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


I adored this book, in fact, I have adored everything I have ever read by Pam Munoz Ryan. She is one of my all-time favorite children’s authors.   If you are a fan of Pam Munoz Ryan’s previous books, this book does not disappoint, in fact, it is right up there with my all-time favorite, Riding Freedom.  Like most of her fiction, this book also has a historical fiction element, but unlike her previous books, this book begins as a traditional fantasy story. This book is thick, it is over 500 pages in length, but it is really,  four stories in one. Every story is a page-turner.  I couldn’t wait to get to the end to see how the fantasy and the three separate tales of three children living in three different places and time periods would be woven together.  I am rooting for this book to receive a Newbery Medal this year.  Read it and see if you think it is worthy of a Newbery Medal!


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.


Grade 5 – Buddy Books #2


Historical Fiction – Set in 12th century Korea

“If a man is keeping an idea to himself, and that idea is taken by stealth or trickery-I say it is stealing. But once a man has revealed his idea to others, it is no longer his alone. It belongs to the world.”

Tree-ear, a Korean orphan, lives beneath a bridge with his crippled, old friend, Crane-man. When Tree-ear breaks an expensive piece of pottery created by an artist named Min, he works off his debt and becomes Min’s assistant. Though Tree-ear dreams of making his own pots, Min uses him only for menial tasks. When a royal buyer wants to see Min’s work, Tree-ear offers to make the treacherous journey to the palace with the vases.

Joey Pigza swallowed the key

Realistic Fiction 

“They say I’m wired bad, or wired sad, but there’s no doubt about it – I’m wired.”

Joey Pigza’s got heart, he’s got a mom who loves him, and he’s got “dud meds,” which is what he calls the Ritalin pills that are supposed to even out his wild mood swings. Sometimes Joey makes bad choices. He learns the hard way that he shouldn’t stick his finger in the pencil sharpener, or swallow his house key, or run with scissors.  Joey knows, if he keeps making bad choices, he could just fall between the cracks for good. But he is determined not to let that happen.

Million Dollar Kick

Setting:  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1998

“If you believe it, you can achieve it.”

The main character in The Million Dollar Kick is a thirteen year-old girl named Whisper Nelson. She is an 8th grade girl who doesn’t like sports; in fact she hates them.  While getting doughnuts Briana, her younger sister,  happens to enter them into a contest that gives the winner a chance to win a million by kicking against Carmen Applegate, one of the best professional soccer goalies around. Surprisingly, Whisper wins! Whisper’s journey to become a better soccer player is also inspiring. It’s not easy for her to do, but it helps her with much more than just her soccer playing.


Setting:  Leamington, Ontario

A humorous, quick read!

Keegan and Alex are the only kids in Leamington who haven’t volunteered to help out with the town’s annual tomato festival. In an attempt to teach them a sense of responsibility, their fathers put them in charge of the tomato toss.  The boys decide it’s their responsibility to add a little excitement to the event.  They exchange the traditional wooden targets for human targets and, before they know it, they are running the most popular event at the fair.  The excitement may be too much for the sleepy town and soon the tomato toss is taken to the street.


Grade 5 – Buddy Books #1

If you like friendship stories…READ Every Soul a Star 


 Setting:  Moon Shadow Campground

In alternating chapters, Ali, Bree and Jack tell their stories.

Ally likes the simple things in life-labyrinths, star-gazing, and comet-hunting.

Popular, gorgeous (everybody says so), a future homecoming queen for sure.

Overweight and awkward, Jack is used to spending a lot of time alone. But when opportunity knocks, he finds himself in situations he never would have imagined.

If you like fast-moving plots…READ A Small White Scar 

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Setting:  Colorado – 1940’s

Since his mother’s death, Will’s job has been to look after his twin brother, Denny, who has Down syndrome.  The story picks up speed when Will sets out to ride to La Junta to compete in a rodeo.  He leaves hoping to break away from the responsibility of looking after Denny, but when he leaves, Denny follows.

Part family tale, part adventure, part journey narrative, this coming-of-age story has an emotional core that will touch even readers who never dreamed of competing in a rodeo.

If you like a page turner with lots of plot twists….READ Skullduggery Pleasant


Twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle’s estate,  and must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage (magician), to save the world from the Faceless Ones.

Stephanie and Skulduggery Pleasant must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil.

The end of the world?

Over their dead bodies…

If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but want something a little different….READ The Last Invisible Boy

the last invisible boy

Told in short journal chapters and marvelous drawings…this is the story of 12-year-old Finn and his life-changing summer.1.  It’s about an invisible boy.

I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll tell you what you could probably guess from looking at the cover and flipping through the book.

1. It’s about an invisible boy.

2. There are a bunch of drawings.

3. There are some really funny, really happy moments.  (Just so you know, there are also some sad moments too.)