Thursday, May 28, 2015

Today's podcast 05/28/2015

  • Weeks. Sarah. HONEY New York : Scholastic, 2015 IL 3-6, RL 4.8 ISBN 0545465575 Ten year old Melody, lives in Royal Indiana where life has always been simple. It’s been just her and her dad. Then her dad’s mood starts to change. He becomes forgetful and starts singing for no reason. Melody overhears strange calls at night. “Who was on the phone?” she asks. “Wrong number,” her dad says. Even groggy Melody knows she heard her dad say Honey. Does dad have a girlfriend? Who could it be? Why all the secrets? Join Melody and her pal Nick as they start gathering evidence and putting the pieces together. But do the pieces really fit they way they think? (Booktalk by the NH Great Stone Face Committee)

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Today's podcast 05/27/2015

  • Gemeinhart, Dan. THE HONEST TRUTH New York : Schholastic Press, 2015 IL 5-8, RL 4.0 ISBN 0545665736 We all have our bad days. Days when we feel like we’d love to just walk away from everything—school, family, even friends… Mark is a good kid, but when he finds out that he’s going to have to be admitted to the hospital again, he makes a decision. He’s been fighting this disease for so long---maybe it’s time to walk away…from days in bed, treatments that make him sick, and from everyone who means well but doesn’t understand. He’s always dreamed of climbing nearby Mt. Rainier. Maybe now is the time to make that dream a reality—even if it’s the last thing he ever does. With only his dog for company, Mark sets off on his journey, seeking to evade all the well-meaning people who try to stop him. Only his best friend Jessie has a clue as to his intentions. Will he manage to make a success of this final trip? Will Jessie be able to keep her suspicions to herself, or will she decide to point the searchers in Mark’s direction? The most meaningful journeys teach us something about ourselves. Mark has a lot to learn---if he can just survive. His epic journey will keep you riveted from the first page to the last. (Booktalk by the NH Great Stone Face Committee)

    tags: podcasts blueduke elementary gsf

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Today's podcast 05/26/2015

  • Hagen, George. GABRIEL FINLEY AND THE RAVEN'S RIDDLE New York : Scwartz & Wade, 2014 IL 3-6, RL 4.8 ISBN 0385371039 Ravens love riddles. This is the way they can tell the good ravens from the bad. Long ago, ravens were our best friends…they watched over us and conversed with us easily. That was before a phantom raven named Corax went rogue and lured some others to the dark side. His new disciples were called valravens… Gabriel Finley knew little about ravens, but was soon to learn a good deal more. When he rescued an orphaned baby raven named Paladin, he discovered his family’s long-kept secret: the Finelys had a special bond with these birds…they could talk with them, receive their protection, and even briefly blend into the bodies of their familiars for adventures in flight. Gabriel loved riddles…his father had been a master of riddles right up until the day he disappeared. Aunt Jaz seemed to know a lot more than she was telling about his dad’s current whereabouts. With the help of Paladin and a very reluctant writing desk, he just might be able to rescue his dad from the clutches of the evil Corax. From Brooklyn to Aviopolis, a thrilling adventure, indeed! (Booktalk by the NH Great Stone Face Committee)

    tags: podcasts blueduke elementary gsf

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Today's podcast 05/25/2015

  • Bell, Cece. EL DEAFO New York : Amulet, 2014 IL 3-6, RL 3.3 ISBN 1419710206 In her graphic novel memoir, author Cece Bell tells the story of becoming deaf at a young age and learning to live with the large contraption strapped to her chest that allows her to hear, the phonic ear. When she discovers that the phonic ear in fact allows her to hear what mere mortals cannot (like her teacher’s private conversations and *ahem* trips to the bathroom), she secretly imagines herself as the superhero, El Deafo. Childhood awkwardness, negotiating friendships, new schools, and everyday fun are all wrapped up in Cece’s hearing loss. With a lot of humor, this graphic novel gives us all an opportunity to learn a lot. (Booktalk by the NH Great Stone Face Committee)

    tags: podcasts blueduke elemtary gsf

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Today's podcast 05/24/2015

  • Larson, Kirby. DASH New York : Scholastic, 2014 IL 3-6, RL 3.2 ISBN 0545416353 The attack of Japan on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii changed the lives of Americans forever. Mitisue “Mitsi” Kashino is 10 years old and living in Seattle, Washington. She is second generation Japanese American, or “Nisei” in Japanese. She experiences the injustice and cruelty of treatment of Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants following the attack on Pearl Harbor when the fear of the invasion and attack of the west coast of the United States loomed as a possibility. Mitsi is bullied by neighborhood boys and dropped from her circle of friends. The situation becomes much worse when her family along with other Japanese and Japanese Americans are sent away to relocation camps in the spring of 1942. They must give up their homes, and bring only what they can carry to the camp. Mitsi also learns that she will not be able to take her beloved dog Dash along with her to the camp. Based on the true story of Mitsue Shiraishi and her dog Chubby, this book is a personal look back in time exploring the true meaning of friendship both human and canine. (Booktalk by the NH Great Stone Face Committee)

    tags: podcasts blueduke elementary gsf

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Today's podcast 05/23/2015

  • Woodson, Jacqueline. BROWN GIRL DREAMING NY: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014 (select a poem to read from the book) Jacqueline Woodson was born in Columbus Ohio in 1963 in a time of dramatic and violent change in America. In expressive and illuminative poetry, she tells her story of growing up as an African American girl in the 1960’s and 1970’s between the worlds of the North in New York City and of the South. Jacqueline shares with us her story – of loving books and stories and yet also struggling to learn to read; of her family losses and struggles and her thoughts and dreams. Through her engaging poems, we are invited into her world; we taste, smell, and feel what is there and what is experienced by a young girl dreaming and finding her voice as a writer. (Booktalk by the NH Great Stone Face Committee)

    tags: podcasts blueduke ya gsf

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Today's podcast 05/22/2015

  • Martin, Lisa. ANTON AND CECIL : CATS AT SEA New York : Algonquin Young Readers, 2013 IL 3-6, RL 6.4 ISBN 1616202467 Two Cats, two brothers---night and day. Anton, sleek and grey, enjoys watching the ships as they venture in and out of the harbor. He is content to watch. Cecil, stocky with black and whites patches is thirsty for adventure. He roams the harbor, taking daily trips on the fish boats. Then one day all changes. Anton is swept up and thrown on a vessel to be a ratter. Bound for the seas, will Anton ever see his family and harbor again? His capture does not go unnoticed. Cecil stows away on another vessel determined to rescue his brother. As the two brothers face the unknown, will their paths ever cross? Will their ships survive? Will they? Will Anton and Cecil find safe harbor? (Booktalk by the NH Great Stone Face Committee)

    tags: podcasts elementary blueduke gsf

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