Monday, May 29, 2017

Salamon, Julie. MUTT'S PROMISE

Salamon, Julie.  
MUTT'S PROMISE
New York : Dial Books, 2016IL 3-6,  RL 5.8
ISBN
0525427783 

Mr. Thomas, the farmer, didn’t particularly want a dog, but Mutt was special. She was a stray and she was brave, therefore she won his heart and the heart of Gilberto, the migrant worker’s son. When Mutt has four puppies, Gilberto is in his glory. The happiness does not last though. Gilberto’s family must move on and the puppies are left behind. Two of the puppies get adopted by a nice family, but the other two (Luna and Chief) end up in a terrible, scary place where they are not treated very well: a puppy mill. Adventure ensues as these feisty puppies hatch a plan of escape and find their way to freedom. Mutt’s promise to her puppies was that they would find their true purpose in life. Does their mother’s promise come true for Luna and Chief? Will they ever be reunited with Gilberto? 
(New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)
Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/U5UyfePUVY5OB

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Anderson, John David. MS. BIXBY'S LAST DAY

Anderson, John David.  
MS. BIXBY'S LAST DAY
New York : Walden Pond Press,  2016


Imagine the most incredible sixth grade teacher ever. Then you find out she has cancer. Three of Ms. Bixby’s students, Topher, Steve, and Brand set out to plan the most amazing last day before she goes in for treatment. Plans change suddenly when they find she has already entered the hospital. In an amazing journey told from the boys' differing perspectives, the boys hatch an incredible plan to show their appreciation, gratitude and love for Ms. Bixby. This fast paced plot weaves the boys' memories, experiences and interactions with each other and their beloved Ms. Bixby into a funny, heart wrenching narrative. Their adventures are a touching and moving testament how one teacher can impact her students beyond the classroom. Find out how they create the perfect “last day” complete with cheesecake, French fries, and Beethoven, surrounded by trees, laughter, and “Au revoir” but never good-bye.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018) 
Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/BAqFhsCVmUYqK

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Shovan, Laura. THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY

Shovan, Laura. 

THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY
New York : Wendy Lamb, 2016
Eighteen kids, one year of poems, one school set to close. Two yellow bulldozers crouched outside, ready to eat the building in one greedy gulp. But whose idea was it to close the school, anyway? Can the students possibly figure out a way to change their minds? But look out, bulldozers. Ms. Hill’s fifth-grade class has plans for you. They’re going to speak up and work together to save their school. Ideas are put forward, committees formed, and plans put into practice, all described by the students in the class by way of the poems they’re writing for the time capsule that will be buried to commemorate the closing of the school. Along the way, each student reveals a lot about themselves, and about their fellow fifth-graders. As you read, you’ll discover that there’s a lot more going on in everyone’s life than just a school closing. You’ll find yourself deciding which students are your favorites, and which ones are not… Will the class be able to save their precious school? Whether they succeed or not, you’ll be glad you got to know the students of the last fifth-grade of Emerson Elementary!  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)
Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/vkugIIZwoldon

Friday, May 26, 2017

Fantaskey Beth. ISABEL FEENEY

Fantaskey Beth. 
ISABEL FEENEY
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 5.5
ISBN  
0544582497
The time: 1926. The Location: Chicago. 10 year old Isabel Feeney is a newsgirl selling copies of the Tribune on the streets of Chicago--an unusual pursuit for a young girl during this era in a time of gangsters, corruption and guns. As she hits the streets everyday trying to make a meager living for herself and her family, Isabel dreams of becoming a journalist. Her idol is the famous crime reporter Maude Collier. Isabel wants to write for the Tribune, not just sell it. Isabel gets her chance to do some sleuthing as one of her customers, Miss Giddings, becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her gangster boyfriend. Isabel arrived on the scene just after the gun went off. Convinced of Miss Giddings innocence, Isabel sets out to prove it. Starting her own investigation, she tracks down clues and teams up with her idol reporter, Maude Collins. As Isabel starts to unravel the-who done it mystery, she becomes the target of someone who wants to silence her. Will Isabel be able to prove that Miss Giddings is innocent? Will her dream of becoming a crime reporter become reality? Is Maude Collins really an ally? Will Isabel be silenced? Discover the answers to these questions and more in Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter.  
(New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018) 
Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/ZmeAcPw5qGEi8

