Accidents

Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Dan Santat

Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World)

A bright young girl runs through the chaos of demolished streets. Plumes of black smoke rise from the rubbled buildings. No one else is in sight. Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) is a life lesson that everyone should receive: always take responsibility for your actions, particularly when they involve a ginormous hulking robot with the power to crush cars and shoot lasers every which way.
 
Usually when my school science projects went wrong, it was more of a mild disappointment than anything else. My baking-soda-and-vinegar volcano did not erupt. I received a C- instead of an B+. These are minor hiccups when compared to our main character’s situation. Oh No! allows us to think about our own mistakes and say, “Well, it could have been worse…much, much worse.”

If I Stay

By Gayle Foreman

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Mia, the daughter of a former punk rock drummer, doesn’t necessarily “rock” per se. She plays the cello instead, but her boyfriend, the lead singer of a band on the rise, thinks that Mia is punk for that reason. When a serious car accident kills her parents and throws Mia into a coma, she finds herself in limbo. While witnessing her friends’ and family’s reaction to the accident, Mia weighs the pros and cons of life and death...deciding whether or not she should stay.
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Uh-oh, Cleo

By Jessica Harper

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What starts out as a perfectly ordinary day in the Small house turns into Stiches Saturday when Cleo gets a cut on the head after her twin brother, Jack, accidentally pulls down their "Toy House."
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