Gertie’s Leap to Greatness

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Square Fish #ad - If your mission is to discover a funny, heartwarming, relatable, and entertaining middle grade novel, then jump for joy: Your mission is accomplished. Be prepared for gertie to leap into your heart and mind in 2016. John schumacher, Ambassador of School Libraries. She has a daddy who works on an oil rig, a great-aunt who always finds the lowest prices at the Piggly Wiggly, and two loyal best friends.

Realistic social situations combine with over-the-top personalities to make Gertie’s Leap to Greatness a surefire hit for kids who loved Ramona and Fudge and who will one day want to be best friends with Scout. Meet the new ramona quimby!" ―entertainment weeklyin this hilarious and heartfelt middle grade debut, Gertie is a girl on a mission to be the best fifth grader ever in order to show her estranged mother that Gertie doesn't need her―not one bit!Gertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome.

Gertie's Leap to Greatness #ad - Heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny. Clara martin, fun, lemuria books"Gertie is a dynamic, and well-delineated character, like Ramona and Clementine. Not only is gertie brave enough to see the world through hopeful eyes, but she's bold enough to be her uniquely wonderful self. Natalie lloyd, author of a snicker of Magic"From the first paragraph, I was Gertie’s fan.

Her gumption, her determination, her voice, and her sass jump off the page.

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Some Kind of Courage

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Scholastic Press #ad - And now, he's lost his pony--fast, beautiful Sarah, fierce, taken away by a man who had no right to take her. Joseph can sure enough get her back, though. He will face down deadly animals, dangerous men, and the fury of nature itself on his quest to be reunited with the only family he has left. Because joseph Johnson may have lost just about everything.

The odds are stacked against him, but he isn't about to give up. He lost his ma and his little sister to sickness. And spirits that refuse to be broken. And he hasn't lost the fire in his belly that says he's getting his Sarah back--no matter what. The critically acclaimed author of The Honest Truth returns with a poignant, hopeful, and action-packed story about hearts that won't be tamed.

Some Kind of Courage #ad - . The acclaimed author of the Honest Truth returns with an extraordinary novel about a boy's life-defining, death-defying journey. Joseph johnson has lost just about everyone he's ever loved. Scholastic Press. But he hasn't lost hope. He lost his pa in an accident.

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Garvey's Choice

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Wordsong #ad - The chorus finds a new soloist in garvey, garvey finds a way to accept himself, and through chorus, and a way to finally reach his distant father—by speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports. A kirkus reviews best book of the yeara school library journal Best Book of the YearGarvey's father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, science fiction, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, reading—anything but sports.

Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Wordsong. This emotionally resonant novel in verse by award-winning author Nikki Grimes celebrates choosing to be true to yourself. Garvey is kind, teased by bullies, smart, a loyal friend, funny, and he is also overweight, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garvey's life changes.

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Full of Beans

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Yearling #ad - He and his gang know how to spot a whopper a mile away, because they are the savviest bunch of barefoot conchs that means “locals” in all of Key West. Interesting family and small-town dynamics further enrich this fascinating account of a young boy’s life in Florida’s ‘Recovery Key. Booklist, heart,  Starred"Filled with humor, and warmth.

Kirkus review, Starred"Entertaining and illuminating historical fiction. Publishers Weekly, Starred Scholastic Press. That’s one truth Beans knows for sure. Not that beans really minds; it’s 1934, the middle of the Great Depression. Wordsong. Children will love Beans. Shelf awareness, starred"A novel as entertaining as the motion pictures Beans loves to see.

Full of Beans #ad - The horn book magazine,  starred“Inspired by actual events, Holm’s talent for writing historical fiction is on full display. Big plans. With no jobs on the island, who can really blame the grown-ups for telling a few tales? Besides, and no money anywhere, Beans isn’t anyone’s fool.

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SKUNKED!: CALPURNIA TATE, GIRL VE Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet

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Square Fish #ad - Before cracking the cover, though. Callie's struggles to find a place in the world where she'll be encouraged in the gawky joys of intellectual curiosity are fresh, funny, and poignant today. The new yorker, "book bench" section on the evolution of Calpurnia Tate “In her debut novel, Jacqueline Kelly brings to vivid life a boisterous small-town family at the dawn of a new century.

. Happily, the episodic narrative leaves the door wide open for further adventures―if we're lucky. Publishers weekly, some hilarious―while learning plenty about nature "from pond water up to the stars", starred review on The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate “Animal lovers will revel in the abundant anecdotes about the benevolent country vet and Travis' mangy strays―some heart-wrenching, the deadly 1900 Galveston hurricane, and early Texas history as recounted by Callie's scholarly and beloved Granddaddy.

SKUNKED!: CALPURNIA TATE, GIRL VE Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet #ad - Pritzker help animals big and small. When soft-hearted travis discovers an abandoned baby skunk, he can't help but bring him home and take care of him. In calpurnia tate, travis, Girl Vet, Callie Vee, and Dr. Wordsong. That first chapter packs a lot of summer heat. The washington post on The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Scholastic Press.

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The Great Shelby Holmes

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Bloomsbury USA Childrens #ad - Scholastic Press. She's nine years old, barely four feet tall, and the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seen--always using logic and a bit of pluck which yes, some might call “bossiness” to solve the toughest crimes. The easy-going john isn't sure of what to make of Shelby, but he soon finds himself her most-trusted read: only partner in a dog-napping case that'll take both their talents to crack.

