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Dutton soars into spring with The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith, the confluence of three stories including that of a Middle Eastern refugee now living in the U. Kathy Dawson Books sets the GPS for Nearly Lost by Elle Cosimano, a gritty murder mystery with science-based clues; Catalyst by Lydia Kang, the sequel to Control , set in a world where the genetically modified have been declared illegal; The Mad Apprentice , sequel to The Forbidden Library , in which Alice must enter a labyrinth to track down an apprentice who murdered his master; and In the Time of Dragon Moon by Janet Lee Carey, the third Wilde Island title, featuring a medieval fantasy romance.

Philomel gets deep with Still Waters by Ash Parsons, a noir thriller about an abused teen seeking a better life; Look! Random House cuddles up with Families, Families, Families! Knopf packs a picnic for The Cottage in the Woods by Katherine Coville, a novel that reimagines the tale of Goldilocks and features a she-bear hired as a governess; How to Surprise a Dad by Jean Reagan, illus. Scarletta is caught up in the season with Seaver the Weaver by Paul Czajak, illus. Arthur A. Chicken House hunts down spring with Big Game by Dan Smith, an adventure tale in which a year-old boy is the only one who can help the president survive when Air Force One is shot down; Vendetta by Catherine Doyle, a modern-day Romeo and Juliet featuring a girl caught between two warring underworld families; and The Glass Bird Girl by Esme Kerr, about an orphan sent to boarding school to spy on an unhappy aristocrat who is at the center of a sinister mystery.

Graphix slithers into spring with Nnewts Book 1: Escape from the Lizzarks by Doug TenNapel, starring a Nnewt named Herk who flees his village when it is destroyed and now must navigate a new mysterious, dangerous world. Scholastic Nonfiction looks back with Prehistoric by John Bailey Owen, a volume inspired by the digital age that gives prehistoric creatures comical user names and info pages; Really? Point straps on its backpack for What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott, the tale of four teenagers on a camping trip who discover there is a killer on the loose; and We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg, a sequel to The Lonely Hearts Club, which finds Penny Lane Bloom balancing friends, family, boyfriend, the club, and senior year.

Atheneum taps out a spring list with Click, Clack, Peep! Margaret K. Traver about a computer hacker whose past crimes catch up with him; The Tragic Age by Stephen Metcalfe, the story of the young heir to a lottery fortune who is an insomniac and a closeted rock drummer; and Hello, I Love You by Katie-Marie Stout, which follows a teenage girl descended from country music royalty, who falls for a K-pop star when she attends boarding school abroad.

Bruce Cameron, illus. Tor Teen takes aim with The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons, set in a world in which females are scarce and men auction off breeding rights; and A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin, launching a YA series set in Regency England and featuring misfit girls who are trained for the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

Subscribers: to set up your digital access click here. To subscribe, click here. Simply close and relaunch your preferred browser to log-in. If you have questions or need assistance setting up your account please email pw pubservice. New York Rights Fair. Sign up for our Children's Bookshelf newsletter! Children's Announcements. Accented with interior artwork, steeped in the history of Pinochet's catastrophic takeover of Chile, and based on many true events, this multicultural ode to the power of revolution, words, and love is both indelibly brave and heartwrenchingly graceful.

Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob , old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in Nyala — Amira's one true dream. But life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the Janjaweed arrive. The terrifying attackers ravage the town and unleash unspeakable horrors. After she loses nearly everything, Amira needs to dig deep within herself to find the strength to make the long journey on foot to safety at a refugee camp.

Her days are tough at the camp, until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind — and all kinds of possibilities. Help ELL students make the smooth transition to English with a magazine that covers your thematic units in their native language. English language learners won't fall behind other students with Let's Find Out Spanish Edition's skill-building exercises and simple repetitive text on the science and the social studies topics you cover throughout the year.

Pre-K—Kindergarten, Weekly. With articles on real teens, fascinating traditions, and pop culture trends abroad, El Sol is sure to engage students while they build comprehension and speaking skills. Subscriptions include Teacher's Notes and Online Resources like videos and listening activities. Grades 6—12, Bimonthly. This Level 2 Spanish magazine immerses intermediate learners in the language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries.

With articles on real teens, fascinating traditions, and pop culture trends abroad, Ahora magazine is sure to engage students while they build comprehension and speaking skills. This Level 1 Spanish magazine immerses beginners in the language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Motivos is a full-color glossy magazine printed in English and Spanish that inspires and empowers Latino youth to explore their full potential and make informed choices about life, college, and career options.

Ages Each page monthly issue brings a mix of read-aloud and read-along stories, poems, puzzles and activities in English and Spanish. Ages Subscribe. Canadian guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson is known mainly for his central role in the musical group The Band. But how did he become one of Rolling Stone 's top guitarists of all time? Written by his son, Sebastian, this is the story of a rock-and-roll legend's journey through music, beginning with the songs and stories he learned from his mother's family as a child on a Six Nations reservation north of Toronto.

Rock and Roll Highway is the story of a young person's passion, drive, and determination to follow his dream — and the story of how he became a beloved rock icon in the process. Product Description: Years ago, seventeen-year-old Apache hunter Lozen and her family lived in a world of haves and have-nots. There were the Ones — people so augmented with technology and genetic enhancements that they were barely human — and there was everyone else who served them.

Then the Cloud came, and everything changed. In the midst of a post-apocalyptic world, fate has given Lozen a unique set of survival skills and magical abilities. With every monster she takes down, her powers grow, and she connects those powers to an ancient legend of her people. It soon becomes clear to Lozen that she is not just a hired gun — she is meant to be a hero.

Picked on at school because of the color of his skin, George escapes into his favorite pastimes — hunting and fishing. Soon George learns to cook too, and as a young man he lands a job as chef at the fancy Moon's Lake House. George loves his work, except for the fussy customers, who are always complaining! One hot day George's patience boils over, and he cooks up a potato dish so unique it changes his life forever.

Readers will delight in this spirited story of the invention of the potato chip — one of America's favorite snack foods. A retelling of a Native American folktale, enhanced by colorful pastel illustrations, chronicles the adventures of four Abenaki men who journey to Gluskabe, helper of the Great Spirit, to have their wishes granted. Dawn is a time to celebrate with a smiling heart, to start a new day in the right way, excited for what might come. Birds sing and dance, children rush to learn, dewdrops glisten from leaves, and gradually the sun warms us. Each time the sun starts a new circle, we can start again as well.

