Archive for November, 2012

Junie B., First Grader Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten(and other Thankful Stuff) – 32

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Junie B., First Grader Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten(and other Thankful Stuff) – By Barbara Park – Junie B’s first grade class is making a list of things they are thankful for. Their teacher, Mr. Scary, is not happy with their list, but realizes that it is truthful. The class wins the contests and gets a homemade pumpkin pie from the lunch lady

A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time – 31

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time – By Mary Pope Osborne – Jack and Annie are sent back in time to help Charles Dickens rekindle his love of writing and get the idea for his Christmas Carol story.

Trouble Maker – 30

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Trouble Maker – By Andrew Clements – Clay has a permanent record several inches thick. He is most excited to tell his older brother, Mitch, about his latest offense in the office. Clay draws a picture of the principal that looks like a donkey. When Clay gets home, Mitch is not at all impressed. MItch just came home from a month in jail. Mitch makes Clay change his ways. He dresses different, gets a hair cut, and most of all stops getting in trouble. Things are fine for Clay until his drawing in spray painted on the principal’s house, and the cops come to his house. Clay goes to the principal’s house and tells him he didn’t do it because he is different now. The principal believes him and tells the cops to leave the kid only. The secretary is going through the records and wants to make sure Clay’s folder is fine, but it is now a lot thinner.

About Average – 29

Monday, November 19th, 2012

About Average – By Andrew Clements – Jordan feels average among all of her peers. She makes 3 lists, what she is good at, what she is okay at, and what she stinks at. She gets down on herself because she is only really good at two things. Another girl finds her lists and starts making fun at her. Jordan decides she is going to be nothing but nice to this girl for the rest of the school year. That is all fine until a tornado comes through town and demolishes part of the school. Jordan takes charge of the other students and brings her unconscious teacher to safety. Now she is not average anymore.

Socks – 28

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Socks – By Beverly Cleary – Debbie and George want to sell Socks to a good home. When a mom and 3 bratty looking kids come by George dumps Socks in the mailbox drop. A young couple come by and decide they just need Socks to make their home complete. Once home Mr. and Mrs. Bricker love on Socks all the time until the have a baby. Now Socks has to compete for attention with Charles William. Socks bites Mrs. Bricker’s ankle and attacks Nana’s wigs. This lands him outside until he losses a fight with the neighbor cat. Mr and Mrs. Bricker clean Socks back up and allow him back in the house. Now Charles William likes to entertain the “Ticky” as he refers to Socks. Charles WIlliam closes his bedroom door with Socks inside and Mrs. Bricker outside. Mrs. Bricker has to get a ladder and come in through the window only to find Socks curled up next to Charles William both asleep in his crib.

Fear Itself – 27

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Fear Itself – By Andrew Clements – This is a great sequel to We the Children. It picks right up where the first one left off. Ben and Jill know that the new janitor is keeping tabs on them. Ben goes to the funeral for the former janitor and meets his predecessor Tom Benton. Ben learns that the janitor also left some things for him with his wife. Tom asks Ben to retrieve his old tackle box from the janitor closet. Ben finds an amendment to Captain Oakes will that can change everything. Ben and Jill go talk to an attorney that turns out to be a direct descendant of Captain Oakes. Ben also finds the tackle box and returns it to Tom. It has several odd rare coins in it.