Saturday, January 14, 2017

Winters, Ben H.  UNDERGROUND AIRLINES
Boston : Mulholland Books, 2016
IL AD
ISBN
0316261246
Imagine if you will, an America where Abraham Lincoln never became president.  And that slavery was not illegal.  That is the what Winters is imagining in this alternative history fiction.  Lincoln was assassinated on his way to his inauguration and even in 2016, slavery is not illegal.  Sure most states have voted to be free states but there are still four states that allow slavery.  How would this change the course of our history?  Would our position in the world be changed?  In this story, a young African American former slave is now a bounty hunter paid to bring runaways back to their owners.  He is on the trail of an escaped slave and those who help them. Can he find his quarry?  And maybe bring down a link in the underground airline.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Wade, Mary Dodson. AMAZING OLYMPIC ATHLETE WILMA RUDOLPH

Wade, Mary Dodson.  AMAZING OLYMPIC ATHLETE WILMA RUDOLPH
New York : Enslow Elementary, 2010
IL K-3, RL 3.0
ISBN
0766059782
Did you watch the Olympics on tv?  This is an amazing display of athletes from all around the world competing to be the best in the world. They all have stories to tell about how they spent years training for the competition. In 1956, a young girl from the United States won the first of her medals. What is amazing is that this girl had polio as a young girl and it could have caused her to lose her ability to walk. Her running is what kept her going.



Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/nHf5yu3Ccd2nm

Wade, Mary Dodson. AMAZING CIVIL WAR NURSE CLARA BARTON

Wade, Mary Dodson.  AMAZING CIVIL WAR NURSE CLARA BARTON
New York : Enslow Elementary, 2010
IL K-3, RL 2.9
ISBN 
0766059774
Clara Barton was a nurse during the Civil War.  She was known as the Angel of the Battlefield.  She risked her own life to help those who were injured in the war.  And she also created the American Red Cross.  Find out about this amazing woman and her life.


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/DDGzfCdbi6RoN

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wade, Mary Dodson. AMAZING ARCTIC EXPLORER MATTHEW HENSON

Wade, Mary Dodson.  AMAZING ARCTIC EXPLORER MATTHEW HENSON
New York : Enslow Elementary, 2010
IL K-3, RL 3.2
ISBN
076605974X

Matthew Henson was an explorer who wanted to be one of the first to reach the North Pole.  And he was.  But no one knew about him.  As an African American, he was not mentioned in the reports about this trip until many years later.  Find out about this amazing man.



Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/LariqmKMXdhnz

Monday, January 09, 2017

Tremayne, Peter. ABSOLUTION BY MURDER : A SISTER FIDELMA MYSTERY

Tremayne, Peter.  ABSOLUTION BY MURDER : A SISTER FIDELMA MYSTERY
New York : Signet, 1994
IL AD
ISBN
0451192990

The story takes place in medieval England in the seventh-century.  King Oswy of Northunbria has called an assembly of representatives from Ireland, Britain and Rome to determine which Church doctrine the Kingdom of Northumbria will follow. There is a divide between the Irish faction and the Roman faction.  But all this takes a new direction when one of the main speakers is murdered.  Sister Fidelma, an advocate of the courts of Ireland, is called upon to solve the murder.  Did the murder have anything to do with the assembly?  Or were there other motives involved? This is the first of a series about Sister Fidelma.



Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/dR9HUZLqt98lU

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Stewart, Melissa. AMAZING EYES UP CLOSE

Stewart, Melissa. AMAZING EYES UP CLOSE
New York : Enslow, 2012
IL K-3, RL 2.2
ISBN
1464400806

Your eyes are pretty amazing, aren't they?  Did you know that many animals can use their eyes differently than you?  A honeybee has more than two eyes.  A squid has eyes that are bigger than a dinner plate.  Check out this book to find out how animals eyes are different from ours.


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/IB6W3jkSJzMqK

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Sperring, Mark. I'LL CATCH YOU IF YOU FALL

Sperring, Mark.  I'LL CATCH YOU IF YOU FALL
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016
IL K-3, RL 2.0
ISBN 
1481452061
Do you sometimes get nervous and wonder if you are safe?  The boy in this story is on a ship at night and wonders who will keep him safe.  He soon learns that there are many people around to keep him safe and make sure he gets home.


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/SiJ2hFnZv9pgU

Friday, January 06, 2017

Sayres, Brianna Caplan. WHERE DO STEAM TRAINS SLEEP AT NIGHT?

Sayres, Brianna Caplan.  WHERE DO STEAM TRAINS SLEEP AT NIGHT?
New York : Random House, 2016
IL K-3, RL 3.2
ISBN 
0553520989
For the train lover in all of us.  Do you ever wonder where the trains go at night?  Do they have mother trains that tuck them in just like children do?  Do they get to listen to bedtime stories or have hot cocoa?  Come along and find out.  But be quiet so you don't wake up the trains.



Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/pRwuVWq7rrpCP