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Celebrate Roald Dahl day reading his books.

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Check these new comics books…

índiceBig Nate Game On! By Lincoln Peirce.

To sixth grader Nate Wright, life is one big game. So when he suits up for any sport, he does it with an unmistakable swagger. From fine-tuning his trash-talking skills on the basketball court to his cocky ´tude in the soccer goal, Nate can be a bigger challenge to his teammates than their opponents. Enjoy Nate and his friends´ mostly hapless sports encounters through not-always-highlight-reel moments.

índice The Challenger Explosion by Heather Adamson.

A true-life tragedy jump off the page in this graphic novel.


Pandemonium by Chris Wooding.

As captain of the local skull ball team, Seifer Tombchewer is the envy of his peers. He´s fast, he´s strong, and he flies circles around the competition. But Seifer´s always dreamed of more-of leaving his tiny, remote village for a new life beyond the mountains.

He just dreamed it would happen like this.

Knocked unconscious and abducted, Seifer awakens in the royal palace to learn that Prince Talon Pandemonium has gone missing. And since Seifer is a ringer for Talon, it´s his duty to replace the missing royal in his roles of diplomat, warrior, and Lord Defender of the Realm.

He might fool Talon´s sisters. He might fool Talon´s army. But Seifer has little hope of fooling Talon´s enemies…


Chickenhare by Chris Grine.

What´s a chickenhare? A corss between a chicken and a rabbit, of course. And that makes Chickenhare the rarest animal around! So when he and his turtle friend, Abe, are captured and sold to the evil taxidermist Klaus, they´ve go to to find a way to escape before he turns them into stuffed animals. With the help of two other strange creatures, Banjo and Meg, they will be able to get away. But with Klaus and his thugs hot on their trail, the adventure is only just beginning for this unlikely quartet of friends.


Into the volcano by Don Wood.

Trapped by death! Danger explodes on every side as two brothers flee deeper into the bowels of an erupting volcano. Earthquakes and poisonous air won´t stop the ruthless treasure hunters on their trail. Will anyone make it out of the volcano alive?


The First Adventure Pilot and Huxley by Dan McGuinness.

Best buddies Pilot & Huxley get zapped to another dimension by aliens seeking to enslave the planet Earth, which totally ruins their day!

That´s when things get weird, they have to travel through a swamp of bees, battle a sea creature and defeat the grim reaper!

Worst of all, they must seek the golden nose hair of a giant creature!

But with luck, some fast thinking, and help from a monster that can transform into a girl (or vice versa) they just might make it back home in one piece.


Bird and Squirrel on the run! By James Burks.

Join this trio as they head south for the winter on a hilarious road trio. But watch out! Cat is waiting around every bend and he´s one pesky feline!


Calvin and Hobbes, Sunday Pages 1985-1995 by Bill Watterson.

The catalogue for the exhibit of Bill Watterson´s comic strip at the Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library from September 10, 2001, to January 16, 2002.

índiceBink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee.

Meet Bink and Gollie, marvelous companions who can always agree to put on their roller skates. In other matters, however (such as which socks to wear, the buying of goldfish, or venturing to the Andes Mountains), compromise is required. But even if one sees a tree house as halfway up and the other as halfway down, these girls are always the best of friends.

September 12, 2013 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

More books.

índiceThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead Ivan thinks about TV shows he´s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and well-placed line.

Then he meet Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home-and his own art- trough new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it´s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Don´t miss the website for this book:

índiceThree Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.

Meet Miss Moses LoBeau rising sixth grader, natural born detective, borderline straight-A student, and goddess of free enterprise. Mo washed ashore in Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, eleven years ago during one of the meanest hurricanes in history, and she’s been making waves ever since.

Mo´s summer is looking good… until some one is dead.


Ungifted by Gordon Korman.

The word gifted has never been applied to a kid like Donovan Curtis. It´s usually more like Don´t try this at home. So when the troublemaker pulls a major prank a t his middle school, he thinks he´s finally gone too far. But thanks to a mix-up by one of the administrators, instead of getting in a trouble, Donovan is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students.

