Archive for June, 2011

Durinda´s Dangers by Lauren Baratz-Logsted with Greg Logsted & Jackie Logsted.

Sisters 8,  book 2

The story always begins the same . . . until it changes.

The Sisters Eight are still on their own. Mommy and Daddy are still missing (or dead). But Annie´s found her gift and her power-only fourteen more to go! So maybe things are looking up.

Or not.

Carl, the talking refrigerator, ids on the fritz. He can´t keep anything cold and leaves puddles of salty water on the floor. And the Wicket, their nosy neighbor, is up to no good. Could it have something to do with Mommy and Daddy´s disappearance? The Sisters Eight are going to find out.

Meanwhile, the girls continue to look for their powers and gifts. This time it´s Durinda´s turn, and boy, is her power a doozy!

The search for Mommy and Daddy continues in Georgia´s Greatness, already available at Encino Library.

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June 28, 2011 at 11:21 am 2 comments

Witch & Wizard by James Patterson.

How would you feel if you found out your parents had been keeping a secret from all your life? What if you got kidnapped in the middle of the night and were accused of being a with or wizard? And then you were told that everything you loved – your books, your music, your pictures-were banned forever?

Meet brother and sister Whit and Wisty Allgood.

This is their story.

Read it before it´s too late.

Or visit James Patterson site and read the first chapters of his newest books:

June 28, 2011 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

We Want You to Know: Kids Talk About Bullying by Deborah Ellis.

Bullying is not inevitable. It doesn´t have to be a normal part of childhood. The more we talk with each other, share our stories, and listen -particularly to those whose voices aren´t often heard-the closer we move toward a just society. Deborah Ellis.

What do kids really think about bullying? How does it feel to be excluded for being different, to be told you´r e not good enough, or to be pursued relentlessly for no reason? What circumstances encourage so kids to bully other? How have kids´ lives changed because of bullying and how do they think it could have been stopped?

Read what these kids have to say here:

Or read it at Encino Library.


June 28, 2011 at 10:20 am Leave a comment

The Scent of Blood by Tanya Landman.

Murder is a beastly business!

My name s Poppy Fields. Graham and I were first on the scene at a series o murders at the zoo, but who was behind them? We ha to prowl around a bit to investigate – and what we saw was not pretty. How would we escape before we too, became dead meat?

This book belongs to a series called Poppy Fields, see the trailer:

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June 28, 2011 at 9:46 am Leave a comment

Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy.

Okay, she released seven kinds of evil… but it was just an accident!

Pandora Atheneus Andromaeche Helena (or Pandy, for short) has something really good for her school project on the gods: a mysterious box given to her father by Zeus himself. Pandy knows the box is full of something so terrifying that it must  never be opened . . . but it´s so much cooler than showing her dad´s liver in a jar (again).

Of course, before she realizes it, seven kinds of evil and misery have escaped, Athens starts to crumble, death and destruction are everywhere . . . You get the picture. Hauled before Zeus, Hera, and the rest of the immortals, Pandora is ordered to capture all seven evils or go down in history as the girl who ruined the world.

Carolyn Hennesy´s Pandora web site:

Teachers guide available for this title:

June 28, 2011 at 9:11 am Leave a comment

Summer Websites

If you are staying or even if you are going out , and you are looking for something interesting to learn or visit, check these web pages:

Play and learn

Essential Information of our country, learn about national symbols, Independence Historic Monuments, and Traditions.

Games, comics, activities and videos of Science.

Explore space facts, games, puzzles, quizzes, activities, and videos.

Games focused on Science, Math, and critical Thinking.

educational online games focused on science, math, and critical thinking.

Play hangman and improve your vocabulary.

Let´s the games begin!

Virtual Museum Tours

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Museo del Prado

Miami Children´s Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Young at Art Museum

State Hermitage Museum

San Francisco´s Children´s Museum

Vatican Museums

Louvre Museum

British Museum

Monterrey Cultural Events

Click on Conarte Agenda

June 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

Petal´s problems by Lauren Baratz-Logsted with Greg Logsted & Jackie Logsted.

Oh, No!

It should be Petal´s month -June- now, right? The only thing is, it´s not -at least, not yet. It´s still May, and here are the Eights, looking at a wedding invitation.

This is perfectly fine. As far as Petal is concerned, it could stay May forever. Your see, Petal doesn´t want June to come, because Petal desn´t want her power.

But it doesn´t really matter what Petal wants, does it?

Time can´t be stopped. So even if it´s not quite June yet, the month must inevitably come. And when it does, it will be time for…

Oh, no! Petal power!

Visit Petal at Sisters 8 website:

June 23, 2011 at 9:19 am Leave a comment

50 Rainy Day Activities

50 inspiring ideas for things to make and do to brighten up a rainy day!

More ideas:

June 23, 2011 at 9:04 am 3 comments

The Nightmarys by Dan Poblocki.

When seventh-grader Timothy is paired with the new girl, Abigail, for a school project, he doesn’t expect to find himself fighting against nightmares: his friend’s, his teacher’s, and his own. Suddenly, people who make Abigail angry are being haunted by their worst fears. But if she is causing the situation, why is she being haunted, too? And how can she make it stop? Timothy and Abigail discover that what is happening to them is somehow tied to a 60-year-old mystery of a missing girl, but the real cause of the terror taking over their town might be even older. Secrets–Abigail’s, Timothy’s, and even Abigail’s grandmother’s–must be revealed before the pair can defeat an ancient curse and put the Nightmarys to rest.  by Karen E. Brooks-Reese from SLJ.

Read about the author and more of this books at:

Or visit his blog:

Do you want to read it at home? Visit Encino Library.



June 22, 2011 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Mythological monsters and the Gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking out of the pages of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson´s textbooks and into his life. And worse, he´r angered a few of them. Zeus´s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, he and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus´s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.

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June 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

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