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'I'm Not Cute!'

Jonathan Allen (2006), 32 pages
Illustrated by Jonathan Allen
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
Category: Animal, Fiction, Picture Books
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Baby Owl is exploring the woods by himself, but every animal he encounters fusses over him, gives him a hug, and tells him how cute he is. He thinks that he's a 'huge and scary hunting machine,' but none of the other animals seem to understand that. He insists over and over, 'I'm not cute!' but it doesn't do any good. When he returns home, will his mother say he's cute, too? Or does she know that he's really a fierce owl? For continued adventures with Baby Owl, check out 'I'm Not Scared!'
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Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 6/21/2010
ISBN-10: 0786837209
ISBN-13: 9780786837205
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4 Kids in 5e & 1 Crazy Year

Virginia Frances Schwartz (2006), 261 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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When four kids are taken out of their crowded fifth-grade classrooms and put together in a new class with an unusual new teacher, they don't know what to expect. Destiny is thrilled to be reunited with her best friend. Max just wants to be left alone to read, so he can forget his family's past. Giovanni doesn't want the new teacher to know that he can't read, at least not nearly as well as he should. Willie misses his grandma's house in Jamaica. When Ms. Hill inspires them to write about their lives, and shows them how to do it, their lives change in ways they never expected.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 4/23/2010
ISBN-10: 0823419460
ISBN-13: 9780823419463
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Absent Author

Ron Roy (1997), 96 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Fiction, Mystery
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Dink is thrilled to finally be meeting his favorite mystery author, Wallis Wallace, but the author never arrives at the book signing. Clues point to a kidnapping. Could the famous author be in danger? Dink is on the trail with his friends Josh and Ruth Rose, following the clues one by one. Can they solve the mystery of the missing author before it's too late?
Book Series: A to Z Mysteries
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 8/26/2010
ISBN-10: 0679981683
ISBN-13: 9780679981688
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Agnes Parker... Girl in Progress

Kathleen O'Dell (2003), 160 pages
Illustrated by Charise Mericle Harper
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Books about Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Agnes is beginning sixth grade with her best friend, Prejean. Unfortunately, Peggy Neidermeyer is also in their class. Neidermeyer's been tormenting Agnes for years. When a fascinating new boy shows up in class, Agnes wants to get to know him, but so does Neidermeyer. Can Agnes stand up to Neidermeyer, keep her friendship with Prejean strong, and get to know Joe at the same time? Read more about Agnes in Agnes Parker-- Happy Camper and Agnes Parker-- Keeping Cool in Middle School.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 2/11/2010
ISBN-10: 0803726481
ISBN-13: 9780803726482
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Alice's Birthday Pig

Tim Kennemore (2008), 54 pages
Illustrated by Mike Spoor
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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No matter how hard she tries, Alice cannot say the word 'animal' properly, which becomes a problem when her class topic for the semester is farm animals. On a class field trip, Alice meets a darling three-legged pig that makes the cutest snuffly noises, and she just has to have it! With her birthday quickly approaching, will she be able to convince her parents in time that a pig is just the right pet for her? Furthermore, will she ever be able to say 'animal' the right way and get her brother off her case?
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 10/28/2010
ISBN-10: 0802853358
ISBN-13: 9780802853356
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