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Mrs. Yarbrough's Current Reads

Mrs. Yarbrough’s Current Reads:

August 2018:  

The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley.  First strangers, Jin, Alex, and Elvin become friends after trying to solve the attack on Elvin’s grandfather.   If you like mysteries, you will enjoy this chapter book.  Due to length and more difficult vocabulary, I would recommend this novel for 4th grade and up.  A-

***A Texas Bluebonnet nominee for 2018-2019.  

Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors.  Forced to move into the same house after parents marry, both children and pets must learn to get along.  Told from the perspective of the two household pets, a guinea pig and a dog, this chapter book is about adjusting to their new situation.  If you like humor and adventure, you will absolutely love this book.  With short chapters and some illustrations throughout, I would recommend this novel for 3rd-5th grade.  A+


September 2018

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown.  Roz is a robot that washes ashore an island and must learn to befriend the animals of the island in order to survive, especially when she mothers an orphaned goose.  Full of adventure and friendship, this is an excellent chapter book for grades 3-5.  A+

October 2018

Refugee by Alan Gratz.  The novel is told from three different characters’ perspectives and three different time periods.  However, all three must flee their homeland in search for safety and encounter obstacle after obstacle.  Will each escape?  Due to the nature of the difficult content described, I would recommend this book for grades 5 and above. A 

***A Texas Bluebonnet nominee for 2018-2019.

November 2018

Randoms by David Liss.  Zeke is chosen to represent the United States in an intergalatic mission.  However, when he and the other representatives discover he was randomly chosen and not selected for superior strength, intelligence, or skill, they want nothing to do with him.  Will this mission be a complete failure?  If you like reading science fiction and love a good adventure book, you will enjoy this first book in the series. Due to the more difficult vocabulary, complex plot twists, and length, I would recommend this novel for grades 5 and above.  A

Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres.  Stef is annoyed by her father’s taco truck called Tia Perla until the city decides to add too many regulations to truck vendors, possibly forcing her father’s dream to vanish.  Will she change her mind about the taco truck?  A book about friendship and self discovery appropriate for grades 3-5.  A

***A Texas Bluebonnet nominee for 2018-2019.

January 2019

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty.  Bronte learns about her parents’ death by pirates when there are strict instructions left in their will for Bronte to visit her aunts.  This chapter book is full of adventures and full of excitement and great for grades 4 and above.  A  

Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes.  Garvey disappoints his dad every day and is called names constantly at school for being overweight.  Will he overcome the disappointments and name calling?  Written in poetry form, this is an easy read but very powerful.  An excellent read for grades 3 and above.  A

Pax by Sara Pennypacker.  Peter’s best friend is a fox named Pax.  When his father decides to join the fighting and leaves Peter with his grandfather, Peter is forced to abandon Pax in the wild.  However, Peter quickly realizes it was a mistake and embarks on a journey to find Pax, no matter the cost.  A very touching story full of adventure, this chapter book is a wondeful read for grades 4 and above.  A

February 2019

Slider by Pete Hautman.  David is great at one thing: eating contests.  When he accidentally charges $2000.00 on his mom’s credit card, he must think of a way to pay it back before she notices.  Eating contests seem to be the answer.  Will he win and be able to hide the truth from his mom?  Read to find out.  This chapter book contains mature content suitable for 5th grade and above.  A-  

***A Texas Bluebonnet nominee for 2018-2019.

The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 by Honest Lee and Matthew J. Gilbert.  When the teacher of classroom 13 winners the lottery, she splits the money with her students.  The short chapter book describes what each does with his/her share of the money.  This chapter book has short chapters and is appropriate for 3rd and 4th grade.  B

Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks.  When her mother goes missing, Tuesday decides to find her and embarks on a journey of a lifetime.  This chapter book is full of adventure.  However, due to the advanced vocabulary, I would recommend it for 5th grade and above.  A-

March 2019

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan.  Amina feels like life is so different now that she is in middle school, especially with her best friend who not only wants to change her name to be more American but is also actually befriending a peer that would make fun of them in elementary school.  Will life return to normal or will Amina adjust?  Read to find out more as you get to know Amina.  Due to some mature content, I would recomment this chapter book for grades 4 and above.  A-

***A Texas Bluebonnet nominee for 2018-2019.

Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin.  Peter is used to the quiet, embraces it, until he unexpectedly meets Annie.  The two form a friendship in the quiet of the Texas hill country where they help each other deal with their biggest problems.  A longer chapter book with content only suitable for grades 4 and above.  A

April 2019

The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin.  Lorelei’s new school seems to be perfect.  A playground out of this world, two recess periods a day, and an unlimited stash of candy at each student’s desk.  A bit too perfect, as Lorelei soon discovers.  Only she and her new friend Andrew seem to grasp that there is something odd about their new school and must figure it out before it is too late.  Full of suspense, this chapter book contains content only suitable for grades 4 and above.  A


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