Ivy Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go. M.

Barrows, Annie. Ivy Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go. M. 2006

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Second in a series, Ivy and Bean discover a ghost in the school bathroom, and they have to figure out how to get the ghost out of the bathroom before the teachers find out.

TAGS: Ivy and Bean, school, ghost, funny, teachers, mystery, John F. Kennedy, M, Mike, Level M

The Mystery of the Missing Book. O.

INFO:  West, Natalie.  The Mystery of the Missing Book.  O.  2008.

DESC:  A girl becomes the advice columnist at her school.  At the same time, a book gets stolen from her teacher. With careful detective work, the girl discovers the thief! This is a good book for students to use problem solving to solve a mystery.

TAGS:  Highland Park, O, Mystery, School, Homework, Teachers, level O, highland park-O, oscar

Marvin Redpost: Alone in his Teacher’s House. M.

INFO: Sachar, Louis. Marvin Redpost: Alone in His Teacher’s House. M. 1994.

DESC: This installment of Sachar’s immensely likeable Marvin Redpost series starts off with a bang – one that every 2nd or 3rd grader would ogle over: our hero, Marvin Redpost, gets the chance to dog-sit for his teacher, Ms. North, while she goes out-of-town. Translation: Marvin Redpost, in his very own hand, holds the key. To his teacher’s house. The rest of the developments in this shockingly mature book come truly as surprises, and I won’t spoil them here. But, suffice it to say that this book winds up being a bit more serious, touching, and realistic than one would ever expect from a level-M early children’s book. It’s probably worth it to read, but be prepared to counsel your sad kids when it’s all said and done!

TAGS: responsibility, teachers, dogsitting, dogs, old animals, life, the circle of life, mortality, shocking surprises, guilt, fear, shame, catharsis, fiction, chapter, louis sachar, marvin redpost