Thursday, November 23, 2017

Beebe, Katy. NILE CROSSING

Beebe, Katy.
NILE CROSSING
Grand Rapids : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL 3-6
ISBN
0802854257
The first day of school is not always easy. There are so many new experiences that you will encounter. This is true for Khepri in Ancient Egypt as well. Khepri is the son of  a fisherman who is about to leave home to go to school in the city. He is going to learn to be a scribe. In Ancient Egypt, not everyone could read or write. Young boys were trained as scribes to fill the need. As Khepri and his father travel down the Nile River towards the city, the young boy thinks about what he is leaving behind.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ali-A. ALI-A ADVENTURES : GAME ON!

Ali-A. 
ALI-A ADVENTURES : GAME ON!
New York : Random House, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.5
ISBN
1524770957
Have you ever watched Ali-A's videos on youtube? If you are into video games, I bet you have. And now you can read his new graphic novel. It's launch time for the much anticipated video game Alien Liberator 2. The crowds are here waiting to see Ali to officially launch the game. But weird things start happening right from the start. The launch is taken over by a group of aliens who are out to enslave everyone. And now it is up to Ali to save the world.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Alexander, William. A PROPERLY UNHAUNTED PLACE

Alexander, William.
A PROPERLY UNHAUNTED PLACE
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 3.9
ISBN
1481469150

Rosa would rather be anywhere but here. They have lived in some great libraries in their time but now they are stuck in the basement of the Ingot library. She doesn't even know why her mother would even take this job. Her mother is the best ghost appeaser in the country. You see, all libraries are haunted and must hire ghost appeasement librarians to keep things safe. All libraries have apartments where the family lives while the librarian works. But why has her mom taken a job in the only unhaunted town in the world. Or are things not as they seem? What happens when a town tries to banish ghosts rather than appease them?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Winter, Jeanette. THE WORLD IS NOT A RECTANGLE : A PORTRAIT OF ZAHA HADID

Winter, Jeanette.
THE WORLD IS NOT A RECTANGLE : A PORTRAIT OF ZAHA HADID
New York : Beach Lane Books, 2017
IL K-3, RL 2.4
ISBN 
148144669X


When you look around nature, what shapes do you see? Ovals, circles, curves. But when you look at buildings, what shapes do you see? Rectangles. Zaha Hadid grew up in Iraq looking at nature. She loved the shapes of nature and when she grew up, she became an architect. She didn't want to design rectangles. She wanted to draw from natural shapes. She studied in London and became a fine architect. Unfortunately, people who looked at her drawings were not interested in circles and curves. They wanted rectangles. Will Zaha ever be able to build what she wanted or will she have to go back to rectangle?

Friday, October 20, 2017

Tonatiuh, Duncan. THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR

Tonatiuh, Duncan.
THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2016
IL K-3, RL 2.9
ISBN
1419721305


Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who loved poetry. Since she was beautiful and rich, she had many men from around the kingdom ask her to marry.  She didn't want just anyone and would always say no. When a warrior said he loved her for her poetry, she was in love. But her father didn't want her to marry a mere soldier.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Roth-Beck, Meike. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MARTIN LUTHER

Roth-Beck, Meike.
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MARTIN LUTHER
Grand Rapids : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL 5-8, RL 6.4
ISBN
0802854958



500 years ago, the Catholic Church dominated Europe. The priests were powerful and Rome dictated practice. A young man by the name of Martin Luther began to question the way the church did things. This was during a time when it was very dangerous to speak against the church. People were killed for doing that. But Martin had many questions and spent time thinking about them. He eventually came up with 95 theses or ideas that he felt needed attention. Those statements criticized many of the Church's practices. This made Martin a fugitive but got many people talking. He had just started a revolution that brought about the Protestant Reformation. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. UNI THE UNICORN AND THE DREAM COME TRUE

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.
UNI THE UNICORN AND THE DREAM COME TRUE
New York : Random House, 2017
IL K-3
ISBN 
1101936592


You probably read the first book about Uni the Unicorn. He believed that there will little girls in the world. None of his friends believed him. Now Uni and the little girl are working together to help unicorn world. There hasn't been much sunshine -- only rain. The unicorns need sunshine to survive. Can Uni and the little girl find a way to bring the sun back?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Rosenstock, Barb. VINCENT CAN'T SLEEP

