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Quiet Please, Owen McPhee by Trudy Ludwig
Owen talks a lot! He talks so much that his classmates start to get annoyed. A case of laryngitis helps Owen learn a lesson about talking less and listening more. Like Ludwig's book, The Invisible Boy, this one will be useful in the classroom. At the end of the book there are suggested discussion questions to start a conversation about the importance of listening.
Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang
Jim doesn't feel quite right when he wakes up, but he insists he's not grumpy. His friends give him lots of suggestions to change this, but Jim still doesn't feel happy. With the help of Gorilla, Jim realizes that with time the grumpiness will pass. The illustrations are fun and comical. This book will both entertain and convey a message about feelings.
The Princess and the Absolutely Not a Princess (Miranda and Maude, #1) by Emma Wunsch
This is a humorous and heart-warming read. It's a book about friendship that shows the importance of understanding differences and having empathy for others. For readers of shorter chapter books this will be a delightful read. You can read more about my thoughts about this book here.
Grenade by Alan Gratz
This is one intense and heart-pounding read! The battles of World War II have just hit Okinawa. Hideki is taken from his school, armed with two grenades, and sent to fight with the Japanese Army. Ray is an American Marine, fighting for the first time. The stories of the two converge as they both fight to survive and make sense of the atrocities of war. These are characters that will stay with you long after you read the book. The story is a raw portrayal of the brutality of war, illustrating how it tears families and countries apart. It also explores how fear can overtake us. There is definitely darkness within the pages of this book, but there is also hope. Personally, I learned from this story as I did not know very much about the battle that occurred in Okinawa during WWII. The author's note at the end provided additional information that I found interesting. Although, many of my fifth graders get interested in reading about WWII, I think this book would be more suited to a middle school audience. Thanks to the author for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advance reading copy of this book. The book publishes in October.
Winnie's Great War by Lindsay Mattick and Josh Greenhut
This is the story of the real bear that was the inspiration for the creation of Winnie-the-Pooh. It expands upon the story that was first told in the picture book Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. Winnie's journey from the woods in Canada, across the Atlantic Ocean, to the London Zoo is a sweet story of friendship and courage, but the book also gives insight into the time period of World War I. I enjoyed this book as much as the picture book. Sophie Blackall's illustrations are wonderful, too. I received an advance reading copy of this book, thanks to the publisher, at the International Literacy Association Conference. The book publishes in September.