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- Submitted by Children on Mon, 10/07/2013 - 09:23
From Norvelt to nowhere by Jack Gantos
This rocket-paced follow-up to the Newbery Medal-winning novel "Dead End in Norvelt" opens deep in the shadow of the Cuban missile crisis. But instead of Russian warheads, other kinds of trouble are raining down on young Jack Gantos and his utopian town of Norvelt in western Pennsylvania. After an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer, and the sad passing of the town's founder, twelve-year-old Jack will soon find himself launched on a mission that takes him hundreds of miles away, escorting his slightly mental elderly mentor, Miss Volker, on her relentless pursuit of the oddest of outlaws. But as their trip turns south in more ways than one, it's increasingly clear that the farther from home they travel, the more off-the-wall Jack and Miss Volker's adventure becomes, in "From Norvelt to Nowhere," a raucous road novel about roots and revenge, a last chance at love, and the power of a remarkable friendship.
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 09/30/2013 - 11:33
The year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
Award-winning, nationally bestselling author Kevin Henkes introduces second-grader Billy Miller in this fast-paced and funny story about friendship, sibling rivalry, and elementary school. The Year of Billy Miller includes black-and-white art by Kevin Henkes and is perfect for fans of the Ramona books, Frindle, by Andrew Clements, and the Clementine series.
When Billy Miller has a mishap at the statue of the Jolly Green Giant at the end of summer vacation, he ends up with a big lump on his head. What a way to start second grade, with a lump on your head As the year goes by, though, Billy figures out how to navigate elementary school, how to appreciate his little sister, and how to be a more grown up and responsible member of the family and a help to his busy working mom and stay-at-home dad. Newbery Honor author and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes delivers a short, satisfying, laugh-out-loud-funny school and family story that features a diorama homework assignment, a school poetry slam, cancelled sleepovers, and epic sibling temper tantrums. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white art by the author, this is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 09:28
Did you know we have all of the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting Manuals here at the library? These guides contain all the information you need to know about Girl Scouting from Daisy to Ambassador. Girl Scouting has never been more exciting than with this new program resource. Girls and Volunteers will love the fun, eye-opening activities and the all-in-one badge book and handbook format. Beautifully designed, these binders are divided into three sections: handbook, badge and my Girl Scouts. The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting complements the Girl Scout Journeys by helping girls build skills to become successful and gain the confidence to do amazing things!
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 12:05
What we found in the sofa (and how it saved the world) by Henry Clark; illustrated by Jeremy Holmes
Can a crayon save the world? Maybe with the help of a domino and a sofa…. River lives with his aunt Bernie outside the town of Cheshire. He and his friends Freak and Fiona live in the last three houses still inhabited in the Sunnyside development. The rest were abandoned or obliterated by the local coal-seam fire that's been burning for 12 years…long enough to get its own name: Hellsboro. When a beat-up green sofa appears at their bus stop in front of Old Man Underhill's house, the three make use of it as a lounging spot…until they find a rare zucchini-colored crayon between the cushions and discover that the Underhill house has a new and more than slightly bizarre occupant. Alf (and his sentient sofa) enlist the trio's help in trying to stop a takeover of Earth by a dictator from another realm. What do the local chemical plant, mysterious flash mobs and the deaths of River's parents have to do with the dictator's plans for Earth? Clark's debut is refreshingly bonkers. It offers thinking kids humor that is neither afraid of the potty nor confined to it. Most of the characters (and some of the furniture) have their quirks, but there is a realism at the core that readers will respond to. Puns and wordplay abound in this droll science-y/fantasy adventure that's sure to please...and is, one hopes, the first of many from Clark. (Humor. 9-14) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 07/29/2013 - 10:45
Super Skills series by Stephanie Turnball
Packed with useful advice and practical tips, these well-illustrated guides are good introductions. Even kids with expertise in the subjects will find something new and interesting to try. Step-by-step instructions are exceptionally well written and easy to follow, although the books quite properly note that practice-sometimes a great deal of it-may be necessary in order to master a skill such as juggling, while other activities, such as using papier-mache, tolerate a high degree of imprecision. Of particular note are the "What's Next?" sections, which suggest additional skills to try and potential related careers. Safety tips, "Super Facts," and handy hints are highlighted in sidebars.
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 10:44
Wild Rescue series by Jan Burchett
Twins Ben and Zoe travel the world on secret missions for their uncle's elite environmental organization, WILD. In these exciting, informative books, the two teens travel all over the world to save animals in danger and protect the environment. No matter how dangerous the mission, no matter what's at stake, Ben and Zoe will do whatever it takes to rescue at-risk animals.
