Black-Eyed Susan Books 2014-15 Grades 4-6
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Tyrone "Li'l T" Roberts meets Buddy when his family's car accidentally hits the stray dog on their way to church. Buddy turns out to be the dog Li'l T's always wished for—until Hurricane Katrina comes to New Orleans and he must leave Buddy behind. After the storm, Li'l T and his father return home to find a community struggling to rebuild their lives—and Buddy gone. But Li'l T refuses to give up his quest to find his best friend.

 

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"Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" by Chris Grabenstein

"Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" by Chris Grabenstein | Black-Eyed Susan Books 2014-15 Grades 4-6 | Scoop.it

Can twelve 12-year-olds escape from the most ridiculously brilliant library ever created?

 

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library plunks a dozen sixth-graders into the middle of a futuristic library for a night of nonstop fun and adventure.

 

In a nod to Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this fast-paced new novel features an eccentric billionaire who welcomes a group of children into a fantasy setting full of weird, wondrous touches.

 

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"The PS Brothers" by Maribeth Boelts

"The PS Brothers" by Maribeth Boelts | Black-Eyed Susan Books 2014-15 Grades 4-6 | Scoop.it

Russell and Shawn call themselves the PS Brothers: P is for poop, S is for scoop, and Brothers is because they’re best friends. Scooping poop is the fastest way to earn money to buy a puppy. These two are crazy about dogs. And they’re sure that once their puppy grows into a tough dog, no one will ever pick on them for being weak or poor again. Unfortunately, getting a puppy is not that easy. Russell and Shawn don’t count on uncovering a dog-fighting ring—and that can bust apart a dream faster than a dog can sniff out a bone.

 

But doing the right thing might still get them what they want—and maybe even more.

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"The Great Wall of Lucy Wu" by Wendy Shang

"The Great Wall of Lucy Wu" by Wendy Shang | Black-Eyed Susan Books 2014-15 Grades 4-6 | Scoop.it

Lucy Wu, aspiring basketball star and interior designer, is on the verge of having the best year of her life. She's ready to rule the school as a sixth grader and take over the bedroom she has always shared with her sister. In an instant, though, her plans are shattered when she finds out that Yi Po, her beloved grandmother's sister, is coming to visit for several months -- and is staying in Lucy's room. Lucy's vision of a perfect year begins to crumble, and in its place come an unwelcome roommate, foiled birthday plans, and Chinese school with the awful Talent Chang.

 

Her plans are ruined -- or are they? Like the Chinese saying goes: Events that appear to be good or bad luck often turn out to be quite the opposite, and Lucy finds that while she may not get the "perfect" year she had in mind, she can create something even better.

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"Looking for Me" by Betsy R. Rosenthal

"Looking for Me" by Betsy R. Rosenthal | Black-Eyed Susan Books 2014-15 Grades 4-6 | Scoop.it

One of 12 siblings growing up in depression-era Baltimore, Edith isn't quite sure of who she is. Between working at her father’s diner, taking care of her younger siblings, and living in the shadow of her more mature sisters, Edith feels lost in a sea of siblings. When a kind teacher encourages Edith to be a teacher herself one day, Edith sees prospects for a future all her own. Full of joy, pain, humor, and sadness, this novel in verse is a wonderful look at the life of Edith Paul, the author's mother, and is an enduring portrait (complete with family photos and an author's note at the end) of one family's pursuit of the American dream.

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Written in verse, this book is set right here in Baltimore!

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"Summer at Forsaken Lake " by Michael D. Beil  

"Summer at Forsaken Lake " by Michael D. Beil   | Black-Eyed Susan Books 2014-15 Grades 4-6 | Scoop.it

City-kids Nicholas and younger twin sisters Hayley and Hetty are off to spend the summer with their Great-Uncle Nick at his house on Forsaken Lake.

