I don’t like scary books, but I made the sacrifice of a good reading bowl sponsor and read Bearwalker by Joseph Bruchac. It was not as scary as I had anticipated and was action-packed! The story has some great insights into the heart of a bully. Baron, the main character of the story, has been picked on by most of the students at his school until they all go on a trip to Camp Chuckamuck together. The students are already afraid of being attacked by bears, but when the camp counselors act shady Baron is forced to be brave. This would be a wonderful book for students in grades 4-7 who like thrillers.
Hiroshima Dreams by Kelly Easton was a book that I really wanted to enjoy. However, some of the content was a little bit mature for my elementary school crowd. The story was about Lin, a shy young girl, who grows into a confident and mature young woman. The story focuses on the relationship between Lin and her grandmother, Obaachan. I really wanted to be able to recommend this title to my fifth grade teachers for a read-aloud, but because of some of the mature overtones in the book I do not feel comfortable doing that.
The Rising Star of Rusty Nail started out really slow, but by the middle I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happend between Franny and Nancy Orilee. This book is about two girls who are rival piano players. I found myself rooting for the underdog on this one. This was an excellent summer read! If you are a musician, you will especially like it! This is one of my new favorite books to recommend!
Secrets, Lies, and Algebra by Lichtman was an awesome read! Tess, the main character, is really into math and isn’t sure what to do about a sticky family situation. I didn’t think that I would enjoy the book, but it was fantastic! It was hard to put it down. Start reading people!