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Schmid, Susan Maupin. IF THE MAGIC FITS

Schmid, Susan Maupin. 
IF THE MAGIC FITS
New York : Random House, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 4.0
ISBN
0553533665

Darling Dimple has heard the old stories of Princess Mariposa’s castle and how it was built by dragons tricked into being shackled on the tower and turned to stone by magic. But in her job as pot scrubber in the under-cellar of the castle, there’s no time to think about that. Soon Darling gets a new job as Under-presser (ironer!) for the Princess’s clothes in the upper-attic, and it’s there that she discovers an old closet full of 100 gorgeous dresses, all numbered and waiting to be tried on. Not only are they beautiful, but they are magical, and when Darling slips one on, she transforms into another woman in the castle. And that’s when her adventures begin. Filled with palace intrigue and conspiracy, imposters, weddings, magical canaries and mice, and of course, lots and lots of amazing dresses, this is a great start to a new series. 
(New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)

Podcast https://spark.adobe.com/video/3JdCXzZ9Sht7S

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Telgemeier, Raina. GHOSTS

Telgemeier, Raina. 
GHOSTSGraphix, 2016
Catrina’s family is moving to northern California, hoping the cool sea air will make it easier for her little sister Maya to breathe, despite her cystic fibrosis. Moving is never easy. Leaving friends and favorite things behind, while having to navigate  an entirely new place can be daunting- frightening even. For Catrina, her new home in Bahia de la Luna is even more so. On their first day in town, the sisters meet Carlos, a neighbor boy who explains that their new town is full of GHOSTS. He explains they’re not scary, but actually the spirits of lost loved ones, returning to visit. Maya is thrilled and insists on learning more, but Catrina is freaked out. When an encounter with an honest-to-god ghost puts Maya in the hospital, Catrina refuses to hear any more about them, or from Carlos. But Dia de los Muertos is approaching, and Maya’s prognosis isn’t improving. Catrina can no longer ignore her fears, and must learn to face them, both otherworldly and right at home. 
(New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)

Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/zJohsACr4R96k

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Peck, Richard. THE BEST MAN

Peck, Richard.  
THE BEST MAN
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 4.1
ISBN 
0803738390

 “Boys aren’t too interested in weddings.” That’s what 6th grader, Archer Magill says, despite the fact that he has already been in two. We first meet Archer after the wedding of two of his role-models (his uncle and his favorite teacher), but we won’t hear that story until later. Instead, we get to reminisce along with him about the first wedding he was in as a first grader and what a “train wreck” that was due to a rather embarrassing wardrobe malfunction (involving a lack of underwear). We get to watch Archer navigate through his fifth grade year with all of its ups and downs with lots of humor, some heartache, and more love than anything else. A heartwarming and wholesome story that will leave the reader feeling satisfied and content. As for that second wedding? Archer managed to stay fully dressed for that one. He was the best man, after all.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)
Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/AkqFwlwESa71O

Monday, May 22, 2017

Reynolds, Jason. GHOST

Reynolds, Jason.  
GHOST
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016
Rl 5-8, RL 4.6
ISBN
1481450158

It seems like Castle Crenshaw has been running for most of his life---mostly from his experiences growing up in a tough neighborhood. He gives himself the nickname “Ghost” after he and his mother manage to run away from the most terrifying experience of all… now his father is in prison—and that’s a good thing. Ghost runs so fast that when a local track coach sees him sprint across the park, he’s determined to sign him up for the team. But maybe Ghost doesn’t want to be part of a team---all of those kids know more about track than he does, and there’s all those rules he’ll need to follow, that just seem to slow him down… There comes a time when you need to stop running away from the life you’ve had, and learn how to run toward a better life. Can Ghost learn this lesson in time? 
(New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)
SUBJECTS:    
Coaches (Athletics) -- Fiction.
                        Running -- Fiction.
                        Self-realization -- Fiction.
                        Track and field -- Fiction.


