Monthly Archives: April 2015

Revenge of the Flower Girls

This story would make an excellent movie!  The ‘flower girls’ are three 11-year-old triplets, sister of the bride, who believe their sister is making the biggest mistake of her life.  Their sister, Lily, is about to marry a guy she … Continue reading

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Machine Wars

I get some of the best books from Australia, and this is another one.  Machine Wars is about machines with artificial intelligence warring against humans.  The head machine goes rogue and begins warfare with its creator.  This robot, called Ahriman, … Continue reading

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Manhunt

Calling all members of the secret Silver Jaguar Society!!  Members are throughout the world and have sworn to protect the world’s artifacts.  In this installment, there have been art heists all over the world from famous museums, all happening at … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Stolen Snowboard

The Mystery of the Stolen Snowboard is one of 153 Boxcar Children books created by Gertrude Chandler Warner.  Warner actually only wrote the first 19 stories and the rest have been written by ‘ghost writers’ giving credit to her as … Continue reading

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The Amazing Terry Jones Presents His Utterly Enchanting and Thrilling Fairy Tales

I have not heard of Terry Jones before, and I believe he is British.  However, he has written 30 wonderful fairy tales which, when read aloud, leave the listeners spellbound.  Very funny and refreshing, and each fairy tale is accompanied … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Franklin and Friends

Franklin has been a popular book character for young children for decades now, and has also branched out into his own TV cartoon show.  This book is a compilation of eight episodes of the TV series titled Franklin and Friends.  … Continue reading

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Greg and the Mural

Greg and the Mural is one in a series of books featuring Greg and his cousins, who  portray important characters in the story.  Greg is in sixth grade and enjoys art.  He has entered and won an art contest, the … Continue reading

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William’s Midsummer Dreams

In this sequel to William S. and the Great Escape, William is now a Hardison and lives with his Aunt Fiona, a school teacher, who adopted William, Jancy, Trixie and Buddy.  Life is somewhat normal, and after a year, William … Continue reading

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Frogged

Froggedcould be called a ‘fractured fairy tale’ with a twist.  You rememberThe Frog Princein which a prince has been turned into a frog by a witch and must be kissed by a princess in order to break the spell?  Princess … Continue reading

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The Only Thing Worse Than Witches

There isn’t anything worse than witches, at least not in this story.  Rupert, an 11-year-old, fifth grader, has a real witch for a teacher.  No….a REAL witch.  When students tell their parents about all the awful things their teacher, Mrs. … Continue reading

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Creature Features: 25 Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do

Once again, Steve Jenkins has created a fascinating animal book.  In a question and answer format, 25 animals with distinct features are showcased.  Each animal is addressed by name and asked why it has such a unique adaptation.  Answers are in a … Continue reading

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Curious George Goes to a Bookstore

Margret and H.A. Rey’s trademark Curious George continues his adventures!  George and the man in the yellow hat go to a grand opening of a local bookstore where his favorite author is signing her new book.  The line is long … Continue reading

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The Butterfly House

Butterflies are the theme of this book from the first endpaper to the last.  Lizzy, Jack, and their new cat visit their butterfly-loving grandmother.  She tell them that they can turn into a butterfly if one lands on the very … Continue reading

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Eels

Living in both salt and fresh water, eels can be found in oceans and seas around the world.  Eel bodies are snake-like in appearance and allow them to be fast swimmers.  Not picky eaters, they find most food by smell … Continue reading

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Stonehenge

Stonehenge is truly an unexplained mystery.  No one knows why it was created or how it was used.  Large, heavy stones came from miles away and were set in a circle in a pattern of large sarsen stones and smaller … Continue reading

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Score One for the Sloths

Being true to oneself is the theme of this Helen Lester book.   Sloths do what sloths do, which is very little and very slowly.  All is going along contentedly until Sparky, a new classmate, comes to school.  She is full … Continue reading

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Pookins Gets Her Way

This story is about being considerate.  Pookins always gets her way because if she doesn’t, she makes faces, throws apples, or yells very loudly.  She is selfish and demanding.  One day while on a walk, she meets a magic gnome.  She … Continue reading

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Meet the Bigfeet

Evidently there are mysterious, hidden creatures living around the world but no one has ever been able to prove their existence.  Collectively called cryptids, they include beings such as trolls, unicorns, the loch ness monster, werewolves, goblins, mermaids, etc.  Blizz … Continue reading

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The Day Louis Got Eaten

Louis and his older sister Sarah were out riding when suddenly Louis got eaten by a large creature.  Sarah chases after trying to save him when suddenly the creature who ate Louis is eaten by another larger creature.  This happens … Continue reading

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Caterina and the Perfect Party

Caterina is a very organized little girl bird and is about to throw her first party.  Being organized means she has lots of lists.  She has lists of friends, food, decorations, and so on.  She is totally prepared for her … Continue reading

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Finding Zasha

This is the prequel to Saving Zasha and is set in 1941 during the German invasion of Russia. The main character is twelve year old Ivan. After an intense bombing of his home city of Leningrad, Ivan and his mother … Continue reading

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Fly Guy’s Amazing Tricks

Buzz has an unusual pet, a fly, whom he names “Fly Guy”.  Fly Guy is a very intelligent fly and he has learned several new tricks. Buzz decides to set up a circus act to entertain his friends and to … Continue reading

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not 2015

This is the 2015Special Edition, complete with 3-D cover.  This is another in the series that will surely get a lot of circulation time. Full color photographs, appealing magazine style lay-out and amazing facts will give even the most reluctant … Continue reading

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Vietnam War

From Abdo’s series Essential Library of American Wars, Vietnam War by Martin Gitlin, is a 100 page accounting of the 20 year war as well as a brief historical account of the French-colonial rule leading up to the Vietnam War’s start … Continue reading

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Believe

The question of “belief” is  the core of this YA novel, Believe by Sarah Aronson:  belief in one’s self, belief in a memory of the past, belief in the love of family, belief in God and the possibility of miracles, … Continue reading

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