The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney

The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney by Suzanne Harper.

Cover Art for Sparrow Delaney

As the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, Sparrow Delaney has been gifted with strong psychic abilities.  But she has kept this gift a secret from everyone, especially her family!  They are weird enough as it is.  She doesn’t want to join the “family business” and be a psychic.  She keeps telling her spiritual guides, three ghosts who have appeared to her since early childhood, that her only wish is to be normal.  So when she has the opportunity to attend a new high school where nobody knows her or her family, especially her six older sisters, she jumps at the chance!  She can start fresh and be totally normal.  But in her first class on the first day of school, she sees a ghost.  She uses all of her well practiced tricks at avoiding ghosts, but he won’t let her be!  He keeps appearing to her and pleading with her to help him.  But Sparrow is stubborn and she wants not part in his plan, whatever it is!

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Published in: on July 1, 2008 at 11:29 am  Leave a Comment  
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Schooled

Cover Art for SchooledSchooled by Gordan Korman

Capricorn Anderson, also known as Cap, has led a sheltered life and that is an understatement!  He has lived most of his life with just Rain, his grandmother, on a farm commune, where he has been home schooled.  His world is rocked when Rain falls out of a tree and breaks her hip.  Social services removes Cap from the commune and plants him in the real world.  That means living in a house that isn’t held together with duct tape and being inrolled in the local middle school.  Everyone knows being the new kid is tough, but what is the new kid has never watched television, seen an iPod or heard of Starbucks?  What if he only wears homemade shoes and tie-died t-shirts?  What happens?  Cap becomes the target of a diabolical plan devised by the most popular kid in school to elect Cap 8th grade class president and then torture him all year long!  How can anyone, least of all Cap, survive that?

Published in: on July 1, 2008 at 9:46 am  Leave a Comment  
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Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff

Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff by Jennifer L. Holm

Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf

Just like everyone else, Ginny Davis’ life has ups and downs, good times and bad.  She tells the story of her seventh grade year through a collection of stuff, including birthday wish lists, class assignments, text messages, bank statements, post-it notes, and receipts.  Lots of big things can happen in a year:  your mom can get married, your brother can be shipped off to military school, and your science fair project really can be eaten by your dog!  Read this book for yourself and then you decide:  Is middle school really worse than meatloaf?

Published in: on July 1, 2008 at 9:09 am  Leave a Comment  
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Peak

Cover ArtPeak by Roland Smith
Caught scaling and tagging a New York City skyscraper, Peak is facing a possible sentence of 3 years in jail.  Then his long absent, mountain climbing father arrives in court to offer a solution to the publicity uproar Peak’s scaling the Woolworth Building has caused: Peak will immediately leave the city with his father.  The judge agrees and Peak is off to Thailand or so he thinks.  But his father has other plans.  He is leading an expedition to the top of Mount Everest.  He brings Peak along and the race is on to get Peak to the top of the world!  Will he make it?  Will he survive the climb?  Or will he perish like so many others already have?

Published in: on June 24, 2008 at 2:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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