Tuesday, December 31, 2013

FALLING IN

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Imagine following the sound of a mouse's squeak into a closet and falling into a world that is so different than yours that all the children fear you and don't really want to be your friend because they are convinced that you are a witch.  And because all the children believe that you are a witch, no one wants to play with you or hang out with you.  And so Isabelle search for good friends and hopes that one day she will be able to convince all  that she doesn't have witch like powers, however she starts to experience things on her journey which could prevent her from proving this. In this new world of hers, she befriends a girl named Hen who is on the hunt for the evil witch.  

Together, they embark on a journey of make believe and fantasy.  Will Isabelle ever get the courage to tell her new found friends that she is actually not from their world or will she start using her " witchy" powers in her new world and never go back?  Falling In by Frances O'Roark Dowell  is a whimsical and mystical story that will raise the reader's imaginations.  

For grades 5th and up. 

Monday, December 30, 2013

FORTUNATELY, THE MILK


When dad goes out to pick up milk for his children, he is gone for what the children consider a very long time.  When he returns, they ask him what took him so long.  He tells them about the adventures he encountered returning home with the milk.  His children refuse to believe that a trip to the corner store would cause such an array of unfortunate situations; from being captured by aliens and pirates, to making his escape and meeting a time traveling Stegosaurus. How will he convince his children that he is telling the truth? 
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman is a humorous story about a father explaining to his children the reason behind his tardiness.  Readers will laugh at the unfortunate events that take place as a father tries to make his way home to feed his children breakfast.  The illustrations throughout the story will entertain readers until the final page.  This would be a great story for children grades 3-6.  It would also make for a great read aloud.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

The Glendale Public Library will close Tuesday, December 31, at 5pm. Please note that different branches may close at an earlier time.  

Saturday, December 28, 2013

THANKSGIVING STORY

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This classic book depict the journey of the Hopkins family’s London departure to America.  This particular story is seen through the eyes of the Hopkins’ family, who were part of the first settlers of Plymouth.  Even though the illustrations are very simple , the warm color palate adds another character to the overall story.  The story ends with a description of the Thanksgiving Dinner and how each person was thankful for their blessings in their lives. The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh.

For grades 2nd and up.





Friday, December 27, 2013

WHAT THE WORLD EATS

This book is pact with appetizing pictures and fun facts about the different countries and their eating habits.  There are twenty-five families from twenty-one countries and each family is featured with a detailed description of their circumstances and their eating habits and the types of food that they prepare and put on their tables. The countries were picked arbitrary and the author has visited each country personally.  The subtle message is that we as people buy so much food that it is impossible to consume all, while there are are countries that do not have enough resources to even have one simple dinner on the table.  The book is pack with graphics and pictures that depict each family's country and family life.  Food is always a great subject to explore, however what is very neat about this book is that instead of checking out multiple books about the different countries eating habits, you can just read this book and your curious appetite will be satisfied.  What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D' Aluisio

For grades 3 and up.  

Thursday, December 26, 2013

SUPER EMMA

When EllRay is constantly being bullied, Emma’s natural reaction is to jump in and defend him, however in this specific situation things don’t go the way that she had hoped for since EllRay being a boy ends up feeling embarrassed by the fact that a girl is defending him.  This whole situation blows out of proportion because their teacher gets involved as well as other classmates. There are many lessons to be learned from this book, Super Emma  by Sally Warner  and illustrated by Jamie Harper.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For grades 3rd and up.                                                                                     

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

HAPPY HOLIDAYS


All branches of the Glendale Public Library will be closed December 24-25.  We will be open Thursday, December 26.  



Monday, December 23, 2013

NOTHING EVER HAPPENS AT THE SOUTH POLE


Nothing Ever Happens at the South Pole by Stan and Jan Berenstain is one of the cutest books and you will love, love this book.  It's a clever and witty story about a penguin who decides to keep track of all interesting happenings in the South Pole.  He decides to write them in his journal and goes off to create these moments, however no matter how many interesting things happen, he never thinks that they are worthy of his journal.  After so many cute and quirky incidents, he gives up and concludes that "there is just one thing for me to write. It is the only thing I CAN say- NOTHING HAPPENED HERE TODAY".  


For grades pre-k to 2nd.

