Friday, December 30, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Zombie Mommy (Pals in Peril Tale) by M.T. Anderson
Now that Lily is showing up in books (as a character), her mom is worried. Why do all the moms get killed? Is her own life in danger? After reading an about the “Undead Capitol of the U.S.,” Lily’s mom decides she’d be safer there. At least for a few days. What she doesn’t realize is that the “capitol,” Todburg, is actually home to vampires, zombies, and ghosts. Lily is relieved when her mom returns home. But her mom is acting strange, no— possessed.
Lily and her friends go to Todburg to find out where Lily’s “real mom” is. Things don’t go according to plan. In a comedic turn of events, however, an Adirondack tarantula becomes the story’s heroine. The fifth book in Anderson’s “Pals in Peril Tale” series, this book delivers. While the writing isn’t perfect, there’s enough humor and adventure to keep kids eagerly turning pages.
A funny, fast-paced adventure. For grades 4-6.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
For all ages.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
How loud the loudest burp is?
Why grass is green?
Why we need sleep? and much more, than you need to read this very funny but all so true book.
Friday, December 09, 2011
Soon he has enough confidence to play the drums at the local block party. His drumming not only has everyone up and dancing, it also turned his dreams into reality when his neighbors take up a collection for him. Now Little Man has money to buy a new bike to transport him to the drum lessons.
Motivating story full of ideas for kids to find good ways to get what they want. Little Man also includes an audio CD narrated by Dianne Warwick and also a demonstration of the parts of a drum set. Ages 4 and up. Written by Dianne Warwick and David Freeman, illustrated by Fred Willingham.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Monday, December 05, 2011
He connects with a girl who often provides with the appropriate feed backs on his stories… The rest of the story, I am sure can be easily guessed…However, there are some twists and turns that will make you not put down the book until you have learned of them. This is a serious book which will allow you to think outside of the box and make you understand of people who might act or be different in your environment.
ANYTHING BUT TYPICAL is by NORA RALEIGH BASKIN and is anything but a typical book!
Friday, December 02, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
The Trouble With Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery by Doreen Cronin is a fun and quirky beginning chapter book for readers in 3rd-4th told from two dogs' points of view.
Friday, November 18, 2011
In one occasion, a storm causes great damage to the stables, and the city’s authorities moves in and claims neglecting of the horses. When some horses are taken away, including Boo, the horse that Cole was slowly growing attached to, the young boy decides it’s time to act.
Written by G. Neri, illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson. Real life scenario. Recommended for 6th graders and up.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Monday, November 07, 2011
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
When two sets of best friends (Ida and Stacy; Jenna and Brooke) struggle for attention, the harmony of the entire class is disrupted. It isn't until the most humble girl, Ida, finds the courage to forgive that the class begins to heal.
My Forever Friends by Julie Bowie
Friday, October 28, 2011
Two companion stories by Gary Paulsen, Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Deception and Flat Broke: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Greed, tell the story of Kevin who tell a pile of lies in order to win the heart of a girl. He lies to everyone: his family, his best friends, his acquaintances. He couldn't lie to a little boy though and that's when the pile of lies came tumbling down. If you like Liar Liar, then you must read Flat Broke.
Two very short novels for readers in 6th-8th grade about the questionable act of lying and making amends in order to win back everyone's trusts and friendships.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Get ready to solve one situational problem after another and find yourself deeply lost in the story that you might even forget you’re reading a book.Going on a vacation with parents and friends is usually fun ; however going into the wild without your parents and without a map can become a challenge, especially in a huge forest. Now imagine all the things that can go wrong and multiply that by hundred... Than the unexpected happens, and not only now your need to find your way back, you also need to solve few great mysteries...DEADLY WATERS by GLORIA SKURZYNSKI.
For grades 5th and up.
Monday, October 24, 2011
When the Nazis invaded Poland during World War II, Irena joined the resistance movement to fight the German occupation and worked tirelessly to save the lives of hundreds of Jews, mostly children. She joined Zegota, the code name for the Council for Aid to Jews in Occupied Poland. Working undercover as a nurse, she used a medical pass to enter the Warsaw Ghetto to bring Jewish children to safety. She constantly moved the children from one home to another or placed them into Roman Catholic convents and orphanages, hiding the little ones in trunks, suitcases, or sacks under the ambulance back-seat. Sendler also arranged for babies and children to be sedated and smuggled out with merchants in potato sacks, under their loads of goods. Sometimes, she even sneaked sedated children out in body bags, telling the guards that they were dead.
She buried jars containing the children’s real names in a friend’s garden, so that they could one day, learn the names of their biological families after the war.
Called the female Oskar Schindler for her courage and daring in smuggling over 2,500 children from the Holocaust, This is an amazing story of bravery and compassion. Ages 8-9. Written by Susan Goldman Rubin, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide To Not Reading, written by Tommy Greenwald / Illustrated by J.P. Coovert
Middle-schooler Charlie Joe Jackson does not read books. He is so good at not reading books, he is now sharing his techniques in this great self-help send-up. Along with his techniques, Charlie Joe shares his background and experience in not reading books (which seem to stem from the year he got only books for Christmas, including the dreaded Complete Mark Twain). The intentionally short chaptered narrative (who wants to read long chapters?) includes details of his grandest scheme to avoid reading books: the successful all-school research project that he completed without reading a single book, but that cost him his girl-friend and his summer vacation. I’d reveal more, but Charlie Joe insists you read the book in order to learn how not to have to read any more books in the future. For grades 5 through 8.