15 titles celebrating Kansas or written by Kansans have been selected as this year’s Kansas Notable Books. Thanks to a grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State […]
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This story takes place in Branton Middle School. Four boys, Frost, Bench, Wolf, and Deedee formed a very special, close friendship, which they called their “ tribe.” Perceived by some as nerds, they were intensely loyal to each other and were willing to do their own thing without trying to interact the way most of the students engaged with each other.
After several years, a new student, Rose, entered the school and everything changed. Rose, too, was a real individual and walked to her own drum beat. Her first day, she sat at the lunch table with the “tribe.” It became a true test to see who would remain friends. They wrestled with the fact that not everyone can be friends with everyone, and even best friends don’t always last forever.
To complicate everything, the administration banned cell phones at Branton Middle School. The “tribe” counteracted with a different way of communication – leaving sticky notes for each other on the lockers. Before long, the entire student body was leaving notes – some kind and positive, some cruel and hurtful. A sort of “war” took over.
The story is a good example of how words can either create or destroy. They can ruin what was felt to be unshakeable friendship.
8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook and The Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers by Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe
After the program last night I was inspired to read a little more about all the fun places I can go with my family in Kansas this summer. These books are a great resource for those who are wanting to road trip across Kansas, whether […]
This wonderful book is about twelve-year-old Poppy who has lived with her grandmother and guardian since she was one- year-old. Their lives take a sudden turn when Poppy’s grandmother suffers a stroke and is hospitalized. Poppy hates the orphanage where she was placed following the stroke.
Poppy’s plans get foiled when she is the only witness to a crime. The police devise a witness protection plan by placing Poppy in the home of Detective Brannigan’s mom, whom Poppy learns to appreciate. She also develops a strong attachment for Gunner, a beautiful dog with a precarious future.
The book is full of action and the many plans Poppy has going to bring her life back to the normal she loved. There is danger, upheaval, great friendship, and lots happening in this story of great friendships between humans, dogs/humans, and just a real great book to read.