• Avenging the Owl

    Posted by JONNA PALMER on 8/31/2017
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  • Chasing Secrets

    Posted by JONNA PALMER on 11/19/2015

    Gennifer Choldenko's newest book is a heart-pounding adventure story based on a real event in San Francisco history - an outbreak of the plague more than 100 years ago. Thirteen-year-old Lizzie's father is a doctor and she likes to help him out on his house calls around the Bay Area. This means she knows more than most people about how disease is transmitted and identifying signs of the plague. Chinatown is under quarentine and Lizze is determined to find out why and rescue a friend in the process, putting her life in danger several times. Couldn't put this one down!

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  • Boys Without Names

    Posted by JONNA PALMER on 5/13/2013
    Boys Without Names is a heart-wrenching realistic story of a middle-school age boy who leaves his small village in India with his family so his father can try to find work in Mumbai. Instead, his father disappears and the boy is kidnapped and forced to work as slave-labor in a factory. He does everything he can to try to escape his fate and return to his family. Several students recommended this book to me  - I was so glad I read it!
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  • Sisters Red

    Posted by JONNA PALMER on 9/20/2012
    A somewhat gory retelling of the classic fairy tale, Sisters Red tells the story of two sisters who spend their lives hunting down werewolves. Their paths have always been the same, but the youngest, Rosie, starts to think she might be missing something. A young woodsman who hunts with the sisters convinces her she may be able to have life outside of the constant hunt, but he has a secret of his own.
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  • Mockingbird

    Posted by JONNA PALMER on 5/15/2012
    Mockingbird, by Katherine Erskine, is a heartbreaking tale of loss, family and, ultimately, hope. It begins with the funeral of 10-year-old Caitlin's brother. Caitlin has Asperger's syndrome and has trouble empathizing with her father, who is completely destroyed by the loss of his son. She is lost without her brother, too, but does not know how to express it. She searches for something to comfort her father and give him some closure. It is a long journey, but she finally makes it work.
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  • The Elephant in the Garden

    Posted by JONNA PALMER on 8/29/2011 4:00:00 PM

     A new book by Michael Morpurgo, author of Private Peaceful and War Horse, is about to be published. Set in Dresden, Germany at the end of World War II, Morpurgo tells the story of a family that volunteers to keep a baby elephant in their backyard to prevent the elephant from being shot in the event that the city is bombed by the Americans. When the elephant escapes, the family finds itself chasing after the animal only to look behind them and see the city on fire. Filled with daring escapes, hardship and even a little romance, this story is a quick, delightful read. The best part is the afterword, in which the author reveals that he based the story on a news article you can read here.

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