Rosenstock, Barb.
VINCENT CAN'T SLEEP

New York : Knopf, 2017
IL K-3
ISBN 1101937106



Vincent van Gogh was an artist who lived a long time ago. When he was a boy, he had trouble getting to sleep. He kept watching the night sky and the brilliant colors he saw. As a young man, he tried several jobs but never really fit in. When he began to paint, he found his true passion. He painted hundreds of paintings but very few actually sold during his lifetime. Throughout his life, he kept coming back to the night sky.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Rockwell, Anne F. ZOO DAY

Rockwell, Anne F.
ZOO DAY
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL K-3, RL 3.4
ISBN 
1481427342


Have you ever been to a zoo? If not, this may be the next best thing. A young boy and his family are visiting a zoo. First they look at the guide book and decide what they want to see. They they start exploring. The visit the Jungle House, and the African Plain. They go to the Reptile House. Come along and share the visit.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Martin, Emily Winfield. SNOW AND ROSE

Martin, Emily Winfield.
SNOW AND ROSE
New York : Random House, 2017
IL 3-6
ISBN
0553538187





Snow and Rose are sisters who live with their mother in an enchanted forest. Their father has disappeared and they have lost everything from their old life. The girls spend their days in the forest and one day they find a strange little man who needs their help. As they explore more, they find other odd things in the woods. Come on along with them as enjoy this take on one of Grimm's fairy tales.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Korman, Gordon. RESTART

Korman, Gordon.
RESTART
New York : Scholastic, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.5
ISBN 
1338053779



Chase Ambrose is lucky to be alive. He doesn't remember falling off the roof but he did a job on his head. And now he doesn't really remember anything about his life before he woke up in the hospital. It is called amnesia and is probably caused by his brain injury. The doctor says he is lucky that he remembers how to do most things -- just not his first 13 years. He doesn't know his parents or even his own face. When school starts, he is allowed to go to school but no football. What? Even though he doesn't remember, he is apparently the best player on the team. But it is the reactions of the other kids that disturbs him the most. Everywhere he goes, kids run away in fear. He is able to make friends with a student on the video club and soon they begin to accept that Chase has changed. But can you really change when you have been the biggest bully in town? 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kessler, Liz. HAUNT ME

Kessler, Liz.
HAUNT ME
Somerville : Candlewick Press, 2017
IL YA
ISBN
0763691623



Joe doesn't quite understand what is happening. As he looks out his bedroom window, he sees his family leaving. For good. They are moving away and leaving him behind. He tries to shout and run after them but he can't. He is dead. He is a ghost and he is left in this room forever. But now a young girl has moved in. Erin can't see him or hear him but he relates to her. She is also a poet and seems as sad and confused as he is. When he tries to touch her, an amazing thing happens. She sees him. She knows he is there. They become friends and maybe a bit more. But this is crazy. Joe is dead and Erin is alive. Can they help each other go on?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hoffman, Sarah. JACOB'S NEW DRESS

Hoffman, Sarah.
JACOB'S NEW DRESS
New York : Albert Whitman, 2014
IL K-3, RL 1.7
ISBN 
0807563730


Jacob is a little boy and has a definite idea of what to wear to school.  He wants to wear a dress. One day he wraps a towel about his waist like a skirt but the kids at school laugh and the school bully grabs it away from Jacob. When Jacob asks his mother to help he make a real dress that he can wear to school, she hesitates knowing that he will be teased and bullied. But she decides to let Jacob wear what he likes. And sure enough, when Jacob wears his dress, the bully starts in on him.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hall, Michael. RED : A CRAYON'S STORY

Hall, Michael.
RED : A CRAYON'S STORY
New York : Greenwillow Books, 2015
IL K-3, RL 1.5
ISBN 0062252070

Red is a crayon and like all the other crayons, he loves to color. But he isn't very good at it. Everyone else has an idea of how to fix Red so that he is like everyone else. He feels terrible with all the other crayons making fun of him and making him feel he doesn't belong. No one accepts him for who he is. Can this change?

Monday, October 09, 2017

Grehan, Meg. THE SPACE BETWEEN

Grehan, Meg.
THE SPACE BETWEEN
Dublin : Little Island, 2017
IL YA
ISBN
1910411590


New Year's Day. A time for new beginnings. A time for resolutions. For Beth, a time for a new start. A start as a recluse. She is battling mental illness and depression and she is terrified of the world. She believes the best way to get through her life is to close herself off. Each day is the same. She wakes up. She gets dressed. She reads. She goes back to bed. But then one day, there is a face at her window. It is a dog. A beautiful, friendly dog. Beth loves playing with him. But how will she cope when the dog's owner comes to get him? 

