Reviews for month


Lenny & Lucy
ROARING BROOK PRESS [ROARING BROOK PRESS]
Stead, Philip C
Stead Erin E.
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
August 02, 2016
Tucker, Merrilyn
Peter and his father move into a new house that borders on the woods. The reader does not know what precipitates the move, but does find out that Peter is not happy with the new house. He reveals this to his big, shaggy dog, Harold, who patiently listens to Peter and follows him everywhere. When Peter tries to sleep the first night, he is kept awake by fear of what may lie out in the woods. So, he makes Lenny, a big doll created from pillows and blankets. Peter worries that Lenny is lonely and then fashions another doll, Lucy. When Millie from next door comes over to share her binoculars, information about owls, and marshmallows, Peter finds that he now has four friends: Harold, Lenny, Lucy, and Millie, and nothing more to worry about. There is a sadness about this book and I do not know how children will react to it. The illustrations in pencil and watercolor are fabulous. The prose is spare and lovely. The book is worth purchasing if only to add to the other two books this husband and wife team have produced.
Thomas Jefferson Grows A Nation
Calkins Creek [Calkins Creek]
Thomas, Peggy
Innerst, Stacy
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
August 02, 2016
Tucker, Merrilyn
Thomas Jefferson's vision for the United States, of agricultural towns and small businesses, is explored. Jefferson's important contributions and service to this nation are named, and his reverence for nature and the farmer's life are explored. Stacy Innerst's art uniquely highlights this biography. For example, he uses quill pen and ink to handwrite authentically quotes from Jefferson, and Innerst's pictures mirror what the author states on each page. Peggy Thomas, the author, certainly had a tough task in writing Jefferson's biography. What readers know of Jefferson now, makes us look at him and his role in the early development of this country critically. Peggy Thomas does not mention Jefferson's slaves until the "Learn More" section at the end of the book. Personally, I think it is more central to his biography and deserves more attention than an afterword. Having said that, though, the Source Notes and Bibliography are impressive. The lack of a Table of Contents and Index makes this a reading, rather than a research, book.
Specific Ocean
KIDS CAN PRESS [KIDS CAN PRESS]
Maclear, Kyo
Mcwilliam, Howard
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
August 02, 2016
Seasholes, Craig L
A Rx for what Richard Louv calls "Nature Deficit Disorder," Kyo Maclear has crafted a gentle picture book about nature's ability to relax and refocus our lives, at any age. "Here's a secret...I used to call it the Specific Ocean until my brother corrected me. But he doesn't know that a place can have two names...(with) one that is private and for saying inside your head." A city girl's family vacation to the Pacific coast is boring, at least at first, until she swims and begins to let her fascination with small details and reflections on vast vistas seep into her soul. "The ocean is so big that it makes every thought and worry I have shrink and scatter." Subtle pastel tones in the illustrations by Katty Maurey capture the interest and emotions of this biracial family as well as some of the Pacific ocean life they enjoy.
Not So Ordinary
Hungry Tomato [Hungry Tomato]
Moore, Gareth
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 03, 2016
Sepessy, Lona
Who would think that a collection of ordinary household items could provide entertainment for hours without an electronic device in sight? These mind-bending puzzles use dice, matchsticks, coins, playing cards, paper and even dried spaghetti to create challenges for all levels. Other challenges include explaining why a puzzle works, or tricks of the eye that play with how we see colors or objects that are not there. Some puzzles are for individuals to figure out, while groups can use others. One section highlights puzzles and games with coins including creating mazes and submarine searches on grids, and tossing or moving coins to a new configuration. Depending on your preference, the book does not show solutions for all the puzzles. Several pages of Helpful Hints are followed by answers for those puzzles with short discrete solutions. The font is small and text single-spaced so younger students would need some help in figuring out what the challenge is. The careful use of colors and pertinent illustrations are helpful though. If this is representative of other books in Lerner’s Brain Benders series, I plan to purchase and feature in a book talk amongst other books on magic, optical illusions, or math games.
Simon Ellis, Spelling Bee Champ
Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr) [Farrar Straus Giroux (Byr)]
Mills, Claudia
Shepperson, Rob
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
2nd grade to 4th grade
August 03, 2016
Sepessy, Lona
The spotlight falls on Simon Ellis in this fourth book of the appealing bridge series, Franklin School Friends. Simon overshadows his best friend Jackson who calls it boring to always lose and starts to avoid being with him. As their third grade class breaks into teams for the spelling bee, Simon is confident of his abilities to lead his spelling team, but conflicted about possibly losing his friendship with Jackson if he does so. Characters from previous books fade into the background but lend a familiarity to younger readers who gravitate towards the realistic genre with relevant situations for the characters to overcome. Friendship issues, engaging characters, and life lessons are incorporated in these 128 pages of double spaced text with scattered full-page black & white drawings. Purchase the whole series if your budget allows and book talk with students. Recommend to teachers for a character study unit read-aloud.
Long Road To Freedom
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Messner, Kate
Mcmorris, Kelley
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
2nd grade to 4th grade
August 03, 2016
Sepessy, Lona
Ranger, our favorite time-traveling golden retriever, travels back to slave times and finds himself helping Sarah and her younger brother Jesse escape before Jesse is sold south to another plantation. In this excellent bridge book, Ranger bravely protects the two as they find assistance along the Underground Railroad at safe houses, working farms, and eventually Canada. Protecting the children from slave catchers, a wolf pack, and bloodhounds, Ranger endears himself to the children. When his trusty First Aid pack begins to hum, it is time to return to the present day bearing a gift of a hawk feather. Double spaced text and regular black and white illustrations support readers not quite ready for full length chapter books. An extensive author’s note provides significant authenticity to her historical fiction book by including accounts and information about the historical people mentioned, photographs of several key locations, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, and the background history of the time period including a shift from cotton to wheat fields increasing the sale of slaves. Website links, recommended reading and museum, and source citations are valuable additions. Recommended historical fiction told from a dog’s perspective.
Jasper John Dooley : Public Library Enemy #1
KIDS CAN PRESS [KIDS CAN PRESS]
Adderson, Caroline
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
August 03, 2016
Sepessy, Lona
Don’t miss this humor-filled bridge series starring an engaging young boy character and plentiful black and white illustrations. Jasper and Ori can’t wait to read to Molly the dog at the Public Library on Wed and on Monday check out a few books to prepare. All is well until Tuesday evening when Jasper drops his book into the bathtub and it catches fire when his father tries to dry it in the microwave. One fire extinguisher later, the book is ruined and Jasper dubs himself “Book Killer.” Without knowing decimals, Jasper thinks he owes $2500 for the book and finally confesses to his mother. How will he make that much money? An ingenious solution selling toast at a Read to your Pet event, earns him more than the real price of the book, $25.00. Humor abounds from the moment of the fire to the denouement when Jason learns that other kids have suffered even worse happening with their library books. Double-spaced text, scattered black and white illustrations, and the humorous plots will appeal to your readers bridging the gap between Easy Chapter books and full-length chapter books. Buy the series for an elementary library if your budget allows.
James To The Rescue
HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR) [HENRY HOLT & COMPANY (BYR)]
Broach, Elise
Murphy, Kelly
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
August 03, 2016
Sepessy, Lona
Marvin the beetle returns in this whimsical second book in The Masterpiece Adventures, an early chapter book for readers beyond Frog and Toad level but not yet ready for Magic Tree House. Marvin and sister Elaine are excited to go collecting with their father and Uncle Albert. Danger waits as they carefully creep into the kitchen and bathroom searching for the miniature treasures that are left on the floor. When Uncle Albert cuts himself on a pair of fingernail scissors, Marvin finds his special human friend, James, to save the day. We see the story through Marvin’s eye with his excitement about collecting, his competitive wanting to find his mother the best treasure, to his dismay when Uncle is hurt, and the decision to give James the treasure he found in the bedroom (a shark tooth). The last sentence includes the thought, “ . . . and there is nothing nicer than making your best friend happy.” Large font, double spaced text and charming blue and grey illustrations that cover about half of each page, support younger readers as they venture into a longer 100 page chapter book.
Mary Molds A Monster
Calico Chapter Books [Calico Chapter Books]
Mullarkey, Lisa
Bernard, Courtney
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
2nd grade to 4th grade
August 03, 2016
Sepessy, Lona
When Jacob and Margaret are sentenced to work on a joint biography project, they end up arguing about whether women have contributed as much as men. Finding a common interest in Frankenstein, they search the library for a copy, when they are whisked back in time to where Mary Shelley and her group of friends live, spending evenings together. The duo arrives and quickly finds that Mary believes Margaret is the woman sent from America to teach her how to sail. The central plot circles around a writing challenge in the illustrious group of Bryon and the two Shelley’s, with Mary suffering from a writer’s block. When she relates a nightmare one morning, they realize they have been brought back in time to encourage her to write her famous book and thus unlock the way back home. A two-page biography of Mary Shelley prepares readers for the story but Jacob’s lines about the inferior nature of women are artificial and the basic plot outline is forced. Large font, double spaced lines of text and a few scattered full-page illustrations support transitional readers just beyond Magic Tree House, but this is the weakest book in the series.
North : Animals Of The Wild
Flying Eye Books [Flying Eye Books]
Braun, Dieter
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
All ages
August 05, 2016
Seasholes, Craig L
Wild Animals of the North is a visually appealing presentation of 80 iconic animals of the northern hemisphere beautifully illustrated in geometric papercuts reminiscent of both Steve Jenkins' many books and the illustrations of Charles Harper. Colorfully presented in a 9.5"x12" format on deliciously thick paper, this can serve as a lovely display and introduction to animals, especially when accompanied by the (soon to be released) Southern hemisphere edition. Despite its strong visual appeal, too short descriptions of many but not nearly all of the animals point out interesting facts, make this book fall short for research interests. Likewise the division into North America/Europe/Asia does not accurately reflect the distribution of some circum-boreal species like Moose, Orca, and Weasel. At $35 some libraries will pass it by, but it is just the sort of lovely volume that Flying Eye Books frequently creates that be appreciated by many and is capable of inspiring immeasurable bibliophilia.
I Am A Little Monk : Thailand
Big & Small [Big & Small]
Joo, Mi-Hwa
Gahng, Hwa-Kyeong
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
August 05, 2016
Seasholes, Craig L
A picture book describing life for a young Thai child who spends time being a novice Buddhist monk is both informative and adorable. Ink and watercolor Illustrations by Hwa-kyeong Gahng captures both the variety and irrepressible nature of youngsters and accurately depicts everyday details of Thai daily life and religious traditions that make the book succeed on many levels. Author Mi-hwa Joo tells the story of how a young boy nicknamed "Urt" follows the example of his uncle to try being a monk for a short period (a practice called "Bu-urt" in Thai ). Much credit also goes to the publisher big&SMALL Press of Australia, edited by Joy Cowley, a master of educational books for young readers. http://www.bigandsmallpublishing.com/global-kids-storybooks.html Easy to read aloud and suitable for newly independent readers, the text also includes informative cultural details in brief side notes, a 3 page "About Thailand" appendix and profile of a young boy much like the main character of the story. A recommended title and series for schools building their multicultural collections.
