Jan’s Book Gems are the best Elementary selections she’s found!
1. Flora & Ulysses – Kate DiCamillo
This is the 2014 Newberry Award Winner and it does not disappoint! Read a funny story about a girl, a squirrel & a vacuum cleaner…Holy Bagumba!!
2. Tito Puente Mambo King – Rey del Mambo: Monica Brown & Rafael Lopez
From musical prodigy on the streets of Harlem to five-time Grammy Award winner, Tito Puente’s life was full of rhythm. Drums and claves, saxophones and tambourines were all part of the fun.
3. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend – Dan Santat
The magical journey of an unimaginary friend to meet his match.
4. El Deafo by Cece Bell
Superhero powered story from the author’s own experiences with hearing loss.
5. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Star 7th Grade basketball players, Josh and Jordan, must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story’s heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.