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/TB7XDS25UyoGc

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Grimes, Nikki. GARVEY'S CHOICE

Grimes, Nikki.  
GARVEY'S CHOICE
New York : WordSong, 2016
IL 5-8, RL 4.5
ISBN
1629797405

Garvey feels he isn’t the son his Father wanted. His father wants him to excel in sports but Garvey isn’t good at sports. Garvey likes science fiction, astronomy, and reading. He also likes music and singing. A new friend encourages him to join the school chorus and Garvey gets to sing a solo. This novel is written in Tanka, an ancient poetry form which consists of five lines. The poetry style captures the many moods, feelings, and music of Garvey’s world. Get to know Garvey by reading “Garvey’s Choice” and hear the music of his story for yourself.
(New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)

Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/MqUfNw4Td3Wu0

Saturday, May 20, 2017

MacHale, D. J. THE CURSE OF THE BOGGIN

MacHale, D. J.  
THE CURSE OF THE BOGGIN
New York ; Random House, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 5.8
ISBN  
1101932538
There’s a place where the spirits tell their tales. Tales of unexplained mysteries, ghosts and bogeymen. They all have a story to tell, so come to The Library, if you have the key. Marcus has a key and he needs to get into that library to find some answers. What is The Library, exactly, and why are these creepy things trying to take the key from him? Why does the Boggin want the key? Marcus is having strange dreams and seeing awful things happen to other people. A strange man in a bathrobe is haunting him, fires rage and then just disappear. What is happening-- is it real or is he going nuts? Marcus hopes The Library has the answer before the terror gets worse. 
(New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018) 
Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/aL1DQCwDcXfq7

Friday, May 19, 2017

Preller, James. THE COURAGE TEST

Preller, James.  
THE COURAGE TEST
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 4.4
ISBN 
1250093910

Will doesn’t have any choice, he does not want to go camping but, his father drags him along anyway. He wanted to play baseball this summer. Instead, he’s following the route that Lewis and Clark took as they explored the wilderness. Boring!! However, Will senses something isn’t right. Why did his father decide on this trip so suddenly? The trip isn’t all bad. He meets exciting strangers, has a few thrills. Thrills like whitewater rapids, high mountain cliffs and a bear. That bear was scary! What do you do when you meet an angry bear? Will finds out about courage. A little courage may help you out during life’s little tests. 
(New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)
Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/SE5GuIMNQ19LW

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Clary, Julian. THE BOLDS

Clary, Julian.  
THE BOLDS
New York : Carolrhoda Books, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 5.0
ISBN 
1512404403

The Bolds are your typical family-- two parents, two children. They have a nice house, both parents have good jobs and they love to have fun. They love to laugh. There is one small difference--they are hyenas. They have fur and keep their tails tucked in tight. For years they have pretended to be humans but now their neighbors are getting suspicious. Are the Bolds really the Bolds? Don’t you think they act like… um…you know like … animals? What can they do but to try and act normal. Surprise encounters, new friends and with a little luck maybe all of this will blow over. Let’s hope the Bolds will come out on top. 
(New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018) 
Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/y0jdvRfi4dfW8

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

McDonough, Yona Zeldis. THE BICYCLE SPY

McDonough, Yona Zeldis.  
THE BICYCLE SPY
New York : Scholastic, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 5.8
ISBN  
0545850959
Marcel loves to ride his bicycle through the streets of his town in France. He makes bread deliveries for his parent’s bakery. Marcel dreams of riding in the Tour De France, a famous bike race. But, since the German occupation of his country, all races have been cancelled. There are soldiers everywhere, stopping people with their checkpoints and questions. Marcel is stopped everyday as he makes his deliveries. Then, during one of his trips, Marcel learns that his family is in danger. His parents are members of the French resistance, a group dedicated to defeating the Germans. Marcel’s bike rides became more risky by the day, and soon he will have to ride to save many more lives than just his own. 
(New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/TKF5MycIGaA3k

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Leveen, Tom. SHACKLED

Leveen, Tom.  
SHACKLED
New York : Simon Pulse, 2015
IL YA
ISBN
1481422499

Pelly struggles with mood swings and anxiety. She has trouble being in public and has tried for years to overcome her issues.  They stem back to six years ago when she and her best friend were little.  They were playing a game of hide and seek in a department store. And Tara disappeared.  Pelly blames herself and has been trying to cope ever since.  She now works part time in a coffee shop and takes classes online.  When she thinks she sees Tara at the shop, her world starts spinning.  No one believes her that it was Tara.  After all, everyone assumes she died years ago.  As Pelly continues to investigate, she is joined by another employee of the coffee shop.  This girl really couldn't have been Tara, could it?





Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/h07vQ9VJgnqL0

Monday, May 15, 2017

Lehrhaupt, Adam. I DON'T DRAW, I COLOR!

Lehrhaupt, Adam.  
I DON'T DRAW, I COLOR!
New York : Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL K-3, RL 1.4
ISBN
148146275X

Do you like to draw?  Do you like your drawings?  The boy in this book doesn't like what his drawings look like.  He can't draw a car or a puppy or a person.  But he loves to color. 


Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/N5TAwDHRCodu8

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Lakin, Patricia. SKATEBOARDS

Lakin, Patricia. 
SKATEBOARDS
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 4.5
ISBN 
1481448331
Do you have a skateboard?  Do you know how they are made?  Lakin takes you through the history of skateboarding and introduces you to the craftsmanship involved in creating a skateboard.  Meet Jake Eshelman who created Side Project Skateboards and builds customized boards.
Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/iLVAcBHsO4BdV

Lakin, Patricia. SKATEBOARDS

Lakin, Patricia. 
SKATEBOARDS
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 4.5
ISBN
1481448331
Do you have a skateboard?  Do you know how they are made?  Lakin takes you through the history of skateboarding and introduces you to the craftsmanship involved in creating a skateboard.  Meet Jake Eshelman who created Side Project Skateboards and builds customized boards.
Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/iLVAcBHsO4BdV

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Lakin, Patricia. BICYCLES

Lakin, Patricia.  
BICYCLES
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 4.5
ISBN
1481448960

Do you have a bicycle?  Did you ever really look at it to figure out how it was made?  That is what this book looks at.  Start by looking at the history of the bicycle and then move on to learning about bicycle maker Aaron Dykstra.  This is a fascinating look at bicycles and how they are engineered.

https://spark.adobe.com/video/G2NPisOWONUlq

Friday, May 12, 2017

Kirby, Lee. SUPER TURBO VS. THE FLYING NINJA SQUIRRELS

Kirby, Lee.
SUPER TURBO VS. THE FLYING NINJA SQUIRRELS
New York : Little Simon, 2016
IL K-3, RL 3.8
ISBN 
1481488880
Whew.  That was a tough one.  But Turbo and the Superpet Superhero League has defeated Whiskerface and his rat.  Time for some relaxation, right?  Wrong. While the class pets are patrolling the classrooms, Turbo sees something fly across the room.  But it isn't just something.  It is a flying ninja squirrel.  Here we go again.

 SUBJECTS:     Hamsters -- Fiction.
                        Pets -- Fiction.
                        Superheroes -- Fiction.



Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/xhLR7COxsfu1W

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Khan, Hena. AMINA'S VOICE

Khan, Hena.  
AMINA'S VOICE
New York : Salaam Reads, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 4.6
ISBN
1481492063
Amina and Soojin have been best friends for a long time but now things are changing.  They are in middle school and Soojin is including Emily in their group.  This throws Amina for a loop since Emily has always been so mean to them.  As she gets to know Emily, she doesn't seem so bad.  But to add to the changes in her life, Amina's uncle from Pakistan has come to stay with them for a few months. And Soojin is becoming an American citizen and talking about changing her name.  Why can't things just stay the same? 


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/jO2drNhZf9oaS

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Keane, David. WHO WANTS A TORTOISE?

Keane, David.
WHO WANTS A TORTOISE?
New York : Knopf, 2016
IL K-3, RL 2.9
ISBN  
0385754175
I have wanted a puppy my whole life.  I have done everything I can to get ready.  But when I open the box on my birthday, it is not a puppy.  It is a tortoise.  Who wants a tortoise?  They don't do much. They don't fetch or even greet you when you get home.  I don't think I'll ever like this stupid tortoise.  Do you?


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/98U1DVkD6JfiH

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Joyce, William. BENTLY & EGG

Joyce, William.  
BENTLY & EGG
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL K-3, RL 3.6
ISBN
1481489496

Bently is a little frog who has only one good friend in life.  Every day, Kack Kack the duck comes to see him and they sing and look at Bently's drawings. When she stopped coming to see him, Bently went to find out what was wrong. Well, Kack Kack had laid an egg and now spends her time sitting in her nest.  Bently doesn't see what is so great about the egg.  When Kack Kack asks him to watch the egg for her, it is stolen by a young boy who thinks it is an Easter egg.  Will Bently be able to get the egg back?  Will it be safe?




Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/W0Dv3gxmS53sG

Monday, May 08, 2017

Jones, Tayari. LEAVING ATLANTA

Jones, Tayari. LEAVING ATLANTA   
New York : Warner Books, 2002
IL YA
ISBN
0446528307

Three children growing up in Atlanta in 1979 find their world complicated by unimaginable events.  We meet LaTasha.  Social dynamics are changing and girls she thought were her friends are treating her badly.  When Jashante shows some interest in her, she is really torn about what is going on.  Then there is Rodney, too weird to have any friends. He is the brunt of jokes and is usually seen by himself reading.  The last part of the story is told by Octavia -- too black and too outspoken. She tries to be nice to other students but she still finds herself sitting alone in the lunchroom while kids call her names.  All the kids are also going through issues at home.  When the child murders begin, the kids' lives get even harder.

Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/uzQ2V2oVTus8b

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Jeter, Derek. FAIR BALL

Jeter, Derek.  
FAIR BALL
New York : Jeter Children's/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.3
ISBN 1481491482


Inspired by Derek Jeter's childhood, this book tells the story of a time in his life where baseball, school and friends dominate.  Derek's baseball team is playing in the finals and he is very determined to win.  His friends on the team don't seem as         dedicated.  As a matter of fact, his best friend Dave almost seems like he no longer wants to be Derek's friend.  What is going on?  Derek learns that the world isn't always fair.

Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/PcRu66tq0oPGj

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Jenkins, Emily. A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG

Jenkins, Emily.
A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG
New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, 2017
IL K-3, RL 1.4
ISBN
0553498053

A greyhound and a groundhog.  Can you picture them in your head?  A big, graceful dog and a squat little rodent. They don't really have anything in common. But can they be friends? In this beautifully illustrated book, we can feel the joy of the friendship between two very different creatures.


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/5PhNIu3nJnKay

Friday, May 05, 2017

Hudson, Katy. THE RUNAWAY EGG

Hudson, Katy.
THE RUNAWAY EGG
New York : Random House, 2017
IL K-3, RL 2.2
ISBN 
0553523201

Do you have a younger sister or brother?  Did your mom ever ask you to watch him for a few minutes to keep him safe?  How did you feel about that?  Well, Chick isn't happy about it.  The egg is rather boring and doesn't do anything but sit there.  When the egg begins to crack and runs away, Chick does all he can to catch the runaway egg.


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/92YgqkEqomP7B

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Gravett, Emily. TIDY

Gravett, Emily. 
TIDY
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL K-3 RL 3.0
ISBN
1481480197


Pete the badger is a neat freak.  He just can't stand messy things.  So he spends his days cleaning up the forest.  But he realizes that the trees keep dropping leaves so maybe he needs to get rid of the trees.  And then what will happen?  See if you think Pete is a little too neat.

Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/1bbVNdcHK7R5P

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Crow, Sara. EVEN SUPERHEROES HAVE TO SLEEP

Crow, Sara.  
EVEN SUPERHEROES HAVE TO SLEEP
New York : Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2015
IL K-3, RL 4.0
ISBN
 0399558063
Everybody needs to sleep.  Even superheroes.  And doctors, and princesses, and astronauts.  What other jobs do people do?  And who else needs to sleep?



Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Cronin, Doreen. DARK SHADOWS : YES, ANOTHER MISADVENTURE

Cronin, Doreen.  
DARK SHADOWS : YES, ANOTHER MISADVENTURE
New York : Atheneum Books, 2017
IL K-3, RL 3.0
ISBN
1481450492
The Chicken Squad is back and all set for a new adventure.  This time they are on their way to the farm to meet family.  Of course they are not all excited about this.  But it should be a lot of fun, right?  When they get to the farm, things are a bit strange.  There are lots and lots of chickens waiting for them. They line up to introduce themselves.  But what is that shadowy creature lurking near the car?


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

Monday, May 01, 2017

Catanese, P. W. THE THIEF AND THE BEANSTALK

Catanese, P. W.  
THE THIEF AND THE BEANSTALK
New York : Aladdin, 2017

IL 5-8, RL 5.5
ISBN 1481476327 


Nick reluctantly joins a group of thieves.  He is alone and cold and hungry and Finch, the head of the group, offers friendship and food in exchange for Nick working with the guys.  When Finch tells him the plan, Nick thinks this is crazy.  Finch believes the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and thinks he has found Jack's house.  He plans to have Nick climb into the window and then open the door for the rest of the thieves.  Well, it turns out that maybe there was some truth to the tale and Nick finds himself repeating some of the mistakes from the past.