Seeking Cassandra
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Clifton, Lutricia
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 05, 2016
Turpin, Sharon
While her mother works in Europe for the summer, twelve-year-old Cassie leavers her home in Austin to stay with her dad in his new life working construction around Palo Duro Canyon State Park in north Texas. Unbeknownst to her he lives in a Winnebago in a campground within the park, and she's unprepared for this less than urban lifestyle. Her initial disdainful reaction is predictable, but her snobbiness even extends to quick judgments about the kids who live in the same mobile park—X, a Mexican boy with tattoos and his younger brother, an overweight boy and a very tiny girl of her same age. To keep them busy, they are trained by a demanding Ranger Winnie as Junior Naturalists to help guide summer students on hikes in the park. At the outset several ancient Indian artifacts are missing, and Winnie is determined to find the culprit. Cassie even considers X and her father as co-conspirators. Perhaps a younger reader wouldn’t be as frustrated with Cassie’s quick and misguided judgements and selfish behaviors. Fortunately she grows during her experience with her father and these new-found friends. The adults all bring a variety of positive traits to the story, and the kids are all ultimately good people.
Oviraptor
CHILDS WORLD [CHILDS WORLD]
Gray, Susan H
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
3rd grade to 5th grade
August 07, 2016
Averill, Linda
The author describes what an Oviraptor was: a dinosaur, a theropod, a reptile, and probably an omnivore. The dinosaur is well described and sketches and painting framed like photographs enhance the descriptions. Who made the first discovery, how it was named and the discovery leading to the belief that the name was misleading are detailed. Photographs show the early paleontologists and the later ones exploring the southern Mongolian desert. The book describes the conditions when the dinosaur lived, theories as to why they became extinct and conditions the paleontologists face when looking for fossils. This volume has a table of contents, glossary, index, and a page lableled "The Geologic Time Scale."
Extreme Bmx Freestyle
45Th Parallel Press [45Th Parallel Press]
Loh-Hagan, Virginia
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 07, 2016
Averill, Linda
A short history of BMX freestyle is covered in this book as are the different kinds of stunt riding; flatland riding, street riding and dirt riding Several extreme and dangerous stunts are explained and credit is given to who invented them or did them first. While injuries the different riders sustained are given, readers are encouraged "not to give up" and positive affirmations like " without commitment there would be no success" are scattered through the pages. The action photographs show some of the riders wearing helmets but safety equipment is not mentioned. Beginning riders will find this informative. A table of contents, glossary and index are included.
Snowize & Snitch : Highly Effective Defective Detectives
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Briner, Karen
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 07, 2016
Riley, Katherine E. (Katie)
Ever was orphaned at a young age and now lives with Doc, an aging scientist who invented invisible ice cream, and a particularly cantankerous robot fridge who just wants to be loved and will throw old pickles at you if he feels slighted. Ever has a hard time fitting into her school with her gap tooth and less than genius status at the School for Gifted Children of Genius Parents. But that all changes when Doc goes missing and Ever gets a mysterious message from a sweaty crow that says he is from the future and that her parents might not be dead after all. Shuttled through a secret passage way and into the company of a forgetful defunct detective, Harry Snowize and his sign language speaking rat, Snitch, Ever must figure out how to rescue Doc. It becomes clear that there is a connection to recent news of scientists who are either missing, murdered, or braindead—and it is up to Ever and her new crew to figure out what that connection is before it is too late. This kooky adventure filled with funny costumes, puns, and riddles will have readers giggling and scrambling to turn the pages. A silly read filled with good, clean, fun.
Jonny Jakes Investigates The Hamburgers Of Doom
Stone Arch Books [Stone Arch Books]
Judge, Malcolm
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 07, 2016
Riley, Katherine E. (Katie)
12-year-old Jonny Jakes goes by the pen name Justin Case as the reporter, editor, and only contributor to the Woodford Word, the school’s underground, banned school newspaper. Driving the principal out of the school with his funny, but disparaging headlines, Jonny is faced with the story of a lifetime. It turns out the replacement principal is an alien. Not only is he an alien, Jonny is certain that he is up to no good. When students start to act like goodie goodie zombies, he is sure it is somehow connected to the candy that Mr. Jones, the alien principal, keeps giving out. Even the grown-ups have been compromised. With the help of his friend Norris, an anonymous tip from a hopeful Woodford Word contributor, and the vegan drama teacher, Jonny Jakes tries to expose the greatest story in the history of schools ever. This book is written in journal style entries accompanied by illustrations of characters and inclusion of notes and clippings that add to the evidence of the story. It is a fun, gross, and silly story that will appeal to readers who like the diary format but also like a bit of mystery and adventure.
Magic Vs. Bird In The Ncaa Final
Sportszone/abdo [Sportszone/abdo]
Daniel, P K
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 07, 2016
Averill, Linda
The author details the slow growth of the NCAA tournament from 1939. The sports styles of both athletes, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, are explained and how their face-off in the 1979 game led to basketball's March Madness. Photographs and news media quotes add to the text. A timeline, index, glossary, and bibliography are included. Avid basketball fans will enjoy this.
Baker's Magic
Stone Arch Books [Stone Arch Books]
Zahler, Diane
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
3rd grade to 5th grade
August 07, 2016
Riley, Katherine E. (Katie)
In the fantasy world of Aradyn, a land without trees, Bee roams the streets, hungry and alone. In an act of desperation, she steals a pastry. Rather than scolding her, the kindly baker takes her in and teaches her the trade. It soon becomes apparent that Bee has a magical knack for baking. She is able to bake emotions into her pastries; if she hears a joke while cooking, the eater will start to giggle. When Bee is summoned to the palace to bring pastries for Master Joris, she encounters Anika, the orphan princess, who is in desperate need of a friend. After Bee overhears Master Joris’ plan to marry Anika off to an old man, the two girls decide Anika must escape. The children encounter the lively Zafira Zay and her spunky band of pirates . Together this unlikely team makes many discoveries about the missing trees, magical powers, and missing relatives. The plot is led by strong female characters without making a big deal of it, appealing to a wide range of readers. The description of pastries will leave you drooling, luckily there is a recipe included in the back of the book. This adventure story is imaginative and fun, albeit a bit predictable. It would be a good addition to any elementary school library.
Balthazar Fabuloso And The Lair Of The Humbugs
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Brindle, I J
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 07, 2016
Riley, Katherine E. (Katie)
11-year-old Balthazar is an oddity in his family of Magicians. He is odd because he is normal. As the only person in his family without magical powers, he is at a loss of what to do when his entire family disappears during a performance. At first he suspects the Fistulas, a rival family of magicians, but it soon becomes clear that the Fistulas, even Pagan with her enormous collection of creepy crawling animals, is the least of Balthazar’s worries. Helped (or hindered?) by his downtrodden Uncle Ignatius, all the while trying to avoid the nosey neighbors and his social worker, Balthazar and Pagan work to find out more about the “Gloaming,” a dark force that feeds off of magic, before it is too late. This book has a lot of silly moments, but doesn’t quite come together. Mixed in with the narrative are entries from Pagan’s secret journal that add little to the story. Additionally, several plot points including the gloaming, the secret magical society, and Magi looking for an apprentice are very underdeveloped. Although I think kids could get a kick out of the kooky characters, if searching for something magical and wonky, I would stick with Cassie Beasley’s Circus Mirandus or Savvy by Ingrid Law.
Keith Urban : Award-Winning Country Star
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Watson, Stephanie
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 07, 2016
Averill, Linda
This biography of Keith Urban focuses on his musical growth and career with a chapter about his early years. it has information about his drug addiction and treatment. Details about his marriage to Nicole Kidman and their children are included. The book has a glossary, index, timeline and a list of additional resources and source notes.
Diary Of An 8-Bit Warrior : An Unofficial Minecraft Adventur
Andrews & Mcmeel [Andrews & Mcmeel]
Cube Kid
Saboten
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 07, 2016
Riley, Katherine E. (Katie)
In this first book of the series, Runt, a 12-year-old living in a Mincraftia village is trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life. He wants to be a warrior like Steve, but that requires top marks in school, and his student level is pretty low. This is Runt’s diary about his life at school and home. Constantly trying to outshine his rival Max, he and his friend Stump put their heads together to topple Max’s high score. Things get more complicated when Runt talks with Steve the warrior about a world outside of his village. It seems there are forces that are larger than anyone could have imagined. This book is a marriage of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Minecraft. Filled with illustrations of the 8-bit world and lots of internet speak, kids who play Minecraft will gravitate toward this book. It is a fun, quirky read that has potential to grow into a larger series. It will make a great addition to collections where Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Origami Yoda can’t stay on the shelves.
Blake Shelton : Country Singer & Tv Personality
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Lusted, Marcia Amidon
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 07, 2016
Averill, Linda
This biography is complete through 2014 giving a brief look at Blake Shelton's early life and detailed examination of his musical rise to fame. His awards and hits are highlighted as are his television appearances. His personal life is touched upon, a first marriage and divorce, the marriage to Miranda Lambert and tabloid rumors of marital trouble. His concert for relief, "Healing in the Heartland", was done to help those impacted by an Oklahoma tornado. Other charities and causes he has supported are given. A table of contents, glossary, index, timeline and additional resources and source notes section make this a useful for fans.
Child Of Spring
Peachtree Publishers [Peachtree Publishers]
Zia, Farhana
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 07, 2016
Riley, Katherine E. (Katie)
Basanta is a young, spirited Indian girl working as a servant for a rich family. It is Basanta’s job to take care of Little Bibi. When Little Bibi’s ring goes missing, Basanta is sure that her Mistress accuses her of stealing. When Basanta eventually finds the ring while cleaning, she is torn between keeping the beautiful ring and doing the right thing. Basanta also struggles to do the right thing in her village at home; she is always getting in the middle of other people’s business. Constantly spying and prying into other people’s lives, she learns what it means to help others and do the right thing. While it is an endearing story, many of the characters, although charming, sometimes lack depth and Basanta’s growth seems a bit superficial. There is a glossary of Hindi terms in the back of the book, but not all words are defined, requiring the use of context clues to understand meaning. Although the characters and subject matter seem suited for lower reading levels, it might take a more sophisticated reader to truly decipher many of the words. This is a good addition for libraries that need books that portray different cultures. It is a mostly lighthearted read filled with good life lessons and teachable moments.
