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The Trial of Sombar the Pirate
Michael Megliola
One 5 star rating, ages 9-12
Constable Bragg needs a prisoner—for a day, or maybe two—just to show that he’s doing his job. He sends his half-witted jailer outside to find himself a criminal. There’s a boy who lives down by the docks, minding his own business, until the jailer cries, “Thief!” If a frightened boy takes a rowboat, does that make him a pirate?

The Magic Pencil
Karen E. Dabney
4+ stars. ages 9-12
Malcolm Bakersfield’s new classmate, Nia Stellar is “not your average girl.” Exciting and fantastic events occur, seemingly to do with her and a scruffy, used pencil. Nia challenges Malc in many ways and he discovers new abilities and sides to himself. We join him in his quest to find the truth to to the power of the pencil. And, like him, we just may learn a lot about ourselves.

Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have The Wiggle Fidgets (Reading Rockets Recommended, Parents’ Choice Award Winner) (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses)
Barbara Esham
5 stars, ages 6-8
David doesn’t know how he ends up in such situations. At the time, it just seems like a great idea. His teacher, Mrs. Gorski, has had about enough; he can tell by the way her voice changes when she speaks to him. This time, he believes that he has come up with the best idea yet. The perfect plan to make everything better.

Stacey Coolidge’s Fancy Smancy Cursive Handwriting (Reading Rockets Recommended, Parents’ Choice Award Winner) (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses)
Barbara Esham
5 stars, ages 6-8
From Mrs. Thompson, the teacher, to Frederick, the class guinea pig, everything about second grade seems good to Carolyn. But when the class starts practicing the slants and curves of cursive writing, she finds it difficult and her happiness evaporates. Detailing her frustrations and contrasting her struggles with a classmate’s easy success, this picture book reflects experiences familiar to many young students.

Dinky Counts To 10
B Harris
Unrated, for preschoolers
Enjoy Dinky as he counts to 10


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