Archive for March, 2012

Like you see them on TV!

River Monsters, Extreme Adventures: The search for bigger, faster, meaner fish by Thea Feldman.

Going to extreme is all in a day´s work for Jeremy Wade!

Fish untamed rivers in Brazil, Suriname, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

Now the wildlife biologist, expert angler, and star of the Animal Planet smash hit, River Monsters, experiences his most

outrageous adventures yet. This book takes you along as Jeremy travels far off the beaten path in pursuit of renegade river

monsters that include a flesh ripping fish in New Zealand, a mutilating monster in Papua New Guinea, and a silent assassin

swimming in Argentina. Enjoy the best scenes at Animal Planet.

 

   Dive into sharks: up close and personal by Thea Feldman.

   Warning: This book has bite!

Can´t sink your teeth into enough fascinating facts about sharks?

Then this book was created especially for you! Based on Discovery Channel´s annual hit Shark Week, this book is filled to the

gills with sharktastic information!

You´ll discover the truth about these mouthfuls of treacherous teeth: only a few species are dangerous to humans. You´ll also

dive into shark autonomy, behavior, conservation concerns, and much more. Be sure to take the quiz to see if you´re shark bait

or an expert on the animal. Do you want to see more? See Shark Week.

March 28, 2012 at 9:17 am Leave a comment

Two new Candy Apple Books at Encino Library!

Accidentally friends by Lisa Papademetriou.

It´s the last week of seventh grade, and Amy´s world is turning upside-down. After her latest falling-out with the Queen of Mean, Fiona. Amy is glad that Jenelle and Mitchie are still on her side. But lately Jenelle has seemed upset, and Mitchie´s been acting strange, too. Now it´s up to Amy to get everyone-including Fiona-to get along, and to prove that with friendship, there are no accidents!

Miss Popularity goes camping by Francesco Sedita.

Cassie Cyan Knight – former Texas girl, forever fashion plate – has finally started to adjust to life in Maine. Then Cassie learn that the sixth grade is going on a field trip to a nature preserve! Cassie will have to go hiking, camping, and gulp! – white-water rafting. And how can she survive without cell reception and hair products?

But with a little luck, a lot of pluck, and her supportive best friend, Cassie may just conquer the wilderness…and teach her classmates a thing or two abut camping in style!

 

March 28, 2012 at 9:06 am Leave a comment

NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley.

You are holding a top secret NERDS case file. It contains highly classified information. So don´t lose it okay?

Meet the NERDS, a team of eleven-year-old super spies:

Duncan “Gluestick” Dewey.

He´s paste-eater who can stick to walls.

Ruby “Pufferfish” Peet.

Her allergies help her detect danger and dishonesty.

Heathcliff “Choppers” Hodges.

He controls minds with his buckteeth.

Julio “Flinch” Escala.

His hyperactivity gives him super speed and strength.

Matilda “Wheezer” Choi.

Her inhalers enable her to fly and blast enemies.

Jackson “Braceface” Jones.

the new recruit.

Can this team of misfits save the world from their secret headquarters in the basement of their school?

Meet the characters on Michael Buckley words:

 

March 28, 2012 at 8:36 am Leave a comment

James Patterson Maximum Ride 4 by Narae Lee.

Despite their initial hesitation, living with Anne has softened the flock, so Max is keenly aware that it´s time to leave. With Thanksgiving so near, though, all of them want to stay, at least until they´ve had their first ever Thanksgiving turkey! But danger is on the horizon as Jeb´s plan advances, and while the flocks´s new school seems normal and safe, secrets are hidden beneath its prestigious facade.

March 28, 2012 at 8:28 am Leave a comment

The Books of Elsewhere: The Shadows by Jacqueline West.

When eleven-year-old Olive moves into the crumbling old mansion on Linden Street, she´s right to think there´s something weird about the place, especially the walls covered in creepy antique paintings. But when she finds a pair of old fashioned glasses in dusty drawer, she discovers the most peculiar thing yet –

She can travel inside these paintings to Elsewhere, a world that´s strangely quiet… and eerily sinister.

Olive soon finds that Elsewhere has secrets to hide-and the most annoying of them is Morton, a small boy with a big temper. As he and Olive from an uneasy alliance. Olive finds herself caught in a plan darker and more dangerous than she could have imagined, confronting a power that wants to be rid of her any means necessary. It´s up to her to save the house from the shadows, before the lights go out for good.

Watch the book trailer:

Meet the author and see the house that inspired this story: 

Visit Books of Elsewhere website.

March 28, 2012 at 8:22 am Leave a comment

Everything for a Dog by Ann M. Martin.

Bone and his sister, Squirrel, are stray dogs born in a shed. Left motherless as puppies, the two dogs survive together for a while, but are soon wrenched apart, and Bone must go on, alone.