Art Of Not Breathing
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Alexander, Sarah
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 07, 2016
Riley, Katherine E. (Katie)
16 year old Elsie is a twin, at least she was until her brother drowned at sea when they were eleven. The whole family was there that day, but Elsie can’t seem to figure out who is to blame other than herself. Eddie’s death has wrecked the whole family. Forbidden from the beach, Elsie and her older brother Dillon deal with their grief in different ways. Dillon tries to gain control over his life by becoming anorexic while Elsie is entranced by a group of boys who freedive. Freediving is strictly against the rules—jumping into the ocean and trying to see how long and how far you can go underwater—Elsie can’t get enough. Tay, an alluring boy who seems attracted to Elsie shows her the ropes. Elsie is torn, feeling excited about Tay’s attention as well as distraught but intrigued by how she is able to remember more details about the terrible day of Eddie’s death while she is under water. The more Elsie dives, the more she realizes there are secrets about Eddie’s death that nobody seems to be telling her. With a shocking reveal, readers will not be able to put this book down. The writing is strong and Elsie is a dynamic and rich character. British slang will not deter readers from finding out the truth about Eddie's death.
Suffer Love
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Blake, Ashley Herring
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 07, 2016
Riley, Katherine E. (Katie)
Hadley has just found out that her father, a professor, was sleeping with one of his grad students. Sam is in a similar situation. He and his little sister walked in on their mother with someone other than their dad. At school, on Sam’s first day, he bumps into Hadley after she is being publicly slut-shamed with signs in front of her locker. Although an awkward situation, there is an instant connection between Hadley and Sam. The connection is undeniable until Sam realizes that Hadley’s dad is the same man his mother was with that one fateful night. The chemistry and tensions between the two teens build as Sam puts off telling Hadley what he knows. Both Hadley and Sam are broken and so are their families, but they are surrounded by mostly supportive friends and siblings in this sweet, heartbreaking love story. The characters explore the gray area of truth and lies while navigating the tricky territory of discovering that people are not perfect. This debut novel has a strong voice and approaches the heartbreakingly honest narrative style of Jandy Nelson’s books. Kids will tear through this book, loving the sweet and quirky characters and the gut-wrenching romance.
Ultimate Pirate Handbook
TEMPLAR [TEMPLAR]
Hamilton, Libby
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
3rd grade to 5th grade
August 07, 2016
Averill, Linda
Formatted much like a picture dictionary the pirate "pecking order" is defined with Captain at the top followed by First Mate, Bosun and Shop Master. The "Skilled Sailors" are master gunner, surgeon, carpenter and cooper. The Common Seadogs are gunner, cook, ABS (able-bodied sailors) and sail maker. The understudies are the cabin boy, and powder monkey. The jobs are defined. The ship is pictured and parts are labelled. Food, sleeping quarters, personal hygiene, and sanitation practices are detailed. Dress code is explained and proper pirate language made clear. Weapons like an ax, barefoot barbs and tar bombs are pictured and an explanation of their use is included. Illnesses and injuries that may happen to a pirate are noted as are the treatments and what happens to a dead pirate. Brief mention is made of pirate ghost ships. Kinds of treasure to take and reasons to see and seize it are given. Seven pirates are named in the "Pirate Hall of Fame". Pop-ups and flaps hiding more information will make this appealing to pirate loving readers.
Basketball Record Breakers
Sportszone/abdo [Sportszone/abdo]
Graves, Will
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
5th grade to 8th grade
August 07, 2016
Averill, Linda
Arranged alphabetically by last name 14 athletes and their accomplishments are each detailed in a two page spread. The first page gives the facts, and career highlights while the facing page has a color photograph, usually an action shot. The final page gives photos and facts of 4 basketball players that are predicted as "rising stars".
Missions Of The U.s. Navy Seals
CHILDS WORLD [CHILDS WORLD]
Haskell, S
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 07, 2016
Averill, Linda
The clear photographs, information about Seal training (Hell Week) and real missions wil appeal to readers. The missions described include one in 1972 in Vietnam, another in Somalia during 1993, the third in 2002 in Afghanistan and the last one took place during 2003 in the Persian Gulf. A table of contents, glossary, index and bibliography are included.
Inside The Super Bowl
CHILDS WORLD [CHILDS WORLD]
Kortemeier, Todd
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 07, 2016
Averill, Linda
The "Fast Facts" give the football novice the basic history of the Super Bowl; who plays, when, what's the prize and when it began. Each of the 5 following chapters has two or three photographs and text giving an overview of a perspective; that of a fan, a player (David Tyree), the half-time performer (U2), a referee (Bill Vinovich), and a coach (Pete Carroll). Included are a table of contents, glossary, index, and bibliography.
Squirrel Me Timbers
Picture Window Books [Picture Window Books]
Pigott, Louise
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
August 08, 2016
Turpin, Sharon
Rhyming text recounts the story of Sammy the squirrel, who thinks of himself as a pirate, as he sets out to have an adventure. Immediately he finds a treasure map where hundreds of nuts are hidden at X marks the spot. This daring guy dives right in even though it’s dark, lands in thistles, narrowly avoids being eaten by a crocodile as he sails into a smelly boot that just happens to be floating by. In his “vessel” he makes it down the river past a haunted area to a group trees where X marks the spot, but no treasure is in sight. In frustration he kicks a tree and suddenly a torrent of hazelnuts rains down upon him. Supposedly some previous squirrel pirates had buried this treasure which “grew tall and now hung overhead." The ending had this adult a bit confused, but maybe children will take it in stride. The binding is sturdy and has no need of a dust jacket. The illustations prove colorful, and Sammy may verge on cute in his pirate’s garb and 2 front teeth. The rhyming and rhythm are sometimes awkward and have to be read a few times to get the correct emphasis. Also an annoying, and unnecessary, narrator butts in from time to time seemingly giving Sammy advice.
Quick, Little Monkey!
Boyds Mills Press [Boyds Mills Press]
Thomson, Sarah L
Judge, Lita
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
August 08, 2016
Turpin, Sharon
The darling illustrations of a pygmy marmoset, the world’s smallest monkey, and her father, will draw in adult and child readers alike. Little Monkey loves to fly on her father’s back through the uppermost reaches of the jungle. Her father is always teaching her to hide or be quick, quiet, or still depending on what other animals are near. When he leaves her she stays still until a butterfly distracts her. Unfortunately she falls down to the earth where she puts her learning to use. She hides from the ocelot, but springs away when it leaps, flying from vine to vine until one of these is a predatory snake. Her father snatches her away just in time, and they get back to familiar territory. The story is simple, the writing style and word choice are rich, and the illustrations are remarkable with the close-ups and big eyes (sometimes crossed) of the marmosets. Young children will enjoy the little adventure and thanks to the author’s note learn the names of the animals in the book.
Mindstorms : Level 1
Cherry Lake Publishing [Cherry Lake Publishing]
Hixon, Rena
Additional Minus -- Mediocre.
3rd grade to 5th grade
August 09, 2016
Averill, Linda
This is a beginners guide to building a Lego robot and should be used in conjunction with the Mindstorms Evolution 3 kit. The directions and explanations are clear and photographs show users what they should be viewing as they progress. Youngsters can learn how to design, build and program a robot using these directions and and the Lego kit. An index, glossary, and bibliography are included.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis : Grammy-Winning Hip-Hop Duo
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Cummings, Judy Dodge
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
5th grade to 8th grade
August 09, 2016
Averill, Linda
The history of this hip-hop music providing team is described; from their birthplace and school years to how they met and the collaboration began. Macklemore's problems with drugs and alcohol are addressed. The focus is on their music, the songs, how they are arranged and the honors awarded. Color photographs of stars at events will make this a popular read. Included are a table of contents, glossary, index, timeline and bibliography.
Basketball Superstars, 2016
SCHOLASTIC NONFICTION [SCHOLASTIC NONFICTION]
Kelley, K C
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 09, 2016
Averill, Linda
Arranged alphabetically by last name, 14 athletes and their basketball accomplishments are each detailed in a two page spread. The first page gives the facts while the facing page has a color photograph, usually a close-up action shot. The final page provides facts and photos of 4 "rising stars."
Pacific Ocean
BELLWETHER MEDIA [BELLWETHER MEDIA]
Oachs, Emily Rose
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
2nd grade to 4th grade
August 09, 2016
Averill, Linda
Interesting facts are covered in this volume; from who named the Pacific Ocean and what the name means to the size and depth. Different sea creatures are mentioned and shown in photographs that will appeal to readers. Maps help clarify concepts such as hemisphere and equator. Typhoons, are explained briefly and simply as are the earth's plates and how earthquakes happen. Tsunamis are not mentioned. Included are a table of contents, glossary, index and a two page spread labelled "Fast Facts about the Pacific Ocean".
Saving Eyesight : Adventures Of Seva Around The World
FIREFLY BOOKS [FIREFLY BOOKS]
Pruessen, Linda
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
All ages
August 09, 2016
Seasholes, Craig L
If you’re reading this review you don’t need Seva...they need you. As an outstanding example of an international NGO, Seva helps restore sight to people in the developing world through low and no-cost eye care, surgery and eye-health education. This richly photographed and well-written book describes how vision works, when it doesn’t and provides examples of Seva’s humanitarian work. Short illustrated case studies from Nepal, Tibet, India, Cambodia, Eastern Africa and Guatemala give readers a glimpse of the transformative nature of restorative eye care. It would be useful in health and social studies class, in developing empathy and encouraging students to consider taking action to support the work of providing access to affordable eye care. Initial chapters cover the basics of an eye screening and glossary reinforces key terms. Maps, country thumbnails and many “sight stories” makes this a recommended title for all library collections.
Where's the Elephant?
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Barroux
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
August 09, 2016
Seasholes, Craig L
Colorful, wordless picture book introduces a cheery elephant, parrot and snake well hidden in a colorful forest. Can you find them hiding in the forest? Youngsters will eagerly search and find them in consecutive two page spreads. What they will also notice, starting in the lower left hand corner is the expanding logging and houses encroaching on the forest available to elephant and friends until they find themselves surrounded, and confined to an urban zoo. The penultimate spread shows the trio escaping through the elephant's swinging the final uprooted tree like a broom to clear a path to the seaside, where a boat carries them away, on the final page to a new jungle on a distant shore. Not a typical environmental moral, the book is nevertheless a charmer and gentlest of introductions to the problems of deforestation that plague rain-forests the world around. If only there were always such happy endings! Additional purchase, but good enough for gentle environmental discussions with the preK-K set.
Fall Of The House Of West
FIRST SECOND [FIRST SECOND]
Pope, Paul
Rubin, David
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
August 09, 2016
Seasholes, Craig L
Second of two prequels to Paul Pope's "Battling Boy" co written with action film maker JT Petty, this graphic novel tells the story of Aurora West, a determined tween-aged monster-fighting daughter of grieving but still super-hero detective Haggard West. Monsters launch a dastardly plan to lure Aurora with clues about her mother's killers that lead her to their giant spider, who captures the impulsive Aurora as be "live bait" to get Haggard to come within range of their mighty cannon. Lots of "pow" and "crash" actions scenes, with enough sound effects spelled screaming through the black and white action panels drawn by David Rubin that will satisfy the action-comic/video game crowd. An additional purchase for middle grade graphic novel collections, notable for its two strong, smart female characters (Aurora and her broad shouldered, prosthetic-legged nanny/bodyguard) more than for the many monsters razor sharp teeth and dastardly designs to destroy the world of Acropolis.
