Previous Bookworms Reading


by Philip Reeve
Shipwrecked in a fantastical Arctic with sixty-six pugs, Shen teams up with local girl Sika in a great sled race to find the Snowfather. Pulled by the pugs, the children journey north, encountering yeti and self-shaping weresnowmen before they ultimately prove their mettle as adventurers–and as faithful friends.
–Margaret

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by Paul Gobel
(2017 Greenwich Reads Together companion title)
A beautifully illustrated story of a Native American girl who is happiest when she can tend to her horses, take them to choice pastures, and shelter them from storms. One day she and the herd get lost far from home and she is befriended by a magnificent wild stallion. Although she is eventually found by her people, the girl chooses to return to her free life with the wild creatures.
–Margaret

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by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins

Ten-year-old Nory is mortified when she bungles her interview at the posh magical academy where her father is headmaster; attempting to morph into a kitten, she instead turns into a sequence of outrageous hybrid animals, including a “dritten” (dragon-kitten). She is shipped off to live with her wonderfully kooky Aunt Margo (who works as a flying taxi, zipping passengers around on her back) and enrolls in an “Upside-Down Magic” program. Nory’s fear that her classmates will be “the worst of the wonky” is delightfully realized. Magical shenanigans abound as the story celebrates individuality, self-acceptance, and tolerance, encapsulated in Aunt Margo’s advice: “Just be who you are, not who you think you should be.”

–Margaret

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Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny
by John Himmelman

Young rabbit Isabel is known as Bunjitsu Bunny for her proficiency in martial arts class. Although she can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anyone else at school, Isabel, never hurts another creature–unless she has to. Himmelman’s thirteen short, generously illustrated chapters relate Isabel’s adventures as she demonstrates that “bunjitsu is not just about kicking, hitting, and throwing…it is about finding ways NOT to kick, hit, and throw.”

–Margaret

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Pee Wee's Tale
by Johanna Hurwitz

Nine-year-old Robbie is disappointed when his uncle gives him a guinea pig rather than a puppy for his birthday but soon grows fond of his new pet, PeeWee. Not so Robbie’s skittish mother who, one day while he is at a sleepover, instructs her husband to set the critter loose in Central Park. PeeWee is at loose ends in this alien environment, but his new pal, Lexi the squirrel, passes on survival strategies. PeeWee responds in kind by using his unorthodox skill: he learned to read from his mother, who lived in a cage in a schoolroom, and warns Lexi about the city’s plan to cut down the tree that Lexi calls home. Kids will love this endearing tale.

–Margaret

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Fantastic Mr. Fox
by Roald Dahl

Nobody outfoxes Fantastic Mr. Fox!

Someone’s been stealing from the three meanest farmers around, and they know the identity of the thief—it’s Fantastic Mr. Fox! Working alone they could never catch him; but now fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don’t know is that they’re not dealing with just any fox—Mr. Fox would rather die than surrender. Only the most fantastic plan can save him now.

–Margaret

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Hilo; the Boy Who Crashed to Earth
by Judd Winick

D.J. and his friend Gina are totally normal kids. But that was before a mysterious boy came crashing down from the sky! Hilo doesn’t know where he came from or what he’s doing on Earth. (Or why going to school in only your underwear is a bad idea!)… But what if Hilo wasn’t the only thing to fall to our planet? Can the trio unlock the secrets of his past? Can Hilo survive a day at school? And are D.J. and Gina ready to save the world?

–Margaret

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Bookworms attendees discussed the titles nominated for the 2017 Nutmeg Elementary Book Award. The Nutmeg Elementary Book Award encourages children in grades 2-4 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of fifteen nominated titles. The list includes works of both fiction and non-fiction. Students vote for their favorite title by official Nutmeg Book Award ballot in April at either their school or public library.

Ranger in Time; Rescue on the Oregon Trail
by Kate Messner

Meet Ranger! He’s a time-traveling golden retriever who has a nose for trouble . . . and always saves the day!

