The One and Only Ivan By Katherine Applegate
The One and Only Ivan is a touching story about a gorilla who has got used to life at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. He’s been in his ‘domain’ for 9, 855 days. Alone. But he doesn’t mind this life anymore, and he spends most of his time drawing pictures with wax crayons and paint. Then one day, a baby elephant comes along, and he’s forced to think about his past, and his future. This story made me cry with sadness and happiness! (The website is TheOneandOnlyIvan.com)
Getting Near to Baby By Audrey Couloumbis
After their baby sister dies, Willa Jo and Little Sister have to leave their mother to live with their Aunt Patty, who has no children, but a lot of rules. Little Sister has not said anything since her sister’s death, and no one can get a word out of her. One day, Willa Jo and Little Sister climb on top of Aunt Patty’s roof, and, well, an awful lot happens!! This is an overwhelmingly sad AND happy book. I highly recommend it!!
The Birchbark House By Louise Erdrich
This is the first book of a very good series. It is set in 1847, about an Ojibwa 8 year old girl called Omakayas (which means ‘Little Frog’ and her community. They go through smallpox, deaths, ghost encounters, and much more. There are some AWESOME characters in this book. I love it!
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place : The Mysterious Howling By Maryrose Wood
This book is fantastic, really funny and very mysterious… 🙂 It’s about an english (british) governess named Penelope Lumley who gets a job in a huge mansion called Ashton Place. She thinks that she’s going to be taking care of three normal children, but it turns out… that they are not normal at all. It’s sometimes said about naughty children that they could be ‘raised by wolves’. These children actually were! This is the first book of a mystery series about Miss Lumley and her students. I could not stop reading this – I brought it everywhere!! (The Website is MaryroseWood.com
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