Sunday, November 29, 2009

Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica

All you need to do is throw a football through a target at half-time in a pro-football game. Your dad just lost his job and boy could your family use the money. However, your thoughts are consumed by your best frIend who has a rare disease and is going blind. She is your inspiration to practice. Lucky for you you are the quarterback on your football team.

This book is filled with football strategy, games and action. It's also filled with strong families and strong friendships. Recommended for kids who love football or the thrill of a contest.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Contest--Win a computer and a trip to New York

Would you like to win a netbook and a trip to New York? Would you like to help Golden get new computers and software? Would you like to meet Eli Manning?

All you have to do is write a 100 word essay telling why Golden should win. Go to for the rules. All entries are to be submitted on line. Parents, staff and students can enter.

The deadline has been extended to December 11.

Good Luck!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Contest--Kyle's Island by Sally Derby

A few weeks ago I wrote a review about this book. It will be on the birthday wish list on amazon. For now, I am giving away the advanced readers copy that I read. Would you like to win it? To enter comment on this post who your favorite author is. Remember to include your first name, last initial and teacher. Good luck.

Contest ends 11:59 PM on Saturday, November 20.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Do you like to read steampunk?

Try LARKLIGHT by Phillip Reeves or AIRMAN by Eoin Colfer or The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater has written a book about a girl who falls in love with a wolf. Even before Grace knew Sam was a werewolf, she would watch the yellow eyed wolf in the woods behind her house in Minnesota and he seemed to be watching her. After being shot by a hunter, Sam takes his human shape and Grace recognizes his eyes, saves his life and they fall in love. As winter settles in Sam will once again become wolf. Some teens who have been bitten believe there is a cure. Is there? This book will appeal to fans of Twilight and is definitely a YA book for mature reader.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Winner--Dragon Rider

The winner of the autographed copy of DRAGON RIDER by Cornelia Funke is Ethan V. is Mrs. Bradley's class. Congratulations, Ethan!

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Beef Princess of Practical County by Michelle Houts

I love a fun quick read. THE BEEF PRINCESS OF PRACTICAL COUNTY by Michelle Houts is both. Libby is a 12-year-old girl who lives on a cattle farm in Indiana. Raising cattle has been a family tradition for years. When Libby's older brother goes off to college it is Libby's turn to raise a calf into a full grown steer and show it at the annual fair. After the contest the steers are auctioned off and Libby has a chance to start her college fund by getting a good price for her steer. Libby also decides to compete in the pageant to try to win the title of The Beef Princess. Middle grade girls will love this book.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Anything But Typical by Nora Raleight Baskin

As a high functioning autistic boy Jason thrives at writing stories yet struggles communicating with his peers. HIs stories reflect some of his feelings and insecurities. He is part of an online storyboard community and his parents offer to take him to their annual convention. When his dad cancels his mom goes instead. I loved the relationships between Jason and his parents and brother. I loved the way Jason tries so hard to understand other people. This is a wonderful story.