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The Society of Distinguished Lemmings by Julie Colombet
The lemmings follow a strict set of rules and, because of this, they always act very distinguished (well, sort of). Bertie, who wants a change, ventures outside where he meets a bear. The other lemmings don't find the bear very distinguished at all, but when they migrate and are at risk of drowning, their opinion of the bear changes. This is a quirky and amusing book. There is much dialogue between the chatty lemmings which will have readers revisiting this book again and again. The book publishes in March.
The Shark Report #1 (Benny McGee and the Shark) by Derek Anderson
This is a pretty silly story about Benny and a shark who follows him home from the beach. Early readers will be entertained by the story, which is humorous, and learn some facts about sharks. I don't think I can ever go wrong with a book featuring a shark because for some reason I have many students who are very intrigued by this creature. Thanks to Penguin for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with a review copy.
Queen Bee and Me by Gillian McDunn
Meg and Beatrix have been friends since kindergarten, but now that they are in middle school their friendship is changing. When Meg starts working on a project with the new girl at school, Hazel, there is even more tension between the two friends. As Meg begins to realize that Hazel and her family are being treated unfairly, she questions her friendship with Beatrix and learns to speak up for herself and others. This is an engaging story about friendship that will give middle grade readers insight into how friendships can grow and change. Thanks to the publisher, Bloomsbury, for an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in March.
Thank You For Coming to My TED Talk: A Teen Guide to Great Public Speaking by Chris Anderson and Lorin Oberweger
This is a very informative book for teens who are interested in learning how to become better public speakers. Even for me as an adult, this book provided insight that will be useful to me when giving presentations. The author's conversational, engaging style of writing makes this, not just an informative read, but also one that is interesting. The author's message that all teens have the ability to be great speakers and that what they have to say is valuable is empowering. Thanks to the publisher for an advance reading copy. The book publishers in March.