Bushes
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Mooney, Carla
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
August 14, 2016
Averill, Linda
This is a biography of the Bush family members who have entered politics beginning with Prescott Bush. Prescott laid the foundation for the following generations; his son George H.W., grandsons George W. and Jeb and great-grandchildren. A synopsis of George H.W.'s life and political career is covered as is that of 2 of Prescott's grandsons, George W. and Jeb. The future of the Bush family in politics is detailed within one chapter, covering the great-grandchildren who have entered the political arena. A family tree, timeline, glossary, bibliography, and a page of fun facts are included.
Miley Cyrus : Pop Princess
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Anderson, Jennifer Jolin
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
5th grade to 8th grade
August 14, 2016
Averill, Linda
This biography, while focusing on Miley Cyrus' rise to stardom, does include information about her family and home life, especially her famous father and how he and his father impacted her career choices. The text gives her performances in plays from her first tv role at age 8, and parts in elementary school plays. It covers her early years of acting and singing, her rise to fame and her struggle to change her image to one she felt was more mature. Her song writing, songs and performances are detailed and honors received are covered. A table of contents, glossary, index, timeline and source note are included. Color photographs will appeal to fans.
Bombs Over Bikini : The World's First Nuclear Disaster
TWENTY FIRST CENTURY BOOKS [TWENTY FIRST CENTURY BOOKS]
Goldsmith, Connie
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
6th grade to 12th grade
August 18, 2016
Seasholes, Craig L
During the Cold War, between 1946-58 the US military tested 67 nuclear bombs in the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. The residents of Bikini and Enewetak Atolls were removed from their traditional communities, contaminated and sickened by radioactive fallout, and subject to deceitful cover-up for what the book's subtitle documents as "the World's First Nuclear Disaster." One should preface this with the qualifier, "accidental"; for the two atomic bombs intentionally dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki directly killed or wounded something like 150,000 and 75,000, the peace-time testing at Bikini Atoll "accidentally" killed and contaminate scores of civilians who had be reassured that they would be safe. The United States government mislead the islanders and the press, and this well-researched book lays bare the catastrophic negligence of the government and suffering of the Marshall islanders. This is a solid and accessable case study in using primary source documents and photographs to uncover and present a shameful story in our nation's history. Extensive source notes, glossary, and resources for further research make this a recommended non-fiction addition to middle and high school collections.
World War I Battles
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Yomtov, Nel
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1120 This title examines the major battles of World War I, including massive land conflicts, the stalemate of trench warfare, and epic air and sea engagements. Compelling narrative text and well-chosen historical photographs and primary sources. Callouts include maps of major battles, short biographies of Mustafa Kemal the Turkish hero of the Battle of Gallipoli; Woodrow Wilson the US. President who wanted to keep the peace; American flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker; John J. Pershing, the American commander in Europe; and the Treaty of Versailles, which ended the war. Photos (some color), timeline, short biographical info, essential facts page, glossary, additional resources with bib. websites, places to visit, and source notes. Essential series for middle & high.
Harlem Hellfighters
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Moore, Shannon Baker
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
This title examines the black troops of World War I and the way their contributions shaped their perceptions back home in the United States. Compelling narrative text and well-chosen historical photographs and primary sources. Incredible acts of bravery in the face of discrimination. Black American troops fought not only the Germans and their allies, but also the prejudice and intolerance of the white troops as well. History of African American participation in the Civil War, as well at the burgeoning civil rights movement after the 1898 passage of Plessy v. Ferguson which made segregation the law of the land. Call out of famous recruits, the difficulty in forming the 15th regiment and its leadership, the joining with the French for military operations, and treatment after the war are all covered. Photos, timeline, short biographical info, essential facts page, glossary, additional resources with bib. websites, places to visit, and source notes. Essential series for middle & high.
World War I Causes
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Sacks, Nathan
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1120 World War I reached nearly every corner of the globe, redrawing national boundaries and killing millions. This title examines the political upheavals, imperialist ambitions, militaristic governments, and tangled alliances that led to World War I. Compelling narrative text and well-chosen historical photographs and primary sources. Photos, timeline, short biographical info, essential facts page, glossary, additional resources with bib. websites, places to visit, and source notes. Essential series for middle & high.
World War I Leaders
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Lanser, Amanda
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1100 This title examines the world leaders during World War I and the ways their leadership roles shaped their country's involvement in the war. Compelling narrative text and well-chosen historical photographs and primary sources. Examines the leadership roles and impacts of Czar Nicholas II of Russia, Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria Hungary, Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany, Chairman Vladimir Lenin of Russia, President Woodrow Wilson of the United States, Prime Ministers David Lloyd George and Herbert Henry Asquith of Great Britain and Premier Georges Clemenceau of France.. Each leader had a number of problems to solve that were related to the war effort and those are detailed as well.. Photos, timeline, short biographical info, essential facts page, glossary, additional resources with bib. websites, places to visit, and source notes. Essential series for middle & high.
World War I Aftermath
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Streissguth, Tom
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1210 This title examines the fractured empires, economic turmoil, political realignments, and technological advances that emerged in the wake of World War I. includes the changing global map and the birth of the League of Nations, , the influenza pandemic and the rise fascism in Germany . Compelling narrative text and well-chosen historical photographs and primary sources. Call outs include Ernest Hemingway whose writings as reporter and as a novelist cast a light on the experience of the common soldier. Photos (some color), timeline, short biographical info, essential facts page, glossary, additional resources with bib. websites, places to visit, and source notes. Essential series for middle & high.
World War I Weapons
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Oachs, Emily Rose
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1070 This title examines the development of the artillery, tanks, U-boats, chemical warfare, and aircraft used during World War I. Compelling narrative text and well-chosen historical photographs and primary sources. Howitzers, flamethrowers, helmets, tanks, bayonets, hand grenades, barbed wire, binoculars, geophones (to listen for trench and tunnel digging), mines, submarines and submarine bombs, chemical weapons, anything that was used by either side is detailed along with incidents like the sinking of the Lusitania which influenced the war’s course. Call outs with short bios of the men in power for all countries involved are included. Photos, timeline, short biographical info, essential facts page, glossary, additional resources with bib. websites, places to visit, and source notes. Essential series for middle & high.
Trench Warfare
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Edwards, Sue Bradford
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1250 This title examines the conditions, designs, soldiers, diseases, and warfare tactics of World War I's trenches. Compelling narrative text and well-chosen historical photographs and primary sources. Focuses on the weapons of war including artillery, mortars, more efficient machine guns, flame throwers, and various deadly gases and how all of those impacted soldiers in the trenches. Tunneling operations on both sides are detailed. Important battles like Gallipoli and the Russian Revolution and their impacts are also called out. One of the bright spots in a war that had no material land gains was the Christmas Truce of 1914. Photos (some color), timeline, short biographical info, essential facts page, glossary, additional resources with bib. websites, places to visit, and source notes. Essential series for middle & high.
Medicine On The Battlefield
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Eboch, M M
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1030 This title examines the medicines and methods used to combat the injuries, infections, and diseases induced by trench warfare. Compelling narrative text and well-chosen historical photographs and primary sources. Focuses on the weapons of war including artillery, mortars, more efficient machine guns, and mustard gas and what treatment each of those required. Triage practice, death by infection, influenza and the resulting loos of troops on all sides. Later chapters discuss shell shock, the name given to what we now call PTSD, the treatment of veterans at home and the continuing care needed and not often received. Photos, timeline, short biographical info, essential facts page, glossary, additional resources with bib. websites, places to visit, and source notes. Essential series for middle & high.
Christmas Truce Of 1914
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Streissguth, Tom
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1150 This title examines the Christmas Truce of 1914, focusing on how the informal truces came to be and exploring the experiences of the soldiers of both sides. Compelling narrative text and well-chosen historical photographs and primary sources. Callouts include the political reasons that the truce could not hold and the personal stories of soldiers on both sides of the conflict. . Photos (some color), timeline, short biographical info, essential facts page, glossary, additional resources with bib. websites, places to visit, and source notes. Essential series for middle & high.
We Will Not Be Silent : The White Rose Student Resistance Mo
CLARION [CLARION]
Freedman, Russell
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
7th grade to 9th grade
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 630 GR. 7-12 There have been a number of books published in the last two years about various Nazi resistance movements, but nothing about movement within Germany itself. This addresses that need and profiles the courage of members Hans and Sophie Scholl who were, at one time members of the Hitler Youth. But their family’s encouragement of free thought and their father’s warning that the Nazi’s were misusing the German people shamelessly, meant that they left. When they went to Munich to college they found others who believed as they did. Out discussion friendships were formed and plans made to let the German spread the message of resistance. The White Rose (symbolizing purity in the face of evil) Movement produced 6 leaflets in 1942 which found their way throughout all of Germany. In 1943 Sophie and Hans took leaflets to Munich University and were distributing them when the Gestapo arrived. Seeing that there was no escape, Sophie dropped off the leaflets in a rain from the balcony of the second floor. The brother and sister were arrested and taken to Gestapo headquarters where they were interrogated, they did not give up their compatriots, were given a kangaroo court trial, convicted of treason and sentenced to death.
Native American Code Talkers
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Eboch, M M
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 970 Gr. 7-12 This title examines the Native American servicemen known as the code talkers, focusing on their role in coded communication during World War II including developing the codes, their training, and their work in war zones. Background information about code breaking in general, on the Navajo Nation and its relationship with the US at the time of the war. Callouts with short bios of Chester Nez, Charles Chibitty, and Carl Gorman. Information on how the code was created, the Navajo alphabet, how the code was improved, and the special service that the code talkers provided at Guadalcanal. Compelling narrative text and well-chosen historical photographs and primary sources. Features include a glossary, a selected bibliography, websites, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and essential facts. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.
