Author Archives: Mrs. Mason

The Other Boy

The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey Grades 4 & up Shane is is having a great sixth grade year! The baseball team that he and his best friend Josh are on is going to regionals, the girl he likes in … Continue reading

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Fuzzy

Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger & Paul Dellinger Grades 3 & up Max’s middle school is part of a new program called ConstantUpgrade, where students are tested weekly on their progress in every subject. Everything is computerized, including the Vice Principal, … Continue reading

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The Great Shelby Holmes

The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg Grades 4 & up John Watson has just moved to New York with his mother, after growing up on a variety of military bases. He meets his upstairs neighbor, Shelby Holmes, on move … Continue reading

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Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words

Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words by Margarita Engle Grades 5 & up This fascinating novel in verse looks at the intertwined lives of African slaves and Chinese indentured servants in Cuba. Starting in 1871, it is told in multiple … Continue reading

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Short

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan Grades 4 & up Julia is still mourning the loss of her beloved dog Ramon when her mother signs Julia and her younger brother Randy up for a local university production of The Wizard of … Continue reading

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As Brave As You

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds Grades 4 & up Genie is surprised to learn that he and his older brother Ernie are going to be spending a month with their grandparents in rural Virginia. He’s never left Brooklyn! … Continue reading

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Lucky Broken Girl

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar Grades 4 & up When Ruthie’s family emigrates from Cuba to New York, she is placed in the “dumb” class because she doesn’t speak English. But she and her closest friend Rumi study hard … Continue reading

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Makoons

Makoons by Louise Erdrich Grades 4 & up In this fifth book in the Birchbark House series, Chickadee has returned and Makoons is finally healing after his long illness. The twins are learning to live in their new home on … Continue reading

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Full of Beans

Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm Grades 4 & up This companion novel to Turtle in Paradise gives the back story to Beans and how he set up his infamous Diaper Gang. Beans is doing what he can to … Continue reading

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Dory Dory Black Sheep

Dory Dory Black Sheep by Abby Hanlon Kindergarten & up This third book about 6-year-old Dory is the best one yet. Dory is upset that she doesn’t quite know how to read. Her good friend Rosabelle is already reading thick … Continue reading

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