Friday, July 21, 2017

Rue, Ginger. ALECA ZAMM IS A WONDER

Rue, Ginger. 
ALECA ZAMM IS A WONDER
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6
ISBN 
1481470604


Aleca is excited about turning 10 but she still has to get through the school day.  Her teacher hates her and she is being bullied by some mean girls.  When one of them lies and tells the teacher that Aleca was talking when the teacher went out of the room, Aleca has had it. The teacher complains to the principal who is going to do something. When he asks Aleca her name, she replies "Aleca Zamm" and time stood still. For real. Everybody just stopped in their tracks. Animals too. This is very strange. Aleca decides to have some fun with this and pulls a few pranks while everyone is frozen. But then she gets serious. How in the world is she able to stop everyone just by saying her name? Maybe her great aunt can figure this out.


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/x7XiJttTrjd6q

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Roberts, Willo Davis. PAWNS

Roberts, Willo Davis.
PAWNS
New York : Simon Pulse, 2017
IL YA
ISBN 
1481486209



Fourteen year old Teddi is trying to come to grips with her parents deaths just four months ago.  She doesn't know what she would be doing or who she would be living with if Mamie hadn't opened her home. Mamie was their next door neighbor and really helped Teddi through those horrible months when her mother was dying. Now Mamie has a new person showing up on her doorstep. Dora shows up with suitcases in hand and very pregnant.  She tells Mamie that she was married to Mamie's son Ricky who has been killed in a airplane accident. Mamie doesn't know what to think since she really hasn't heard much from Ricky after he moved to California.  So Dora is welcomed as the new baby when he is born.  But something is         just not right.  And Teddi is going to find out what.
 
Podast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/WULNw4ydt0Paq

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Roberts, Willo Davis. MEGAN'S ISLAND

Roberts, Willo Davis.
MEGAN'S ISLAND
New York : Aladdin, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 5.0
ISBN
1481449087


Megan is looking forward to summer vacation.  She is going to spend time at her Grandfather's cabin on the lake. And her mother is letting her bring  her best friend Annie. But it all changes when her mother makes them pack up in the middle of the night and drive all night. They end up at the cabin but she isn't allowed to tell Annie where they are. This is the way it always is when they move. Pack up and leave everyone behind. No contact with anyone they know. This time, Megan's mother leaves them at the cabin and goes away saying she will be back.  It just feels different this time. Will Megan be able to figure out what is going on? And does she want to?

Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/KYtK0Jc6NtnMO

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Ransom, Candice F. AMANDA PANDA QUITS KINDERGARTEN

Ransom, Candice F.  
AMANDA PANDA QUITS KINDERGARTEN
New York : Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL K-3, RL 2.2

ISBN 0399554556


Amanda Panda just can't wait for Kindergarten.  It is going to be so great.  She is going to write her name on the board in great big letters.  She is going to run so fast that none of the boys can catch her.  She has such plans.  But then she meets the pink thing.  A little girl who is dressed all in pink and won't let Amanda alone.


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/6FcbShHKnVkod

Monday, July 17, 2017

Priebe, Gigi. ADVENTURES OF HENRY WHISKERS

Priebe, Gigi.
ADVENTURES OF HENRY WHISKERS
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.8
ISBN
1481465759


For 25 generations, Henry Whiskers' family have lived in the doll house. The house is gorgeous and was built for the Queen of England and now resides in Windsor Castle. The doll house is not played with so it is rather easy to live there. They must not been seen though since that could be disastrous. When the doll house is closed and items are stored, Henry's sister Isabel is trapped in one of the items taken out of the doll house, it is up to him to rescue her. Can he do it without being seen? And what of the rats who also live nearby?



Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/GS0zw0XRGrO8z

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Lettice, Jenna. THE 12 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN

Lettice, Jenna. 
THE 12 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN
New York : Random House Books for Young Readers, 2017


IL K-3
ISBN 
0399557318

Have you  heard the story of the 12 days of Christmas? Well, this is the 12 days of Halloween and just as much fun.  So on the first day of Halloween, one very eager kid starts trick-or-treating a bit early.  Then on the second day, there are two scarecrows and the very eager kid who starts trick-or-treating too early. And on it goes until it is finally Halloween!


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/t7WiVZ08XmPZ5

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Joyce, William. GEORGE SHRINKS

Joyce, William.  
GEORGE SHRINKS
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL K-3, RL 2.1
ISBN
1481489534


Imagine waking up and finding you are the size of a mouse!  How would your day go? Well, George isn't stopped at all.  He goes about his daily chores but has to find new ways to get them done.  Would you have thought of these tricks?



Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/VjDbWA9V5AytN

Friday, July 14, 2017

Dipucchio, Kelly. SUPER MANN Y STANDS UP

Dipucchio, Kelly.
SUPER MANN Y STANDS UP
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL K-3 RL 4.6
ISBN 
1481459600 

Little Manny is obsessed with superheroes.  I know, who isn't. Manny has a whole wardrobe of capes that he wears for different occasions. The blue cape makes him fearless. The red cape is for fighting zombie bears. At school, he wears an invisible cape. And you will love what he can do in that one.
Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/ymBvFcVM1ioSj

Thursday, July 13, 2017

DePaola, Tomie. ANDY & SANDY AND THE BIG TALENT SHOW

DePaola, Tomie.  
ANDY & SANDY AND THE BIG TALENT SHOW
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL K-3, RL 1.1

ISBN 1481479474

Sandy and her best friend Andy are back for a new adventure. Sandy wants to enter the school's big talent show.  She is very excited but Andy just isn't sure.  He has no talent!  He can't juggle, or hula hoop the way Sandy can.  What will they do?
Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/8H4Tfab6eNkOf

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Daniels, April. DREADNOUGHT

Daniels, April. 
DREADNOUGHT
New York : Diversion Books, 2017

IL YA
ISBN 
1682300684

One minute Danny is hiding behind the mall applying polish to her toes and wishing she could tell people that she is really a girl but in a boy's body.  The next minute, a flash of light and a dying superhero make her wish come true.  Sort of.  Danny can't believe when she looks down and sees that she is now a beautiful girl.  A picture perfect girl. But Dreadnought has also given his mantle to her. She now has superpowers!  She is only 15 and new to her girl body, how can she be expected to be the new Dreadnougt superhero?  She has her doubts as do others in the Legion. These are the white cape superheroes that protect the world from the black capes.  When she is told that she cannot be trained as a superhero until she turns 18, she is disappointed and relieved at the same time. After all, she doesn't feel very heroic and can't imagine fighting crime.  This is not going to go well for our hero.
Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/eqneLLYDtT36U

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cumyn, Alan. HOT PTERODACTYL BOYFRIEND

Cumyn, Alan. 
HOT PTERODACTYL BOYFRIEND
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016
IL YA
ISBN
1481439804

Imagine that you are the student body president and everyone looks up to you. You have your whole life organized and everything is where it should be. Now imagine you are outside and see a black dot coming closer and closer in the sky.  And then your realize that the black dot is actually a pterodactyl!  What??  How is that even possible? Well, Pyke is the first interspecies exchange student at the school.  And as student body president, it is up to you to be sure he feels welcomed and fits in.  Did I mention that Pyke is a pterodoactyl?  Who speaks English but not so well.  And all the girls think he's hot and want to date him.  Did I mention that he is a pterodactyl?

Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/6BGpOc0vzIh5k

Monday, July 10, 2017

Clarke, Cat. PANTS PROJECT

Clarke, Cat.  
PANTS PROJECT
New York : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2017
IL 5-8, RL 4.7

ISBN 1492638099
Liv is a bit worried about going into middle school.  Liv's best friend will be there too so it won't be horrible.  Except for the school uniforms.  There is a strict dress code.  Both boys and girls wear shirts, ties and sweaters.  So far, so good.  But all the girls have to wear skirts.  This doesn't sit well with Liv.  Liv hates skirts and doesn't want to wear one.  Liv is actually transgender and dreads being stuck in a skirt every day. Liv tries everything to get out of wearing the uncomfortable skirt every day.  Add to that the class mean girl has targeted Liv for her abuse.  Things are just not looking great for Liv in the first month in the school.
Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/nRmHrDhzxiRVG

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Charbonneau, Joelle. NEED

Charbonneau, Joelle.
NEED
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
IL YA

ISBN 0544416694

Do you know the difference between a "want" and a "need"? A "want" is a desire to possess or do something. A wish. A "need" is something required because it is essential. Something very important that you cannot live without. When the students of a small school in Wisconsin are invited to join a new social media site, the question is "What do you need?" Some students ask for new phones or new exercise equipment or good grades. The site, NEED, grants the requests with a demand that the students invite others at the school to join the network. Easy enough. When Kaylee joins, she asks for a new kidney for her brother who will die without one. NEED tells her it will be granted. She isn't required to invite any students. But once all the students are members, NEED requests the students perform certain tasks in order to be granted their need . They seem like pranks. Putting a box on a door step or delivering notes to people. But are these harmless pranks what they seem to be? Just who is behind NEED? And why is it limited to students of Nottawa High School?
Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/TlbdkNwxS4UnF

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Bergmann, Andy. THE STARRY GIRAFFE

Bergmann, Andy. 
THE STARRY GIRAFFE
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL K-3, RL 2.6
ISBN 
1481491008


The starry giraffe was very hungry. She reached up high and plucked a shiny apple off the tree. Yum! But just then a little mouse appeared and told her that he was so hungry but couldn't reach the apples. So giraffe  gave him the apple. But more and more animals came and asked for help getting the apples. And giraffe helped each one until there were no apples left. Poor giraffe.  Will she ever get anything to eat?

