Monthly Archives: May 2016

Genuine Sweet

Twelve-year-old Genuine Sweet lives in a tiny, broken down house with her drunkard of a father who cannot get a job, and her Grandmother who moved in to provide guidance to Genuine. Living in the small southern town of Sass, … Continue reading

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She Takes a Stand: 16 Fearless Activists Who Have Changed the World

Part of its series Women of Action, Chicago Review Press presents these brief biographies of women past and present who have made a difference that resulted in betterment for all. These fighters for human, civil, reproductive, worker’s, farmers’ rights and … Continue reading

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Child Soldier

CitizenKid, an imprint of Kids Can Press, offers a collection of books that inform children about real issues in the world to inspire them to be better global citizens. This graphic novel, Child Soldier, tells the harrowing true story of … Continue reading

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Record-Breaking Building Feats

For the last few years the term ‘infographics’ has been tossed around as the next best thing since sliced bread for those kids who have trouble focusing. In this book, each page is a different bright color with other brightly … Continue reading

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Nerf

Nerf toys are popular with both boys and girls, and especially moms, as the soft foam toys don’t break anything in the house. Nerf toys have been around since 1969 and have evolved with the times. Beginning with a soft … Continue reading

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Add It Up! : Fun with Addition

“Addition is a kind of math.” (4) As primary grade readers read this book they will feel a sense of accomplishment because they know this information. This 7″ X 6″ book begins with ” 2 + 2 = 4” in … Continue reading

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Hauling a Pumpkin: Wheels and Axles vs. Lever

Noah and his mother are at a pumpkin patch. Of course, Noah wants a BIG pumpkin. How will they be able to get the pumpkin to the parking lot? “The pumpkin is heavy! What can help him carry it?” (5) … Continue reading

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I Have Cuts and Scrapes

What child has never had a cut or a scrape? It is a part of childhood. Author- Joanne Mattern reinforces how to care for them and assures young children not to worry  in this Rookie Read-About Health series book.  Children … Continue reading

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Snowmobiles

Who doesn’t love fast machines?! And who doesn’t love snow?! Put the two together and you get snowmobiles. Author- Matt Scheff begins this book in the Speed Machines series with a high action description of the Winter X Games snocross … Continue reading

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Walter Dean Myers

Authors write best about that which they are most familiar and Walter Dean Myers was no exception. He had a difficult childhood “in a tough neighborhood in New York City.” (4) “Walter Dean Myers was not afraid to write about … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Could Not Dream

Sohpie’s parents sell books at their books store and give away dream catchers that customers can exchange for new ones at any time. However, underneath the store is a secret dream shop where dreams are extracted from used dream catchers, … Continue reading

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How Did They Build That?: One World Trade Center

When I picked up this book, I was hoping for a book of cross-section schematic drawings with photos of the One World Trade Center section by section  as it was put together. But that is not the meaning of the … Continue reading

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The Hottest and the Coldest

If you are looking for a book to use for comparing and contrasting, this might be the one for you. In this book extreme  temperatures from around the world are pictured and talked about.The title says it all! The book, … Continue reading

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Self-Driving Cars

Marsico is delving into what the future will bring us as far as cars are concerned, namely, self-driving cars. Systems in cars already exist that is a step into self-driving, such as, anti-lock brakes, cruise control, parallel parking, and gps, … Continue reading

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Shredding with the Geeks

Tally and her best friend and neighbor Yulia have been sharing their ups and downs since they were little. Now they are in  middle school with its own set of up and downs. Yulia loves being in the school band. … Continue reading

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Class Dismissed

The kids in Class 507 were so poorly behaved that their frustrated teacher quit her job right in the middle of the school day. However, the office never received the message. Class 507 had no teacher! The students quickly formulated … Continue reading

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Blazing Courage #1

Middle school aged horse loving girls will enjoy this story of a young girl as she begins working with her first horse. The story, also, contains the conflict between the wealthy girl from a broken family and the girl who … Continue reading

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Silent Alarm

In Silent Alarm by Jennifer Banash, the author creates a visually explicit story filled with detailed character development in a traumatic high school event.  The various stages of grief are followed as Alyse Aronson’s young life as a violinist is … Continue reading

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The Battle of Britian

The Battle of Britain is one book of a 10 book series titled the Essential Library of World War II produced by Abdo.  A very readable book suitable for middle and high school libraries, author Tom Striessguth begins in medias … Continue reading

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The Kidney Hypothetical or how to ruin your life in seven days

In the scheme of things, senior Higgs Bosun Bing’s last week at Sally Ride High School ought to be a dream, following his four years as a leader, a winner, a Harvard-bound super-achiever who had never before questioned his lucky life or his … Continue reading

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I’m An Alien and I Want to Go Home

Daniel looks nothing like his family. He feels quite distant from them, especially when he learns that his mom saved a newspaper clipping about a meteor that landed nearby on his birthday. He figures he must be an alien, and … Continue reading

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Mini But Mighty

I have seen Skylander toys at the checkout stands in stores, but I never knew the background story behind them until now. In my case, it might have been advantageous if I had read the four mini-bios on the last … Continue reading

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Winter Storm or Blizzard?

I have never lived in blizzard country or country that gets significant  snowfall. After reading this 8″ X 9″ book in the “This or That? Weather” series the biggest difference between a winter storm and a blizzard is whether or … Continue reading

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