When eleven-year-old john Watson moves downstairs, Shelby finds something that's eluded her up till now: a friend. Wordsong. Sherlock holmes gets a fun, sweet twist with two irresistible young heroes and black & white illustrations throughout, in this middle grade debut from internationally bestselling YA author Elizabeth Eulberg.

The Great Shelby Holmes #ad - Shelby holmes is not your average sixth grader.

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All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

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Katherine Tegen Books #ad - That is, until a new district attorney discovers the truth—and Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home. When perry moves to the “outside” world, he feels trapped. A soaring and heartfelt story about love, forgiveness, and how innocence makes us all rise up. All rise for the Honorable Perry T.

. His mom is a resident on cell Block C, and so far Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together. Wordsong. Cook is a powerful middle grade novel, from Leslie Connor, perfect for fans of Wonder and When You Reach Me, the award-winning author of Waiting for Normal and Crunch. From comes eleven-year-old perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska.

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook #ad - As he gets closer to the truth, he will discover that love makes people resilient no matter where they come from. Desperate to be reunited with his mom, Perry goes on a quest for answers about her past crime. But can he find a way to tell everyone what home truly means?Junior Library Guild Selection * Kids’ Indie Next List Pick Scholastic Press.

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Counting Thyme

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G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers #ad - She finds herself even more mixed up when her heart feels the tug of new friends, a first crush, and even a crotchety neighbor and his sweet whistling bird. The island of manhattan doesn’t exactly inspire new beginnings, but Thyme tries to embrace the change for what it is: temporary. After val’s treatment shows real promise and Mr.

Owens accepts a full-time position in the city, Thyme has to face the frightening possibility that the move to New York is permanent. Newbery-winning rules meets counting by 7s in this affecting story of a girl’s devotion to her brother and what it means to be homeWhen eleven-year-old Thyme Owens’ little brother, is accepted into a new cancer drug trial, Val, it’s just the second chance that he needs.

Counting Thyme #ad - All thyme can do is count the minutes, the hours, and days, and hope time can bring both a miracle for Val and a way back home. With equal parts heart and humor, melanie Conklin’s debut is a courageous and charming story of love and family—and what it means to be counted. But it also means the owens family has to move to New York, thousands of miles away from Thyme’s best friend and everything she knows and loves.

G p putnam s sons Books for Young Readers. Thyme loves her brother, and knows the trial could save his life—she’d give anything for him to be well—but she still wants to go home, although the guilt of not wanting to stay is agonizing. Wordsong. Scholastic Press.

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Soar

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Puffin Books #ad - Wordsong. When a weak heart keeps him from playing his beloved baseball, Jeremiah appoints himself the team coach. Scholastic Press. G p putnam s sons Books for Young Readers. Starting with his adoption by computer genius Walt, Jeremiah has looked on his life as a series of lucky breaks. Puffin Books. When walt has to move for another new assignment, Jeremiah sees it as a great chance to explore a new town.

But no sooner do they arrive than a doping scandel is revealed and the town feels betrayed and disgraced. Jeremiah takes it as his personal mission to restore the town's morale and help the teams bounce back and remember how to soar. Full of humor, heart, and baseball lore, Soar is Joan Bauer at her best.

Soar #ad - Newbery honor winner joan Bauer hits a home run with her newest protagonist, who always sees the positive side of any situation. Jeremiah is not one to let anything keep him down.

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Paper Wishes

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Square Fish #ad - Square Fish. And yet, although the tone is sober and sad, it’s also a ­novel in which a mute child finds her voice, ­at last. The new york Times Scholastic Press. Puffin Books. Wordsong. A moving debut middle-grade novel about a girl whose family is relocated to a Japanese internment camp during World War II―and the dog she has to leave behind.

Ten-year-old manami did not realize how peaceful her family's life on Bainbridge Island was until the day it all changed. Manami decides to sneak yujiin under her coat and gets as far as the mainland before she is caught and forced to abandon Yujiin. G p putnam s sons Books for Young Readers. Paper wishes by lois sepahban is a heartrending middle-grade novel and piece of historical fiction set during World War II about love, longing, and a girl who finally finds her voice.

Paper Wishes #ad - It’s a novel that stays, making clear that scars will be left behind not only for the children whose families were incarcerated, bravely, in that place of pain, but also for the generations that follow. It's 1942, after the attack on pearl harbor, and manami and her family are Japanese American, which means that the government says they must leave their home by the sea and join other Japanese Americans at a prison camp in the desert.

She and her grandfather are devastated, but Manami clings to the hope that somehow Yujiin will find his way to the camp and make her family whole again. Manami is sad to go, but even worse is that they are going to have to give her and her grandfather's dog, Yujiin, to a neighbor to take care of.

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Raymie Nightingale

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Candlewick #ad - Scholastic Press. Square Fish. G p putnam s sons Books for Young Readers. Wordsong. And she has a plan. A 2016 national book award finalist! two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo returns to her roots with a moving, masterful story of an unforgettable summer friendship. If raymie can win the little miss central florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie's picture in the paper and maybe come home.

To win, who has a show-business background, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, who’s determined to sabotage the contest. Raymie clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her.

Raymie Nightingale #ad - But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship — and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways. Puffin Books.

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