Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New books just in time for Christmas

Beginner Books:
Clifford's Valentines by Norman Bridwell
Clifford receives lots of Valentines. See what he does to give one to them!

The Mystery of the Kibble Crook adapted by Liz Mills
Clifford and his friends have to find out WHO ate Cleo's new dog food.

Picture Books:
The Banshee by Eve Bunting
Banshee: the ghost figure of a woman who wails or "keens" outside a house where there may be a death; an Irish superstition. Is the banshee at Terry's house or is it something else making that noise?

Long Shot by Chris Paul
Everybody told Chris that he was too small to play basketball. But he ignored them all because he had big dreams.

Red Ted and the Lost Things by Michael Rosen
In this graphic novel Red Ted is left in the train station. He decides to take things into his own hands and find home with the help of his new friends. Will he make it?

Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! by Maureen Wright
Big Bear can't hear very well. Instead of hearing Old Man Winter say "sleep" he thinks he hears him say "drive a jeep", "sweep", "leap", "dive deep", "climb a mountain steep". Old Man Winter finally changes what he says and the bear understands. What does that Old Man Winter say?

Chapter Books:
Eagle Song by Joseph Bruchac
After moving from a Mohawk reservation to Brooklyn, New York, fourth grader Danny Bigtree encounters stereotypes about his Native American heritage.

Signal by Cynthia DeFelice
After moving with his father, Owen faces a lonely summer until he meets an abused girl who may be a space alien. Is she really?

Darby by Jonathon Scott Fuqua
In 1926, nine-year-old Darby stirs up trouble when she writes a story for the local paper promoting racial equality.

Over My Dead Body by Kate Klise
In this story told mostly through letters, busybody Dick Tater tries to ban Halloween and ghost stories. Will he accomplish his goal?

More Sideways Arithmetic From Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Can you figure out the craziness at Wayside School?

Star Wars, Anakin Skywalker by Todd Strasser

Star Wars, Queen Amidala by Jude Watson

Non-Fiction Books:
Listen to the Wind by Greg Mortenson and Susan L. Roth
This is the story of Mr. Mortenson's first building project in Pakistan.

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
In 1993 Mr. Mortenson tried to climb K2 to honor of his younger sister, but had to turn around because another climber got sick. He became lost in the mountains of Pakistan. He wandered into a small village where they took him in. He promised to return to build a school. He has now built more than sixty schools.

Llamas and Other Latin American Camels by Zella Williams
This book in Spanish and English discovers the world of camels.

There's No Place Like Space! by Tish Rabe
Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat introduces Sally and Dick to the planets, stars, and moons in our universe.

Never Smile at a Monkey by Steve Jenkins
In this book you will find out what you should never do if you encounter dangerous animals.

Marsupials by Nic Bishop
In this book (with excellent pictures) you will discover more about animals on the Austrailian continent.

Magic Tree House Fact Finder about Bats byKris Hirschmann
Come with Ms. Frizzle to find out all about bats.

Whaling Season by Peter Lourie
In this book (with great pictures) you will learn all about a year in the life of an arctic whale scientist.

Mysterious Mesages by Gary Blackwood
You will learn about the history of codes and ciphers in this book.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart - A journey through the fields, forests, ponds and wetlands to see how animals survive in the snowy winter months, and when the sun's rays grow stronger, join all the animals as they get ready for springtime.

The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade - In Victorian London, fourteen-year-old Modo, a shape-changing hunchback, becomes a secret agent for the Permanent Association, which strives to protect the world from the evil machinations of the Clockwork Guild.

Queste by Angie Sage - Nicki and Snorri are trapped in Time, and Septimus Heap goes on a quest to find the House of Foryx, a place where all Time meets.

Half-minute Horrors - An anthology of very short, scary stories by an assortment of authors and illustrators including Chris Raschka, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, and Lane Smith.

Pemba Sherpa - by Olga Cossi - In a Sherpa village in the foothills of Nepal's Himalayas, seven-year-old Yang Ki wants to haul wood like her brother Pemba, so she'll grow strong enough to be a porter. She wants to learn her brother tells her that girls cannot be guides. Yang Ki, however, is very determined.

Dino-Soccer by Lisa Wheeler -
Plant-eating dinosaurs face meat-eating dinosaurs in a soccer match.

Heroes of the Environment - Harriet Rohmer-
This inspiring book presents the true stories of 12 people, most of them teenagers or younger adults, from across North America who have done great things for the environment. Heroes include a teenage girl who figured out how to remove an industrial pollutant from the Ohio River, a Mexican superstar wrestler who works to protect turtles and whales, and a teenage boy from Rhode Island who helped his community and his state develop effective e-waste recycling programs. Plenty of photographs and illustrations bring each compelling story vividly to life.

Killer Ants by Nicholas Nirgiotis -
Extraordinary facts abound in this mesmerizing picture book about the fearsome appearances, habitats, and hunting skills of killer ants.

I will be Especially Very Careful by Laura Child - Lola's friend Lotta has a special new coat, and Lola really wants to borrow it.

Mouse and Mole Fine Feathered Friends -
When spring arrives, Mole and Mouse find a unique way to bird watch.

Princess Hyacinth (the Surprising Tale of a Girl who Floated) by Florence Heide - Princess Hyacinth is bored and unhappy sitting in her palace every day because, unless she is weighed down by specially-made clothes, she will float away, but her days are made brighter when kite-flying Boy stops to say hello.