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5th Grade Book Review Contest!

índiceWe know you love to read… and also share what you´re reading. So, we invite CI students to participate in our contest this month. During library activity you will have time to write your book review and if you finish also you can post it here. The rules will be given today at Encino Library.

Next Monday we will announce the winner here and at Encino Library.

Good luck!!

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November 26, 2013 at 7:44 am 2 comments

Delicious titles!!

imagesStep-by-step Cakes by Caroline Bretherton.

Over 125 classic recipes are made easy and accessible. Uses a new style of step-by-step photography that details every stage in every key technique. Includes the world´s favorite everyday and celebration cakes, small cakes, cookies, and slices.

índiceThe Complete Photo Guide to Cookie Decorating by Autumn Carpenter.

The ultimate reference for all methods of cookie decorating-a comprehensive guide for crafters and aspiring sugar artists.  With some basic skills and a little practice, everyone from kids to adults can enjoy this fun craft.

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The Encyclopedia of Sushi Rolls by Ken Kawasumi.

Dazzle your friends with over 180 kinds of sushi rolls. The fully illustrated instructions in this book will show you how to make everyone´s favorite sushi-bar staples, new styles of sushi and dazzling decorative creations.

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The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches by Susan Russo.

 Recipes, history, and trivia for everything between sliced bread.

índiceThe Ultimate Smoothie Book by Cherie Calbom.

They´re creamy, fruity, delicious, quick and easy to make, and , most important-they´re good for you! Blending ingredients such as fresh fruit, creamy yogurt, and coconut oil, smoothies are nutritionally sound dinks that taste just like ice cream shakes.

índice Malts and Milkshakes by Autumn Martin.

This sweet collection of 60 recipes puts a new spin on an old-fashioned treat with comforting dessert drinks from time new and old!

índiceSuper Salads by Reader´s Digest.

When the weather is hot, the coolest route to a delicious meal often lies in making a super salad, filled with crunchy vegetables and robust flavors. With the more than 250 recipes in this book, enjoying your five-day servings of vegetables and fruits has never been easier or more satisfying.

índice The Ultimate Shorcut Cookie Book by Camilla V. Saulsbury.

From quick and easy to pastry shop perfection, this unprecedented collection includes 745 mouthwatering recipes for cooks of all skill levels-recipes that miraculously start with refrigerated cookie dough, cake mix, brownie mix, or ready-to-eat cereal.

índice101 Cupcake, Cookie and Brownie Recipes.

Yummy collection of confections you can bake up in a snap.

índiceThe Year of the Cookie by Rose Dunnington.

Todays is a holiday somewhere in the world! Open this one-of-a-kind books and find the perfect cookie for the occasion.  These festive treats add up to a year´s worth of reasons to make merry. índice

The Flying Brownie by Shirley Fan.

 First and only cookbook devoted to food gifts that are meant to be shipped a long distance, with 100 scrumptious recipes and loads of expert tips on how to pack and ship mouthwatering food.

October 29, 2013 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

New titles for teachers!

imagesThe First Six Weeks of School by Paula Denton and Roxann Kriete.

The tone for the entire year is established during the early weeks of school. Teachers who take their time during this critically important period, who move slowly and thoughtfully to build a solid foundation, find that it pays off all year long with increased student investment, cooperation, responsibility, and self-control.

This book is a comprehensive guidebook showing K-6 teachers how to structure the first six weeks of school to lay the groundwork for a productive year of learning.

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 Engaging Teachers in Classroom Walkthroughs by Donald S. Kachur, Judith A. Stout and Claudia L. Edwards.

A practical guide to the planning and implementation of brief but focused classroom observations that involve teachers in every step of the process.

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Fireworks by Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop.

A tender and comic portrait of suburban despair, Fireworks details the events of one strange summer in which a man´s troubled soul hangs in balance.

12863327Picturing the World: Informational Picture Books for Children by Kathleen T. Isaacs.

Enrich your library collection with outstanding informational books that children really want to read. This annotated resource by veteran children’s book reviewer Isaacs surveys the best nonfiction/informational titles for ages 3 through 10, helping librarians make informed collection development and purchasing decisions. From Goodreads.

October 29, 2013 at 10:27 am Leave a comment

Just for middle school.

índiceThe Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore.

I thought things would change when I found the others. We would stop running. We would flight the Mogadorians. And we would win.

