Ten-year old Raymie Clarke has a plan to get her father, who has run off with a dental hygienist, to come back home. She is sure that if she does something important, her father will return. So, she starts to practice baton twirling in order to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition. She meets two other girls who, for very different reasons, are also entering the contest. All three girls have lost someone close to them and it's this bond that ties them together. It's this friendship that helps this well-written novel unfold. Recommended for grades 4-7
Izzy Malone isn't your typical middle schooler. She's kind of a class outcast, the only girl in her school who isn't interested in clothes or boys. Instead, she desperately wants to be part of the after school rowing team. When her temper gets her into trouble, her parents enroll her in Mrs. Whipple's Earn Your Charm School. She has to complete certain tasks in order to earn “charms” for her charm bracelet. Unfortunately, her good intentions go vastly awry. This contemporary realistic novel will leave you with a smile on your face and looking forward to the next book in the series. Recommended for grades 4-6.
The sun is setting and the forest is getting sleepy, except for little bear who isn't quite ready for sleep. Little Bear thinks he can stay awake with the owls, but can he resist the temptation of his soft cozy bed? A new nighttime story for those ages 2-5.