It wasn´t exactly what Donovan has intended, but there couldn´t be a more perfect hideout for someone like him. That is if he can manage to fool people whose IQs are above genius level. And that becomes harder and harder as the students and teachers os ASD grow to realize that Donovan may not be good at math or science. But after an ongoing experiment with a live human, an unforgettably dramatic middle-school dance, and the most astonishing come-from-behind robot victory ever, Donovan shows that his gifts might be exactly what the ASD students never knew they needed.


The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech.

In the little town of Blackbird Tree live two orphan girls: Naomi and Lizzie. Naomi has a knack for being around when trouble happens. One day, a boy drops out of a tree. The strangely charming Finn boy. Then the Dingle Dangle man appears, asking all kinds of questions. Curious surprises are revealed-three locked trunks, a pair of rooks, a crooked bridge, and that boy. Soon Naomi and Lizzie find themselves zooming toward a future neither could ever have imagined. Meanwhile, on a grand estate across the ocean, an old lady whose heart has been deceived concocts a plan…

índiceThe Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann.

In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings-peculiars-and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.

One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in

a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley-Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.

First he notices by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish… and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.

índiceThe Dark by Lemony Snicket.

Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark is not afraid of Laszlo.

Lazlo lives in a house.

The dark lives in the basement.

One night, the dark comes upstairs to Laszlo´s room, and Laszlo goes down to the basement.

This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark.


índiceNice Shot, Cupid by Kate McMullan.

The love story of Cupid and Psyche is a popular myth. Too bad is all wrong! For one thing, Cupid wasn´t handsome Greek deity. The truth is, when Cupid first met Psyche, he was an awkward teen god, complete with braces and pimples. And he was a total momma´s boy! Don´t even get me started on his mother, Aphrodite.

índice Get to Work, Hercules! By Kate McMullan.

When you think Hercules, you think hero, right? Well, Hercules was a hero, I won´t argue that part. But that´s only half of the story. Hercules also had an itty-bitty brain. He couldn´t have completed any of the XII Labors –like slaying the Nemean Lion, capturing the Cretan Bull, stealing the apples of the Hesperides – without his friends there telling him exactly what to do.


Recipe for Trouble by Sheryl Berk.

 Meet Lexi Poole.
To Lexi, a new school year means back to baking with her BFFs in the cupcake club. But the club president, Kylie, is mixing things up by inviting new members. And Lexi is in for a no-so-sweet surprise when she is cast in the school’s production of Romeo and Juliet. If only she could be as confident onstage as she is in the kitchen. The icing on the cake: her secret crush is playing Romeo. Sounds like a recipe for trouble.
Can the girls’ friendship stand the heat, or will the cupcake club go up in smoke? From Goodreads.

September 12, 2013 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

New books for Middle School.

índiceCinder by Marissa Meyer.

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth´s fate hinges on one girl…

Sixteen-year-old Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She´s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past and is reviled by her stepmother. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai´s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world´s future. Because there is something unusual about Cinder, something that others would kill for.

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Son by Lois Lowry.

When the young girl washed up on their shore, no one knew she had been a Vessel. That she had carried a Product. That it had been carved from her belly. Stolen.

Claire had had a son. Se was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. When he was taken from their community, she knew she had to follow.

And so her journey began.

But here is this wind-battered village Claire is welcomed as one of their own. In the security of her new home, she is free and loved. She grows stronger.

As tempted as she is by the warmth of more human kindness than she has ever known, she cannot stay. Her son is out here; a young boy by now.

Claire will stop at nothing to find her child… even if it means trading her own life.


Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge.

Once upon a time, maybe the things were different. Ron Koertge knows what really happened to all those wolves and maidens, ogres and orphans, kings and piglets of fairy tales, and he knows about the Ever After.


Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.

When Nora and Patch are forced together as lab partners, Nora would rather fall to her death than put up with his elusive answers to her questions, his teasing, and his infuriatingly handsome face and hypnotizing eyes. It seems Patch was put on earth just to drive her crazy.

But before long, Nora´s defenses start to break down as her curiosity about Patch heats up. Why does he always seem to be wherever she is and know exactly what she´s thinking? How does he know what to say to both attract and repulse her? And what is up with those V-shaped scars on his chiseled back?

