Early's father? He's not the kind of father who would disappear. But he's gone. . . and he's left a whole lot of trouble behind. As danger closes in, Early, her mom, and her brother have to flee their apartment. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to move into a city shelter. Once there, Early starts asking questions and looking for answers. Because her father hasn't disappeared without a trace. There are patterns and rhythms to what's happened, and Early might be the only one who can use them to track him down and make her way out of a very tough place.
 

 

 

 

 

Malcolm at Midnight

Malcolm at Midnight

by W.H. Beck

 

When Malcolm the rat arrives as the pet at McKenna School, he revels in the attention. He also meets the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that keeps the nutters (kids) safe. There’s just one problem: rats have a terrible reputation! So when the Academy’s iguana leader is kidnapped, Malcolm must prove his innocence-- and that even rats can be good guys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odessa Again

Odessa Again

by Dana Reinhardt

 

Fourth-grader Odessa Green-Light lives with her mom and her toad of a little brother, Oliver. Her dad is getting remarried, which makes no sense according to Odessa. If the prefix "re" means "to do all over again," shouldn't he be remarrying Mom? Meanwhile, Odessa moves into the attic room of their new house. One day she gets mad and stomps across the attic floor. Then she feels as if she is falling and lands. . . on the attic floor. Turns out that Odessa has gone back in time a whole day! With this new power she can fix all sorts of things--embarrassing moments, big mistakes, and even help Oliver be less of a toad. Her biggest goal: reunite Mom and Dad.

 

 

 

 

 

The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy

The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy

by Nikki Lofton

 

Lorelei is bowled over by Splendid Academy-- Principal Trapp encourages the students to run in the hallways, the classrooms are stocked with candy dishes, and the cafeteria serves lavish meals featuring all Lorelei's favorite foods. But the more time she spends at school, the more suspicious she becomes. Why are her classmates growing so chubby? And why do the teachers seem so sinister? It's up to Lorelei and her new friend Andrew to figure out what secret this supposedly splendid school is hiding.

 

 

 

 

 

A Tangle of Knots

A Tangle of Knots

by Lisa Graff

 

In a slightly magical world where everyone has a Talent, eleven-year-old Cady is an orphan with a phenomenal Talent for cake baking. But little does she know that fate has set her on a journey from the moment she was born. And her destiny leads her to a mysterious address that houses a lost luggage emporium, an old recipe, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever. However, these encounters hold the key to Cady's past and how she became an orphan. If she's lucky, fate may reunite her with her long-lost parent. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea (Templeton Twins, Book 1)

by Ellis Weiner

 

Suppose there were 12-year-old twins, a boy and girl named John and Abigail Templeton. Let's say John was pragmatic and played the drums, and Abigail was theoretical and solved cryptic crosswords. Now suppose their father was a brilliant, if sometimes confused, inventor. And suppose that another set of twins-- adults-- named Dean D. Dean and Dan D. Dean, kidnapped the Templeton twins and their ridiculous dog in order to get their father to turn over one of his genius (sort of) inventions.

 

 

 

 

 

Three Times Lucky

Three Times Lucky

by Sheila Turnage

 

Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel-- a café owner with a forgotten past of his own-- and Miss Lana, the fabulous café hostess. When a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.

 

*    A Newbery Honor Book

 

 

 

 

 

Ungifted

Ungifted

by Gordon Korman

 

The word gifted has never been applied to a kid like Donovan Curtis. It's usually more like Don't try this at home. So when the troublemaker pulls a major prank at his middle school, he thinks he's finally gone too far. But thanks to a mix-up by one of the administrators, instead of getting in trouble, Donovan is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction (ASD), a special program for gifted and talented students. There couldn't be a more perfect hideout for someone like him-- that is, if he can manage to fool people whose IQs are above genius level. But after an ongoing experiment with a live human (sister), an unforgettably dramatic middle-school dance, and the most astonishing come-from-behind robot victory ever, Donovan shows that his gifts might be exactly what the ASD students never knew they needed.

 

 

 

 

 

White Fur Flying

White Fur Flying

by Patricia MacLachlan

Zoe’s family rescues dogs in need. There is always the sweet smell of dog and a warm body looking to cuddle or play. There is always a new dog to be saved and loved. Fur flies everywhere. It covers everything. Zoe’s house is never silent. But the house across the street is always silent these days. A new family has moved in and Phillip, the boy, has stopped speaking. He doesn’t even want to try. Zoe knows that saving dogs and saving boys are different jobs, but she learns that some parts are the same. Both take attention and care, understanding and time. And maybe just a bit of white fur flying.

 

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