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In three very simple stories, Gus (who is nearly 7) and Grandpa (who is nearly 70) have fun together. Sometimes they make mistakes, but they help each other, and they laugh about their secrets. Gus' parents are there in the background, but they don't get the private jokes. The simple, lovely words in short lines will help beginning readers, and Stock's line-and-wash illustrations are filled with light and love and commotion.
Gus despairs of coming up with something interesting and impressive for his second grade class' show-and-tell, until he gets a great idea while visiting his Grandpa. Gus and his wise grandfather share each other's company and experiences in other books including basketball jitters and Halloween fears.
It is Grandpa’s sage advice that helps Gus overcome his fear and play the best game of basketball he can. Gus learns to play on the court just like when he practices in Grandpa’s driveway. The gentle tone of the story is reflected in the illustrations to tell a tale that rings true. (Look for other Gus and Grandpa stories by Claudia Mills.)
When his teacher assigns a science project, 3rd grader Oliver is enthusiastic about doing it independently. His rather overprotective parents, however, have different ideas. How Oliver and his newfound friend and classmate overcome the obstacles makes for engaging reading with lots of laughs.
Meet Kelsey Green, extraordinary 3rd grade reader, maybe even the best. When her school begins a reading competition, Kelsey discovers what's most important about reading and about readers. This is the first installment in a new series, "Franklin School Friends".
Mason winds up joining the basketball team under relentless encouragement from his best friend, Brody, even though Mason knows he's a klutz. The disasters mount especially when the class bully joins an opposing team. Children will appreciate the situations Mason finds himself in and enjoy the gratifying resolutions.
Age Level: 9-12
As 5th grade Amanda is going through the stress of her parents' separation, she's given an interesting school assignment: to write a diary as if she were a Civil War character. Amanda's personal story intertwines with the historical journal of "Polly," providing an interesting opportunity to compare and contrast.