book talks - autumn 2009
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Words to My Life's Song
As a boy growing up during the Depression, Ashley Bryan painted, finding cast off objects to turn into art. As a solder in the segregated Army on the beaches of Normandy, he sketched, keeping charcoal crayons and paper in his gasmask to draw with during lulls. Book talk by Caron C. at Edina Library.
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 B83747
George, Jessica Day|
Princess of the Midnight Ball
A retelling of the tale of twelve princesses who wear out their shoes dancing every night, and of Galen, a former soldier now working in the king's gardens, who follows them in hopes of breaking the curse. Book talk by Stephanie W. at Champlin Library.
Children's Fiction Book GEORGE
After her brother Jared dies, ten-year-old Annie worries about the hidden dangers of everything, from bug bites to bicycle riding, until she is befriended by a new neighbor who is grieving her own loss. Book talk by Jackie C. at Eden Prairie Library.
Children's Fiction Book GRAFF
My Darlin' Clementine
Expands on the folk song to tell of seventeen-year-old Clementine, whose dream of being a doctor is complicated by her drunken, gambling father, the lawlessness of 1866 Idaho Territory, and the affections of handsome Boone Reno. Book talk by Pat B. at Excelsior Library.
Children's Fiction Book GREGORY
Sir John Hargrave's Mischief Maker's Manual
This is the definitive guide to pranking and mayhem. The “Basics” shows you how to find a pranking partner and how to pull simple pranks like making crank calls. Then learn how to put a real worm inside an ice cube or bake tuna cookies. Book talk by Alicia A. at Brookdale Library.
Children's Nonfiction Book 818.602 H2235
Leaving St. Louis in 1849, Zebulon Crabtree takes up with a riverboat gambler who has some special plans for him, crosses paths with a slave who becomes a friend, and learns that some Indian medicine men can see even though blind. Book talk by Caron C. at Edina Library.
Children's Fiction Book HELGERS
Hoose, Phillip M.|
Claudette Colvin : Twice Toward Justice
On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Instead of being celebrated as Rosa Parks would be just nine months later, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin found herself shunned by classmates and dismissed by community leaders. A year later she challenged segregation again in a landmark case that swept away the legal underpinnings of the Jim Crow South. Book talk by Mary S. at Eden Prairie Library.
Children's Nonfiction Book 323.092 H
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather. This leads to an important discovery. Book talk by Gloria C. at Eden Prairie Library.
Children's Fiction Book KELLY
After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo stop speaking to each other at their tenth birthday. They prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again. Book talk by Joanna R. at Ridgedale Library.
Children's Fiction Book MASS
McDonough, Yona Zeldis|
The Doll Shop Downstairs
When World War I breaks out, nine-year-old Anna thinks of a way to save her family's beloved New York City doll repair shop. Includes brief author's note about the history of the Madame Alexander doll, a glossary, and timeline. Book talk by Joni K. at St. Louis Park Library.
Children's Fiction Book MCDONOU
Julia Gillian (and the Quest for Joy)
Ten-year-old Julia Gillian's best friend is keeping secrets, their beloved lunch lady was replaced by a tyrant, and trumpet lessons prove difficult, making it hard for her to follow the music teacher's advice to look for the joy. Book talk by Nina S. at Maple Grove Library.
Children's Fiction Book MCGHEE
101 Ways You Can Help Save the Planet Before You're 12!
Young eco-activists are sure to feel empowered as they begin doing simple things such as cutting down on water use, starting a compost bin, and creating litter-free lunches. Book talk by Heather P. at Eden Prairie Library.
Children's Nonfiction Book 363.70525 O
Harry Potter Should Have Died
This collection from the #1 Harry Potter fan Web site brings the original and entertaining views of the experts behind Mugglenet.com to 100 of the most interesting and contentious debate topics in the Potter world. Book talk by Lisa H. at Augsburg Park Library and Jody W. at Web Services.
Children's Nonfiction Book 823.914 R797 2009
When You Reach Me
Shortly after sixth-grader Miranda and her best friend Sal part ways, for some inexplicable reason, her once familiar world turns upside down. Maybe it's because she's caught up in reading A Wrinkle in Time and trying to understand time travel, or perhaps it's because she's been receiving mysterious notes which accurately predict the future. Book talk by Bethany W. at Wayzata Library.
Children's Fiction Book STEAD
100% Pre Fake
Amaze and disgust everyone with easy-to-make Pure Fakes. These 25 safe, kid-tested recipes are made with ingredients found in most homes, including corn syrup, rolled oats, makeup and pasta. Each is presented with instructions and includes warnings for allergy and mess alerts, and tells when kids should get adult help. Book talk by Lisa H. at Augsburg Park Library and Ann M. at Web Services.
Children's Nonfiction Book 793.8 T 2009
Walker, Sally M.|
Written in Bone : Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland
This book reports on the work of forensic scientists who are excavating grave sites in James Fort, in Jamestown, Virginia, to understand the people who lived in the Chesapeake Bay area in the 1600s and 1700s. Book talk by Pat B. at Excelsior Library.
Children's Nonfiction Book 614.17 W
You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!
An old-timer tells us what made Sandy Koufax so amazing. At the beginning of his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers, he experienced discrimination as one of the only Jews in the game. He quit, but returned the next season, firing one rocket after another over the plate. He refused to play in the 1965 World Series because it was a Jewish high holy day. Sandy Koufax remains a modest hero and a mystery to this day. Book talk by Tracy H. L. at Westonka Library.
Children's Nonfiction Book 921 K847
Through letters to his little sister, who is living in a different foster home, sixth-grader Lonnie, also known as Locomotion, keeps a record of their lives while they are apart, describing his own foster family, including his foster brother who returns home after losing a leg in the Iraq War. Book talk by Eddie A. at St. Anthony Library.
Children's Fiction Book WOODSON
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