Monthly Archives: November 2012

City Chickens

Very informative books on a rescue home that houses abandoned and homeless chickens, preparing them for adoption.  This was very informative with the latest thinking and information on factory farming, cock fighting, and proper caring for roosters and hens.  The … Continue reading

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Jangles, a Big Fish Story

Another winning book, by David Shannon, complete with his signature artwork.  This story takes on a more serious tone than is typical of this author;s style.  The plot of the story has an oversized fish living in a lake and … Continue reading

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Meet Me at the Moon

This picture book is for everybody!  The illustrations are nothing less than charming and beautiful.  The artwork will grab everyone at every age, from the beginning.  This story is matching with the plot focusing on a young elephant’s fear of … Continue reading

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It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living

Every middle and high school library should have at least one copy of this book.  It Gets Better is a compilation of essays and statements created by a huge variety of people, from Barack Obama to Ellen Forney to a … Continue reading

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Kitten’s Summer

Animals flee a rainstorm in this short and sweet picture book.  Almost every spread features four words – two animal names and two verbs (i.e. “Chipmunk skitters, Raccoon ambles.”).  Kitten observes each animal either hiding from or enjoying the rain … Continue reading

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Frost Wolf

There are perils aplenty in this fourth book in the Wolves of the Beyond series, and fans should be satisfied.  I found it interesting that author Kathryn Lasky has observed and researched real wolf behavior in order to write these books.  That’s evindent … Continue reading

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Spirit Bound

Book #5 in the Vampire Academy novel series, Spirit Bound, takes Rose Hathaway on a quest to free her imprisoned true love, Dimitri Belikov, who also happens to currently be a Strigoi, an evil undead vampire.  Strigoi are always hunting … Continue reading

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The Knife and the Butterfly

Azael Arevalo is a gangster who loves to do his tagging artwork.  He is loyal to his MS13 homies, a Mexican gang in Houston, Texas, because his own family life is so tragic.  So it’s no surprise to the reader … Continue reading

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Brother/Sister

With Brother/Sister, Sean Olin takes readers into the minds of two teenagers for whom the world is unraveling fast. Sparely written, deep but easy to read, Olin’s book lets us into the minds of siblings Will and Asheley Baird through … Continue reading

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Irises

With Irises, award-winning author Francisco X. Stork paints the lives of two young women at a crossroads in consciousness and beliefs, faced with decisions that will either allow or destroy their most cherished dreams. Stork’s sensitive handling of an uncommon … Continue reading

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Thumbtacks, Earwax, Lipstick, Dipstick: What is a Compound Word?

Brian Gable’s zany cat/critter illustrations entertain and help “visually” define over 50 compound words set to Brian B. Cleary’s large (2 cm) text as it rambles over and  under the critters on the page. Brian B. Cleary defines a  “compound … Continue reading

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I Want to Be A Chef: Baking

This colorful, kid-friendly cookbook contains over 100 recipes that look simple but delicious.  Geared for 4th grade and up, kids will find not only sweet goodies in the cookbook but also some healthful recipes such as Fruity Bran Loaf, Wholemeal … Continue reading

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Dancing on Grapes

The author noted that she grew up in a small village in Italy where her family gathered every year to crush the grapes at harvest time.  This story is about Claudia, a small girl in Italy whose family owns a … Continue reading

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Ride, Fly Guy, Ride!

Buzz and Fly Guy go for a car ride with Dad , when Fly Guy gets sucked out the car’s open window. Fly Guy goes from car to truck, to boat, to circus train, to airplane, to rocket with Buzz … Continue reading

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The Phantom of the Post Office

This book was fun to read due to the humorous writing style as well as the text being in letter format.  Some of the characters are town phantoms and there are mysteries to solve.  The story is about a small … Continue reading

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The Graveyard Plot

Damon, his mother, her friend and Jaden, are helping to pack up the belongings in grandfather’s house because he now lives in an assisted living community. When Jaden shows grandfather an old photo, grandpa tells of how the boy in … Continue reading

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The Bell Bandit

This is book 3 in the Lemonade War Series following The Lemonade War and The Lemonade Crime.  This book is well-written and engaging, drawing me in to the plot and characters so that I didn’t put it down until I’d … Continue reading

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The White Wand (Book 2)

This is the tongue-in-cheek sequel to THE WICKEDEST WITCH in the Witches at War! series by author Martin Howard and illustrator Colin Stimpson. “Only a power-crazed evil sorceress out to take over the world would wear heels like that, and, … Continue reading

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A Christmas Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Kids

Children can contribute to the holiday season with these 7 no-bake recipes.  Color photographs show the tools and techniques needed, along with a description of what they are and how they are used.  Simple instructions along with detailed photos show … Continue reading

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Easy Space Origami

Libraries can never have enough origami books for students!  Origami paper heads the list of useful materials.  This is followed by folding techniques and symbols which are described and illustrated.  The interest level indicated is from grades 1 to 3, … Continue reading

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American Black Bears

Basic facts about the American black bear begin this informative book.  Colorful double-page spreads combine additional statistics with detailed and labeled photographs.  Words to know are in bold font and defined at the bottom of the page.  The same words … Continue reading

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Binky Under Pressure

This is the third of Ashley Spires’ graphic novels of  Binky, the Space Cat Adventures.  Binky is bored with the routine of his life.  His space station is secure, his humans are safe.  One day his human brings home Gracie, … Continue reading

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Animal Heroes

Dogs, horses, elephants, glowworms, camels, pigeons and dolphins are some of the animals that accompanied troops during battles throughout history.  Photographs and drawings illustrate their heroism around the world.  Within the pages are additional boxes of information titled, “What Would … Continue reading

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Foods of Afghanistan

The recipes in this book depend on basic ingredients such as grains, spices, yogurt, dried fruits, and nuts.  Specific dishes, most of which have been passed down for generations, list ingredients as well as directions on how to prepare them.  … Continue reading

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The Maryland Colony

Books in this series begin with two, Find the Truth!, statements.  By the end of the book, readers will know which statement is true and which is false.  Short chapters tell about life of the native Algonquian people before Europeans … Continue reading

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