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Clear Lake Library

Leslie Brown Media Coordinator
541-689-0512 ext.2120

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Mrs. Brown’s Top Picks

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The OK Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Interest Level: K-3  Reading Level: 2.1

    Easy Fiction

   Notes: Whether OK personifies an OK skipper, an OK climber, an OK lightning bug catcher, or an OK whatever there is to experience, OK is an OK place to be. And being OK just may lead to the discovery of what makes one great.

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Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

Interest Level: K-3  Reading Level: 1.6  Lexile: AD500

   Easy  Fiction

    Notes: Pig is a greedy and selfish Pug. He has all the toys a dog could ever want yet he refuses to share with his poor friend, Trevor. Little does he know, however, that being greedy has its consequences. Join Pig as he learns to share – the hard way!

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Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Interest Level: 3-6  Reading Level: 4.3 Lexile: 720

    Realistic Fiction

Notes: Fifth grader Rose Howard, who is autistic, lives with her single father. Rose is delighted when her father brings home a stray dog; Rain becomes her constant companion. When a hurricane hits, Rain goes missing. Finding her dog is so important that Rose leaves behind her routines and ventures away from the places that feel safe.

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The Case of the Frozen Hearts by Emma Kennedy

Interest Level: 3-6  Reading Level: 5.8 Lexile: 890

Mystery Fiction

   Notes: When Wima tenderfoot, the feisty and determined assistant to the world’s greatest living detective, and her beagle Pickle, find a mummified body buried on the grounds of the Gothic mansion Blackheart Hoo, they seek to identify the body and solve the mysteries of a key, some buried treasure, and a kidnapping.

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Freaky True Science: Freaky Stories About the Paranormal by M. H. Seeley

Interest Level: 3-6  Reading Level: 7.1


    Notes: Aliens, ghosts and cryptids may all fall under the category of strange or unusual, but all are classified as paranormal.  This book show readers that there is often a blurry line between fact and the paranormal, and sometimes fact is even stranger than fiction.


Clear Lake OBOB News

Clear Lake OBOB meeting dates:

January 17th 3:05-3:45 Mock Battles

January 31st 3:05-3:45 Mock Battles

February 14th 3:05-3:45 Official Battles

February 21st 3:05-3:45 Official Battles

Regional and State Competition Dates:

Regional is at Thurston High School on March 9, 2019

State Competition at Chemeketa Community College on April 6, 2019

What are Lexiles?

            Lexiles are educational tools that support student reading by using the same scale to measure both text difficulty and reading ability.  Through this combined approach, the Lexile Framework for Reading matches students to an appropriate level of text difficulty, which can encourage reading in the classroom, at the library, and at home.          

                                Oregon Department of Education


Lexiles at home:  You can visit and type in the books you have in your own libraries at home to see if they are in the right range for your readers.  Not every book ever written has been given a lexile level but a great deal have them.  You can also go to this website and select “Find a Book” under the tools tab and enter your child’s lexile range. From there you have a choice of 28 different subjects you can choose a combination of to get a list of books that are of perfect range and interest for your child.


Lexiles at the Clear Lake Library:  Adding lexile levels to the books and their records has been an ongoing process here at ClearLake.  Many of the books at this time have a lexile number on them and have been color coded to help elementary students find books that are right for them.  Focusing on colors rather than a number range is much easier for younger students. All new books as they are entered into the system are being lexiled at that time.


Lexiles at book sellers:  Many retail book sellers offer easy look-up tools so that when you are looking for books to purchase you can readily find out what books are in your child’s lexile range.  As an example, Barnes and Noble uses a program called Lexile Reading Level Wizard so that when you are searching items you can see the lexile level of items you are interested in.


Lexiles at the Eugene Public Libraries:  Our local public libraries subscribe to Novelist which links you from their online card catalog to lexile information and then right back to the their records again.  By using this online tool you can check to see if an item is right for your child’s reading ability.

OBOB Title List for 18/19

3rd-5th Grade Division Selections:

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman Lexile: 810

George by Alex Gino Lexile: 790

Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine Lexile: 730

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy Lexile: 750

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III Lexile: 620

The Infinity Year of Avalon James  by Dana Middleton Lexile: 610

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman Lexile: 840

Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce & Maggie Stiefvater Lexile: 690

Real Friends by Shannon Hale Lexile: GN340

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson Lexile: GN440

Ugly by Robert Hoge Lexile: 890

Waylon! One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker Lexile: 670

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin Lexile: 750

A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner Lexile: 540

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown Lexile: 740

Wish by Barbara O’Connor Lexile: 850