Uschan, Michael V.
People in the News
In the “rags to riches” biography, we read about Tyler Perry who raised himself up from an abusive childhood to a playwright/actor/ movie producer who helps others cope with life struggles. So strongly did his faith nudge him to help others who were abused, that Tyler Perry wrote his first play, I Know I’ve Been . . . → Read More: Tyler Perry
People in the News
First pick in the 2008 NBA draft Derrik Rose had his fantasy come true when he was selected by the Chicago Bulls. Born and raised in Chicago, the people of Chicago were equally pleased to have a hometown boy on their team. Raised as much by his older brothers as by his mother, Derrick was . . . → Read More: Derrik Rose
Ritter, Christie Rose
6 and up
ABDO Publishing Company
Countries of the World
South Africa — next to the United States, it probably has the biggest mix of people than any other country. As pointed out, there are 11 official languages, nine of which are African, at least seven different tribes, a variety of racial backgrounds, resulting in a variety of spiritual beliefs, forms of art, food, music, . . . → Read More: South Africa
Blashfield, Jean F.
5 and up
Enchantment of the World
Whenever I can get my hands on an “Enchantment of the World” series country book, I’m a happy librarian! As with others I own, this book is thorough in content, and loaded with colorful snapshots, maps, and drawings to help you feel like you just visited the country. It’s those facts that students need for . . . → Read More: Australia
Wroble, Lisa A.
Enslow Publishers, Inc.
Life: A How-To Guide
This is one of those books that may never be checked out — not that students don’t need it, but because they may be embarrassed to check it out. Enslow did a decent job covering the topics of what stresses young people out, what happens to your body if you don’t cope well with stress,and . . . → Read More: Dealing With Stress
Halls, Kelly Milner
4 - 8
Spears, Rick C.
“Alien Investigations” explores UFO sightings, landings, crashes, aliens, and, admittedly, some hoaxes, based on interviews and photographs. Beginning with the first UFO report filed with the U.S. military in 1947 near Mineral, Washington, the book is organized by spacecraft shape, landings, alien types, and hoaxes. Some cases in other countries are included, but most were . . . → Read More: Alien Investigation: Searching for the Truth about UFOs and Aliens
“Showoff” is book 4 in the Griffin Bing series, so fans of “Swindle,” “Zoobreak,” and “Framed” will be excited there is more to come. The venue is a Mall Dog Show, where chaos erupts with Luther ruining the chances for 3-time winner, Electra, of defending her title in the upcoming Global competition. The boys devise . . . → Read More: Showoff
Marley and her best friends, Leah and Jane, have a long-standing tradition of surprise water-balloon attacks — one surprise attack allowed per year. They also love to play Monopoly, using their own, revised rules. It’s this long-term, BFF friendship that’s at stake when Marley’s parents split up. Her life crumbles as she is to spend . . . → Read More: Water Balloon
ABDO Publishing Company
This is a very current biography on pop sensation Lady Gaga. The book offers insight on Lady Gaga’s early days, and portrays her as someone who had and still maintains a close relationship with her family. The book offers up well-sourced information on Lady Gaga’s philanthropic activities, and shows her to be someone with great . . . → Read More: Lady Gaga Pop Singer & Songwriter
Enchantment of the World
As is true with all of the country books in the Enchantment of the World series, this book on Iraq would be the perfect source for a country report. Geography, climate, language, religion, government are all detailed here. A section on “Fast Facts” near the end of the book adds specific detail on elevation, average . . . → Read More: Iraq
Higgins, M. G.
Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.
Like the sport books by Orca Publishing, this short novel will appeal to reluctant boy readers who want an easy-to-read book featuring older characters. 17-year old Sammy is usually the hardest-hitting member of his baseball team. However, when his team signs up for a wooden-bat only tournament, Sammy finds himself in a hitting slump, unable . . . → Read More: Power Hitter
Simon and Schuster
This notebook-style book is two summer stories in one: Amelia’s Longest, Biggest, Most-Fights-Ever Family Reunion, and Itchy-Twitchy, Lovey-Dovey Summer at Camp Mosquito. In the first story, Amelia, and her sister Cleo meet their father for the first time. Amelia is distraught as she’s not sure she likes her father, and even worse, Cleo bonds with . . . → Read More: Amelia’s Summer Survival Guide
Lankford, Ronald D. Jr.
Gale Cengage Learning
Issues That Concern You
An excellent resource for any health class, “Junk Food” editor Ronald D. Lankford calls on guest authors, experts in the field, to write entries throughout the book. Filled with up-to-date (2011) statistics, the author cautions the reader that many junk food companies know that the “best way to sell junk food is to make them . . . → Read More: Junk Food
Anderson, M. T.
