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Books – Sept. 2010

August, 2010
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The Hair of Zoe

The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School

Zoe’s wild and beautiful hair is special—it has the ability to do things like pour juice, turn on household appliances, and pet the family cat. However, when Zoe starts first grade, her teacher, Ms. Trisk, tells Zoe, "School has rules…. No wild hair in my class!" Ms. Trisk is not a fan of Zoe’s talented hair and tries to tame it using various comical methods from hats to duct tape, and eventually succeeds. However, Zoe’s spirits dampen with the binding of her hair. It isn’t until her hair breaks free and helps with a classroom task that everyone learns the importance of working together.

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Ages: 6-10









Lost and Found

On the first day of sixth grade at a new school, Jay Grayson goes to school without his twin brother, Ray, who is staying at home because he is sick. Jay discovers that the school has made a clerical error and does not have any of Ray’s information on file. Instead of telling the school, Jay and Ray decide that this mistake can be very beneficial to them, so they keep their discovery to themselves. As they exploit the school’s oversight, they learn very valuable lessons on what it means to be a twin and what it means to be an individual.

Author: Andrew Clements

Publisher: Atheneum Books

Ages: 9-12

Smelly Locker

Smelly Locker: Silly Dilly School Songs


Alan Katz, who has written several silly books for children, authors this entertaining “song” book about school life. Each of the 14 short ditties is set to a familiar tune. Katz captures many familiar school-related experiences in his work. He tackles subjects such as smelly lockers (sung to the tune of “Frère Jacques") and homework (sung to the tune of “Take me Out to the Ball Game”). The animated drawings throughout the book add to the silliness of each song. The drawings will also tickle readers who discover funny details, such as the clock that has math problems instead of numbers to indicate the time!

Author: Alan Katz

Publisher: McElderry Publishing

Ages: 4-8

something for school

Something for School

Translated from Korean, this story will help young readers realize that first day jitters can happen no matter where in the world they live. Yoon’s first day of kindergarten was not a good one when everyone mistakenly thinks she is a boy. She is upset, but determined to make a statement the next day by wearing her sister’s beautiful headband. Yoon eventually makes friends with others at school through her own ingenuity and with the help of her family and teachers. She also realizes that her schoolmates accept her for who she is on the inside, not what she looks like on the outside. The adorable illustrations lend additional warmth to this sweet story.

Author: Hyun Young Lee

Publisher: Kane/Miller

Ages: 4-8

middle school is worse than meatloaf

Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf

Put together like a scrapbook, readers who flip through 12-year-old Ginny’s journal will get a glimpse into her life as a middle school student. Report cards, notes, cards from Grandpa, classroom assignments, instant messages, and receipts reflect a year’s worth of high and lows for Ginny. These mementos that make up her everyday life will give readers a chance to discover the usual middle school woes—friendship issues, hair disasters, and boy problems. The scrapbook also reveals deeper family problems with a report card reflecting grades that drop to Cs and a handful of hall passes to the school counselor. The story ends on a high note though, and readers who want something out of the ordinary will enjoy journeying with Ginny through her special journal.

Author: Jennifer L. Holm

Publisher: Ginee Seo Books

Ages: 9-12

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