Friday, July 07, 2017

Allbright, Lauren. EXIT STRATEGY

Allbright, Lauren.
EXIT STRATEGY
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.2
ISBN 1481479121


It is another last day at school for Ross.  And it needs to be epic. Ross and his mom move a lot because of her job. She is in a touring orchestra and only spends a short time in each stop. So Ross is used to be the new kid. And he has had too many last days where he gathers his belongings and heads to the front of the class to say goodbye to kids he doesn't really know. A few moves ago, he accidentally knocked over two desks full of papers and they went flying.  It was epic.  Everyone will remember that one. So now when he leaves, he plans an epic exit strategy. The kids love it but not the teachers. So, now a new school. This feels different though. It is not for a new job. This time they are moving in to help his grandfather who has had an accident. Now there is no idea when it will be over. And Ross faces the fact that he might just have to try to fit in.

Pocast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/Na2zEIksaTeXm

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Woollett, Laura A. BIG TOP BURNING : THE TRUE STORY OF AN ARSONIST, A MISSING GIRL, AND THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

Woollett, Laura A. 
BIG TOP BURNING : THE TRUE STORY OF AN ARSONIST, A MISSING GIRL, AND THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 2015
IL 5-8, RL 6.5

ISBN 1613731140

It was a beautiful day in Hartford, Connecticut.  In 1944, the country was involved in World War II.  There was not much extra money for entertainment.  But when the circus was coming to town, people saved their pennies and looked forward to the greatest show on  Earth.  The tent was crowded with excited families enjoying the show.  But then the unthinkable happened.  A fire broke out.  People scrambled to get out.  They pushed and shoved and tried desperately to get their children to safety.  What happened that day?  And who would make it out?  

Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/fdGgbSWkcyHN8

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Winter, Jonah. THE SECRET PROJECT

Winter, Jonah.  
THE SECRET PROJECT

New York : Beach Lane Books, 2017

IL 3-6, RL 6.5
ISBN 1481469134
Way back in the 1940s, a very secret project was going on in the desert of New Mexico.  No one could know about it.  Not the people who lived in the area.  Not anyone not working on it. Even those people who were hired to work in the compound had no idea what the scientists were working on. Only the scientists knew what was going on.  And what they created changed the world forever.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Weatherford, Carole Boston. THE LEGENDARY MISS LENA HORNE

Weatherford, Carole Boston.  
THE LEGENDARY MISS LENA HORNE
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017

IL 3-6, RL 6.1
ISBN
1481468243



"You have to be taught to be second class; you're not born that way." Actress, singer and civil rights activist Lena Horne believed these words. When she entered show business in the 1930s, she was determined  to carry herself with dignity.  When she started acting in movies, she was determined not to portray just maids or nannies as most black actresses did.  Come along and learn more about this remarkable woman.  You may not know who she is now, but you will be glad you learned about her life.


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/CTOonikbs4c56


Monday, July 03, 2017

Walters, Eric. WILL TO SURVIV3

Walters, Eric.  
WILL TO SURVIV3   
New York : Farrar, Straus Giroux, 2016

IL YA
ISBN 0374301816



It has been a few months since the world went dark.  All devices that were controlled by computers have failed.  The residents of Eden Mills have been doing better than most.  They have banded together and fortified their neighborhood.  Life isn't perfect, but they are doing OK.  Now it is time to look outward for more allies.  Some neighborhoods have things to trade and Herb, Adam and the rest of the community is out to find out what. It is not always safe to approach new people. But maybe the biggest threat they will face comes from within.

Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/vElNxihSzlTHF

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Walters, Eric. FIGHT FOR POW3R

Walters, Eric.  
FIGHT FOR POW3R
New York : Farrar, Straus Giroux, 2016
IL YA

ISBN 0374301794


It's been 66 days since the power went out and things are changing for those in the the Eden Mills neighborhood.  They have barricaded the neighborhood behind a wall and they are probably doing better than most.  But when you have a good thing, others are always trying to take it away.  They have been able to eliminate one major threat but they know that there are others out there who want to destroy them.  The neighborhood is being lead by Herb, an ex-spy, and they are lucky to have him.  Teenager Adam has proven his worth by piloting the ultralight that allows him to monitor the surrounding areas and look for danger.  A tent city has grown up around the walls that may mean danger as well.  Although Adam and his girlfriend Lori have befriended some of the people in the city, there isn't enough food in Eden Mills to welcome any more residents.  Tensions are mounting.  What will our survivors face as the blackout continues and the food runs out?  




Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/1lDvhMf4xwfR0

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Van Vleet, Carmella. ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A BIG, FAT QUITTER

Van Vleet, Carmella.  
ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A BIG, FAT QUITTER
New York : Holiday House, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 5.2
ISBN 
082342944X
Eliza has her heart set on taking a cake decorating class this summer with her best friend.  The two just did a school project and they came up with a great idea for opening a pastry shop some day. But Eliza needs to learn more than she does now. And guess what?  A famous tv chef is coming to teach a class in town.  What could be better than that? Unfortunately, Eliza's dad has lost his job and money is tight and the class is very expensive. Not fair!!  Eliza overhears her parents talking about how she quits everything she tries and it is too much money just to have her quit. When her brother quits tae kwon do lessons, Eliza offers to take the classes so they don't lose the money.  She'll show them that she is not a quitter.  But she really doesn't like the class and really wants to quit.



Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/sq2lLJCqLFIrK

Friday, June 30, 2017

Trueit, Trudi Strain. MY TOP SECRET DARES & DON'TS

Trueit, Trudi Strain.  
MY TOP SECRET DARES & DON'TS
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 5-8, RL 5.7
ISBN
1481469053


Kestral is on her way to British Columbia.  Her grandfather has passed away and now Kestral, her mother and her brother will be spending the summer at the lodge to help out.  Kestral discovers that there is something going on at the lodge and she tries to get her family to listen to her.  But when you are only 12, sometimes you don't always make your point.  As the summer progresses, it become clear that something is going on and Kestral wants to help her grandmother keep the lodge.


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/Ou6wnBqZD4yUc

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Telgemeier, Raina. GHOSTS

Telgemeier, Raina.
GHOSTS
New York : Graphix, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 2.6
ISBN 
0545540615


Catrina doesn't want to move to a new town.  Away from her home, her friends, her school.  But she is trying to be brave.  They are moving for her sister.  Maya has cystic fibrosis which makes it hard for her to breathe.  The air in the new town is supposedly better for her lungs so Cat will do all she can to make the move work. But when they arrive in Bahia de la Luna, all the people want to do is talk about all the ghosts that are in the town.  The last thing Cat wants to think about is ghosts and death.  She doesn't want to lose her little sister.  When her sister has a setback after encountering ghosts and lands in the hospital, Cat wants to protect her. Will she be able to do that? 

Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/w4apqiqoSnW2R

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Rusch, Elizabeth. THE MUSIC OF LIFE : BARTOLOMEO CHRISTOFORI AND THE INVENTION OF THE PIANO

Rusch, Elizabeth.  
THE MUSIC OF LIFE : BARTOLOMEO CHRISTOFORI AND THE INVENTION OF THE PIANO
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL K-3, RL 4.6

ISBN 1481444840


Have you ever wondered how -- and why -- the piano was invented? They are everywhere now and many people can play these instruments in varying abilities.  But what is the history of the piano?  Way back in the 1600s in Italy, a young man named Bartolomeo Christofori was a talented harpsicord maker.  His instruments were talked about around the country.  He was even invited by the Prince to come to the palace and work for the court.  This was great but Bartomoleo wanted to create an instrument that had more range than the harpsicord or the clavicord.  He worked tirelessly year after year and finally came up with the pianoforte.  Now the musician could play loud or soft and really control the music.  And can you believe this?  People hated it.  Musicians couldn't figure out how to play it.  Poor Bartomaleo.  All his work and no one liked it.  Why do you think it is so popular today?


For those of you who wonder how an author finds information while writing a book, Rusch given us details of how she discovered the facts for this book. 



Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/6YIXror5YNaQg

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Rooney, Anne. YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO LIVE WITHOUT INSECTS!

Rooney, Anne.  
YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO LIVE WITHOUT INSECTS!
New York : Franklin Watts, 2015
IL 3-6, RL  5.7


ISBN 
0531213625
Insects!  Yuck, what a pain. Did you know that insects have been around a lot longer than people? Actually, they were the first type of animal to come out of the water and live on land about 450 million years ago.  And did you know that there are about 6-10 million species of insect? They account for about 90 % of all life forms on Earth, not counting bacteria. Although some insects spread diseases like malaria and the plague, there are a lot of beneficial insects.  Insects that are good for us? Come along and find out.


