Here's what I read this week:
Kat Greene may seem like the average fifth grader, but at home she is facing a big problem. Her mother has become so afraid of germs her hands are raw and she can't leave the house without gloves. Kat knows she should tell her dad or another adult, but what if they take her away from her mom? A much needed story about seeking help and finding a way to say what needs to be said.
Since my students have become obsessed with the Spy School series, I am always looking for great new stories about kids that solve crimes. The Van Gogh Deception is a fun and exciting mystery that is a cross between Jason Bourne and Home Alone. When a boy is found alone in Washington D.C.'s National Gallery of Art with no idea of who he is and how he got there, the authorities place him in foster care as they look for clues. But the authorities aren't the only ones trying to find the boy. As "Art" attempts to rediscover his past he and his new friend Camille find themselves outsmarting adults as they look for clues.
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