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Savage, Stephen.OCEANS AND SEASNew York : Kingfisher, 2010IL K-3, RL 4.2ISBN 0753464012Take a journey and explore the oceans and seas. This book allows readers to explore on their own by following the color coding. If you want to find out about the animals that live in the sea, you can follow the red icons that lead you to the information. From the coral seas to the Arctic waters, this book has it all.
Wow. Today I am uploading podcast number 1.200. When I started the daily podcasts several years ago, I never imagined I would still be doing them over 3 years later. That is a very large number of books to talk about! And to share!Sandler, Michael.PRO FOOTBALL'S MOST SPECTACULAR QUARTERBACKSNew York : Bearport Publishing, 2011IL 3-6, RL 5.8ISBN 1936088231Who do you think is the best quarterback in the NFL? Maybe you are a Peyton Manning fan. He has been named the NFL's MVP for four of his five years in the pros. What about Tom Brady? He stepped in as the backup quarterback to fill in for the injured starter and has never looked back. Tom was the youngest quarterback in history to win a Super Bowl! Check out the other men included in this book and decide for yourself who is the best!
Robbins, Jacqui.TWO OF A KINDNew York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009IL K-3, RL 2.2ISBN 141692437XMelanie and Kayla do everything together. Their teachers say they are two of a kind. They are also part of the in-crowd at school. They stay to themselves feeling that they are so much better than all the other kids. Anna and Julia are best friends too. But they are hardly in the same crowd as Melanie and Kayla. They are smart and wear glasses and are the perfect target for Melanie and Kayla. When Anna is paired with Melanie for a project, things change. Anna finds herself hanging with Melanie and Kayla and leaving Julia behind. How will this turn out?
Primavera, Elise.THUMB LOVENew York : Robin Corey Books, 2010IL K-3, RL 3.6ISBN 0375844813Thumb suckers of the world unite! Lulu tells us her story of her life as a thumb sucker. She suffered the laughter and the name calling of the other children. She was told that her teeth were going to stick straight out if she didn't stop. But she couldn't stop. Could she? Lulu develops a 12 step program to help her stop thumb sucking. Does it work? Would it work for you?
MICRO MONSTERSNew York : Kingfisher, 2010IL 3-6, RL 7.8ISBN 0753464551Take a look at the cover of this book. Do you have any idea what you are looking at? If you don't, you'll might want to take a look through this book to find out. It is full of up close and personal looks at some of the smallest insects around. It also shows us some of the viruses that can invade our bodies. It's creepy but if you are interested, take a look.
Marven, Nigel.DINOSAURSNew York : Kingfisher, 2010IL 5-8, RL 7.4ISBN 0753464063Who isn't facinated by dinosaurs. Even though no one has ever seen one, there are enough fossils left behind to give us a pretty good idea of what they were like. Marven shows us how scientists dig up dinosaur bones and can figure out what they were like. Filled with colored illustration, this book is sure to keep dinosaur lovers enthralled for hours. When you are finished with the book, be sure to check out some of the websites mentioned to give you more to explore.
Marchesani, Laura.DICK AND JANE AND VAMPIRESNew York : Grosset & Dunlap, 2010IL K-3, RL 1.4ISBN 0448455684"Look, Jane, Look. There is Father. Hello, Father. Oh, oh, oh. That is not our father. Run, Jane! Run, Dick!" OK, this is not the Dick and Jane of the past. At first they are fearful of the new guy in town. The vampire shows up in a variety of places. But Dick and Jane carry on.
Lunis, Natalie.BLACK SPINY-TAILED IGUANA : LIZARD LIGHTNING!New York : Bearport Publishing, 2011IL K-3, RL 3.7ISBN 193608791XHave you ever seen a black spiny-tailed iguana? I bet you can figure out how it got it's name by looking at the pictures. But did you know that it is also very fast? It can run up to 21.7 miles per hour! That is faster than people can run. They like to live in warm places since they draw their heat from their surroundings. We generate our own body heat but the iguana can't. Learn more about this fascinating creature.
