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A Big Guy Took My Ball


Willems, M. (2013). A big man took my ball! NY: Hyperion

Piggie goes running to Gerald that a big guy took his big ball that she found. Gerald sets out to get the ball back when he discovers that the “little” ball has been taken by a whale. They offer to let the whale play with them and make a new friend.

If you liked this book, you will also like:
Willems, M. (2010). We are in a book! NY: Hyperion. 

Willems, M. (2011). I broke my trunk! NY: Hyperion. 


Lunch Lady


Krocoszka, J. Lunch lady. NY: Random House.

Lunch Lady fights for justice as well as fairness and nutrition. In this installment of the Lunch Lady series, Lunch Lady battles an evil group of librarians set on taking over the world and starting with destroying all video games. She, Terrence, Dee, and Hector fight the evil librarians (who fight using books) with Lunch Lady’s food smarts and send the librarians to jail.

A book trailer for Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians can be found here:

Invention of Hugo Cabret


Selznick, B. (2007).   The invention of Hugo Cabret  NY:  Scholastic.

Hugo lives in a train station alone, winding and tending to the clocks. He steals toys and uses them to build an automaton that has a secret message. Hugo is convinced that the message will be from his dead father, but it is so much more and takes the reader on a beautiful and exciting adventure that leads to Hugo finding a family.

A book trailer can be found here:

Skullduggery Pleasant


Landry, D. (2007).   Skulduggery Pleasant  NY:  HarperCollins.

Stephanie’s uncle dies and leaves her his estate and riches. Upon discovering this, she meets an odd man in a tan overcoat, a hat, a frizzy wig, sunglasses and a scarf. She learns that this man is Skulduggery Pleasant. A sorcerer in the form of a skeleton. Stephanie and Skulduggery go on to discover the real means of her uncle’s death and a much bigger plot as she enters a magic world.

A book trailer can be found here:




Holm, J & M.  (2005). Babymouse: Queen of the world.  NY:  Random House.

Babymouse dreams of glamour, excitement, adventure, and wants to be invited to Felicia Furrypaws’ party. Her locker sucks her into space where a boring party is turned into an adventure in the Wild West.

If you liked this book, you will also like
Holm, J & M.  (2011). Squish.  NY:  Random House.

Look, L. (2004). Ruby Lu, brave and true. NY: Simon & Schuster.

Rapunzel’s Revenge


Hale, S. (2008).   Rapunzel’s revenge.  NY:  Bloomsbury.

Rapunzel grows up playing in garden wondering what is on the other side of the wall. One day she decides to look over the wall at a desert and escapes. She meets Jack, with his lucky bean, and the two team up and set out to find Rapunzel’s mother.

A book trailer can be found here:

The Graveyard Book


Gaiman, N. (2008).   The graveyard book.   NY:  HarperCollins.

Nobody Owen‚Äôs real family was murdered when he was just a toddler and he has been raised by ghosts in a graveyard. He learns how to be a ghost and has adventures in his graveyard. Soon, the man who killed his family comes back for him and Bod must defend not only himself but the graveyard that he grew up in. After ridding the world of a murderer and the ‚ÄúJacks of all trades‚ÄĚ he leaves his graveyard to live in the world.

The Underneath


Appelt, K. (2008).   The underneath.  NY:  Simon and Schuster.

The Underneath is a sad story of betrayed animals. A pregnant calico and a chained up dog (who lives under a porch-the underneath), team up to stay safe and from their owner who will use them as alligator bait.

If you liked this book, you will also like:

Applegate, K. (2012). The one and only Ivan. NY: HarperCollins.

Palacio, R. (2012). Wonder. NY: Random House.

Good Masters, Sweet Ladies


Schlitz, L. A. (2007).   Good masters, sweet ladies  Boston, MA:  Candlewick Press.

Good masters, sweet ladies is a series of monologues set in medieval times in England. Each character is special and has a small story to tell that allows the reader to look in to how people lived at the time. For instance, Constance tells about making a pilgrimage to Saint Winifred’s well to be cured of her deformity. Another story by Thomas, the doctor’s son, tells about how doctors were used then. They had to learn home cures as well as astrology to help them predict if their patients were to live or not. The author adds excerpts to teach the reader a little more about the time and give some background knowledge.

I would use this book in my classroom to teach characters, character feelings, and character traits. (TEK 2.9(B) describe main characters in works of fiction, including their traits, motivations, and feelings. I would have my students do a reader’s theater by letting them pick characters from the book and performing them for my class or other classes. I would then have them identify how each character is feeling throughout the story and explain it to either groups or each other.