Friday, December 20, 2013

POPULAR GIRL


When Sofia Becker finds out her parents are sending her to summer camp, she is upset and refuses to go.  Campfires, canoeing and other nature adventures do not interest an avid blogger.  She convinces her best friend Nona to go with her.  She also decides to take her notebook and write everything down until she returns home and can write her blog.  When they arrive at camp, she wants to be the popular girl everyone loves.  Her attempt at popularity gets her into some embarrassing situations but throughout, she learns to love herself and embraces the experiences summer camp offers.

Secrets from the Sleeping Bag: A Blogtastic! Novel by Rose Cooper is book # 3 of the series.  Through blog/journal entries, Sofia shares with readers her experiences.  In this book, she learns to come out of her comfort zone and allows herself to experience new adventures and gain friendship all just by being herself.  She also gets a surprise first kiss, from a boy she did not expect.   
This book is for students grades 6 and up. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

THE TROUBLE WITH CHICKENS...

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     Who could have kidnapped the chickens?  Could this dog find the chickens?  Will he be able to narrow down the suspects or will this search and rescue mission go unsolved?  

The Trouble With Chickens  A J.J. Tully Mystery by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Kevin Cornell.

Grades 2nd-4th. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

YOUNG PIONEER

Sasha Zaichik wants nothing more than to be a Young Pioneer and follow his father’s example. Growing up in the Communist regime, Sasha admires Stalin and looks forward to his responsibilities and duties as a Young Pioneer.  The night before the Young Pioneer ceremony, his father was arrested for being a traitor.  After his father’s arrest, everything Sasha believes about his hero Stalin and the regime all become ambiguous.

Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin is a heartfelt story about a 10-year-old boy witnessing injustice in his country.  With the arrest of his father, he has no one to turn to for help but himself.  This 2012 Newberry Honor Medal Book is highly recommended for students who enjoy historical fiction.  The reading level is appropriate for grades 4 and up.   Students who have learned world history will better relate to Sasha’s character. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

SO MANY SECRETS

Cassandra and Max-Ernest are 11-year-old students who decoded a message from a magician which spelled out “Help” from a magician who had mysteriously vanished .  The two students set out on a mission to find out what happened to him.  While searching the magician’s house, they found a notebook and realized that they were not the only ones looking for it.  When their investigation led them to a secret spa,  the truth they were searching for would only lead them to more danger.  Is the investigation more important than their lives?  


The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch is a mysterious and humorous story, suitable for students in grades 4.  This is the first book of the Secret series. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

MAD SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS


This very simple book was filled with experiments that the students could actually follow through and understand the instructions without looking in a science dictionary.  Even though the book did not have colorful illustrations, the simple instructions with few black and white illustrations were very useful and the outcome of the experiments were a hit among the participants.  MAD SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS by STUART KALLEN.

 For grades 4th and up. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

LULU SAVES STRAY DOGS BY THE SEASHORE

Lulu's family has one rule about pets:  "The more the merrier!  As long as Lulu cleans up after them!"  This means that Lulu spends a lot of her time cleaning because her family already has a lot of pets:  2 guinea pigs, four rabbits, one parrot, one hamster, a lot of goldfish, and a dog named Sam.  With all these animals, it's no surprise that when they go on vacation to the seaside and find a stray dog, Lulu wants to tame him.  With the help of her best friend/cousin Mellie, Lulu tries her best to tame the Dog From the Sea and change everyone's mind that he's nothing but a nuisance and a trouble maker.

Hilary McKay's second installment of the Lulu series, Lulu and the Dog from the Sea is perfect for fourth graders who love animals.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DROWNING MEMORIES

Old Lower Grange was buried under water 12 years ago, the same day that Cassie's family rushed to the hospital because she came 2 months early.  Everyone in town says that New Lower Grange is better.  Cassie's not sure she agrees.  There is something about Old Lower Grange that she obsesses over.  As a child, she learned all about Atlantis, wondering if her town would become a lost world.  Her mother told her to stop obsessing.  That time moves on and progress calls.  The past was drowned and now it's time to look towards the future.  Cassie knows, though, that even though you drown things, not everything stays underwater where you want it to.