Charlie is a boy who has suffered a terrible loss. And, as he is healing with the help of his dog, another tragedy occurs.

All Henry has wanted is a dog of his own, and now that his best friend has moved away, his parents still won´t let him.

Bone, Charlie, and Henry live very different lives but their stories connect in surprising ways.

Watch Ann M. Martin talking about her book:

March 28, 2012 at 8:09 am Leave a comment

Vampires and other spooky stories.

My sister the vampire: Love Bites by Sienna Mercer.

Is Transylvania ready for the twins?

Olivia and Ivy are headed to Transylvania to meet their dad´s side of the family, which just happens to be vampire royalty. Olivia is prepped to feel out of her element, but discovers she fits i with the fanged ones pretty well.

Ivy is a little less at ease-fancy clothes, royal dinners, and endless curtsies aren´t really her style. She soon has a project to distract her style. The crown prince of Transylvania seems a little too interested n Olivia-is he just being friendly, or is he up to no good?

My sister the vampire: Lucky Break by Sienna Mercer.

Olivia and Ivy are thrilled that their friend Camilla is putting on a play. And not just any play- Romeo and Juliet! Could anything be more romantic?

Olivia is swooning at the thought of stepping into the lead role (and hopes that dreamy Jackson will be Romeo to her Juliet). But no theater production happens without its fair share of drama… and this on is no exception!

Watch the book trailer:

Curiosity killed the cat by Sierra Harimann.

Hannah isn´t thrilled to be moving in with her dad and his new family, who live in a house this close to a spooky cemetery. Luckily, Hannah doesn´t believe all the “ghost cat” stories she´s heard about the graveyard.

Besides, Hannah has bigger worries: her stepsister, Madison, is a total mean girl. Hannah´s cat, Icky, has been missing since the move. and worst of all, every night something scratches at her door, but when she looks, nothing is there! Hannah´s starting to wonder-could those scary stories be true after all?

School of Fear: Class is not dismissed by Gitty Daneshvari.

n this hilarious follow-up to School of Fear, eccentric headmaster Mrs. Wellington demands requests the presence of Madeleine, Theo, Lulu, and Garrison for a mandatory summer of retraining after discovering that each of her former students has secretly regressed. Facing their fears was terrifying enough, but when the foursome learns they’ll be joined by a fifth student, things start to get even scarier.

To make matters worse, the students quickly find themselves tasked with saving their school. And because failing means spending the rest of their lives with unresolved phobias, this is one test they all plan to ace. From Goodreads.

Creepover: Truth or dare… by P. J. Night.

During a round of Truth or Dare. Abby Miller confesses her crush on Jake Chilson. The only people who know her secret are her friends at her sleepover-and whoever sent her a text message in the middle of the night warning her to stay away from Jake… or else!

But Abby isn´t going to stay away from Jake especially not after he asks her to the school dance.

As the night of the dance approaches, some very creepy things start happening to Abby. Someone definitely wants to sabotage her plans with Jake. Is it a jealous classmate, or, as Abby begins to suspect, could it be a ghost?

Creepover trailer:

 

 

March 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm 2 comments

No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis.

There´s not much that upsets young Valli. Even though her days are spent picking up pieces of coal and fighting with her cousins, life in the coal town of Jharia, India, is the only life she knows. The only thing that fills her with terror is the sight of the monsters who live on the other side of the train tracks. They have a disease called leprosy, which makes Valli and the other children afraid, so they throw stones at them. No matter how hard her life is, she tells herself, at least she will never be one of them.

The she discovers that the people she has been living with are not her real family after all. And without family, friends or any reason to stay, she decides to leave Jharia. And so begins a series of adventures that takes her to a new but uncertain life on the streets of Kolkata.

There Valli finds that she really doesn´t need much to live on. She learns to “borrow2 the things she needs and then pass them on to people who need them more than she does. She believes she is self sufficient, and it helps that she has “magic” feet that feel no pain.

But in the end, the most difficult lesson Valli must learn is that when you are in a great need, it is all right to accept help.

March 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson.

In 1993 a mountaineer named Greg Mortenson drifted into a impoverished Pakistan village in the Karakiram mountains after a failed attempt to climb K2. Moved  by the inhabitants´kindness, he promised to return and build a school. Three cups of tea is the story of that promise and its extraordinary outcome. Over the next decade Mortenson built not joust one but fifty-five schools -especially for girls- in the forbidding terrain that gave birth of the Taliban. His story is at once a riveting adventure and a testament to the power of the humanitarian spirit.

 

March 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

Everything you Need to Know About Frogs and Other Slippery Creatures.

This is not and ordinary book. This is everything you need to know about all sorts of amphibians and reptiles. It´s crammed with fascinating facts about frogs, and staggering statistics about snakes. It has the lowdown on lizards and turtles-and that´s not all.

March 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

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