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Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
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Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as the island of San Nicholas. Dolphins flash in the blue waters around it, sea otter play in the vast kep beds, and sea elephants loll on the stony beaches.

Here, in the early 1800s, according to history, an Indian girl spent eighteen years alone, and this beautifully written novel is her story. It is a romantic adventure filled with drama and heartache, for not only was mere subsistence on so desolate a spot a near miracle, but Karana had to contend with the ferocious pack of wild dogs that had killed her younger brother, constantly guard against the Aleutian sea otter hunters, and maintain a precarious food supply, even when it meant battling an octopus.

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Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
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Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

For all the ten years of her life, Ha has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by, and the beauty of her very own papaya tree. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Ha and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope.

This is the moving story of one girl’s year of change, dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one country to another, one life to the next.

 

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Ida B by Katherine Hannigan
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Ida B by Katherine Hannigan

About Ida B:
Ida B. Applewood believes there is never enough time for fun.
That’s why she’s so happy to be homeschooled and to spend every free second outside with the trees and the brook.
Then some not-so-great things happen in her world. Ida B has to go back to that Place of Slow but Sure Body-Cramping, Mind-Numbing, Fun-Killing Torture—school. She feels her heart getting smaller and smaller and hardening into a sharp, black stone.
How can things go from righter than right to a million miles beyond wrong? Can Ida B put together a plan to get things back to just-about perfect again?

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When You Reach Me
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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Four mysterious letters change Miranda’s world forever.

Shortly after sixth-grader Miranda and her best friend Sal part ways, for some inexplicable reason her once familiar world turns upside down. Maybe it’s because she’s caught up in reading A Wrinkle in Time and trying to understand time travel, or perhaps it’s because she’s been receiving mysterious notes which accurately predict the future. Rebecca Stead’s poignant novel, When You Reach Me, captures the interior monologue and observations of kids who are starting to recognize and negotiate the complexities of friendship and family, class and identity.

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(Photo Credit: Central Rappahannock Regional Library)

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Girl Power by Ashley Rice
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Girl Power by Ashley Rice

Ashley Rice’s much-loved character Penelope J. Miller leads the reader through all the different ways to have girl power. Adorable illustrations accompany the important messages about never giving up, making a difference, overcoming obstacles, and more in this book that encourages girls to be the best they can be.

Write a review of this book! It’s a Tween Girls Book Club book! Just write what you think in the comments below…

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Show Your Savvy and PARTY!
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It’s a WEEK LONG PARTY! Check back for the next week and join the fun… AND get a chance to win some prizes! You can do any of the challenges any time. Check each day for a new one ;)  Every entry you make is a chance to WIN! Check it out:

Every time you send in an answer or idea, you get another chance to WIN: 1) a set of iTwixie stickers or 2) an iTwixie T-shirt, or 3) an uber cool Writer’s journal. Cool, yes?

And everyone who enters something in will earn a Power Reader achievement too!

 

7. Mibs and her brothers make a porch swing to show their father how much they care for him. Have you ever constructed something for your father? Did you get help?

6. Medical emergencies can make a family closer.  Has this ever happened to you?

5. The Beaumonts all have unusual names. What is the most unusual name you have ever heard?

4. Mibs is a strong leader because she knows what she wants and is not afraid to do what it takes. What do you think is the most important part of being a leader?

3. Mibs calls her father, Poppa. Do you have a special name for your father?

2. Mibs knows that Will really likes her but she does not feel ready for a boyfriend at 13. She asks him to just be friends. What would you do?

1. So here’s today’s challenge… make up a cool poem about Mibs by using the letters of her name. So, for example, for M you might say Magnificent… get the idea? Have fun, girls!

M
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SAVVY by Ingrid Law

Thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy hits—and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, Mibs Beaumont is eager to see what she gets. But just before the big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. And now all Mibs wants is a savvy that will save him.
Just click on the picture above or the title and author and you can read a lot of the book right online!

  • Did you like Savvy? If you haven’t started yet, there’s no time better than now! On June 5, we’ll announce the party winners for the Savvy week-long party - so fun!
  • AND THERE’S MORE! Just click on iTwixie’s Book Club to chat about more book club stuff  ;)

 

 

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The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander
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The Fourth Stall By Chris Rylander

Get ready to laugh out loud, as imagination and quirk come together to create a hilarious story of the friendship and adventure of middle school boys who will stop at nothing to fix their classmates problems.

Remember, you can read part of the book just by clicking on the picture!

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Would You Believe
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This week we have 5 True or False questions for you. Although they relate to the story, the answers are really about what you think – so all answers you give are correct! Everyone who puts her answers in the comment section below WINS a Power Reader Achievement ! 

True or False:

1. When you meet someone really annoying, say like Miss Rosemary in Savvy, you could never imagine that person doing something truly awesome for you.

2. Mibs receives a party dress from her father that makes her want to dance. A specially picked-out dress from your father would make you want to dance, too!

3. Two girls who like to bully Mibs, call her a really ugly name at her birthday party! This is not realistic because bullies would never come to your birthday party.

4. In Savvy, Lester drives a pink bus selling Pink Bibles. This turns out to be a problem because no one seems to want pink Bibles. This is the last straw and you will never read this book!

5. Secrets have a way of coming out in Savvy. In real life, secrets should always be secret!

 

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SAVVY by Ingrid Law

Thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy hits—and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, Mibs Beaumont is eager to see what she gets. But just before the big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. And now all Mibs wants is a savvy that will save him.
Just click on the picture above or the title and author and you can read a lot of the book right online!

 

 

  • Are you liking Savvy? If you haven’t started yet, there’s still time! Next week will include up to Chapter 25.
  • Next  Wednesday, May 22,  we’ll have some more fun stuff and we’ll announce more Power Reader Winners!
  • AND THERE’S MORE! Just click on iTwixie’s Book Club to chat about more book club stuff ;)

 

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Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
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Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

This is one of the best books about boy/girl relationships and how we need to listen with laughter, compassion and an open heart. When Julianna met Bryce, she flipped, it was his eyes. All Bryce ever wanted was for Julianna to leave him alone… for good. Thus the beginning of the like/dislike friendship starts the story and carries the reader through to a dynamic ending.

Write a review of this book! It’s a Tween Girls Book Club book! Just write what you think in the comments below…or give it a smile rating  :)  to  :) :) :) :) :)

 

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Case Closed or Not
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We read this book as part of iTwixie’s Tween Girl Book Club. What did you think of it? Tell us right here!

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Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science by Susan Hughes

From the Russian Tsarina Anastasia and Amelia Earhart to the INS Dakar, let these mysteries grab you and take you all over the Earth. And get this… there’s more. After every mystery, there’s another mystery that you can start solving on your own. Can you help solve them?

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