I love Scholastic Book Orders! I was the kid that would get giddy with excitement when our teacher handed those book pamphlets out each month (I am still that way even now that I am the teacher.) I was the kid that would get butterflies in her stomach when I saw that iconic book box on my teacher’s desk (It’s my teacher desk now, and I am still that way.) I was also that kid that would dive into my new books and devour the words on the page as soon as I got them. (Yep, you guessed it. I am still that exact same way.) However, my parents used to limit me to one new book each book order. And thankfully, my husband has not yet put a limit on my love for Scholastic. Yet! Shhhh….. don’t tell him.
So what does an avid reader, elementary literacy teacher, and passionate book reviewer purchase in her book order…
Check out below to see what is my Scholastic Box!
42 is Not Just a Number by Doreen Rapport
Jackie Robinson and what he did for the advancement of the sport of baseball is an iconic story. Like so many, I have heard this story and read many retells. Yet, I continue to eat up each and every new version that comes onto the book scene. I cannot wait to see Dorren Rapport’s perspective of all that Jackie Robinson stood for in this new biography of the sports legend. (Side note: my students fight over each new Jackie Robinson story. I am sure this book will be the same. That is, if my husband doesn’t steal it from my book pile first.)
The Bad Guys in Alien vs Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey.
Of course, if there is a new Aaron Blabey book out on the Scholastic website, then I have to buy it! He is hilarious, and my students eat his stories up. The Bad Guys in Alien vs. Bad Guys is the sixth book in Blabey’s series about a set of scary/bad-looking but ultimate good guys in action. Just read the back of this book. You mention the word butt that many times, and elementary students are going to of course flock to it. There is a waiting list for this book currently going on in my classroom.
Chester and Gus by Cammie McGovern
A service dog that has failed his training combined with an autistic boy that can’t stand to be around him sounds to me like a great combination for a heart-warming book. At least I think so! I am so excited to dig into this book of how this very unlikely pair must find a way to work together. Chester and Gus is a story that plays with perspective, and it will be told from Chester, the almost service dog’s point of view. I am guessing I am going to need to keep a box of tissues nearby when I read this story. Dogs and children are my weak spot.
Dolphin Summer by Catherine Hapka
Continuing in the path of her novels: Dolphin Dreams and Heart of a Dolphin, Catherin Hapka brings us another story of young kind falling in love with dolphins. In this new story, a young girl named Lily is finding herself destined to a boring summer. Her friends are all gone, and Lily’s parents are insisting that she spend the summer studying. One day, Lily finds a dolphin that appears to be in distress, and it becomes her goal to help this dolphin. Maybe my helping this dolphin, Lily will also be able to help bull her summer out of its destiny towards boredom.
Exact Location of Home of Kate Messner
This book is showing up everywhere on the Scholastic website, so it has to be good! I am of course, just as excited to dig into this book as the rest of them. From what I gathered, Kirby “Zig” Zigonski is a nerdy kid who has always found his passion with technology. So when his dad disappears, Zig has to do something to help find him. In his own quirky way, Zig sets off with his beloved GPS system, that he found at a garage-sale, in search of the clues that are meant to lead to his missing dad. I mean, “What could go wrong with a nerdy kid and an old GPS?” I am guessing that this book will be full of missteps and tender moments.
Forever or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter
My husband and I are both foster and adoptive parents. This is how our life has led us to build our family. I am always, always on the lookout for any books that take-on this difficult, yet so real, topic. Naturally, when I read the premise for Caela Carter’s novel, Forever or a Long, Long Time, I was destined to purchase it. This story follows two siblings from Foster Care. After years in the system, they finally find a “forever home.” However, when their new mom mentions a new baby is coming, the children become fearful of being replaced. Yep, I think I am destined to fall in love with this story. I can’t wait to crack it open and start reading!
Lola Levine and the Vacation Dream by Monica Brown
I love Lola Levine! This series is so cute. If you are in the market for a great series for lower-leveled chapter books, than this is a series you have to check out. I have all of them in my classroom library, and they are constantly being devoured by my students. I teach fourth grade, and this book is written at around a 2nd grade level. But, that has not deterred any of my students. I originally bought this series for my ELL students. It is a book that mixes in English with a ton of Spanish vocabulary words. You should have seen the face of one of my EL little girls when I pulled out the newest book from Lola Levine’s series. She is dying to dig in.
In the newest book of Lola’s adventures, Lola is heading on a vacation to Peru to visit her Tia Lola. She is off to hopefully have the vacation of her lifetime. Through this adventure, Lola is likely to learn a lot about herself, her cultural history, and naturally, meet a llama!
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
When I saw the cover of this new novel, I knew it was a book that I had to order. Yeah, yeah, we all know that we are not supposed to judge a book by a cover, but I totally do it! (You do as well! No lying). Jokes aside, kids pick out books based on the cover, and the huge list of my students waiting to read this book is proof of that.
Front Desk is a modern-day story of what immigration looks like in today’s world. Mia Tang runs the front desk of the hotel where her family lives and her parents work. Mia and her family are immigrants. Immigrants that are fighting to start their lives over and achieve their dreams. While working at the hotel, Mia’s parents start to hide other immigrants in the unused hotel rooms for free. They don’t want the mean hotel owner, Mr. Yao, to find out about the free rooms or unwanted to guests. Surely, this plan is flawless. Not! I am guessing the plan is going to fall about and our story will get very interesting quickly.
Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
I can already tell that the title, Hurricane Child, will be both a both logical and metaphorical fit for the main character, Caroline, in Kheryn Callender’s new novel. By reading some of the short summaries and reviews I have seen of this new novel, I am excited to see how Kheryn takes on Caroline’s struggle through bullying, poverty, tough family circumstances, sexual questioning, and just the challenges of growing up. Naturally Caroline’s life and identify seem to go up in a hurricane the same time an actual hurricane comes in to St. Thomas.
Mango Delight by Fracaswell Hyman
When the main character of the story is named Mango Delight Fuller, then this book has to be full of spunk and creativity. At least, I am hoping it is! I am already entranced by Fracaswell Hyman’s character, Mango. She seems to be lively teenage girl that is not only struggling to figure herself out, but also dealing with a best friend turned enemy. Mango must balance her love of Beyonce, a new enemy, track, school, and her surprise casting as the school’s lead in the upcoming school play. I can’t wait to start reading and get to know Mango Delight!
Threads by Ami Polonsky
Threads appears to be a story told for parallel perspectives. One little girl, named Clara, lives in America where she discovers a purse in a mall that just so happens to have a strange letter inside. Another little girl, name Yuming, is trapped in a sweatshop in China. She is the one that wrote the letter, made the purse, and is responsible for trying a daring move to fight for her safety. Can the girls find a way to save Yuming? I cannot wait to see what happens. But, I am going to have to wait a bit. My mother stole this book right away from me as soon as it arrived in the mail.