Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark. P.

McGovern, Ann. Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark. P. 1978.

9-year-old Eugenie Clark loves fish and aquariums, so she goes to college to study fish, against her grandmother’s wishes but with her mom’s support. Then she goes to the Pacific and Caribbean to become a diver and study sharks. Chapters are 6-8 pages long.

TAGS: Biography, nonfiction, sharks, scientists, women, aquarium, new york, ocean, chapter, P

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Marvin Redpost: Is He a Girl? M.

INFO: Sachar, Louis. Marvin Redpost: Is He a Girl? M. 1993.

DESC: Another in the popular Marvin Redpost series! In this one, “weird” Casey Happleton tries to convince Martin that he might turn into a girl if he can kiss his elbow. When a bizarre freak accident occurs, Marvin starts to be worried that Casey … was right! This is a wildly popular book, and a great “bigger chapter book”/complex character transition series for developing readers. Great for 2nd graders who have just headed into chapters!

TAGS: marvin redpost, marvin, girls, boys, gender, anxiety, 3rd grade, funny, humor, metamorphosis, transformation, fiction, chapter, M

Jamaica and Brianna. K.

INFO: Havill, Juanita. Jamaica and Brianna. K. 1993.

DESC: Jamaica and Brianna is a classic tale of friendship, fashion, envy, struggle and kindness in elementary school. Jamaica is embarassed to have to wear her brother’s hand-me-down boots to school, while her friend Brianna has fancy white-muffed pink ‘girl’ boots. Jamaica complains – and tears a hole in her brother’s boots – until she finally gets new ones. She rubs her awesome new boots in Brianna’s face – until a surprise ending brings her down to earth, and helps the girls remember their friendship. This is a great and meaningful book for students working up from F&P readers – its themes are real, deep, and resonant, and the characters and situations familiar.

TAGS: girls, friendship, fashion, envy, hand-me-downs, jealousy, kindness, sharing, independence, K