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Green, Poppy. IT'S RAINING, IT'S POURING

Green, Poppy.
IT'S RAINING, IT'S POURING
New York : Little Simon, 2017
IL K-3, RL 2.2
ISBN
1481485903


 For a school assignment at Silverlake Elementary School, Sophie Mouse and her friends are challenged to build a boat that will actually float.  The kids have lots of ideas and some of them actually work. The kids hate days where it is raining since they can't play outside or try out their designs for their boats. But what happens to make the kids wish for rain?

Friday, October 06, 2017

Gratz, Alan. REFUGEE

Gratz, Alan.
REFUGEE
New York : Scholastic, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 6.1
ISBN 0545880831


Refugee.   Someone who flees to a foreign country to escape danger or persecution. 1938 --  Josef and his family live during a time in Germany when it is not safe to be Jewish. The Nazis are in power and Josef's father is arrested and brought to a concentration camp. He is free now but not the same. They now have 2 weeks to leave Germany or all of them will be sent to a concentration camp. They book passage on a ship that will bring them to Cuba where they can be free.  1994 -- Isabelle and her family are living in Cuba but now there are riots and unrest in the country.  Her father is caught rioting and beaten. Now he knows he must leave the country if he is to live. The family boards a small boat for the 90 mile voyage to Florida where they can be free.  2015 -- Mahmoud lives in Aleppo in Syria.  When his home is bombed and there is no hope of living in peace, his family is forced to leave. They will drive as far as they can and then take a boat to Greece.  They are heading to Germany where they can be free. Follow the three as they make the harrowing journey in hopes of finding a place where they can be       free.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Fleming, Candace. BEN FRANKLIN'S IN MY BATHROOM

Fleming, Candace.
BEN FRANKLIN'S IN MY BATHROOM
New York : Schwartz & Wade, 2017
IL 3-6
ISBN
1101934069

Nolan is just your typical kid living an ordinary life until something weird happens. A package is left for Nolan and when he opens it, poof! Ben Franklin shows up!  The real Ben Franklin from the 1700s. Ben is as surprised as Nolan but he won't let this opportunity pass him by.  Ben wants to see everything and Nolan's sister is happy to oblige.  Tag along as Ben visits the library and other places in town. Will Ben ever get home though?

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Elvgren, Jennifer Riesmeyer. THE WHISPERING TOWN

Elvgren, Jennifer Riesmeyer.
THE WHISPERING TOWN
New York : Kar-Ben Publishing, 2014IL 3-6, RL 3.2
ISBN 1467711942


During World War II, a small town in Denmark did what it could to help save Jews from the Nazis. Anett and her family hid Jews in their basement for a few days until they could escape from the harbor. All the townspeople helped with food and other items needed by the families. When the family has to leave or be discovered, it is too cloudy for them to find their way to the harbor. How can the town come together to help.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Eliot, Hannah. ROBOTS CAN'T DANCE

Eliot, Hannah.
ROBOTS CAN'T DANCE
New York : Little Simon, 2017
IL K-3, RL 4.4
ISBN 1481491954


Do you like technology? Things like computers and robots? Are you interested in how they came to be? Did you know that the first mobile phone weighed nearly 2 pounds? Doesn't sound so mobile to me!  You should really check out this book.  It is filled with cool and fun facts about technology.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Clinton, Chelsea. SHE PERSISTED : 13 AMERICAN WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD

Clinton, Chelsea.
SHE PERSISTED : 13 AMERICAN WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD
New York : Philomel Books, 2017
IL K-3, RL 6.9
ISBN 
1524741728

Sometimes being a girl isn't easy. There are too many people who tell you that you can't do things and that you aren't good enough. This is the story of 13 courageous American women who didn't believe that. They persisted even though they were often told they would not succeed. If anyone ever tells you your dreams are too big or that your voice shouldn't be heard, remember these women who persisted and achieved great things.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Clarke E. J. OAKWING : A FAIRY'S TALE

Clarke E. J.
OAKWING : A FAIRY'S TALE
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.0
ISBN 
1481481916

