Narrative Nonfiction Book Talk - Hortonville Area School District

Realistic Fiction (Social Issues) Book Talk Bluefish by Pat Schmatz Travis is missing his old home in the country, and hes missing his old hound, Rosco. Now theres just the cramped place he shares with his alcoholic grandpa and the dreaded routine of attending his new school. But thats before Travis meets Mr. McQueen, who doesnt take "pass" for an answera rare teacher whose savvy persistence has Travis slowly unlocking a book on the natural world. And its before Travis is noticed by Velveeta, a girl whose wry banter and colorful

scarves belie some hard secrets of her own. When Beaver Came to NothingZachary ever happens in Tobys small Texas town. Nothing much until this Town summer thats full of big changes. by Kimberly Willis Holt Its tough for Toby when his mother

leaves home to be a country singer. Toby takes it hard when his best friend Cals older brother goes off to fight in Vietnam. Now their sleepy town is about to get a jolt with the arrival of Zachary Beaver, billed as the fattest boy in the world. Toby is in for a summer unlike any other, a summer sure to change his life. A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin Hattie Owen enjoys peaceful Millerton summertimes as a child in the 1960s. Yet this year, it's different -- Hattie's uncle Adam is coming home. Returning from a Chicago school that's just closed and whose

existence is kept quiet by adult family members, Adam is a 21-year-old man with a child's mind, having a knack for talking quickly, a savant-like ability for remembering weekdays, and a passion for I Love Lucy. Hattie and Adam wind up spending precious time together -- including a visit to the recently arrived carnival with Hattie's new friend, Leila -- which makes her feel soulfully connected to her uncle. But when Hattie takes Adam on the ferris Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock When you dont talk, theres a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said. Harsh words indeed, from Brian Nelson of all people.

But, D. J. cant help admitting, maybe hes right. Stuff like why her best friend, Amber, isnt so friendly anymore. Or why her little brother, Curtis, never opens his mouth. Why her mom has two jobs and a big secret. Why her college-football-star brothers wont even call home. Why her dad would go ballistic if she tried out for the high school football team herself. And why Brian is so, so out of her league. Welcome to the summer that fifteen-yearold D. J. Schwenk of Red Bend, Wisconsin, The Wanderer by Sharon Creech Sophie, a thirteen-year-old girl with two non-biological parents, is the only girl

amongst a crew of her three uncles and her two cousins on the way to visit her grandpa, Bompie, who lives in England. The story is told from her point of view and also from her cousin Cody's. Through the journey, Sophie learns to accept who she is and gets to knows a lot about her relatives, which creates bonds among them all, especially Cody and Uncle Dock. Throughout the journey, she discovers Jack Osborne's life changes forever the night men in masks break into his house, threaten Jack and his family, and ransack their home. Jack then discovers the reason these men have come into their lives-his

father has been arrested for drug trafficking. Jack, his mother, and his sister are then forced to enter Witness Security Program. Jack becomes "Zach" and moves to Elko, Nevada, a town in the middle of nowhere. There he meets Sam, the strangest school custodian he has ever encountered, and Catalin, a girl who might make Zach's uprooting worth the trouble. But just as Zach finally begins to piece together a new life, he finds himself in danger again-and this time his actions could determine the fates of everyone he cares about. Zachs Lie by Roland Smith

Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney Sixteen year old Mitty Blake is one of those high school kids who loves to procrastinate with everything. He really doesn't care about grades. The only reason he goes to school is to see Olivia in advanced biology. Mitty has a huge biology report due on infectious diseases, and he considers it good luck when he finds some old medical books in his family's weekend house. However, when he discovers an old envelope in one of the books, the report is no longer about the

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