Archive for April, 2012

Who Was…?: 9 titles ready to tell you the most inspiring stories.

A boy who loved drawing animals. A teenager whose puppet shows were on TV. The creator of the world-famous Muppets. Who was he?

A mischivieous, adventurous boy named Samuel Clemens. A steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River, gold miner, newspaper writer, and world traveler. Learn more inside the book.

A little boy who liked collecting beetles much more than going to school. A (very seasick) passenger who sailed around the world on a five-year voyage. The scientist who started a “revolution of thought” with his theory of evolution. Any clue?

A wilderness folk hero who could talk to birds. A real man named John Chapman. A nature lover who planted thousands of apple trees for pioneer families to enjoy. Don´t miss it!

A skinny, sickly boy always in the shadow of his older brother. A WWII hero who saved his shipwrecked crewmen in the Pacific Ocean. The first Catholic president, and also the youngest man ever elected. It sounds familiar?

A boy who always stood up for himself. A teenage sports superstar. An African American who changed the face of baseball forever. You will be surprised!

A six-year old who dazzled the empress of Austria with his piano brilliance. A composer who wrote more than 600 concertos, sonatas, symphonies, and operas in his thirty-five-year lifetime. A serious musician who loved to tell silly jokes.

A girl who liked fishing. A teenager who cleaned houses to make money. The woman who took a stand by sitting on a bus.

A boy ho loved zoos and drawing silly animals. A college student voted “least likely succeed. An author and illustrator ho changed children´s books forever.


April 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm 11 comments

Easy Science Experiments!

Scary science by Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone.

Get ready to brew up some scary fun!

Frighten your friends with shrunken heads, rotting zombies, and spooky sounds. Gross out your family with festering ooze, squishy eyeballs, and bubbling alien blood. Learn how to make spiderwebs, rubber bones, and things that glow in the dark. And discover the real-life stories behind deadly spiders, zombie worms, exploding snakes, vampires and more.

The Usborne big book of science: things to make and do by Rebecca Gilpin and Leonie Pratt.

Find over fifty fantastically fun projects that use easy-to-find everyday materials. Make things that fly, fling, spin, swim, whoosh, zoom and ooze, and discover the surprising science behind them.

April 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

El Último Refugio by J. Patrick Lewis.

On an afternoon like any other, an artist’s imagination disappears. His quest to recover it leads him to a remote seaside hotel visited by some remarkable guests. From Google Books. The book is in Spanish.

April 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm Leave a comment

Big Nate from the Top by Lincoln Pierce.

Big Nate is taking it from the top-the top of the troublemaker´list! Nate Wright is eleven years old, four-and-a-half-feet tall, and the all-time record older for detentions in school history. He´s a self-described genius and a sixth-grade Renaissance man. Middle school kids everywhere can relate to Big Nate´s daily battle against overzealous teachers, undercooked cafeteria food, and all-around conventionality.

Visit Big Nate webpage.

April 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm 2 comments

The MLS World of Soccer: Travel Home with MLS Stars by James Buckley Jr.

Let´s play soccer!

The teams of Major League Soccer feature top stars from around the world. Meet them-and learn more about their home countries – in this awesome new book!

Visit England, Brazil, Argentina, Jamaica, Mexico, Ghana and more!

Americans and Canadians are here too, of course!

Want to know more about this, visit: MLS website.

April 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

Pet Trouble: Bulldog Won´t Budge by T. T. Sutherland.

Meatball is a great dog. Eric has always wanted a dog, so when a bulldog named Meatball is abandoned at this mother´s  veterinarian office, Eric is sure it´s fate – he can give Meatball a new home!

There´s  just one thing…

Meatball is stubborn. And slow. Eric wants to go to the park and play fetch, but Meatball likes to lie in the grass and drool. Is there anything Eric can do to get this bulldog to budge?

April 26, 2012 at 11:57 am 3 comments

Phineas & Ferb, past & future!

Have fun with these new titles of the famous couple:

It´s ancient History! adapted by Ellie O´Ryan.

After checking out a museum exhibit about ancient Greece, Phineas and ferb decide to create an awesome chariot race! They challenge Buford Van Stomm, their friend and the town bully, to compete against them. Who will be crowned the winner? Then, Phineas and Ferb go on an archeological dig-where they discover a caveman!

Quantum Boogaloo adapted by John Green.

Phineas and Ferb need a tool that hasn´t been invented yet, so unfortunately, they´re spotted by future Candace, who follows them back in time to bust them on the day they built their giant roller coaster, she does bust them-but by doing so, she changes the future! and hey… Where is Perry (in the future)?