Nameless City
FIRST SECOND [FIRST SECOND]
Hicks, Faith Erin
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
5th grade to 8th grade
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 320 Graphic Novel Gr. 5+ The first book in Hicks’ new series features a13th century like Chinese city set in a desirable location that is forever being invaded by one nation or another and is given a new name by each conqueror. But those who try to rename the city are forever outsiders. Tensions between the residents and the outsiders are always present. Kaidu is an outsider, a dreamy, sheltered boy how comes in contact with Rat a street girl who is City born and bred. At first she hates Kaidu and everything she thinks he stands for, but Kai’s love for the city unites them in a common cause… saving Nameless city from civil unrest and potential invasion. Rat teaches Kai to appreciate where he lives by taking him on parkour like tours across rooftop and over walls The drawings tell the story with cinematic action; the visual clues are as strong as the dialogue. The panels are brilliantly detailed and subtly colored to show tie of day, the emotional feeling of the episode or of the characters.Fans of Fullmetal Alchemist, Avatar, and The Last Airbender will appreciate its mix of fun, adventure and exploration of questions of identity, belonging, and history. Starred reviews: Booklist, Kirkus, Pub. Weekly, VOYA
It's Getting Hot In Here : The Past, Present, And Future Of
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Heos, Bridget
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1180 Temperatures are inching up. Glaciers are melting, Ocean levels are rising. Our climate is changing. How we got where we are today as a planet , how we know the climate is changing, and what can be done is order to avoid making the situation work is the focus of this book. Heos offers straightforward explanations and directly addresses arguments commonly made by those who deny global warming. Full-color photographs from all corners of the globe depict many places already feeling the effects of rising sea levels and changing weather patterns. Perhaps the most powerful aspect of the book is the “Be the Change” section at the end of each Chap., which encourages readers to make changes in their own lifestyles to slow the rate of environmental degradation, reinforcing the notion that human actions have a direct effect on the climate. Engaging and relevant, this book urges readers to think about the implications of their actions beyond their own communities. Necessary purchase for high school libraries Glossary, notes, selected bib.—many can be accessed on line--, index, illustrations (some color), color maps
With Malice
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Cook, Eileen
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 770 HL The tagline is the truth is how you tell it. The psychological thriller feels a bit like Agatha Christie in its plotting and reveal structure, but it’s no cozy mystery. Jill wakes up in a hospital bed with a broken leg, stitches in her face and a wiped memory. The previous 6 weeks have disappeared, the 6 weeks when she was in Italy on a study tour. All is compounded by police detectives who want answers about the car crash in Italy where her best friend was killed, her father has hired a lawyer and a press agent. Maybe it was an accident, maybe not; but the national attention that the case is getting isn’t good; she’s being accused of murder. So how is the truth told? Can Jill trust anyone? The slow reveal of her memories and the various points of view from people involved are revealed in blog posts and interviews in magazines, newspapers, and Crime Watch episodes. This is an interesting look at how stories are spun with gossip and hubbub and how distracting that can be. Fast-pacing means that several of the characters are stock and not well-developed although they tend to pivot the story. No one character really shines, not even Jill. What does provide interest is the slippery notion of truth vs perception.
Running Dry : The Global Water Crisis
TWENTY FIRST CENTURY BOOKS [TWENTY FIRST CENTURY BOOKS]
Kallen, Stuart A
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1230 Gr. 8-12 An urgent call for action as climate change and continuing waste and pollution of available fresh water pose imminent threats to human health and agriculture. An introduction explains where fresh water is available and where it is most needed, while subsequent chapters discuss how water is tainted and where, the concept of supply and demand, and our changing climate. Fast facts, statistics, and information on governmental policies and scientific innovations that may help save water are all presented, allowing readers a brief overview of this global issue. The information is organized well, and the accompanying photos will enhance understanding. Both the length and format (comprised of short sections that shed light on various topics, such as water conservation, water rights, fracking, and the water cycle) of the book will appeal to those with little or no background on the subject.
TIME BETWEEN US
HYPERION PRESS [HYPERION PRESS]
STONE, TAMARA IRELAND
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Gr 7-12 For teen fans of time travel romance, like The Lake House or the time Traveler’s Wife, this will fill a niche. Anna Bennett were never supposed to meet, she lives in 1995 Chicago and he’s from 2012 San Francisco. But Bennet can navigate the space-time continuum and brings Anna a whole new world of adventure and curiosity. Will time knock Bennet back to the time where he belongs? How far can they push the boundaries and what are the consequences of pushing too far? The cover is not very compelling and I suspect that this kept the first time author from being reviewed in 2013. Too bad. The story’s suspense and the emotional glue provided by Anna keeps the book from descending into the weirdness of two characters who are so far apart in real age in real time.
Thoreau : A Sublime Life
Nbm Publishing [Nbm Publishing]
Dan, A
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
French artist A. Dan and writer, colorist A. LeRoy captures not only the words and actions of Thoreau, but also the places, the intellectual settings of Northern Massachusetts where he lived. The elongated figures and acute angles read like Hell Boy or Batman, but the colors, earthy browns, greens and yellows anchor the story firmly. The illustrations tell the story with only occasional punctuation from Thoreau’s diary and some dialog to move the narrative. Le Roy emphasizes Thoreau’s political stances—his reasons for the Walden experiment, his practice of civil disobedience, and his abolitionism—and rejects viewing him as either a pacifist or an anarchist. He quotes enough from Thoreau’s writings and conversation to make his lifelong contrariness obvious, but not as obnoxious as many found and still find it. A 6 page afterword by French-American scholar Michel Granger, is included. It’s hard to read because of a poor translation, but reading between the lines gives additional information useful to students and teachers. Excellent choice for anyone who is reading Thoreau’s writings.
May Queen Murders
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Jude, Sarah
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 720 Hi/Lo Gothic tale set in Rowan’s Glen, an isolated community in the Ozarks. Ivy Templeton , whose mother is Mexican, has spent her whole life hearing about Birch Markle, sadistic murdering boogieman. Her parentage is important because it excludes her from competing for May Queen. Her best friend is her cousin Heather who will be a shoo in without Ivy in the race. But Heather is acting a bit strangely, going off in the dark with her mysterious lover and making plans to leave. Ivy feels left out of everything and she begins seeing dark visions. She’s convinced that Heather is in danger, especially if she’s elected May Queen and when she disappears, Ivy’s understanding of her cousin and the town she lives in is turned upside down. This mystery is ripe with superstition and serves up an atmospheric, authentic-feeling setting a good coming of age tale, and a nice balance of foreboding and brightness. The only drawback is the flatness of the villains, they need to be a bit more nuanced, but not bad for a first novel. I’ll watch for more from her.
Dark Missions Of Edgar Brim
TUNDRA BOOKS [TUNDRA BOOKS]
Peacock, Shane
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
First in a new series. Edgar Brim has lived through every story that he has ever read or has been read aloud to him. He suffers from night terrors, an old crone, with his dead mother’s face, trying to choke the life out of him. He’s sure that someday she will succeed. He tries to tell himself that she doesn’t exist but he knows better. Victorian Gothic with a bit of a murder mystery. When Edgar’s father dies mysteriously, he is sent to the bleak and dangerous College on the Moors for Boys where he is bullied by both the students and the Masters. In his last year of school, when a young boy he has befriended suddenly dies, teenage Edgar is approached by Professor Lear, who claims that the student and Edgar's father were both murdered for the same reason that Edgar's own life is in danger--they suspected the monsters from dark stories are real. Joined by the professor's attractive grandson and fearless granddaughter, as well as a talented and deceptive friend from school, Edgar and Lear set out to hunt down the bloodthirsty creature from the pages of the newest sensation novel, Dracula, before it kills them to protect its secret. Cameo appearances from Bram Stoker and actor Henry Irving. Great gothic tale.
Mark Of Cain
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Barraclough, Lindsey
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
All ages
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 950 The continuation of the tale started in Long Lankin written as a companion book and can stand alone. In 1567 baby Aphra is found in the English marshes by two witches who raise her as their own and teach her the dark arts. When they are killed by an angry mob, Aphra makes a vow of revenge that grows stronger and stronger as she learns to survive on her own. She is shunned and feared by everyone except for a leper man. His tenderness for her is her only solace. When he is killed, her bitterness is compounded and she curses the man and all his line. Forward to 1962 finds Cora and Mimi the last of this line and inheritors of an old English pile. Their desire to renovate releases the trapped spirit of Aphra and she begins a campaign to bring her vengeance to fruition. Atmospheric, creepy, horrific, and unrelentingly miserable. The writing is well done, literary in fact, but it’s such a dark book that most of the time I couldn’t appreciate that. I probably shouldn’t have read it during the political conventions.
Incredible Adventures Of Cinnamon Girl
Peachtree Publishers [Peachtree Publishers]
Keil, Melissa
Lawrence, Mike
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 860 Hi/Lo The cover and the art work at the beginning of each Chap. suggest that this might be the back story for a superhero. Nope, but it’s a clever entrée to a coming of age story. Budding comics artist Sarah Albany, Alba, lives with her mother behind their bakery in the tiny town of Eden Valley, Australia. High school is over, most of her friends are planning to leave and Alba’s sure that they’ll never come back. She thinks she wants to stay working in the bakery and drawing her alter ego superhero, Cinnamon Girl; but her best friend, Grady, is trying to convince her to leave too. It will take something extraordinary to get Alba off the dime. How about a prediction of the end of the world scheduled for their small Australian outback town on New Year’s Eve? It’s the height of summer and flocks of people, mainly eccentric, descend on a town that isn’t equipped to handle the. All Alba wants is for things to stay the same, not going to happen because a boy who moved away several years before and has become a swoon-worthy TV star returns to complicate matters. The banter is smart, sassy, and thought-provoking. A little romance adds spice, but introspection and uncertainty about life after high school that shines.
Saturday Night Live : Shaping Tv Comedy And American Culture
TWENTY FIRST CENTURY BOOKS [TWENTY FIRST CENTURY BOOKS]
Kaplan, Arie
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1270 “Dying is easy; it’s comedy that’s hard.” With its debut in 1975 Saturday Night Live changed comedy and sketch shows forever. The Not Ready for Prime Time Players and producer Lorne Michaels, brought edginess that appealed to it young target audience. Nothing was off limits; politics, sex, religion, celebrity all became grist for satire and parody at the same time giving the audience the feeling that in many cases they were just like or knew folks like the characters that populated the show. An excellent overview of the show’s history, the issues addressed by decade, its players, the characters that they created that are now part of American culture, and why those characters worked at the time they were popular. Source notes, catchphrase quiz, Second City Comedy club connection, writers, selected bibliography, suggestions for further reading, and index. . If schools are looking for popular culture run downs, television history, and why we need shows like SNL this is the book to buy.
Hannibal
Franklin Watts [Franklin Watts]
Brooks, Philip
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 900 Wicked History is a series of biographies for middle and high school students that focus on individuals who changed the course of history. This offering lets the reader see Hannibal in relation to friends, family and enemies via a Wicked Web graphic, provides maps to pinpoint the area under dispute, and each section offers a Big question and subsidiary questions to keep in mind when reading. Lavishly illustrated with pictures of artifacts, paintings, statues and illustrations made through the centuries as Hannibal’s legend evolved. World history students will get a good understanding of the Punic Wars, the reason the commanders don’t rely on elephants (Odds are they will lose as many of their own men to the animals as to the enemy’s warriors), and will be encouraged to weigh whether Hannibal was wicked. Includes related primary sources, prompts for students to reflect on what they've read, and project ideas for further inquiry. Tied to social Studies Standards.