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/biM9UnLj33XCP

Monday, June 26, 2017

Paul, Miranda. ONE PLASTIC BAG : ISATOU CEESAY AND THE RECYCLING WOMEN OF GAMBIA

Paul, Miranda. 
ONE PLASTIC BAG : ISATOU CEESAY AND THE RECYCLING WOMEN OF GAMBIA
New York : Millbrook Press, 2015
IL K-3, RL 3.0
ISBN 1467716081
Isatou Ceesay livedd in Gambia in Africa.  When she droped a basket of fruit, she looked for another way to carry the fruit.  She found a plastic bag.  She didn't know what it was but it certainly would hold the fruit.  Many of the people in the village began using plastic bags. But when they found that the bags broke quickly, they threw them away.  But all the trash caused problems in the village.  Isatou and her friends knew they had to do something to keep the bags out of the trash.  Can you think of a way to reuse plastic bags?  


Podccast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/8fEuOGElKDcSo

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Nielsen-Fernlund, Susin. WE ARE ALL MADE OF MOLECULES

Nielsen-Fernlund, Susin.  
WE ARE ALL MADE OF MOLECULES
New York : Ember, 2016
IL YAISBN 
0553496891

Told in alternate perspectives, we meet Stewart and Ashley and their families as they try to come together and merge into one.  Stewart is 13 and he is a socially clueless genius.  He is still mourning his mother's death but willing to try to make the new arrangement work. He has had to leave his school, Little Genius Academy and transfer to public school. But he has been put in 9th grade in the high school. Ashley is rather vapid and only concerned with appearances. She is popular with the other kids but not good with academics. She is still reeling from her parent's breakup. Not only did they not get along, it turns out her father is gay. She just can't accept that. .  Appearance is everything. And her father is now living in the small house out back.  And she won't accept that her mother has moved on and brought this geeky kid into their home.  So now we have two families who are very different trying to blend. Both funny and moving, this is a book full of molecules colliding.

Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/wxL0qWgV3Jesq

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Maciejewski, Mark. I AM FARTACUS

Maciejewski, Mark.  
I AM FARTACUS 
New York : Aladdin, 2017

IL 5-8, RL 5.6
ISBN
1481464205


Maciek Trzebiatowski (pronounced Maw-check Chub-a-tess-key) is better known as Chub to his friends.  Not that he has very many.  It is pretty much just Moby now.  But everyone certainly knows Chub.  There aren't many bald immigrants in the middle school.  He used to be best friends with the Arch back in 2nd grade but they are now enemies.  And Chub will do any mean trick he can think of to bring the Arch down.  When the Arch becomes captain of the track team and class president, the rivalry intensifies. 


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/1CSKbSNTe8j2Y

Friday, June 23, 2017

Grigson, Natalie. THE FANTASTIC FABLE OF PETER ABLE

Grigson, Natalie.  
THE FANTASTIC FABLE OF PETER ABLE
Kindle Press, 2015
IL YA


Peter is a boy wizard.  He is the hero of his own series of books. He lives in the land of Fiction and he is dependent on his Real World Author to keep him going.  But now the author has decided to end the series. Peter is now free of plotlines and can do what he wants. He is even free to appear in other books.  But what is freedom?  Will Peter be able to find a life without a plot line?

    Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/4pd5oQympj2Wm

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Dowd, Siobhan. THE PAVEE AND THE BUFFER GIRL

    Dowd, Siobhan.
    THE PAVEE AND THE BUFFER GIRL
    Edinburgh : The Bucket List, 2017
    IL YA

    ISBN 018172832

    Jim and his family are Travellers living in Ireland.  Jim doesn't want to go to school where the kids call him a tinker or dirty gyp or worse.  But the law is the law and the Irish government has dictated that the Travellers must send their children to school.  Now Jim has to spend time with the buffers or settled children.  And he knows the taunts and beatings will begin.  What he doesn't expect is that there is one buffer girl who is kind to him.  Is that enough to get him through this?

    Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/ksD2snIVjo1yb

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Cass, Kiera. THE SIREN

    Cass, Kiera.  
    THE SIREN
    HarperTeen, 2016
    IL YA
    ISBN 0062391992



    Even though it has been 80 years, Kahlen still has trouble living the life of a siren.  She loves the ocean and her sister sirens, but she just can't stand their mission.  They sing and cause disasters at sea.  Each time the ocean tells them to sing, Kahlen dreads their mission.  In between singings, they live very nice lives. The only stipulation is that they can't talk to humans.  Their voices cause humans to drown so they live lives as mutes.  And they have no human friends.  When Kahlen meets a wonderful young man, she knows she can't be involved with him. But there is just something about him that keeps her coming back.
    Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/1FUJDXWWchWA1

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    Callaghan Cindy. SYDNEY MACKENZIE KNOCKS 'EM DEAD