All these things are part of the Lakota way, a means of living in balance. Through his artwork and verse, interspersed with the Lakota language, S. Nelson offers young readers a joyous way of appreciating their culture and surroundings. Product Description: This fascinating picture book biography tells the childhood story of Buffalo Bird Woman, a Hidatsa Indian born around Through her true story, readers will learn what it was like to be part of this Native American community that lived along the Missouri River in the Dakotas, a society that depended more on agriculture for food and survival than on hunting.

Using as a resource the works of Gilbert L. Wilson, who met Buffalo Bird Woman and transcribed her life's story in the early 20th century, award-winning author-illustrator S. Nelson has captured the spirit of Buffalo Bird Girl and her way of life. Product Description: Joe and Cody are young Cree brothers who follow the caribou all year long, tucked into their dog sled with Mama and Papa. To entice the wandering caribou, Joe plays his accordion and Cody dances.

They are so involved with their dancing and music that they don't hear the roaring of the approaching herd of caribou. What should be a moment of terror turns into something mystical and magical, as the boys open their arms and their hearts to embrace the caribou spirit. Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her parents are dead, and her hybrid-werewolf first love is threatening to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them forever.

Then, as she and her uncle are about to unveil their hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef. Can Quincie transform their new hire into a culinary Dark Lord before opening night? Tantalize is the first volume in Cynthia Leitich Smith dark fantasy series. When free-spirited werecat Yoshi sets out to find his missing sister, he's shocked to discover that she's the key suspect in a murder investigation.

Meanwhile, sarcastic werepossum Clyde and his human pal Aimee have set out to do a little detective work of their own, sworn to avenge the brutal killing of a friend. When all three are snared in an underground kidnapping ring, they end up on a remote tropical island ruled by a species that's unusual even by shape-shifter standards.

The island harbors a grim secret, and were-predator and were-prey must join forces in a fight to escape alive. Product Description: Deep in Choctaw Country, Chukfi Rabbit is always figuring out some way to avoid work at all costs. Possum a new house, Chukfi Rabbit says he's too busy to help. Until he hears there will be a feast to eat after the work is done: cornbread biscuits, grape dumplings, tanchi labona a delicious Choctaw corn stew , and best of all, fresh, homemade butter! So while everyone else helps build the house, Chukfi helps himself to all that yummy butter!

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But this greedy trickster will soon learn that being this lazy is hard work! A classic trickster tale in the Choctaw tradition. Product Description: The game of lacrosse is a gift from the Creator, given to the American Indians in the long ago. But Travis Skinaway doesn't know the full story of the game: he only knows that he struggles to catch the ball and that his teammates and coach seem to think he's hopeless.

Travis is ready to hang up his gear, but then his grandfather appears in a dream, explaining to him that lacrosse is a spiritual quest, just like a prayer, a song, or a dance. When opportunity strikes at the big game, he carries the durable weight of tradition onto the field with him, celebrating skills handed down through generations. Wild rice, fried potatoes, fruit salad, frosted sweet rolls — what a feast! Johnny can hardly contain his excitement. But Johnny has a few more things to do before he can eat.

As Johnny watches anxiously, Grandma gently teaches. He understands, just as Grandma does, that gratitude, patience, and respect are rewarded by a place at the table — and plenty to eat, eat, eat. It is time we spoke of Skullyville. It's a world where backwoods spiritualism and Bible-thumping Christianity mix with bad guys; a one-legged woman shop-keeper, her oaf of a husband, herbal potions, and shape-shifting panthers rendering justice. Tim Tingle — a scholar of his nation's language, culture, and spirituality — tells Rose's story of good and evil with understanding and even laugh-out-loud Choctaw humor.

Product Description: The Navajo language helped win World War II, and it lives on in this book, as the Code Talkers remember the war and reflect on the aftermath and the legacy they will leave behind. The veterans, able to speak to a daughter of one of their own in English and Navajo, truly shared from their hearts. They not only provided more battlefield details, but they also reveal how their war experiences affected themselves and the Navajo generations that followed. Product Description: Extending the tradition of Aboriginal storytelling, Richard Van Camp's new collection is eloquently and humorously optimistic.

The stories celebrate healing through modern day rituals that honour his Dogrib ancestry and are set in First Nations communities in the Northwest Territories, Vancouver and rural British Columbia. The poems enable readers to learn about the unique lives and heritage of students growing up in such distinctive circumstances and straddling cultures.

The collection was compiled by a teacher at the school, working with school administrators, and contains never-before-published artworks by award-winning artist S. In this wonderful original tale, a young boy is told by his uncle, the village shaman, that his role in their clan and tribe depends on his finding and getting to know a very important person. Gray Wolf journeys through the woods and seashore around his home and through the seasons for a full year in the course of his search. Through conversations with his brothers and sisters in the woods and waters — Bear, Eagle, Whale, Beaver, Owl and Wolf — Gray Wolf makes a wonderful discovery about the value of each and every one of us.

The story of a young boy's spiritual awakening and mystical journey beyond the sun, this book speaks to a level of understanding that cannot be reached by words alone. Complemented by richly colored illustrations of Native American symbolism. Product Description: Young readers will delight in the story of Rosy, a spirited and dark-haired girl, who, being half-Mohawk, is the first and only Native to enter an Anne of Green Gables look-alike contest. Convinced that being "kindred-spirits" and well versed in everything Anne is actually the true nature of the contest, Rosy bravely sets forth to do what she must to win.

As Rosy overcomes setbacks with her health as well as financial hardships, readers will experience along with Rosy her discovery of the true value of friendship, family, and community. Product Description: Curiosity leads a young warrior to track a new animal that leads him far from home, but at last he finds a herd of strange new creatures: horses that shimmer with color and run swift as the wind.

The Lakota capture and tame them, and the people grow rich and powerful as they rule the Plain with their newfound strength. Then the Great Spirit, who gave the gift of the horse, takes it away. Written in both English and Lakota, Donald F. Montileaux retells the legend of Tasunka from the traditional stories of the Lakota people.