Kent, Peter.PETER KENT'S CITY ACROSS TIME New York : Kingfisher, 2010IL 3-6, RL 6.7ISBN 0753464004From the Stone Age to the present, cities have been changing. And yet they are remarkably similar. Cities are places to live, work, shop and be entertained. Kent takes us on a journey to look at how cities have changed over the years. He even gives us a glimpse into the future!
Isaacs, Anne.DUST DEVILNew York : Schwartz & Wade Books, 2010IL K-3, RL 3.6ISBN 0375867228Angelica Longrider, the “wildest wildcat in Tennessee” is back in a new adventure. Our barefoot, outsized heroine has a new opponent to overcome. This time it is a giant dust devil. That's right -- a dust storm has struck her farm and is causing all sorts of problems. Can Angelica wrestle this wind storm and save the day?
Horowitz, Anthony.BEASTS AND LEGENDSNew York : Kingfisher, 2010IL 5-8, RL 6.2ISBN 075341936XAnthony Horowitz has given us a retelling of some of the legends of the past. In this volume, he has included the Greek legend of the Gorgon's Head as well as the English legend of The Dragon and Saint George. Sit back and get ready to read about some of the amazing beasts and legends.
Horowitz, Anthony.BATTLES AND QUESTSNew York : Kingfisher, 2010IL 5-8, RL 6.2ISBN 0753419378Fans of Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider books may be surprised to find he has also written several books of myths and legends. In this book, he shares the retelling of the story of the Minotaur as well as Romulus and Remus and other tales from around the world.
Gilpin, Daniel.PLANET EARTH : WHAT PLANET ARE YOU ON?New York : Kingfisher, 2010IL 5-8, RL 6.9ISBN 0753464128This is a book about our planet that you may want to read even if you aren't doing a report. Imagine the Earth's features as goofy looking creatures who tell us about themselves in ways we haven't heard before. The volcano tells us that he is a big zit that sometimes pops and spues a nasty liquid. Or a peninsula as all fingers and thumbs who can't help but stick out. Pick up this little book to find out more.
Fisher, Catherine.SAPPHIQUENew York : Dial Books, 2010IL YAISBN 0803733976It has been two months since Finn escaped Incarceron. He is now trying to assume his role as Prince Giles but his guilt over leaving his friends behind has turned him into a dark, tormented sole. And now the queen has brought in an imposter to try to take Finn's place. Meanwhile things are getting worse in Incarceron. The prison wants to escape from itself. In order to do that, it must create a body. Kiero and Attia team up to find a way out of the prison. They need to find the Glove of Sapphique before the prison can create a way to escape. As Finn searches for a way back to Incarceron to help his friends, things in the Realm go from bad to worse.
Ericsson, Jennifer A. WHOO GOES THERE?New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2009IL K-3, RL 1.3ISBN 159643371XOwl sits in his tree watching and waiting. It's night time now. Time for Owl to find some food. What is that noise? Is it a fat little mouse just right for Owl's dinner? Or is it something else?
Downard, Barry. THE RACE OF THE CENTURYNew York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2008IL K-3, RL 2.8ISBN 1416925090OK, you may have heard the tale of the tortoise and the hare. Well, I bet you have never seen the story told like this. Will Flash Harry Hare have a bad hare day this time?
Doodler, Todd H. THE ZOO I DREWNew York : Random, 2009IL K-3, RL 3.6ISBN 0375852018Do you like animals? Do you like alphabet books? You might want to check this one out. It has all your favorite animals from the zoo. All the way from alligator to zebra and lots of others in between.
Davis, Jill.ORANGUTANS ARE TICKLISH : FUN FACTS FROM AN ANIMAL PHOTOGRAPHERNew York : Schwartz & Wade, 2010IL K-3, RL 3.2ISBN 0375858865Look at some of these photographs in this book. Have you ever wondered how great pictures happen. Do the photographers just wait around until the animal does something they like? Or do they just keep shooting and hope they come up with a great photograph? Or is it something else?
