Today seventeen 5th graders met in the library during their lunch to hear what  Jane Malmberg (who was visiting from the Newton Free Library) had to share about some new books.  Jane brought six new books and talked about each one.  She told everyone enough about the books to spark our curiosity about what happens next and make us wonder, “How will it end?”  Here are the books Jane Book Talked:


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1st a Mystery (5th graders remember your mystery book report is coming up!)


Poison Most Vial by Benedict Carey

“Murder in the lab! The famous forensic scientist Dr. Ramachandran is stone-cold dead, and Ruby Rose’s father is the prime suspect. It’s one more reason for Ruby to hate the Gardens, the funky urban neighborhood to which she has been transplanted. Wise but shy, artistic but an outsider, Ruby must marshal everything and everyone she can to help solve the mystery and prove her father didn’t poison his boss.”






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Monster on the Hill (a silly, fun graphic novel)
by Rob Harrell


“In a fantastical 1860s England, every quiet little township is terrorized by a ferocious monster - much to the townsfolk's delight! Each town's unique monster is a source of local pride, not to mention tourism. Each town, that is... except for one. Unfortunately, for the people of Stoker-on-Avon, their monster isn't quite as impressive. In fact, he's a little down in the dumps. Can the morose Rayburn get a monstrous makeover and become a proper horror? It's up to the eccentric Dr. Charles Wilkie and plucky street urchin Timothy to get him up to snuff, before a greater threat turns the whole town to kindling!”

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Zero Tolerance (Realistic Fiction that provides a lot of opportunities for discussions)
by Claudia Mills

“Seventh-grader Sierra Shepard has always been the perfect student, so when she sees that she accidentally brought her mother's lunch bag to school, including a paring knife, she immediately turns in the knife at the school office. Much to her surprise, her beloved principal places her in in-school suspension and sets a hearing for her expulsion, citing the school's ironclad no weapons policy. While there, Sierra spends time with Luke, a boy who's known as a troublemaker, and discovers that he's not the person she assumed he would be--and that the lines between good and bad aren't as clear as she once thought.”




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Paperboy

by Vince Vawter


“An 11-year-old boy living in Memphis in 1959 throws the meanest fastball in town, but talking is a whole different ball game. He can barely say a word without stuttering, not even his own name. So when he takes over his best friend's paper route for the month of July, he knows he'll be forced to communicate with the different customers, including a housewife who drinks too much and a retired merchant marine who seems to know just about everything. The paper route poses challenges, but it's a run-in with the neighborhood junkman, a bully and thief, that stirs up real trouble--and puts the boy's life, as well as that of his family's devoted housekeeper, in danger.”

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The False Prince (Fantasy)
and the sequel The Runaway King

by Jennifer Nielsen


“A  thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end. In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.”




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The Awesome almost 100% true adventures of Matt & Craz

by Alan Silberberg


“Best friends Matt and Larry “Craz” Crazinski couldn’t be more different. Matt loves order, while Craz lives on the edge. The boys share a passion for cartooning, but thanks to the school paper gatekeeper (and kind-of bully), Skip Turkle, it seems their cartoons will never be published. But then the boys discover a pen that promises to help them DRAW BETTER NOW!—and quickly realize it’s no ordinary pen: Whatever they draw comes to life! They start small with their drawings—bags of cash, cool gadgets. Next, they get their pesky English teacher to take a unique and extended vacation. But when the boys get a little bolder in their magical drawings, they realize that things don’t always end up as perfect as the art they create....”


After Jane wrapped up her Book Talks students (and librarians!) shared some books that we are currently reading.  Here is a list of the books that were mentioned:

The Floors Trilogy by Patrick Carman

Cracker! The best dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata

The Kronos Chronicles by Marie Rutkoski

The Real Boy and Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

War Horse and Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

The Middle School Series by James Patterson



See you next week on Thursday at Lunch in the Library.

Read On!

By: Ms. J.


 


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