Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Battle of the Bulge: a graphic history of allied victory in the Ardennes, 1944-1945

I have watched various Hollywood movies of this battle, but this graphic telling of it definitely put things into perspective for me. “HITLER TOLD SKORZENY THAT HE WOULD TRAIN AND LEAD GERMAN SOLDIERS WHO SPOKE PERFECT ENGLISH TO MASQUERADE AS … Continue reading

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Nez Perce

We have yet another book on a Native American tribe featuring them wearing regalia, as if it is what they still wear in everyday modern life. Not true. Do not get me wrong, the regalia is wonderful, but these modern … Continue reading

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The Solemn Golem #6

This is the sixth book in the Furry and Flo series. Author – Thomas Kingsley Troupe does a nice job of recapping the vital information from book one giving the reader enough background to make this a book that can … Continue reading

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Let’s Play

Do you remember the first time you were introduced, in person, to an orchestra one instrument at a time? What a thrill to hear the instrument and what it was capable of playing! In this book, an orchestra conductor does … Continue reading

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The Civil Rights Movement Through the Eyes of Lyndon B. Johnson

The Civil Rights Movement Through the Eyes of Lyndon B. Johnson is a non-fiction title in the Presidential Perspectives series which also includes The Civil War Through the Eyes of Abraham Lincoln, The Louisiana Purchase Through the Eyes of Thomas Jefferson, The New Nation Through the Eyes … Continue reading

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Investigating Seasons

Investigating Seasons is a non-fiction title in the What Are Earth’s Cycles? series which includes Investigating Animal Life Cycles, Investigating Plant Life Cycles, Investigating the Carbon Cycle, Investigating the Rock Cycle, Investigating the Water Cycle.  This easy to read text is filled with large color photos, a glossary, an index, … Continue reading

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How the Executive Branch Works

How the Executive Branch Works is part of the How the US Government Works series, which includes additional titles of How Political Campaigns and Elections Work, How Political Parties Work, How the Judicial Branch Works, How the Legislative Branch Works,  and How the US … Continue reading

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Armistice Day

Armistice Day is a  graphic novel in the Graphic Warfare series that includes these additional titles: D-Day, Fallujah, Gettysburg, Iwo Jima,  and the Tet Offensive. The text is filled with action-packed illustrations and fact-filled narration. Easy to read, but riveting, this text explains how … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Matter

Polar Bears Matter is a non-fiction book in the Bioindicator Species series that also includes the titles Bees Matter, Coral Reefs Matter, Dragonflies Matter, Frogs Matter, and Monarch Butterflies Matter. The series supports Common Core State Standards for grades 3-6 Polar Bears Matter has especially … Continue reading

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Thomas Edison Invents the Light Bulb

Thomas Edison Invents the Light Bulb is a non-fiction book in the Great Moments in Science series. The series, which also includes non-fiction titles on Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, Marie Curie, and Rachel Carson, supports the Common Core State Standards … Continue reading

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Ebola

Ebola is a non-fiction book for children and youth that explains how the Ebola epidemic occurred, what is thought to cause the virus, the symptoms shown by the infected, how the disease spreads, how the disease can be  or prevented or … Continue reading

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George

George is a novel about a 10 year old named George, who loves to read and has a best friend named Kelly. Everyone thinks George is a boy, but she doesn’t feel like one. George is a transgender fourth-grader who prefers to … Continue reading

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The Plan

Have you ever played those word games were you have to see how many words you can create from the original word? This book reminds me of one of those games, but for primary age readers. It is a cross … Continue reading

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When Lunch Fights Back: Wickedly Clever Animal Defenses

Poisonous vomit, punching shrimp, hidden claws… oh my!  This high appeal title profiles a wide selection of animals from all over the world which defend themselves in unexpected ways.  Many of the defenses hinge on bodily fluids in some way … Continue reading

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Full Cicada Moon

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hitton is a novel written in free verse form as in the style of Brown Girl Dreaming. It’s about a girl named Mimi whose family moves from Berkley, California to Vermont *Japanese making Mimi multi-ethnic … Continue reading

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Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story

Tiny Cooper is not Tiny.  He’s big boned and has a big presence too.  Additionally, he is gay and figuring out how to love in this novel written as a script for a musical by David Leviathan.  Hats off to … Continue reading

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Mitford at the Fashion Zoo

This is a silly, funny story about the fashion world and the humorous drama that surrounds it. In a panic search for a fashion assistant just one week before Fashion Week, Cover magazine has a huge problem.  Mitford the giraffe … Continue reading

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Rudy’s Windy Night

A hilarious remake of the story about a reindeer named Rudy and how he helps Santa at Christmas.  Written as a rhyming poem with consistent cadence and some repeating phrases, it is a good book for beginning readers. The book … Continue reading

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Information Insecurity: privacy under siege

The focus of this book is to investigate Internet privacy and the spying of companies and governments against their own employees and citizens.  There is an explanation of “cookies” and how they facilitate a third party viewing an internet account. … Continue reading

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Ebola: fears and facts

Ebola: fears and facts  clearly discusses the terrible disease, the terror it evokes and the search for a cure.  The Ebola epidemic of 2014 killed nearly 10,000 people and terrified the world with the fear of an uncontrollable pandemic.  The … Continue reading

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Fuel Under Fire: petroleum and its perils

Fuel Under Fire assesses the fuel industry and its many problems.  It is an informative read to learn about the fossil fuel industry.  There is little discussion in the book about the spectrum of green fuel alternatives currently under development and commercially … Continue reading

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Combat Zone

Life in the United States military is definitely different from civilian life, but it is also different for the spouses and for their children.  Combat Zone,  weaves a story about high school senior Justin who is the child of a … Continue reading

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Liberia

Liberia by Scholastic Press gives a concise overview of the beautiful, troubled African country of Liberia.  The book begins with the table of contents with definite subject areas to obtain the information a student may need for a research project. Starting with a … Continue reading

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Hurry Up, Alfie

The bright, colorful children’s book , Hurry Up, Alfie, playfully looks at the difference between a child’s sense of time and a parent’s.  While being coaxed to “hurry” to get ready to go to the park, Alfie is repeatedly distracted … Continue reading

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Becoming Maria

Review of Becoming Maria            Sonia Manzano’s memoir, Becoming Maria, is an honest, heart-wrenching account of growing up in the chaotic world of Puerto Rican New York City in the 1950s. The recollections of her early life of severe … Continue reading

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