Join Cassie and her friend Liam as they solve the mystery of Lower Grange that no one knew even existed until the water started drying up and Old Lower Grange tried to meet New Lower Grange.  Below by Meg McKinlay is for kids in grades 4 and up.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

CRAZY IS AS CRAZY DOES


Twelve-year-old Sarah Nelson's biggest fear is that she's crazy.  Her father doesn't like her to use that word, but Sarah knows what crazy means.  She knows what lots of words mean since she collects like them normal kids collect baseball cards.  She also knows that crazy runs in her family, and if it wasn't for crazy, her life might be a little more normal.  She might hang out with friends and read Harry Potter instead of writing letters to the fictional character Atticus Finch.  She might have a dad who wasn't an alcoholic.  And she might have a mother to take care of her.  Luckily for Sarah, despite all the crazy around her, her summer has some potential for a lot of normal, a lot of growing, and a lot less crazy.

Learn all about crazy in Karen Harrington's book, Sure Signs of Crazy for kids in 7th & 8th grades.

Monday, December 09, 2013

GIRL EXTRAORDINAIRE


Ruby is an extraordinary,  super code cracker who is desired by Harvard but really in her heart she wants to be a detective.   Ruby Redfort:  Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child is a too cool for school girl who only wears t-shirts with witty sayings. She has wealthy parents, a great nanny/cook, chauffeur and a very best friend.  Sounds like a great girl with a great life, eh? Well life has a way of changing things around when you least expect it.  

When a secret spy agency taps her to break a special code, she finds it absolutely boring and is itching to do some real field work and follow the clues no matter where they may lead her... like to The Jade of Bhuttan, a very special object that will be exhibited in her town.  


Although Ruby is an appealing character, this book starts slowly before all the action starts but for those who enjoy Clarice Bean, the quirky humor of this slightly hipster 13 yr. old detective will be very appealing.  

For readers in 4th -6th grades.  


Saturday, December 07, 2013

LAST YEAR'S 2013 NEWBERRY WINNER - A TALE TO REMEMBER

A circus owner adopts a young gorilla named Ivan as his house pet.  The owner dresses him, takes him shopping, and talks to him like one would talk to any member of the family.  Ivan grows up to be mellow, taking life as it comes.  Unfortunately, when Ivan becomes a large adolescent gorilla, he must move from his warm and cozy home into a cold and isolated glass cage at the circus.  Over the years, he gets to know other circus animals and finds comfort in their company.  All the animals, however, agree that there must be a better life outside of the circus.  When one of the main attraction animals falls fatally ill, Ivan masterfully thinks of a way to protect the animals, especially, the youngest one. 

Katherine Applegate, author of Home of the Brave, Animorphs, and Roscoe Riley series, writes a poignant and endearing tale about a gorilla whose heart matches its size.  Inspired by the real Ivan, this story is narrated in first person and will speak to any reader who values friendship, questions purpose, or loves animalsTHE ONE AND ONLY IVAN is the 2013 Newbery Award Winner.  Available in book and audio CD format.



Friday, December 06, 2013

A NEW DETECTIVE IN THE JUNGLE



The Banana muffins have gone missing from  Ms. Chimpanzee's stand at the Mango Market.  Murilla Gorilla has been hired to find out who stole the muffins?  Was it Frog? Was it Okapi? Was it Hippo? Murilla Gorilla must follow the clues and work very hard to solve this case.

Murilla Gorilla Jungle Detective by Jennifer LLoyd is great or beginning readers and those who enjoy Dodsworth and similar stories.  

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

WANTED: A HOME FOR GABY

Gaby and her mother love animals.  They always took care of the stray and abandoned cats in the neighborhood until Gaby's mother was deported to Honduras.  Now, Gaby's father won't allow her to feed or care for any animals.  He says they can barely afford to feed themselves, let alone a cat.  Their neighbors, the Gomez family, offered to take Gaby in after her mother left, but her father insisted on coming back into her life to "take care" of her.  His version of taking care of her leaves her with an empty stomach and a lonely house.

Things seem to look up, however, when Gaby's class volunteers at the local animal shelter where she writes adoption ads in the hopes of finding families for the animals.  What she doesn't expect, though, is that while waiting for her mother to come home and finding homes for the animals, she finds hope and belonging for herself.

