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Joe Hilton's Monthly Picks
for December 2007

By Joe Hilton of the Free Library of Philadelphia

Bony-Legs Bony-Legs
By Joanna Cole
(Easy Reader)

While walking through the woods Sasha meets Bony-Legs, a bad witch who likes to eat little children. Sasha must try to escapes with the help of the witch's cat and dog before she is made into a dinner meal.
Grades 1-3
 
Morris goes to School Morris Goes to School
By Bernard Wiseman
(Easy Reader)

Morris the Moose decides to go to school because he went to the wrong store because he could not read. He did not know how much money he had because he could not count. Find out what happens when a moose goes to school with boys and girls.
Grades 1-3
 
Gilda Joyce: The Ghost Sonata Gilda Joyce: The Ghost Sonata
By Jennifer Allison
(Series)

Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator has volunteered to be a page-turner for her best friend, Wendy Choy, during an international piano competition in England. Gilda see this as an opportunity to develop her physic skills and ability in another country famous for ghosts.
Grades 5-8
 
Leap of Faith Leap of Faith
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
After being expelled from her public school Abigail is forced to attend a parochial school. Abby finds out that she has a talent for theater and she doesn't mind the attending the required religion classes and services.
Grades 6-8
 
Dexter the Tough Dexter the Tough
By Margaret Peterson Haddix
Fourth-grader Dexter who is the new kid in school gets laughed at by other kids when he slips and falls on the newly polished floor, his first day at school. After he punches a kid on the first day his teacher gives him a writing assignment to help Dexter think about the difficult issues he faces.
Grades 4-5
 
Do Not Pass Go Do Not Pass Go
By Kirkpatrick Hill
Deet lives in a small Alaskan town. He is sure that everyone he knows will learn that his stepfather has been jailed for drug possession. When he visits his stepfather in prison Deet comes to know some of the inmates, their families and their stories.
Grades 6-8
 
Unicorns? Get Real! Unicorns? Get Real!
By Kathryn Lasky
(Series)

When Princess Gundersnap learns that her mother, Empress Maria has taken her favorite horse into war, she looks for ways to save him. When she turns to a enchanted and magical drapery for help, she must find a unicorn that many believe does not exist.
Grades 4-6
 
The Fugitive From Corinth The Fugitive From Corinth
By Caroline Lawrence
(Series)

This historical mystery takes place in the year A.D. 80. Flavia Gemina, daughter of a sea captain is an amateur detective. Her companions include her neighbor, Jonathan; Lupus, a young beggar; and Nubia, an African slave about her age. Flavia and her friends are trying to track down Aristo a tutor who has been accused of attacking Flavia's father.
Grades 4-6

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