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Hest, Amy.WHEN YOU MEET A BEAR ON BROADWAYNew York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009IL K-3, RL 1.4ISBN 0374400156What do you do if you meet a bear on Broadway? And he is lost? And he can't find his mother? What do you do? You comfort him. You ask about his mother. And you help him find her. Don't you?
Heide, Florence Parry. PRINCESS HYACINTH : THE SURPRISING TALE OF A GIRL WHO FLOATEDNew York : Schwartz & Wade, 2009IL K-3, RL 2.5ISBN 0375937536To look at her, Princess Hyacinth looks like a regular little girl. Of course when she puts on her princess clothes, she does look like a princess. But there is something very different about her. You see, when she is not tied down, she floats. And she longs to be allowed to float outside. But you can probably figure out what may happen if she tries that!
Gaff, Jackie. LOOKING AT EARTH : HOW DOES IT CHANGE?Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Elementary, 2008IL K-3, RL 3.5ISBN 0766030881Do you know why earthquakes happen? Or what people are talking about when they say "natural resources"? Or what we can do the help the earth survive? This book has answers to many questions your may have about our home planet.
Fox, Mem. HELLO BABY!New York : Beach Lane Books, 2009IL K-3, RL 1.5ISBN 1416985131Hello baby. Who are you? We see lots of baby animals throughout this book. “Are you a monkey with clever toes? Perhaps you’re a porcupine, twitching its nose.” And just who are you?
Fleming, Candace. THE GREAT AND ONLY BARNUM : THE TREMENDOUS, STUPENDOUS LIFE OF SHOWMAN P. T. BARNUMNew York : Schwartz & Wade Books, 2009IL 3-6, RL 7.0ISBN 0375945970Have you ever heard of P.T. Barnum? What do you think of when I say Barnam and Bailey? You probably think of the circus. And P.T. Barnum was certainly responsible for creating one of the first major circuses. He was also a flim flam man, traveling around the country as a small time pitchman. In his circus were several displays that were more fiction than science The authentic mermaid was really a product of creative taxidermy. He realized early on that people did not mind being fooled as long as they were entertained.
Doyle, Malachy. HORSENew York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2008IL K-3, RL 3.1ISBN 1416924671A horse stands alone in the field -- waiting. What is she waiting for? Two children join her in the field. Is that what she is waiting for? No. Then what is she waiting for?
Doyen, Denise. ONCE UPON A TWICENew York : Random, 2009IL K-3, RL 2.2ISBN 0375856129I hope you are not afraid of the dark. This book takes place on a scary night in the swamp. A small group of mice are looking around but are staying together to keep safe. All except Jam. He doesn't listen to his brothers and wonders off. Sometimes the words of the story are not familiar but I bet you can figure it out." 'Beware the dangershine of Moon, / Do not disturb the bugs of June!' / The elder mouncelors whispercroon / A tune that tells Jam what to fear..."
DePaola, Tomie. THE SONG OF FRANCISNew York : Putnam's, 2009IL K-3, RL 2.3ISBN 039925210XA long, long, long time ago, a man named Francis lived in Assisi, Italy. Francis was a monk and lived pretty much on his own. Francis loved nature. The plants and animals filled him with joy and he just wanted to sing about it. And that is just what he does.
De Monfreid, Dorthee. DARK NIGHTNew York : Random House Children's Books, 2009IL K-3ISBN 0375956875Felix is taking a night time walk through the woods when he hears a scary sound. AHOUOUHOU. He is scared and soon other sounds join the first and Felix is terrified. When he hides next to a tree, he discovers a door in the tree trunk. He opens the door and sees stairs leading down. Should he follow the stairs or face the awful noises?
Curlee, Lynn. TRAINSNew York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009IL 3-6, RL 6.9ISBN 1416948481I love riding on trains. Sure, airplanes are faster if you are going a distance but there is something about a train that is so cool. You get to sit and watch the world go by outside your window. Some trains even have little compartments where you can sleep. There are diner cars that are like restaurants on wheels. Everything you need for a long trip can be found on a train. Lynn Curlee takes us on a journey through the history of trains from their beginning to the modern fast trains of today.
Cochran, Jean M. FARMER BROWN AND HIS LITTLE RED TRUCKRaynham Center, MA : Pleasant St. Press, 2009IL K-3, RL 3.6ISBN 0979203503Farmer Brown is out for a drive in his little red truck. Along the way he stops to pick up some of the farm animals who he meets. But just how many can that little truck hold before disaster strikes?
