Monthly Archives: November 2014

Freddie Ramos Stomps the Snow

This is Book 5 in the Zapato Power series. Freddie isn’t sure if his super-powered sneakers will work in the snow of the March blizzard, but he soon finds out they do. Super fast Zapato (shoe- in Spanish) power clears … Continue reading

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Tallulah’s Nutcracker

Tallulah goes to dance school, but now her dream of being in a real ballet with a “real ballet company in  a real theater” has come true. The rehearsals take up most of her time, she lets everyone know it, … Continue reading

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Clueless McGee and the Inflatable Pants

PJ is a 5th grader who believes his father is a private investigator away on assignment. The story is a series of PJ’s letters he writes to his father telling the events of his life. PJ decides to make a … Continue reading

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Nino’s Magical Night

Nino, a little firefly, talks to his mom about his dream to shine as bright as the moon to earn the respect of all the other jungle animals. Well, the moon overheard this conversation and decided to help out by … Continue reading

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The Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats A Scientific Mystery

This informational book introduces the mystery of why the little brown bats were dying in large numbers. The book continues with investigations of pesticides, climate changes and virus as possibilities. White fuzz was found to grow on the infected bats’ … Continue reading

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Show Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie

Sophia Grace and Rosie decide to sign up for the talent show together. Then they decided they have to make their performance a showstopper. They secretly let their classmates in on the plan. When the talent show begins and the … Continue reading

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Ruby Valentine and the Sweet Surprise

Ruby brings home a little kitten which causes Lovebird to get quite jealous. When Valentine’s Day arrives, both the kitten and Lovebird try to outdo each other to show Ruby how much they love her. Valentine’s day gets very messy … Continue reading

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Hello, Moon!

A lonely little boy talks to the moon asking the moon many questions as if to find something they have in common. Soon, the boy asks the moon if it ever gets lonely and then consoles the moon telling it … Continue reading

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Boyfriends with Girlfriends

Ten years ago, I’d say this novel would not be on the shelves of my high school library.  Boyfriends with Girlfriends is the story of two sets of boy and girl friends: Sergio and Kimiko are best friends that will … Continue reading

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The Suburban Strange

Strange things are happening at Suburban High School. Celia Balustrade is a shy, “not-it” sophomore, friendless in a new school.  With inclusion in the mysterious group, The Rosary, Celia finds security and acceptance by dressing in black, acting aloof and … Continue reading

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Robots in Space

Kids are interested in robots, especially young boys.  This book specifically addresses some of the robots used in the space program, and there are many.  At the end of the book are questions for critical thinking skills which use the … Continue reading

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Hocus Pocus Hotel

Brach is a famous magician who owns and performs in the Abracadabra Hotel. However, the Great Theopolis challenges Brach to a magic contest, and the winner gets ownership of the Abracadabra Hotel. The Great Theopolis does an extreme magic trick, … Continue reading

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Is a Bald Eagle Really Bald?

The book is factual, but in a random way. The premise for the story is Ms. Patel’s primary grade class is going to have a visitor from a raptor center at school that day. Ms. Patel introduces her class to … Continue reading

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Dinosaur Christmas

This should be a hit with your dinosaur lovers who have a sense of humor. “Dear Santa, What did you use to pull your sleigh before you had reindeer?  Love, Jilly   X   X   X, ” so begins this … Continue reading

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Before and After

Young readers will learn pictorially and through easy text the difference between ‘before’ and ‘after’ in this part of the Exploring Opposites series. Two or three sentences appear on the 9″ X 11″ left page opposite the full page photo … Continue reading

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Little Moon Raven, The

As three old ravens sat on a branch, completely bored, one of the ravens remembers back and tells the story of how he had teased and bullied a newly hatched little raven, sharing his regrets about his choices as he … Continue reading

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Birds

There is a focus on popular, interesting and unique birds and their many facts contained in this book. Facts such as birds physical description and the function of each description, nesting, eggs and chicks, as well as record breaking facts, … Continue reading

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Killer Whales

Readers will be very informed after reading this book from scientific classifications and physical description of killer whales to their pod life, echolocation, sleeping and dangers encountered. One full color photo page accompanies each page spread.

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dolphins

This book does a great job of delivering basic and fun dolphin facts from their classification, pod life, hunting and eating to baby care and play activities. Color photos dominate each page spread. This book contains a table of contents, … Continue reading

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The End or Something Like It

Kim promised her bff that she would come back to visit after she died. Knowing that she had a congenital heart defect, Kim actually spent a lot of time planning for how she would return to visit Emmy. But almost … Continue reading

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Tyler Perry: A Biography of a Movie Mongul

This biography in the American Icons series from Enslow Publishers is a pretty standard issue, 90 page read.  One formulaic piece that is debatable about its effect is the introductory chapter that outlines the whole story.  This may have been … Continue reading

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How to analyze the works of Virginia Woolf

  Four of V. Woolf’s books are critiqued in this book.  Each book’s synopsis is given, and then a type of criticism is employed:  historical criticism for Mrs. Dalloway, feminist criticism for A Room of One’s Own , biographical criticism for To … Continue reading

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A Treasury of Prayers for now and always

      The prayers are selected from the Bible and from the heritage of the Christian faith.  Both written and compiled by Mary Joslin            

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Lost and Found

A compliation of three dog stories for the preschool crowd.  Molly brings a young girl safely home from being lost in the woods.  Ginger gets lost while exploring on a family outing.  And Yuki, who after her owner dies, forms … Continue reading

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Princess Pig

Pig loves to play Princess where she is granted any wish she has by her friend Twig who is playing a fairy mouse.  Pig gets wish after wish until finally Twig wants a turn.  Pig says no and Twig turns … Continue reading

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