Monthly Archives: April 2012

Water Balloon

Marley and her best friends, Leah and Jane, have a long-standing tradition of surprise water-balloon attacks — one surprise attack allowed per year.  They also love to play Monopoly, using their own, revised rules.  It’s this long-term, BFF friendship that’s … Continue reading

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Can You Tell a Butterfly from a Moth?

Butterflies and moths are much alike.  This very informative book compares differences in wing color, time of most activity, their look at rest, body shape, antennas, and the process of changing from caterpillar to adult.  Also discussed, are the many … Continue reading

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Amelia’s BFF

This is the most recent of Amelia’s notebooks.  Amelia has two best friends – Nadia, from her old home in California, and Carly, at her new home in Oregon.  When Nadia comes for a visit, Amelia expects her best friends … Continue reading

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Gettysburg

Josh Gregory gives a concise summary of the events that lead up to, and leaders who shared in, one of the pivotal conflicts of the Civil War.  He provides an unbiased look at both Union and Confederate leaders and decisions.  … Continue reading

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The Wampanoag

Beginning with two True/False statements, each chapter also presents a question which will be answered within the book.  The Wampanoag, who settled in what is now Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts, are among the earliest to live in North America.  … Continue reading

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The Iraq War: A Controversial War in Perspective

This is a 128 page well-researched and clearly written non-fiction book about the Iraq War with a target reading audience of 6-12th grade.  The facts presented in each chapter are well documented in the chapter notes at the back of … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson Ultimate Music Legend

This is a 48 page biography of Michael Jackson written for juvenile readers.  There is an Accelerated Reader test for this title (level 5.8, 1 point).  This book provided good coverage of Michael’s accomplishments as an artist and philanthropist.  His … Continue reading

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Lady Gaga Pop Singer & Songwriter

This is a very current biography on pop sensation Lady Gaga.  The book offers insight on Lady Gaga’s early days, and portrays her as someone who had and still maintains a close relationship with her family.  The book offers up … Continue reading

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Ancient Rome: An Interactive History Adventure

Ancient Rome: An Interactive History Adventure opens with a brief intro as to the approximate dates Ancient Rome existed and some basic info as to who ruled, life, culture and so on.  The interactive part then begins whereby the reader … Continue reading

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The Moon Over High Street

Moon Over High Street will attract the attention of readers who enjoyed Tuck Everlasting.  While reading this book by Natalie Babbitt I understood why she has received many awards for her writing. The story was set around 1965, but it … Continue reading

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Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth

This book is difficult to categorize as it appears to be written for a target audience of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade but has content which makes it inappropriate for that age.  A border who becomes pregnant by a man … Continue reading

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Northwest Coast Indians

This is one in a series of 10 non-fiction books about Native American Tribes.  This book is perfect for elementary and young middle school students who are researching Northwest Coast Indians and would be especially helpful for writing a report.  … Continue reading

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Girl in the Arena

Girl in the Arena does have similarities to Hunger Games – strong female protagonist who will fight to the death to save her family.  But this dystopian novel is set in current times, with a ne0-gladiator league that rivals the … Continue reading

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Bronxwood

Coe Booth continues the story of Tyrell (2006), a boy whose constant struggle living in the Bronx should be bringing him down.  But he remains optimistic.  Tyrell’s father comes home from jail and Tyrell hopes the family can pull it … Continue reading

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Pie

I loved this book.  It’s an exciting adventure set in a simpler day and age–and a treat to read after the recent flood of dystopian novels. When Polly Portman dies, and leaves her prize-winning pie crust recipe to Lardo, her … Continue reading

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You Killed Wesley Payne

Dalton Rev is a man with a mission.  He’ll do whatever it takes to find out who killed Wesley Payne.  Well, sort of.  Dalton is a seventeen year old 007, coming into a school steeped in bribery, cliques and now … Continue reading

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Agrippina “Atrocious and Ferocious”

This is a wonderful biographical series of powerful women over the ages. Agrippina is one of 6 women featured in this series of six books. The other books include Cleopatra, Mary Tudor, Catherine De’Medici, Marie Antoinette, and Cixi. I now … Continue reading

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Lucky for Good

This is the final book in the Hard Pan trilogy and it is a wonderful, entertaining and clean read for 4th – 7th graders.  The main character is Lucky, a spunky and smart 6th grade girl who has been adopted … Continue reading

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Beast Child

In this sequel to Quillblade, Missy and Lenis find themselves continuing aboard the Hiryu aiding the Captain in his quest to defeat the demon lord.  Along the way, they find a mysterious boy who may hold the key to their … Continue reading

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The Zombie Project

Do zombies exist?  Did they used to?  The Alden children are spending some time at the Winding River Lodge as guests of their grandfather’s friend.  While there, dinner is outside and storytelling commences at dark at the fire pit.  An … Continue reading

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Social Networking Myspace, Facebook, & Twitter

Social Networking by Marcia Amidon Lusted is written in an easy-to-understand language.  There is nothing too technical in this book and it was very interesting to read about the creation of MySpace, Facebook and Twitter.  If you use a social … Continue reading

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Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist: The Unicorn’s Tale – Book # 4

While Nate and his Aunt Philomena are ever on the hunt to find out what happened to Nate’s parents, they come across a guivra (dragon) and a faun – Mr. Sylvan – who has sent for Nate and Aunt Phil … Continue reading

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It Creeps!

Malcom and his best friend, Dandy, order an Ecto-Handheld-Automatic-Heat- Sensitive-Laser-Enhanced Specter Detector. Although Malcom’s grandmother warned the boys not to go to the haunted house down the street, they took the Specter Detector to the haunted house to detect spirits. … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient

As The Secret Ingredient by Laura Schaefer builds, the reader learns that the true secret ingredient in anything good is friendship.  The main character, Annie, works at her grandmother’s tea shop when she enters a contest for creating the best … Continue reading

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Cixi “The Dragon Empress”

This is one of 6 in the Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames.  Cixi certainly deserved that title as a brutal and temperamental Empress of 19th Century China.  This biography tells the story of her life and brings up some … Continue reading

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