Book Buzz July, 2012

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone
This modern day fantasy set in Chicago, is about friends Jack and Ruthie who discover a secret during a class trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. The Sixty-Eight Rooms is based on an actual exhibit at the AIC. The Thorne Rooms are miniature rooms from different time periods in American and European history. On their class trip, Ruthie and Jack find a  key and realize it has magical powers when Ruthie is holding it. It allows Ruthie to shrink in size to fit perfectly in the Thorne rooms.  This sets off a set of adventures for the two, with a bit of history thrown in.  This is the first book in a new series.  Kristin (J Fiction)

Letters to Leo by Amy Hest
Five yeas ago, we were introduced to Annie and her father in
Remembering Mrs. Rossi, wherein a small family dealt with the terrible loss of their mother and wife. In the end, Annie and her dad were able to cope with their loss with the help of a scrapbook made by Mrs. Rossi's class. Now Annie is back in Letters to Leo. Annie's new favorite thing to do is write letters, so she decides to write letters to her new dog and tell him all about school, life, and everything going on her world. Now that she is in 4th grade, Annie has a lot to tell! Jacquie (J Fiction)

The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate
A perfect summer read for any animal lover! Ivan, a gorilla who is also a talented painter, and Ruby, a baby elephant are stuck living in cages in a Washington mall. Ivan is determined to free Ruby from the life she has endured living in a cage. Ivan uses his artistic skills and his friendship with a young girl to create a last ditch effort to free Ruby so she can live the rest of her life in the zoo with other elephants. Ivan's dedication and love for Ruby will inspire you to be a better person by helping people (and animals) in your community. Lindsey (J Fiction)
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart
Nine-year-old Nicholas Benedict is one unique kid.  From his narcolepsy to his photographic memory, he is unlike any other child at the latest orphanage in which he’s landed.  He’s also racing to solve the mystery of a missing inheritance before orphanage director Mr. Collum beats him to it.  This is a great mystery filled with twists and turns. Any fan of the Mysterious Benedict Society series will love reading more about Mr. Benedict, though no knowledge of the series is necessary to enjoy this book. As with the others in this series, the audio is superbly done by Del Roy. Meghan (J Fiction)

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