Mr Popper’s Penguins by Robert and Florence Atwater – $2.99
139 pages, 183 of 194 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
Mr. Popper has penguins in his fridge, an ice rink in the basement, and a family for whom life will never be the same
How many penguins in the house is too many? Mr. Popper is a humble house painter living in Stillwater who dreams of faraway places like the South Pole. When an explorer responds to his letter by sending him a penguin named Captain Cook, Mr. Popper and his family’s lives change forever. Soon one penguin becomes twelve, and the Poppers must set out on their own adventure to preserve their home.
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George - $2.99
212 pages, 195 of 262 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
In this Newbery Medal–winning book, a young Eskimo girl must join a pack of wolves to survive
When her mother dies and her father heads to war, thirteen-year-old Miyax is sent away to be married to a boy she barely knows. Unhappy in her new life, she flees from her home in Alaska, intending to find her way to San Francisco, where her pen pal, Amy (who knows Miyax as “Julie”), lives.
The Alaskan tundra is vast and white, and Miyax soon becomes lost. When she comes across a wolf pack, she decides to make her camp nearby, hoping to befriend the wild animals. As she lives among the wolves, speaking to them in their own language, Miyax sees that the old Eskimo ways will help her to survive—but is survival enough?
Philip Hall Lies Me. I Reckon Maybe. by Bette Greene – $2.99
144 pages, 15 of 18 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
Beth Lambert has a crush on Philip Hall, who is better than she is at just about everything—or is he?
Philip Hall is the handsomest, smartest, fastest boy in Miss Johnson’s class. He beats Beth Lambert in math, spelling, reading, sports . . . and she adores him. Beth suspects Philip likes her too, only she can’t quite get him to admit it. In fact, he won’t even invite her to his birthday party because he’s afraid the other boys will call him a sissy.
But then Beth begins to wonder: Maybe Philip only wins because she’s letting him. Maybe shecould beat him at everything. That would show Philip Hall! Because if being friends with a girl is bad . . . getting beaten by a girl is much, much worse.
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski – $2.99
216 pages, 36 of 47 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
How can Birdie’s family grow strawberries when the neighbors let their cows into the berry fields?
Birdie and her family are trying to build a farm in Florida. But it’s not easy with the heat, droughts, and cold snaps—and neighbors that don’t believe in fences. But Birdie won’t give up on her dream of strawberries, and her family won’t let those Slaters drive them from their home!
Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski – $2.99
324 pages, 71 of 89 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
Mary Jemison has been captured by a Shawnee war party! How will she survive?
When twelve-year-old Mary Jemison and her family are captured by Shawnee raiders, she’s sure they’ll all be killed. Instead, Mary is separated from her siblings and traded to two Seneca sisters, who adopt her and make her one of their own. Mary misses her home, but the tribe is kind to her. She learns to plant crops, make clay pots, and sew moccasins, just as the other members do. Slowly, Mary realizes that the Indians are not the monsters she believed them to be. When Mary is given the chance to return to her world, will she want to leave the tribe that has become her family?
MC Higgins, The Great by Virginia Hamilton – $2.99
292 pages, 15 of 44 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled (Lots of students that are writing resentful reviews for having been made to read this.)
Hamilton’s classic coming-of-age tale: The National Book Award– and Newbery Award–winning novel about a young man who must choose between supporting his tight-knit family and pursuing his own dreams.
Mayo Cornelius Higgins perches on top of a homemade forty-foot tower, considering two destinies. Behind him is his family’s beloved house at the foot of a mountain that strip mining has reduced to loose rubble. In front of him, the beautiful Ohio River Valley and the great world beyond.
As M.C. weighs whether to stay with the family and home he loves or set off into the world on his own, there appear on the horizon two strangers who will make his decision all the more difficult.
The Planet of Junior Brown by Virginia Hamilton – $2.99
227 pages, 5 of 8 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
Junior Brown is a musical prodigy losing touch with reality and everyone around him—except for one important friend
Junior Brown is different than the other kids in his eighth-grade class. For one, he weighs three hundred pounds. He’s also a talented musician with a serious future as a professional pianist—if he survives middle school. With an overbearing mom, disappointed teachers, and fellow students who tease him mercilessly, Junior starts to slip away into his own mind. His last hope may be his only friend, Buddy Clark, a boy in his class without a home or family who has already learned some of life’s toughest lessons.
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