    Callaghan Cindy.  
    SYDNEY MACKENZIE KNOCKS 'EM DEAD
    New York : Aladdin, 2017

    IL 5-8, RL 4.2
    ISBN 
    1481465694


    Life is good for Sydney Mackenzie.  She is a real California girl.  Her life revolves around the beach, her friends and clothes.  But then her father drops a bomb shell on her.  They are selling everything and moving to Delaware.  Is that even a place?  OK, Sydney devises a plan to become the most popular kid in school.  After all, she is from California and has met actual stars.  She dreams of her new life and how great it is going to be.  But when they arrive in Delaware, she finds out that they have inherited a spooky old Victorian house in a cemetery.  Her Dad is now the in charge of a cemetery!!  Can this get worse? You know it can.

    Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/1ucRAcpwalYhO

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    Dee, Barbara. STAR-CROSSED

    Dee, Barbara.  
    STAR-CROSSED
    New York : Aladdin, 2017

    IL 5-8, RL 4.0
    ISBN
     1481478486
    Mattie is a good student and English is her favorite class.  This year the 8th grade play will be Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.  Mattie is so happy.  She loves Shakespeare.  She gets the part of Paris and is happy that it is not a major part.  Gemma gets the part of Juliet.  And she is great in the role.  But the boy who plays Romeo doesn't really get the play.  Mattie works with him to help him understand but he just doesn't  When he is forced to drop out, Mr. Torres asks Mattie to play Romeo since she knows all the lines and really understands the part.  She is a bit hesitant since she will have to play opposite of Gemma.  And she is finding herself trying to figure out the feelings she has towards Gemma.  And Gemma seems to have those same feelings for Mattie.  What is going on?


    Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/fDOdx8dRPVXsU

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

    Castroman, Nicole. BLACKSOULS

    Castroman, Nicole.  
    BLACKSOULS
    New York : Simon Pulse, 2017
    IL YA
    ISBN
    1481491059

    In the second volume of the series, we find Anne and Teach each crossing the ocean to Nassau on separate ships.  Neither of them have an easy passage.  Anne is on a ship where the crew is as dangerous as the voyage.  Fortunately, another passenger keeps her safe.  Teach's ship is attacked by pirates and the captain is totally unable to deal with the situation.  This leads Teach to mutiny to save the ship.  This leads to all sorts of problems when they get to Nassau.  As much as Anne and Teach want to be together and make a new life in Nassau, things are getting worse.


    Saturday, June 17, 2017

    Byrne, Michael. LOTTERY BOY

    Byrne, Michael. 
    LOTTERY BOY
    Somerville : Candlewick, 2016
    IL YA
    ISBN 
    0763679968

    Bully is a 12 year old street kid.  His mum has died and he ran away from his step-dad.  It isn't easy living on the street but he has his dog to keep him company.  And he has the memories of his mum.  His prized possession is a birthday card that she recorded.  He tries not to play it too often since he doesn't want the battery to run out.  But he can't help it.  He just needs to hear her voice again. This time he finds something hidden in the card.  It is a lottery ticket. He actually bought it for her but she must have tucked it into the card for him.  Thinking that he might have won a few pounds, he stops into a shop and has it run through the machine.  Turns out he has won the big one.  The whole thing. Millions. But he only has 5 days to claim his prize. And he has to be over 16. Bully has to come up with a plan to get to the claims office and find someone who is at least 16 that he can trust to cash the ticket. And when the word gets out that he has the ticket, all sorts of bad people are out to take it away from him.

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Riordan, Rick. THE SWORD OF SUMMER

    Riordan, Rick.  
    THE SWORD OF SUMMER
    Orlando : Disney Hyperion, 2015

    IL 5-8, RL 4.8
    ISBN 1423160916


    Magnus Chase is just a street kid trying to get by.  He has been homeless for two years now.  He never knew his father and his mother was killed when he was fourteen.  Now he hears that his uncle has been looking for him.  Now why would he suddenly want to find Magnus?  When he breaks into his uncle's house trying to figure out what is going on, little could he know that he is descended from a Norse god. And they are preparing for war.  But when he tries to help, he is killed!  Not a good start to this new series.  But worry not, Magnus is now in Vahalla, the Norse afterlife, where his learns that his best friends are really part of this realm and that it is up to him to find a way to stop the end from coming.Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/b9QBoDOUQb8d4

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Napoli, Donna Jo. FISH GIRL

    Napoli, Donna Jo.  
    FISH GIRL
    New York : Clarion, 2017

    IL 5-8 RL 2.7
    ISBN
    0544815122


    Fish Girl lives in an aquarium.  She doesn't remember too much of her life before this.  But now she has a job to do.  As "Neptune" wows the crowd with tales of exotic creatures and how he controls the sea, he tells them that a mermaid lives in the aquarium.  Fish Girl's job is to swim around in the tanks and tease the audience but never to let them really see her.  When one girl goes behind the scenes and discovers Fish Girl, will things be ruined forever?  Will they really just want to cut her up and experiment on her?  Or will the girl help her keep her secret?



