Archive for February, 2012

Scream Street 3: Heart of the Mummy by Tommy Donbavand.

Scream Street has been shrouded in constant night for as long as anyone can remember, but things look really black when millions of spiders escape from No. 5, covering everything with their  suffocating webs. Luke, Resus, and Cleo have their work cut out trying to combat the creepy-crawlies while searching for the third relic, the hearth of an ancient mummy – and Sir Otto is determined to fight them every step of the way.

Look the author showing his Scream Street books:

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February 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm Leave a comment

13 Gifts by Wendy Mass.

It doesn’t take long for Tara Brennan to realize that breaking into school to steal a goat while wielding a can of pepper spray is not a good idea. As punishment for her misdeed, Tara’s parents send her to the sleepy little town of Willow Falls to stay with relatives she hardly knows, including her eleven-year-old cousin Emily, who, the last time they were together, ate an entire stick of glue. Tara quickly learns that Emily isn’t even remotely the strangest person in town. There’s a boy who sings in the bottom of an empty pool, two best friends who use blackboards to Communicate (Amanda and Leo from 11 BIRTHDAYS), and a green-eyed girl who may—or may not—be dating the world’s hottest teen movie star (Rory from FINALLY)

Due to another huge lapse in judgment, Tara finds herself beholden to perhaps the strangest person of all: Angelina D’Angelo. If Tara can’t collect thirteen mysterious objects for the old woman in time for her rapidly approaching thirteenth birthday, the consequences will be REALLY BAD. Like losing-her- immortal-soul kind of bad. And that’s just for starters! Tara’s adventures take her and her new friends to places they’d never thought they’d find, some in the real world, and a lot deep inside themselves.

With a big dose of birthday magic, 13 Gifts will make readers laugh, think, and possibly even hum a show tune or two. Because, in Willow Falls, anything’s possible, and nothing is as it seems.

Here is a video of an interview with Wendy Mass:

There are more videos about her books at her website.

February 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

Junonia by Kevin Henkes.

“I Hope I find a junonia this year.”

Alice thought it would be nice if everyone´s heads-except her own-had small windows built into them and she could see what was going on inside their brains. She imagined that her father was thinking about what they would have for dinner. She imagined that her mother was thinking about world peace or the glory of the ocean. Right now, Alice was thinking that she´d feel much better if she found a rare shell.

Watch a video of the author talking about Junonia:

Kevin Henkes has a lot of wonderful books, learn more about them at his website.

February 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm Leave a comment

True (…sort of) by Katherine Hannigan.

True: Delly Pattison likes surpresents (presents that are a surprise). The day the Boyds come to town, Delly’s sure a special surpresent is on its way. But lately, everything that she thinks will be good and fun turns into trouble. She’s never needed a surpresent more than now.

True: Brud Kinney wants to play basketball like nothing anybody’s ever seen. When the Boyds arrive, though, Brud meets someone who plays like nothing he’s ever seen.

True: Ferris Boyd isn’t like anyone Delly or Brud have ever met. Ferris is a real mysturiosity (an extremely curious mystery).

True: Katherine Hannigan’s first novel since her acclaimed Ida B is a compelling look at the ways friendships and truths are discovered.

It’s all true ( . . . sort of).

Read an excerpt, find activities, at HC webpage and at Katherine Hannigan website

Katherine Hannigan discusses about her book in this video:

February 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Ms. Becky P. made a donation of 12 books to Encino Library!

Thank you Ms. Becky!

Here they are:

The Black Death by George Capaccio

This book tells the story of the bubonic plague, and its social and historical consequences. It has a teacher´s guide, called: Teaching Strategies for Reading & Writing in the Content Areas for use with this title. (Sorry, there is no picture available).

Long Rifle: A Sniper´s Story in Iraq and Afghanistan by Joe LeBleu.

On September 11, 2001, standing in lower Manhattan, former U.S. Army Ranger Joe LeBleu knew what he had to to-return to active duty. By the time he received another honorable discharge in 2005-as a sergeant, paratrooper, and sniper team leader-he had become known as “Long Rifle” for shooting an Iraqi insurgent at 1,100 meters in Fallujah.  This book is the memoir of a U. S. Army sniper from the 9/11 generation and a stirring testament to the core values of American soldiers: integrity, honor, and courage.