As their connection grows stronger, Nora´s own life becomes increasingly fragile. Nora needs to decide. Is Patch the one who wants to do her harm or the one who will keep her safe? Has she fallen for one of the fallen?


Doomed Queen Anne by Carolyn Meyer.

Anne Boleyn was born without great beauty, wealth, or title, but she´s blossomed into a captivating young woman. And she knows it. Determined to rise to the top, she uses her wiles to win the heart of England´s most powerful man, King Henry VIII. Not satisfied with the King´s heart, however, she persuades Henry to defy everyone –including his own wife – to make her his new queen.

September 12, 2013 at 9:19 am Leave a comment

The Gatekeepers books are already available at Encino!


Raven´s Gate by Anthony Horowitz.

As punishment for a crime he didn´t really commit, Matt was given a choice: go to jail or go live with an old woman named Mrs. Deverill in a remote town called Lesser Malling.

He should have chosen jail.

A strange and sinister plan is coming together in Lesser Malling, with Matt at the center of it all. People who try to help him disappear… or die. It all ties to an evil place named Raven´s Gate – a place whose destiny is horrifyingly intertwined with Matt´s own. An ancient doom is about to be unleashed… and Matt is the only one who can stop it.


Evil Star by Anthony Horowitz.

Matt thought his troubles were over he closed Raven´s Gate… but, in fact, they were just beginning. Evil forces will stop at nothing to track him down and destroy Jim.

There´s no choice but to fight back.

Matt´s fate – and the fate of the world-  is tied to four other kids across the globe. The second is a street kid in Peru. He and Matt have never met; they don´t speak the same language. But destiny is going to throw them together as the threat of the Old Ones grows, a strange and insidious villain beckons, and another Gate suddenly comes into play. ..


Night Rise by Anthony Horowitz.

Scott and Jamie have always been different. Not only are they twins – they can read each other´s minds. Their whole lives, people have taken advantage of this.

Now it´s going to get much, much worse.

An evil group called Nightrise has taken an interest in Scott and Jamie… and wants to imprison them and neutralize their abilities. When Nightrise attacks, one of the twins is taken and the other breaks free. The stakes are even higher than Scott or Jamie could imagine… because both of them are Gatekeepers, and the fate of the world hinges on their survival.


Necropolis by Anthony Horowitz.

It starts with an accident. A girl named Scar is about to be killed – but she is saved by a mysterious stranger, and has her first glimpse of something that will soon become apparent: she isn´t like all the other girls. She´s a Gatekeeper.

A world away, the other four Gatekeepers have been fighting the rise of a great evil force that threatens the world´s future. But without Scar, they cannot defeat their enemy. And Scar is about to fall into a very deadly trap…

The Gatekeepers are plunged into the city of the dead, which is about to unleash powerful forces on them all. The end is very, very near…


Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz.

All that´s left is the endgame…

For a moment, it looked like they had won – the five Gatekeepers had united – and then a deadly typhoon tore them apart, scattering them through the door and across the world.

Ten years in to the future, the Gatekeepers find themselves struggling through a desolate world to find one another; to stop the evil force that waits for them; to save the world as they did ten thousand years ago. With enemies dogging their every step ant the doors broken, the Gatekeepers’ only hope is… Oblivion. The five have arrived at the end of the word.

September 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm Leave a comment

From the generous donation of 8th grade (2012-2013).

índiceMonster High by Lisi Harrison.

Melody and her family left 90210 for the fresh air of Salem, Oregon. After shedding her old camel-hump nose and constant asthma attacks, Melody finally gets to be 2the pretty one” at Merston High. Too bad she feels like a fraud… until she meets Jackson. But is he hiding something? Could it be related to the totally bizarre rumors about… monster sightings?

Fellow new student Frankie has lived in Salem all her life-but then again, she´s only been alive for fifteen days. She sets out to conquer high school, boys, and shopping, in that order. Unfortch, people freak over Fankie´s mint green skin instead of applauding her voltage fashion sense. If she wants to fit in, she’s going to have to hide a monster of a secret. Instead, she risks it all for a stolen kiss. A mistake that could cost her everything.

Can Melody and Frankie survive the “horrors” of high school?