Bryant, Jennifer. A RIVER OF WORDS : THE STORY OF WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMSGrand Rapids : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2008IL 3-6, RL 4.6ISBN 0802853021William Carlos Williams always loved nature. Even as a small child, he had an appreciation of his surroundings and this inspired many of his poems. When he grew up, he became a doctor but did not stop writing poetry. He wrote whenever he had some time. This book will introduce you to his life and his poetry.
Zuckerman, Amy.2030 : A DAY IN THE LIFE OF TOMORROW'S KIDSNew York : Dutton Children's Books, 2009IL 3-6, RL 5.6ISBN 0525478604I remember when I was growing up, there were lots of books and movies that tried to figure out how the world would look in the year 2000. Most had flying cars and self cleaning homes. I could do without the cars but I really wish the self cleaning home was a reality. What will life be like when you grow up? This book tries to guess what a day in the life of a kid in 2030 would be like. It will be interesting to see how much of this becomes reality. And yes, there is a cleaning robot that does the housework. I can't wait!
Petersen, P. J.WILD RIVERNew York : Delacorte, 2009IL 3-6, RL 3.3ISBN 0385737246“What?s going on, Tanner?” He flashed his big happy smile. “…I talked to Mom and Dad. And you get to come with me, little bro. Fishing, kayaking, camping. What could be better than that?” To please his older brother, Tanner, 12-yr-old Ryan is going with him on an overnight kayaking trip. He’s just a stand-in for his brother’s friend, who couldn’t make it at the last minute. And to his way of thinking, lots of things could be better. Because Ryan just isn’t the outdoor-sy type. Tanner is the athlete, the camper, the hiker---Ryan would much rather be in front of his computer playing video games. Oh well, at least he and Tanner get along, and Tanner has packed and prepared for everything. It’s only for one night, and then Ryan can be back on the couch, where he’d rather be. Until the kayak capsizes. Until Tanner is injured. Until Ryan is on his own, trying to figure out how to get them both home alive from their trip on a Wild River. (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2011)
Giff, Patricia Reilly. WILD GIRLNew York : Wendy Lamb Books, 2009IL 3-6, RL 3.7ISBN 0375838902Lidie lives in Brazil with her aunt and uncle. She's a wild girl who rides horses and dreams of one day going to live with her father and older brother in New York. They left Lidie behind when they moved to New York when she was seven, shortly after her mother died. Now Lidie is twelve, and it's time to leave for New York where her father runs a stable at a famous racetrack and her brother is training to be a jockey. Lidie is excited and anxious to finally be joining her family in America. But when she arrives, the obstacles are more than she bargained for. Her limited English leads to big problems at school, and her father and brother still treat her like the seven year old they left behind, buying her Snow White decorations for her rooms and boots with bunnies on them. They don't even know what a strong rider she is. Lidie must show them who she really is, a girl who can befriend, and ride, the new filly her father just bought, the horse known as Wild Girl. (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2011)
Bruchac, Joseph. NIGHT WINGSNew York : HarperCollins, 2009IL 5-8, RL 4.7ISBN 006112318813 yr old Paul is sent to live with his Grandpa when his parents are deployed to the Middle East. Thus starts the adventures Paul encounters with his grandfather, an elder of the Abenaki tribe. Grampa is well skilled at communicating without having to say much. This skill comes in handy when the two are kidnapped and forced to be a guide through the Mount Washington wilderness by the host and producer of an ancient mysteries t.v. style show. The kidnappers are determined to find an ancient cultural treasure that legend believes is guarded by Pmola, a winged mythic beast. Is there such a treasure? Does Pmola really exist? How do Paul and Grandpma plot their escape when they are watched so closely? Discover the answers and much more in Night Wings. (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2011)
Avi. MURDER AT MIDNIGHTNew York : Scholastic, 2009IL 5-8, RL 5.4ISBN 0545080908Fabrizio, an orphaned, street-smart, servant boy, lives in Renaissance Italy, where everyone except his master, Mangus the Magician, is busy plotting to attain power. Mangus knows that people are awed and frightened by his skill as an illusionist, but Frabrizio, who doesn’t understand the difference between magic and sleight of hand, gets his master arrested when he answers "Oh yes, my master performs magic!". It takes a printer’s devil, Maria, the newly invented printing press, a casket with a secret compartment and Fabrizio’s street- smarts to save his master and find out who really is plotting against the king. (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2011)