Ranger has been trained as a search-and-rescue dog, but can’t officially pass the test because he’s always getting distracted by squirrels during exercises. One day, he finds a mysterious first aid kit in the garden and is transported to the year 1850, where he meets a young boy named Sam Abbott. Sam’s family is migrating west on the Oregon Trail, and soon after Ranger arrives he helps the boy save his little sister. Ranger thinks his job is done, but the Oregon Trail can be dangerous, and the Abbotts need Ranger’s help more than they realize!

–Margaret

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LuLu's Mysterious Mission
by Judith Viorst

Lulu has put her tantrum-throwing days behind her. That is, until her parents announce that they are going on vacation—WITHOUT LULU. Not only that, but they are leaving her with the formidable Ms. Sonia Sofia Solinsky, who says hello by bellowing, “The Eagle has landed,” and smiles at you with the kind of smile that an alligator might give you before eating you for dinner.

The second her parents are out of the house, Lulu tries out several elaborate schemes to bring them straight back. But just when she seems to finally be making some headway, her babysitter reveals an astonishing secret…one that has Lulu crossing her fingers that her parents will go on vacation all the time—without her!

–Margaret

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Piper Green and the Fairy Tree
by Douglas Evans

What’s the strangest hotel room you have ever stayed in? Whatever it is, the Wilson family can top it! For the Wilsons, only the best will do. So when they arrive at The San Francisco Hotel and discover that there are no available rooms, they decide to stay in the place that suits them best of all: a room that has its ups . . . and its downs—a room called Otis, the hotel elevator. Drop in on the Wilson family for an elevator ride filled with adventure and zany humor!
–Margaret

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BlackoutJudy Moody & Stink: The Big Bad BlackoutBlackout tells the story of one hot summer night in the city when all the power goes out. What’s a family to do? When they go up to the roof to escape the heat, they find the lights–in stars that can be seen for a change–and so many neighbors it’s like a block party in the sky!. When the electricity is restored, everything can go back to normal… but not everyone likes normal. Through his beautiful illustrations, John Rocco shows that if we are willing to put our cares aside for a while, there is party potential in a summer blackout.

In Judy Moody & Stink: The Big Bad Blackout, a hurricane is headed toward Grandma Lou’s coastal community so she drives inland to stay with Judy, Stink, and their parents. Soon the lights go out, and school is canceled because of the storm, but the Moody clan pulls together with games, storytelling, and cooking over a fire. Hold on to your umbrella and stock up on marshmallows!

–Margaret

Find them in our catalog:
Blackout by John Rocco and Judy Moody & Stink: The Big Bad Blackout by Megan McDonald

Piper Green and the Fairy Tree
by Ellen Potter

Piper Green is a smart-alecky second grader who lives on Peek-a-Boo Island off the coast of Maine. She proudly rides a lobster boat to school each morning and is obsessed with wearing earmuffs that belonged to her older brother, Erik. Her preoccupation with those earmuffs has landed her in trouble. Piper refuses to remove them for her new teacher, who complains to her parents. To avoid going to school, Piper fakes an illness and hides in a neighbor’s tree. While this “fairy” tree contains no real magic, it does hold a delightful surprise.

–Margaret

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Hour of the Olympics
by Mary Pope Osborne

In Hour of the Olympics Jack and Annie are off on another adventure! This time their magic tree house takes them back to ancient Greece, where a very important event is taking place. Join them as they race against time and witness the very first Olympic games!
Ancient Greece and the Olympics
Of course, when Jack and Annie get back from their adventure in Ancient Greece they have lots of questions. What did the ancient Greeks wear? What did they do for fun? Where were the very first Olympics held? How are our modern Olympics similar to the ancient Olympics? Filled with fascinating facts, the Magic Tree House Research Guide, Ancient Greece and the Olympics takes readers on an exciting tour of ancient Greece, where gods and goddesses reigned supreme and the Olympics were born.

