Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King
Obe Devlin spends a lot of his time cleaning up the creek that runs through what little is left of his family’s once extensive farmland, and worrying about what the developers are doing nearby, and the pollution it is causing–but one day he finds a strange creature by his creek that eats plastic, and soon the animal he calls Marvin Gardens becomes his personal secret, which he believes needs to be protected from pretty much everybody.
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
A World of Pausabilities: An exercise in mindfulness by Frank J. Sileo,Rated 4.00 out of 5
Children (and adults) live in a fast-paced, demanding and stressful world. It is often difficult to slow-down our children’s minds and bodies. This book was written to teach children to take a pause in their lives, to stop activity, to understand quiet time, and to think about what they are doing and where they are going
Almost Home by Joan Bauer
When twelve-year-old Sugar’s grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head to Chicago for a fresh start, only to discover that fresh starts aren’t so easy to come by for the homeless. Nevertheless, Sugar’s mother has taught her to be grateful no matter what, so Sugar does her best. With the help of a rescue dog, Shush; a foster family; a supportive teacher; a love of poetry; and her own grace and good humor, Sugar comes to understand that while she can’t control the hand life deals her, she can control how she responds.