New Books for Girls

33 Minutes by Todd Hasak-Lowy

Reading Level: Grades 5 - 8

...until Morgan Sturtz kicks my butt

Sam Lewis and Morgan Sturtz were best friends all through elementary school, but by seventh grade Sam is the brainy, nerdy, small kid while Morgan is is the popular football player who struggles in school.  Readers know something has happened to warrant the promised "butt kicking," but don't find out until later in the book. Hask-Lowy takes readers through a boring social studies class, a classic food fight, a fire drill and the cover "butt kicking." Sam is a smart, likeable narrator. "If you know someone was going to kick you someplace, would you not hope for that place to be your butt?"

There are so many books about the changing friendships among girls.  Here's one about boys that girls will enjoy, too.

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The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb

Reading Level:  Ages 12 & up

This nonfiction book reads like a fast paced spy thriller. Israeli Mossad agents, German and Israeli government officials, and private citizens worked together to abduct  Nazi war criminal  Adolf Eichman and bring him to justice.  Eichman, responsible for the deaths of six million Jews, disappeared after the war ended.  Then there came  a report that he was living in Argentina.

All the elements of a spy novel are here: a dangerous mission, false identities, safe houses, and split second timing, but this is a true, well documented  history.

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Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Reading Level: Ages 8 - 12

Dad has been left in charge of the house in Mom's absence and  there is no milk for  his children's cereal.  Not much of a plot unless the author is Neil Gaiman.  In the ultimate "the dog ate my homework" story, Dad explains why it took so long to get the milk.  The story involves alien aduction, pirates, a dinosaur professor in a hot-air balloon, "wumpires," the space-time continuum- oh, you get the idea.  Illustrator Skottie Young 's illustrations manage to match the zaniness of the plot.  I'd write more, but I think Bigfoot needs help finding a book and there's the spell cast on the Youth Services Department and . . .

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Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan

Reading Level:  Grades 6 -9

Told in free verse, this is the story of Kasienka, who has just left her native Poland for a tenament in England.  Her mother was determined to follow her father who left the family two years before and hasn't been heard from since.  Kasienka is miserable in her new life.  At her middle school the popular girls bully her and at home her mother is determined to continue the exhausting, fruitless search for her father.  Only when she's swimming does Kasienka feel good and empowered.

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