Truly universal in its themes, Dreaming In Indian will shatter commonly held stereotypes and challenge young adult readers to rethink their own place in the world. Divided into four sections, 'Roots,' 'Battles,' 'Medicines,' and 'Dreamcatchers,' this book offers readers a unique insight into a community often misunderstood and misrepresented by the mainstream media. Hubert Logan was an ordinary Reservation boy until he ate tainted commodity cheese infused with Rezium, a secret government food enrichment additive.

Known as Super Indian, Hubert fights evil forces who would overtake the Reservation's resources and population. Assisted by his trusty sidekicks Mega Bear and Diogi, they fight crime the way they know how — with strength, smarts, and humor. Fifteen-year-old Mark Centeno is of Chumash, Crow, Mexican, and Filipino ancestry — he calls himself four kinds of brown. When Mark goes to live with his Chumash grandmother on the reservation in central California, he discovers a rich world of family history and culture that he knows very little about.

He also finds a pathway to understanding better a part of his own identity: powwow dancing. Riveted by the traditional dancers and feeling the magnetic pull of the drums, Mark begins the training and other preparations necessary for him to compete as a dancer in one of America s largest powwows. Product Description: Sixteen-year-old Mississippi Choctaw Randy Cheska has lived most of his young life in the shadow of his older football-hero brother, Jack.

After Jack is killed while serving in Iraq, Randy's father puts even more pressure on Randy to excel in football. But Randy has no interest in sports and has never been good at them. Imagine Randy's surprise when he discovers stickball, a game he's immediately drawn to. But stickball is a sport Randy's father considers a relic of the Choctaw past, when it was known as Little Brother of War and was used to settle disputes between communities.

Randy's determination to play this legendary game, guided by a mysterious visitor, leads him on a challenging and unexpected journey of self-discovery. Product Description: Danny Blackgoat is a teenager in Navajo country when soldiers burn down his home, kill his sheep and capture his family. There he battles bullying fellow prisoners, rattlesnakes, and abusive soldiers until he meets Jim Davis.

Jim teaches Danny how to hold his anger and starts him on the road to literacy. In a stunning climax, Jim aids Danny in a daring and dangerous escape. He escaped in volume one of this series, but in the second installment, he must still face many obstacles in order to rescue his family and find freedom.

Whether it is the soldiers and bandits who are chasing him or the dangers of the harsh desert climate, Danny ricochets from one bad situation to the next — yet his bravery doesn't falter and he never loses faith. Jason's lucky to be alive, but life in a wheelchair was not in his plans. Even when he was protecting his mom and siblings from his drunken father or escaping from home to be with his friends, he never imagined this future.

When he becomes part of the Raven Canoe Family and learns to "pull" a canoe, however, his outlook on life begins to change. After completing a two-week tribal canoe journey with his Duwamish tribal members, Jason is proud to be a Coast Salish Indian. From the hardships and camaraderie of the journey, he gains a new sense of courage and determination to someday swim and walk again. It's been two years and middle-school student Danny Wind is still not over his father's death. When his mom marries a white man and they move to a new "white bread" neighborhood, Danny's life changes.

The school principal considers him a troublemaker and soon his mom decides to send him to a summer survival camp for Native American teens. Danny is sure he is in for a boring summer on the reservation — until he meets other Native kids, learns to ride and care for horses, develops a relationship with his grandfather, and soon finds himself rescuing bison in Yellowstone National Park. Product Description: Inspired by the traditional Choctaw story "No Name," this modern adaptation features a present-day Choctaw teenager surviving tough family times — his mother left home and he is living with a mean-spirited, abusive father.

The one place the teen can find peace is on the neighborhood basketball court. But after a violent confrontation with his father, the teen runs away, only to return home to find an unexpected hiding spot in his own backyard. His hiding spot becomes his home for weeks until the help and encouragement from a basketball coach, a Cherokee buddy, and a quiet new next-door girlfriend help him face his father.

If only everyone would understand. Girls Dance, Boys Fiddle is a funny but feeling story of a girl who has to challenge tradition to prove that she can fiddle with the best. Carole Lindstrom's thoughtful story is warmed and brightened by Kimberley McKay's vivid illustrations. What will Callum and his teenage Southern California skate buddies do when a major war breaks out one summer while they are away at camp?

How will they find their families? Who is actually sending them messages that guide them through the maze of underground skateparks towards safe haven in the north? And will they really be safe when they get to their friend friend's reservation in Washington state? This dystopian novel for teen readers is the first in a new series. Product Description: This magnificent true story offers a rare-and breathtaking-look into the life of a Kiowa boy at the end of the nineteenth century. The story is told by a very old man to his youngest great-granddaughter, Saygee, as he shows her one of his treasures: a leopard skin quiver, obtained at great price from the white traders.

But there was one time when the quiver could not help him — the time he participated in a daring raid on an enemy tribe. And so begins the narrative of a dangerous, yet thrilling adventure that will transport young readers back in time to the Oklahoma Territory of the s. In this collection, Shuck tells the stories of the famous figure of Rabbit through her own autobiographical point of view. It teaches Cree numbers and provides pronunciation. Told in the words of Isaac, a Choctaw boy who does not survive the Trail of Tears, renowned author Tim Tingle tells tale of innocence and resilience in the face of tragedy.

From the book's opening line, "Maybe you have never read a book written by a ghost before," the reader is put on notice that this is no normal book.

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Isaac leads a remarkable foursome of Choctaw comrades: a tough-minded teenage girl, a shape-shifting panther boy, a lovable five-year-old ghost who only wants her mom and dad to be happy, and Isaac's talking dog, Jumper. The first in a trilogy, this novel thinly disguises an important and oft-overlooked piece of history. Product Description: Lewis "Shoe" Blake is used to the joys and difficulties of life on the Tuscarora Indian reservation in the joking, the Fireball games, the snow blowing through his roof.

What he's not used to is white people being nice to him — people like George Haddonfield, whose family recently moved to town with the Air Force. As the boys connect through their mutual passion for music, especially the Beatles, Lewis has to lie more and more to hide the reality of his family's poverty from George. He also has to deal with the vicious Evan Reininger, who makes Lewis the special target of his wrath. But when everyone else is on Evan's side, how can he be defeated? And if George finds out the truth about Lewis's home, will he still be his friend?

Product Description: One of the most terrifying creatures to be found in traditional Inuit stories is the nanurluk, a massive bear the size of an iceberg that lives under the sea ice. Its monstrous size and ice-covered fur make it an almost impenetrable foe. Jose Angutingunrik, a gifted storyteller and respected elder from Kugaaruk, Nunavut, brings to life a story of the great nanurluk that has been told in the Kugaaruk region for generations. Product Description: This bedtime poem, written by internationally acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk, describes the gifts bestowed upon a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic.

