2008 School Stories

The excitement of the first day of school . . .


I Love School! Cover Image
By Philemon Sturges, Shari Halpern (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780060092849
Availability: Out of Print
Published: HarperCollins - June 29th, 2004

Picture Book

What's your favorite part of the school day?

Come along to a warm, friendly world of reading and writing, singing and painting, and all-around fun that will make you want to yell, "I love school."


Ham and Pickles: First Day of School Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780152050399
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Published: Harcourt Children's Books - July 2006

Picture Book

Pickles is nervous about her first day of school. But Ham has the answers to every one of her questions. After all, he's older and wiser and knows everything about school. But Ham's help isn't exactly what Pickles was hoping for, and his wacky advice is turning her first day into a disaster. . . .

Favorite illustrator Nicole Rubel has given us a quirky and funny story about first-day jitters--and about a sister who comes to appreciate her brother for his unique charm and big heart.


Brand-new Pencils, Brand-new Books Cover Image
By Diane deGroat, Diane deGroat (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780060726164
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Published: HarperCollins - June 26th, 2007

Picture Book

It's the first day of first grade Gilbert is looking forward to learning how to read and making new friends, but . . .

Will the teacher be nice?
Will first grade be too hard?
Will he like his classmates?
Will they like him ?

Gilbert is excited and nervous at the same time.


Amanda Pig, Schoolgirl (Oliver and Amanda) Cover Image
By Jean Van Leeuwen, Ann Schweninger (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780141303574
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Published: Penguin Young Readers - June 21st, 1999

Early Reader
Finally it is the day Amanda Pig has been waiting for. It is the first day of school. Whether making a new friend, coloring a picture to put up in the classroom, or twirling around in the sandbox, Amanda is everyone's favorite schoolgirl.


Morris Goes to School (I Can Read Level 1) Cover Image
By B. Wiseman, B. Wiseman (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780064440455
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Published: HarperCollins - September 7th, 1983

Early Reader

A moose in school? Morris the moose can't read or count. So he decides to go to school. Morris is thrilled after a day of A, B, C's, 1, 2, 3's, hoof-painting, and make-believe -- he can finally count gumdrops


Gooney Bird Greene Cover Image
By Lois Lowry, Thomas Middy Chilman (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780440419600
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Published: Yearling Books - March 9th, 2004

Ages 7-8
Two-time Newbery Medalist Lois Lowry introduces a new girl in class who loves being the center of attention and tells the most entertaining absolutely true stories. There' s never been anyone like Gooney Bird Greene at Watertower Elementary School. What other new kid comes to school wearing pajamas and cowboy boots one day and a polka-dot t-shirt and tutu on another? Gooney Bird has to sit right smack in the middle of the class because she likes to be in the middle of everything. She is the star of story time and keeps her teacher and classmates on the edge of their seats with her absolutely true stories. But what about her classmates? Do they have stories good enough to share?


Replay Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060540210
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Published: HarperCollins - April 23rd, 2013

Ages 8-9

Leo's papa stood in the doorway, gazing down at him. "Leo, you make gold from pebbles," and the way he said it, Leo could tell that this was a good thing.

He may have been given a bit part in the school play ... but Leo dreams he is the biggest star on Broadway.

Sure, his big, noisy family makes him feel like a sardine squashed in a tin ... but in his fantasy he gets all the attention he wants.

Yes, his papa seems sad and distracted ... but Leo imagines him as a boy, tap-dancing and singing with delight.

That's why they call Leo "fog boy." He's always dreaming, always replaying things in his brain. He fantasizes about who he is in order to discover who he will become. As an actor in the school play, he is poised and ready for the curtain to open. But in the play that is his life, Leo is eager to discover what part will be his.


Can You Get an F in Lunch? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780439025553
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Published: Scholastic - June 2007

Ages 10-12
With humor and an authentic adolescent voice, the creator of the Katie Kazoo series and "New York Times" bestselling author delves into the mind of Jenny McAfee, a 12-year-old just trying to survive middle school. Jenny finds help in a Web site, and each book this series comes complete with quizzes and tips throughout.


The Secret School Cover Image
By Avi
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ISBN: 9780152046996
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - August 2003

Ages 10-12
More than anything, Ida Bidson wants to become a teacher. To do that, she must finish eighth grade, then go on to high school. But her dream falters when the one-room school in her remote Colorado town shuts down. Her only hope is to keep the school open without anyone finding out. Yet even a "secret school needs a teacher. Ida can't be it. . . . Or can she? In the spirit of "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Newbery Medal winner Avi creates an inspiring story of a headstrong girl determined to control her own destiny.


Shooter Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780064472906
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Published: Amistad - March 29th, 2005

Young Adult

Cameron: "Deep inside, you know that whoever gets up in your face gets there because he knows you're nothing, and he knows that you know it too."

Carla: "What I'm trying to do is to get by -- not even get over, just get by."

Leonard: "I have bought a . . . weapon. It lies beneath my bed like a secret lover, quiet, powerful, waiting to work my magic."

Statement of Fact: 17 old white male found dead in the aftermath of a shooting incident at Madison High School in Harrison County.

Conclusion: Death by self-inflicted wound.