Neverwas
ARTHUR A LEVINE BOOKS [ARTHUR A LEVINE BOOKS]
Moore, Kelly
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 660 H/L Horror /fantasy sequel to Amber House but enough backstory is given to a reader who comes to this first. In this world, the Nazis won, racism is rampant and there are several independent states in the US as a result of the actions in the first book. Maryland, where Sarah is now, is in the American Confederations of States. Sarah is miserable here, in what feels like a foreign land, and Amber House itself isn't helping. While she loved it as a child, now it seems eerie and frightening. Then she begins to see visions of her ancestors acting out scenes from the past. What's more, Sarah sees herself. but not herself. When these visions are over, she can remember incidents from her past, though she, the Sarah that is here now, never did the things that girl did. Is she going mad like her great-aunt Fiona? Or is Amber House trying to tell her something about the past, the future, and how to fix both?
Hero
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Burling, Alexis
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1170 This title examines the role and theme of the hero archetype in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, To Kill a Mockingbird, 12 Years a Slave, The Scarlet Letter, and Little Women. It features and overview of each title. There are four analysis papers that consider the hero archetype, each using different critical lenses, writing techniques, or aspects of the theme. Critical thinking questions, sidebars highlighting and explaining each thesis and argument, and other possible approaches for analysis help students understand the mechanics of essay writing. Features include a small glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Interest level is given 5-8 but the titles and the depth of the reading suggest that this would work better in high school. Could use much better cover art to sell a good idea to help teach critical writing. Chap. 1. Intro to themes in literature - Chap. 2. Oerview of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Chap. 3. Harry Potter as anti-archetype - Chap. 4. Overview of TKM - Chap.5. Atticus Finch: moral compass - Chap. 6. Overview of 12 Years a Slave - Chap. 7. Northup, abolitionist hero
Antihero
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Joline, Jennifer Anderso
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1100 This title examines the role and theme of the antihero archetype in Macbeth, Wuthering Heights, Notes from the Underground, and Native Son. It features and overview of each title. There are four analysis papers that consider the antihero archetype, each using different critical lenses, writing techniques, or aspects of the theme. Critical thinking questions, sidebars highlighting and explaining each thesis and argument, and other possible approaches for analysis help students understand the mechanics of essay writing. Features include a small glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Interest level is given 5-8 but the titles and the depth of the reading suggest that this would work better in high school. Could use much better cover art to sell a good idea to help teach critical writing.
Love
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Combs, Maggie
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
This title examines the role and theme of the love in Divergent, Of Mice and Men, Shakespeare's sonnets, and Disney fairy tales, primarily Frozen. It features and overview of each title. There are four analysis papers that consider the theme of love, each using different critical lenses, writing techniques, or aspects of the theme. Critical thinking questions, sidebars highlighting and explaining each thesis and argument, and other possible approaches for analysis help students understand the mechanics of essay writing. Features include a small glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Interest level is given 5-8 but some of the titles and the depth of the reading suggest that this would work better in high school. Could use much better cover art to sell a good idea to help teach critical writing. Chap. 1. Intro. to themes in literature - Chap. 2. Overview of Disney fairy tales - Chap. 3. Frozen's modern love -- Chap. 4. Overview of Shakespeare's sonnets - Chap. 5. Shakespeare's contrasting techniques - Chap. 6. Overview of Divergent - Chap. 7. Tris's self-love - Chap. 8. Overview of Of Mice and Men - Chap. 9. Love as friendship.
Quest
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Hamen, Susan E
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1070 This title examines the role and theme of the quest in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Hunger Games, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight It features and overview of each title. There are four analysis papers that consider the quest archetype, each using different critical lenses, writing techniques, or aspects of the theme. Critical thinking questions, sidebars highlighting and explaining each thesis and argument, and other possible approaches for analysis help students understand the mechanics of essay writing. Features include a small glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Interest level is given 5-8 but the titles and the depth of the reading suggest that this would work better in high school. Could use much better cover art to sell a good idea to help teach critical writing. Chap. 1. Intro. to themes in literature - Chap. 2. An overview of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Chap. 3. Women on quests - Chap. 4. An overview of The Hunger Games - Chap. 5. The flawed mentor - Chap. 6. Overview of the Lord of the Rings trilogy - Chap. 7. A religious journey - Chap. 8. Overview of Sir Gawain
Coming Of Age
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Bodden, Valerie
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1040 This title examines the role and theme of coming of age in A Separate Peace, The Catcher in the Rye, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Giver, and The Fault in Our Stars. It features and overview of each title. There are four analysis papers that consider coming of theme, each using different critical lenses, writing techniques, or aspects of the theme. Critical thinking questions, sidebars highlighting and explaining each thesis and argument, and other possible approaches for analysis help students understand the mechanics of essay writing. Features include a small glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Interest level is given 5-8 but the titles and the depth of the reading suggest that this would work better in high school. Could use much better cover art to sell a good idea to help teach critical writing.
Biblical Allusions
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Bacher, Lindsay
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1070 This title examines the role and theme of Biblical allusions in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Matrix, Lord of the Flies, and The Lion King.. It features and overview of each title. There are four analysis papers that consider the use of biblical allusion each using different critical lenses, writing techniques, or aspects of the theme. Critical thinking questions, sidebars highlighting and explaining each thesis and argument, and other possible approaches for analysis help students understand the mechanics of essay writing. ; Features include a small glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Interest level is given 5-8 but the titles and the depth of the reading suggest that this would work better in high school. Could use much better cover art to sell a good idea to help teach critical writing. Chap. 1. Introduction to themes in literature -- Chap. 2. Overview of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe -- Chap. 3. C.S. Lewis and author intent -- Chap. 4. Overview of The Matrix - Chap. 5. Humanity's savior in The Matrix -- Chap. 6. Overview of Lord of the Flies -- Chap. 7. The fall in Lord of the Flies
Revenge
Essential Library/abdo [Essential Library/abdo]
Ray, Caitlin
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 20, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 1120 This title examines the role and theme of revenge in Hamlet, Othello, True Grit, The Princess Bride, and "The Cask of Amontillado.". It features and overview of each title. There are four analysis papers that consider the revenge theme, each using different critical lenses, writing techniques, or aspects of the theme. Critical thinking questions, sidebars highlighting and explaining each thesis and argument, and other possible approaches for analysis help students understand the mechanics of essay writing. Features include a small glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Interest level is given 5-8 but the titles and the depth of the reading suggest that this would work better in high school. Could use much better cover art to sell a good idea to help teach critical writing. Chap. 1. Intro to themes in literature -- Chap. 2. Overview of Hamlet and Othello -- Chap. 3. Vengeful characters -- Chap. 4. Overview of "The Cask of Amontillado" -- Chap. 5. Symbolic revenge -- Chap. 6. Overview of True Grit -- Chap. 7. Banding together for revenge -- Chap. 8. Overview of The Princess Bride -- Chap. 9. Anti-revenge in The Princess Bride
Gathering Of Wings
RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS FOR YOUNG READER [RANDOM HOUSE]
Klimo, Kate
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 21, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Mythological quest fantasy, a relatively unremarkable second in a duet. Malora is a last human in a world of scientifically-created mythological creatures. She has a herd of horses, a few true friends and is an accomplished blacksmith. She also has dreams and one she is certain is true: Sky, her prize stallion, has been taken captive, is in danger and needs her help. She will have to leave her home on Mount Kheiron, a stronghold of the centaurs and pairs her with a young man with bird’s wings. Dangers, tests, self-awareness, Sphinx, Chimera, and Minotaur, oh my. No surprises.
Be An Adventurer
Hungry Tomato [Hungry Tomato]
Oxlade, Chris
Sassin, Eva
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
August 21, 2016
Sepessy, Lona
Knot tying, shelter building, bow and arrow making, and raft building are just a few of the highlights found in this adventure skill book. Imagine learning about maggot therapy cleaning an infected wound or scrapping charcoal to swallow for an upset stomach. The variety of outdoors activities is reminiscent of a small portion or a Boy or Girl Scout manual, with directions and descriptions of activities matched with colorful images for each step. Comedic additions of squirrels balancing on the thin guide wire for a shelter and a bear popping up from the tent are joined by a sunglass wearing seal in an inner tube and a moose with a sore hoof waiting for duct tape stitches. Whether readers try the activities or not, the humor and witty text provide plenty of entertainment as well as ideas for rainy days or vacation projects. Safety rules and standard gear are explained in the beginning and appropriate reminders are included with the activities. Two pages of stand-alone facts about the activities conclude the book. Book talk and include in a prominent display for best circulation.
CANTICLE OF WHISPERS
ROARING BROOK PRESS [MACMILLAN]
WHITLEY, DAVID
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
7th grade to 9th grade
August 21, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 740 Final book in the Agora Trilogy. Mark and Lily are separated but still determined to discover the answers to their questions about a prophecy which has bearing on who they are and how the world came to be as it is. Each struggles to find the other having seen the dark side of capitalist society and the terrifying side of utopian community. In this book, they journey deep underground to a world populated by people terrified of physical touch but capable of creating mesmerizing song. Here they learn the secret of Agora’s power and try to right the wrongs of their forefathers. The question will be whether or not they will have to sacrifice themselves? This is rated from YA, but the characters are so too young to likely appeal to that audience. The world is a bit Steampunk, but not enough to reach that readership, most of the characters and action are flat and seem to serve in the same way a car chase covers a thin plot in a summer movie. But if kids are looking for a beach read, this might fit the bill. I suggest they have read the two preceding titles: The Midnight Charter and the Children of the Lost.
THIRTEENTH ROSE
RAVEN BOOKS [RAVEN BOOKS]
BOWEN, GAIL
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 21, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 680 Hi/Lo A rapid read from Orca Press. Charlie D. has a late night talk show; on Valentine’s the topic is “satisfaction” and his guest is a beautiful 25-year-old ex-escort. He knows that his audience will be intrigues. But when a caller says, “Tell Charlie’s guest to watch her step. It’s take-out-the-garbage night. Time to kill all the hookers and wash the street with blood,” and directs them to a website where real-time killings of prostitutes can be watched, a race to find the killers is on. This twist humanizes sex workers and helps readers see individuals not just as commodities. Fast-paced, compassionate and complex realistic fiction.
M IN THE ABSTRACT
RED DEER PRESS [RED DEER PRESS]
DAVEY, DOUGLAS
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 21, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Teen angst, family dysfunction, isolation, powerful and maybe supernatural manifestations of dark secrets, searching for oneself? All the elements that lovers of Club Melancholy (I love it here, it’s so depressing.) are looking for. Mary is Mariposa, she haunted by mysterious dark shadows that has cut her off from the rest of the world. She knows little about her father and her relationship with her mother is fraught with things unsaid and things that shouldn’t have been said. She’s at the point where she’s about to crack a revealing the secret she keeps is more and more attractive. As Mary comes into herself she starts to wonder how to let go and use what has kept her trapped to set her free. Surprisingly humorous in places and the relationships with her friends is touching. Lots of F Bombs.
