The BMS 5/6 Summer Read: The Great Stone Face 2011 ~ 2012 list 25 great books to choose from The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R. A. Sprout a humorous adventure Mary Poppins, move over - Nanny has arrived! Last employed at the circus as the pig who gets shot out of a cannon, Nanny takes care of 3 kids QuickTime™ and a whose father is too stingy to hire a real person as decompressor are neede d to see this picture. a nanny. However, Nanny is a jewel – clever, devious and very creative. Nanny soon wins over all three of her charges with her wild adventures and her ability to sweetly get around their father who is not only stingy but also dull and pompous. They‟re having a good time, even when things do not work out as planned! After All, You’re Callie Boone by Winnie Mack summer friendships Callie‟s summer has just begun but it „s looking really glum. Her best friend since forever has just thrown her off. Now she‟s always with her new influential friend, and worse, is using old shared secrets to make fun of Callie! Then, at the town pool Callie gets talked into doing something she knows she shouldn‟t, and not only makes a fool of herself in front of everyone, but gets banned from the pool. Now she‟s stuck at home doing chores. However, there‟s a new neighbor next door - Hoot. He‟s her age, he‟s a bit goofy but he seems nice, can they be friends? Big Nate in a Class byHimself by Lincoln Pierce school humor A quick story about a day in the life of Nate, a clever kid with a talent for getting in trouble. When his fortune cookies says “Today you will surpass all others” Nate sets out to do so; but how? Be the first person to make their grumpy teacher laugh? Set a world record for eating slimy green beans? If you liked ”Diary of a Wimpy Kid” this may be your next favorite read! Cosmic by Frank C. Boyce Outer Space adventure Liam is 12, but he‟s rather tall, and with a smattering of early facial hair, often gets mistaken for an adult. Which can be a royal pain! Since he can‟t change his looks he decides to take advantage of them. He applies to be a chaperone on the first spaceship to take civilians into outer space. He lands the job! Cool! Not. Something goes wrong and now it‟s just him and a bunch of kids 200,000 miles above the earth! It‟s going to take some quick, and very good, thinking on all their parts to survive this. The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh fantasy / orphans & a curse William is an orphan and earns his lodging as a servant at Crowfield Abbey. One day, as he is gathering wood in the forest, he comes upon a small creature caught in a trap. It‟s a hobgoblin, and being able to see it, well that is his first indication that things are about to mystically and magically change. William is about to get caught up in a strange mystery involving Old Magic, ancient curses, and a bitter fued. Dream of Night by Heather Henson foster care / animal rescue This is Shiloh. She‟s been abused and moved in and out of foster homes most of her life. This is the racehorse Dream of Night. Due to an unseen injury, he started losing, and was sold to one owner after another until he was whipped and abandoned. Neither one is about to let anyone near, ever. Horse rescuer and foster mother Jess thinks she‟s too old to take on any more responsibility, but finds herself offering these two very angry, scared creatures one more chance by offering them a home over the summer. This story of hesitant hope is told by Shiloh, Jess, and even Dream of Night. Emily’s Fortune by Phyllis R. Naylor a Wild West chase When Emily's mother is killed in a carriage accident, Emily can either live with her uncle, who is a very nasty person, or travel by stagecoach out west to live with her Aunt Hilda. She decides decides to go West. Wouldn‟t you? This is not going to be easy or safe! As the stage- coach journeys west, Jackson, also an orphan, is going to try to help Emily stay ahead of the terrible Child Catchers, who see her as an easy mark; but an even worse danger is looming because Emily has inherited a fortune, and her greedy Uncle Victor wants it . He is already hunting for her to bring her back. Emily is clever, but is she clever enough? The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor a funny, froggy adventure Owen captures the biggest, slimiest, greenest, most beautiful bullfrog ever, names it Tooley Graham, and makes a great cage for him in his room. But smarty Viola, who lives right next door, insists he is being mean to that poor frog. After he releases it, he and his two best friends, Stumpy and Travis, discover a really neat miniature submarine that fell from a passing train, and decide to use it to search for Tooley. Oh rats! … they‟re going to need Viola‟s help to make this happen. The Fast and the Furriest by Andy Behrens dog training & football Kevin‟s not at all like his football hero dad. He much prefers the action on video games, and so does his dog Cromwell. This all changes when they happen upon a dog agility show on TV and Cromwell is mesmerized by it! Soon they are surprising everyone with their hidden talents. Frozen in Time by Ali Sparkes spies & cryogenics Ben and Rachel discover a buried chamber in the woods behind their uncle‟s house. Man this has been here a long time! Is it a space ship that fell to earth? They dig out an opening and go in to explore it, of course, and find 2 kids their age and a puppy sealed in 3 dusty chambers. Ewwww! Are they dead mummies?!? No, they were cryogenically sealed in 1956 … When Rachel accidently pushes a button, there is a strange hissing sound and they awake and emerge. What are they doing there? Who did this? Are they ok? It‟s been over 50 years! They better watch out. There are spies out there, and they have been looking for them! Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg Kehret 2 boys, a dog & a ghost One cold day Rusty happens upon a skinny, dirty dog chained near a wreck of a house with no food or even water. There is another dog nearby, but, oh, this is odd … he can sort of see through it, and then this ghostly dog shows up in his room that night. Rusty can‟t get that poor chained up dog out of his mind, and convinces his best friend to help him secretly rescue and keep it in their fort. Are they rescuing or stealing? Are they doing something right, or getting in trouble? Isn‟t this dog being abused? And, who is this other ghostly dog? Guinea Dog by Patrick Jennings a funny pet story Rufus wants a dog, but his dad says “No!” and his mom brings home a guinea pig instead. Rufus is disappointed, his dad is annoyed, and the pet shop has closed up, so they are stuck with it. To his surprise Fido (yup, that‟s what he named it) acts just like a dog and even retrieves Frisbees. There‟s more. Curious? Read it and find out! Hide and Seek by Katy Grant geochaching & mystery Chase is deep in the woods searching for geocaches with his GPS when he comes upon one with a note in childish writing asking for food. A joke, or real? He doesn‟t find anyone, but he comes back the next day with some food and meets 2 little boys who seem to be living out there with their dad. Something is not right here. As Chase investigates further, he discovers there are several things wrong - one of the boys is sick, and both of them sem frightened. Magic Below Stairs by Caroline Stevermer magical curses Frederick is 10, and an orphan. He was living in an awful orphanage, but has been sent to serve as footman to the wealthy wizard, Lord Schofield. The Lord, being a wizard, has sensed something unusual about Frederick. He‟s right, Frederick has a devoted and unseen friend with him, a clever and mischievous brownie. Meanwhile, the lord wizard has recently cleared all unwanted magic from his country estate, but he missed something important - there is an old curse lurking in the walls, a curse that will threaten his wife and their unborn child. What do an orphan and his brownie have to do with all this? Masters of Disaster by Gary Paulsen wild feats of adventure Henry convinces his best friends, Riley and Reed, that they shall prove their manhood by doing amazing things like breaking world records. The first amazing feat involves riding a bicycle off a third-story roof, another takes them into a creepy haunted house. Henry is the creative force, coming up with one wild idea after another. Riley, the observer, records the disastrous consequences; and poor Reed, the reluctant adventurer, ends up not just battered but grossly slimed. On the good side, they do find a way to finally get even with the local bully! Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner fantasy / revolution The people of Jewel live in troubled & dangerous times. But the Grand Protector watches over the city, and the Blessed Guardians protect the children. How? By fitting them with silver guard chains to link them to their parents, or, to one of the Blessed Guardians - till their Separation Ceremony when they are 12. Meet Goldie Roth ~ she is both adventuresome and willful. Sometimes she has to wear a second punishment chain. She resents all this control, and she Is not the only one. There are many who resent the increasing forced protection. Then, in the middle of her Separation Ceremony a bomb goes off! Goldie uses the confusion to slip away to the Museum of Dunt, a secret haven for wild things and magical creatures of the past. Soon Goldie is one of its guardians. There is a revolution brewing to free Jewel from its restrictive rulers. The bomb was just a sample of what‟s to come, and Goldie and the museum will be in the middle of it. On the Blue Comet by Rosemary Wells time travel adventures It‟s 1929. Oliver and his dad live in a simple house, but have created an amazing model train layout in their basement. When the stock market crashes, his dad (like many others) is suddenly without a job. They lose everything to the bank including the model layout, and his dad leaves for California in search of work. Till his dad finds a steady job, Oliver has to stay with his aunt. On Christmas eve, lonely and sad, he decides to visit their Blue Comet train layout, now set up in the basement of the bank. Harold, the night watchman, knows him and lets him in thinking what harm could come of this. However, that ight armed robbers break into the bank, and Harold tells Oscar to duck into the model train set to hide. Suddenly Oliver finds himself in a life size train on its way to California! This train will make many stops and will carry him into other times along the way. He‟s going to have all kinds of adventures and even be drafted into the army! All while trying to find his dad. Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper Disabilities / courage Born with Cerebral Palsy, Melody while very bright, is trapped inside a body she cannot control. She will never sing or dance, talk on the phone, or whisper secrets to her friends Even worse, her inability to respond with words or actions means people tend to treat her as if she were retarded. Everything changes when Melody gets a talking computer. For the first time ever, she tells her parents she loves them. For the first time ever she can join a regular class at school. When she does, she shows everyone how very smart she is. Smarter than most. When the opportunity to try out for the school‟s celebrated “Quiz Bowl” team comes up, she makes it on! But not everyone is happy for her. To some she will always be the freaky girl. To some, her success is a threat, and they intend to act. Saving Sky by Diane Stanley Terrorism / prejudice The future has taken a dark turn. The war on terror has gone on. Food is rationed and there is a serious oil shortage. Terrorists have ramped up attacks on U.S. soil, and more and more “Red-Alert” days. People live with fear, every day. Some have responded by moving into the country and becoming self sufficient. On Skye‟s family ranch they grow their own food and manufacture their own energy. Her parents also teach her to count her blessings and look for ways help others. When Homeland Security agents start rounding up anyone of Middle-Eastern descent, Sky and her family resolve to shelter her friend Kareem, whose father a town doctor has just been taken. Saving Zasha by Randi Burrows Dogs / WW II Russia suffered terribly in the war, and by the end, anything German was suspect if not hated. This is the story of Mijhail‟s family who have taken in a dog, a German Shepard dog. They know many will see them as traitors, but they decide to hide her and try to save her. Then they find out she is pregnant. How can they build a shelter that will hide her - and her pups? Meanwhile there is their nosy neighbor, Katria. Her father owns the town paper and she is relentless in her determination to uncover the secret she is sure they are hiding. The Shadows by Jacqueline West Cats / magic Olive and her parents move into a fancy old Victorian home complete with the deceased owner's furnishings. As she begins to explore Olive notices something odd. The paintings won‟t come off the wall, and when she looks closer, she thinks she sees things moving around in them. While rummaging through the drawers, she finds a pair of glasses and when she tries them on she discovers that she can enter the paintings and talk to the people in them. A talking cat warns her not to spend too much time in there, or lose the glasses. Then she meets boy trapped in a painting because of a conversation he overheard. Maybe she should put those glasses away! Nope. Olive is determined to find out more. More about the house and more about the deceased owner. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger middle school / humor Tommy and his friends think that Dwight is a weirdo who‟s “always talking about robots or spiders or something.” One day Dwight shows up at school one day brandishing a little origami Yoda finger puppet. The really weird thing is that it doles out very un-Dwight-like bits of wisdom. They begin to wonder, is the Yoda just Dwight talking in a funny voice, or does it actually have some mystical powers. If so, there is a question Tom is dying to ask it! Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner Skating / competition Claire loves skating and is often out on her pond practicing new moves. She even has a routine that she skates to music. But, she also loves helping her family make maple syrup and doing things with her best friend Natalie. Then her routine at the local Maple Show is observed by a prestigious coach, and he offers her a Silver Blades Scholarship. He wants her for a highly selective training program that prepares skaters for elite competition. This is quite an opportunity, and everyone is very excited for her, and so is Claire; but it‟s going to take up all her time, and competing … just the thought makes her tense up. She has to ask herself, is this opportunity right for her? A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz grimmly blended fairy tales As if Hansel and Gretel didn‟t already have it tough in their own fairy tale, here they are retrofitted into several Grimm fairy tales one after another. In this grim story, the twins are beheaded (and reheaded, thankfully), dismembered, hunted, killed, brought back to life, sent to hell, and thrown into a number of other terrible situations en route to their happily ever after. Which they do find in the end. We the Children by Andrew Clements School mystery ~ series When the story starts, the school custodian, who has been badly injured, quietly presses a strange coin in Ben‟s hand, makes him swear to keep it secret, and dies. Their school, given to the community by Captain Oakes in 1783 is to be torn down to build an amusement park! Ben and his friends were pretty excited about this, but after reading the words on the coin, he thinks maybe not. Soon there is a new custodian at the school, but he seems very sneaky, like he‟s hiding something. Ben decides to ask his smart friend, Jill, to help him figure out what the coin is all about. They uncover a large iron key and a clue that instructs them to follow five steps in order. 1st book in the series.