But I was wrong. Even thought we have come together, we barely escaped from the Mogadorians with our lives. And now we´re in hiding trying to figure out our next move.

The six of us are powerful-but we´re not yet strong enough to take their entire army. We haven´t discovered the full extent of our Legacies. We haven´t learned to work together. And there´s still so much that we don’t know about the Elders of their plan for us. Time us running out, and there´s only one thing we know for certain: We need to find Number Five before they do.

índiceGirl Meets Ghost by Lauren Barnholdt.

You know how sometimes you´re doing something totally important, and you get interrupted by something horribly annoying, like and unwanted text or a teacher calling on you? Yeah, welcome to my world. Only, a lot of the time it´s not my phone or a teacher interrupting me. A lot of the time it´s a ghost. I see them. I listen to them. And then I do whatever they tell me so that they can get closure and move on to wherever it is ghosts go.

 

 

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she met the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons-and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It´s also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary s pulled into Jace´s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Watch the book trailer of the movie:

índiceCity of Ashes by Cassandra Clare.

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what´s normal when you´re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, our mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon. But the Shadowhunters won´t ler her go-especially her handsome, infuriating newfound brother, Jace. And Clry´s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil-and also her father.

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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare.

To save her mother´s life, Clary travels to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters-never mind that by doing so she is breaking the Law, which could mean death. Even worse, Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by Shadowhunters ho are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight. Luckily, Clary finds an ally in the mysterious Sebastian, who holds a strange attraction for her. As Valentine musters a demon army, can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their ancient hatred and work together? And can Clary harness her newfound powers to help save them all-whatever the cost?

Watch an interview with Cassandra Clare:  [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MtHRw52tF4]

índiceMe and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews.

Me

My name is Greg Gaines. I am seventeen. My physical appearance is unsatisfactory. And there is probably a fungus eating my brain. I´m not even sure I´m a human.

Earl

Earl Jackson is the only person who is even sort of my friend. We make mediocre films together. Werner Herzog is our biggest influence.

Dying Girl

During my senior year, my mom forced me to become friends with a girl who had cancer. This brought about the destruction of my entire life.

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90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper.

Don Piper died instantly when his car was crushed by a semi. While his body lay lifeless inside the ruins of his car, Piper went to heaven. Ninety minutes after the wreck, he miraculously returned to life on earth with only the memory of heavenly bliss. His faith in God was severely tested and he faced an uncertain and grueling recovery. Now he shares his life-changing story with you.

índice Enchanted by Alethea Kontis.

It isn´t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday´s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets and enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship depends into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland- and a man Sunday´s family despises.

The prince returns to his castle, intent to making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past-and hers?índice

 Ruthless by Sara Shepard.

Aria´s love life is on the Fitz-ahem frits. Emily´s exploring her wild side. Hanna´s kissing the enemy. And someone from Spencer´s past is back to haunt her. But none of that compares on what these pretty little liars did on their last spring break. It´s their darkest secret yet. And guess who else knows? I haven´t forgotten, and I certainly haven´t forgiven. These pretty little liars better watch their backs because they´re about to get exactly what they deserve…

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Crushed by Sara Shepard.

 It’s springtime in suburban Rosewood, which means iced soy lattes, fresh manicures in shimmering pastels—and prom. But while everyone else is flipping through the racks at Saks in search of the perfect dress, Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Aria are on a different kind of hunt: They’re looking for A. . . .

Hanna puts her campaign for prom queen on the back burner to volunteer at the burn clinic, where one of A’s victims is recovering. Emily digs into Ali’s past at the mental hospital with some very crazy consequences. Spencer contacts a private eye to help her stalk her stalker. But when their sessions get a little too private, they may forget to keep their eyes on A. . . . And Aria’s worried that A is even closer than she thought. When her dark secret from Iceland finally comes to light, she discovers that maybe, just maybe, the one person she’s been trying to hide the truth from has known all along.

The liars are finally taking the fight to A. But no matter what they do, A’s always one step ahead, ready to crush the girls completely. From Goodreads.

índiceBurned by Sara Shepard.

It´s spring break, and the pretty little liars are trading in Rosewood for a cruise vacation. They want nothing more than to sail into the tropical sunset and leave their troubles behind for one blissful week. But where Emily, Aria, Spencer, and Hanna go, A goes, too. From scuba diving to tanning on the upper deck. A is there soaking up all their new secrets.

