2nd Grade

Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen by Debbie Michiko Florence

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Jasmine Toguchi is eight and she is SICK of having her big sister, Sophie, get to do everything first. As her family gathers together in Los Angeles to celebrate the Lunar New Year, Jasmine comes up with a plan: she’ll be the first girl in her family to pound the mochi rice into the powder that makes delicious mochi balls. Usually it’s the men and boys who do it, so Jasmine has a lot of persuading to do- also, she has to get very strong, very fast. For those who like a delicious funny treat of a story, Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen, is a sweet surprise. Readalikes: Clementine, Piper Reed, Ramona Quimby.  –E.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee

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clementine_web.jpgWhile sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building. Series.

The Zack Files by Dan Greenberg, illustrated by Jack. E Davis

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the zack files_web.jpgOff the wall humor! Features illustrated first chapter books about Zack, an unflappably normal 10-year-old to whom strange things keep happening.

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Backall

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ivy and bean_web.jpgAfter watching a movie about a detective on the television, Bean decides to set up shop as a private investigator–and she and Ivy start looking for mysteries to solve. Series.

Brand New School, Brave New Ruby by Derrick D. Barnes, illustrated by Vanessa Newton

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brand new school brave new ruby_web.jpgSome things you should know about Ruby Booker: Nobody–nobody–sings like her Her pet iguana’s name: Lady Love Her most favorite color: purple Smart and sassy Ruby is tired of living in the shadows of her three older brothers. When she has a chance to break out, things don’t go according to plan. But with nerve and verve, Ruby’ll make sure everyone knows her name!

Sprout Street Neighbors: Five Stories by Anna Alter

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sprout street neighbors_web.jpgA new neighbor has moved to Sprout Street in this early reader series perfect for fans of Clementine, Just Grace, and Ivy & Bean.

Mili has just moved into the empty apartment on Sprout Street all the way from Hawaii–and her new neighbors can’t wait to meet her! Violet is happy there’s someone in the building who shares her love of art. Emma is excited to have a new breakfast buddy. Henry is eager to show off his model ships. Mili is quick to lend a hand when she finds Wilbur in a pickle, and Fernando always welcomes another voice at the weekly Sprout Street meetings.

Of course, sometimes a new friend can take some getting used to, but with neighbors like these, it’s not long before Mili is part of the Sprout Street family, too.

Cody and the Fountain of Happiness by Patricia Springstubb, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler

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cody and the fountain of happiness_web.jpgA whimsical girl who can see the beauty in everything, Cody is determined to get the most out of the first day of Summer vacation. But with her whole family busy with their own things, the day looks like a loss until Cody meets a boy named Spencer, who is out looking for a cat, and the day is suddenly full of possibility again.