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Amulet Keepers by Michael Northrop
Beneath by Roland Smith
Book of the Dead by Michael Northrop
The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente
The Cat at the Wall by Deborah Ellis
Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale
Crewel Yule by Monica Ferris
Death Cloud by Andy Lane
Delphine by Richard Sala
Doctor Who: A Big Hand For The Doctor by Eoin Colfer
Embroidered Truths by Monica Ferris
FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics, Vol. 4: The End Times by Simon Oliver
The Ghoul Next Door by Victoria Laurie
Icons of Popular Culture by Marshall Fishwick
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Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Mischievous Meg by Astrid Lindgren
Missy Violet and Me by Barbara Hathaway
Mister Orange by Truus Matti
Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India by Gerald McDermott
The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage
Off Road by Sean Gordon Murphy
Old Magic by Marianne Curley
Open Road: A Celebration of the American Highway by Phil Patton
Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier
Orbiter by Warren Ellis
Out West: A Journey through Lewis and Clark's America by Dayton Duncan
Sins and Needles by Monica Ferris
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost
Under New York by Linda Oatman High

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Clark the Shark: 03/01/16

Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale

Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale is a book about learning when to use the inside voice. Clark is a very enthusiastic shark. He loves school. He loves play. He loves his friends. He tends to get carried away and cause a disruption.

Maybe Clark is a sign that the times are changing. Children from the 1980s until recently were often medicated for hyperactivity as it was once called and later ADHD. But maybe just maybe kids are naturally boisterous and maybe, especially in the lower grades, loud enthusiasm should be embraced and harnessed for learning.

Clark's teacher doesn't send him home with a note to see his pediatrician. Instead she uses a rhyming mnemonic to remind him when to be quiet and when to not. But part of me still bristles, thinking the inside voice thing, especially among children is a lingering effect of our Puritan roots.

Three stars

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