By Anne Fleming
Berkeley: Groundwood Books, 2017.
Grades: 5 – 7 Genre: Realistic Fiction Pages: 154
This is a quirky little book about a so-called goat living on the top of a 12 story building in New York City. This is a series of short stories that is combined into one story about a boy named Kid. Kid came from Toronto with his parents to dog sit, for Cat (short for Catherine the Great) a distant cousin’s dog.
The story is told in short segments by home-schooled and very shy Kid, her friend Will whose parents died in the Twin Towers on 9/11 and harbors many fears, a man who is recovery from a stroke, a blind skateboarding author and a man with many regrets who might just know something about mountain goats. All these characters come together to tell a humorous and heartfelt story of life—overcoming fears and believing some things are just worth looking for!
Author Website: Anne Fleming
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
By Stacy McAnulty
New York: Random House, 2018.
Grades: 5 and Up
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Meet Lucy Callahan she has acquired servant syndrome! You might ask; what does that mean? At age 8 Lucy was struck by lightning while climbing on a wire fence during a thunderstorm, she was rendered unconscious and her heart stopped for about 5 minutes until a maintenance man used a defibrillator to bring her back to life. After that day Lucy, known as “Lightning Girl,” can solve almost any math problem, even college math problems because a part of her brain became damaged. Amazing right? This condition exists in real life—although very rare.
Fast forward 4 years—Lucy is now 12, is homeschooled, has scored a perfect score on her SAT’s and has taken many college math courses and is now trying to go to seventh grade in a public school! Which would be all well and good except Lucy also has obsessive-compulsive disorder. She knows that she could keep her genius math skills a secret but there was no hiding of her compulsions—the need to sit stand 3 times before actually standing, taping of her feet, the compulsion to sanitize everything she touches.
Follow this heartwarming story of a young girl who can calculate anything except the probability of friendships and hardships of middle school! I loved this book even though it has a dog in it! LOL