Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Beasts of Clawstone Castle by Eva Ibbotson

When Madlyn and Rollo arrive at Clawstone Castle they find two very old relatives, a very rundown castle and some very cool white cows. In order to save the castle and the cows, they find some scary but friendly ghosts to entertain the tourists. Add some screaming banshees, a doctor turned mad scientist and a greedy businessman and you end up with a great read for kids in grades 4 and up or younger if you read it to them.

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Beauty and the Beast by Max Eilenberg

The classic tale, Beauty and the Beast is brought to life again with a touch of humor, two abysmal sisters, and enchantment all around. This retelling is great for reading alone, even better for reading aloud. You will find it shelved with the chapter books, as it is lengthier than a picture book edition.
Ages 6 and up.
My Little Car by Gary Soto, illustrated by Pam Paparone

When Teresa receives a little car for her birthday, it’s admired by the whole neighborhood. But somehow she still manages to be irresponsible and leave it out in the rain. When her now bedraggled auto nonetheless saves her from a fierce dog, she decides to try and fix it. Her abuelito shows up just in time to lend a hand and it turns out old cars clean up just as nicely as old grandpas. An adorable story with multiple lessons that go down painlessly! Recommended for Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

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Friday, December 08, 2006

Alpha Oops! The Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis, illustrated by Bob Kolar

Abecedaries can be really stale and, of course, predictable--but not this one! Kontis offers us a fresh look at the ABCs when the Z refuses to play along. Sick and tired of being last, Z inspires all the letters to shake up the status quo and go in the order they want. Kolar’s deceptively simple illustrations give each letter (and a number of inanimate objects) real personality. You’ll relate if the first letter of your last name has always determined whether you’re last, first or stuck in the middle! Recommended for Kindergarten through 4th grade.

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

Aza and Ivi live in a world where beauty and the gift of singing are valued above anything else. Will having just one of these qualities be enough for either girl to live happily ever after. For grades 5 and up.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Water Street by Patricia Reilly Giff

Can Bird become like her mother(Nory Mallon), a caring, brave healer or will her fears and worries hold her back. One day she is soaring through the air after helping with the birth of a child, but then she is asked to help with a horrible accident,and she no longer has it in her to help others. Read this book, a continuation of Nory Ryan's Song, to find out if Bird's friendship with the new boy upstairs will pull her through this difficult time. Recommended Grades 4-6

Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Story of Salt by Mark Kurlansky and S.D. Schindler
Wow, salt doesn’t just make your French fries taste good! It’s also essential for human life. And although it’s widely available and cheap today, that wasn’t always the case. Salt once built empires. Gold--who cares!--Roman soldiers were paid with salt. Salt also played an important role in domesticating animals, food preservation and the discovery of oil. Those little white crystals have quietly directed the progress of human civilization since we crawled out of the sea, the salty sea. Recommended for grades 3-6.

Max's Words by Kate Banks

Max’s brothers have amazing stamp and coin collections and they won’t share a single one with Max. So Max decides to start a collection of his own, a word collection. He soon discovers that a word collection can be much more exciting than boring old stamps and coins. Recommended for grades K-3.

Mom and Dad Are Palindromes by Mark Shulman
Bob is distraught to learn that he is a palindrome. So are mom, and dad, and even sister Anna. Is there no escape? The HORROR! Recommended for grades K-3.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Witch Catcher by Mary Downing Hahn

Twelve-year-old Jen has just moved into her great uncle’s modern day castle, complete with locked tower, only to find her father already dating the local antiques dealer, who has been in business for years. What does this women really want from her uncle’s estate.
Recommended for grades 5 and up.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Dear Max by Sally Grindley

Max likes the book that his uncle gave him so much, he writes a letter to the author. And guess what- the author writes back! Their correspondence lasts for a whole year and we find out a lot about Max and his favorite author. This book makes me want a pen pal of my own… I think I’ll write a letter to someone right now.

Recommended for Grades 2-4

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Drooling and Dagerous: The Riot Brothers Return by Mary Amato

If you like flying bugs, spying in the teacher's room, secret games and general craziness this is the book for you. Just don't try these antics at home or in the classroom
Recommended for Grades 3-6

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Cinderella (as if you didn't already know the story) by Barbara Ensor

As the title states, you already know the story, but this chapter book version with a few added twists is a quick, clever, tale that fills you in on the “happily ever after” part.
Recommended for Grades 3-6

Travis and Freddy's Adventures in Vegas by Henry Johnson and Paul Hoppe

The boys are off to Vegas to win big money in hopes of bailing Travis’ dad out of trouble. A tricky feat to accomplish on its own, but add a dimwitted mob boss who’s fond of dangling 12-year-old boys out of windows in their undies- and things get really complicated. Read Travis and Freddy’s Adventures in Vegas if you’re looking for a page-turner that will make you laugh, gross you out, and leave you hoping for another adventure.
Recommended for Grades 5-8

Monday, June 26, 2006

Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle

The year is 1929. Prohibition is in full swing. Alcohol is illegal everywhere in the United States. Along the Rhode Island coast fishermen, farmers, storekeepers, police officers, almost everyone is making lots of money smuggling alcohol. Reuben and Jeddy are only 14 and are not involved until the day they find a dead body on the beach. It must be a rum runner. The clothes are too nice and the watch too expensive for a local.

This story inspired by memories of the author's father will have you rooting for the good guys and the bad guys if you can figure out which is which.
Grades 5 and up.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Wall and the Wing by Laura Ruby

Great new fantasy where everyone can fly. Well almost everyone, except Gurl. But wait, even cooler, she is the only one in the world who can become invisible. Grades 4 and up.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine
First it's a bird, then it's a mouse and then it's the neighbor's pet rabbit. Things go from bad to worse for this poor cat who only does what comes naturally. Grade 2 and 3 or read it aloud to younger kids.

The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
Enola Holmes' mother has vanished so she calls her two older brothers, Mycroft and Sherlock for help. But they think help is turning her into a proper lady and sending her off to boarding school. Her feminist-thinking mother would be appalled. So Enola does the only thing she can do, runs away from home and solves her own problems. (Grades 4 - 6)

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The Unsigned Valentine And Other Events in the Life of Emma Meade by Johanna Hurwitz

Fifteen is old enough to leave school, old enough to help on the family farm, old enough to take over for her mother, but it seems not old enough when handsome Cole Berry takes an interest in Emma. If you like Laura Ingalls Wilder Stories this ones for you. For grades 4 and up.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

George Did It by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain

I’m sure you know that George Washington was America’s first president, but did you know that he didn’t want the job? He had helped America win the war, and now he wanted to be with his wife and tend his farm. Another big reason he didn’t want to be president- he was NERVOUS that he wouldn’t be good at! Find out how an ordinary American citizen stepped up when his country needed him and did great things.
Recommended for Grades K-6

Sunday, January 29, 2006

The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey by Louise Borden
When World War II started the Reys were living in Paris and working on a book about a monkey named Fifi. But Paris was not safe when the Germans arrived. Because they were Jewish, the Germans probably would sent them to a concentration camp and because they were German, some of the French villagers were afraid they were spies. So the Reys, decided to leave for Rio and then America but thousands of other people were trying to get away from the Germans too and the only way out was by bicycle.
Read this book for adventure, history and to learn more about everybody's favorite monkey, Curious George. All Ages

Saturday, January 28, 2006

The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin

This sweet, semi-autobiographical novel tells familiar stories of the school play, the science fair, and making new friends through the eyes of a Taiwanese-American girl who is also trying to balance out those two parts of her identity. Good for kids in grades 3-5.