    Podcast : https://spark.adobe.com/video/zwlfzD3Avyhqo

    Monday, June 12, 2017

    Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. ON THE SPOT

    Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.  
    ON THE SPOT
    New York : Random House, 2017
    IL K-3

    ISBN 1101932309


    “When I woke up this morning, what did I see? A sweet little . . . spot chirping at me.” What would you use to fill in the blank?  Each page of the book gives you  an opportunity to fill in the blank.  Not only with words though.  There are reusable stickers that you can use to fill in the blanks.  Have fun with this interactive book.



    Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/GkzNElAVyJV2g

    Sunday, June 11, 2017

    Richmond, Lori. PAX AND BLUE

    Richmond, Lori.
    PAX AND BLUE

    New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017
    IL K-3, RL 2.3
    ISBN
    1481451324

    Do you have a pet? Maybe a cat or dog? Well, Pax doesn't have any pets so he makes friends with a pigeon in the park.  He names him Blue and he stops to talk with him everyday and gives him treats.  One day Pax's mother is in a big hurry and whisks Pax away.  Blue tries to find him but gets lost.  Oh no.  Poor Blue.  Can he ever find his way home?



    Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/CPu648OdYiH6b

    Saturday, June 10, 2017

    Pla, Sally J. THE SOMEDAY BIRDS

    Pla, Sally J.  
    THE SOMEDAY BIRDS
    New York : HarperCollins, 2017

    IL 5-8, RL 4.7
    ISBN
    0062445766

    Charlie is 12 and he has autism.  And OCD that forces him to wash his hands over and over again.  His mom has passed away and his father has suffered brain damage overseas.  He lives with his sister, his twin brothers and his grandmother.  But now the doctors have some promising news.  There is a doctor in Virginia who thinks he has a way to make Dad better.  So his grandmother and Dad leave for the hospital and the kids will be traveling across the country to meet up with them.  When Ludmila is hired to drive them, the trip becomes a journey of hope and self discovery.


    Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/MKYEESEqg0Q7l

    Thursday, June 08, 2017

    Paschkis, Julie. MAGIC SPELL

    Paschkis, Julie.  
    MAGIC SPELL
    New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017
    IL K-3, RL 1.7


    ISBN
    1481422103
    The great magician Aziz is about to perform!  Along with his lovely assistant, he turns a dish into a fish with ease.  His assistant quickly catches the fish to keep it safe.  As the magician continues, it is up to his assistant to fix his mistakes.  But he keeps taking the bows.  What will happen when the assistant get tired of cleaning up his messes?




    Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/3yTJGb14Qp4et

    Wednesday, June 07, 2017

    Lobel, Anita. TAKING CARE OF MAMA RABBIT

    Lobel, Anita. 
    TAKING CARE OF MAMA RABBIT
    New York : Knopf, 2014
    IL K-3, RL 2.1


    ISBN
     0385753691

    Mama Rabbit is usually the one who is taking care of sick little rabbits.  But when she gets sick, who will care for her?  When Papa goes to the store to get her some medicine, each of her 10 babies tries to find a way to make her feel better.  
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    Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/ql9EVZq8iIY3J

    Tuesday, June 06, 2017

    Levinson, Cynthia. THE YOUNGEST MARCHER : THE STORY OF AUDREY FAYE HENDRICKS, A YOUNG CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST

     Levinson, Cynthia.  
    THE YOUNGEST MARCHER : THE STORY OF AUDREY FAYE HENDRICKS, A YOUNG CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
    New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017

    IL K-3, RL 4.7
    ISBN
    1481400703


    Meet Audrey Faye Hendricks.  When she was just 9 years old, she made history. You see, Audrey was Black and there were laws in her city that discriminated against Black people. But Audrey wanted to be able to go to the nice movie theater or have brand new books in school.  When a plan is made to have children march for freedom and get arrested, Audrey quickly signed up.  They idea was that children would fill the jail cells until no one else could be arrested.  Audrey was the youngest of the child marchers and jail wasn't what she expected. What would you do if you were Audrey? Could you be as brave as she?