Rowan loves going into the city with her mother. But one day, her mother went in without her and never came home. It has been seven years and Rowan still can't believe that her mother left them. Her father is just sleepwalking through life and it is up to Rowan to keep the family going. On the anniversary of her mother's disappearance, Rowan takes the trip into the city and sits under the tree her mother loved. As the tears begin, something very odd happens. The world looks so much bigger and Rowan feels very strange. She has turned into a fairy. It is said that those who sit under the tree and feel unloved are taken in by the fairies. But Rowan doesn't want to be a fairy. She just wants her mother back. Did her mother turn into a fairy also? Is there a way back?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Charbonneau, Joelle. DIVIDING EDEN

Charbonneau, Joelle. 
DIVIDING EDEN
New York : HarperTeen, 2017
IL YA
ISBN 006245384X

Twins Carys and Andreus find themselves in a position they never imagined. Their father and older brother have been killed and now there is a need for a new ruler of Eden. Everyone expected it to be their mother but this is not to be. Since no one who attend their birth is still alive, there is no way to know which twin is the eldest and the rightful heir of the crown. This puts everyone in an awkward position.  The elders decide that there must be a series of challenges between Carys and Andreus that will determine who will wear the crown. How will that work? And will the kingdom discover that one of the twins is cursed? When the crown is on the line, will the twins stick together?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Cali, Davide. THE CALL OF THE SWAMP

Cali, Davide.
THE CALL OF THE SWAMP
Grand Rapids : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL 3-6
ISBN
0802854869

Boris doesn't look like his parents. He knows the story. They could not have children so when they found Boris on the edge of the swamp, they fell in love and took him home. It didn't matter to them that he had gills and really big eyes and wasn't like the other kids. He was their son and they loved him. But Boris is beginning to wonder if there is another family out there that he looks like. He is happy but he can't stop thinking about the possibility that he belongs in the swamp. He decided to run away and go back. What do you think he'll find?


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Brown, Margaret Wise. THE DEAD BIRD

Brown, Margaret Wise.
THE DEAD BIRD
New York : Harper, 2016
IL K-3, RL 3.3
ISBN 
0060289317


A group of children are playing in the park when they spot a dead bird.  Of course, they are upset about it and decide to bury the bird and give it a little funeral. They gather flowers and dig a grave. This is a sweet story about death and how we celebrate life.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Steinberg, David. KING LOUIE'S SHOES

Steinberg, David.
KING LOUIE'S SHOES
New York : Beach Lane Books, 2017
IL K-3, RL 2.2
ISBN
1481426575



King Louis XIV was the king of France many years ago. He was very vain and concerned about his height. He was only 5'4" tall which made him much shorter than most of the men of the time. So Louis decided to do something to make himself taller. He charged the royal shoemaker to make him a pair of shoes that will make him taller. Things did not always go well with that.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Burgan, Michael. JACK THE RIPPER

Burgan, Michael. 
JACK THE RIPPER
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.7
ISBN 
148147944X


This is one of those events in history that just doesn't go away.  Way back in 1888, a series of murders occurred in London that have never been solved.  They spanned the time of just a few months but the horrendous nature of the crimes fascinated the people during the time.  And the fact that the murderer has never been identified continues to fascinate people today. You have probably heard of Jack the Ripper. But who was he? What is known about him? How do we know that he committed all the murders? Come along and learn about one of history's worst people.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Buckley, James. ADOLF HITLER

Buckley, James.  
ADOLF HITLER
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.5
ISBN
1481479415


It seems appropriate that a book on Adolf Hitler is the first book in a new series History's Worst.  This biography follows Hitler from birth through his childhood and his rise to power.  An aspiring art student, Hitler was rejected from art school several times before he moved to Germany.  There he joined the military and fought in World War I.  After the war, he turned his interest to politics and used his charismatic nature to become one of the most powerful men in Germany.  When he finally become the leader of Germany, he began his plan to control Europe and do away with people he felt were inferior to the Germans. He paid no attention to laws or treaties with other countries.  He took what he wanted and eliminated those who opposed him.  Read about one of history's worst.
          

