Friday, July 21, 2017

Rue, Ginger. ALECA ZAMM IS A WONDER

Rue, Ginger. 
ALECA ZAMM IS A WONDER
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6
ISBN 
1481470604


Aleca is excited about turning 10 but she still has to get through the school day.  Her teacher hates her and she is being bullied by some mean girls.  When one of them lies and tells the teacher that Aleca was talking when the teacher went out of the room, Aleca has had it. The teacher complains to the principal who is going to do something. When he asks Aleca her name, she replies "Aleca Zamm" and time stood still. For real. Everybody just stopped in their tracks. Animals too. This is very strange. Aleca decides to have some fun with this and pulls a few pranks while everyone is frozen. But then she gets serious. How in the world is she able to stop everyone just by saying her name? Maybe her great aunt can figure this out.


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/x7XiJttTrjd6q

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Roberts, Willo Davis. PAWNS

Roberts, Willo Davis.
PAWNS
New York : Simon Pulse, 2017
IL YA
ISBN 
1481486209



Fourteen year old Teddi is trying to come to grips with her parents deaths just four months ago.  She doesn't know what she would be doing or who she would be living with if Mamie hadn't opened her home. Mamie was their next door neighbor and really helped Teddi through those horrible months when her mother was dying. Now Mamie has a new person showing up on her doorstep. Dora shows up with suitcases in hand and very pregnant.  She tells Mamie that she was married to Mamie's son Ricky who has been killed in a airplane accident. Mamie doesn't know what to think since she really hasn't heard much from Ricky after he moved to California.  So Dora is welcomed as the new baby when he is born.  But something is         just not right.  And Teddi is going to find out what.
 
Podast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/WULNw4ydt0Paq

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Roberts, Willo Davis. MEGAN'S ISLAND

Roberts, Willo Davis.
MEGAN'S ISLAND
New York : Aladdin, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 5.0
ISBN
1481449087


Megan is looking forward to summer vacation.  She is going to spend time at her Grandfather's cabin on the lake. And her mother is letting her bring  her best friend Annie. But it all changes when her mother makes them pack up in the middle of the night and drive all night. They end up at the cabin but she isn't allowed to tell Annie where they are. This is the way it always is when they move. Pack up and leave everyone behind. No contact with anyone they know. This time, Megan's mother leaves them at the cabin and goes away saying she will be back.  It just feels different this time. Will Megan be able to figure out what is going on? And does she want to?

Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/KYtK0Jc6NtnMO

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Ransom, Candice F. AMANDA PANDA QUITS KINDERGARTEN

Ransom, Candice F.  
AMANDA PANDA QUITS KINDERGARTEN
New York : Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL K-3, RL 2.2

ISBN 0399554556


Amanda Panda just can't wait for Kindergarten.  It is going to be so great.  She is going to write her name on the board in great big letters.  She is going to run so fast that none of the boys can catch her.  She has such plans.  But then she meets the pink thing.  A little girl who is dressed all in pink and won't let Amanda alone.


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/6FcbShHKnVkod

Monday, July 17, 2017

Priebe, Gigi. ADVENTURES OF HENRY WHISKERS

Priebe, Gigi.
ADVENTURES OF HENRY WHISKERS
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.8
ISBN
1481465759


For 25 generations, Henry Whiskers' family have lived in the doll house. The house is gorgeous and was built for the Queen of England and now resides in Windsor Castle. The doll house is not played with so it is rather easy to live there. They must not been seen though since that could be disastrous. When the doll house is closed and items are stored, Henry's sister Isabel is trapped in one of the items taken out of the doll house, it is up to him to rescue her. Can he do it without being seen? And what of the rats who also live nearby?



Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/GS0zw0XRGrO8z

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Lettice, Jenna. THE 12 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN

Lettice, Jenna. 
THE 12 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN
New York : Random House Books for Young Readers, 2017


IL K-3
ISBN 
0399557318

Have you  heard the story of the 12 days of Christmas? Well, this is the 12 days of Halloween and just as much fun.  So on the first day of Halloween, one very eager kid starts trick-or-treating a bit early.  Then on the second day, there are two scarecrows and the very eager kid who starts trick-or-treating too early. And on it goes until it is finally Halloween!


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/t7WiVZ08XmPZ5

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Joyce, William. GEORGE SHRINKS

Joyce, William.  
GEORGE SHRINKS
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL K-3, RL 2.1
ISBN
1481489534


Imagine waking up and finding you are the size of a mouse!  How would your day go? Well, George isn't stopped at all.  He goes about his daily chores but has to find new ways to get them done.  Would you have thought of these tricks?



Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/VjDbWA9V5AytN