Monthly Archives: October 2013

Lost in the River of Grass

Lost in the River of Grass, the story of a two teenagers lost in the Everglades, is an absolute nail-biting, breath holding page-turner. Written by a native Floridian, Ginny Rorby, this young adult novel appears on the Truman Award final … Continue reading

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Baseball’s Best Short Stories – Expanded Edition

Thirty four action filled baseball stories by authors including Zane Grey, James Thurber and Garrison Keillor, make up this expanded edition of Baseball’s Best Short Stories. Featured stories begin with the famous baseball poem from 1888, Ernest Thayer’s ‘Casey at the Bat’ … Continue reading

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Chasing Evil

Chasing Evil is book two in this Beast Quest series, and as such, it does not stand alone; it is necessary to read book one in order to understand what drives Tanner and how Gwen came to the story.  The … Continue reading

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Stronger Than Stell: Spider silk DNA and the quest for better bulletproof vests, sutures, and parachute rope

Author, Bridget Heos, sets to hook her readers by comparing and contrasting real spider silk with that in the Spider Man movies. She follows this by going down to the cellular level of spider silk for comparison. While spider silk … Continue reading

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Wild Winter, The

As Book 3 of the Witches at War series begins, Sam has come along way from being an orphan apprenticed to an old witch, to being a gorgeously dressed, lavishly housed prisoner of Diabolica Nightshade. “On the night of the … Continue reading

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Ultra Violets, The

Tween girls now have a super hero group to call their own! The Ultra Violets!  The cover art by”Emmy-nominated animation character design artist, best known for his work on the hit Cartoon Network shows Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, and … Continue reading

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Nightmare of the Iguana

Dragonbreath’s 8th book begins with eight pages of full-size graphic novel style illustrations of Wendell Iguana’s nightmares. Danny Dragon helps his friend Wendell overcome the nightmares (which do in fact look like horses) by going into Wendell’s subconscious using a … Continue reading

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Pip and the Wood Witch Curse

Pip escapes from an orphanage and manages to sneak a ride on a coach headed for Hangman’s Hollow, a place he’s only heard about in stories but didn’t believe existed.  Once there, he thinks he may have made a mistake … Continue reading

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Waking Storms

In this fantasy/romance/horror novel, newly mermaid teenage Luce belongs to a tribe of mermaids that sink ships. After a cruise line interrupts a funeral of one of her friends, the mermaids are forced to sink the ship. Once a human … Continue reading

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Imposter

In this adventure/mystery/supernatural novel, teenage Tessa is a variant; she can absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and become them. In a small town in Oregon, there has been a series of murders. Tessa is given the mission to … Continue reading

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Recruit, The

In this first in a series graphic novel, a young teenage boy has his life changed by events that he can not control. James is forced to join a secret government organization that uses kids to get information on terrorists. … Continue reading

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Dogs of War

In this graphic novel, there are three tales of famous war dogs from three different major wars. The first story takes place during World War I – Germany where Boots accompanies a medical assistant in the battle field. The second … Continue reading

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Where is Curious George? : A look and find book

Here is a plotless book much like I SPY by Jean Marzolla. Curious George visits and explores 12 structures which are all jam packed with items a curious little monkey would love to touch and play with when left alone. … Continue reading

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Can You See What I See? Out of this World

These are always fun book to look at, the pictures are really nice.  There is a little story that goes along with the pictures.  It is fun to try to find the pictures.

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How do Hot Air Balloons Work?

This book tells you a lot about a Hot Air balloon.  Even though it is very basic information it is very good information about hot air balloons.  The pictures are very colorful and go well with the text. There is … Continue reading

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Zaira and the Dolphins

this is a cute story of a little girl, Zaira,  who has many imaginary friends.   The other children make fun of her.  One day Zaira’s  imaginary friends are gone and she is very sad, until she sees them again and … Continue reading

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Night Sky

The cover offers: “Watching the Universe outside your window”, as a hook to catch your interest. I loved the images in this book: from NASA, The Hubble Telescope, constellation drawings, and so much more. The Contents are broken up into … Continue reading

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Confederate States of America, The

Here is a book which will give intermediate grade students some of the background needed to better understand why the United States fought a civil war. There are 4 short chapters entitled: Seeds of Secession, The Birth of the Confederate … Continue reading

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Dinosaurs

This book never gives the reader a clear cut definition of what a dinosaur was, either in the front section entitled “What is a dinosaur?” or in the glossary. Though the book is divided into three sections: The world of … Continue reading

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Dino-Football

Young readers, especially boys, will enjoy this rousing story of dinosaurs playing football. Its big and action packed! The two top teams are playing in the Mega Bowl at the Lava Dome: the Greenblade Snackers verses the Redscales or the … Continue reading

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Frigid Arctic Ocean, The

Arctic Ocean- if you are thinking ice, snow, and cold – you would be correct, but there is so much more! Intermediate grade students will be introduced to some of the wonders of this region in 6 short chapters. Chapter … Continue reading

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Having a Party with Lily and Milo

The pictures are cute.  The story is sweet.  The best part is that the book in interactive.  There are places throughout the book where you stop and choose.  I liked it!

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Snake Attack

This book has great pictures.  It’s easy to read, and very informative.  The whole subject is a little frightening.   Through out the book there are interesting facts about snakes.  The list of dangerous snakes in the front of the book, … Continue reading

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Jilli That’s Silly!

The pictures are nice.  It moves along quickly, and is an easy read. I’m certain some people will like it.  I don’t really care for it.  It seems to deal with a girl moving from being a girl to a … Continue reading

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Motion, Magnets and More

Basic science for young children with fun experiments to help teach the concept.  The illustrations are very good and help make the book more enjoyable and fun. There is a section in the back for parents and teachers to help … Continue reading

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