Emily is smooching a stowaway. Spencer´s going overboard trying to land a new boy. And a blast-or rather, a crash- from Hanna´s past could mean rough waters ahead for everyone.

The liars better tighten their life jackets. A perfect storm is brewing, and if they aren´t careful. A will bury them at sea…

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Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick.

Arn is separated from his family and assigned to a labor camp: working in the rice paddies under a blazing sun, he sees the other children, weak from hunger, malaria or sheer exhaustion, dying before his eyes. He sees prisoners marched to a nearby mango grove, never to return.

One day, the soldiers ask if any of the kids can play an instrument. Arn´s never played a note in his life, but he volunteers. In order to survive, he must to quickly master the strange revolutionary songs the soldiers demand- and steal food to keep other kids alive.

This decision will save his life, but it will pull him into the very center of what we know today as the Killing Fields. And just as the country is about to be liberated from the Khmer Rouge, Arn is handed a gun and forced to become a soldier.

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Trinity by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm.

The dramatic history of the race to build and the decision to drop the first atomic bomb.

October 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

A bunch of interesting books you can start reading…

índiceAlligator VS Crocodile: Animals Head to Head by Isabel Thomas.

  • Which is bigger?
  • Which is stronger?
  • Which would win in a fight?

índice Superstars 2012 by Jim Gigliotti.

Find out what makes these NFL players some of the best!

  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Tom Brady
  • Arian Foster
  • Drew Brees
  • Tim Tebow
  • Eli Manning
  • Cam Newton
  • Ray Rice

And more!

índice Hillary Clinton by Robin S. Doak.

Inside this book, you´ll read:

How Clinton became involved with politics as a young woman.

A timeline, photos-and what Clinton has accomplished as a first lady, senator and secretary of state.

Surprising true fact that will shock and amaze you!

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Cyberbullying by Lucia Raatma.

What makes a cyberbully different from other bullies?

Which rules you should follow to stay safe online?

Read this and other surprising true facts that will shock and amaze you!

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Stop Bullying by Lucia Raatma.

Why do bullies choose to pick on certain kids? There is no good reason why a bully targets a specific person. This book will show how to act and help others to react.

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Electric Ben by Robert Byrd.

A true Renaissance man, Benjamin Franklin was the first American celebrity. In pictures and text, master artist Robert Byrd documents Franklin’s numerous and diverse accomplishments, from framing the Constitution to creating bifocals. by Goodreads.

índiceOne Times Square: a Century of Change at the Crossroad of the World by Joe McKendry.

This book explores the story of this fascinating intersection, starting when Broadway was a mere dirt path known as Bloomingdale Road, through the district´s decades of postwar decay, to its renewal as a glittering, tourist-friendly media mecca. McKendry´s meticulous informed watercolors take readers behind the famous Camel billboard to find out how it blend smoke rings over the square for twenty-five years, to the top of the Times Tower to see hoy the New Year´s ball has made its descent for over one hundred yeas, and onto construction sites as building grow up around One Times Square to dwarf what once ranked among the tallest buildings in the world.

índice Unusual Creatures: a Mostly Accurate Account of Some of Earth´s Strangest Animals by Michael Hearst.

Fascinating facts and hundreds more await intrepid readers, amateur zoologists, and anyone who has ever laughed at a funny-looking animal.

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The Dressing-Up Book by Jane Bull.

50 easy-peasy ideas to design and make cracking costumes. Whatever the occasion, from a fairy princess to a knight in shining armour.

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The Party Book by Jane Bull.

50 ideas to help you plan a fun-packed party.  Choose the theme, make cool invitations, create the mood and send your friends home happy with great goody bags!

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Four Minutes Starring Christopher Plummer and Jamie Maclachlan.

After Mount Everest was conquered in 1953, the last great individual challenge remained the four minute mile. While many sought to break through the most famous barrier in sporting history, it was medical student and driven amateur Roger Bannister who did it – astounding the world.

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God Grew Tired of Us.

Narrated by Nicole Kidman, this documentary explores the indomitable spirit of three “lost Boys” from the Sudan who are forced to leave their homeland due to a tumultuous civil war. The documentary chronicles their triumph over seemingly insurmountable adversities and a relocation to America, where the Lost Boys build active and fulfilling new lives but remain deeply committed to helping friends and family they have left behind.

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índiceMummy Math: an Adventure in Geometry by Cindy Neuschwander.

