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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: August Recommendations for Kids

Monday, August 1, 2011

August Recommendations for Kids

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson - Rafe Khatchadorian has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he's got an ace plan for the best year ever, if only he can pull it off: With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school's oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class-5,000 points! Running in the hallway-10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm-50,000 points! But when Rafe's game starts to catch up with him, he'll have to decide if winning is all that matters, or if he's finally ready to face the rules, bullies, and truths he's been avoiding. Blockbuster author James Patterson delivers a genuinely hilarious-and surprisingly poignant-story of a wildly imaginative, one-of-kind kid that you won't soon forget.

Skippyjon Jones: Class Action by Judy Schachner - Skippyjon Jones really wants to go to school. School is for dogs, his mama tells him. It's where they go to get trained. But nothing can stop Skippy-once inside his closet, he finds himself on the playground of his imagination, surrounded by dogs of all kinds. He bays with the beagles, learns French with the poodles, and checks out a Chihuahua book from the library. And when a bully starts sending shiver-itos down the spines of the little yippers, Skippy saves the day and earns the biggest gold star.

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo - Once long ago, Joey was a farm horse and worked alongside his young and gentle master Albert. Then World War I came along and Albert’s father sold him to the Army. Through the long years of the war Joey wonders if he will ever find Albert again? The runner-up for the prestigious Whitbread Award, War Horse is a powerful story of the truest friendships, a story that will dazzle readers from beginning to end. Prize winning author Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate of Britain, is also co-founder of the charity Farms for City Children.

Warriors: Skyclan and the Stranger #1: The Rescue by Erin Hunter - Newleaf is coming, and Leafstar is proud to see SkyClan thriving under her leadership. The woods are brimming with prey, the warriors den is full, and Leafstar is expecting kits of her own. But a stranger is lurking near SkyClan’s territory, and Leafstar’s newborn kits—and the rest of the young Clan—could be in serious danger.


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