Fright Camp by R. L. Stine.

I lowered my head and started to swim slowly, steadily out to the white, floating platform. I was four or five strokes away from it when I felt something wrap around my ankle.

At first, I thought it was a piece of seaweed. But then I felt it grip me. I trashed the water with both hands. “Let go-¨But the hand, bony hand held on, tugging me, tugging me underwater.

índiceKailey by Amy Goldman Koss.

Whether she´s spying on tide-pool creatures or splash crashing through waves on her boogie board, there´s no place then-year-old Kailey loves more than the ocean. She and her best friend, Tess, feel totally lucky when they find out a resort-mall-movie multiplex is “Coming soon!” to their beach. Twelve movie theaters. Cool shops. Maybe even bathrooms” Then Kailey learns the whole truth: developers plan to haul away the rocky tide pool to make a smooth sandy beach for tourists. Messing with a whole tide-pool universe is just plain not OK. Kailey´s got a great idea, but she´s never tried anything like it before. If she can believe in herself and make it work, there might be hope for the tide pools yet.

índice  Hot Dog and Bob and the exceptionally Eggy Attack of the Game Gators.

Bob, Clementine and the rest of the class from Lugenheimer Elementary School are mysterious transported to the domain of the Exceptionally Eggy Game Gators, Will Bob and Clementine find their way out of the gators´ maze in time to save the world? Will Hot Dog find his superhero helpers so he doesn’t leave then in the lurch?

índiceViking at School by Jeremy Strong.

This grinned at this classmates, and they stared back at the great big, hairy Viking sitting in their classroom.

Siggurd the Viviking is back in Flotby, but not everyone is pleased to see him. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis don´t know what to do with him until they hit upon a brilliant idea-perhaps a short spell at school would teach the Viking some twentieth-century manners.


Lanie by Jane Kurtz.

Lanie was born with “outside genes”. She dreams of being an explorer of the wide, wonderful world-tracking wildlife, trying new experiments, and recording factoids in her science journal. Trouble is, the rest of her family has “inside genes”. It wouldn´t be son bad if Dakota, her best friend and fellow nature lover, were around. But she´s on the other side of the world, having awesome adventures in a real rain forest.

What Lanie needs are some real adventures of her own. Things start looking up when her outdoorsy Aunt Hannah comes to stay-and Lanie finds a few surprises in her own backyard.

índiceTaking the Cake by Lisa Papademetriou.

Hayley´s life has turned completely upside down. It looks like her crush has found a new girlfriend and it´s Hayley´s ex-BFF, Artie. Hayleys´ new friend, Meghan, is a sweet as a pistachio cupcake-and just as nutty. And Hayley’s dad has big plans for an untraditional family Thanksgiving-with his new girl friend and her parents! Sigh. This mess really takes the cake!


Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye.

Fourteen-year-old Leven Thumps lives a wretched life in Oklahoma. But everything is about to changes as he learns about a secret gateway that bridges two worlds-the real one and Foo.


Throw me a Bone by Cooper Gillespie.

50 delectable recipes for snacks, meals, and treats for your canine companion.


Elisabeth: The Princess Bride by Barry Denenberg.

 Author Barry Denenberg brings us into the whirlwind that is the life of Princess Elisabeth of Austria. A free and impetuous spirit, Elisabeth is chosen at the age of fifteen (over her older sister) to be the wife of Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria. From that moment on, she is thrown into an intimidating world of restrictions and tremendous responsibilities. Feeling lonely and alienated, Elisabeth is forced to rely upon her own personal strength, which eventually leads her down the aisle and into an uncertain future. From Goodreads.


Tony Romo and Ben Roethlisberger by Richard J. Brenner.

For teachers:

índiceShania Twain: From This Moment On.

The world may know Shania Twain as many things: a music legend, a mother, and other roles. But in this extraordinary autobiography, she reveals that she is so much more.


Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.

Meredith and Nina are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home; the other traveled the world. But when their father falls ill, they will find themselves together again, standing alongside their icy mother, Anya. Their father extracts a promise to his wife: tell her daughters a story….


Presidents by Carter Smith.

All the facts regarding U.S. Presidents before Barack Obama.


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