JERSEY ANGEL
WENDY LAMB BOOKS [WENDY LAMB BOOKS]
BAUMAN, BETH ANN
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 21, 2016
Datisman, Eve
This book by the author or Rosie and Skate has been sitting on the review table for 4 years. Too bad it feel in to the category of book jackets showing the backs of bikini clad girls. The choice to focus on the Jersey Shore aspect of the book did it a disservice. In this coming of age tale Angel Cassonetti knows that adventure awaits on the beaches and boardwalks in the summer before her senior year. During the long summer nights things begin to change, her boyfriend wants to get serious, not Angel. She is aware of her effect on the opposite sex and she likes it. Her best friend Inggy, the girl with everything, is absent going on college tours; Angel wonders where her life is going to go. Because Iggny is gone, and Angel is a bit a loose ends, she starts to get close to Cork, Inggy’s boyfriend. This is a story of secrets, friendships and summer-fueled lust and the consequences of bad choices. But because it’s a beach read, there is a pretty good ending and it’s not as frothy as the cover might suggest.
Burn : Michael Faraday's Candle
Mims House [Mims House]
Pattison, Darcy
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
2nd grade to 4th grade
August 21, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Gr. 1-4 Adapted from scientist Michael Faraday's "Chemical History of a Candle," (published in 1861 and never out-of-print) this is the story of one of the Royal Institution's Christmas lectures for children, specifically, Faraday's 1848 talk and demonstration on candles. The story starts with descriptions of the excitement of the crowd, the sights and sounds of the London streets, and the lecture hall, structured for the crowd's ease of observation and safety. Faraday’s questions: What makes a candle burn? How is solid wax changed into light and heat? Provide a good basic introduction to chemistry and sets up the basic questions for scientific inquiry: What is the cause? Why does it occur? Especially effective if students can participate in science activities. Humorous illustrations using paper cutout, gouache, and crayon convey accurate information. Short bio of Faraday, and the Christmas Lecture series. Science related glossary and a reference to activities sponsored by The National Candle Society. Sidelight to history: The Children’s Christmas lecture series began in 1825 and has continued to present day, with a pause during World War II.
Millions For A Song
RED DEER PRESS [RED DEER PRESS]
Vanasse, Andre
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 21, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Translation of: Des millions pour une chanson and Reves de gloire. Teenaged Alex and his Quebec rock band, The Nexxtep, are excited to be composing, playing, and recording their own songs, but his parents, both teachers, are upset that the songs are not in French. His parents think that rock is passé, but Alex declares that “his generation will get it right.” The dynamics of the band and the love /hate relationship that is in constant swing with two members adds a realistic complication as does a prophetic remark from a chance meeting with one of their rock idols, “Be careful, the music business is full of sharks.” Sure enough a shady manager worms his way into the band and they begin to see the darker side of the music biz. Alex and the band will have to learn how to fight back and win. Formulaic realistic fiction with a good translation. The characters are interesting enough to lift it. Music kids will read this.
Has To Be Love
Albert Whitman Teen [Albert Whitman Teen]
Perry, Jolene
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
9th grade to 12th grade/Young Adult
August 21, 2016
Datisman, Eve
Lexile 720 Hi/Lo Gr. 7-12 Clara has raised facial and neck scars gotten at age 7 from a bear attack that killed her mother. That’s one reason that she’s not sure that she will say yes to the acceptance letter from Columbia’s writing program. Secondly Elias won’t be going and he’s proposed. Thirdly, she’s pretty sure that her dad still needs her. He’s still grieving and it’s a long way back to Alaska. But when Rhodes, a new student teacher, sees her for who she really is, a writer, not the girl with scars, she begins to wonder if the world she would like to see is possible. Maybe the trip to see the plastic surgeon will get rid of the scars so that people will stop staring and stop asking questions? Maybe her dad’s love-life is getting going? Maybe Rhodes’ situationally inappropriate sexual advances will change how she thinks others see her. Maybe not. Maybe she’s not ready for any of the options presented to her. Readers in limbo will identify and empathize.
All Paws On Deck
SCHOLASTIC [SCHOLASTIC]
Young, Jessica
Burks, James
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
August 26, 2016
Burton, Paula
Colorful beginning chapter book about two dogs with opposite characteristics but best of friends. Tank is a large dog, a great Dane, with an amazing imagination. She has dramatic flair which comes in very handy when she comes up with an adventure to pretend that she and Haggis are pirates. Haggis is the small canine, a bored scottish terrier, who likes to be in charge. They are hunting for treasure, meeting a sea serpent all in short chapters with cartoon like speech bubbles to make this a mix between a chapter book and a graphic novel. Speaking like a pirate gets them into humorous word play and that is only the start of this new series. Colorful illustrations take up most of the page and the text that is not in speech bubble is short and in a bold font. This is a great addition in any library for those who are transitioning from picture books into independent reading.
Hello Ruby : Adventures In Coding
FEIWEL AND FRIENDS [FEIWEL AND FRIENDS]
Liukas, Linda
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
August 26, 2016
Burton, Paula
Written by a programmer this is a book for the younger elementary age group explaining the basic concepts of coding through storytelling. Ruby is introduced as an imaginative but sometimes cheeky girl. Her father has an adventure for Ruby. With one postcard, Ruby is instructed to find five gems. Fortunate for Ruby she knows her father and figures out where to find clues and how to continue. Her imagination plays a big role in this story, but for the younger kids it is easy to grasp when they see the illustrations. The text is very instructive but the illustrations make up for it and even hide some clues for the very observant reader or listener. Through tasks and the help of her imaginary friends, Ruby finds the gems. These gems are actually basic concepts of coding such as sequencing, patterns, loops, and pattern recognition. Activities in the back make this not only a story but an interactive experience practicing the same concepts. Kids who are into math and like solving problems will be the audience for this book. The exercises in the back are the interesting part for them with the help of an adult for the younger grades. The story is also accompanied by an introduction for parents.
Hello World!
GECKO PRESS [GECKO PRESS]
Beavis, Paul
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten
August 26, 2016
Burton, Paula
The second book by author Paul Beavis about Mrs. Mo and her monster. This time the monster is bored because Mr and Mrs Mo are busy and have no time to play. Monster decides to go off and see the world. The reader follows the monster and his backpack, which is full of random things. As he continues his journey, the house becomes smaller and he discovers a hill. He thinks it would be easy to climb the hill, but there are many corners and after a while he cannot see the hill anymore. At that moment monster thought his idea to see the world was not so good but Mrs Mo comes to the rescue with her hands full of what was in the monsters backpack. It is not spelled out if monster left these things intentionally for Mrs Mo to find him or that he truly lost items one by one on his way to see the world. Together they do see the world. Colorful illustrations accompany this story of friendship and togetherness. Humor can be found in the illustrations and make the story a good read aloud for very small groups.
Adventures Of Miss Petitfour
TUNDRA BOOKS [TUNDRA BOOKS]
Michaels, Anne
Block, Emma
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
2nd grade to 4th grade
August 26, 2016
Burton, Paula
Miss Petitfour has lots of cats and all 16 of them are introduced on the first three spreads. With the pastel illustrations, the reader can tell Miss Petitfour is very tall and “spindly as a stork”. When she flies (she uses a tablecloth as mode of transportation), she takes her cats with her on her adventures that usually fit into a single day and a single chapter. By her name you can tell she is a baker, and she also enjoys eating, little cakes. The main character reminds me of Mary Poppins or literature characters like Miss Piggle-Wiggle or Pippi Longstocking. A great fantasy to read aloud or given to the same audience of those classics. The narrator speaks directly to the readers and introduces challenging words in different colors and fonts throughout the text. These words return several times in different chapters and are a great way to bring a different vocabulary.
No Relief
Calico Chapter Books [Calico Chapter Books]
Wallace, Rich
Heitz, Tim
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
2nd grade to 4th grade
August 26, 2016
Burton, Paula
The baseball story in the sports series for 2nd and 3rd graders; Game Face. The other stories are about soccer, basketball, and track. Javon loves baseball and it is championship time for his team. He is the relief pitcher and although he knows the last moments of a game belong to him, he struggles with one of his opponents. It seems like he cannot get the boy out. With the help of his older brother Ki who plays the drums, he will use rhythm to play the right game. This will appeal to sports fans.
Strudel's Forever Home
HOLIDAY HOUSE [HOLIDAY HOUSE]
Freeman, Martha
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 28, 2016
Tucker, Merrilyn
Strudel the Dachshund wakes up in the animal shelter in the section for small to medium sized dogs. He doesn't know how or why he got there, but Maisie, the dog in the cage next to him, helps him calm down and advises him take one step at a time. When the boy who comes to read aloud to him everyday adopts Strudel, he is overjoyed! He goes to live with Jake and learns that both he (Strudel), Jake, and his family all have so much to learn about each other. The first lesson is: the dog needs to be fed and given water. In his new home, Strudel outsmarts a tough gang of alley cats, makes friends with a neighborhood pigeon and rat, shows a pit bull who is boss, and comes to dearly love his new family. When his former owner shows up, Strudel wants to stay with Jake, which is fine with the owner because, in Strudel's absence, he has adopted Maisie from the shelter. This is an endearing story with many small dramatic moments that resolve in the end through the efforts and thoughtfulness of the characters, both human and animal. Strudel narrates the story and all of the animals in the book speak. I think that kids will love it; I know that I did!
Pro Basketball By The Numbers
Edge Books/capstone Press [Edge Books/capstone Press]
Kortemeier, Todd
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 28, 2016
Sievers-Bailey, Jocelyn
This non fiction book is full of statistics, numbers, and a LOT of facts! Great photos, the reader will pick most interesting facts that relate to their interest: free throws, dunking, steals, etc. of the 29 pages only 2 are about women playing the game. AR 5.3 Basketball lovers will enjoy the book.
Cash Kat
Arbordale Publishing [Arbordale Publishing]
Singleton, Linda Joy
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
August 28, 2016
Sievers-Bailey, Jocelyn
A great non-fiction book that will interest young readers. Kat and Gram Hatter discuss money and how to make change as they volunteer in the local park. Color pictures and actual coins (photographs) included in the book so readers can see which coin is being discussed and its value. Kat and Gram are volunteering to help clean up the local park and Kat keeps finding change as they work. As Kat finds multiple coins she gets enough to buy ice cream. Heartwarming story with learning along the way. Creative Minds section in the back discusses place value and coin values. Perfect for a student who needs reteaching on money and place value.
Stone Age Science : Materials
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Law, Felicia
Bailey, Gerry
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 28, 2016
Sievers-Bailey, Jocelyn
Book from the Stone Age Science series (4 books). Leo is the main character in all 4 books and his pet cat, Pallas is in all 4 books. Together they study science and create inventions and experiments to prove scientific theory. Accelerated Reader levels are listed as 5.1 and 5.2. There are lots of scientific vocabulary words and a glossary is provided in all 4 books. A lot of information in a short reader. Some readers will put down after first page. Higher level science books, best for middle school.
