Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Burgan, Michael. JACK THE RIPPER

Burgan, Michael. 
JACK THE RIPPER
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.7
ISBN 
148147944X


This is one of those events in history that just doesn't go away.  Way back in 1888, a series of murders occurred in London that have never been solved.  They spanned the time of just a few months but the horrendous nature of the crimes fascinated the people during the time.  And the fact that the murderer has never been identified continues to fascinate people today. You have probably heard of Jack the Ripper. But who was he? What is known about him? How do we know that he committed all the murders? Come along and learn about one of history's worst people.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Buckley, James. ADOLF HITLER

Buckley, James.  
ADOLF HITLER
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.5
ISBN
1481479415


It seems appropriate that a book on Adolf Hitler is the first book in a new series History's Worst.  This biography follows Hitler from birth through his childhood and his rise to power.  An aspiring art student, Hitler was rejected from art school several times before he moved to Germany.  There he joined the military and fought in World War I.  After the war, he turned his interest to politics and used his charismatic nature to become one of the most powerful men in Germany.  When he finally become the leader of Germany, he began his plan to control Europe and do away with people he felt were inferior to the Germans. He paid no attention to laws or treaties with other countries.  He took what he wanted and eliminated those who opposed him.  Read about one of history's worst.
          

Monday, September 11, 2017

Brown, Marc. MONKEY NOT READY FOR BEDTIME

Brown, Marc. 
MONKEY NOT READY FOR BEDTIME
New York : Knopf Books, 2017
IL K-3
ISBN
1101937610



Have you ever had trouble getting to sleep? You have on your comfy pjs and you have your favorite stuffed animal but when you snuggle into bed, you just can't sleep. This is happening to Monkey. His parents try different ways to help him fall asleep.  But nothing works. Until his brother comes up with a great idea.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Wronski, Gareth. HOLLY FARB AND THE PRINCESS OF THE GALAXY

Wronski, Gareth.
HOLLY FARB AND THE PRINCESS OF THE GALAXY
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 6.2
ISBN 1481471775



Holly Farb is certainly no one special.  She has few friends and even her mother doesn't seem to care that much about her.  She is feeling a bit low about losing the school election and worried about the big test she has to take to get into the school her mother wants her to go to.  Little can she know just how much her life is about to change.  She is kidnapped by aliens! Alien pirates who have mistaken her from the Princess of the Galaxy!  Come on, she couldn't even win a school election. How could anyone think she could rule the galaxy? In a series of funny adventures, Holly, her teacher and the real princess try to escape the pirates and get back to Earth.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Van Biesen, Koen. ROGER IS GOING FISHING

Van Biesen, Koen.
ROGER IS GOING FISHING
Grand Rapids : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL K-3
ISBN
0802854915


Roger can't wait to go fishing. He doesn't even wait until he gets to the lake. He starts fishing on the way and catches some very unusual things. "Roger, Roger! I've got a bite... No you can't fish here ... Wait until we're at the lake!"

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Thomas, Angie. THE HATE U GIVE

Thomas, Angie.  
THE HATE U GIVE
New York : Balzer + Bray, 2017
IL YA
ISBN 
0062498533


Starr is straddling two worlds.  There is the black girl who lives in a poor black neighborhood with drugs and gang shootings. But during the day, she attends a fancy private school.  When she attends a party in the hood, things go terribly wrong.  There is a shooting and Starr and her friend Khalil leave to avoid the hassle.  On the way home, they are stopped by a policeman.  Starr remembers the rules her father told her -- be polite, keep your hands in sight, don't make any sudden moves.  But Khalil makes the mistake of questioning the police officer.  When Khalil looks back in the car to be sure Starr is OK, he is shot in the back of the head.  Now there are riots and lawyers and the grand jury.  Starr is the only witness and must come to terms with the fact that what she says can change the lives of so many people.  It could also end her's.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Stewart, Melissa. CAN AN AARDVARK BARK?

Stewart, Melissa. 
CAN AN AARDVARK BARK?
New York : Beach Lane Books, 2017
IL K-3, RL 2.2
ISBN
1481458523



What kind of sound does an aardvark make?  Any ideas? Does it bark? Well, no but it does grunt.  What other animals grunt? And which animals do bark, or howl or even laugh? Come along and find out about these amazing animals and how they communicate.