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5:35 PM Posted by Lori Calabrese

The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade by Lori Calabrese
2009 DFP Awards: 1st Place for Best Children’s Book

gnoring his running nose and worsening cold, Matt’s single-minded pursuit of a rare bug wreaks havoc on his school, his teachers, and his classmates. This amusing picture book celebrates the ambitious spirit of a third-grader as he tries to study, and uncover a distinct insect on the brink of extinction. Young readers will be buzzing as they follow Matt’s quest to win his school’s Bug-A-Fair. Or will he create a third-grade epidemic?

The Golden Pathway by Donna M. McDine

David lives on a farm in the mid-1700’s and is on a quest to free Jenkins, a black slave owned by his Pa. Pa is a cruel man and badgers David for his weaknesses. Using Pa’s negative outlook to his advantage, David uncovers courage from deep within to keep his promise to Jenkins and leads him to eventual freedom down the golden pathway.

Owen and the Dragon by Carla Mooney
Spring 2010/ Soto Publishing

Owen is a ten-year old boy who has just moved to a new town and left behind his best friend and everything familiar to him. Unable to face unpacking his room, Owen decides to explore the woods behind his new home. He is stunned to discover a sleeping dragon named Phineas. Owen soon gains the dragon's trust and learns that Phineas has lost the ability to fly. As he struggles to find a way for the dragon to return home, Owen learns friendship can be found in unexpected places.

Connection, book 1 of the Reality Shift series by Jo Ramsey
January 2010/ Jupiter Gardens Press

Shanna Bailey never imagined her life could change, until she meets Jonah Leighton. From Jonah, Shanna begins to learn just how much she's worth. When the two of them are called on to banish a demon, Shanna realizes that reality is very different from what she's always believed.

Brigitta of the White Forest by Danika Dinsmore
Spring 2010/ en theos press

Brigitta is a young Water Faerie from the village-nest of Tiragarrow. She's anxious about going through The Change, as she doesn't see how destiny markings on her wings should determine her life's path. A few days before the annual Festival of the Elements, Brigitta is flying an errand with her tag-a-long sister when a mysterious curse turns everyone in the White Forest to stone, except for the two of them. They have no idea why they were not cursed, but they do know if they don't turn everyone back in time for the festival rituals, the Hourglass of Protection will run out and so will its protective field around the forest. With no one in their forest left to help them, they must leave the protected realm to seek an exiled faerie they have only heard about in ancient tales.

In My Bath by Beth Bence Reinke
June 2010/ 4RV Publishing

A little boy imagines water-loving animals alongside him in the tub as he lathers up, plays and rinses off. Amidst the soap and splashes of washing and shampooing, each playful animal exhibits a characteristic it might display in the wild. Through the fun, familiar routine of bath time, young children are introduced to instinctive behaviors of animals in their water-based habitats.

A Wish and a Prayer by Beth Bence Reinke
Summer 2010/ 4RV Publishing

When Jason's pet parakeet, Sunny, escapes out a window and disappears, not even Jason's special whistle can coax her back. In hopes of bringing Sunny home, Jason and his friends make wishes on traditional "wishing" objects for a whole week. Will the wishes work to draw Sunny back to Jason or is there something more powerful than a wish?

The Villa Dog  by Ruth G. Zavitsanos
Feb. 2010/ Wild Child Publishing

Nestled away amongst the olive groves of the Tuscan hillside stands a welcoming villa where a dedicated dog finds his way into the hearts of vacationing families. Sole has one purpose, to make visitors happy. He is kind and sensitive. Sole takes his job as THE VILLA DOG seriously. His bravery and loyalty are often rewarded. He keeps the children out of harm's way, and eventually the others become aware of his special ability to bring happiness. But it's not always easy being The Villa Dog. A young girl, Issy, makes it tough. She's so sad. Can Sole find out why? Or, will he fail his purpose for staying at the villa and disappoint his master? Being the Villa Dog can be hard work, but he's on a mission, and he'll stop at nothing to see Issy smile.

Perilous by Tamara Hart Heiner
Oct. 2010/ Wido Publishing
Jaci Rivera has plans for her sophomore year: go to regionals with the track team, make the honor roll, and eat too much pizza with her best friends, Callie and Sara. Her biggest concern is Amanda, the pushy girl who moved in a few months ago.

What she doesn't plan for is catching a robber red-handed, or being kidnapped. The desperate thief drags her and her friends 2,000 miles across the Canadian border. They escape from his lair, only to find that he has spies and agents watching their path home, waiting to intercept them and take them back.

Then Jaci finds something out about her family. Something which irrevocably connects her to their kidnapper, and makes her question their chances of escape.

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