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Booktalking "The Secret Ingredient" by Laura Schaefer

Teenager Annie Green is fascinated by all things baking and tea. She gets hooked with using social networking to promote The Steeping Leaf restaurant and her scone creations.Read More ›

Booktalking "Winner Bakes All" by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk

Peace, Love and Cupcakes comprises Sadie, Kylie, Lexi and Jenna, all from Blakely Elementary's fifth grade. The girls are on a mission: to bake as many scintillating cupcakes as possible to deliver to their faithful customers! Read More ›

Booktalking "Hey, Dollface" by Deborah Hautzig

Val and Chloe are best friends extraordinaire. After spending much time with Chloe, Val finds that other people pale in comparison.Read More ›

Booktalking "Jacob's New Dress" by Sarah & Ian Hoffman

Jacob wants to dress up like the girls do—the boy likes fashion. His friend Emily understands. Jacob makes his own dress, and he offers to do the same for Emily.Read More ›

Booktalking "Shiloh Season" by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Shiloh is a beagle dog that Marty holds dear.Read More ›

Booktalking "Sheep" by Valerie Hobbs

The life of a dog, passed through so many hands in so many homes. A border collie called Blackie, Shep, Spot, Sparky, and Jack in succession by different people.Read More ›

Booktalking "Mom & Me & Mom" by Maya Angelou

Vivian Baxter, aka "Lady," re-entered Maya and Bailey Johnson's lives after they spent their early childhoods with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. Read More ›

Booktalking "Flyaway" by Lucy Christopher

Isla and her father share a love of swans and birds. When he falls ill, Jack, Mum and Isla struggle to cope. He needs a heart valve transplant. At least Isla makes good use of the large amount of time that she must now spend in the hospital ward. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Crocodile Hunter" by Steve and Terri Irwin

Steve Irwin was incredibly lucky to be born into a wildlife park. His parents, Lyn and Bob Irwin owned and operated a reptile park in Australia. Read More ›

Booktalking "Rough Waters" by S. L. Rottman

Seventeen-year-old Gregg is lashing out at everyone and everything since his parents died in an automobile crash. 14-year-old Scott has a different approach. Super-responsible and reasonable, his maturity irks his older brother. Read More ›

Booktalking "Candyfloss" by Jacqueline Wilson

Floss, half-bro Tiger, fun-loving Dad with a failing cafe, and Mom & Steve comprise Flora's loving but split family. Floss (aka Flora) has a birthday on which Mom drops a bombshell; she has a "gift" for the entire family. Read More ›

Booktalking "Grandmaster" by David Klass

David Pratzer, aka "Patzer-face," is a chess novice who is surprised to learn that his father is a grandmaster at the game. Visualizing the chess board, spending hours each day studying open moves... chess is mental combat, and it emotionally and mentally exhausts its participants.Read More ›

Booktalking "Endgame" by Frank Brady

On his sixth birthday, Robert James Fischer received a chess set from his 11-year-old sister Joan. It was the beginning of Bobby Fischer's epic journey from a poor Brooklyn school boy to a national and international chess celebrity.Read More ›

Booktalking "A Little Book of Sloth" by Lucy Cooke

Brown, gray, and black sloths. Sloths with raccoon faces, long hair, or short, wiry hair. All of them spend 70% of their time sleeping, which is what gives sloths a reputation for laziness. Their top speed is 15 feet per minute.Read More ›

Booktalking "Disabled Dogs" by Meish Goldish

These dogs are amazing, they are able to lead full and productive lives, and many of them help people who have similar disabilities.Read More ›

Booktalking "Money Boy" by Paul Yee

No money, no home, no place to stay, no idea of how to support yourself. Read More ›

Booktalking "Unremembered" by Jessica Brody

Violet or Seraphina... who knows? A 16-year-old purple-eyed girl supposedly is the sole survivor of a plane crash. Unfortunately, she does not remember anything of her past, who she is, what she likes to do, or even how to accomplish daily living tasks. Read More ›

Booktalking "Call the Horse Lucky" by Juanita Havill

Mel sees a sad, fly-infested, emaciated pinto horse in a muck-filled paddock surrounded by barbed wire. Concerned, she rushes to inform Gramma of the horse's plight.Read More ›

Booktalking "Teen Spirit" by Francesca Lia Block

Julie's grandmother is dead, her mom doesn't understand her, and mom's hokey boyfriend Luke has a fish handshake.Read More ›

Booktalking "Over in Australia" by Marianne Berkes

"Over in Australia" is a charming, poetic song that teaches kids about counting and Australian animals. Read More ›
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