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Melonhead & the Undercover Operation
Melonhead and his friend Sam go undercover thinking that they have identified a notorious fugitive sought by the FBI in this contemporary and funny adventure.
The Art Lesson
Though Tommy's family values and respects his artwork, the budding artist’s school doesn't always seem to appreciate it. That is until a special teacher encourages Tommy to follow his own interests. The tone of dePaola's signature art is reserved here but ideally suited to this autobiographical picture book. Those who follow their own passions and persevere (or want to) will find this book affirming.
Robin can't get a part in the school production of Peter Pan, but two days before the first show, one of the lead actors gets sick. Can Robin save the day?
Kelsey Green, Reading Queen
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".
Free Association: Where My Mind Goes During Science Class
Even though Emily’s teacher is distressed that Emily daydreams during science, both recognize that Emily’s wandering mind just might lead to creativity and new ways of thinking. A lighthearted take on a serious topic reminds readers that imagination can lead to many positive things.
I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson's Blackboard
The narrator is convinced she'll never get a star next to her name. She's not particularly good at anything — that is, until her teacher, Mrs. Benson, discovers Rose's real talent is art. Almost childlike illustrations are the ideal complement to Rose's voice in this encouraging tale.
Bookmarks Are People Too! (Here's Hank)
Hank is a second-grade kid who doesn't try to be funny, but he somehow always makes the kids in his class laugh. He's pretty bad at memorizing stuff, and spelling is his worst subject. (But so are math and reading!) Hank's class is putting on a play, and Hank wants the lead part: Aqua Fly. But he freezes in his audition and can only buzz like a fly. His teacher creates a special part for Hank, a silent bookmark. This may seem like an insignificant role, but when his enemy, Nick McKelty, freezes during the performance, it's up to Hank to save the play! This is the first book in the Here's Hank series.
A Boy Called Bat
After the mother skunk is killed, Bixby “Bat” Alexander Tam’s veterinarian mother brings home its kit to be kept only until its old enough to be released. Who would have thought Bat would want to keep the baby skunk, named Thor? Is it really okay for a skunk to become a pet? Bat is a unique character and the story offers a deeply heartfelt glimpse into the life of a boy on the autism spectrum, presented realistically in this touching (and surprisingly informative) novel.
Ian's Walk: A Story about Autism
Julie can't wait to go to the park and feed the ducks with her big sister. Her little brother, Ian, who has autism, wants to go, too. Ian doesn't have the same reactions to all the sights and sounds that his sisters have. Through its simple plot, the story conveys a complex family relationship and demonstrates the ambivalent emotions Julie feels about her autistic brother. This natural mix of resentment, anger, isolation, loyalty, and love is explained in preliminary notes written by professional pediatric caregivers.
Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome
Sam doesn't like his pancakes to touch, his coat hurts his skin, and his sister is annoyed by his incessant singing. But once he is diagnosed, teamwork-based support helps Sam's life become a little easier. The book includes 10 helpful tips geared toward children, showing them how to respect and accept differences as well as to interact with a classmate or friend with Asperger's.