Saturday, June 25, 2016

Rockwell, Anne F. LIBRARY DAY

Rockwell, Anne F.
LIBRARY DAY
New York : Aladdin Books, 2016
IL K-3, RL 3.8
ISBN
1481427318
Do you go to the public library with your parents?  This is story of Don who is going to the new library with his father. Don thinks there are just books in the library but he soon finds out there is much more to do.  First he goes to story hour and enjoys the books the librarians share.  He even makes a new friend.  While he is choosing some books to take home, he sees a lot more activity going on.  How many of these have you seen in your library?




Podcast:  http://www.nancykeane.com/booktalks/mp3/rockwell_library.mp3

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Morpurgo, Michael. LISTEN TO THE MOON

Morpurgo, Michael.  LISTEN TO THE MOON
New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2015
IL 5-8, RL 6.3
ISBN
1250042046
When Alfie finds a young castaway on an uninhabited island off the coast of England, he and the town are all really curious as to who she is and how she got there.  She won't speak and she doesn't interact with anyone.  At first the rumors were that she was a mermaid.  Then people began to think she was deaf and just couldn't hear when people spoke to her.  Alfie's family takes her in and names her Lucy.  Alfie tries to keep secret the fact that she was wrapped in a blanket with German writing.  He is afraid that the islanders will think she is a spy.  England is at war with Germany and everyone is afraid of Germans.  What will they do when they discover the truth?


podcast: 
http://www.nancykeane.com/booktalks/mp3/morpurgo_listen.mp3

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Gephart, Donna. LILY AND DUNKIN

Gephart, Donna.
LILY AND DUNKIN
New York : Delacorte Press, 2016
IL 5-8, RL 4.6
ISBN
0553536745


Lily loves the feel of her mother's dress.  But her father wants her to dress as Tim and act like a boy.  How can she ever convince him that she is really a girl?  Her mother and sister have accepted it but not her father.  So when he sees Lily dressed up, he is furious.  And the new boy on the block sees her as well.  When school starts, the new boy, Norbert Dorfman, is confused to meet Tim.  He was sure he had seen a girl who looked just like him.  Lily befriends Norbert and nicknames him Dunkin because he is always drinking Dunkin' Donuts coffee.  The two become friend but Dunkin is recruited to join the basketball team because of his height.  These are the boys who are making Lily's life miserable.  When Lily confides in Dunkin about her desire to live openly a a girl, will that change everything?  And what is Dunkin hiding from everyone?

Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/BJyL498B

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

McAllister, Cameron. THE TIN SNAIL

McAllister, Cameron.
THE TIN SNAIL
New York : Delacorte, 2016
IL 5-8, RL 6.4
ISBN
0553536389

Angelo's  father is an automobile designer in Italy during 1940s and has a new car design showing at the Paris auto show.  But Angelo accidentally crashes it.  Now Angelo is determined to help hi father get back his reputation and design a car for the people.  Together, they come up with a brand new concept.  The "people's car" will be economical enough that just about everyone will be able to afford it and dependable enough that they will want to.  But World War II breaks out and they must find a way to hide the car from the Germans so they cannot use the new technology.  Join Angelo and his father as they take an old lawn mower and turn it into a revolutionary car design.

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

Friday, June 10, 2016

DiCamillo, Kate. RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE

DiCamillo, Kate.
RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE
Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2016
IL 5-8, RL 4.2
ISBN
0763681172

Raymie Clarke is standing outside Ida Nee's waiting for her baton twirling lesson to begin.  But what she doesn't know is that this will be the start of a new chapter in her life.  She wants to learn to twirl the baton so she can enter the Little Miss Central Florida Tire 1975 competition since she believes that this will bring her father back.  He ran away with a dental hygienist and now Raymie is miserable.  Two other girls are there for the baton lesson as well.  Beverly, a tough kid whose father is a cop, and Louisiana who passes out at the first lesson.  What could these three possibly have in common?  And will they ever learn to twirl the baton?


podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/H1N3SMu4

Thursday, June 09, 2016



Weatherford, Carole Boston.
YOU CAN FLY : THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016
IL 5-8, RL 5.0
ISBN
1481449389

The story of the Tuskegee Airmen told in verse.  These brave men were the first black military pilots in the United States.  During a time when blacks were segregated, these men stepped forward and fulfilled their dream of flying and were eventually sent to fight for their country and for an opportunity to help break the color barrier.


Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/S1adkaIN

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Waudby, Jeannie. ONE OF US

  • Waudby, Jeannie.
  • ONE OF US
  • New York : Running Press Teens, 2015
  • IL YA
  • ISBN 9780762457991

K lives in a group home and will soon be on her own as she ages out of the system.  Her parents were killed in a bombing years ago.  Then the unthinkable happens.  On her way to school, another bomb explodes and she is caught in this one.  She recovers but her life is about to take a dramatic turn.  She falls for a young man who convinces her to infiltrate the Brotherhood, the plaid-wearing group that has been responsible for the bombings in the past.  K is given a new identity and moves into the school with the Brotherhood.  But what she finds is not what she expected.  As she gets to know the teens in the Brotherhood, she becomes torn between the two groups.  Who is on the right side?  The Brotherhood or the Citizens?

podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/r1wTi0E4