–Margaret

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Digby ODay in the Fast Lane
by Shirley Hughes & Clara Vulliamy

Digby O’Day and Percy are best friends. This daring canine duo can find adventure anywhere — even entering an All-Day Race! Digby is sure he can win, especially with Percy as his co-driver. But when the race starts and Digby and Percy are quickly left in the dust, it seems like they don’t stand a chance. They meet peril after peril: a car that breaks down (and slides back to the edge of a cliff!), a near miss with an oncoming train, and worst of all, Digby’s archenemy, Lou Ella, who is also in the race and will stop at nothing to win. In a day full of twists, turns, thrills, and surprises, anything can happen. Who will come out ahead? And will Lou Ella get her comeuppance?

–Margaret

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Dare the Wind
by Tracey E. Fern

Ellen Prentiss’ papa said she was born with saltwater in her veins, so he gave her sailing lessons and taught her how to navigate. As soon as she met a man who loved sailing like she did, she married him. When her husband was given command of a clipper ship custom-made to travel quickly, she knew that they would need every bit of its speed for their maiden voyage: out of New York City, down around the tip of Cape Horn, and into San Francisco, where the Gold Rush was well under way. In a time when few women even accompanied their husbands onboard, Ellen Prentiss navigated their ship to set the world record for speed along that route. Illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Emily Arnold McCully.

–Margaret

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by Stephanie Calmenson and Joanna Cole

Dog-loving best friends Katie and Lucie live next door to one another in an apartment building with an unfortunate rule: NO DOGS ALLOWED. On a trip to the neighborhood thrift shop, the girls try on matching pink dog bone-shaped necklaces and discover that the jewelry holds the power to turn its wearers into dogs. Fortunately, they quickly figure out how to turn back into girls, and they have fun shape-shifting at will for the remainder of the story. Ultimately, Lucie and Katie join forces with “the two most annoying boys on the planet” to write the winning submission for a local radio contest promoting Adopt-a-Dog Week. This fun, quick read will have young dog lovers sitting up and begging for the next book in the series.

–Margaret

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by Tamera Will Wissinger

Nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad. So when his pesky little sister, Lucy, horns in on their fishing trip, he’s none too pleased: “Where’s my stringer? / Something’s wrong! / The princess doll does not belong!” All ends well in this winsome book of poems–each labeled with its proper poetic form, from quatrain to tercet. Together the poems build a dawn-to-dusk story of a father-son bond, of sibling harmony lost and found–and most of all, of delicious anticipation. Charming line drawings animate the poetry with humor and drama, and the extensive Poet’s Tackle Box at the end makes this the perfect primer to hook aspiring poets of all ages.

–Margaret

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by Kate Messner

Marty McGuire’s third-grade class has a special assignment: Save the Earth! Even more exciting, the best project wins a special award. Marty’s pretty sure her classmates’ ideas won’t stand a chance against her plan to turn the garbage from the school cafeteria into fertilizer. All she needs is a little help from her teammate and best friend, Annie–and the worms in her grandma’s garden.

But it turns out that worms are awfully SLOW eaters. And when the critters escape, the whole class starts grumbling. Can Marty save the Earth without losing her friends?
-Margaret

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by Jen Bryant

As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw: He loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid across the floor. He loved looking at something in the room and making it come alive again in front of him. He drew pictures for his sisters, his classmates, his co-workers. Even during W.W.I, Horace filled his notebooks with drawings from the trenches . . . until he was shot. Upon his return home, Horace couldn’t lift his right arm, and couldn’t make any art. Slowly, with lots of practice, he regained use of his arm, until once again, he was able to paint–and paint, and paint! Soon, people–including the famous painter N. C. Wyeth–started noticing Horace’s art, and before long, his paintings were displayed in galleries and museums across the country.

