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Scary Stories Treasury

Scary Stories TreasuryScary Stories Treasury

Alvin Schwartz

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Page Count: 325

Age Range: 8 and up

Year: 1985

Genre: Horror

Just how scary are these tales of horror? They are so frightening that this is one of the most often banned or challenged books in the country! This edition collects all three of the original Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books in one place. In these classic tales, perfect for reading out loud over a campfire or just creeping yourself out at night, you will encounter ghosts, living scarecrows, haunted houses, evil animals, escaped murderers, invasive insects, and sinister strangers. Balancing out the horror, many of the stories have a lot of humor too!

This is a perfect book for the horror lover. Many of the tales and images haunt me to this day. After I first read these stories as a kid, I was scared to even open the book again! My favorite story is “Harold”. A warning: the Scary Stories series has recently been republished with new illustrations by Brett Helquist. The original drawings by Stephen Gammell are far better and much scarier. Make sure to pick up a copy of the books with Gammell’s illustrations!

– Mr. Pearson

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The School for Good and Evil

The School for Good and Evil

Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil

Page Count: 512

Age Range: 8 and up

Year: 2013

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy

Two girls, Agatha and Sophie, are the best of friends. In a small village of Gavaldon, two children will get selected to attend the school of good or the school of evil. Sophie, hoping to get selected for the school of good actually got put into the school of evil and her friend Agatha got put into the school of good. As they try to switch places, things happen to prove they were put into the right schools.

Everyone will enjoy this novel because it talks about the importance of friendship. Whether you are good or evil, true friendship conquers all.

– Ms. Nancy

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Half Upon a Time

Half Upon a Time

James Riley

Quick Stats:Half Upon a Time

Page Count: 416

Age Range: 8 and up

Year: 2011

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

The main character, Jack, son of the infamous Jack and the Bean Stalk, lives in the fairy tale world. Trying to restore his family’s reputation, he embarks on an adventure with a princess name May. May, however isn’t a princess, she is from our world. Together with Jack, they both adventured on this crazy and wild fairy tale land.

This book is fun and hilarious, I know every one will enjoy it. For City of Lakes AmeriCorps members, it’ll bring back childhood memories and for middle school students, it’ll help them realized how fun it is to be young and full of energy.

– Ms. Nancy

 

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Heartbeat

Heartbeat

Sharon Creech

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Page Count: 180

Age Range: 8 and up

Year: 2004

Genre: Realistic

Told from the perspective of twelve-year-old Annie, this book tracks her thoughts and observations as she works through changes with her family and best friend, Max. For Annie, running for the pleasure of running is one constant in a year of changes. Understanding and accepting the rhythms of life is a learning process that Annie begins in this year.

Written in verse, this is a quick and fun read for anyone who enjoys or appreciates the perspective of someone else as they figure out where they stand in their relationships and in life.

Ms. Allie

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(George)

(George)

E. L. Konigsburg

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Page Count: 152

Age Range: 8 and up

Year: 1970

Genre: Mystery

Benjamin Carr is an intelligent 6th grader who is more than what he at first seems. George, his internal self, has always been there for Ben, as both company and reason. However, when Ben and George have a dispute about what’s going on in the science lab, George becomes silent and seems to disappear. By the time Ben figures it out for himself, will George still be there for him?

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a little mystery and can understand the internal struggle between listening to and accepting your whole self and wanting to fit in.

Ms. A

 

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Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Rising

Pam Munoz Ryan

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Page Count: 262Unknown

Age Range: 8 and up

Year: 2000

Genre: Realistic

Esperanza’s life changes forever when she has to leave her once privileged life on, El Rancho de la Rosas, when her father gets murdered by two outlaws. Esperanza encounters many difficult obstacles when tragedy not only hits once but a few more times while she and her mother try to make a new life for themselves. Esperanza must learn to adapt and survive to the hardships of the Campesinos while enjoying life and embracing family.

I would recommend this book because there are many Mexican proverbs and spanish vocabulary that would be very appealing to a Latino reader. This story explains the hardships of migrant farm workers and the Campesino, the embracing of family, and cultural norms, that anybody could relate to.

It is beautifully written and encapsulates the moments to which Esperanza goes through. This book is a true coming of tale story that everybody goes through at one point in time or another and is very emotionally driven.

Ms. Brittany

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The Wanderer

The Wanderer
Sharon Creech

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 320
Age Range: 8 and upUnknown-2
Year: 2000
Genre: Adventure, Realistic

This novel by Sharon Creech follows Sophie, a thirteen year old orphan, on a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean on a small sailboat – crewed by her three uncles and two cousins. It is a suspenseful and interesting book about fitting in, dealing with the past, and finding one’s place in the world.

The story is told through Sophie’s diary, and through her cousin Cody’s diary, so it is interesting for both boys and girls. I think anyone would enjoy this well-written and thoughtful book.

Mr. Coleman

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