Monday, September 11, 2017

Brown, Marc. MONKEY NOT READY FOR BEDTIME

Brown, Marc. 
MONKEY NOT READY FOR BEDTIME
New York : Knopf Books, 2017
IL K-3
ISBN
1101937610



Have you ever had trouble getting to sleep? You have on your comfy pjs and you have your favorite stuffed animal but when you snuggle into bed, you just can't sleep. This is happening to Monkey. His parents try different ways to help him fall asleep.  But nothing works. Until his brother comes up with a great idea.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Wronski, Gareth. HOLLY FARB AND THE PRINCESS OF THE GALAXY

Wronski, Gareth.
HOLLY FARB AND THE PRINCESS OF THE GALAXY
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 6.2
ISBN 1481471775



Holly Farb is certainly no one special.  She has few friends and even her mother doesn't seem to care that much about her.  She is feeling a bit low about losing the school election and worried about the big test she has to take to get into the school her mother wants her to go to.  Little can she know just how much her life is about to change.  She is kidnapped by aliens! Alien pirates who have mistaken her from the Princess of the Galaxy!  Come on, she couldn't even win a school election. How could anyone think she could rule the galaxy? In a series of funny adventures, Holly, her teacher and the real princess try to escape the pirates and get back to Earth.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Van Biesen, Koen. ROGER IS GOING FISHING

Van Biesen, Koen.
ROGER IS GOING FISHING
Grand Rapids : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL K-3
ISBN
0802854915


Roger can't wait to go fishing. He doesn't even wait until he gets to the lake. He starts fishing on the way and catches some very unusual things. "Roger, Roger! I've got a bite... No you can't fish here ... Wait until we're at the lake!"

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Thomas, Angie. THE HATE U GIVE

Thomas, Angie.  
THE HATE U GIVE
New York : Balzer + Bray, 2017
IL YA
ISBN 
0062498533


Starr is straddling two worlds.  There is the black girl who lives in a poor black neighborhood with drugs and gang shootings. But during the day, she attends a fancy private school.  When she attends a party in the hood, things go terribly wrong.  There is a shooting and Starr and her friend Khalil leave to avoid the hassle.  On the way home, they are stopped by a policeman.  Starr remembers the rules her father told her -- be polite, keep your hands in sight, don't make any sudden moves.  But Khalil makes the mistake of questioning the police officer.  When Khalil looks back in the car to be sure Starr is OK, he is shot in the back of the head.  Now there are riots and lawyers and the grand jury.  Starr is the only witness and must come to terms with the fact that what she says can change the lives of so many people.  It could also end her's.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Stewart, Melissa. CAN AN AARDVARK BARK?

Stewart, Melissa. 
CAN AN AARDVARK BARK?
New York : Beach Lane Books, 2017
IL K-3, RL 2.2
ISBN
1481458523



What kind of sound does an aardvark make?  Any ideas? Does it bark? Well, no but it does grunt.  What other animals grunt? And which animals do bark, or howl or even laugh? Come along and find out about these amazing animals and how they communicate.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Staake, Bob. THE BOOK OF GOLD

Staake, Bob.
THE BOOK OF GOLD
New York : Schwartz & Wade, 2017
IL K-3
ISBN 
0553510770


Isaac is a young boy who doesn't like to read. Can you imagine? His parents took him to book stores and libraries but he just doesn't get into reading. When his parents stop at a small store, Isaac meets an old lady who tells him that there is a magic book somewhere in the world that will turn to gold when open. This starts Isaac on a quest to find the Book of Gold. What do you think he will find?

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Simler, Isabelle. PLUME

Simler, Isabelle.
PLUME
Grand Rapids : Eerdmans, 2017
IL K-3
ISBN
0802854923



Have you ever found a feather on the ground and wondered what animal it was from?  Maybe a blackbird or an owl? Check out this book and look at the beautiful paintings and find out about different birds. And check closely to find something else that is looking at the birds.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Shin, Hye-eun. THE WARLI PEOPLE

Shin, Hye-eun.
THE WARLI PEOPLE
Grand Rapids : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL 3-6
ISBN 
0802854761


Meet the Warli people. They lived in ancient India during the 10th century B. C.  That is a very long time ago. Learn about their day by day life.  They lived in one place and planted crops to eat and hunted animals.  They worked hard throughout the year. But they had fun too.  There were festivals and sharing of their lives. Come along and find out about this ancient tribe.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Rue, Ginger. ALECA ZAMM IS AHEAD OF HER TIME

Rue, Ginger.  
ALECA ZAMM IS AHEAD OF HER TIME
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6
ISBN 
1481470639