This is an inspiring story of a self-taught painter from humble beginnings who despite many obstacles, was ultimately able to do what he loved, and be recognized for who he was: an artist.
-Margaret

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by Judy Cox

When Daniel’s class hatches chicks as a science project, he adopts them. When he finds out that his favorite bird, Peepers, isn’t a hen but a rooster, and therefore illegal to keep in the city of Portland, the Secret Chicken Society is quickly formed to save Peepers. This warmhearted chapter book about an environmentally-conscious family will provide plenty of clucks and lots of chuckles for young readers.
-Margaret

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by Neil Gaiman

When a father runs out to buy milk for his children’s breakfast cereal, the last thing he expects is to be abducted by aliens, and he soon finds himself transported through time and space on an extraordinary adventure, where the fate of the universe depends on him and the milk–but will his children believe his wild story? Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal.
-Margaret –

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by Mary Pope Osborne

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!

When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving on Thursday, they had lots of questions. What was it like to sail on the Mayflower? Why did the Pilgrims choose Plymouth? How did they survive in their new home? What did they really eat at the first Thanksgiving? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts.

Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures.
-Margaret

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by Karen Lynn Williams

Sangoel is a refugee. Leaving behind his homeland of Sudan, where his father died in the war, he has little to call his own other than his name, a Dinka name handed down proudly from his father and grandfather before him. When Sangoel and his mother and sister arrive in the United States, everything seems very strange and unlike home. In this busy, noisy place, with its escalators and television sets and traffic and snow, Sangoel quietly endures the fact that no one can pronounce his name. Lonely and homesick, he finally comes up with an ingenious solution to this problem, and in the process he at last begins to feel at home.
-Margaret

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by Patrick Skene Catling

Can you ever have too much of your favorite food? John Midas is about to find out…. In a laugh-out-loud hilarious twist on the legend of King Midas, a boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate.
-Margaret

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by Cyndi Marko

Kung Pow Chicken is the superhero everyone has been waiting for! In this exciting series, Gordon Blue transforms into Kung Pow Chicken, an avian superhero who fights crime in the city of Fowladelphia. The first book in the series, Let’s Get Cracking, kicks off when Gordon’s birdy senses lead him to a festival. Suddenly, POOF! Feathers fill the air and shivering naked chickens are everywhere. Why have all these chickens lost their feathers? Forced to wear wooly sweaters, the city itches for a hero. Kung Pow Chicken hops into his Beakmobile to save the day!
-Margaret

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by Bill Harley

Meet Charlie Bumpers, a fourth-grader who is always coming up against embarrassing worst-case scenarios. He keeps trying to make the best of bad situations, but things don’t always work out the way he’d planned! In this story, Charlie is disappointed when he is cast as the Nice Gnome–rather than the Evil Sorcerer–in the class play. Attempts to write his way into a better part fail, but the production illuminates Charlie’s quick instincts and supportive nature.
-Margaret

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by Johanna Hurwitz

A guinea pig in Central Park? Pee-Wee, once a boy’s dear pet, has been secretly released into the wilds of Central Park. But instead of relishing his freedom, Pee-Wee is at first a stranger in a strange land–until he meets Lexi, a city-wise squirrel who gives his new stubby-tailed friend some tips as well as some confidence. A series of eye-opening adventures–from the search for Pee-Wee’s former owner to his discovery of the power of reading–turns a timid rodent into an endearing hero.
-Margaret

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by Roberta Edwards

Ever since Howard Carter uncovered King Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922, the young pharaoh has become a symbol of the wealth and mystery of ancient Egypt. Now, a two-and-a-half-year-long museum exhibit of Tut’s treasures is touring major cities in the U.S., drawing record crowds. This Who Was . . . ? is complete with 100 black-and white illustrations and explains the life and times of this ancient Egyptian ruler, covering the story of the tomb’s discovery, as well as myths and so-called mummy curses.
-Margaret

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by R. L. LaFevers

Nathaniel Fludd’s life has taken a turn for the worst. With his parents lost at sea, he lands on the doorstep of a distant cousin, the world’s last remaining beastologist. Soon Nate is whisked off on his first expedition, to Arabia, where the world’s only phoenix prepares to lay its new egg. When disaster strikes, Nate quickly finds himself all alone.

