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?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Foster, Stewart. BUBBLE

Foster, Stewart.
BUBBLE
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 3.2
ISBN
1481487426
Joe has been in the hospital so long that he doesn't even remember what it is like to be outside. Joe has an autoimmune disease which means he is allergic to just about everything. He lives in a special room in the hospital in London that keeps him alive. The air is pure and everyone who comes in must wash with antiseptic soap and wear special clothes. It is hard for an 11 year old boy to be cooped up all the time. His sister and nurses are very good to him but it is  still hard.  When a new nurse is assigned to his case, Joe believes the nurse is crazy. Amir talks about aliens and crop circles and landing fields.  But as Joe gets to know Amir, he begins to find him exciting. And maybe a bit dangerous. When Amir suggests that Joe do something against all the rules, what will Joe do?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Cuyler, Margery. BONAPARTE FALLS APART

Cuyler, Margery.
BONAPARTE FALLS APART
New York : Crown Books, 2017
IL K-3
ISBN 
1101937688
Bonaparte has a big problem.  You see, he is a skeleton and he keeps losing his parts! When he catches a baseball, his hand falls off.  As each body part falls off and he sticks them back, he gets really worried about going to school. He just knows the kids will laugh at him.  He asks his friends for help but their solutions are not quite right. Will Bonaparte find the bona-fide solution to his problems?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cronin, Doreen. CYCLONE

Cronin, Doreen.
CYCLONE
New York : Atheneum Books 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.8
ISBN
1481435256


Can she take it back? Nora just really, really wanted to ride the the Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island. And this was her last chance. Her parents wouldn't ride with her so her cousin Riley was her only chance. But Riley really, really didn't want to ride the Cyclone. She was so scared. But Nora blackmailed her into it. It will be all over in a couple of minutes. It will be fine. But it wasn't. And Riley will never be the same. What do you do when you have blackmailed your favorite cousin to do something and it goes so wrong? 

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