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Good Reads! (Scroll down)A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. Felicity Pickle sees words, not like on a page, but hanging in the air and in all sorts of colors and shapes. Her mom is a restless soul and just when they get settled somewhere, she ups and moves them somewhere else. When they drove into Midnight Gulch, it was the first time Felicity ever saw the word 'home.' With her new friend Jordon, who shimmers with words, Felicity learns the magical story of a longstanding family curseUnder Their Skin by Margaret Peterson Haddax. Margaret spoke of this book when she visited our school and it is good one. Couldn't put this one down! This is the first book in a new series about twins Nick and Eryn. Their parents are divorced and their mom is getting married again. Yes, there will be a new house, but their mom and dad are making sure the changes don't upset their routine. Mom's new husband has kids, but strangely, mom reassures them they will never have to meet them. Nick and Eryn can't let this rest and make a discovery that shocks them and impacts their whole existence. Find out what happens in this science fiction adventure for kids 8-12.Princess Hamster: Harriett the Invincible by Ursula Vernon. This is the first book in a new series that will appeal to fans of the Babymouse series. It is fun twist on the Sleeping Beauty story. Harriett Hamsterbone is not your typical princess. Cursed by the wicked rat witch when she was born, Harriett is doomed to fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday. Until then, she figures she is invincible and so sets out on a myriad of adventures. When the big day comes, true to Harriett's nature, she manages to do the unexpected and changes the witch's spell. Find out what happens in this zany graphic novel-like adventure. The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson. This is a series written from 2010 to 2014 with talking animals and wizards in training. Aldwyn is an alley cat with no particular talents who depends on his wit to survive. While escaping from a stray hunter, he finds himself in a wizard's shop and is chosen as a young wizard-in-training's own familiar. The adventures begin when Aldwyn joins two other familiars, a blue jay and a tree frog, in a search for their young wizards that are taken away by the Evil Queen of Vastia. Join them as they fight spying eyeballs, monsters, and dragons to save their wizard friends. Book one of a four book series.Icebreaker: The Hidden by Lian TannerI couldn't put this one down! It is the first book in a fairly new series, The Icebreaker Trilogy. Petrel is an orphan on the ancient icebreaker ship the Oyster, that has been on the same course for three hundred years. The purpose of the voyage has been long forgotten and it's crew has divided itself into three warring groups. Petrel belongs to no group and is considered a worthless outcast. Aided by rats (the Imps), she gets by fairly unnoticed until the day a frozen boy is brought onboard. Thawed and imprisoned, the boy is rescued by Petrel, and then accused of the murder of a crew member. They run for their lives to the secret passages of the ship and uncover mysteries both unknown and long forgotten by everyone on board. Read how Petrel becomes the heroine in this action packed fantasy adventure.A Whole Nother Story Series as told by Dr. Cuthbert Soup. A zany three volume series about the Cheeseman Family who have been on the run for two years to try and keep their parents' invention, the LVR, out of the hands of several evil characters. Along the way, they meet some helpful and not so helpful people, and eventually get to experience the capabilities of the machine themselves. Travel along with them as they try to keep one step ahead of the bad guys in A Whole Nother Story.Crenshaw by Catherine ApplegateJackson's family has fallen on hard times and he fears they may have to live in their minivan again. Crenshaw is a cat. A very large imaginary friend who returns to help Jackson through this rough time. Is Jackson too old for an imaginary friend? And how can Crenshaw help anyhow? Read Crenshaw and find out!Echo by Pam Nunez Ryan. This books begins in Nazi Germany, when persecution escalated against the Jewish and those that sympathized with them. Part Historical Fiction, part Fantasy, this story follows the trail of a magical harmonica as it makes its way across time and continents to three different children. Their paths later merge to fulfil an ancient prophecy.Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. Willow is a genius who knows several languages, likes to count by sevens, and doesn't fit in with the crowd. When tragedy strikes, Willow finds friendship, love and belonging in the the unlikeliest of people and places. The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech. John and Marta wake up to find a young boy asleep on their porch. They find he is mute, but produces a note that says, "Pleas taik kair of Jacob. He is a good boy. Wil be bak wen we can." Such begins a story of generosity, discovery, love, loss and possibilities.Hound Dog True by Linda Urban. Painfully shy Mattie Breen and her mother have moved again and in a week she will be starting 5th grade in a new school. She has one week to convince her school custodian uncle to take her on as a helper so she doesn't have to interact with all the kids in school. She fills her journal with custodial instructions that she writes down as she helps her uncle (she used to journal her personal thoughts until a thoughtless 'friend' shared her thoughts to the class at her old school). This is a tender story about unlikely friends, facing fears, and taking life in small brave steps. Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz.This is a sort of dark tale set in Victorian England that gives insight to the class differences and the plight of the poor living in England at the time. Rich girl Clara Wintermute is the sole surviving child of Dr. and Mrs. Wintermute and she wishes to have puppetier Grisini and his orphaned assistants, Parsefall (11) and Lizzie Rose (14) perform their mesmerizing show in her home for her birthday. When Clara disappears that night, Grisini is suspected, and so begins an adventure that includes magic, witches, and a mystery surrounding a blood red fire opal called the phoenix-stone. Join Parsefall and Lizzie Rose in this realistic fiction/fantasy story as they search for Clara and discover the dark secrets of Grisini's past and the greed that leads to his demise. This does contain some violence, references to alcohol, and a curse word.The Apothecary by Maile Maloy. Set in post-war England in the 1950's this is a tale of a young girl forced to move to England when her parents find themselves black-listed in Hollywood. Janie makes friends with Benjamin and they find themselves stuck in a mind-boggling adventure that begins with the disappearance of Benjamin's father and their discovery of a 700 year old book filled with recipes that allow one to alter matter. Entrusted to care for the book, they dodge German and Russian spies and Janie's well meaning parents to uncover a deadly secret. A great read - I couldn't put it down!Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck. A delightful read about a mouse family that stow away with their human family on a voyage across the sea to England. So begins a journey full of adventure (and even a little romance)as the mice manipulate events in the name of family solidarity. Like Lemony Snicket said, "If you don't like books by Richard Peck, there is probably something wrong with you." This is a humerous, quick read that will have you smiling from the first page.Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin. 2012 Newbery Honor Book. Written through the eyes of 10 year old Sasha as he confronts the fears and human atrocities under Stalin's dictatorship in the Soviet Union. Well written with no direct acts of violence, but violent consequences are implied.The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (In our Library) Funny how you can read something years ago and not remember what a fun read it was! This is a 60's classic about a boy who views learning as a total waste of time. That is, until he finds a box with a tollboth, coins, maps, and a book of rules and traffic regulations that take him on the journey of his life. Needless to say, he has a change of attitude-read and find out why.Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dragon Players by Frank Cammuso A graphic novel for younger readers. Artie, Wayne and Percy enter a dueling robot tournament only to have their robot design stolen. They turn to a kid named Evo for help, but is his solution the right thing to do?The Brimstone Key (Book 1 of the Grey Griffens Clockwork Chronicles) by Derek Benz & J.S. Lewis. If you like robots, fairies, gargoyles, magic and adventure, this book is for you. Follow the young heroes, the Grey Griffins, as they join forces with the legendary Templar Knights to fight against the forces of evil.Coraline by Nei Gaiman (In our Library) Coraline and her parents move into a new flat. There is a door that opens to a brick wall, but one day Coraline unlocks the door and finds a passage to another flat just like hers. Only it's different... The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr (In our LIbrary) It's the mid 1800's and fifteen-year-old Simon Green, decides it's time for him to make his way in life. He hatches a plan to walk one thousand turkeys from Missouri to Denver and make a fortune. Share in his lively adventure as he learns about loyalty, honesty, and true friendship.The Last Treasure by Janet S. Anderson Thirteen-year-old Ellsworth is lured by dreams and a letter to explore a past he doesn't remember and a family history he knows nothing about. Together with his cousin Jess, he helps to find a lasting treasure that puts the family "ghosts" to rest.The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth Speare (In our LIbrary) A classic tale of a young girl raised on a tropical island who is sent to an aunt's house in Connecticut during the time of the Salem witch trials.Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse (In our Library) A story of a young Jewish girl and her family who immigrate to the United States from Russia.The Scary Book by Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson A collection of fun scary tales for younger children.The Gravity Keeper by Michael Reisman A science fiction fantasy story about a young boy who suddenly has access to the codes that control the physical properties of the universe.Dying to Meet You by Kate and M. Sarah Klise The first book of the 43 Old Cemetary Rd Series. A washed up writer rents an old house seeking peace and quiet to write his next book. He soon finds out he shares the house with a young boy and the ghost of an elderly author. Their adventures will amuse you.

3rd Grade Book Talk Interviews

Catie S. - Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Gwenyth - The Girl with 500 Names

Evie and Greta - The Hunger Games

Selena and Kelsie - The Bad Beginning

Kamielle and Mae - Dork Diaries

Jack and Melody - The Phantom Toolbooth

David and Eli - Loser

Rory, Mylah, RylanWONDER

Brooke and HannahHOLES




Ciara and BrooklynTOOK



Anneliese and AnnaSofiaSWING IT SUNNY!


Indio and Ryan R.THE UNWANTEDS

Tracey and JonathanSTAT - HOME COURT



Nebil and CameronTHE LEMONADE WAR

Sarah and NatalieNUMBER THE STARS

Mollie and CarysAMONG THE HIDDEN


Christian and ElhanWONDER

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