Join Gaby on her journey towards acceptance and a loving family in Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes, for grades 5-7.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

A LOOK AT THE FUTURE

For the past three years, Elissa's life had changed drastically. At one time, she had been a popular and spoiled teenager living the perfect life but now she was a sick one. Unexplainable bruises, disturbing visions and pounding headaches kept her apart from the rest of the kids in school. Doctors and medical tests had not solved the problem either until finally she was scheduled to have an operation on her brain to burn out the problem. However, before that could happen, Elissa follows one of her visions and discovers a girl who turns out to be her twin. Because of this meeting, a government secret is revealed forcing the two girls to have to flee for their lives and take off across the galaxy in an exciting and suspenseful science fiction tale in Imogen Howson's Linked

For grades 5-8.

Monday, December 02, 2013

MISSION IMPOSSIBLY DANGEROUS

From Mr. B at the Grandview Branch: 

Riley Mack and his mostly middle-school team aren’t really troublemakers. They just try to help innocent kids who are in trouble and unable to defend themselves against bullies or confused adults.  Like their Mission Impossible heroes, but with much more humor, Riley, Jake, Jamal (the brilliant fifth grader), Briana, and Mongo use their talents, disguises and electronic devices to make trouble for troublemakers.  

It’s summer break, and the stream below the private golf course where the team likes to cool off is filled with dead fish.  Riley usually shares his troubles with his soldier father in Afghanistan via Skype, but his father has been accused of procuring tainted food for the mess hall, and is in the brig.  Meanwhile, Briana has entered a talent contest and is being bullied by another act.  These seemingly unrelated events are in fact all part of a plot by real troublemakers - adult troublemakers, including the police. 

Co-author of I Funny, Chris Grabenstein on his own spins a mission-impossible like mystery-adventure in Riley Mack Stirs Up More Trouble.  While this book is part of a series, the series can be read in any order.  Start with this one and you’ll want to read the others.

Grades 4-8

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

LIBRARY CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING



All of the Glendale Public Library branches will be closed at 5 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving and from November 28 - 30.  

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

LONG LIVE THE QUEEN

When is it time to put away the toys and stop playing make believe? What happens when the game you thought you were playing turns out not to be a game after all, but is terrifyingly real? Middle schoolers, Zach, Alice, and Poppy, are confronted by these very questions in Doll Bones by Holly Black. The three have been friends for a long time and one of their favorite games is to create elaborate scenarios and quests for their dolls and action figures to act out. They know that they’re getting a little too old to play with dolls, but their stories and games are central to their friendship with each other, especially now, since it seems the changes that come with middle school are starting to drive a wedge between their group.

One night, Poppy has a dream about the antique bone china doll that acts as the Queen in their adventures. The doll is haunted by a ghost of a little girl who suffered a horrific fate and needs Poppy’s help putting her spirit to rest. Suspecting that it might be more than a dream, Poppy finds evidence that the ghost’s story is true and convinces Zach and Alice to help her. Together they embark on a real life quest to uncover the mystery behind the Queen and see if their friendship can stand the test of time even after the games are over.

A fantastic, slightly spooky read by the creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles!

For grades 5 and up.

Monday, November 25, 2013

SOMETHING SMELLS FISHY IN HERE

Detective Zengo and Detective O'Malley are on a missing frog case, but it seems that other fishy things are turning everywhere.  Professor Hopkins (the frog) has been missing for a few days - and the illegal fish trade at East Kal High (where he taught) is on the rise.  Are the two cases connected?  Will two platypi be able to locate the missing frog, or is this more than a missing persons case and actually a murder?  Who is behind the disappearance and the illegal fish?  Is it the Football Star, the local Panda mayor, or the fox bus boy?  There's only one way to found out the answers to all these questions, and that is to follow Detectives Zengo and O'Malley of the Platypus Police Squad in their first case, The Frog Who Croaked by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.  This fun mystery from the author of the graphic novel Lunch Lady series is great for kids in grades 4-6.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

THANK YOU KATHLEEN!

A big thank you to Author Kathleen O'dell for taking the time the talk to young readers of Glendale and LA about her latest book, The Aviary, our 2013 One Book One Glendale for Younger Readers.  The evening was a great success and we even got her to drive the bus! While you're on your Thanksgiving break check out her other books.  See you all next fall.   
  



