Monthly Archives: April 2017

Charlotte the Scientist is Squished

This book is a fun way of introducing elementary students to the scientific method. Plus, it teaches – if at first you do not succeed, try, try, again. “Charlotte solved problems by conducting experiments that followed the scientific method.” Charlotte … Continue reading

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Team Awkward

Anna Huntley, Britain’s newest IT Girl, continues her zany adventure in this second installment of The IT Girl series. Anna continues to amuse and delight with her dog, DOG, her soon to be blended family, and her BFFs, Jess and … Continue reading

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Overdrive

Overdrive, by Dawn Ius, deals with the importance of family and the effects of loss, while taking the reader on a wild ride through the Las Vegas underworld of auto theft.  Jules is “The Ghost,” a seventeen-year-old lost in the … Continue reading

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Saturday Night Live: Shaping TV Comedy and American Culture

Part history lesson, part biography, part social commentary, part of our lives — Saturday Night Live is an institution in American television history and author Arie Kaplan opens the doors of the who, when and what this sketch comedy show … Continue reading

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The House of Months and Years

Ten year old Amelia is forced to move to a new home with her parents.  She was an only child until now. Now she has to share her life and her parents with her two orphaned cousins, Owen and Matthew. … Continue reading

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Summer in the Invisible City

Sadie Bell is going into a wonderful summer where she gets to take a photography class in the mornings using a camera her father gave her as a gift — a father she has set up on a pedestal though … Continue reading

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We Can Work It Out

Want an idealistic, goodie two shoes, happy ending story to make you feel warm and fuzzy as the hormones of high school begin pouring out in spring?  Welcome to We Can Work it Out, the next part of Elizabeth Eulberg’s … Continue reading

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Tucky Jo and Little Heart

Patricia Polacco has related another heart-warming story based on true events.  Johnnie Wallen left home at the age of 15 to join the army after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  Known for his sharp-shooting skills, he soon earned the nickname, … Continue reading

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Fly Fishing

This is a terrific “how-to” book for fly fishing.  Beginning with a description of the equipment and lures, one learns the appropriate gear to use for hooking a variety of fish.  Tips are given for specific techniques required for a … Continue reading

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On a Small Island

Ari lives quietly on a small island.  He collects the interesting debris washed up by the sea.  One day, a large ship stops by and the captain shares wonderful stories about other people and places.  Ari decides to creatively display … Continue reading

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Pheasant Hunting

This is a great introduction to the sport of pheasant hunting.  Information is presented in an easy reading format with occasional sidebars.  Although native to China and Korea, pheasants were introduced in 1881 to the Willamette Valley in Oregon.  Pheasants … Continue reading

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Ladybug Girl: the Super Fun Edition

Preschool Lulu is a typical younger sister.  When her older brother wants to play with his friends, she is left to her own devices with her basset hound, Bingo.  After exhausting many possibilities, she dons her ladybug costume and becomes … Continue reading

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Henry Finds His Word

Henry thinks he talks a lot, but his parents only hear gibberish.  Henry decides to choose a great word, however he has no idea how it will look or sound.  When he cannot find one around his things in the house, he … Continue reading

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Duddle Puck: the Puddle Duck

Duddle Puck arrives on the farm in a blue baseball cap and proceeds to show he is a very odd duck indeed.  He clucks with the hens, honks with the geese, oinks with the pig, neighs with the horse, and … Continue reading

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Sun

There is quite a bit of information for thought in this book, considering there is only one sentence per page. John Wallace does a fabulous job of instilling wonder with his soft watercolors and ink illustrations. His illustrations of having … Continue reading

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How to Be an Earthling; #1 Spork Out of Orbit

The reader’s point-of-view will be tested with this book. A young alien, working on earning his Galaxy Scout Solo Explorer badge, crash lands onto Earth in the middle of an elementary school playground.  The third graders, in Mrs. Buckle’s class, … Continue reading

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Nancy Drew Diaries #12 : The Sign in the Smoke

Nancy Drew has never been to summer camp and Nancy needs a vacation. Nancy’s best friend Bess talks her into being a camp counselors at Bess’s old camp. Chapter one ends, “Please don’t let there be a mystery to solve … Continue reading

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Troop Transport

This book is more visual than text oriented, with usually two sentences per page. Those young readers who want military books will enjoy the live action photography. Official United States military photos from the United States Department of Defense and … Continue reading

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Hal & Al

Hal is a Hoist and Lift forklift. Hal works very hard at the warehouse moving crates all day.( Author / illustrator Ken Bowser has labeled those crates with: silly string, bumble bees, tarantulas, snow skis, kite string, toilet paper, marbles, and … Continue reading

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