Featured books by Claudia Mills

7 x 9 = Trouble!

By: Claudia Mills
Illustrated by: G. Brian Karas
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Wilson, a third grader, struggles with multiplication. He wishes he were as smart as the other kids in his class, or even his little brother, Kipper, who is a kindergarten math wiz. Wilson perseveres, however, and not only passes his times table test but gains a pet!

Annika Riz, Math Whiz

By: Claudia Mills
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Annika wants her math-hating friends to enjoy math as much as she does. Feeding answers to math problems to friends hurts more but using math to save the class carnival is another story! Recognizable characters identifiable situations make a plausible, engaging school story.

Gus and Grandpa

By: Claudia Mills
Illustrated by: Catherine Stock
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

In three very simple stories, Gus (who is nearly 7) and Grandpa (who is nearly 70) have fun together. Sometimes they make mistakes, but they help each other, and they laugh about their secrets. Gus' parents are there in the background, but they don't get the private jokes. The simple, lovely words in short lines will help beginning readers, and Stock's line-and-wash illustrations are filled with light and love and commotion.

Gus and Grandpa and Show-and-Tell

By: Claudia Mills
Illustrated by: Catherine Stock
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Gus despairs of coming up with something interesting and impressive for his second grade class' show-and-tell, until he gets a great idea while visiting his Grandpa. Gus and his wise grandfather share each other's company and experiences in other books including basketball jitters and Halloween fears.

Gus and Grandpa at Basketball

By: Claudia Mills
Illustrated by: Catherine Stock
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

It is Grandpa’s sage advice that helps Gus overcome his fear and play the best game of basketball he can. Gus learns to play on the court just like when he practices in Grandpa’s driveway. The gentle tone of the story is reflected in the illustrations to tell a tale that rings true. (Look for other Gus and Grandpa stories by Claudia Mills.)

How Oliver Olsen Changed the World

By: Claudia Mills
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Oliver Olsen learns how to change his own world as the engaging third grader works on a school science project. The telling (third person) is natural and the situations plausible. The story can be retold using transition words to emphasize or identify individuals' favorite (or most memorable) parts.

How Oliver Olson Changed the World

By: Claudia Mills
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

When his teacher assigns a science project, 3rd grader Oliver is enthusiastic about doing it independently. His rather overprotective parents, however, have different ideas. How Oliver and his newfound friend and classmate overcome the obstacles makes for engaging reading with lots of laughs.

Kelsey Green, Reading Queen

By: Claudia Mills
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Meet Kelsey Green, extraordinary 3rd grade reader, maybe even the best. When her school begins a reading competition, Kelsey discovers what's most important about reading and about readers. This is the first installment in a new series, "Franklin School Friends".

La Frontera: El viaje con papá / My Journey with Papa

By: Claudia Mills, Alfredo Alva
Illustrated by: Claudia Navarro
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Join a young boy and his father on a daring journey from Mexico to Texas to find a new life. Theyll need all the resilience and courage they can muster to safely cross the border (la frontera) and to make a home for themselves in a new land. Based on co-author Alva's own experience as a young boy. Back matter includes information on immigration, a history of the U.S. and Mexican border, and photos of Alva’s family and hometown.

Mason Dixon Basketball Disasters

By: Claudia Mills
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Mason winds up joining the basketball team under relentless encouragement from his best friend, Brody, even though Mason knows he's a klutz. The disasters mount especially when the class bully joins an opposing team. Children will appreciate the situations Mason finds himself in and enjoy the gratifying resolutions.

The Totally Made-Up Civil War Diary of Amanda MacLeish

By: Claudia Mills
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

As 5th grade Amanda is going through the stress of her parents' separation, she's given an interesting school assignment: to write a diary as if she were a Civil War character. Amanda's personal story intertwines with the historical journal of "Polly," providing an interesting opportunity to compare and contrast.

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