Collins, Suzanne.MOCKINGJAYNew York : Scholastic, 2010IL YAISBN 0545310601The final part of the Hunger Games trilogy doesn't fail to excite. Katniss has survived the games two times and is now living in Distict 13. Gale is also living in District 13 but Peeta has been captured and is being held prisoner in the Capital. He has been programmed to speak against Katniss who is working with the rebels to mount a revolution against President Snow. But Katniss finds herself being used as propaganda by the rebels. She has assumed the role of the Mockingjay but the rebels keep her away from any real fighting for fear she will be killed. Katniss is determined to be more than a poster child for the revolution. She is determined to be the one who executes President Snow.
Caper, William.TYPHOID FEVER : DIRTY FOOD, DIRTY WATER!New York : Bearport Publilshing, 2011IL 3-6, RL 4.6ISBN 1936088045In the summer of 1906, Charles Warren and his family rented a house on Long Island for a vacation. Lots of sun and fun. But his daughter came down with a fever and within a week, five more people got sick. They were diagnosed with typhoid fever. This was one of the worst diseases around and had no cure. Fortunately, no one in the family died but Warren wanted to know how they got the disease. He hired an expert to come in and test the water and the food and all the servants. They found no reason for the outbreak. When the expert tested a former cook at the house, he found that she carried the virus. She was not sick but she could infect anyone she came in contact with. Mary the cook soon became knows as Typhoid Mary -- an expression we still use today to indicate someone who carries a disease. But Mary never accepted her diagnosis.
Benton, M. J.THE KINGFISHER DINOSAUR ENCYCLOPEDIANew York : Kingfisher, 2010IL 3-6, RL 6.9ISBN 0753464403Who doesn't like looking at books on dinosaurs? Instead of listing the dinosaurs alphabetically, this encyclopedia is arranged by time period. There is lots to see in this book. There are color illustrations along with lots of information. If you are fascinated by dinosaurs, pick up this book and check it out. See how scientists learn about these creatures that lived so long ago.
Klein, Lisa. TWO GIRLS OF GETTYSBURGNew York : Bloomsbury, p2008, c2008IL YAISBN 1599901056Typical Civil War family stories pit brother versus brother, and while not discounting the horror that that must have been, in Lisa Klein’s newest book, two cousins- close as sisters- make decisions that pit them against each other in Two Girls of Gettysburg. Rosanna is from a rich family in Virginia, and Lizzie is from a shopkeeper’s family in Gettysburg. To get away from struggle and family issues, Rosanna moves to Gettysburg to live with Lizzie. Hardworking Lizzie and impetuous Rosanna could not be more different, but become fast friends and learn from each other throughout the book. When her father and brother go off to war, Lizzie takesover day-to-day workings of the shop, while Rosanna flees south to become a nurse in the Confederate Army. The book chronicles their time together, their time on their own, and the time they shared through letters. The book is an inspired look through a different perspective in this terrible time in our country’s history. While a work of historical fiction, the book has many points that are based on true stories and leaves readers with a “blood is thicker than water” feeling.Prepared by: Jen Seay for South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominees, 2010-2011
Myers, Walter Dean. SUNRISE OVER FALLUJAHScholastic Press, 2008“I felt like crap after 9-11 and I wanted to do something, to stand up for this country.” Against his parents’ wishes, Robin “Birdy” Johnson enlists in the Army after the terrorist attacks in New York City. By 2003, Birdy has finished Basic Training and is deployed to Iraq. He gets assigned to a Civil Affairs detachment. This group is working towards building a successful democracy in Iraq, and most of their job consists of interacting with Iraqi civilians. As Birdy travels through the war zone with his squad, he develops close friendships with them and learns their life stories. Birdy experiences the horrors of war first-hand as his squad is ambushed and attacked by Iraqi soldiers. However, they also see innocent Iraqi citizens killed, and Birdy begins to question his participation in war. He is scared that he will not survive, and his squad members are the only people that Birdy can rely on. Read Sunrise Over Fallujah to learn what true heroes are, and to find out if Birdy and his squad live through their year-long deployment!Prepared by: Joy Brady for South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominees, 2010-2011