Lyrically and lovingly written, this visually stunning book is infused with the Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants. A little boy is walking to his bedroom when he notices his mother in an olive-green military flight suit. His curiosity about the colorful patches on her uniform evolves into a bedtime conversation between a military mother and her child about why she serves and what she does in the unusual KCR aerial refueling airplane. He drifts off to sleep with thoughts of his mommy in the airplane and the special surprise she gives him.

This unique book was written by a Latina military officer and former aviator.

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From the author of Baseball Saved Us comes an intergenerational story that describes how a Japanese-American family deals with the painful legacy of war. Set against the backdrop of the s and talk of Vietnam, it offers a universal message of dignity and courage to anyone who feels they are different. Full-color illustrations. When Sylvia Mendez, an American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, was forbidden from enrolling in her local school, her parents organized a lawsuit that eventually brought the end of school segregation in California seven years before Brown vs.

Board of Education. When a mysterious package arrives just in time for Diwali, the three friends can hardly contain their excitement! Whatever could it be? Ricki is looking forward to Divali, the Hindu "festival of lights. Grandfather promises that the roses will be the color of Divali, but Ricki can't imagine what color that might be. One morning, Ricki bends one of the rosebuds to get a closer look and accidentally snaps it off. When his grandfather believes the new neighbors have stolen his rosebud, Ricki must summon up the courage to confess what he has done.

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Set in Trinidad, this moving story reflects the significance of a festival that is celebrated by nearly one billion Hindus worldwide. Sana grew up celebrating the diversity of India through beautiful festivals such as Diwali and Holi. As a new mother, Sana wanted her son to learn about them as well.

While on maternity leave from her corporate career, she wrote "Diwali: A Cultural Adventure" to introduce her son, Aarish, to a vibrant aspect of his heritage. This is her first children's book, and has been illustrated in stunning watercolors by her mother, Rubina Hoda. A fun Diwali story that explains each day of the celebration for young children, brought to life with colorful, vibrant illustrations. This art activity book introduces kids to the popular and versatile art form from India called rangoli, which is often created during the celebration of Diwali.

After a few initial step-by-step examples, the book offers a variety of designs with easy-to-follow colored lines to simplify, inform, and inspire. This title from the Amar Chitra Katha comic book series tells the story of Narakasura, one of the traditional tales related to the Festival of Lights. So Rama enlists the help of an army of fearless monkeys and their amazing leader Hanuman, to rescue her and regain his kingdom. Jessica Souhami retells this ancient Hindu tale with bold illustrations adapted from her own shadow puppets, based on Indian paintings.


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In Deborah Heiligman's inviting global odyssey of this holiday from National Geographic, we learn that Diwali is celebrated differently in different places, but it is universally viewed as a time of great joy, celebrated with fireworks, sweets, and gifts. The informative back matter includes Diwali recipes, a glossary, a Diwali card game, a map, and a resource list of books and Web sites. Also included is a note to parents and teachers from the book's consultant, Dr. Vasudha Narayanan. This visually stunning book showcases twenty Hispanic and Latino American men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the arts, politics, science, humanitarianism, and athletics.

Complete with timelines and famous quotes, this tome is a magnificent homage to those who have shaped our nation. Each day was an adventure for President Theodore Roosevelt. When he was a kid, he kept turtles in the bathtub and frogs under his cap. As an adult, he was a cowboy, a river explorer, and a big game hunter.

Sometimes he would go on marches through deep puddles and icy rivers — just for fun! When Teddy became president, Americans were looking ahead with excitement to the twentieth century. Teddy's spirit and dreams helped make the United States one of the greatest countries in the world. Through his fireside chats, Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the way the President interacted with his fellow Americans.

Readers will be amazed by his courage and his insight in developing Social Security and other innovative programs that still exist today. Meet Eleanor Roosevelt, one of America's most powerful first ladies. Learn about her youth and her career helping those less fortunate, as well as her leadership during the Second World War and in the creation of the United Nations. A brief biography of Frankin Delano Roosevelt introduces a detailed description of each room of his memorial in Washington, D. The book also includes a map, timeline, and many photographs of the memorial. First-time author De Young uses her own family history to create a Depression-era story about first-generation Italian-Americans living in Johnstown, Pa.

Eleven-year-old Margo Bandini, her parents and young brother, Charlie, face losing their house if they do not find a way to pay back the bank loan used to cover hospital expenses for Charlie's emergency leg operation. In a letter, Margo appeals to Eleanor "Everywhere" Roosevelt, the person she admires most, for help This rocket-paced follow-up to the Newbery Medal—winning novel Dead End in Norvelt opens deep in the shadow of the Cuban missile crisis.

But instead of Russian warheads, other kinds of trouble are raining down on young Jack Gantos and his utopian town of Norvelt in western Pennsylvania. After an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer, and the sad passing of the town's founder, twelve-year-old Jack will soon find himself launched on a mission that takes him hundreds of miles away to places including Hyde Park, NY, escorting his slightly mental elderly mentor, Miss Volker, on her relentless pursuit of the oddest of outlaws and her determination to pay her respects to Eleanor Roosevelt. Together, a young boy and his abuelo gaucho cowboy grandfather go camping, ride horses, and even confront a mountain lion in a setting inspired by the plains of Argentina.

Soon, the boy's family moves to the city from the country, away from Abuelo, and it is the boy's memories that help him adjust to his new life. Sonia has now published a Young Adult version of the compelling and gritty book adapted for readers 12 and older. Illustrated by ten talented children's book artists, this collection celebrates in words both Spanish and English and images what America is all about: diversity.

Young children are led through a land of opposites, where they learn how to differentiate between high and low, wet and dry, and rough and smooth. Including a dash of purple mountain majesties, cupfuls of courage, and a pinch of liberty, this beautifully illustrated combination of ingredients yields an irresistible treat that promises plenty of servings for children everywhere. Pat Mora and her daughter share the story of Pat's beloved aunt, Lobo, who is from Mexico but who has lived in the United States for many years.

