Monthly Archives: March 2011

Dani Noir

Who could resist a book with a cover like this?  A slim girl, back turned, stands under the marquee of an old-time movie theater, her pink polka dot tights the only splash of color on a dark, rainy night. Thus, … Continue reading

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The Great Lakes

Colorful photographs, well-placed text boxes, attractive type styles, and easy-to-read text, make this concise yet complete discussion of the Great Lakes easy to read and understand.  The author, Patricia Kummer, lives in Chicago and grew up spending summers on the … Continue reading

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Environmentalism in America

Stephen Currie’s American History series Environmentalism in America examines the eras, events, and movements relating to ecology awareness, activism, and legislation. The 96 page book is a hardback, and a very typical school library historical short volume that expands on … Continue reading

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The Lion Storyteller Bible

These Bible stories are short, one to three pages, with simple, colorful illustrations.  The table of contents does a nice of dividing the stories between the Old Testament and the New Testament, which each story titled in bold face type … Continue reading

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Tumtum & Nutmeg: The Rose Cottage Tales

Tumtum & Nutmeg, the mice who live at Rose Cottage, are back with three separate stories: A Christmas Adventure, A Seaside Surprise, and A Circus Adventure.  All three stories include Lucy and Arthur, the human children who also live at … Continue reading

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President of the WHOLE Fifth Grade

I was a reluctant reader of this book when I first glanced at the cover.  With all the cupcakes and the reference to fifth grade, I was sure it would be either a ‘mean girls’ or a ‘twitter techno’ kind … Continue reading

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Terrible Trash Trail : Eco-Pig Stops Pollution

Earth Day should be everyday, not a one day event, but for those who need reminding – this might be the book for them. Written is rhyme , which sometimes gets awkward, the theme is: “Just look at this planet! … Continue reading

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France

France is more than the Eiffel Tower and fine dining. It is a country which starts at sea level and goes to ski level. This book is one in the Exploring Countries series of 20 books. Each has 13 brief … Continue reading

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Ireland

Ireland is more than shamrocks and leprechauns. There are 13 brief chapters in this book written for intermediate age students. It is part of the 20 book  Exploring Countries series. The photos definitely show off why Ireland is known as … Continue reading

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England

There is more to England than Big Ben and the city of London. This book is one in the 20 book series Exploring Countries written for the intermediate grades. There are 13 brief chapters. In ” Where Is England?”, the … Continue reading

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The Incredible Rockhead

This graphic novel by Stone Arch is about an ordinary elementary school kid, who lives his dream.  He goes to the school nurse to get his regular allergy shot, but instead of the school nurse, a wacky scientist injects him … Continue reading

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The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity

With tongue in cheek humor, Mac Barnett tells the story of Steve Brixton, a 12-year-old, who loves the old Bailey Brothers mysteries so much, he, too, wants to become a detective.  (Think, Hardy Boys mysteries)  He sends in boxtops and … Continue reading

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Georgia

Historical, economic, geographical, and cultural information is found in the ‘America the Beautiful’ series by Children’s Press.  The part Georgia played in the American Revolution is interesting, but the real grabber is the historical “Trail of Tears” where Georgians got … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas

I am a new fan of Rachel Isadora!!  I just love her work; she just keeps getting better and better.  In this one, Isadora has illustrated the classic 12 Days of Christmas but with an Africa theme.  The colors are … Continue reading

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Quarterback Comeback

See your options and make a good choice:  Good advice on and off the field.  Carlos might be a good quarterback, but he wants to be a superstar.  When his head gets a little too big for his helmet, it … Continue reading

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Deep Space Hijack

Three trillion miles away from earth, it is difficult to make an emergency landing.  So it is a good thing that Superman is on the scene when Jimmy, an intrepid reporter for The Daily Planet, and the crew of the … Continue reading

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Just Grace and the Snack Attack

How soon we adults forget all the aches and pains and dilemmas of growing up and in this book, Harper does an excellent job of letting us see into the life of an elementary school girl and her classmates and … Continue reading

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The Spy in the Bleachers

In typical Boxcar Children fashion, in this baseball mystery, the four Alden children solve the mystery of who is giving signals to the best hitter of the opposing team.  What is great about these books are the familiarity of the … Continue reading

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Someone used my toothbrush! and other bathroom poems

What kid won’t get a giggle out of a little bathroom humor?  This title delivers 21 creative poems paired with lively illustrations that cover everything from sisters hogging the loo to potty training.   An entertaining touch of the taboo … Continue reading

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Marco Polo: Amazing Adventures in China

It took Marco Polo four years of crossing deserts, climbing mountains and struggling against man and the elements to reach his destination: China and the palace of Kublai Khan. This biography of the amazing explorer does more than just relate … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic

10-year old Persimmony Smudge falls into an adventure when she seeks the answer to the question, “Is there a giant sleeping under the island of Mount Majestic?”  First-time author Jennifer Trafton writes in a delightful, lyrical way (…for if there … Continue reading

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The Case of the July 4th Jinx

Friends and detectives-in-training, Milo and Jazz, are at the local fair during the summer.  The fair seems to be jinxed because strange things are happening: farm animals getting loose, pies disappearing, fake snakes in the games.  No one can explain … Continue reading

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The Kayla Chronicles

Kayla Dean is a 15-year-old student journalist who smells a story when she hears that the Lady Lions, a prestigious hip-hop dance team at her high school, chooses members more for their curvy bodies than their dancing skills.  Encouraged by … Continue reading

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The Returners

“You never know when everything is going to change, when everything you’ve taken for granted…is going to get smashed to pieces and you’ll realize that there’s nothing you can do, there’s no way out”, Will, the protagonist of the novel, … Continue reading

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World We Live In, The

It has been a year since the meteorite struck the moon leaving the earth and its inhabitants struggling to survive.  In this 3rd book in the Last Survivors trilogy, teen Miranda (with her diary) surviving in Pennsylvania (from Book 1) … Continue reading

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