Stone Age Science : Energy And Movement
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Law, Felicia
Bailey, Gerry
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
5th grade to 8th grade
August 28, 2016
Sievers-Bailey, Jocelyn
Book from the Stone Age Science series (4 books). Leo is the main character in all 4 books and his pet cat, Pallas is in all 4 books. Together they study science and create inventions and experiments to prove scientific theory. Accelerated Reader levels are listed as 5.1 and 5.2. There are lots of scientific vocabulary words and a glossary is provided in all 4 books. A lot of information in a short reader. Some readers will put down after first page. Higher level science books, best for middle school.
Stone Age Science : Simple Machines
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Law, Felicia
Bailey, Gerry
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
5th grade to 8th grade
August 28, 2016
Sievers-Bailey, Jocelyn
Book from the Stone Age Science series (4 books). Leo is the main character in all 4 books and his pet cat, Pallas is in all 4 books. Together they study science and create inventions and experiments to prove scientific theory. Accelerated Reader levels are listed as 5.1 and 5.2. There are lots of scientific vocabulary words and a glossary is provided in all 4 books. A lot of information in a short reader. Some readers will put down after first page. Higher level science books, best for middle school.
Stone Age Science : Buildings And Structures
Crabtree Publishing Company [Crabtree Publishing Company]
Law, Felicia
Bailey, Gerry
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
5th grade to 8th grade
August 28, 2016
Sievers-Bailey, Jocelyn
Book from the Stone Age Science series (4 books). Leo is the main character in all 4 books and his pet cat, Pallas is in all 4 books. Together they study science and create inventions and experiments to prove scientific theory. Accelerated Reader levels are listed as 5.1 and 5.2. There are lots of scientific vocabulary words and a glossary is provided in all 4 books. A lot of information in a short reader. Some readers will put down after first page. Higher level science books, best for middle school.
Garbage Trucks
Abdo Kids [Abdo Kids]
Murray, Julie
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
August 29, 2016
Kline, Karen
Every angle of a garbage truck is captured in the photos in this simple concept book from the My Community, Vehicles series. A girl takes the garbage out, and a woman drives the truck to pick up the garbage. Big, bold font and only one or two sentences per spread make this book easy to share with very young kids. Readers will see how different trucks load from the front, back, and side, and they will see and how they dump and unload too. A table of contents, three-word illustrated glossary, index, and publisher’s online code will introduce young readers to these concepts too. Other titles in the series and also reviewed at this site include Mail Truck, Ambulances, Fire Trucks, Police Cars, and School Buses.
Ambulances
Abdo Kids [Abdo Kids]
Murray, Julie
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
August 29, 2016
Kline, Karen
Every angle of an ambulance is captured in the photos in this simple concept book from the My Community, Vehicles series. EMTs of both genders are represented in the photos as well, though people of color are not well represented. Big, bold font and only two sentences per spread make this book easy to share with very young kids. One spread explains that the child in the photo has hurt her arm and needs first aid. A table of contents, two-word illustrated glossary, index, and publisher’s online code will introduce young readers to these concepts too. Other titles in the series and also reviewed at this site include Mail Truck, Garbage Trucks, Fire Trucks, Police Cars, and School Buses.
Babies Don't Walk, They Ride!
TEMPLAR [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Henderson, Kathy
Tobia, Lauren
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten
August 29, 2016
Burton, Paula
Illustrations of multi cultural families who live in the city, accompany the short rhyming sentences of this picture book for a very young audience. The book follows several families who live on the same street. These families all have young children that are going places. From school to the store and on to an inner city plot of land where the neighbors grow vegetables, flowers and keep bees. The text explores how the young ones get to these places with short sentences. Soft illustrations have a lot to explore or point out when reading aloud. The British author and illustrator did a wonderful job approaching the popular topic of transportation for a young audience in a friendly way.
Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers!
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
WALSH, MELANIE
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
August 29, 2016
Burton, Paula
Like the title suggest the main character Isaac is portrayed as a superhero. Appealing to the preschool and kindergarten crowd, Isaac explains how he is a superhero. It's because of his fantastic brain and his high energy level. Sometimes Isaac thinks about so many things that he forgets to be friendly although he does not mean to be rude. Other times as a superhero, he says whatever comes into his head although his mom has told him he should try to keep these thoughts inside his head to not upset people. As the book continues, Isaac explains his behaviors and on the last page reveals he is not a superhero but has Asperger's. With straightforward text and simple illustrations the book could help young kids understand what it is like to have Asperger's. The author/illustrator explains on the back flap that she wanted to write a book her son to explain in a simple, and positive way so his friends could understand what it means to have Asperger's.
Don't Open It!
Stone Arch Books [Stone Arch Books]
Dahl, Michael
Kendall, Bradford
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
August 29, 2016
Sievers-Bailey, Jocelyn
Very cute book. Cover catches the reader's eye with a huge green hand reaching out of the Little lending library! With the title DON'T OPEN IT! in all caps the reader WANTS to open the book. A very quick read for the beginning readers. AR reading range comes up 2.6. I see the book as a first grade to second grade reader. Adjectives are highlighted and bolded and great introduction to a short chapter book for kids who love to read. The story line includes the giant hand pulling two friends into the lending library (like the many we see in people's yards) and they wake up in a giant nest full of eggs....the kids hide not knowing what is coming. It is a great book!
Writing And Staging Funny Plays
Heinemann Raintree Library [Heinemann Raintree Library]
Guillain, Charlotte
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 29, 2016
Sievers-Bailey, Jocelyn
This book is a quick guide to everything writing and staging plays. Chapters include what is a play, writing scripts, how to tell a story, characters, behind the scenes, acting, costumes, props and even making posters to advertise for your play. Ideas are presented in a clear way that the reader can understand. Examples are given and an extensive glossary! Great book for a person interested in starting a career in everything acting! AR 5.8
Celebrating Colorado : 50 States To Celebrate
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Kurtz, Jane
Canga, C. B.
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
August 29, 2016
Sievers-Bailey, Jocelyn
Level 3 Reader that Celebrates the State of Colorado. This is one book out of the 50 States to Celebrate Series. Mr. GEO is the Geography teacher and he loves to explore new places. He takes the reader on a tour of the state introducing us to the Rocky Mountains, ancient cliff dwellings, and the many landmarks found in Colorado. Mr. Geo takes us on a tour of the state highlighting important places, landmarks and people. Beautiful pictures, large font and well written book. Kids will love this series! What I really liked is at the end the author provides activities, fast facts about the state and important dates in the state history.
Celebrating Louisiana : 50 States To Celebrate
Hmh Books For Young Readers [Hmh Books For Young Readers]
Kurtz, Jane
Canga, C. B.
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
August 29, 2016
Sievers-Bailey, Jocelyn
Level 3 Reader that Celebrates the State of Louisiana This is one book out of the 50 States to Celebrate Series. Mr. GEO is the Geography teacher and he loves to explore new places. He takes the reader on a tour of the state introducing us to important places, landmarks and people. Beautiful pictures, large font and well written book. Kids will love this series! What I really liked is at the end the author provides activities, fast facts about the state and important dates in the state history.
Thor Speaks! : A Guide To The Realms By The Norse God Of Thu
Boyds Mills Press [Boyds Mills Press]
Shecter, Vicky Alvear
Larson, J. E.
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 30, 2016
Korf, Clarence
The author gives Thor a voice in sharing Norse mythology with its readers. Thor informs its readers the importance of knowing all the facts and myths about the Norse gods from creation to the end of times. As Thor narrates, he interjects Norse myths throughout. The book provides readers an opportunity to read Norse myths with added humor from Thor's perspective. It is a mix of fiction and non-fiction and can be a great resource for readers who want to know more about the Norse gods. Black and white Illustrations provide a glimpse into a few of the gods. The book includes a guide to the Norse gods and monsters, glossary and index. This is the first of a three book series. The other books are Hades Speaks! A Guide to the Underworld and Anubis Speaks? A Guide to the Afterlife.
There's A Name For This Feeling = Hay Un Nombre Para Lo Que
PINATA BOOKS [PINATA BOOKS]
Bertrand, Diane Gonzales
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
6th grade to 12th grade
August 30, 2016
Korf, Clarence
A bilingual collection of short stories which reflect a variety of life circumstances which teens face. A girl trying to win back her boyfriend, a boy who wants to impress others and fails, a boy standing up to rude comments, a grandson dealing with a forgetful grandmother, a boy who loses a friend to a stray bullet on New Year's Eve and a group of boys wondering about who is standing behind a screen door. Each story is capable of starting a conversation about events in a teens life which makes them think deeply about life. The author includes ideas to help students write their own stories. The stories are both in English and by turning the book over they can be read in Spanish.
Tiger Rising
CANDLEWICK PRESS [CANDLEWICK PRESS]
Dicamillo, Kate
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
4th grade to 6th grade
August 31, 2016
Korf, Clarence
Rob and his father move to a small town after his mom dies. They live at a small motel and life has been miserable for Rob ever since his mom has died and his dad refuses to talk about her. As Rob adjusts to his new life, he wanders in the woods behind the motel and happens upon a caged tiger. Rob tells no one of his find and as he befriends a new girl who is in his 6th grade homeroom class. As their relationship develops, Rob comes to a dilemma about whether to tell anyone else about the tiger and what he should do. This story does not end happily but does provide hope for new beginnings.
Growing Nutritious Food
Cherry Lake Publishing [Cherry Lake Publishing]
Orr, Tamra B
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
August 31, 2016
Korf, Clarence
The importance of kids eating nutritiously is very important and this book does communicate it but unfortunately it falls apart in the format. The book does includes an excellent display with balance over text, photographs and diagrams and supplemental information on sidebar pages. It falls short in the presentation through a classroom lesson with dialogue between a teacher and his students. This book will get very limited circulation by both students and staff.
Not-So-Faraway Adventure
KIDS CAN PRESS [KIDS CAN PRESS]
Larsen, Andrew
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade
August 31, 2016
Korf, Clarence
Theo wants to get her Poppa a present for his birthday but he has everything he needs. When she goes exploring in her Poppa's adventure trunk, she is inspired to take her Poppa on a new adventure. They travel across town to a beach and enjoy the day together as her family prepares a birthday party for her Poppa. Her Poppa places a memento of their day into his trunk. This book shows a great relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter and the memories they can share together. The simple collage images are fun and share the joy that Poppa and Theo have in each other This book is a sequel to Imaginary Garden.
Hidden Mickeys Of Disneyland
Disney Editions [Disney Editions]
Scollon, Bill
Disney Storybook Art Team
Marginal -- Contains so many weaknesses that it might be considered for purchase only as supplementary material in its field or to meet special localized subject needs.
All ages
August 31, 2016
Korf, Clarence
A travel guide for finding all the hidden Mickey Mouse's throughout the park. A good resource for those who travel through Disneyland because it's pocket size but not a great resource for a school library.