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Read of the Week-Check It Out!


This book had me hooked at the prologue.  This futuristic action/adventure has a unique setting…the earth is covered in a deadly fog and living in the sky is the new reality. Humanity clings to its highest peaks, called the Rooftop, where the wealthy Five Families rule over the lower slopes and floating junkyards. Will Chess, the tetherboy, and his friends Hazel, Bea and Swedish face the dark plans of Lord Kodoc and save their beloved Mrs. E? This is a perfect dystopian novel for Grades 3-6. Fans of Rick Riordan and Brandon Mull are sure to love this new series.


Book #2 is on order and will arrive later this month!!!

Sakura Recommendations

Thanks to our generous PTA, the elementary library was able to purchase paperback copies of a few of our Sakura chapter books for classroom libraries.  Listed below are the copies of books that each grade level received.  If you only have time to read a few Sakura Chapter Books this year, here are my recommendations by grade level:

Grade 3

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Grade 4

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Grade 5

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Grade 4 – Book Bingo

During library class last week, each fourth grade class looked at four genres and identified their preferred and least preferred genres.  The results are in order from least to most preferred genre: realistic fiction, mystery, fantasy and adventure.

Are you still looking for a NEW book or series in your preferred genre or are you trying to find the perfect book to hook you and get you interested in a new genre?

Realistic Fiction

Shelter Pet SquadI can’t seem to get enough of Cynthia Lord.  Cynthia Lord, author of Rules and 2015 Sakura Nominee, Half a Chance has a new series that will appeal to anyone who has ever wanted a pet.  Suzannah lives in an apartment where no pets are allowed and what she wants more than anything is a pet.  After volunteering at a local pet shelter, Suzannah finds herself looking for the perfect home for a guinea pig named Jelly Bean. Will Suzannah find a home for Jelly Bean?  Will she ever get the pet she so desires? If you are an animal lover, I think this book will appeal to fans of realistic fiction and reluctant readers of realistic fiction alike.


The Ride that Was Really Haunted

Still looking for the perfect mystery/detective series to get you hooked on this genre?  Look no further.  Imagine getting trapped inside of the Haunted House ride at your favorite amusement park.  Imagine that this ride is rumored to be haunted by a ghost.  You will be on the edge of your seat and flipping through the pages of this book to find out how Samantha and her friends find out the truth behind the Haunted House ride.


Beasts of Olympus

What I like about this new Greek myth series is the humor and page length.  Plus, this new series gives readers an entirely NEW perspective on classic Greek myths.  Test out the series with Book #1 – Beast Keeper.


POlar Meltdown

I have been recommending this series for three years and it has been well received by students in Grades 3-4. Polar Meltdown is one of our newest additions to the Wild Rescue series.  In this adventure, Ben and Zoe, WILD’s top operatives, are sent to investigate the death of a polar bear and rescue two infant cubs.  Hopefully, you’re dying to get your hands on this book to see what happens to those adorable infant polar bear cubs.  Read more books in the series to see what other environmental problems Ben and Zoe encounter.  Warning: This is a highly addictive series.

Are you a fan of the popular Who Was…biography series? If so, I think you’re going to love the new What Was…series.

What Was Pompeii

Read of the Day

Mr. Lemoncello's LibraryEscape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library won the 2015 Sakura Medal for Best Chapter Book.  This award-winner reminded me of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but set in a library not a chocolate factory.  Chris Grabenstein’s latest book, The Island of Dr. Libris, reminded me of Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke.  Instead of characters being read into stories, stories come to life on Dr. Libris’ Island.  Imagine coming face-to-face with Zeus, Hercules, Robin Hood, the Sheriff of Nottingham, Tom Sawyer, Jack and the Giant, The Three Muskateers and more.  This is one romping, action-packed adventure that I could see coming to the big screen in the near future.


Coming January 2016…another adventure with Mr. Lemoncello.

Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics

Gr. 4 Book Bingo

Realistic Fiction Rules by Cynthia Lord

Rules is the story of a twelve-year-old girl named Catherine, who is torn between caring for her autistic brother David and doing what she really wants to do during summer break.

MysterySwindle by Gordon Korman

If you like books about kids taking matters into their own hands, you’ll enjoy this fast-paced mystery.  After being “swindled”, Griffin Bing and his team will do just about anything to get back his Babe Ruth baseball card.

Adventure –  Magic Pickle and the Planet of the Grapes by Scott Morse
A lunchtime accident in the lab creates the Magic Pickle, the perfect superhero, ready to save the world from all sorts of bad guys and fight for truth and justice!

Fantasy – I Freddy:  Book One in the Golden Hamster Saga by Dietlof Reiche

I, Freddy Freddy is not an ordinary hamster.  Freddy is a thinking, talking, reading, writing hamster.  In order to get out of the pet store, Freddy must come up with a plan.  What will Freddy do to get out of the cage that is holding him back?  If you have never picked up the first book in this series, give it a try if you like Fantasy and Humor.