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

DON'T FORGET ONE BOOK WITH KATHLEEN TOMORROW


Kathleen O'Dell is coming tomorrow, Thursday at 7p.m., November 21 to talk about her book The Aviary and signing your copies.  Once Upon a Time bookstore will also be selling her books at the event.  Hope to see you all at the Central Library.  Parking is free with validation for 3 hours in the structure.  

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

WEDNESDAY STORYTIME CANCELLED


Due to illness, our Wednesday storytime is cancelled for tomorrow, November 20, 2013. Storytimes will resume January 14, 2014.  

WOULD YOU LIE FOR SOMETHING YOU LOVE?


Ditty loves dancing. She loves her parents. She does not love lying. But she does not want to study Jewish tradition and get married to another Orthodox Jewish boy. Her parents act like their beliefs must rule everything about their lives. But Ditty isn't quite so sure if she believes these things any more. I mean, her parents have a secret television! So Ditty decides to take ballet, and has to come up with some elaborate stories to do what she loves the most - dancing! 

DANCING IN THE DARK by Robyn Bavati is about a girl who is transitioning from obedient child to daring teen, one who questions everything her parents ever taught her. How can dancing feel so right when her family thinks it is so wrong?! For grades 6 and up.

AUGUST 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

NOT READY FOR ROMANCE


At 13, life is full of changes and challenges. 

What started out as a one time deal to help out a guy as well as making a bit of money at the same time became a part time job unlike any other. Through word of mouth, Quentin became known as the the Heartbreak Messenger, whose job it was break tell some poor unfortunate high schooler that their relationship was over.  Call the breakee scaredy cat, cowardly or whatever you want, but he figures he's serving a purpose and helping out his mom at the same time.  Meanwhile his own relationship with his best friends, especially Abby is changing and he's having a hard time figuring out why.  


Heartbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance is a fun fast-pace anti - romance from a guy's point of view.  

For readers in 6th-8th grade.  

Friday, November 15, 2013

CLUELESS MACGEE


The mac and cheese at the school cafeteria has gone missing and PJ McGee hopes to use his ninja moves and private eye skills to find out who stole it. PJ hopes to one day follow in his father’s footstep, who he assumes is on a secret mission. As PJ tries to solve the mystery, he comes across some problems, as he is clueless about his surroundings and tends to cause more problems than needed. With his sidekick beside him and a bully under suspicion, PJ attempts to solve this case.


Clueless McGee by Jeff Mack is a funny book.  Readers will find PJ’s clueless character hilarious and he tells the story through letters to his dad, which allows readers to understand his character better.  This book is great for children grades 3 and up. 








Thursday, November 14, 2013

STRANDED ISLAND


Roxie Warbler was a fourth grade girl, who was bullied by a “Helvetia’s Hooligans.”  One day when she tried escaping her bullies, they all were stuck in a garbage bin, and dumped into the ocean and landed on a stranded island.  Soon they realized they were not the only ones on the island, there were two dangerous criminals who were also there.  Will Roxie and her bullies get home safely or will their faith lie with the criminals.

Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds is a great story about a girl who overcomes the challenges of bulling at school.  It also teaches students how important it is for teamwork.  This quick-read is great for grades 3 and up. 


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

TOTAL FAILURE, INC.

Just because your last name is Failure doesn’t mean that you can’t be destined for great things. Just ask Timmy Failure, founder, president, and CEO of perhaps the nation’s greatest detective agency, Total Failure, Inc. Even though Timmy has his hands full cracking cases all over town (well, on his street, at least) he still has to deal with life’s little annoyances, like the fact that his corporate headquarters is located in his mom’s closet and his Segway (the Failuremobile) has been stolen by none other than his arch-nemesis. There’s also the fact that his business partner is useless (what else would you expect from a 1500 lb polar bear who is easily distracted by garbage cans and Rice Crispy treats?).

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis is the first book is what promises to be a hilarious series. Equal parts Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Calvin and Hobbes, Timmy Failure is more than just another entry in the “illustrated diary” genre that has become so popular lately. Readers will cheer Timmy’s successes just as much as they roll their eyes at his failures because, after all, nobody is perfect.

Grades 4 and up

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

PICKED UP YOUR BOOK FOR ONE BOOK YET?


The Aviary by Kathleen O'Dell is our 2013 One Book One Glendale for Younger Readers.  She will be our guest speaker this coming Thursday evening, November 21 at 7p.m. 