Gratz, Alan. SOMETHING WICKEDNew York : Dial Books, 2008IL YAISBN 0142414964Horatio Wilkes is an amateur sleuth, and when he discovers Duncan MacRae, the founder of the Scottish Highland Games, dead in his tent, he begins to investigate. At first, evidence points to Duncan’s son, Malcolm, as the murderer, but Horatio soon discovers that his friend Mac and Mac’s girlfriend Beth may be the true culprits. What drove them to this madness? And can Horatio prove they’re to blame before he or anyone else is hurt? If you’ve read Macbeth, you may already know the answers to these questions, but you may still be surprised at how things play out in this modern retelling. For those of you who haven’t read Macbeth, Something Wicked may be just the hook you need to really get into Shakespeare’s Scottish play.Prepared by: Kelly Knight, Media Specialist, Woodmont High School for South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominees, 2010-2011
George, Jessica Day. PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALLBloomsbury, 2009The kingdom is in an uproar. Every night the princesses go to their chambers and every morning their slippers are worn out. No one knows that Princess Rose and her twelve younger sisters are condemned to dance for the wicked King Under Stone in his underground palace every night to fulfill the bargain their mother made with the evil king… and only death will free them. Rumors of witchcraft spread throughout the kingdom and the girls know the end is near. Yet armed with an invisibility cloak, enchanted knitting needles, and most importantly true, Galen, the palace gardener sets out to free the girls, even if it costs him his life. Will he find a way to save them, or will he be the next victim of King Under Stone's evil plan? Time is running out…Prepared by: Kathy Carroll for South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominees, 2010-2011
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. PRINCESS BENNew York : Graphia/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008IL YAISBN 0618959718Princess Ben’s life is tragically changed during a series of unfortunate incidences; her uncle and her mother are killed, and her father disappears. Ben, now the kingdom’s heir, is relegated to the castle where resides her aunt Sophia, whose goal in life, outside of teaching Ben the ins and outs of being heir to the throne, is making her life miserable. Just when Ben has had all that she can take, she discovers a hidden wizard’s room in the top spire of the castle where she is being kept and begins teaching herself, using the enchanted spell books she finds there. Upon hearing of a possible engagement, the threat of war, and still dealing with a missing father, Ben decides to use her magic to put her world back together. Flying on broomsticks and fighting dragons is nothing to this spunky, courageous young woman whose story grows more and more enchanting with each page.Prepared by: Jen Seay for South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominees, 2010-2011
Kluger, Steve. MY MOST EXCELLENT YEARDial Books, 2008“Even though I didn’t notice it while it was happening, I got reminded in ninth grade of a few things I guess I should have know all along: 1. A first kiss after five months means more than a first kiss after five minutes. 2. Always remember what it was like to be six. 3. Never, ever stop believing in magic, no matter how old you get. Because if you keep looking long enough and don’t give up, sooner or later you’re going to find Mary Poppins.”T.C. Keller is a native Bostonian who loves the Red Sox. His whole family is named after members of former Red Sox greats. Baseball is his life. T.C.’s mother died when he was young. He and his father are two of a kind who believe doing school projects to the fullest, even if it means making a 70 square inch model of the Washington Mall. T. C.’s best friend is Augie, an “ABC,” American Born Chinese. His father owns a bookstore while his mom reviews plays. Augie and T.C. have been friends, “brothers,” since they were six years old. Augie loves musicals and Liza Minelli. Everyone has figured out that Augie is gay but Augie. Alejandra, Ale, is the daughter of the former ambassador of Mexico. Her family has recently come to Boston because her father accepted a teaching position at Harvard. She tends to speak her mind, which gets her in trouble with her father. She secretly wants to sing and perform on stage. Freshman year is a time of change for the three of them. During a writing assignment, they remember letters, memos, chats, and texts that helped them find themselves. New friendships, loves, and causes make them realize what is important.Prepared by: Julie Vaught for South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominees, 2010-2011