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The Field of the Dogs

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ISBN: 9780064421478
Availability: Out of Print
Published: HarperCollins - October 15th, 2002

Weaving reality with the fantastic and offering a wonderful, insightful look into a young boy's life, Paterson shows Josh and the fact that he has a number of problems in his life. He has to move to Vermont with his mother, a new stepfather, and a new baby brother. In addition, Josh has to cope with a bully at his new school. Josh's dog Manch (who has the amazing ability to speak) has a similar problem and together they discover the ability to deal with their bully difficulties.~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Forgotten Fire

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ISBN: 9780440229179
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Published: Laurel Leaf - April 9th, 2002

This story is based on the life of the author's uncle. Twelve year old Vahan, son of a influencial Armenian family in Turkey, must survive the Armenian Holocaust, alone. Set during the years between 1915 and 1923, this novel is an amazing look into the human spirit. National Book Award Finalist 2000. For teens and adults. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

The Same Stuff as Stars

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ISBN: 9780544540309
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 2015

Angel is a great role model for everyone. Even before her mother leaves Angel and her brother with an elderly relative, Angel tries to hold together her broken family. In the process of trying to be mother to her younger brother and adult with her great-grandmother, Angel learns about responsibility, talents, friendship, real love and what family really means. A new twist on the classic coming-of-age story, Angel is a great new role model for everyone. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Sun, Surf and Read

Looking at my list of books to read this summer made me realize that the summer reading lists never really end. So to continue the fun of a few weeks ago, here are a few others of my must reads for this summer’s enjoyment. However, the fun doesn't have to end when summer does. Each of these are great to curl up with as the leaves fall from the tree or with a cup of hot chocolate and the wind and snow a blowin’!

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare: An alternative (but also familiar) London is the setting for this prequel to Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. Tessa must navigate the city where the shadows have dangerous beings lurking in them—and not all are human. She is determined to find her beloved brother (who seems to have been kidnapped by the same people who kidnapped her when she first came to London). But, she does not know if she can trust the people who rescued her. No matter how nice (or handsome!) they seem to be. Tessa must learn how to handle a great and horrible new talent that has come to light: she can change herself into anyone who has died. The fantasy situations make this for strong 12 up (most likely 13 up). (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9781416975878
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - October 4th, 2011

O'Sullivan Stew

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By Hudson Talbott, Hudson Talbott (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780698118898
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Published: Puffin Books - January 15th, 2001

It might be a "tale cooked up in Ireland" but it is a story for all. Kate, in a botched attempt to help a friend in need, must try and save the lives of herself and her family. In one tall tale after another, Kate attempts to impress upon the Prince that their situation is not as bleak as it may seem. This is a funny tale that is accented extremely well with brightly colored illustrations. Ages 5-8.~ Reviewed by Jeanette

The Pumpkin Book

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ISBN: 9780823416363
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Published: Holiday House - January 1999

Gibbons's book on pumpkins is a fun way to learn about them. She describes the different shapes, sizes, names and how they grow. Also covered are traditional uses and how the pumpkin has become part of our culture. Includes instructions on how to carve pumpkins and how to make a tasty treat out of pumpkin seeds. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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