Category Archives: Age Range: 7 and up

Tiger Eyes

Tiger Eyes
Judy Blume

Is that a mushroom cloud in the background?

Is that a mushroom cloud in the background?

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 224
Age Range: 7 and up
Year: 1981
Genre: Realistic

This book is a story of how a mother, a daughter and a son cope with the sudden death of their father/husband. Davey, the daughter, is the main character. Her father was killed in a robbery at the convenience store up the road. Her mother decides that the family needs a vacation after Davey is sent home from school 3 days in a row. On the vacation Davey makes some new friends, and volunteers at a hospital. Her mother begins looking for new work and tries to establish a new life for her family.

This is a great book for students who have experienced loss. Davey is an inspiring character as she faces the death of her father and searches for ways to cope. The reader will also read about how the mother is coping and how new ideas and goals will help them get through such a traumatic event.

-Miss Jenny

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Superfudge

Superfudge
Judy Blume

That jar of worms is making me nervous.

That jar of worms is making me nervous.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 128
Age Range: 7 and up
Year: 1980
Genre: Realistic

Series: 3rd of 5, Fudge series

Peter is a fourth grade boy in charge of babysitting his little brother Fudge. Fudge is a cute kid that everyone adores, but causes trouble for Peter as he is expected to solve any problems that Fudge causes. Fudge is a troublemaker and give Peter a lot of problems, for instance refusing to eat until Peter stands on his head or eating Peter’s turtle. The book teaches patience and the importance of being a big brother!

I think that this book is awesome for kids in the 9-10 age range…or even for kids who are level 2 or 3 readers. It is funny, teaches responsibility and kids with younger siblings can relate.

-Miss Jenny

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Matilda

Matilda
Roald Dahl

"A book?! What d'ya wanna flaming book for?"

“A book?! What d’ya wanna flaming book for?”

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 248
Age Range: 7 and up
Year: 1988
Genre: Fantasy

Matilda is a young girl who loves to read and has magic powers.  She uses her magic in order to play pranks on her rude parents and the evil Miss Trunchbull. In the story, Matilda develops a very close bond with her teacher, Miss Honey. Miss Honey and Matilda have a lot in common as they both have family members who did not treat them well. When Matilda learns that Miss Trunchbull is actually Miss Honey’s abusive aunt, Matilda uses her magic to scare Miss Trunchbull into giving Miss Honey her rightful inheritance from her parents.

I think that any young girl would love to read this book. Matilda is a good influence as she uses her powers for good. Matilda has a difficult time at home but finds ways to cope and is able to develop a special relationship with her teacher.

-Miss Jenny

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James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach
Roald Dahl

You could make SO MANY smoothies.

You could make SO MANY smoothies.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 160
Age Range: 7 and up
Year: 1961
Genre: Fantasy

James is a young boy who lives with his crazy, abusive aunts. He wants more than anything to escape them. One day a wizard gives him some magic crystals, one of which hits the ground and turns a peach into the size of a house. When James goes inside, he meets a Spider, a Centipede, a Ladybug, a Grasshopper, an Earthworm and a Glowworm. At first he is afraid, but eventually the bugs become his family and when the peach starts rolling, James and his family begin an amazing adventure across the Atlantic Ocean!

Dahl has written this book for kids who love a good fantasy adventure. In the book James gets justice from his aunts, creates new friendships, and faces his fears which can be inspiring to any student.

-Miss Jenny

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Danny the Champion of the World

Danny the Champion of the World
Roald Dahl

Pre-teach the difference between manual and automatic transmission.

Pre-teach the difference between manual and automatic transmission.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 224
Age Range: 7 and up
Year: 1975
Genre: Realistic

Danny and his father have a very happy life in their old Gypsy caravan. They own a gas station where Danny’s father teachers him how to fix cars and entertains him with his stories.  But one time when Danny wakes up in the middle of the night, his father is not there.  Once his dad lets him in on his secret, they begin planning their greatest adventure yet.

Although this story doesn’t have the typical fantasy and humor of many of Roald Dahl’s other stories, it is an excellent and heartfelt story that shows a strong relationship between a father and son.

-Atalie

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The Witches

The Witches
Roald Dahl

Double, double, toil and trouble...

Double, double, toil and trouble…

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 208
Age Range: 7 and up
Year: 1983
Genre: Fantasy

Witches hate children.  Their main goal is to eliminate every one of them.  Thankfully for the young boy in this story, his grandma knows how to spot a witch.  Witches wear a clever disguise to hide their clawed fingers, toe-less feet, and bald heads.  Will this knowledge be enough for the boy to avoid a horrible fate at the hands of a witch?

This book is great for students who love humorous, fantasy stories with a suspenseful plot.

-Atalie

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The Twits

The Twits
Roald Dahl

The Twits do the twist.

The Twits do the twist.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 96
Age Range: 7 and up
Year: 1980
Genre: Fantasy

Mr. and Mrs. Twit are two horrible, disgusting, and spiteful people who enjoyed playing cruel tricks on one another.  They also keep a family of monkeys in their backyard, who are abused by the Twits and are witnesses to their awful behavior.  One day, the monkeys have had enough and attempt to give the Twits what they deserve.

This is a humorous and clever story that I think many students would enjoy.  It also features many illustrations to enhance the story and help with comprehension.

-Atalie

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