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Philbrick, W. R. THE MOSTLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF HOMER P. FIGG Blue Sky Press, 2009. IL 3-9, RL 4.9 ISBN 0439668182 Homer P Figg goes in search of his older brother who has been tricked into signing up for the Union Army. After outwitting two slave hunters, befriended by an abolitionist joining a medicine show, riding off in a balloon, among other exploits, Homer finds his brother during the Battle of Gettysburg. From the farm in Maine to heroes on the battle field The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg incorporates serious issues of war and slavery balanced wit
Brand, Dionne. EARTH MAGIC Toronto : KCP Poetry, 2006 IL 3-6, RL 4.9 ISBN 1553377060 Trinidad. Do you know where that is? It is an island in the Caribbean. I have always wanted to go there. It is the birthplace of calypso music and steel drums. And the birthplace of poet Dionne Brand. In this collection of poems, she celebrates growing up in Trinidad.
Aguilar, David A. PLANETS, STARS, AND GALAXIES : A VISUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF OUR UNIVERSE Washington, D.C : National Geographic, 2007 IL 5-8, RL 8.1 ISBN 1426301707 For 70 years, Pluto was celebrated as our solor system's 9th planet. And then in 2006, it was demoted to a dwarf planet. How harsh. But why did that happen? How do astronomers judge the difference. If you are interested in space and appreciate spectacular photos, check out this book and enjoy.
McDonough, Yona Zeldis. LOUISA : THE LIFE OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT New York : H. Holt, 2009 IL K-3 ISBN 0805081925 What do Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Winona Ryder and Claire Danes have in common? They are all actresses who starred in a movie based on Lousia May Alcott's book Little Women. Louisa grew up during the 1800s in Massachusetts. Her books draw f
MacHale, D. J. PENDRAGON GRAPHIC NOVEL. BOOK ONE, THE MERCHANT OF DEATH New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 2008 IL 5-8, RL 6.2 ISBN 141695080X Whether you have enjoyed the Pendragon series or this is your introduction, you are sure to enjoy the story of Bobby Pendragon. Bobby is your all around good guy junior high student. And then he is whisked away to the medieval world of Denduron. He learns that he is a Traveler and now he and his uncle must find a way to save the Milagos while teaming up with other Travelers to fight for the underdogs of the universe.
Long, Loren. OTIS New York : Philomel, 2009 IL K-3 ISBN 0399252487 Otis is a little red tractor that lives on a farm. He loves his life and enjoys playing with the animals. He especially loves the little calf that lives in the next stall. They do everything together and are very best friends. But one day the farmer brings home a brand new tractor. It is huge and it is yellow. And they don't need Otis anymore.
Ling, Nancy Tupper. MY SISTER, ALICIA MAY Raynham Center, MA : Pleasant St. Press, 2009 IL K-3, RL 2.3 ISBN 0979203597 Do you have a brother or sister? Someone who is younger than you? Do you sometimes feel protective of your little sister? The young girl in this book does. Her sister is special in a lot of ways. But she has Down's Syndrome and that makes her extra special. But above all else, she is special because she is Alicia May.