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Charlie Joe Jackson Thinks Cash Is King

Charlie Joe Jackson is my favorite scheming middle schooler.  Yes, he comes up with crazy ideas.  No, they are not well thought out.  Yes, a lesson is learned.  And, YES, I laugh out loud through it all.  The fourth book in Tommy Greenwald's series came out this week.  It is called Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money.  Let's see what mess CJJ gets himself into (and out of) this time.

Charlie Joe's weekly allowance just isn't cutting it and he desperately needs money to buy a Botman, the latest gadget to sweep his middle school.  Only catch is that he wants to earn the money by doing the least amount of work possible.  After several failed attempts, including a near disastrous day of dog-walking, Charlie Joe hatches a plan to throw his own bar mitzvah (no gifts please -- checks only) even though he's not Jewish.  Hilarity ensues when throwing a fake coming-of-age party turns out to be much harder than it looks.

Find all four funny adventures in the Kid Zone!

  1. Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading
  2. Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit
  3. Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Summer Vacation
  4. Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money


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365 Days of Wonder

R. J. Palacio did something Wonder-ful.  She wrote a book about a boy named Auggie.  He was born with extreme facial deformities and not expected to survive.  But he did, and now he faces another big challenge . . . attending a mainstream school and being treated like every other fifth grader.  Wonder reveals that struggle from Auggie's point of view, but you also hear from his sister, her boyfriend, his classmates, and more.  It is such a powerful story, one that quickly became a must-read across the country.  We have eighteen copies here at Hoover Public Library (though we have a hard time keeping them on the shelves).  We also have the companion ebook The Julian Chapter available through Overdrive.  Julian is the bully in Wonder, and he finally tells his side of the story.

Now, I told you all of that as lead-in to a very Wonder-ful announcement.  There is a new book called 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts.  Mr. Browne is Auggie's teacher, and he is fond of inspiring his students with principles to live by.  There is a precept for every day of the year, contributed by noteworthy people such as Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., Confucious, and 100 readers of Wonder.  Interspersed with the precepts are letters and emails from the book characters.  This is a must-read for every student and teacher touched by Auggie's story.

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A Dash of Kirby Larson

Kirby Larson has written several wonderful historical novels for young people -- Hattie Big Sky (which received the Newbery Honor) and its sequel Hattie Ever After, The Friendship Doll, The Fences Between Us (in the Dear America series).  She also wrote Duke, which earned a spot on Hoover Public Library's 2013 Best of the Best list.  It tells the story of a boy named Hobie Hanson.  His father is flying B-24s in Europe during World War II, and Hobie wants to do what he can to help the war effort.  So he donates his beloved German shepherd, Duke, to Dogs for Defense.  When Hobie learns that Duke is being trained for combat, he gets scared and makes every attempt to get his dog back home safely.  

I'm happy to report that Kirby Larson's newest book, Dash, is another dog story set during World War II.  Matsi Kashino and her dog Dash are separated when Matsi's family is forced into an internment camp following the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Life in the camp is crowded and hard, and she misses her dog terribly.  A friendly neighbor back home keeps Matsi updated on Dash, but will they ever be reunited?  And will life ever go back to normal?  I look forward to slipping into Matsi's world when I read her book.  Learning about the past helps you make good decisions in the present and leads to a better future.