Will he be able to see the phoenix safely hatched, keep his accidental pet gremlin out of trouble, and rescue his guardian from the Bedouin? If he fails, nothing will stand between the world’s mythical creatures and extinction. Too bad Nate’s not the sort of boy who enjoys adventure . . .yet.
-Margaret

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by Stephen Manes

Is it possible? Can an ordinary human being really become a perfect person in three short days?

Milo Crinkley thought so. What gave him the idea was a book that fell on his head one day at the library–a book with the impressive title Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days! The author, Dr. K. Pinkerton Silverfish, did look kind of weird, but he claimed to be the world’s leading authority on perfection.
Milo took the book home and followed its instructions. He liked the idea of being perfect. Perfect people never had their parents nag at them. Perfect people never had to take the blame for rotten tricks their sisters played. Perfect people never needed erasers. Perfect was obviously the perfect thing to be!

Did Milo become a perfect person in just three days? More importantly, can you?
-Margaret

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by Judith Viorst

Lulu is so accustomed to getting what she wants that when her parents deny her birthday request for a brontosaurus, she throws a four-day temper tantrum and then storms off into the forest in search of the dinosaur she clearly deserves. Lulu isn’t particularly impressed with the snake, tiger, and bear she encounters, but then she finds him–a beautiful, long-necked, graceful brontosaurus. Mr. B completely agrees with Lulu that having a pet would be a wonderful thing and Lulu thinks she’s gotten her birthday wish at last. Until she realizes that Mr. Brontosaurus thinks that she would make an ideal pet for him!)
-Margaret

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by Doreen Cronin

J.J. Tully is a former search-and-rescue dog who is trying to enjoy his retirement after years of performing daring missions saving lives. So he’s not terribly impressed when two chicks named Dirt and Sugar (who look like popcorn on legs) and their chicken mom show up demanding his help to track down their missing siblings. Driven by the promise of a cheeseburger, J.J. begins to track down clues. Is Vince the Funnel hiding something? Are there dark forces at work – or is J.J. not smelling the evidence that’s right in front of him?
-Deirdre

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by Luis Carlos Montalvan

Narrated by Tuesday, Tuesday Tucks Me In is a day in the life of this service dog and his owner, former U.S. Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan. The picture book takes us through a typical day of adventures, starting with Tuesday waking his friend Luis in the morning and greeting him with dog breath in the face, and then ending with Tuesday cuddling up to Luis on their bed, the last moment they spend together before sleep.
-Deirdre

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by Judith Viorst

Freddy Thresher has a problem: a really, really, big problem. He never has anything cool to bring for show-and-tell. This week, his best friend, Robbie, has brought the most amazing artifact to share: a real alligator head. How will Freddy come up with anything as cool as that? Good news! Later that day, he finds something very unusual and exciting. If only he can get it to school without his mom, “The Neat Freak,” finding out, Freddy will be the King of Show-and-Tell!
-Deirdre

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Danny's Doodles
by David Adler

Danny Cohen and Calvin Waffle are two very different kids. Danny likes playing baseball; Calvin enjoys strange experiments. Danny follows the rules at school; Calvin tries to drive his teacher crazy.

Danny and Calvin decide to team up for the big jelly bean experiment. Will it lead to trouble? Maybe. Will they have fun trying? You can count on it.
-Deirdre

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by Dennis B. Fradin

Ben Franklin was the scientist who, with the help of a kite, discovered that lightning is electricity. He was also a statesman, an inventor, a printer, and an author-a man of such amazingly varied talents that some people claimed he had magical powers! A biography of the eighteenth-century printer, publisher, inventor, scientist, and statesman who played an influential role in the early history of the United States.
-Deirdre

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