Search Results: "Claudia Mills"


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ZERO TOLERANCE by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"Provocative and fun, from a master of the school story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After turning in a paring knife she accidentally brought to school with her lunch, a high-achieving, rule-following seventh-grade girl is suspended, and her case becomes a media sensation. Read full book review >

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MAKEOVERS BY MARCIA by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 2005

"As unblemished as a good makeover. (Fiction. 8-12)"

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STANDING UP TO MR. O. by Claudia Mills
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Once again Mills renders the trials of a good kid in a sympathetic and believable style, while giving readers plenty to ponder. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Maggie hates to disappoint her favorite teacher, Mr. O'Neill, but a combination of squeamishness and principles results in her refusal to participate in dissection labs, and in her writing an essay on the immorality of killing animals. Read full book review >

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LOSERS, INC. by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 1997

"Ethan's thoughtful struggle to grow up while hanging on to his basic decency makes for an involving, often poignant, always satisfying story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An unusual look at a good kid trying to stay good in the face of the pressures of early adolescence. Read full book review >

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DINAH FOR PRESIDENT by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 29, 1992

"This sequel stands alone, but will have readers requesting Mills's earlier books. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The ebullient Dinah (Dynamite Dinah, 1990) wants to make as big a mark at JFK Middle School as she did in her old school; she plunges wholeheartedly into running for office, determined to become the first girl to be class president. Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE WITH ANTS by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Middle-grade readers will hope for more Nora Notebooks, soon. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A science-minded fourth-grader observes her classmates and the ants in her ant farm with equal care. Read full book review >

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KELSEY GREEN, READING QUEEN by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Lesson learned: Read for fun, not for competition. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Can a third-grader like to read too much? Read full book review >

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GUS AND GRANDPA RIDE THE TRAIN by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1998

"The stories and art have a deceptive simplicity missing from the first book, and carry understated messages of love and sharing between a boy and his kindly grandfather; as Mills makes clear, they may be a bit forgetful, but they never forget that they love each other. (Fiction. 5-8)"
In another affectionate look at Gus and Grandpa (1997), the pair exhibit their mutual passion for trains. Read full book review >

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ANNIKA RIZ, MATH WHIZ by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"For number lovers and phobics alike—this bighearted series has something for everyone. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Annika loves numbers. Read full book review >

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HOW OLIVER OLSON CHANGED THE WORLD by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 2009

"Oliver may not change the world by the end of his diorama project, but he will certainly provide a fast-paced, entertaining read to the chapter-book audience. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Third grader Oliver Olson has a problem that may make many young readers envious: His parents have a compulsion to be deeply involved in his homework, to the extent that when he's assigned a diorama on the solar system, Dad and Mom are planning to do all the work. Read full book review >

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GUS AND GRANDPA AT BASKETBALL by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 7, 2001

"A cagey story, the kind born from the likes of a special relationship shared by Gus and Grandpa, and peacefully, protectively illustrated by Stock's gentle watercolors. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
Distraction is a drag when you have to concentrate, and having Dad in the stands at the basketball game yelling at you to do this and do that can be a major sensory overload. Read full book review >

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FRACTIONS = TROUBLE! by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2011

"Familiar school concerns, nicely resolved, make this another excellent selection for early chapter-book readers. (Fiction. 7-10) "
Third-grader Wilson Williams knows he'll never learn fractions: "Multiplication was hard enough," he tells his pet hamster, Pip. Read full book review >