Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees: A Scientific Mystery

What is killing all the bees?  In 2006, beekeepers were horrified to discover that high percentages of their honeybee populations were dying out.  Here, Markle discusses the many theories about what could be killing the bees, and along the way, … Continue reading

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Scare Scape

The Gristle Grunt, the Ink Blight, the Two-Headed Mutant Rodent, the Shark Hound – these are just a few of the monstrous creatures featured in Morton’s story.  It begins innocently enough – a family finds a statue which grants three … Continue reading

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Code

Tory and her friends have mutated animal DNA which gives them special powers and a “pack” mentality. They will need all these powers to survive the “Game,” a challenge they found in a geocache. It is only as they solve … Continue reading

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Pro Stock

Pro Stock motorcycles are custom built for racing.  They are similar to street bikes but have more powerful engines, light weight tubular steel frames, and an aerodynamic chassis.  Bikes reach upwards of 195 mph and races end is less than … Continue reading

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Indy Car Racing

Indy cars are wide, flat, use the latest technology, and can reach speeds upwards of 200 mph.  They run on ethanol, a biofuel made from corn and sugar cane.  High speeds cause the tires to get extremely hot which helps … Continue reading

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The Kurds

This reference presents essays that discuss not only the historical background of the Kurds, but also the actions against Kurds in modern Turkey and Iraq. The first chapter provides the background information, including information on the Turkish Settlement Law and the … Continue reading

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The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim

Siobhan lives in Canada, a Canada in an alternate world where dragons and people compete for living space, food and fuel. The fossil fuels people depend on are the food that sustains the dragons. Owen, a dragon-slayer-in-training, and his family … Continue reading

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Dance Team Dilemma

Hannah and Caitlin are best friends and decide to try out for a place on the dance squad at school.  Caitlin is naturally athletic and the moves come easily to her.  Hannah struggles with the moves but wants to do … Continue reading

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A Narrow Escape

Main character, Norris Fowler, is hard to like.  He is a bully, cuts in line, steals lunches, cheats in school, and when put in charge of the teacher’s prize cactus, accidently destroys it.  He is constantly scheming how to shift … Continue reading

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The Taliban

This volume focuses on three topics related to the Taliban: the power of the Taliban, the relationship between the Taliban and Afghanistan’s drug trade, and how the United States should deal with the Taliban. Each section provides at least four … Continue reading

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Joy in Mudville

Joy in Mudville by Bob Rackza illustrates how anyone can do things unexpectedly, in a unique manner, and succeed wildly at it.  The baseball game is near the end with a score of one to zero when a rookie pitcher … Continue reading

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Far From Over: The Music and Life of Drake

Though the cover does consent that this is the Unofficial Story of Drake’s musical career, author Dalton Higgins definitely knows the rap scene and provides infinite details about the handsome Canadian rapper Drake.  Born to a father who himself was … Continue reading

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The Campaign

The Campaign by Elizabeth Karre is part of The Opportunity Series of books targeting young adult, reluctant readers.  Using the premise of a teenager getting their “dream job”, the series has ordinary teens in real career situations. “The Campaign” involves … Continue reading

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Seven Billion and Counting

Seven Billion and Counting is intriguing  from the cover with the sub text of “the Crisis in Global Population Growth” to the final page with discussion of possibilities for a sustainable future.  The use of colorful photographs,  charts  and graphs … Continue reading

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Andrew Jenks: My Adventure as a Young Filmmaker

Andrew Jenks as a young boy felt awkward, shy and out of place. Observing life from behind a camera lens became how he could participate in life yet not have to “do anything”.  Growing up around the world, from Nepal … Continue reading

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Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania

The book offers primary readers an opportunity to accompany a variety of animals to the local fair which culminates in a monster truck show.  The monster truck show features one of their friends driving his own monster truck in the … Continue reading

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The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America’s Hero

This well written and illustrated biography chronicles Joe Dimaggio’s legendary streak of hits in 1941.  Juxtaposing World War 1 and a world rapidly changing, America’s pastime and legendary Joe Dimaggio’s streak of hits comes alive for upper elementary readers.  The … Continue reading

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Apple Cake; a recipe for love

This is a beautiful book.  I love the illustrations and the story.  This is a story of Alfonso who loves Ida, but Ida doesn’t even look at him she is always reading.  He decides to bake her an apple cake. … Continue reading

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Homes That Move

This book will fill the ‘outlier’ spot in the primary grades COMMUNITY units. Three reasons are stated for why homes move and not just the people: “so  their animals can find food” ( p.5), “to sell things in different places … Continue reading

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Counting in the Oceans 1-2-3

This is a counting book for PreK- through first grade. There are no facts or descriptions of the animals in this book. Full-page photos (7″ x 6″) are on the left page and a 4.5 inch tall baby blue numeral … Continue reading

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Adding Animals

This 7.5 ” x 6.25 ” book captures 6 different Arctic animals. Each animal is presented with a fact or two in large font print followed by an addition sentence. The number of  animal(s) on the left page are added … Continue reading

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Defy

This is a book I couldn’t put down until I had finished it.  Like Folger’s coffee, it was good to the last drop.  When Marcel and Alexa’s parents were murdered by a black sorcerer (an evil sorcerer who could cause … Continue reading

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The 14 Fibs of Gregory K.

Eleven year old Gregory is the middle child in a family who loves math.  His father and older brother have won City Math competitions.  His mother is an accountant and his younger sister is also quite accomplished in math.  Gregory … Continue reading

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D-Day: The Normandy Invasion

This reference is an excellent source of information on the invasion of Normandy, from the planning and preparation to the launch and what happened after. The photos, maps and text boxes add interest to the text.  In addition to the … Continue reading

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The Most Magnificent Thing

A young girl and her best friend do all kinds of things together.  One day she decides to create the most magnificent thing.  After gathering supplies and setting up in an out-of-the-way place, she begins to work.  Through the illustrations, … Continue reading

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