book talks: spring 2010
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The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook : Middle School
Kid-friendly, hands-on, step-by-step instructions for surviving one of the scariest times in a tween's life - the first day of middle school.
Children's Nonfiction Book 373.18 B
Burg, Ann E.|
All the Broken Pieces
Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and, now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past.
Children's Fiction Book BURG
Butzer, C. M.|
Gettysburg : The Graphic Novel
A detailed, comic-book style account depicting the Battle of Gettysburg, the national movement to create a memorial there, and the quiet day in 1863 when Lincoln delivered his galvanizing speech. Butzer uses only primary sources for the text, drawing from first-person letters and diaries, speeches, and Lincoln's own writing to unfold this series of historical events.
Children's Nonfiction Book 973.7349 B
In 23rd-century Great Britain, where climate change has caused vast flooding, the piratical raiders kidnap the Prime Minister's daughter and thirteen-year-old Lilly Melkun, an English fishergirl, takes her seacat on a daring rescue attempt, with a mysterious talking jewel from a past computer age tucked in her belt as ransom.
Children's Fiction Book DIAMAND
The Mythology Handbook : A Course in Ancient Greek Myths
This highly informative, interactive handbook explores the amazing myths of ancient Greece. Brimming with facts and special features, it also contains maps, stickers, hero and monster cards, and many heroic and monstrous activities.
Children's Nonfiction Book 292.13 E
Odd and the Frost Giants
An unlucky twelve-year-old Norwegian boy named Odd leads the Norse gods Loki, Thor, and Odin in an attempt to outwit evil Frost Giants who have taken over Asgard.
Children's Fiction Book GAIMAN
Green, Roger Lancelyn|
Tales of the Greek Heroes
Some of the oldest and most famous stories in the world—the adventures of Perseus, the labors of Heracles, the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts—are vividly retold in this single, connected narrative of the Heroic Age, from the coming of the Immortals to the first fall of Troy.
Children's Nonfiction Book 398.20938 G
Charles and Emma : The Darwins' Leap of Faith
Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma, were deeply in love and very supportive of each other, but their opinions often clashed. Emma was extremely religious, and Charles questioned God's very existence.
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 D26
Pandora Gets Jealous
Thirteen-year-old Pandy is hauled before Zeus and given six months to gather all of the evils that were released when the box she brought to school as her annual project was accidentally opened.
Children's Fiction Book HENNESY
The Mammoth Academy
Woolly mammoth siblings Oscar and Arabella enjoy being at Mammoth Academy, but Oscar is accused of stealing oranges and when he follows some mysterious tracks to find the real thief, he discovers humans living nearby.
Children's Fiction Book LAYTON
What the World Eats
A photographic collection exploring what the world eats featuring portraits of twenty-five families from twenty-one countries surrounded by a week's worth of food.
Adult Nonfiction Book
Truce : The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting
On July 29th, 1914, the world’s peace was shattered as the artillery of the Austria-Hungary Empire began shelling the troops of the country to its south. Soon most of Europe was fighting in this calamitous war that could have been avoided. This was the First World War. On December 25 the troops defied their commanding officers by stopping the fighting and having a spontaneous celebration of Christmas with their "enemies."This beautiful and heartrending narrative of the Christmas Miracle will remind everyone how love for one another reaches far beyond war and politics.
Children's Nonfiction Book 940.421 M 2009
Things get out of hand for a twelve-year-old boy when a neighbor convinces him to expand his summer lawn mowing business.
Teen Fiction Book PAULSEN
Ruelle, Karen Gray|
The Grand Mosque of Paris : A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust
When the Nazis occupied Paris, no Jew was safe from arrest and deportation. Few Parisians were willing to risk their own lives to help. Yet during that perilous time, many Jews found refuge in an unlikely place,the sprawling complex of the Grand Mosque of Paris. Not just a place of worship but a community center, this hive of activity was an ideal temporary hiding place for escaped prisoners of war and Jews of all ages, especially children.
Children's Nonfiction Book 940.5318 R 2009
Knucklehead : Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories about Growing Up Scieszka
How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner.
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 Sc24
We Shall Overcome : A Song That Changed the World
“We Shall Overcome” is best known as the anthem of the civil rights movement. Discover the song’s origins, and how it came to be such a powerful piece of music. Blacks and whites attempting to integrate a bus terminal were about to be stormed by a vicious mob, yet they grasped hands and sang “We Shall Overcome.” The then story moves back in time to explore various types of music, including slave songs and church hymns, that may have been this tune’s basis.
Children's Nonfiction Book 782.42162 S 2010
Danny Dragonbreath and his friend Wendell get an up-close underwater tour of the Sargasso Sea from Danny's sea-serpent cousin, encountering giant squid and mako sharks--and learn about standing up to bullies in the process.
Children's Fiction Book VERNON
This book describes the building of Egyptian pharaoh Cheops's funeral boat.
Children's Nonfiction Book 932.012 W
A young swallow leads a band of birds against an empire of raptors that has invaded Boston.
Children's Fiction Book WOLF-MO
An Egret's Day
Combines poetry and factual text about egrets, describing how these elegant birds walk, eat, and fly and how their plumes were once in demand for adorning clothing and hats.
Children's Nonfiction Book 811.54 Y78 2010
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