She wants to become a U. Young Libby is also learning the Pledge this week, at school — at the end of the week, she will stand up in front of everyone and lead the class in the Pledge. Libby and Lobo practice together, asking questions and sharing stories and memories until they both stand tall and proud, with their hands over their hearts.

Dini and Maddie, very best friends, are back in the same country at the same time! Better still, Dolly Singh, the starriest star in all of Bollywood, is in America too. Life seems perfect to Dini — but why can't she untie the knot in her stomach? Because so much can go wrong when a big star like Dolly is in town.

This sequel to The Grand Plan to Fix Everything will have fans cheering for Dini's ability to save the day once again! If it is just a few days until your birthday, and your mother says you can invite anyone you like to come over to play, be careful! In a celebration of festive neighbors, an open-ended party invitation results in a raucous gathering of children, pets, and parents plus salsa dancers and a reggae band! This is a humorous and irresistibly joyful cautionary tale. In the end, however, the creatures remained elusive. In fact, the only clear photos of an encantado are of a dolphin in a Pittsburgh zoo.

So, instead of a traditional animal study, children are treated to a captivating travelogue, complete with numerous color photos of the people and places that incorporates political, environmental, and zoological aspects of the region. Product Description: A rich brew of more than 40 traditional Brazilian tales — from creation stories and stories of enchantment to animal and trickster tales — draws on the varied cultural traditions of indigenous peoples, people of African descent, those of European and particularly Portuguese descent, and mixtures of these groups.

The stories are retold by today's accomplished Brazilian storytellers. Also includes background information on the country and the tales, color photographs, traditional recipes, and children's games. Product Description: Turtle loves to dance and play the flute. But her exuberance puts her at risk when her music attracts the attention of a hunter who brings her home for turtle stew.

After she is caught, her only hope for escape is the hunter's children — and her own wit. This folktale, first told by the indigenous people of Brazil, is now told throughout Latin America. Victoria's mother was born in Brazil, but she and her daughter live in London. Now it's time for a visit to the country where Mom grew up. Visiting a coffee farm, a parade, a street children's shelter, and a huge family barbeque, Victoria learns about her mother's country and enjoys getting to know her extended Brazilian family. Using vibrant photographs and a first-person narrative based on the fresh perceptions of a child, Victoria Goes to Brazil stimulates young imaginations by showcasing the unfamiliar yet fascinating food, clothing, customs, and culture of this colorful and diverse country.

Product Description: Which is the only country to have competed in every World Cup tournament? Put the countries of the world at readers' fingertips with these books for young globe-trotters. Product Description: From the wilds of the Amazon rain forest to Zebu cattle. B Is for Brazil shows this lively South American country in all its colorful diversity.

Maria de Fatima Campos's striking full-color photographs capture the essence of Brazilian life alongside a simple, informative text. The book illustrates the contrasts between city and rain forest, different customs and peoples, and the vibrant world of Brazilian children whether at home, at school, fishing on the river, and painting in the air. Product Description: In celebration of the exuberant sounds of Brazil, Putumayo Kids has collected 11 child-friendly songs from many of the country's most talented musicians.

The album features these and other engaging rhythms that reflect the country's diverse culture and easy-going way of life. Product Description: This World Cup companion introduces readers to the official championship mascot Fuleco, a friendly armadillo, who tells children all about his home and the host country, Brazil. Highlights include everything a fan needs to know about the stadiums, top players, and statistics.

Adding to the fun are quizzes, games, stickers, a tricky double-page search-and-find puzzle, and a foldout back jacket with a fill-in progress chart — so soccer-crazy kids can record match results as the games progress. Each book in the My World of Science series explains science that you see in the world around you and use every day. Learn about where electricity comes from, where you will find it each day, and how people use electricity.

Product Description: Each book in the Where on Earth? Plains explains how large, flat areas of land form and discusses the different plants and animals that live on the plains. In this series for young readers, children learn about fun science facts, such as how rainbows and shadows are created. Hands-on activities are also featured. Other topics in the series include sound, magnets, and soil. What can blow away cars and knock down buildings?

Tornadoes and hurricanes can! Find out what forces create such powerful winds and cause these scary storms in this title from TIME for Kids. Product Description: Welcome to a tour of the major planets, moons, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, and other rocks and gas that orbit the sun. The latest NASA and European Space Station images, many unique to this book, are combined with up-to-the-minute information from space experts across the globe, and modern graphics to entice confident and reluctant readers alike. Product Description: Look closer at the world at your feet and you will find there is more to bugs than meets the eye.

Bugs features stunning close-up images combined with weird and wonderful bug facts. The book takes a degree view of the natural history, history, and human impact of mini-beasts. It also covers other land invertebrates such as spiders, centipedes, worms, and snails.

Product Description: Each book in this series begins by explaining what a landform is before launching into the specific type of landform covered in the book. The titles use a compare and contrast format in order to get readers understanding the main characteristics of the geography being discussed. In this book, children learn about the features of caves, where caves are found, and what makes caves unique. The two boys learn about the history of popcorn in the Americas, how much popcorn is eaten on an annual basis, and methods of popping corn. Two recipes to pop corn are included in this book.

Two young girls playing in a backyard pool explore the properties and uses of water. Facts about water and questions for the reader are interspersed throughout the text. Emergent readers explore various scientific tools such as a microscope, magnifying glass, and ruler. This title can be used to introduce students to science centers and their different elements.

Both titles Amphibians and Reptiles contain basic facts about the animals as a group and identify specific members. The main characters use their powers to help a ghost who is scared of witches and vampires. The book has big, colorful illustrations that go well with the story, making it easier to understand for children who are just learning to read. Soup for breakfast. Brown, Calef. Poems, as silly as they are imaginative, make up Soup for breakfast.

Paired with the colorful paintings throughout the book, the poems will make children laugh or scratch their heads, or perhaps some of both. All in all, however, the poems are good nonsensical fun. Teedie: The story of young Teddy Roosevelt. Brown, Don. By reading this book, students can learn about the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. This biography will inform them about his early life, and the ways his childhood differed from their own. Additionally, readers may be surprised by the differences between the young Teddy Roosevelt and the Teddy Roosevelt as president.

Black angels. Brown, Linda Beatrice. During the end of the Civil War, three very different children isolated in the wilderness of the South must band together to form an unlikely friendship. Brown tells the story from three unique perspectives: a young runaway slave, a young black orphan who has witnessed horrific murders, and a white boy whose home was burned down by Yankee soldiers.