Podcast:   https://spark.adobe.com/video/r9k75rrks3d3O

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Atkins, Jeanne. STONE MIRRORS : THE SCULPTURE AND SILENCE OF EDMONIA LEWIS

Atkins, Jeanne.  STONE MIRRORS : THE SCULPTURE AND SILENCE OF EDMONIA LEWIS
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL YA
ISBN
1481459058
This is a fictional account of sculptor Edmonia Lewis.  Lewis was the daughter of an Ojibwe woman and an African Haitian man.  Her father left before she was born and her mother passed away when she was young.  Lewis studied at Oberlin but was asked to leave after being falsely accused of poisoning and theft.  She moved to Boston and was able to get some work creating busts of famous Civil War heroes.  The world really opened for her when she received a commission to create a marble statue of Abraham Lincoln.  Lewis was able to move to Italy and began working in marble.  Although not much is known about Lewis, Atkins uses verse to tell the story of what we do know.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Palika, Liz. DOG TRICKS : TEACHING YOUR DOGGIE TO SHAKE HANDS AND OTHER TRICKS

Palika, Liz.  DOG TRICKS : TEACHING YOUR DOGGIE TO SHAKE HANDS AND OTHER TRICKS
New York ; Capstone, 2012
IL 3-6, RL 5.2
ISBN
1429665262
Do you have friends whose dog can do some tricks? Maybe theyfa can shake hands or roll over on command.  Have you wondered how they do that?  Can you teach your dog to do that.  Well this book may just help you out.  It is full of step-by-step instructions to teach your dog to do lots of fun tricks.




Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/ZWQZGiBej7okW

Friday, March 17, 2017

Madonia, Kristen-Paige. INVISIBLE FAULT LINES

Madonia, Kristen-Paige. INVISIBLE FAULT LINES
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
IL YA
ISBN 
1481430718
Callie's father has disappeared.  He simply didn't come home from work one day.  No warning.  No reason.  He is just gone.  As Callie tries to come to terms with her father's disappearance, her friends try to help her cope.  When they take her to an art exhibit, Callie cannot believe her eyes.  There in a photograph from the 1906 earthquake is a man who looks exactly like Callie's father.  Of course that can't be him.  The story then shifts to the earthquake's aftermath and we meet a man who cannot remember who he is and how he got there.  How can these two stories be related?


Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/myNVGP8P8U47G

Monday, March 13, 2017

Karo, Aaron. ME YOU US

Karo, Aaron.  ME YOU US
New York : Simon Pulse, 2016
IL YA
ISBN
1481440640

Shane has had his heart broken.  Many high school kids feel this at one time or other.  But for Shane, it came out of the blue and he vowed to try to figure out why.  While studying the situation, Shane comes up with the secret of dating.  He devises a formula, or Galgorithm and becomes the go to guy for students (and a teacher or two).  He tries to keep his role a secret and certainly doesn't take any money for the lessons.  His Galgorithm works great for others.  So why is he alone?




Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/qjgsing1qNr3D

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Jeffers, Oliver. A CHILD OF BOOKS

Jeffers, Oliver. A CHILD OF BOOKS
Somerville : Candlewick, 2016
IL K-3, RL 3.4
ISBN 0763690775

 “I am a child of books,” a little girl declares. “I come from a world of stories.”  If you love books and stories, you may feel like a child of books as well.  The young girl in this book, sails on a sea of words.  Her world is made up of words and they form mountains, and meadows, and monsters.  There are favorite characters from some of our favorite books as well.  Find the Cheshire Cat and Mr. Toad. This is a story that should be shared with others who love stories.
Podcasts:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/oZByz3pbECc0l

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Hills, Tad. R IS FOR ROCKET

Hills, Tad.  R IS FOR ROCKET
New York : Schwartz & Wade, 2015
IL K-3, RL 2.4
ISBN
0553522280

Rocket the dog is back in another delightful picture book.  This time he is taking us on a tour of the alphabet.  Rocket is joined by his friend Bella the squirrel and Owl on his adventure.  Come along and  join the fun as Rocket finds acorns and owl draws an angry alligator.