Catanese, P. W. HAPPENSTANCE FOUNDNew York : Aladdin, 2009IL 3-6, RL 5.4ISBN 1416975195How dark can the dark be? What about the kind of dark where you see nothing, hear nothing, and remember nothing? That’s where a young man finds himself, when suddenly he is discovered by Lord Umber and his friends, who are exploring by torchlight in the tunnels beneath a rumbling mountain. Given the name Happenstance Found, he is soon displaying some extraordinary talents. He can run incredibly fast, and jump impossibly high without seeming to tire. He never seems to require sleep. His eyes are a brilliant green, and he can see in the dark. But Hap, as he is soon nicknamed, has something else that none of his new companions has---an evil and implacable enemy who seems determined to pursue him to the far corners of the world. Will Hap and his new friends manage to escape from the nasty and persistant creature they call "the Creep"? And exactly what is the world in which Hap finds himself? Read Happenstance Found to find out. (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2011)
Catanese, P. W. HAPPENSTANCE FOUNDNew York : Aladdin, 2009IL 3-6, RL 5.4ISBN 1416975195How dark can the dark be? What about the kind of dark where you see nothing, hear nothing, and remember nothing? That’s where a young man finds himself, when suddenly he is discovered by Lord Umber and his friends, who are exploring by torchlight in the tunnels beneath a rumbling mountain. Given the name Happenstance Found, he is soon displaying some extraordinary talents. He can run incredibly fast, and jump impossibly high without seeming to tire. He never seems to require sleep. His eyes are a brilliant green, and he can see in the dark. But Hap, as he is soon nicknamed, has something else that none of his new companions has---an evil and implacable enemy who seems determined to pursue him to the far corners of the world. Will Hap and his new friends manage to escape from the nasty and persistent creature they call "the Creep"? And exactly what is the world in which Hap finds himself? Read Happenstance Found to find out. (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2011)
LaFevers, R. L. FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIXNew York : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009IL 3-6, RL 3.6ISBN 0547238657With his parents declared lost at sea, 10-year-old Nathaniel Fludd finds himself sent to the home of a distant cousin—the world’s last remaining beastologist. Before he can unpack his suitcase, he is whisked off on his first expedition—to the sands of Arabia, where the world’s only phoenix prepares to lay its new egg. When disaster strikes, Nate quickly finds himself all alone. Will he be able to protect the egg until it is safely hatched, keep his new pet gremlin out of trouble, and rescue his cousin? If he fails, nothing will stand between the world’s mythical creatures and extinction. If he succeeds, he might just earn the right to carry the Fludd family compass, and to continue his training as a Beastologist---a protector of mythical creatures. (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2011)
Cheshire, Simon. THE CURSE OF THE ANCIENT MASKNew York : Roaring Brook Press, 2009IL 3-6, RL 5.8ISBN 1596434740Ten year old detective Saxby Smart is… smart. What he loves best is using his smarts to solve mysteries, and he’s developing quite a reputation as a detective among the grade-school set! In this collection of cases, he is hired to find out how a friend’s father is being spied on at work, who is sabotaging homework with purple goo, and what happened to a valuable brooch. Pay close attention, because every now and then, the author will ask, "Have you solved the case yet?" and will question you about the clues. See if you can out-smart Saxby, and solve the cases on your own! (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2011)
Wow. It has been a month since I posted my "daily" podcast! Between the end of the school year crazies and the class I'm taking, I really haven't even thought of podcasting! I have never put so much time into a class before. Writing the final papers is about all I have done for the past two weeks. I'm talking about 16 hours a day! I have finished my 4th draft and will try to let them sit for a couple of days and then go back and look at them again and hope they are ready for primetime!
Pitchford, Dean. CAPTAIN NOBODY New York : Putnam's, 2009 IL 3-6, RL 4.8 ISBN 0399250344
Newt Newman has grown up in the shadow of his older brother, Chris, who is a football star at the high school. During the last seconds of the big game, Chris gets injured and is in a coma. Newt has always operated "under the radar" of his parent’s (and everyone else’s) attention and now with his brother in the hospital, he feels abandoned. Halloween is the day after the game and Newt and his two friends can’t decide on what costumes to wear. They decide to dress up as the hero that they admire the most. Newt puts together a costume from Chris’ old clothes and since no one can tell who Newt is supposed to be, he decides to call himself "Captain Nobody". With his new identity, he even manages to rescue several people from harm. But the one person Newt really wants to rescue is his brother. Will Newt be able to help his brother out of the coma? Read "Captain Nobody" by Dean Pitchford. (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2011)