Book Buzz, February 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Summer at Forsaken Lake
by Michael D. Beil
Nicholas Mettleson and his 10 year-old twin sisters are sent to Ohio from their life in busy NYC to spend the summer with an uncle they barely know, while their parents are working. Needless to say, they are not very excited—what is there to do in the country?  Once they arrive and get to know Uncle Nick and have time to explore, they start to have some fun. Nicholas meets Charlie, a girl with a mean curveball; she strikes him out on his first at bat. They become great friends and have lots of fun with Uncle Nick and sailing on the lake. Since their parents all grew up together on the lake, Charlie and Nick realize something happened when their parents where teenagers and they decide to figure out what happened.   Kristin (J Fiction)

by Katherine Applegate
Roscoe Riley is your typical first grader:  Curious, high spirited, and always in trouble.  This first book in the series opens up to find Roscoe in the timeout corner.  The rest of the story tells the tale of how he ended up there in the first place.  Roscoe claims that it is because there are too many rules for children to remember.  The principal thinks Roscoe needs time out for his “not good” judgment to play around with super mega gonzo glue.  You decide who is right!  Jacquie (J Fiction)

by Jennifer L. Holm
Ginny Davis of Holm’s Middle School is worse than Meatloaf is back to tell the story of her eighth grade year. This is a rough year for Ginny. Her school cancels art classes, her mom gets pregnant and her step-father loses his job. Luckily for Ginny, she is largely able to maintain her sense of humor. Luckily for you, following along means reading Ginny’s poetry, texts, sticky notes, and more. This is an eye-catching, quick read that explores the difficulties of middle school.
Meghan (J Fiction)

This Is Not My Hat
by Jon Klassen
This year’s Caldecott winning book starts with a small fish wearing a stolen blue hat.  Our fish friend tells us how clever he is, having taken this tiny topper from a much larger fish and running to hide among the reeds.  The other guy will never even notice the hat’s absence, the small fish assures us.  But quickly the audience sees this little guy is wrong, so very, very wrong! If you liked the wicked humor of Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back, you won’t want to miss this one!
Alia (Picture book)

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