Monthly Archives: February 2017

Tattoo Atlas

The Boreal Five – five friends how grew up on the same street, each quirky in their own teenage way but bonded through life’s events.   Suddenly they are cut to four as a classmate, also from Boreal street, guns … Continue reading

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The Way Back From Broken

In this realistic fiction novel, teenager Rakmen’s little sister died. His anger led him to nearly flunk out of high school. His parents are on the verge of divorce. The only place Rakmen feels kind of feels supported is in … Continue reading

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Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range

Cowpoke Clyde sees an ad for a bike and decides that he should order one. He doesn’t know how to ride a bike and his first time on it turns into an out of control adventure. When Clyde finally ends … Continue reading

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Ocean Animals From Head to Tail

Set in a questions answer format, this book asks a question about the animal on one page and then on the next page spread answers the question and gives more facts about that animal. Some of the animals included in … Continue reading

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Thoreau: A Sublime Life

This graphic novel illustrates the life of Henry David Thoreau, the American who “went into the woods because I wished to live deliberately…” Thoreau was a man of many interests – ecology, abolitionism, pacifism, Native American culture. While most people … Continue reading

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I Will Love You Anyway

Here is a story of unconditional love. When a little boy’s puppy does not learn to sit or stay and continuously gets out of the yard, the boy’s parents finally decide to give the dog away. Seeing his sad little … Continue reading

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Oona Finds an Egg

I grew up seeing THE FLINTSTONES as they premiered, yet my own sons know about them from the Cartoon Channel on TV. The Flintstones are still popular. This first book in The Oodlethunks series brought back so many memories of … Continue reading

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Messenger

This refreshing, engrossing book by Carol Lynch Williams, winner of the PEN award, features cheerful, well-adjusted, well-loved and newly-turned 15 year old Evie Messenger, whose life has just changed forever as the legacy of the Messenger Family Gift is revealed … Continue reading

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It’s Halloween!

An easy to read introduction to Halloween and how it is celebrated in the United States.  A single mention of the holiday’s origin provides the only information not common knowledge among most school age kids making this a title better … Continue reading

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Dinosaurs in Disguise

A little boy believes dinosaurs still exist and provides evidence to support his argument.  “Dinosaurs ruled the earth for millions and millions of year… they could survive one fiery blast.”  The boy claims that dinosaurs have been hiding among us … Continue reading

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Remix

Edgy.  Surprising.  Will she go that far?  These are gut reactions to Remix, a young adult novel by Non Pratt.  Best friends Ruby and Kaz, age 16, take off with Ruby’s older brother and his partner to a music festival … Continue reading

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Aliens Love Dinopants

This is Claire Freedman’s and Ben Cort’s fourth or fifth book in this series where cute little space aliens and colorful smiling dinosaurs love underpants which do not initially belong to them. The pants loving aliens crash on Earth. Following … Continue reading

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Dino School- Say Cheese, Teddy Rex!

The primary school dinosaurs are all getting ready for their school’s class picture day by wearing their favorite outfits. Teddy- Tyrannosaurus is in his favorite shirt with the circle of stars on it. As the class lines up, in rushes … Continue reading

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Ponies of Chincoteague: Back in the Saddle

Haley and her pony, Wings, enter a prestigious competition in this seventh book in a contemporary middle grade series in the tradition of Marguerite Henry’s Misty of Chincoteague. Haley has been focused on one goal with her pony Wings: entering … Continue reading

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Mark of the Plague

Mark of the Plague is physicist-turned-author Kevin Sands’ follow-up to the much-honored The Blackthorn Key, with its teen protagonists facing new dangers and struggling to solve new mysteries in 1665 London. The Black Death has returned to London, spreading disease … Continue reading

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If You Were a Kid on the Oregon Trail

It’s the middle of the 19th century, and Stephen and Josephine are accompanying their families on the Oregon Trail. During their 2000 mile trek, they see new landscapes and experience peaceful encounters with Native American tribes like the Shoshone. Their … Continue reading

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Poor Little Guy

A little fish is swimming through the ocean when he is spotted by an octopus. The octopus catches the little fish and plays catch with him, fishket ball, lost in a maze, and other games. Finally the octopus says that … Continue reading

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The Storm

A young boy is so excited to go to the beach the next day, but that afternoon a storm blows in. His family prepares for the storm, but all the boy can think about is how upset he is to … Continue reading

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Sam the Man and the Chicken Plan

Sam would like to earn twenty bucks a pop just like his older sister, but Sam is too young to mow lawns. How can Sam earn some money? He starts out by caring for his neighbor’s chickens while she is … Continue reading

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Guile

This fantasy book takes place is pseudo-New Orleans. It follows the story of teenager Yonie Watereye as she tries to find out the truth of her parents’ mysterious death. The magic in this novel is called Guile: Yonie’s cat, LaRue, … Continue reading

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The Case of the Feathered Mask

Twelve year old Maisie’s grandmother owns a boarding house in Victorian London.  Maisie helps clean and views herself as an amateur detective.  In this 4th book of her adventures, a rare, feathered mask has disappeared from the collection of tenant … Continue reading

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Loula and Mister the Monster

Loula loves her Great Dane, Mister.  Mister is large, unruly, clumsy, messy, energetic, and always hungry.  One day, Loula overhears Mama saying, “I can’t live with that… that Monster any more!”  Loula believes she is talking about Mister and attempts … Continue reading

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Scorpions

This nonfiction book on scorpions for emergent readers has fascinating photographs.  The text is large and well chosen to go with the detailed photos.  Young readers learn about behavior, appearance, and habitat of these incredibly adaptive arachnids.  This is an … Continue reading

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Animal Camouflage

Books in this series begin with true/false statements.  The answers are found within the pages and also in the back.  Camouflage simply means using a disguise to help a creature to hide from predators.  However, sometimes camouflage also helps animals … Continue reading

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Webster: Tale of an Outlaw

Webster is a dog who has returned to the shelter after his third unsuccessful attempt at adoption.  He has decided to go the way of the free, independent cowboy: no friends, no attachments to people, no cozy home – a loner … Continue reading

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