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Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time by Lisa Yee
Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time

Beverly B, June 26, 2015

Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time is a fun, funny and insightful read for any middle grade student who has ever felt academically inadequate or had trouble understanding why adults fuss so much about learning. Stanford is just not into school. His whole life revolves around basketball. His workaholic parents don't understand him, and don't understand why he can't be more like his academic all-star sister. His summer is ruined when he flunks English, and his parents not only make him go to summer school, but hire his arch nemesis, Millicent Min to tutor him. Millicent is everything Stanford is not. She is a true genius who loves learning and is taking college classes at 14. Millicent is as unhappy about the arrangement as Stanford. In spite of themselves, they manage to forge a temporary peace treaty and turn a miserable summer into a tolerable summer.
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Fort by Cynthia C. Defelice

Beverly B, June 26, 2015

Everyone should get to have a summer like this. The good guys win with a hilarious campaign of revenge on the town bullies in this entertaining quick read about new friendships, an almost perfect summer, and learning how to stick up for yourself and others. Wyatt's Dad decided they both needed to spend three months in the country away from their frantic, noisy, overly scheduled city life. In small town upstate NY Wyatt spends his days riding around exploring with new friend Augie. With no cell phones or computers to distract him, Wyatt discovers the joy of unplanned adventures and discoveries in the woods. He also learns the fear of being harassed by bullies. With a little advice from a couple of the town's old-timers, and some research, Wyatt and Augie concoct an old school ingenious plan to teach the bullies a lesson they will never forget.
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We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
We Are All Made of Molecules

Beverly B, June 26, 2015

It is rare to read a coming of age novel that is powerful, realistic, and funny without being preachy. Susin Nielsen succeeds brilliantly. Stewart is a sweet 13 year old socially awkward genius. Ashley is a 14 year old shallow, narcissistic mean girl. When they become a blended family, it does not go well. Stewart was looking forward to having a sibling, and friend, to help him navigate his huge new school, but Ashley not only wants nothing to do with him, she is hostile towards him. As terrified as Stewart is of being the center of attention, he is determined to do whatever it takes to be a good brother and win Ashley's affection - even if it means hanging with the football players and becoming the team mascot. Ashley is determined to do whatever it takes to stay at the top of the social ladder. Nielsen creates characters readers will relate to and cheer for. She even makes unlikeable Ashley someone who has the potential to become decent human being, and Stewart, with his unstoppable determination is just the one to make that happen.
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Little Man by Elizabeth Mann

Beverly B, June 26, 2015

Reading Little Man was a joy. The short simple story is so packed with engaging characters, who have depth and lovable quirkiness, I was ready to move to the Caribbean so I could live with the wonderful people who are a part of 12 year old Albert's life. Albert is miserable. His best friend moved far away, and his high hopes for a positive middle school experience are dashed when he becomes the target of bullies before he even makes it to school on the first day. Albert is the shortest kid in school. To make matters worse, his brothers are tall, athletic and excellent students. Albert feels like a reject.....until he is invited to join Mocko Jumbies, a group of stilt dancers, who promise to teach him how to do amazing acrobatic dances while on 7 foot stilts. Can he overcome his paralyzing fear of heights to accomplish something that makes him feel special?
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On Two Feet and Wings by Abbas Kazerooni
On Two Feet and Wings

Beverly B, May 30, 2015

It is hard for most Americans to think of a story of a nine year old as being a coming of age story, but in this compelling and inspiring memoir, Iranian refugee, Abbas Kazerooni, did not have the luxury of a childhood after he found himself all alone in Istanbul. I was in awe of Abbas Kazerooni's maturity, fortitude and entrepreneurial wisdom. Not knowing a single soul or speaking a single word of Turkish, Abbas had to find a safe place to live and a way to support himself. His goal of acquiring a British visa meant he had to survive in Istanbul for at least a few months. He also had to learn to navigate the streets of the city while avoiding the gangs and criminals who preyed on children and foreigners. How such a young and sheltered child could thrive in this situation is remarkable.
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