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Joe Hilton's Monthly Picks
for February 2011

By Joe Hilton of the Free Library of Philadelphia

Arthur's Great Big Valentine
by Lillian Hoban  (Easy Reader)
Arthur the monkey and his best friend Norman are mad at each other after playing a game. Will the two best friends reunited and keep their friendship? What fun is Valentine's Day without a best friend?
Grades K-2

 
drinkinggourd Drinking Gourd
by F. N Monjo (Easy Reader)
Tommy discovers that his house is a station on the secret underground railroad and his father is a conductor helping a family of passengers escape to freedom.
Grades K-3
 
jack plank tells tales Jack Plank Tells Tales
by Natalie Babbitt
Jack Plank the pirate has to find a new job after he is let go by his pirate ship and put to shore in the town of Saltwash. Jack searches for a new job but has lots of reasons why he cannot work as a farmer, baker, fortune-teller, fisherman, barber, goldsmith, actor, or musician in this port town. With the help of 11-year-old Nina he hopes to find the perfect job.
Grades 3-5
 
The Story of Jonas The Story of Jonas
by Maurine F. Dahlberg
Thirteen-year-old Jonas is a slave on the Hoopers' Missouri farm in 1859. When he travels on a wagon train with his master's son to search for gold in the Kansas Territory, Jonas finds a chance for freedom by people who oppose slavery.
Grades 4-6
 
the book of lies The Book of Lies
by James Moloney
In the middle of the night Marcel is kidnapped and taken to an orphanage. An evil wizard attempts to erase his memories and replaced them with false ones. A girl named Bea with the ability to become invisible tries to help him discover his true identity.
Grades 5-8
 
Amelia's 6th Grade Notebook Amelia's Sixth-Grade Notebook
by Marissa Moss (Series)
Amelia's friend Carly is running for student body president, Amelia is running for school secretary and Leah is running for treasurer. Amelia was only interested in being the campaign manager but now the race is on and everyone wants to win.
Grades 4-6
 
Little Wolf Little Wolf's Haunted Hall for Small Horrors
By Ian Whybrow (Series)
Little Wolf and his friends Yeller and Stubbs, and little brother Smellybreff have started a Haunted Hall school. You can learn how to popup up all of a suddenly like toast from the big bad ghost teacher and other secret powers. But they run into many problems along the way.
Grades 2-4
 
Pippi Longstocking Pippi Longstocking
by Astrid Lindgren
9-year-old red headed Pippi Longstocking is one of the strongest girls in the world who lives with a horse and a monkey and no parents in a small village.
Grades 3-5

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