Monday, May 30, 2016

Book of the day 05/30/2016

  • Sands, Kevin. BLACKTHORN KEY New York : Aladdin, 2015 IL 5-8, RL 5.0 ISBN 1481446517 “I found it. “Master Benedict said he wasn’t the least bit surprised. According to him, there were several times over the past three years when he was sure I’d finally discovered it. Yet it wasn’t until the day before my 14th birthday that it came to me so clearly, I thought God himself had whispered it in my ear. “My master believes occasions like this should be remembered. So, as he ordered, I’ve written down my formula. My master suggested the title. The Stupidest Idea in the Universe By Christopher Rowe, Apprentice to Master Benedict Blackthorn, Apothecary Method of manufacture: Snoop through your master’s private notes. Find a recipe, its words locked behind a secret code, and decipher it. Next, steal the needed ingredients from your master’s stores. Finally— and this is the most important step— go to your best friend, a boy of stout character and poor judgment equal to your own, and speak these words: Let’s build a canon.” Christopher Rowe rather enjoys his life as an Apothecary’s apprentice, uncovering the mysteries of different items and chemicals, and finding plenty of mischief along the way. But when a series of murders across the city strikes too close to home, Christopher is drawn into a world of cults and puzzles, and must use all his training to solve his master’s secrets… and possibly save the world. (Booktalk by the New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Book of the day 05/29/2016

  • Jamieson. Victoria. ROLLER GIRL Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015 Ladies and Gentlemen! Your roller derby skaters tonight are: Thrilla Godzilla, Illegally Blonde, Rainbow Bite, Napoleon Blownapart, Braidy Punch, Slay Miserables, and… Astrid. Astrid is looking forward to another summer spent with her best friend, Nicole. They’ve done everything together since 1st grade. But when Astrid signs up for Roller Derby Camp, expecting Nicole to join her, she’s in for a shock. Nicole is already signed up for dance camp, along with their grade’s mean girl, and seems more interested in boys than skates. Now, Astrid faces a long summer of drills, training, bruises & falls, all without her best friend. But as the weeks go by, Astrid learns how not to fall over (usually), how to make a proper war face, and even makes a new friend. But former-best-friend drama and a summer of secrets from her mom catch up, and now Astrid must decide what she wants, and WHO she wants to be. (Booktalk by Great Stone Face Award Committee, 2017)

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Book of the day 05/28/2016

Reeve, Philip. 
PUGS OF THE FROZEN NORTH
New York : Random House, 2015
IL 3-6, RL 5.4
ISBN 0385387962
Abandoned after his ship is crushed by a flash-frozen sea, Shen finds himself alone on the ice with only 66 sweater-clad pugs. Determined to get himself AND all the dogs to safety, Shen finds shelter in a small seaside village, where a girl named Sika explains everything. True Winter, she tells him, comes only once in a lifetime, and signals the start of The Great Northern Race, where competitors try to reach the Snowfather, who will grant the winner one wish. Sika has her grandfather's sled but no dogs, so the two join forces, harness all 66 pugs, and set off. They face a monstrous Kraken, a Yeti noodle bar that is not what it seems, and a range of competitors with different strategies for winning the race… including cheating. Can our two heroes survive? What wish do they want granted? And can pugs really win an epic race across the frozen north? Find out, in Pugs of the Frozen North! (Booktalk by New Hampshire Great Stone Face committee)
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Book of the day 05/27/2016

Nannestad, Katrina. 
WHEN MISCHIEF CAME TO TOWN 
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015 
IL 3-6, RL 6.4 
ISBN 0544534328 

Wedged between a goat who nibbles at her braid and a cage full of pecking geese, ten-year-old Inge Maria Jensen is traveling by boat from Copenhagen to the Danish island of Bornholm. It’s 1911. Her mother has died, and she is headed to live with a grandmother she has never met. When Inge arrives, the island is not at all like the bustling city she grew up in, and her stern grandmother seems nothing like her lively, loving mother. Life is quiet, filled with chores and boring visits with grumpy old neighbors. Even worse is her new school, where there’s no fun to be had, not even in music or at recess. She seeks solace in her beloved book of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. But even in her grief, Inge Maria is curious about her new surroundings and isn’t able to contain her inner joy and zest for life, which sometimes causes her trouble. How was she to know she shouldn’t feed her grandmother’s pig prunes? And how could she stop herself from leaving her seat and hopping like a bunny when she was carried away by the song in music class? Perhaps Inge is just what the island of Bornholm needs. Filled with humor, love, and acceptance, this gem of a book begs to be read aloud, and the spunky character of Inge is one all readers will long remember. (Booktalk by the New Hampshire Great Stone Face committee)
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Book of the day 05/26/2016

Bond, Rebecca. 
ESCAPE FROM BAXTER'S BARN
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
IL 3-6, RL 6.1
ISBN 0544332172

If you were a cow, you'd be better off living with Old MacDonald, or in the dell with the farmer and his wife–anywhere else but in the Baxter brothers' barn! The animals who do live in Baxters' barn are snug and happy until they learn from Burdock the one-eyed cat that Dewey, one of the brothers, is planning something terrible, something that puts them all in danger. Together they must come up with a way to escape the barn.Can Burdock, Figgy Piggy, Nanny the goat and her kid, Fluff the sheep, Mrs. Brown the cow, and the two draft horses Pull and Tug work together? Can they get out of the locked barn in time? The tension mounts as Dewey sets his plan in motion and each animal is forced to find its inner strength. Their fear is palpable, but so is the coziness of the barn with the rain on the roof and smell of hay and old wood. When they must leave, will they be ready? (Booktalk by New Hampshire Great Stone Face committee)
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Book of the day 05/25/2016

Graff, Lisa. 
LOST IN THE SUN 
New York : Philomel Books, 2015 

When Trent was in fifth grade a terrible accident occurred. Sixth grade in a new school will be a new start for him. Despite a new year, anger issues and guilty feelings are making Trent act horribly. He pushes everyone in his life away, he doesn’t want anyone to like him. How can he have a nice life when that other boy died? (Booktalk by the New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Book of the Day 5/24/2016

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

Castle Hangnail has a vacancy. It is in need of a wicked witch. Molly applies for the position. She is twelve years old and very polite. Polite!! Wicked witches need to be evil, rude and demanding. Molly does not look like witch material, but Castle Hangnail needs a new master right now. A castle with no master will be decommissioned and the castle minions will have no home. Maybe, with the minions help, Molly will fit the bill.