Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Music in George’s Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue

George heard music all the time, but no one even knew music was important to him until his mother got a second-hand piano.  While his brother, Ira wasn’t interested, George raced over and amazed his mother by pounding out a popular … Continue reading

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The Branch

A young girl falls asleep listening to a winter storm and dreams of her tree castle where she’s the queen sitting on a throne of branches. She’s awoken by the creak, crack, crash and thud of her favorite branch falling in … Continue reading

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Old Turtle: Questions of the Heart

It had been such a long time that Old Turtle was just a legend, a story told late at night. But the people were haunted by questions they had no answers for.  When the questions are brought to the Old … Continue reading

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Steg-o-normous

The Oodlethunks are a cave man family. They will remind the reader of the Flintstones in many visual ways, but without the dinosaurs. That is except for the one dinosaur Oona has hatched from a lone egg in Book #1. … Continue reading

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How Kate Warne Saved President Lincoln

Ladies, do you ever get upset when people do not take you seriously or do not think you will understand the importance of something? This book is the telling of how the real Kate Warne used that kind of thinking … Continue reading

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Ruby Lee and Me

This wonderful story will simply tug at your heart. Set at the beginning of summer, in the late 1960s, in North Carolina between two twelve year old girls and their grandmothers, one is white and the other is of color. … Continue reading

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Ocicats

I can hear someone say, “Ahhh, just look at those precious golden eyes,” pictured on the cover of this young readers’ book for cat lovers. The book comes in four parts, not really chapters for this early level of reading: … Continue reading

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This Raging Light

This Raging Light tells the hard luck story of a 17 year old girl who has to care for her sister after terrible family dynamics occur: her dad loses his mind, and her mom abandons the girls. Lucille gets a job … Continue reading

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The Shadows We Know by Heart

The Shadows We Know by Heart is the story of a teenage girl, Leah, whose life has never been the same since the death of her brother ten years earlier. Her mother self medicates with alcohol, and her father is bitter with anger. And Leah … Continue reading

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The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet

The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet  is a retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It is written in diary form from Lydia Bennet’s perspective. The author, Natasha Farrant, assumes that the reader has a good working knowledge of the plot … Continue reading

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Tales for the Perfect Child

The humorously titled, Tales for the Perfect Child is a collection of stories featuring 8 children who, despite initial appearances, are anything but perfect. Arthur ruins his clothes so he doesn’t have to visit Aunt Eunice. Gloria purposely breaks dishes … Continue reading

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Willa: The Story of Willa Cather, an American Writer

Willa Cather, a great American author writing in the early 1900’s is known for writing stories about the land with strong female characters.  Unlike many girls at the time, Willa was encouraged by her parents to become whoever she wanted … Continue reading

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Hero Therapy Dogs

Hero Therapy Dogs explains what therapy dogs are and what they do. It was explained in easy to understand terms with several short sentences on a page. The book offers text features such as text boxes, an index, table of contents, … Continue reading

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Survive an Avalanche

This book is a part of a series called Survival Zone. This book covers what is an avalanche, how they occur, and ways to avoid or stay safe during an avalanche. It includes many text features including a table of … Continue reading

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Almost Autumn

Almost Autumn is set in the snow covered streets of Oslo, Norway, in October 1942. a 15 yr. old Jewish girl, Ilse Stern is waiting to meet Hermann Rod, the boy-next-door who she’s had a crush on forever, to go on their first … Continue reading

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Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake (Music Storybooks)

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet is presented as a picture book with stunning mixed media illustrations by renowned Mexican artist Gabriel Pacheco. In addition to beautiful telling of the story, the book includes information about the composer, background about the ballet, and descriptions and definitions of … Continue reading

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Make me the Best Football Player

Make Me the Best Football Player is part of the Make Me the Best Athlete series which, in addition to football, also includes the sports of track and field, baseball, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball. This non-fiction, easy to read text highlights five … Continue reading

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The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is a graphic novel (it’s more than a short story, more like a novella) by Spanish cartoonist Paco Roca.  A work of historic fiction, the story tells of Francisco, a wounded, disheartened sixteen-year-old Republican soldier in the Spanish Civil War. … Continue reading

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The Witching Hour (Midnight)

The Witching Hour is part of the Midnight) series of scary stories, which are similar in length to the Goosebumps series, but intended for teen readers. The Witching Hour focuses on Rosie, a teenage girl who moves to the town of Middleton shortly after … Continue reading

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Dallas

Dallas is part of a new series called Texas Fridays by sports writer Sam Moussavi. This series is football themed. Moussavi wrote the Hoops basketball series, and many non-fiction sports biographies. In Dallas we meet Bobby Dupree,  a backup quarterback who has been trying to make an … Continue reading

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The Baby

The story starts with a 17th birthday party for Olivia at her home, and moves quickly to the totally unexpected delivery of a baby on the bathroom floor by her best friend,  Nicola, who didn’t even know she was pregnant. Nicola … Continue reading

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Confessions of a High School Disaster

Confessions of a High School Disaster is the humorous story of  Chloe Snow, a high school freshman told from pages of her diary. It is reminiscent of Bridget Jones’s Diary,  although Chloe is only 14. Chloe makes many bad choices, including drinking alcohol at parties, and … Continue reading

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Alex, Approximately

Author Jenn Bennett immediately builds curiosity and tension in the summer adventure that Bailey “Mink” Rydell is embarking on as she descends a central California airport escalator.  Choosing to come live with her father on the California coast, readers soon … Continue reading

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Pig and Goose and the First Day of Spring

It is spring at last. Pig celebrates with a picnic at the pond. There she meets Goose and so begins a sweet friendship. Eternally positive Pig is impressed with Goose’s ability to fly and swim, though she can’t do either. … Continue reading

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The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori and the Invention of the Piano

The Music of Life details the creation of the first piano. Bartolomeo Cristofori was an instrument maker in Italy who worked on both clavichords which only played piano (softly) and the harpsichord which only played forte (loudly).  While working in … Continue reading

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