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

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Fisher, Valorie. EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE I'M FIVE

Fisher, Valorie.  EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE I'M FIVE 
New York : Schwartz & Wade, 2011

IL K-3
ISBN 0375968652
The title of this book is really a joke rather than a fact.  The book is more like a celebration of toys and concepts that pre-schoolers are familiar with.  There are shapes, colors, and toys and much more to explore.  See if you can find all the items and you may even learn a thing or two along the way.



Podcast: . https://spark.adobe.com/video/8oAtghVPAiEOu

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Danylyshyn, Greg. A CRASH OF RHINOS

Danylyshyn, Greg.  A CRASH OF RHINOS
New York : Little Simon, 2016
IL K-3, RL 2.8
ISBN
1481431501
Have you ever heard of a school of fish?  What about a flock of birds?  Sure you have.  These are the names that are used to describe a group of animals.  But there are many more terms you may not have heard.  For instance, did you know that a group of salmon is called a run?  There are other fun terms explained in this book that will surprise and delight!


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/pey3BRp2zPwWd

Monday, March 06, 2017

Carbone, Courtney. MACBETH #KILLINGIT

Carbone, Courtney.  MACBETH #KILLINGIT
New York : Random House, 2016
IL YA
ISBN 
0553538802

Have you heard of the Shakespeare play Macbeth?  It is one of his better-known tragedies that has been a favorite for centuries.  But you probably have never seen it like this.  Carbone has adapted this play and retold the story in texts!  What do you think?
Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/glNTW8P5lbf5g

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Budhos, Marina Tamar. WATCHED

Budhos, Marina Tamar.  WATCHED
New York : Wendy Lamb, 2016
IL YA
ISBN 0553534181

Meet Naeem Rahman.  He spends his days cutting classes and running the streets of Queens.  Since his family immigrated from Bangledesh, he feels like he has to keep running.  When a friend tricks him into shoplifting, Naeem's life takes a drastic turn.  Instead of feeling he is being watched by all the cameras and police, Naeem agrees to become the one watching.  To stay out of jail, he agrees to spy on his neighbors and report back about suspicious activities.  From the mosque to the streets to the people in the neighborhood, Naeem reports on them all.

Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/5PNBJlBNpfQmn

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Winters, Ben H.  UNDERGROUND AIRLINES
Boston : Mulholland Books, 2016
IL AD
ISBN
0316261246
Imagine if you will, an America where Abraham Lincoln never became president.  And that slavery was not illegal.  That is the what Winters is imagining in this alternative history fiction.  Lincoln was assassinated on his way to his inauguration and even in 2016, slavery is not illegal.  Sure most states have voted to be free states but there are still four states that allow slavery.  How would this change the course of our history?  Would our position in the world be changed?  In this story, a young African American former slave is now a bounty hunter paid to bring runaways back to their owners.  He is on the trail of an escaped slave and those who help them. Can he find his quarry?  And maybe bring down a link in the underground airline.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Wade, Mary Dodson. AMAZING OLYMPIC ATHLETE WILMA RUDOLPH

Wade, Mary Dodson.  AMAZING OLYMPIC ATHLETE WILMA RUDOLPH
New York : Enslow Elementary, 2010
IL K-3, RL 3.0
ISBN
0766059782
Did you watch the Olympics on tv?  This is an amazing display of athletes from all around the world competing to be the best in the world. They all have stories to tell about how they spent years training for the competition. In 1956, a young girl from the United States won the first of her medals. What is amazing is that this girl had polio as a young girl and it could have caused her to lose her ability to walk. Her running is what kept her going.



Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/nHf5yu3Ccd2nm

Wade, Mary Dodson. AMAZING CIVIL WAR NURSE CLARA BARTON

Wade, Mary Dodson.  AMAZING CIVIL WAR NURSE CLARA BARTON
New York : Enslow Elementary, 2010
IL K-3, RL 2.9
ISBN 
0766059774
Clara Barton was a nurse during the Civil War.  She was known as the Angel of the Battlefield.  She risked her own life to help those who were injured in the war.  And she also created the American Red Cross.  Find out about this amazing woman and her life.


