Saturday, September 06, 2014

Reading - Hurt Go Happy

Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby

Thirteen-year-old Joey Willis is used to being left out of conversations. Though she’s been deaf since the age of six, Joey’s mother has never allowed her to learn sign language. She strains to read the lips of those around her, but often fails. Everything changes when Joey meets Dr. Charles Mansell and his baby chimpanzee, Sukari. Her new friends use sign language to communicate, and Joey secretly begins to learn to sign. Spending time with Charlie and Sukari, Joey has never been happier. She even starts making friends at school for the first time. But as Joey’s world blooms with possibilities, Charlie’s and Sukari’s choices begin to narrow—until Sukari’s very survival is in doubt.

Reading - Danny the Champion of the World

Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

"My father, without the slightest doubt, was the most marvelous and exciting father any boy ever had." Danny feels very lucky. He adores his life with his father, living in a gypsy caravan, listening to his stories, tending their gas station, puttering around the workshop, and occasionally taking off to fly home-built gas balloons and kites. His father has raised him on his own, ever since Danny's mother died when he was four months old. Life is peaceful and wonderful... until he turns 9 and discovers his father's one vice. Soon Danny finds himself the mastermind behind the most incredible plot ever attempted against nasty Victor Hazell, a wealthy landowner with a bad attitude. Can they pull it off? If so, Danny will truly be the champion of the world.

Reading - Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Someone's been stealing from the three meanest farmers around, and they know the identity of the thief - it's Fantastic Mr. Fox! Working alone they could never catch him, but now fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don't know is that they're not dealing with just any fox - Mr. Fox would rather die than surrender. Only the most fantastic plan can save him now.

Reading - The Magic Finger

The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl

To the Gregg family, hunting is just plain fun. To the girl who lives next door, it's just plain horrible. She tries to be polite. She tries to talk them out of it, but the Greggs only laugh at her. Then one day the Greggs go too far, and the little girl turns her Magic Finger on them. When she's very, very angry, the little girl's Magic Finger takes over. She really can’t control it, and now it's turned the Greggs into birds! Before they know it, the Greggs are living in a nest, and that's just the beginning of their problems….

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Reading - Mr. Gum and the Secret Hideout

Mr. Gum and the Secret Hideout by Andy Stanton

Talking parrots in the rooftops? A giant cactus on the high street? Mosquitos so nasty that even their own friends don't like them? Something's gone terribly wrong in Lamonic Bibber . . . and Mr Gum is nowhere to be found. Yes, folks, Polly and Friday are facing their biggest challenge yet. So strap yourselves in, cry "HI-HO-WEIRDY!" and get ready for an adventure so crazy your feet will melt with happiness! And I'm not just saying that, I've actually seen it happen.

Reading - Agatha Parrot and the Heart of Mud

Agatha Parrot and the Heart of Mud by Kjartan Poskitt

Agatha Parrot is the most exciting and hilarious comedy series since Mr Gum! But don’t take our word for it . . . take hers! Hiya! What would you do if your smelly brother started getting emails from a mystery girl? Ha ha! OK, I admit it was my fault. My friend Martha had got into trouble with her mum and I was helping out, but things went a bit wrong, especially when the mystery girl started sending James loads of LOVE and KISSES like this XXXXX. Woo-hoo! Agatha Parrot.

Reading - Agatha Parrot and the Mushroom Boy

Agatha Parrot and the Mushroom Boy by Kjartan Poskitt

Helloooo! This story is about the time Agatha was watching SING, WIGGLE, AND SHINE on TV (the worst talent show ever WAHOO love it love it) but her evil brother James stole the TV remote so he could watch sports instead. Don't worry, she got her own back! All it took was a giant yellow cake, some fairies, a school fete, and a big sofa cushion. Oh, and Dad ended up with his toenails painted, so does that all make sense to you?