 

The summer takes a turn toward the mysterious, though, when Nicholas discovers an old movie that his father made as a boy: it tells the story of the local legend, The Seaweed Strangler, but was never finished. Before long Nicholas wants answers both about the legend, and about the movie. Together, he and his new friend Charlie work to uncover the truth and discover some long-buried family secrets along the way.

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"Buddy" by M. H. Herlong

Tyrone "Li'l T" Roberts meets Buddy when his family's car accidentally hits the stray dog on their way to church. Buddy turns out to be the dog Li'l T's always wished for—until Hurricane Katrina comes to New Orleans and he must leave Buddy behind. After the storm, Li'l T and his father return home to find a community struggling to rebuild their lives—and Buddy gone. But Li'l T refuses to give up his quest to find his best friend.

 

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"The Mighty Miss Malone" by Christopher Paul Curtis

"The Mighty Miss Malone" by  Christopher Paul Curtis | Black-Eyed Susan Books 2014-15 Grades 4-6 | Scoop.it

"We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful" is the motto of Deza Malone's family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But the Great Depression hit Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men.

 

When her beloved father leaves to find work, Deza, Mother, and her older brother Jimmie go in search of him, and end up in a Hooverville outside Flint, Michigan. Jimmie's beautiful voice inspires him to leave the camp to be a performer, while Deza and Mother find a new home, and cling to the hope that they will find Father. The twists and turns of their story reveal the devastation of the Depression and prove that Deza truly is the Mighty Miss Malone.

 

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Watch a book trailer from BaldwinBoroLibrary at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtoahaZiUiE

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"The Grave Robber's Apprentice" by Allan Stratton

"The Grave Robber's Apprentice" by Allan Stratton | Black-Eyed Susan Books 2014-15 Grades 4-6 | Scoop.it

Hans is on the run from his adoptive father, a grave robber who found him as a baby hidden inside a wooden box that washed ashore. Now fate has introduced Hans to Angela von Schwanenberg, a young countess fleeing the evil forces of Archduke Arnulf, who has chosen her to be the next in his long line of brides, and the dreaded Necromancer.

 

Together, Hans and Angela gallop through dark forests, treacherous lands and secret passageways on their quest to uncover the truth about Hans’ shadowy past and save Angela’s parents from the archduke’s monstrous asylum. In this world of highwaymen, hermits and dancing bears, anything is possible—even for a grave robber’s apprentice.

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"Saint Louis Armstrong Beach" by Brenda Woods

"Saint Louis Armstrong Beach" by Brenda Woods | Black-Eyed Susan Books 2014-15 Grades 4-6 | Scoop.it

From "School Library Journal"....Saint Louis Armstrong Beach is an 11-year-old, clarinet-playing resident of Tremé, a neighborhood near the French Quarter in New Orleans. As Saint saves up his street-performing tips for a new clarinet and tries to make sense of his broken relationship with his former best friend, a catastrophic storm gathers. Saint is forced to evacuate the city, but decides to turn back in search of the neighborhood stray dog.

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"Ungifted" by Gordon Korman

"Ungifted" by Gordon Korman | Black-Eyed Susan Books 2014-15 Grades 4-6 | Scoop.it

A young struggling student troublemaker is accidentally transferred to a school for highly-gifted genius-level students. To say he doesn't fit in would be a severe understatement. But while Donovan Curtis in no way belongs, he does find things he can contribute.

How long will it take for the school to realize he doesn't belong? How much trouble will he get in as they figure it out? And how many lives will he change in the process? Hard questions to answer without reading the book. Thankfully, it is a fun read, so discovering these answers will be a joy.

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"May B." by Caroline Starr Rose

"May B." by Caroline Starr Rose | Black-Eyed Susan Books 2014-15 Grades 4-6 | Scoop.it

I won't go.

 

"It's for the best," Ma says,

yanking to braid my hair,

trying to make something of what's left.

 

Ma and Pa want me to leave

and live with strangers.

 

I won't go.

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This book is written in verse, which means the author uses poems to tell the story.  May is only supposed to be away from home until Christmas, but something terrible happens. Watch the book trailer from the author's website.

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