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 09:53
These titles focus on the documentation of history. Each one begins with a good explanation of primary versus secondary sources. The history of each specific document is explored-who wrote it, how it was distributed, and how it is being preserved today. The texts are factual and straightforward. The information is not presented with any particular flair, but it is well organized and easy to understand. Small sections of text are broken up by highlight boxes, period illustrations, and photographs. A time line runs along the bottom of each page, drawing attention to significant events as they occur, and is reproduced as a whole at the end of the book so readers can see the entire progression. While many collections will already own books on these topics, the distinctive approach and clear accounts make these volumes worth adding.Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 10:23
The 13th Reality series by James Dashner
What if every choice you made created an alternate reality? In The Journal of Curious Letters, Atticus Higginbottom, a.k.a. Tick, is an average thirteen-year-old boy until the day he receives a strange letter informing him that dangerous— perhaps even deadly—events have been set in motion that could result in the destruction of reality itself. Tick will be sent twelve riddles that, when solved, will reveal the time and place of an extraordinary happening. Will Tick have the courage to follow the twelve clues and discover the life he was meant to live?
Tick’s journey continues in The Hunt for Dark Infinity! The Realities are in danger - and from something more terrible than Mistress Jane and the mutated Chickarda of the Thirteenth Reality. People from all Realities are unexplainably going insane. Worse, some Realities are fragmenting, disintegrating into nothingness. Master George has learned that Mr. Chu from the Fourth Reality is working on a mysterious new weapon called Dark Infinity. But no one has any idea how to stop the weapon - or even if it can be stopped. To make matters worse, Tick and his friends have been kidnapped, forced to wink from Reality to Reality, solving impossible riddles in order to survive the deadly traps surrounding them. Mistress Jane and Tick find themselves in a race to reach the weapon first - but who will destroy it and who will become its master?
In The Blade of Shattered Hope, things have changed for Atticus Higginbottom. After the near catastrophe in the Fourth Reality, Tick’s being homeschooled in the fields of science, trying to master the mysterious Chi’karda. But just as he begins to make progress, Mistress Jane reappears, now hideously scarred and much more powerful. She has tapped into the universe’s darkest secret to create the Blade of Shattered Hope, and in her quest to attain a Utopian Reality for the future of mankind, she’s ready to risk billions of lives—including those of Tick’s parents and sisters—to set her plan in motion. Her vengeance knows no bounds and when rumors begin to circulate about the secret scientific experiments taking place at the Factory, Tick and his friends—Sato, Sofia, and Paul—are faced with their most dangerous task yet. And they must not fail; for if they do, the entire universe could cease to exist.
The journey ends in The Void of Mist and Thunder. Atticus Higginbottom has known all along that when the battle for every reality is on the line, his role will be a crucial one. But he never could have imagined how this final challenge would go down. While Tick’s friends Paul, Sofia, and Sato work together with the Realitants to fight the newest and biggest threat to the very fabric of all that exists, Tick finds himself alone with the villains responsible for the damage: Mistress Jane and Reginald Chu. Each character faces unimaginable choices and death-defying odds in this breathless conclusion to a quirky, clever series. Ultimately, it will take a stunning sacrifice to save the day….
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 05/06/2013 - 10:16
Julie Andrews' treasury for all seasons : poems and songs to celebrate the year selected by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton ; paintings by Marjorie Priceman
A collection of poems that celebrates diversity, family, and the moments during a year that make each day special. The introduction sets the tone by explaining that the selections were chosen not only because of their enjoyability but also for their ability to offer readers a new perspective on the celebrations of people who might be different from themselves. The table of contents is divided into the 12 months, with an average of 10 poems for each one. They highlight, in different ways, the holidays, seasonal changes, and other occasions such as birthdays, the arrival of new babies, etc. Featured poets include some of the usual suspects, such as Keats, Hughes, Frost, Dickinson, and Prelutsky, as well as lyrical selections by musicians and entries by the selectors themselves. Priceman's bright, eye-catching, folksy watercolors complement the poems perfectly and seem to lift right off the pages. The holiday/month index in the back of the book makes it easy to find a poem appropriate for any season, holiday, or mood. A light, warm, and cheerful addition to any collection.Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 10:43
Strong deaf by Lynn McElfresh
Fourteen-year-old Marla has just returned home from her residential school for the deaf, and her younger sister, 12-year-old Jade, is already acting immature. Jade, who's been anxiously awaiting softball season, is crushed when she's forced to be a benchwarmer on Marla's team in case Marla needs an interpreter. Told from the perspectives of both Jade, in standard prose, and Marla, in translated American Sign Language, which uses many language shortcuts ( Weekend fun. Play many game ), this realistic story explores the dynamics of a family with both hearing and deaf members. McElfresh also tackles controversial issues in the deaf community: Jade, the only hearing member of the family, wonders how Marla's life would have been different with a cochlear implant, and their parents attend a Gallaudet University protest, which is based on an actual event. Just when the sisters' sibling rivalry comes to a head, their responses to an accident help them see each other's strengths. An enlightening book, no matter one's abilities.--Leeper, Angela Copyright 2010 Booklist