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4R Book Talks – October 21, 2014

UNDER THE EGG by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Under the Egg

Mystery-Friendship-Art History

Only two people know about the masterpiece hidden in the Tenpenny home—and one of them is dead.

Her grandfather’s dying words lead thirteen-year-old Theodora Tenpenny to a valuable, hidden painting she fears may be stolen.

Then, Theodora Tenpenny spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather’s painting, she discovers what seems to be an old Renaissance masterpiece underneath. That’s great news for Theo, who’s struggling to hang onto her family’s two-hundred-year-old townhouse and support her unstable mother on her grandfather’s legacy of $463. There’s just one problem: Theo’s grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she worries the painting may be stolen.

You may like:  Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

Chasing Vermeer mixed up files

 

The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary by Candace Fleming

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School Story-Humorous 

An unlikely teacher takes over the disorderly fourth-grade class of Aesop Elementary School with surprising results.

This funny, fast-paced book is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud.  A “difficult”, rambunctious class of fourth graders finally meets its match when Mr. Jupiter is hired. Life at Aesop Elementary is never going to be the same.  At the end of each chapter is a moral, as in Aesop’s fables.

You may like:  Wayside School Series by Louis Sachar and Skinnybones Series by Barbara Park

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Fly Away  by Patricia Maclachlanfly away

Family-Secrets-Courage

Everyone in Lucy’s family sings. Opera. Rap. Lullabies. Everyone, except Lucy. Lucy can’t sing; her voice just won’t come out…but she can write.

In an old Volkswagen van, Lucy and her family, along with a few cherished chickens, are on a road trip. They are headed to North Dakota to defend her Aunt Frankie’s farm from a swelling river. Just like singing, helping Aunt Frankie prepare for flooding season is a family tradition—even if Frankie doesn’t want the help. And this year, when the flood arrives, danger finds its way into the heart of Lucy’s family, and Lucy will need to find her voice to save her brother.

You may like: Edward’s Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan and White Fur Flying by Patricia Maclachlan

                                        Edward's Eyes  white fur flying

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

Friendship – Honesty – PhotographyHalf a Chance

Lucy wants to find out wants to find out if her eye for photography is really special or only good enough.

Lucy and her family move to a small rural community in New Hampshire.  With her new friend Nate, she plans to spend the summer taking photos for a contest, but pictures sometimes reveal more than people are willing to see.

As Lucy seeks out subjects for her photos, Lucy gets to know Nate. But slowly the camera reveals what Nate doesn’t want to see: his grandmother’s memory is slipping away, and with it much of what he cherishes about his summers on the lake. This summer, Nate will learn about the power of art to show truth. And Lucy will learn how beauty can change lives . . . including her own.

You may like:   Rules by Cynthia Lord and Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord

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Click Here for Half A Chance Book Trailer by Liliana Martinez

Source: Follett Summaries

4R Book Talks – October 2, 2014

The Mad Potter

Biography

Who was George E Ohr?  What led him to create the twisting, intriguing, and unique ceramics from Mississippi mud? Why did his work remain unknown for decades?  This award-winning biography looks at the life of potter George E. Ohr, known for his unique designs, whose work did not become widely successful until after his death.

Brixton Brothers #1

 Mystery

Twelve-year-old Steve Brixton, a fan of Bailey Brothers detective novels, is mistaken for a real detective and must elude librarians, police, and the mysterious Mr. E as he seeks a missing quilt containing coded information.  Since when can librarians rappel from helicopters?  Does Steve have any brothers or sisters?  You will solve these mysteries and more by the time you finish book one of this four part series.

Turtle in Paradise

Historical Fiction

In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.  Key West is hot and strange, full of rag tag boy cousins, family secrets, scams, and even buried pirate treasure! Before Turtle knows what’s happened, she finds herself coming out of the shell she’s spent her life building, and as she does, her world opens up in the most unexpected ways. Filled with adventure, humor and heart and an unforgettable ending, that will surprise most readers.

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Mystery

Eleven-year-old Riley Mack and his friends, Briana, Mongo, Jake and Jamal outwit the school bully, solve the mystery of who stole the goldendoodle named Poodle, and get evidence to help the FBI catch bank robbers. If you’re looking for a page turner that is full of fast-paced adventure and dialogue, you’re going to love this new series with a hero you’ll never forget.

Sleeping Beauty's Daughters

Fantasy

Twelve-year-old Princess Aurora has been cursed to prick her finger and sleep for one hundred years, but before her fate can come to pass, she and her sister Luna embark on a perilous journey to find the fairy who can break the curse.  This fast-paced book is full of lush descriptions, fearsome beasts and raging storms.  Will the sisters give up?  Will they find their aunt, a fairy who may be able to break the spell?   I recommend this book to fans of Gail Carson Levine and Shannon Hale.

Fish Finelli

Realistic Fiction

Fish Finelli and his friends set out to find Captain Kidd’s treasure, rumored to be buried on nearby Lyons Island, but it seems like the local library director is looking for it as well… finding the treasure may be the key to saving the island from developers.  Will Fish and his friends win the bet with bully Bryce Billings and succeed in finding the treasure?  The first book in a series that will inspire you to use your imagination and explore the universal theme of friendship and loyalty.

Source:  Follett Summaries