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    Sleepy abc. HarperCollins Publishers Harper , Young readers everywhere will enjoy this perfect bedtime story. Night wings. Bruchac, Joseph. Paul and his laconic grandfather are captured to aid the sinister television show host Darby Field in his search for the legendary creature. Interwoven with Indian folktale elements and full of suspense, this short novel goes by quickly. March toward thunder. Speak , Usually, stories about the American Civil War are told from the perspective of a white man. March toward thunder provides an alternative view on the war through the story of a Native American fighting for the Union.

    Louis, a brave fifteen-year-old, registers for the war in order to provide for his mother. During his time in the war, Louis meets new friends, but also has to face death. Readers will enjoy being able to look at the American Civil War from a different point of view. All things bright and beautiful. Bryan, Ashley. The magnificent beauty found on every page reminds the reader of all the beauty and splendor to be found in the world.

    The redwood forests. Bullard, Lisa. Lerner Publishing Group, Inc. Readers will be informed about the redwood forests, including their location, tree colors, weather patterns, tree ages, and animals residing in the forests. The vibrant photographs portray this ecosystem where many animals and plants live depending on each other for survival. Readers will see the importance of protecting the unique and exquisite forests, home to the tallest trees on earth.

    Tarra and Bella: The elephant and dog who became best friends. Buckley, Carol. Penguin Group, Inc. Carol Buckley offers a compelling real-life account of the unlikely friendship between a retired circus elephant and a stray dog. When Tarra comes to live at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, everyone has a friend except for her. One day, much to her surprise, Tarra wakes up to find a fluffy, white dog sleeping beside her.

    The two animals soon become inseparable. When the dog, Bella, suffers an injury, it is the strength of their friendship that speeds her recovery. The Erie Canal. This is an easy to read informational book about the Erie Canal. Because there is not much text and the printing is large, this book would be a good choice for young children just learning to read. The banshee. Bunting, Eve. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Clarion Books , Illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully.

    His mother tells him it is just animals making noises, but when the noises continue and he cannot fall asleep, what should he do? Emily McCully contributes dark and frightening illustrations, enhancing the mood of the text. Readers can learn about overcoming their fears from this book, especially those related to darkness or night. LM, EEE. Illustrated by Jeff Mack. The end of the book is about a chick that hatches from his egg. The story line allows the child reading the book to practice different animal noises.

    The book has good illustrations that keep the child interested in the book. Our library. Illustrated by Maggie Smith. They use books to find a way to save the library. Our library encourages children to read more books and tells them that they can gain a wealth of knowledge through reading. The illustrations help connect the story with the reader. This picture storybook is intended for young readers from K-3rd grade. All the broken pieces. Burg, Ann E.

    Matt Pin lost his family members during the Vietnam War. Readers will be introduced to the less known side of the Vietnam War. P is for police. Butler, Dori Hillestad. Pelican Publishing Company, Illustrated by Joan C. Police are an extremely important part of all our lives whether we realize it or not. Yet, the police system can be hard to understand and seems unfamiliar to many people.

    This is a great book for early elementary students because it incorporates both the police system and practice with the alphabet. The illustrations really add to the interest level of the readers of this book. Children will both have a good time reading and understanding this book. Cadena, Beth. Illustrated by Frank W.

    Supersister is an empowering story of a young girl who is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her new younger sibling. She is well on her way to being an excellent big sister, working hard to be as helpful as she can. Harry and Horsie. Can Camp, Katie. Illustrated by Lincoln Agnew. Katie Van Camp takes the reader on an imaginative journey into space, and takes along the young boy Harry and his best friend, Horsie. Harry is supposed to be sleeping, but instead, he takes out his new toy bubble gun! Although the bubble gun is fun, a bubble picks up Horsie and brings him to outer space.

    Throughout the book, Harry searches for Horsie. This book is a great beginning level book, but the illustrations are dull, and do not help children with their imagination. The life of glass. Cantor, Jillian. HarperCollins Publishers Harper Teen. Through her journey, Melissa is forced to make decisions that shape the young woman she develops into. Mini library: A storybook gift set. Carle, Eric. Simon and Schuster.

    This mini library contains four wonderful books for children. With the use of dramatic and excessive color, Carle captivates the reader. His illustrations are beautiful and unique since he uses water color as well as other methods in his work. Skeleton creek. Carman, Patrick. It is undeniable that everyday our world is becoming more and more in tune with technology; it has even reached the realm of books.

    Ryan and his good friend Sarah sleuth around, and try to solve a mystery that occurred in their hometown of Skeleton Creek, Oregon back in , and was covered up by city officials. Throughout the book, as the two amateur investigators search for the truth behind the death of Old Joe Bush, they communicate secretly using codes and secret emails that the reader can use to plug into a website that corresponds with the book. In order to solve the mystery, the reader must go to sarahfincher. This engaging novel combines technology and a unique sense of voice to put the reader in the middle of the plot and conflict.

    Watch out for Wolfgang. Carrick, Paul. Charelbridge, Watch out for Wolfgang is a story about a mother that sends her three robot kids out into the world for the first time. They are supposed to build safe houses to live in so the bad robot, Wolfgang, does not harm them. The robots are all bright colors, providing a contrast to the background, which is cold and grey. The colors in the story are repeated over on each page; new colors rarely appear.

    The lines and shapes in the illustrations are created by cutting and placing the shapes in a collage to create the robots and their backgrounds. How beautiful the ordinary. Cart, Micheal. The issue of homosexuality has been discussed in literature for years. This book takes the issue and collects twelve wonderfully told stories of homosexual characters. Each character has a different story that is uniquely written. Although the book is very well-written, some parents may feel that it is inappropriate for their children to read.

    However, high school aged readers should have this book available to them, as many students struggle with homosexuality at this age. Good fortune. Carter, Noni. This inspirational and moving novel follows Anna on a journey from slavery to liberation and girlhood to womanhood. Kidnapped and sold into slavery from her African village at age four, Anna once had a brief taste of freedom and now desires it again more than anything. She risks all she has to head north and be free, leaving the man she loves behind.

    When Anna finally reaches freedom however, her life is not as complete as she had once hoped. Anna encounters discrimination and other obstacles that prevent her from living the life she had dreamt of. A life filled with education and earned success. However, when faced with the impossible, Anna overcomes her hardship and is miraculously reunited with her love. Although the novel presents a somewhat romanticized picture of life during this historical era in this way, its compelling, enjoyable storyline and endearing characters are sure to delight and inspire readers.