Aleca's birthday party is going to be a blast.  The kids are going roller skating at the rink. But she has to ask all the kids in her class.  Even the mean girls. And she is also dealing with her new ability. She can stop time just by saying her name. Aunt Zephyr is helping her understand her wonder but now there is someone else out there when she freezes time. Who is this other Wonder? Is is a friendly Wonder? Or something much worse?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Nolen, Jerdine. CALICO GIRL

Nolen, Jerdine.
CALICO GIRL
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 4.2
ISBN 
1481459813


Callie is a 12 year old girl living as a slave in Virginia. The country is about to go to war as the southern states have voted to secede from the union. Some of the slaves on the plantation have been sold off to help pay for the war and now Callie is         wondering if the promise of her freedom is ever going to happen.  This is the story of Callie's journey to freedom.  Callie finds her way to Fort Monroe where slaves  find refuge as contraband of war and cannot be sent back to their "owners".  Here, Callie's life changes and she now has decisions to make about her future.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Naumann-Villemin, Christine. WHEN A WOLF IS HUNGRY

Naumann-Villemin, Christine.
WHEN A WOLF IS HUNGRY
Grand Rapids : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL K-3

ISBN 0802854826



Edmond Bigsnout is a lone wolf who lives in the country.  One day he gets a craving for a city rabbit.  A
grain-fed, silky-haired rabbit, one with just a hint of sweetness. He jumps on his bike and off to the city he goes. He has his best knife and finds an apartment building with an apartment for Max Omatose, miniature rabbit. He rings the bell and gets in the elevator. But he drops his knife which is picked up by another resident. Back home he goes and grabs a chain saw. But on the elevator, he meets another neighbor who is in need of a chainsaw. Back and forth he goes and each time meets another neighbor. Will Edmond ever get his feast?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Miles, Chris. SPURT

Miles, Chris.
SPURT
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL 5-8, RL 4.8
ISBN
1481479725



Meet Jack. A former reality television star and current 8th grader. Some people might feel he has it made with the tv bit but Jack is just trying to live a normal life. But that is not so easy when you think you are the only 8th grader who hasn't gone through puberty yet.  Jack is obsessed with this and he tries to fake it so the other kids won't make fun of him.  There are many cringe-worthy events along the way and Jack must also deal with a reunion show of the tv show he was on.  

Monday, August 28, 2017

Meshon, Aaron. DELIVERY

Meshon, Aaron.
DELIVERY
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL K-3
ISBN 
1481441752


Grandmother will go to any means to get her grandson his gift on his birthday. There are no words needed as we see the journey -- by truck...by train...by boat...by rocket...love can travel any road, ride any track, cross any ocean, and soar through any sky.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

McMullen, Beth. MRS. SMITH'S SPY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

McMullen, Beth.
MRS. SMITH'S SPY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
New York : Aladdin, 2017

IL 3-6, RL 5.8
ISBN 
1481490206



Abigail is not sure why her mother sent her to this elite boarding school.  She has never even heard of it. She is able to make a few friends but the work is hard and things are going on that she doesn't understand.  When she sneaks into the head mistress's office after hours, she learns that this school is not at all what she thought.  It is actually a school for training spies!  Children as spies. Now Abigail is caught up in the intrigue when she discovers a secret about her own mother.  Full of adventure and secrets, Abigail's middle school year is not like anything you may ever experience.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Littman, Sarah. FAIREST OF THEM ALL

Littman, Sarah.
FAIREST OF THEM ALL
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 6.0

ISBN 1481451308



Do you like fashion? Do you have your own style? Maybe you are that person who just knows how to dress and maybe even make your own fashion. Well, Aria is that person. She wants to make her own clothes and dreams of becoming a fashion designer. When a new club starts at school, she just knows she has to join.  The Couture Club is just the opportunity Aria needs to show her stuff. But there is one problem. One big problem. Aria is the daughter of Brier Rose and Prince Charming. They are now living in New York and have a fairly modern life after Rose's long sleep but Aria is not allowed near sharp objects. Especially needles. Just in case. Talk about a helicopter mother! How is Aria supposed to design fashion without touching a needle? Come on. That sleeping spell can't be handed down could it?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Lettice, Jenna. THE 12 DAYS OF KINDERGARTEN

Lettice, Jenna.
THE 12 DAYS OF KINDERGARTEN
New York : Random House Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL K-3ISBN 0399557334



Are you on your way to Kindergarten soon?  What do you think it will be like? Well, this book may give you some idea.  On the first day of kindergarten, a new student finds ONE classroom cubbie of his very own. On the second day, he sees TWO yummy snacks. The third day? Well, you'll have to come along and see.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Mancusi, Mari. PRINCESSES, INC.