The Norumbegan Quartet
Book 3 of the Norumbegan Quartet, “Gut and Bone” is a mystery/sci fi puzzling the reader as to who to trust. This “just in the knick of time” adventure continues the story of Brian and Gregory, who enter an alien body in the name of avoiding an alien attack on earth. This book, for science . . . → Read More: The Empire of Gut and Bone
Dutton Children's Books
“Grimm” is an understatement! This extension of the traditional Hansel and Gretel story adds plenty of blood and gore to appeal to the middle readers. Based loosely on the Grimms’ fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The Seven Ravens, Brother and Sister, The Robber Bridegroom and The Devil and His Three Golden Hairs, this . . . → Read More: A Tale Dark & Grimm
Brimner, Larry Dane
8 - 12
This offers a thorough look at the Civil Rights movement through the opposing eyes of Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and the Commissioner of Public Safety “Bull” Connor. These giants of the 1950 and 60′s came head-to-head in the multiple conflicts such as the Bethel Baptist Church bombing, the Woolworth department-store lunch counter sit-in, attacks by the . . . → Read More: Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene “Bull” Connor
5 - 7
Gilda Joyce series
This is my second Gilda Joyce mystery, and I have to agree, along with my middle-school readers, that Jennifer Allison makes reading entertaining! In this mystery, Gilda’s mom is about to re-marry, and her fiance is not someone you as a reader trust. A creepy story, Gilda’s psychic instincts guide her investigations of this new . . . → Read More: Gilda Joyce: The Bones of the Holy
5 - 7
14-year old Mike, who is afflicted with dyscalculia, (a math disability) is being raised by a brilliant father who continually tries to cultivate Mike’s love for math and engineering. While he goes off Romania for work, Mike’s father sends him off to rural Pennsylvania to live with distant relatives Moo and Poppy. This small town, . . . → Read More: The Absolute Value of Mike
“So Much Closer” is the story of a journey. Initially Brooke, who is a senior in high school, thinks her journey is the transition she makes from living with her mother in New Jersey to living with her father in New York City. This she does to follow her crush, Scott Abrams, who has moved . . . → Read More: So Much Closer
5 - 7
Hunting (Bk. 2)
In this sequel to Z. Rex, thirteen year-old Adam, and his video game-making father, are once again on the run from hyper-evolved dinosaurs. It’s technology-gone-bad in this thought-controlled video game, where Adam and his brainy dad try to rid the world of dangerous velociraptors. This is the perfect series for kids who love video games . . . → Read More: Z.Raptor
9 - 12
After her mother dies, Hailey’s father sends her away to an elite boarding school in Vermont. Here Hailey is a top student, is dating the son of two celebrities, and is favored by all her teachers. But Hailey goes through a “bad girl” streak, making risky decisions, damaging school property, skipping school, and cheating on . . . → Read More: The Education of Hailey Kendrick
7 - 12
Gale Cengage Learning
Science Behind Sports
Each year the 7th grade science classes do a “physics of sports” report in the spring. This book will be perfect for anyone who chooses basketball as their topic (especially chapter 5 titled “The Physics Behind the Moves.”) Other chapter topics include The Discipline of Training, Sports Medicine, High-Tech Equipment, Bodies in Motion, and The . . . → Read More: Basketball
4 - 6
Caldecott winner Chris Raschka (Yo! Yes!) tries his hand at writing in this debut novel, flooded with illustrations. Norman Normann (born to Orman and Norma Normann) is in academic trouble, so his parents hire a tutor, Balthazar Birdsong, to help prepare him for an entrance exam. This bird-nosed tutor’s first advice is to read the . . . → Read More: Seriously, Norman!
7 and up
A coffee table book, really,”William & Kate: Celebrating a Royal Engagement” has a misleading title. Admittedly, the photographs of the royal family and Catherine Middleton are both stunning and engaging, but there is very little about the relationship between William and Catherine. As a matter of fact, just as the photographer/author begins to build on . . . → Read More: William & Kate: Celebrating a Royal Engagement
Railsback, Lisa, 3-6
This novel for young artists features, fourth grade Noonie, feeling alone in the world. Her mother died when Noonie was five and her father is off on archeology digs, so Noonie lives with her aunt, uncle, and cousin. Not a great student, Noonie doodles during class and lands herself in the principal’s office far . . . → Read More: Noonie’s Masterpiece