    Cassino, Mark and Jon Nelson, Ph. Illustrated by Nora Aoyagi. It also discusses the many unique shapes of snowflakes. Children who enjoy playing in the snow will find this book fascinating. The books of umber: Dragon games. Catanese, P. Simon and Schuster Aladdin , Catanese creates a thrilling adventure that young readers will adore. This book will appeal to many readers as its genres range from mystery and suspense to action and thrill.

    Its many pages make it challenging while the large print and illustrations do not overwhelm the reader. The Books of Umber: Happenstance Found. Lord Umber is a man from another world who seeks out adventure, supplies new technology to his Kingdom and leads a mysterious and fast paced life.

    When Happenstance appears from nowhere and joins Lord Umber on his journey, they soon discover that escaping an enemy is more difficult than it seems. Detailed imagery and complex action is not enough to salvage the minimal character development and inconsistent other-world overlap, confining this book to a limited audience. Mousie love. Chaconas, Dori. Illustrated by Josee Masse. Frill falls in love with Tully the first time he lays eyes on her. The illustrations in this book bring their adventures to life through vibrant colors, interesting page designs and perspectives, and vivid depictions of the action occurring in the text.

    This is a genuine story of love, friendship, and adventure that could be adapted to many grade levels. Mission control, this is Apollo. Chaikin, Andrew and Alan Bean. By combining text, paintings and photographs, the authors ensure readers will be swept away by a captivating, in-depth look at the ships, the missions, and the people behind them. Chapman, Jason. Early readers are sure to love this interactive book.

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    The incorporated pull-tabs engage readers and the colorful illustrations depict both main ideas and difficult words, making it easier for the reader to decipher their meaning. LM, KLM. Be a genie in six easy steps. Chapman, Linda and Steve Cole. Four siblings discover an ancient book that teaches them how to become genies. Through a series of six steps, the reader follows these children as they try to accomplish each task and find themselves in crazy, dangerous situations. When two real genies begin searching for them, the children must face the rules and dangers of the magical world.

    Only one year. Cheng, Andrea. Illustrated by Nicole Wong. Sharon is shocked when she finds out her parents have decided to send her two-year-old brother, Di Di, back to China where her grandparents will care for him for a year. After Di Di leaves, Sharon and her younger sister Mary, miss their brother and are eager to see the pictures of him their grandmother sends each week. However, as the year passes, the girls grow accustomed to life without Di Di and think of him less often.

    When Di Di eventually comes back home, it is as if a stranger has come to live with them. Sharon even finds herself wishing that Di Di would have stayed in China! As the siblings struggle to sort out their mixed emotions, they soon discover that their bond is stronger than the distance that had separated them. I am going to save a panda! Child, Lauren. Charlie, Lola, and their classmates learn what it means when animals are extinct or endangered.

    They also learn how they can help save endangered animals by raising money from sponsors. Child does a marvelous job of explaining challenging vocabulary words in the book by putting them in bold and giving a definition of each bolded word embedded in the story. The cartoon-like illustrations along with different colored backgrounds make the story easy and enjoyable to read.

    Important life lessons about caring for the environment and working to save endangered animals are presented to readers in a lighthearted manner in I am going to save a panda!. I am extremely boiling. There are plenty of stories out there about sharing, one of which is called I am extremely boiling by Lauren Child. This book is great for preschoolers through first graders, teaching the valuable lesson of sharing. Goddess boot camp.

    Childs, Tera Lynn. Summer has just begun and Phoebe cannot wait. She is starting her training for the Pythian Games in Greece. Normal, right? Wrong, Phoebe is not your normal seventeen-year-old girl. She is a descendent of the Greek goddess Nike. With her bloodline comes the power of magic. Magic that Phoebe cannot control, so instead of just training with her boyfriend for the games, she has to attend Goddess Boot Camp. At camp, she must learn to control her powers in order to pass the test of the gods. The predictable characters and obvious story plot make this book ideal for reading by the pool or on the beach.

    The demon king. Chima, Cinda Williams. The Demon King is dramatic and powerful with wonderfully constructed characters that readers will feel as if they truly get to know them. Hans Alister cannot seem to shake his reputation of being a thief in the past. While hunting in the mountains with his friends, Hans encounters two young wizards and a magical amulet that once belonged to the almighty Demon King. However, Hans does not realize the power the amulet still possesses. Princess Raisa, the other main character, is about to take over as Queen.

    A well crafted ending leaves readers eager for the next book in the series. LM, CKB. Al Capone shines my shoes. Choldenko, Gennifer. In the sequel to Al Capone does my shirts; Choldenko continues the story of Moose Flanagan, who lives on the island of Alcatraz with his father, the prison guard. Life is still complicated for Moose, who struggles to keep all of his friends happy, make sure his autistic sister Natalie likes her school, and squeeze in time for baseball. Always engaging and often hilarious, this is a worthy sequel to the first novel. Rhymes round the world.

    Chorao, Kay. Additionally, the inclusion of a goose on every page pays homage to Mother Goose. The rhymes demonstrate that children across the world are much the same. The rhymes could be used to promote acceptance of other cultures in early elementary classrooms. Far out! Clarke, Ginjer L. Illustrated by Pete Mueller. Animals all around the world are both unique and intelligent. This book reveals a variety of animals from Africa to Antarctica that most early childhood readers probably have never encountered or heard of. This clever picture book includes random, humorous facts about all the animals.

    The most exciting parts of this book are the illustrations accompanying the animal descriptions; they are both humorous and charming. Early elementary readers will be very interested in this book. Clayton, Sally Pomme. Illustrated by Virginia Lee. One beautiful spring day Persephone, the daughter of Demeter the earth goddess, is kidnapped by Hades, the god of the underworld, and taken to his kingdom. Based on one of the many legends from Ancient Greek mythology, the story gives a mythical explanation as to why the season of winter occurs and why spring always follows it.

    The beautifully colored illustrations clearly inspired by the artistic style of Ancient Greece enhance this traditional story of love and loss. Skin like milk, hair of silk: What are similes and metaphors? Clearly, Brian P. Lerner Publishing Group Millbrook Press , Illustrated by Brian Gable.

