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  1. Rooster Games 2011 • Read 5 books from the list to participate. • Think of it as a “Book Olympics!” • January 25, 2011 • 9:30 – end of day • Matching, multiple choice, cross word puzzles, skits and more…. • Read 10 for a certificate. • Read 20 for a trophy! • These books count towards the 25 you need to meet the standard!

  2. Redwoods • Jason Chin • RL 4.8 • While reading a book about redwood trees on the subway, a young boy travels as he learns, all the way to the forests of California.

  3. Tricking the Tallyman • Jacqueline Davies • RL 2.4 • In 1790, the suspicious residents of a small Vermont town try to trick the man who has been sent to count their population for the first United States Census.

  4. Donavan’s Double Trouble • Monalisa DeGross • RL 4.2 • Fourth-grader Donavan has problems understanding math, and then when his favorite uncle, a former high school basketball star, returns from National Guard duty an amputee, Donavan's problems get even worse as he struggles to accept this "new" Uncle Vic.

  5. Kenny and the Dragon • Tony DiTerlizzi • RL 5.3 • Kenny Rabbit tries to save his friend, the dragon, after he is labeled a community nuisance by the people of Roundbrook village

  6. Odd and the Frost Giants • Neil Gaiman • RL 4.5 • An unlucky twelve-year-old Norwegian boy named Odd leads the Norse gods Loki, Thor, and Odin in an attempt to outwit evil Frost Giants who have taken over Asgard.

  7. Wild Girl • Patricia Reilly Giff • RL 3.7 • When twelve-year-old Lidie leaves Brazil to join her father and brother on a horse ranch in New York, she has a hard time adjusting to her changed circumstances, as does a new horse that has come to the ranch.

  8. Umbrella Summer • Lisa Graff • RL 4.6 • After her brother Jared dies, ten-year-old Annie worries about the hidden dangers of everything, from bug bites to bicycle riding, until she is befriended by a new neighbor who is grieving her own loss.

  9. African Acrostics • Avis Harley • RL 4.2 • Lions, tigers, hippos, and zebras take on a whole new image when described through acrostic poems. Readers beware…Each poem holds hidden messages so read closely!

  10. Never Smile at a Monkey • Steve Jenkins • RL 3.7 • Presents an illustrated discussion of what not to do around various dangerous animals, with warnings about petting a platypus, touching a tang fish, or pulling a python's tail!

  11. Dying to Meet You • Kate Klise • RL 4.4 • In this story told mostly through letters, children's book author, I. B. Grumply, gets more than he bargained for when he rents a quiet place to write for the summer.

  12. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon • Grace Lin • RL 5.5 • Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.

  13. 11 Birthdays • Wendy Mass • RL 4.1 • After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo argue on their tenth, and don’t speak to each other for the next year, They prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.

  14. Darwin • Alice McGinty • RL 4.7 • After tracing Charles Darwin’s youth and education, this fully illustrated biography focuses on his five-year voyage aboard the HMS Beagle, when he observed geology, animals, and plants; collected specimens; and took extensive notes. He returned to England and spent his life researching, reflecting, and writing about his discoveries.

  15. How Oliver Olson Changed the World • Claudia Mills • RL 5.0 • Afraid he will always be an outsider like ex-planet Pluto, nine-year-old Oliver finally shows his extremely overprotective parents that he is capable of doing great things without their help while his class is studying the solar system.

  16. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg • Rodman Philbrick • RL 5.6 • Homer P. Figg escapes from his wretched foster home in Pine Swamp, Maine, and sets out to find his beloved older brother, Harold, who has been illegally sold into the Union Army.

  17. The Magic Thief • Sarah Prineas • RL 4.5 • Conn's life is forever changed when he tries to pick the pocket of the wizard Nevery and instead gets a strong jolt of magic. Instead of punishing the boy, Nevery takes Conn under his wing, teaches him magic, and enlists his help in finding the person responsible for stealing the city's dwindling magic supply.

  18. Tofu Quilt • Ching Yeung Russell • RL 5.2 • Growing up in 1960s Hong Kong, a young girl dreams of becoming a writer in spite of conventional limits placed on her by society and family.

  19. Adventures in Cartooning • James Sturm • RL 3.7 • A funny and adventure filled story! A magical elf helps a princess learn how to draw a comic. Teaches techniques for and advice about drawing comics.

  20. Wishworks, Inc. • Stephanie S. Tolan • RL 4.5 • When he is granted his wish for a dog from Wishworks, Inc., third-grader Max is disappointed to find that his new pet is nothing like the dog in his imagination.

  21. The Dragon’s Child • Laurence Yep • RL 5.7 • Ten-year-old Gim Lew Yep immigrates from China to America with his father, whom Gim barely knows, and fears he will be a disappointment to his family when he arrives at Angel Island.