April 26, 2012 at 11:09 am 2 comments

Leyendo Catalog due date is next Monday.

As you know at UE, I handed book catalogs for students to buy books. This is optional and Monday April 23rd, will be the last day to bring you catalog and buy your books.

Please keep in mind that it will take four weeks for yous books to arrive to Encino Library. Further questions could be addressed to me or at Leyendo.

Have a nice weekend!

Ms. Adriana


April 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

If you like mysterious stories, here are really good news…

5 new titles at Encino Library, enjoy them!

The gates by John Connolly.

Samuel Johnson thought he was getting a head start when he decided to trick-or-treat on October 28, but he got more than he bargained for. Turns out his new neighbor have unwittingly contacted the Underworld and brought forth some pretty bad stuff. Unfortunately, this fall squarelyon the list of Things Nobobdy Is Likely to Believe, so it looks like it´s up to Samuel and his dachshund, Boswell, to stop whatever trouble is brewing – as long as Samuel´s done before his babysitter realizes he´s gone. More of John Connolly at his website.

Suddenly supernatural: Scaredy Kat by Elizabeth Coddy Kimmel.

Kat can see spirits, but what´s even worse is the fact that spirits can also see her, especially the exceptionally needy ones. As this medium-in-training discovers, there´s really no way to run from dead people, and being sought out by a whole bunch of them can be pretty scary. So when an exploration of the abandoned house next door leads Kat and her best friend on a search for a missing boy, Kat´s not sure if she wants to help or even if she can.

The mysterious four: hauntings and heists by Dan Poblocki.

Welcome to Moon Hollow, where mystery lurks around every corner – and four kids have come together to solve crimes and puzzles, big and small. Whether they´re thwarting thieves, revealing the truth behind a strange sea monster, or solving the haunted mystery of a basement´s spooky sounds, Viola, Sylvester, Rosie, and Woodrow will figure out the truth in six clues or less. And readers are invited to guess alongside them each step of the way.

Cahills VS Vespers: A king´s ransom by Jude Watson.

With the lives of their kidnapped relatives on the line, Amy and Dan are given another impossible request—steal a priceless map that’s been missing for more than half a century. As the body count rises, Amy and Dan start a frantic search across Europe and through one of the darkest periods of human history. However, the secrets they uncover about the Vespers are nothing compared to the most shocking discovery of all—someone thought to be dead seems very much alive . . . From the 39 clues official site.

Mr. Benedict´s book of perplexing puzzles, elusive enigmas, and curious conundrums by Trenton Lee Stewart.

This exclusive companion book to the bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series is a mind-bending collection that will put YOU to the test! With full-color artwork throughout, this companion features ingenious new puzzles, riddles, and brainteasers compiled by Mr. Benedict himself, with the help of Reynie, Kate, Sticky, Constance, and other Society associates. Think you have what it takes to join the Mysterious Benedict Society? Open this book and find out!

April 20, 2012 at 2:26 pm 6 comments

Three new titles of Wendy Mass at Encino Library.

11 Birthdays

On their first birthday, they learned to walk. On their fifth, they planted seeds in handmade pots. On their tenth, they learned there are some words you can never take back.

Amanda’s eleventh birthday should have been a happy occasion. Instead she’s dressed in an itchy costume her mother picked out for her Hollywood-themed party (Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, even though the flying monkeys have always creeped her out). Meanwhile, across town, her ex-best friend Leo is celebrating their joint birthday with a huge bash including a hypnotist, a football star, a giant iguana, and a rock band. SO not fair!

Amanda can’t wait for the day AFTER her birthday so she can stop thinking about the fight that led to her and Leo having separate parties for the first time in their lives. There’s just one problem. The next day is her birthday all over again.

12 Finally

Rory Swenson has been waiting her whole life to turn twelve. And she’s got a list to prove it. Whenever Rory asks her parents for something, they always say, “When you’re twelve, when you’re twelve, when you’re twelve.” Well, in exactly 18 hours, 36 minutes, and 52 seconds, it will finally happen. Rory’s life will officially begin!

Fun, funny, and full of surprises, this is a story about wanting to finally grow up, even when the universe seems to be telling you to wait.

Jeremy Fink and the meaning of life

Twelve-year-old Jeremy receives a wooden box in the mail with the words, “The Meaning of Life—for Jeremy Fink to open on his 13th birthday.” He recognizes the box as his dad’s handiwork, although his dad passed away five years earlier. The box has four locks, requiring four keys. But the keys are missing. He and his best friend Lizzy set off on a quest through the streets of Manhattan to find the keys before time runs out. From Wendy Mass website.

April 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm 1 comment

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