    Skin like milk, hair of silk: What are similies and metaphors? The fun graphics and creative word selection will allow readers to enjoy the learning process. This book would be ideal for those beginning to learn about similes and metaphors or those who are struggling with the concept of figurative language. Lazily, crazily, just a bit nasally: More about adverbs. Cleary, Brian P. Lazily, crazily, just a bit nasally: More about adverbs introduces students to the concept of adverbs in a fun and unique manner.

    The silliness of this book engages students in learning while still teaching the key components of an adverb. The illustrations further the silliness by demonstrating each adverb using a cat. Adverbs are shown in a clear and obvious way to ensure that the student both understands the specific meaning of each word as well as the overall concept of adverbs. The punctuation station. Illustrated by Joanna Lew-Vriethoff. The punctuation station is a colorfully illustrated informational text designed to teach students the basic rules of punctuation.

    This book is designed as a story book, bringing readers through a train station with stops along the way to introduce new concepts. Facts about punctuation are listed in the top corner of each page leaving plenty of room for the examples of the concept dispersed along the page, disguised as a scene.

    Extra credit. Clements, Andrew. Simon and Schuster Antheneum , Illustrated by Mark Elliot. Extra credit discusses the difficulty of forming and maintaining international friendships. Abby Carson is a sixth grade student who does not like doing homework. When she realizes her poor grades could cause her to be held back, she decides to start doing extra work.

    In order to earn extra points, Abby must find a pen pal from another country. She receives a letter from an Afghani boy. Since his cultural traditions forbid him from speaking to a girl who is not related to him, the two must communicate through his sister. Eventually the boy becomes frustrated with the arrangement and decides to write to Abby himself, which causes tension between both communities. Cleve, Kathleen. Drizzle is an enchanting story about a middle school aged girl named Polly living on a magical farm. The farm consists mostly of magical rhubarb, in varieties like chocolate.

    As well as being flavorful, the rhubarb can also communicate with people. The weeping willows, dragon flies, and vines also have the ability to speak to humans. Every day on the farm it rains at one in the afternoon, until one day when there is not a cloud in the sky. The magic from the farm starts dying and Polly is determined to figure out why. While trying to save the farm she learns about herself.


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    She keeps her faith in the farm alive while others in her family seem to let it fade away, especially when her brother gets sick. Readers will love Polly and her efforts to save the farm in this powerful fantasy about finding ones self and sticking up for what needs to be believed in. Your body battles a broken bone. Cobb, Vicki. Illustrated by Andrew N.

    Your body battles a broken bone is a great resource for children who have broken a bone. The book explains everything that happens in the body from the time a bone is broken to when it is fully healed. Cells are portrayed as the superheroes of the body and the author uses this metaphor to help readers understand the role each cell plays in healing the bone. The illustrations in the book are well done, and include drawings as well as magnified pictures of real cells. Your body battles a cold. Your Body Battles a Cold discusses in detail the process by which the human body fights a cold.

    The book goes through a step by step description of how your body reacts to a common cold. Readers will find the illustrations to be detailed and interesting. Because the reading level may be above that of younger children, parents could read the book to them. The book would be useful in an upper elementary science classroom. Three dogs, two mules, and a reindeer. Cochrane, Marjorie. Mountain Press Publishing Co. Illustrated by Jon Van Zyle.

    This book creates a nice balance as the messages are portrayed in a child friendly way. The illustrations are engaging as they alternate between drawings and real photographs. I would not recommend this book for beginning readers, because the vocabulary is fairly mature. The lost children. Cohagan, Carolyn. Josephine is an extremely lonely twelve-year-old girl who lost her mother and is living with her father who does not enjoy speaking to her. To make matters worse, Josephine is resented by her classmates when her father passes a town law stating everyone must wear gloves everyday.

    One day a mysterious boy named Fergus shows up at her house and Josephine follows him to the magical world of Gulm. In Gulm, she learns secrets about her family that will change her life forever. Cohagan creates a mixture of one real world and one fantasy world, allowing readers to suspend disbelief when reading about the magical world of Gulm. A book about loss, strength, and hope will have readers at the edge of their seats waiting to find out what happens next. Nachshon, who was afraid to swim. Cohen, Deborah Bodin. Illustrated by Jago. When Nachshon learns to have faith and faces his fear of the water by walking into the Sea of Reeds, the waters are parted and the Israelites are able to walk across into freedom.

    Although the story is based more on Midrash or Rabbinic lore than the biblical account, readers will enjoy an entertaining and inspiring story of faith and courage. Better answers. Cole, Ardith Davis. Stenhouse, Classroom teacher and literary specialist, Aridth Cole, provides constructive analysis and promotes self-evaluation in her second edition of Better answers. Cole breaks down the writing process into steps, making it easier both to teach and understand. Her sandwich method, for example, with introduction, body, and conclusion, can be utilized in order to fully answer questions and prompts.

    The included CD has resources for the classroom that employ interesting ways to teach writing in the form of posters and charts.

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    Cole, Henry. Trudy is a touching story about a girl who adopts a goat as her pet and later learns that the goat has a special talent; she can predict the weather! Cole uses soft shapes and textures to emphasize the cool winter landscape. There is a noticeable difference between the warm colors that are used for the interior of the warm house, and the cool muted colors used for the wintery outside.

    Throughout the book Cole has illustrations that span across both pages and are very effective in conveying the mood of the text. Dear vampa. Collins, Ross. Children familiar with vampire stories will appreciate the numerous references to vampire lore. Especially entertaining is the unexpected twist at the end of the story. Dear vamp would be a fun story to share during the Halloween season. Sweet little lies. Conrad, Lauren. From friendships and romantic relationships to heart-break and betrayal this novel is relatable and meaningful to a wide population of young women readers.

    Her informal writing style is easy and enjoyable to read. Sweet Little Lies is filled with different challenges each of the four girls has to face. Like any young lady, the girls of L. Candy seek advice and support from their friends in order to face the challenges ahead of them. Through this journey of confusion each girl discovers important lessons, including who their true friends really are. Although the novel is filled with topics such as sex, drinking, and superficial concepts that many parents would not like their daughters to read about, there are vital underlying messages throughout the novel that might be able to help any young reader face a similar challenge in her own personal life.

    Sweet Little Lies is a novel for entertainment, but can also serve as a tool for girls to take a glimpse into their own lives.