Reading Rockets recommends the following books by Jennifer Holm
Babymouse Bad Babysitter
Babymouse wants to earn money and she knows she can do it because she'll he best babysitter ever. But things never go quite as planned for Babymouse with results that are sure to make young readers laugh — and maybe even recognize some familiar goings-on. Signature comic book illustrations are used in this installment of the series.
Babymouse Burns Rubber
In this latest installment of the ever-pink and imaginative rodent, Babymouse, she discovers she needs help from a pal to make her soap box car. However, at the derby, it is Wilson who needs help. It's Babymouse to the rescue! Pink is used successfully to define the fantasy in the otherwise black and white cartoons in this ever-fresh graphic novel series.
Babymouse: Cupcake Tycoon
Babymouse is back, this time to win the contest for selling the most cupcakes in support of a new school library. As in others of the satisfying, humorous series, Babymouse's imagined scenarios are shown in pink.
Babymouse: Puppy Love
The irrepressible Babymouse is eager to get a puppy even though her track record with pets isn't encouraging. Could Babymouse's dreams be better than reality? Fast and funny, many readers will see themselves in the very pink dreams of Babymouse.
Babymouse: Skater Girl
Babymouse wants to win the skating trophy and keeps a rigorous training schedule; one without friends and cupcakes. Ultimately, Babymouse figures out and acts on what is most important to her. The Babymouse books continue to be fresh, original, and real.
Full of Beans
Times are tough for Beans and his family in Key West during the Great Depression. Can Beans and his friends trust the New Dealers who say that they have come to Florida to make their small, poor town a tourist destination? Bean’s saga is both humorous and poignant in his satisfying story.
Our Only May Amelia
Twelve-year-old tomboy May Amelia Jackson, the youngest of seven children and the only girl in a Finnish immigrant family, lives in the wilderness along the Nasel River in Washington State in 1899. Through May Amelia's travels, readers witness the diverse ways of life in the expanding West: peaceful relations with the Chinook Indians, the dangers posed by the neighboring logging camp, her aunt's life in the nearby boomtown of Astoria, Oregon, as well as the rhythms of the seasons.
Penny from Heaven
It’s 1953 and 11-year-old Penny dreams of a summer of butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and baseball. This coming-of-age story is populated by a cast of vivid family characters and it explores the things that tear them apart and the things that bring them back together. The book includes an Author's Note with photographs and additional background on World War II, Internment camps, and 1950s America.
Squish: Brave New Pond
It's a brand new school year for everyone's favorite amoeba! Will Squish finally get to sit with the cool kids at lunch? Will Pod stop the giant asteroid from destroying the world? Will the leeches be the end of Super Amoeba? And what makes cafeteria nachos so delicious anyway?
Squish: The Power of the Parasite
School's out! Everyone's favorite amoeba is headed to summer camp! Squish's summer is turning out to be terrifying! For one thing, Squish can't swim. And to make matters worse, his new camp friend is a Hydra (scientific fact: A hydra's tentacles can paralyze you!). Will Squish sink or will he swim this summer?
Sunny Side Up
Sunny Lewin has been packed off to Florida to live with her grandfather for the summer. Sunny meets Buzz, a boy who is completely obsessed with comic books, and soon they’re having adventures of their own: facing off against golfball-eating alligators, runaway cats, and mysteriously disappearing neighbors. But the question remains — why is Sunny down in Florida in the first place? The answer lies in a family secret that won’t be secret to Sunny much longer.
The Fourteenth Goldfish
Middle school is tough enough but what happens when your grandfather — a scientist who has uncovered some really interesting jellyfish properties — attends with you as a 13-year old? It's a totally new experience! Told with verve and humor (and a touch of science), this is a coming-of-age tale for 11-year old Ellie and Melvin, her teenaged granddad.
Turtle in Paradise
In 1935, jobs are hard to come by, and Turtle's mother is lucky to find work as a live-in housekeeper. When she learns that her employer can't stand children, she sends her 11-year-old daughter from New Jersey to Key West to live with relatives. Turtle discovers a startlingly different way of life amid boisterous cousins, Nana Philly, and buried treasure. This richly detailed novel was inspired by Holm's great-grandmother's stories.
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