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.