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DONALYN MILLER BOOK REVIEWS

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The Mighty Miss Malone—Christopher Paul Curtis

Main character is Deza Malone from Bud, Not Buddy


**The One and Only Ivan—Katherine Applegate

Thick but not many words/pages; based on a true story about a Gorilla in a mall in FL;

A must read-Need a tissue
**Wonder—B.J. Palacio

Great read aloud; wide appeal; 1st year at school for a kid with severe facial deformities; different narrator/point of view for each section


America is Under Attack—Don Brown

picture book for younger kids re: 9/11


Bigger Than a Breadbox—Laurel Snyder

Parents separate; wish for things that come from (and would fit inside) a magic bread box; realistic fantasy; good read aloud


Blackout—John Rocco

Picture book about a family too involved in technology


Book Speak—Laura Purdie Salas

Poems about books; poems about literary elements


Breadcrumbs—Anne Ursu

Lots of allusions to other popular novels


**Breaking Stalin's Nose—Eugene Velchin (Vetchin?)

Newberry book


The Cazuela—Samantha Vamos

Half Spanish/half English; Cumulative tale like Jack's House


The Cheshire Cheese Cat, A Dickens of a Tale—Carmen Agra Deedy

Lots of Dickens allusions


The Chronicles of Harris Burdick—14 authors

4th grade and up (Ages 10+)

Close to Famous—Joan Bauer

author of lots of chick books; leaving town b/c mom’s abusive boyfriend-for middle school girls cooking/recipes-Main character has a cupcake business

Fake Mustache—Tom Angleberger
Darth Paper Strikes Back—Tom Angleberger

Origami Yoda follow-up; good read aloud; good example of 2nd person point of view which is hard to find; about 6th graders; small chapters; different narrators


Dead End in Norvelt—Jack Gantos

Elinor Roosevelt (real town) only 8 residents left; wrote Joey Pigza books; funny; Newberry book (author is a convicted felon); historical fiction—good for kids who don't like historical fiction


Divergent—Veronica Roth

For fans of Hunger Games; similar to Giver; great vocabulary; people born into a position/job faction. Main character trying to decide about staying in pre-determined job or trying to switch to a new role.

Insurgent--2nd book in series
Sara Desson (Author of several teen romance novels)
Dragon Castle—Joseph Bruchac

Fantasy book-stand alone- not in a series


Dragon's Tooth—N. D. Wilson

Start of a new fantasy series; Harry Potter fans; magical;orphan kids learn to be magical


E-mergency—Tom Lichtenheld

Older kids will get the humor; “e” gets injured


Eight Keys—Suzanne LaFleur

Same author as Love Aubrey; 6th grader lives with aunt and uncle; unlocks room


The Emerald Atlas—John Stephens

3 orphans who vow to stay together travel through time


The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman—Meg Wolitzer

middle school kids who play competitive scrabble

The Fourth Stall—Chris Rylander

4th grade and up; funny; great for boys; fourth stall-run a mini “mob ring” to get stuff for students (ie hall passes, test questions, etc.)

(Fourth Stall II out spring 2012)

The Friendship Doll—Kirby Larson

Narrator is a lost doll; dolls sent from China; through history; like Dear America or American Girl Dolls; need tissue


Wonderstruck—Brian Selznick

same author as Hugo


Grandpa Green—Lane Smith

Dementia; grandpa creates a topiary timeline


The Great Wall of Lucy Wu—Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Chinese relative comes to live w/teenager; families; multi-generational; culture


Heart and Soul—Kadir Nelson

Accomplishments of African American


**Hound Dog True—Linda Urban

Author of Crooked Kind of Perfect; Excellent read aloud 4th, 5th; read aloud for start of year; lessons about how writing can help and change us


I Want my Hat Back—Jon Klassen

weird, bizarre book with odd ending; changes color when a new character speaks to show paragraphing in dialogue


Inside Out and Back Again—Thanhha Lai

Comes from Vietnam; Math rock star (novel in verse) cause can't speak English


Irena Sendler SINCE SHE WAS A REAL PERSON, THERE ARE SEVERAL BOOKS WITH HER NAME IN THE TITLE...DON'T KNOW WHICH ONE THIS IS

Nurse who rescued children during WWII


Jefferson's Sons—Kimberley Brubraker Bradley

6th grade and up; Pres. Jefferson's slave children, one white/one black. Not for elementary kids.


Lemonade—Bob Raczka

Made words from this word and then writes poetry with those words; words with friends sheets online; use sheets for words from words

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie—Julia Sternberg

Babysitter moves away; 2nd/3rd grade

Real Revision—Kate Messner/Marty Mcguire

teacher book; 3rd grade


Me...Jane—Patrick McDonnell

Picture book about Jane Goodall



A Monster Calls—Patricia Ness

one of saddest books she has ever read; she sobbed; author who came up with idea died of breast cancer; this author wrote the story for her; mom w/cancer and her son. Monster = tree (but really cancer)


No One But You—Douglas Wood

picture book; how we see things uniquely


Nurse, Soldier, Spy—Sarah Edmonds

Girl disguises herself as a boy and joins Civil War


Okay For Now—Gary Schmidt

Companion to Wednesday Wars, a character from this book


Amazing Morning on Orange Street—Joanne Rocklin

Neighborhood story; one day; 3rd grade


Over and Under the Snow—Kate Messner

picture book


Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes—Jonathan Auxier

Fantasy; high 4th and 5th; blind orphan becomes a street thief; finds eyeballs with different powers and find out back story


Prudence Wants a Pet—Cathleen Daly

any age; picture book; makes “branch” a pet who becomes Twig; shoe becomes a pet


The Queen of Water—Laura Resau

girl sold to another family to be their slave 6th grade and up


Sidekicks—Dan Santat

Pets apply for a job


Squish—Jennifer Holm

Super Amoeba; graphic novel; 3rd/4th grade


Zombie in Love—Kelly DiPucchio

one of the funniest books; Bedhogs author

The President's Stuck in the Bathtub—Susan Katz

Poems about presidents




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