Monthly Archives: November 2013

Ultra Violets: Power to the Purple!

As Book One ended, Opaline had finally gained her super powers, but was using them for BAD! As Book Two begins, Opaline’s three former besties are determined to change Opaline back from the dark side. The Ultra Violets (UVs)  begin … Continue reading

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Deep, Deep Puddle, The

This is a great counting book.  The pictures are great with lots of color.  This is the best counting book I have ever seen.  It was a lot of fun and the story was interesting.

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How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?

I love the “How Do Dinosaurs…” books and this is a good one too.  This book is really a lot of fun.  It’s very informative.  My brain couldn’t understand the title, so I started reading the book.  I got pulled … Continue reading

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The Believing Game

Anguished and angsted Greer Cannon is smart — smarter than she let herself take credit for.  Though she learned to use her body for the wrong purposes and found shoplifting to be addictive, which landed her at the McCracken Hill … Continue reading

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Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters

This is a great story most any child could identify with.  If you have ever been embarrassed or felt like the world was against you, this story is for you. The boy in the story is an interesting individual.  His … Continue reading

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Dear Santasaurus

This is such a cute book about Ernest B. Spinosaurus who writes to Santasaurus all year long to let Santasaurus know That he should be on the “good” list for Christmas.  Ernest lets Santasaurus know of all the good things … Continue reading

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The Case of the Superstar Scam: Milo & Jazz Mysteries # 10

A singing, dancing, crime-fighting girl superhero TV show is filming in Milo and Jazz’s ‘ordinary’ town. “Milo and Jazz were sleuths in training. They got lessons in the mail from world-famous private eye Dash Marlowe and worked together to solve … Continue reading

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Zombie Camp

In the summer between 5th and 6th grades, Leo and Chad are about to attend Camp Smellerd where 12 Guppy Scouts disappeared in 1981, never to be heard from again. Meanwhile, Leo has a half-zombie friend, Roger, who lives in … Continue reading

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Delaware

Delaware is one in the completely revised America the Beautiful series. This book is divided into 9 chapters before the projects, timeline, glossary, fast facts, biographical dictionary, and resources found at the vary back of the text.The nine chapters include: … Continue reading

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The Missing Cuckoo Clock: A Mystery about Gravity

If you have ever been to summer camp, this book will ring true for you in many ways. This book is told in graphic novel format, perhaps this will be the next BIGGEST science series since ‘Magic School Bus’. While … Continue reading

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Oglala Lakota Chief Red Cloud

Here is the mini-bio of a Native American chief who just wanted his people to be left alone. Please have the wagon trains go away with their ” horses and cattle …[that] ate the grass needed by Sioux ponies.  The … Continue reading

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Kosovo

This reference presents essays that discuss not only the historical background of Kosovo, but also the ethnic cleansing there and the events leading to the trial of Slobodan Milosevic. The first chapter provides the background information and uses primary sources, … Continue reading

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Guys Write for Guys Read

Jon Sczieszka has made is his mission to reach reluctant readers. My boys loved The Stinky Cheese Man, Math Curse, and Science Verse; I can’t imagine many authors more suited to this task. This new edition of his book where … Continue reading

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I Don’t Want to Go to College

I Don’t Want to Go to College starts off by advising readers to figure out what they are interested in and then investigate the job market to find a match. A list of career and personality tests are provided; I … Continue reading

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Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg

Cowpoke Clyde had finished his chores and was pleased with his clean home until he noticed his “dawg” caked with mud. Cowpoke Clyde was determined to give his dog a bath when his efforts turn into a comedy of errors … Continue reading

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Sam and Charlie (and Sam too!)

Sam is very excited to hear that the new neighbors had a child named Charlie. He was surprised to find out that the new neighbor, Charlie, was a girl who had a little sister with his name, Sam. The two … Continue reading

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School Days According to Humphrey

Humphrey the hamster had a great summer break, but when he returns back to school in the fall, all of the students in Ms. Brisbane’s room are missing! Ms. Brisbane’s class is filled with strange students! Humphrey is determined to … Continue reading

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Nugget & Fang Friends Forever – Snack Time?

Nugget and Fang, a minnow and a shark, are the best of friends until Nugget goes to school and learns about the food chain, that SHARKS EAT MINNOWS! Nugget tells Fang they cannot be friends and leaves him all alone. … Continue reading

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The Braces Cookbook

This cookbook contains over fifty braces-friendly recipes that kids will love, braces or not! It starts with substitution foods for the forbidden foods and offers delicious breads and breakfasts, lunches and main meals, vegetables, desserts and finally, tips and advice … Continue reading

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Third Grade Angels

George “Suds”Morton introduced in Jerry Spinelli’s Fourth Grade Rats is the main character in Third Grade Angels. The teacher of third grade, Mrs. Simms, holds a competition every week to see which student deserves to be awarded “the halo” – … Continue reading

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Cyberbullying

Did you know that in the year 2011, 7 trillion texts were sent worldwide?  This nonfiction book is full of valuable facts, information, and advice about internet use.  It teaches what cyberbullying, what is looks like, the seriousness, and what … Continue reading

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The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf

There are many different versions of this Grimm’s classic, but this is one worth investing in.  I recommend Mark Teague’s version because of the bold, large, wonderfully created illustrations and his great sense of humor infused in this “happy ending” … Continue reading

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Kangaroos

This is a primary book with an easy reading level for those beginning readers.There are two sentences per page, with vocabulary words in bold and large colorful photos.  This particular book from Scholastic has heavy duty binding, which makes it … Continue reading

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Wonder Show

This ‘wonderful’ story takes place in 1939 when the United States was recovering from a severe depression, world wars were raging, when gypsy encampments were common in towns, when traveling carnivals and freak shows went from town to town, when … Continue reading

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Mimi’s Village: And How Basic Health Care Transformed It

Set in rural Kenya, this inspiriting, fictionalized account of Mimi’s village without health care gives the reader a viewpoint  about the urgent need to improve developing countries by providing them with clean water, protection from mosquitos, and vaccinations.  The reader’s … Continue reading

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