Mancusi, Mari.
PRINCESSES, INC.
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 5-8, RL 5.3


ISBN
1481479016



Eighth graders Hailey and her BFFs are all obsessed with Collin Prince, a youtube star.  They watch all his videos and Hailey and Sarah even write fan fiction about him. When they find out that he will be at Comic-pa-looza this summer, they know they just have to get there. When the parents say no, the girls come up with a way to make the money themselves.  They will babysit.  But most of the jobs are taken by older girls.  They need a hook. Something that will make them stand out. Something like Princesses and Pirates.  They will dress as princesses and make it more of a party than a babysitting gig. And boy is it popular. They are in demand and parents are now calling them instead of their regular sitters. This is such a great way to make the money they need to get to Houston and meet Collin Prince.  Or is it?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Krans, Kim. WHOSE MOON IS THAT?

Krans, Kim.
WHOSE MOON IS THAT?
New York : Random House, 2017
IL K-3, RL 1.7
ISBN 
1101932279

Whose moon is that, asks the cat. It seems that everyone in the forest believes that it is their moon. The bird and the bear think it belongs to them. The trees and the mountains believe it belongs to them. Just who does own the moon?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Klostermann, Penny Parker A COOKED-UP FAIRY TALE

Klostermann, Penny Parker
A COOKED-UP FAIRY TALE
New York : Random House, 2017
IL K-3
ISBN
1101932325




William lives in the magical land of fairy tales. But he doesn't read them! He is more interested in reading cookbooks.  He dreams of being a chef. But no one takes him seriously. He tries working in various restaurants but none work out for him. He decides he needs to do something different. When he finds a box of fruits and vegetables, he knows just what to do with them. But will he end up ruining the fairy tales they were meant to be in?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Johnson, Rebecca L. CHERNOBYL'S WILD KINGDOM

Johnson, Rebecca L.  CHERNOBYL'S WILD KINGDOM
New York : Twenty First Century Books, 2015



It was just an ordinary Friday night in the small town Pripyat, Ukraine.  On April 26, 1986, a routine test on the nuclear power plant went horribly wrong.  In less than a minute, the plant exploded releasing radiation. The explosion released four hundred times more radioactivity than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima during World War II. But the locals did not know what happened. Radioactivity is invisible and may take awhile to kill.  The officials realized that they could not keep this a secret so by Sunday, the town was evacuated. The power plant was encased in concrete but an 18 mile radius around the plant was deemed uninhabitable and blocked off. This area was considered the Dead Zone. No life could live in it for years if ever. But thirty years after the disaster, scientists found something extraordinary. Life found a way. They found plants and animals flourishing in the dead zone.  How could that be? And what types of life is found there?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Jacobs, Paul Dubois. THE BOW-WOW BUS

Jacobs, Paul Dubois.
THE BOW-WOW BUS
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL K-3, RL 2.0
ISBN 148146230X


Meet the pets of Animal Inn.  There are two dogs, two cats, two gerbils and a macaw. And of course all the boarders.  Some stay for just a few days. Some stay for longer. But they are all so happy when their owners pick them up. This time, the pets overhear a conversation about going to Cassie's school. And that one of them will be donated.  What is going on here?


Podcast: http://www.nancykeane.com/booktalks/mp3/jacobs_bow.mp3

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Green, Tim. BASEBALL GENIUS

Green, Tim.
BASEBALL GENIUS
New York : Jeter Children's/Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 4.8
ISBN
1481468642



Jalen was only doing this so he could afford to pay for the travel team this summer. No way could his dad afford to pay for the team.  They were living what his teacher had called "hand to mouth". But Jalen needed money to play on the summer travel team. Baseball was his life and he just had to be on the team. So he snuck onto James Yager's property to steal baseballs.  James Yager was giving these baseballs away anyway so it should be no big deal.  Just 10 signed baseballs and Jalen would have the money he needed.  He  hadn't counted on being caught -- by James Yager himself.  He gets away but that is not the end to this story.  When he meets James Yager again, the two strike up a deal to help both of them. What does Jalen have that could possibly save Yager's baseball career?