Perfect fantasy novel for readers in 5th-7th grades.  

Central Library 
222 E. Harvard St. 
Glendale, CA 
Free parking at the structure across the street for 3 hrs. 

Friday, November 08, 2013

LIBRARY HOLIDAY CLOSURES



All branches of the Glendale Public Library will be closed this weekend, Saturday through Monday, November 9-1.  

We will be open Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 10a.m.


Wednesday, November 06, 2013

CAN A PERSON CHANGE THEIR LUCK?



Good luck can be a very elusive thing and something  not often thought about about much unless perhaps you win the lottery or get struck by lightening. For Summer's family the luck is all bad and just when she thinks that things can't get worse, a usually fatal thought, they do. Her parents have to leave for Japan just as the harvest season is starting which provides the family jobs and money pay the mortgage. That bill must be paid so it means that Summer, her younger brother and their grandparents will have to take over and go in the parent's place. 

In Newbery Award-winning author Cynthia Kadohata's book THE THING ABOUT LUCK, the reader shares not only what it is like to be part of a custom harvesting crew but Summer's story of growing up in a very traditional Japanese family and the big risk she takes to change her family's luck. 

For grades 5-8, this book has been nominated for a National Book Award.

Monday, November 04, 2013

FROM HOUSECAT TO WARRIOR



A lone house cat named Rusty wonders what lies deep within the forest.  When he finally decides to break free from his familiar abode, he is forced to defend himself from another cat.  The cat is not an ordinary cat.  He is an apprentice cat who is learning to become a Warrior, the fiercest and strongest cats of all.  Rusty soon discovers that other cats have not always been pampered like him, and there are many cats- clans of cats- who struggle to survive.  The leader of one clan sees Rusty's potential to become a Warrior cat like others but is Rusty ready?

A thrilling cat adventure!!  Into The Wild by Erin Hunter is the first book in the original series. 

Visit the Glendale Library, Arts, & Culture Department's online database Novelist (K-8) for a list of books in any series.  Here are the books from the WARRIORS series.  Enjoy!



MAGIC GLASSES

Just like in the fairy tale Cinderella, Calliope Meadow Anderson (“Callie”) does not seem to fit in. Callie is about to start middle school and is nervous about once again being teased about her appearance and worse yet, she’s told that she needs to get glasses. However, she does not receive just any ordinary glasses; her strange looking glasses actually possess the power of reading other’s thoughts. Callie begins to wear these glasses to get an inside look on what people are actually thinking. What she soon finds out however, is that this power is not as great as it may seem.   

Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist is a story about a girl coming of age.  Readers can relate to the experiences Callie goes through with her friends and family.  This book is good for student grades 4 and up.  
 

Friday, November 01, 2013

STEAMPUNK FUN


Sophronia is 14 years old, tomboy and middle child of a family of girls who is suddenly told that she will be going to a finishing school, but this isn't any ordinary finishing school.  Unbeknownst to her, Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has vampires, werewolves, and flying airships.  There she learns to fend off all types of foes and becomes embroiled in adventures unlike any she has known before.

Etiquette and Espionage:  Finishing School Book the First by Gail Carriger is a fun steampunk action adventure story.   

For readers in 6th -9th grade

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

READY FOR SCHOOL



Together, we can ensure that 15 MINUTES of daily reading aloud goes from a recommendation to a parenting must.  

Why?  


Because,

  • when more children are read aloud to daily, more children will be kindergarten ready;
  • when more children are kindergarten ready, more children will succeed in school; and
  • when more children succeed in school, we all succeed.
 "Foster school success" 

Monday, October 28, 2013

SWIMMING TO SOLACE

When Kasienka and her mother move to England from Poland in search of her father who abandoned them, she loses more than just her home. She begins to lose her identity. At school, they call her Cassie, and she begins to break apart into pieces. There is the Cassie who, even though she is 12 going on 13, they put into sixth grade. There is the Cassie who is being bullied and tries her hardest not to fight back. And then there is Kasienka. The Kasienka who helps her mother look for her father despite the cold and terrible conditions. The Kasienka who's only relief from life is swimming laps like an olympian.  And the Kasienka who is in love.

Follow Kasienka's journey as she immigrates to a new country and navigates her changing world in The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan. This novel told in verse is suitable for Grades six and up.