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/DDGzfCdbi6RoN

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wade, Mary Dodson. AMAZING ARCTIC EXPLORER MATTHEW HENSON

Wade, Mary Dodson.  AMAZING ARCTIC EXPLORER MATTHEW HENSON
New York : Enslow Elementary, 2010
IL K-3, RL 3.2
ISBN
076605974X

Matthew Henson was an explorer who wanted to be one of the first to reach the North Pole.  And he was.  But no one knew about him.  As an African American, he was not mentioned in the reports about this trip until many years later.  Find out about this amazing man.



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

Monday, January 09, 2017

Tremayne, Peter. ABSOLUTION BY MURDER : A SISTER FIDELMA MYSTERY

Tremayne, Peter.  ABSOLUTION BY MURDER : A SISTER FIDELMA MYSTERY
New York : Signet, 1994
IL AD
ISBN
0451192990

The story takes place in medieval England in the seventh-century.  King Oswy of Northunbria has called an assembly of representatives from Ireland, Britain and Rome to determine which Church doctrine the Kingdom of Northumbria will follow. There is a divide between the Irish faction and the Roman faction.  But all this takes a new direction when one of the main speakers is murdered.  Sister Fidelma, an advocate of the courts of Ireland, is called upon to solve the murder.  Did the murder have anything to do with the assembly?  Or were there other motives involved? This is the first of a series about Sister Fidelma.



Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/dR9HUZLqt98lU

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Stewart, Melissa. AMAZING EYES UP CLOSE

Stewart, Melissa. AMAZING EYES UP CLOSE
New York : Enslow, 2012
IL K-3, RL 2.2
ISBN
1464400806

Your eyes are pretty amazing, aren't they?  Did you know that many animals can use their eyes differently than you?  A honeybee has more than two eyes.  A squid has eyes that are bigger than a dinner plate.  Check out this book to find out how animals eyes are different from ours.


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/IB6W3jkSJzMqK

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Sperring, Mark. I'LL CATCH YOU IF YOU FALL

Sperring, Mark.  I'LL CATCH YOU IF YOU FALL
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016
IL K-3, RL 2.0
ISBN 
1481452061
Do you sometimes get nervous and wonder if you are safe?  The boy in this story is on a ship at night and wonders who will keep him safe.  He soon learns that there are many people around to keep him safe and make sure he gets home.


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/SiJ2hFnZv9pgU

Friday, January 06, 2017

Sayres, Brianna Caplan. WHERE DO STEAM TRAINS SLEEP AT NIGHT?

Sayres, Brianna Caplan.  WHERE DO STEAM TRAINS SLEEP AT NIGHT?
New York : Random House, 2016
IL K-3, RL 3.2
ISBN 
0553520989
For the train lover in all of us.  Do you ever wonder where the trains go at night?  Do they have mother trains that tuck them in just like children do?  Do they get to listen to bedtime stories or have hot cocoa?  Come along and find out.  But be quiet so you don't wake up the trains.



Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/pRwuVWq7rrpCP

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Rhodes, Jewell Parker. NINTH WARD

Rhodes, Jewell Parker.  NINTH WARD
Boston : Little, Brown, 2010
IL 5-8, RL 3.7
ISBN 
0316043079
Meet 12-year-old Lenesha.  She's living in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans with her grandmother.  Her mother died in childbirth so she has lived with Mama Ya-Ya all her life.  There isn't much money but there is a lot of love in their home.  The kids at school make fun of Lenesha because she supposedly has the "second sight".  But none of that will matter in the days to come.  At first the weather man talked about a hurricane out in the ocean.  As the days go by, the predictions get worse.  Finally, the Governor tells everyone in New Orleans to evacuate. But how do you do that when you are poor, have no car and no place to go?  


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/6HZm6kS3VHoVK

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Poblocki, Dan. THE GATHERING

Poblocki, Dan. THE GATHERING
New York : Scholastic, 2015
IL 3-6, RL 5.8
ISBN 0545925509

If only there was just one day when Poppy could look in the mirror and not see the girl staring back.  The other kids think she's a bit crazy.  But she is stuck here all the same.  Until the letter arrives! A great-aunt she never knew existed writes and invites her to come live at Larkspur Academy. What she finds there will change everything.  The same day she arrives, more children show up.  Dylan and Dash who are TV stars, Marcus, a cellist, Azumi who is running away from the place her sister died.  As the kids settle in, strange things begin happening.  And the kids realize that they all have something in common in this scary book about haunted houses.


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/qmzZl57N42RH0