Saturday, September 26, 2015

Summer of the Gypsy Moths
By Sara Pennypacker

It’s might be the worst summer vacation, ever, for Stella.
It’s not because her irresponsible mother wanders off, again, and leaves her with her aunt Louise. Or that Stella and her aunt’s foster child, Angel, loathe each other. Maybe it’s because Stella will have to help her Aunt manage and clean summer beach cottages.

It’s possibly the worst summer vacation ever because one day Stella and Angel come home from school and finds her aunt dead in her recliner chair. If she reports the death, both Stella and Angel will be dumped into the foster care system. How can they manage the summer cottages alone? How can they fool the entire town into thinking Aunt Louise is still alive?
Junior High and up.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Leroy Ninker Saddles up
By Kate DiCamillo
Il. By Chris Van Dusen

Pick this for an early chapter book and predictive reading.
There's Perfect comedic timing,
punchline funny characters
Hilarious artwork
And a tender story.
Tiny Leroy Ninker wants a horse
He can't be a cowboy without one.
The fact that he has no money, no ranch, doesn't stop him.