The essential 55 by Ron Clark.

Make eye contact

Do not save seats

Be the best person you can be and many more inside the book!

Hear a sample of the audiobook, here or see Ron Clark videos in his website.

Little Ways to Say You Care: Showing the People You Love how Special They Are by Marbelle Young Stewart.

Little acts of love and kindness you can share with your beloved ones. The key concept is “show”. Sometimes is hard to find the right words to express your feelings. Sometimes you can find the right words, but it´s hard to say them. That´s when actions can speak louder than words.

The Underground Railroad by Barbara Brooks Simon.

Describes the Underground Railroad through stories written by fictional former slaves. Uses authentic photographs and illustrations to portray the living conditions of slaves on plantations, and describes the escape route from the American South to freedom in Canada. From Google Books.

How Writers Work by Ralph Fletcher.

There is no secret about writing, it is a process. If you like to write, there are definitive steps you can take to help you reach your goals. This book will show how writers work, how you can become a writer, and how you can find a process that works for you. Find more tips, here or in this video:

Shadow Art: How to Have Fun in the Dark by Sophie Collins.

Learn the art of shadow -casting. Made using only your hands and a flashlight or lamp, shadow animals have a charm that has lasted through the ages. So, if modern party games seem soulless, step out of the shadows with this book. Just a little practice will have you demonstrating the roar of a lion and the snap of a crocodile.

Japanese-English English-Japanese Dictionary by Seigo Nakao.

Designed for non-native speakers of Japanese, this book is perfect for travelers, business people, and students.

Magia Magnética by Paul Doherty & John Cassidy.

Scientific-magic activities exploring magnets science. Lots of tricks to impress your family and friends.

Chistes para chavitos

A collection of jokes in Spanish to share and spend a nice laughing time.

Crea tu propia revista by Barbara Taylor.

Ideas and facts about how to make you own magazine. Design, letters, interviews, styles and more!

February 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dragon Players by Frank Cammuso.

Enter the dragon!

Artie King and his pals Wayne and Percy have big plans to build a remote-controlled dragon and enter a dueling robot tournament. But when Joe and his Horde steal their robot design, the knights turn to Evo, a mysterious techno whiz kid they heard about at the arcade, for help.

Evo knows what to do, all right… There´s just one thing worrying Artie:

Is it the right thing to do?

Find it out by yourself by taking this book out!!

Play the dodge-a-rama, in this link.


February 9, 2012 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

Good Questions for Math Teaching: Why Ask Them and What to Ask K-6 grades by Peter Sullivan & Pat Lilburn.

Make your classroom a dynamic learning environment by making the right questions. Open-ended questions prompt children to think creatively and critically. This book is full of tips on how to create these questions. Organized by subject area and age group, you can locate the topic your are working on your class and select questions appropriate for your students.

Take a look through the table of contents, here.

February 9, 2012 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

Mal and Chad: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever! by Stephen McCranie.

Mal is a super kid genius and Chad is a talking dog, but no one knows it. What’s it like to be so extraordinary and yet so invisible? Not even Megan, Mal’s secret crush, has any idea that Mal is anything more than a dork. Fortunately, Mal and Chad are best friends with a penchant for adventure . . . even if the time-traveling does get them grounded by Mal’s mom. From Goodreads.

Visit Mal & Chad website to read more of its strips.

February 9, 2012 at 10:32 am 2 comments

Babymouse Mad Scientist by Jennifer & Matthew Holm.

The greatest scientific discovery of the 21st century is about to be revealed . . . when Babymouse enters the school science fair! Will her amazing discovery win 1st place? Will it become a successful spin off series? Find out in Babymouse: Mad Scientist! Mad Scientist is the 14th graphic novel in the award-winning series and the Babymouse that begins the amazing adventures of SQUISH: SUPER AMOEBA! from Goodreads.

Watch a book talk from a librarian of Arlington Public Library:

February 9, 2012 at 10:17 am Leave a comment

Squish 2 Brave New Pond by Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm.

In the battle between good and evil, there´s only one who has the courage to do what´s right… Squish!! Saving the world… one cell at a time! Don´t miss this second book of this funny amoeba!

I can´t wait until May 22, release date of Squish 3, here a summary.

February 9, 2012 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

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