    Podcast: 
    https://spark.adobe.com/video/7zoU8Vz0DAUJy

    Monday, June 05, 2017

    Oh, Ellen. FLYING LESSONS AND OTHER STORIES

    Oh, Ellen.  
    FLYING LESSONS AND OTHER STORIES
    New York : Crown, 2017
    IL 3-6, RL 4.5
    ISBN 
    110193459X

    Tiny baby Lingsi was sold to the Li family only after Mrs Li promised the baby’s mother to teach Lingsi to read upon her sixth birthday. Lingsi served the Li family as she grew. On Lingsi’s sixth birthday the promise had to be honored or the Li family would suffer a curse from the broken promise. So it came to be that Lingsi would be tutored alongside the Li’s son FuDing. For six years Lingsi was tutored with the treacherous and cruel FuDing. All studies ceased when the Li family began to make preparations for their son’s marriage. But who would marry FuDing? Why was Lingsi really bought? Was her purpose really more than just a servant? The answers to these questions and more can be discovered in The Difficult Path by Grace Lin. This is just one story in a collaboration of ten award winning authors in a dynamic collection of short stories. Some told in verse, some in diary form, all gripping from the beginning. A brief bio is included on each of the contributing writers: Kwame Alexander, Kelly J. Bapstist, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Pena, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Meyers, Ellen Oh, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson  
     (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018) 
    Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/imxL4ta5hcaTw

    Sunday, June 04, 2017

    Wolk, Lauren. WOLF HOLLOW

    Wolk, Lauren.  
    WOLF HOLLOW Dutton Children's Books, 2016

     Life in the countryside of Pennsylvania was quiet and mostly uncomplicated for eleven year old Annabelle until Betty Glengarry came to town. The year is 1943 and the fighting of World War II rages on far away from the rural life of Wolf Hollow. It was said Betty was sent away from the city to live with her grandparents because she was “incorrigible”, an impossibly long word Annabelle has to look up in the dictionary at school. Incorrigible means delinquent, not manageable, and unruly. Betty soon shows herself to be a mean-spirited bully. Along with Annabelle, others become the object of Betty’s attacks. Annabelle’s story will grip you with the intensity of action and stark contrasts of kindness and cruelty. Reading this book could very well change your life.  
    (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)

    Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/JJS6yAJwCmHvj

    Saturday, June 03, 2017

    Griffin, Paul. WHEN FRIENDSHIP FOLLOWED ME HOME

    Griffin, Paul.  
    WHEN FRIENDSHIP FOLLOWED ME HOME
    Dial, 2016
     Ben Coffin knows better than to get too close with people. As a former foster kid, he knows people leave. He prefers to spend his time with the people in science fiction books, reading each afternoon down at the Coney Island library. He’s such a regular, the librarian there even sets aside new books she thinks he’ll like without his asking. Then in one afternoon, Ben finds a lost dog he names Flip, and meets Halley (like the comet), a rainbow-hued girl at the library. Halley is the librarian’s daughter, but he has missed meeting her because she’s been busy with cancer treatments, now mercifully over. Ben suddenly finds himself with two excellent companions, and with their help, sets out to begin a Reading Dogs program at the library. But just as everything is beginning to go right for once, Ben faces a tragedy at home, leading him face to face with violence and homelessness. His ties to Halley and her family seem more important and yet more fragile than ever. But with Flip by his side and more people behind him than he realizes, Ben is able to face each challenge as it comes, and come out on top.  
    (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)

    Padcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/hdC1augbQw0Ls

    Friday, June 02, 2017

    Mabbitt, Will. THE UNLIKELY ADVENTURES OF MABEL JONES

    Mabbitt, Will.  
    THE UNLIKELY ADVENTURES OF MABEL JONES

    New York : Viking, 2015
    IL 3-6, RL 5.4
    ISBN
    0451471962

    Have you ever been kidnapped right out of your own bed by a crew of scurvy pirates? A sack pulled over your head, and next, you’re thrown over a shoulder and dragged out of this world into a world where wolves, pigs, goats, and even a silent loris sail the seas in search of ill-gotten treasure??? No???? Ah! Then you must never have committed The Deed. The sacred Deed which shows you are a pirate in the making… Unfortunately for Mabel Jones, she did commit the deed---unlike all of you clean, healthy, and innocent children, Mabel Jones is guilty. Yes, she picked her nose…and then she ate it!!!! Ewwwwww! Pulled out of her bedroom onto the pirate ship The Feroshus Maggot, Mabel must serve its terrifying captain, (the cruel and selfish wolf, Idryys Ebenezer Split) so that she can stay alive long enough to find her way home. Can she survive the Greasy Pole of Certain Death? The Cadaverous Lobster Tavern? The Unremitting Drip? All of this while still dressed in pajamas??? Mabel is brave, smart, and she has a talent which the pirates lack…she can read. Come along with Mabel Jones, and find out if she can make her way back to her own bedroom!  
    (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)
    Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/BjAH6ZvTSnWx2