The Zills family is summoned to Egypt to help find the hidden burial chamber of an ancient pharaoh. But when Matt and Bibi get trapped in the pharaoh´s pyramid.  They stumble upon an ever-bigger mystery. With only each other, their dog Riley and the geometric hieroglyphics on the wall to help them.  The twins must use their math skills to locate the burial chamber-and the way out.

índiceA Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World.

All over the world children are leading their lives in completely different and fascinating ways. Face with many challenges, they all have one thing in common-a passion for life.

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National Geographic Kids Almanac 2014.

Dare to explore!

You´ll find:

  • New cute animals special section!
  • New weird-but-true facts!
  • New continents of the world features
  • New digital extras for smartphones!

Plus

  • All-new games, jokes, and activities
  • More than 500 amazing photos.
  • Completely updated maps and reference material.

índiceThat´s Gross! By Crispin Boyer.

Warning! This book may cause cringing, squirming, gasping, and outright disgust. Read at your own risk.

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Everything Dogs by Becky Baines.

Meet golden retriever and toy poodles, mixed-up mutts and cute little puppies, and many more of your favorite canine companions. Jump into facts about where dogs come from, why they bark, and how they communicate. Find out why dogs hide bones, why they roll in dirt, and how they likely spend their day.

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Deadliest Animals by Melissa Stewart.

Did you know that a tiny golf ball-sized creature called the blue-ringed octopus contains enough venom to kill 26 adult humans? Or why the Sydney funnel web spider is one of the most dangerous creatures in the world? In this Level 3 book, kids will be fascinated by 12 species that you hope you’ll never come across! Sharks, snakes, jellyfish and more—these creatures are among the most threatening—and interesting—in the world!From Amazon.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. by Kitson Jazynka.

In this book, readers will learn about the fascinating life and legacy civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From Amazon.

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Butterflies by Laura Marsh.

 The monarch butterfly, one of the most seemingly delicate of all of nature’s animals, proves to be one of the toughest in this reader. Making the yearly trip from the Northern United States and Canada to the Oyamel forest of Mexico is no easy task, and it takes five generations of butterflies in order to do so. Battling cold temperatures and the threat of starvation, these beautiful insects complete an almost 3,000 mile journey over the course of two months, only to have to turn and around and head back home. From Amazon.

índiceBetter than a Lemonade Stand!: Small Business Ideas for Kids by Daryl Bernstein.

55 fun, simple ideas to start your own business today. From creating a plan to collecting the cash, you´ll learn everything you need to know.

October 24, 2013 at 11:25 am Leave a comment

From the creators of Who Was..? series, now What Was? Check the titles!

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What Was the March on Washington? By Kathleen Krull.

Imagine a quarter million people marched for equal rights and a man with a speech, which will change for good the lives of thousands!

índiceWhat Was the Gold Rush? By Joan Holub.

Which of these facts are true?

  • Bedbug, Hangtown, and Murderer´s Gulch were mining camps.
  • People poured into California to get rich quick.
  • The largest nugget weighed 195 pound.

All of the above!

índice Who is Bill Gates? By Patricia Brennan Demuth.

  • A boy who was a computer genius.
  • A confounder of Microsoft.
  • A man who has given billions of dollars to worthy causes.

All of them! Read more in this book.

 

October 24, 2013 at 9:58 am Leave a comment

New titles in Spanish!

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Mi viaje es mi escritorio by Antonio Ramos Revillas.

A little biography of Carlos Fuentes with his basic bibliography.

índice Gonzalitos el niños médico by Gabriel Contreras.

A short story about his life.

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La Guía Máxima: Delfines.

Learn more about these friendly animals in  a documentary full of nice images and information.

índice El sueño de Zaragoza by Gabriel Contreras.

Discover his dream in this little book.

índiceCuentos escogidos by Ye Sheng-Tao.

A collection of chinese stories.

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El duelo del búfalo y el tigre.

Popular folklore stories from West Lake Hangzhou.

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32 Superhéroes mexicanos  by Emilio Cárdenas Montfort.

One story per state is the way all this awesome stories are arranged. Normal people also have a superpower the will of changing and improving things for their communities. In this book you´ll know how they did it.

Me gustan las mariposas de Nuevo León by María de la Luz Sada.

Learn about some of the 200 hundred species you can find around Nuevo León state.

October 24, 2013 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

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