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New ideas for teachers.

índiceClassroom Habitudes: Teaching Habits and Attitudes for 21st Century Learning by Angela Maiers.

 

 

The author applies the six habitudes from the original edition (imagination, curiosity, self-awareness, perseverance, courage, and adaptability) and a brand-new one (passion) to 21st century classrooms. She offers teachers activities, tools and strategies to create scaffolded interactive lessons that appeal to 21st century learners.

 

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Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed by Debbie Silver.

 

 

The author addresses the relationship between student motivation and risking failure a temporary glitch that provides valuable learning opportunities. She explains motivational theory; provides down-to-earth and often humorous real-life examples; and outlines concrete, applicable guidelines for helping students overcome setbacks and failure to foster lifelong success.

 

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The Passion-driven Classroom: a Framework for Teaching & Learning by Angela Maiers and Amy Sandvold.

 

 

This book provides tools to help you cultivate a thriving and passionate community of learners. It demonstrates how teachers can sustain students´ energy, excitement, and love for learning. Maiers and Sandvold show you how to plan and implement a Clubhouse Classroom where passion meets practice and students learn.

 

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Crafting Nonfiction by Linda Hoyt.

 

Focused on the process and traits of being a writer and how to best address the needs and expectations of nonfiction reader, Linda Hoyt´s book offers targeted minilessons that will help you elevate craft, integrate trait –based instruction, and exert greater control over conventions.

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Big Skills for the Common Core: Literacy Strategies for the 6-12 classroom by Amy Benjamin and Michael Hugelmeyer.

 

 

This book will help you zoom in on the main academic skills students are required to learn in reading, writing, speaking/ listening, and language. The authors provide a variety of engaging strategies you can use immediately to help students learn and retain those skills.

 

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Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Tonya R. Moon.

 

 

Tomlinson and Moon emphasize the interconnectedness of the five element of teaching and learning (curriculum, instruction, assessment, learning environment, and classroom leadership/management) and the importance of maintaining a consistent focus on the essential knowledge and skills that all students must acquire.

 

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Teaching Teen and Reaping Results by Alan Sitomer.

 

 

Stories, strategies, tools and tips from a three-time teacher of the year award winner.

 

 

 

January 14, 2014 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

Books you´ll love!!

índiceOrigami XOXO by Nick Robinson and Susan Behar.

 

 Discover how to smuggle messages to your special friends by folding them into super cute paper shapes.

 


índiceThat´s Creepy! By Crispin Boyer.

 

 

Do you thing aliens are awesome? Ghosts are glorious? Werewolves are a howling good time? Then this book is for you! 176 pages of the most frightening fun you´ll ever have.

 

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney.

 

 

Greff Heffley´s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortune, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg´s life destined to be just another hard-luck story?

 

 

 

índiceGuinness World Records 2014

 

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Ultimate Weird But True 2

 

 

Ultimate Weird But True 2 proves once again that truth really is stranger than fiction-with even more outrageous photos and fun-tastic facts!!

 

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Weird But True! 5

 

 

The creators of National Geographic for Kids´ magazine, bring you more wacky wild, incredible facts in this best-selling series for fun-loving kids!

 

January 14, 2014 at 11:30 am Leave a comment

A new year, a new bunch of books ready for you!!

índiceThe House of Hades by Rick Riordan. (The Heroes of the Olympus, 4)

 

 At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus. Frtom Goodreads.

Watch the author talking about this book:

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNYQkdXK5cs]

 

índiceChildren´s Quick and Easy Cookbook by Angela Wilkes.

 

 

60 easy-to-follow recipes, featuring a wide variety of healthy snacks, satisfying meals, and delicious desserts.

 

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Missy´s Super Duper Royal Deluxe: Picture Day by Susan Ness.

 

Missy makes everything Super!!

 

It´s almost picture day, and Missy has her outfit all picked out. It will have ruffles, rainbows, ribbons, and sparkles! But Mom has a different outfit in mind. Will Missy´s picture day turn into her worst day ever?

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Who is Bob Dylan? By Jim O´Connor.

 

 

A boy named Bobby Zimmerman from Hibbing, Minnesota and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Learn more in this book.

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Who is Michelle Obama? By Megan Stine.

Learn about the U. S. First Lady!

índiceWho Was Christopher Columbus? By Bonnie Bader.

Who helped him to travel? What did he do?

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What Was Pearl Harbor? By Patricia Brennan Demuth.

A terrifying attack!

On December 7, 1941, Japanese war planes appeared out of nowhere to bomb the American base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. It was a highly secretive and devastating attack: four battleships sunk, more than two thousand servicemen died, and the United States was propelled into World War II. From Penguin.

 

 

índiceJudy Moody´s Mini Mysteries and Other Sneaky Stuff for Super Sleuths by Megan McDonald.

 

 

Help Judy Moody, aka Detective Judy Drewdy, solve six uber-tricky mini mysteries. As a detective-in-training, you´ll also learn how to:

 

 

  • Find hidden messages in handwriting
  • Sharpen your eagle-eyed powers of observation.
  • Draw suspect sketches.

 

 

índiceAllegiant by Veronica Roth.

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. From Goodreads.

 

 

 

 

índiceCoco: My Delicious Life by Kyla May.

 

 

Meet Coco. She loves baking, chatting with her BFF´s and helping animals. Now Coco and her friends are selling cupcakes to help save snails. She love snails.

 

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Outdoor Crafts.

 

 

Transform plants into creative projects for your garden. Packed with fun and inspired ideas to try out.

 

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The Big Book of Things to Make.

 

 

Check out how to build a periscope, design a board game, mastermind a water fight, sculpt soap monsters, and more.

índiceCrafty Creatures by Jane Bull.

From cozy cats and knitted kittens, to soft spring chickens and miniature mice, Crafty Creatures is a treasure trove of animal projects to sew and knit.

 

 

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The Big Book of Crafts and Activities.

 

Inside this book you´ll find plenty of things to do whether you´re by yourself or with your friends. Indoors or out, rain or shine, there´s fun for all occasions.

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52 Christmas Activities by Lynn Gordon.

Nice ideas you can practice during the holidays!!

 

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Make your Own Gifts.

 

This book will show you how to make the perfect present including the wrapping paper!

 

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How I survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Shake Hill by James Patterson.

 

 

Even though I´m stuck at Camp Wannamorra, at least I. Rafe K., actually have friends for the first time in my life!

 

 

So what do you get when you mix a bunch of “losers” with a pack of really mean “cool kids” who always seem to make the grown-ups look the other way? Nothing but a whole lotta trouble!

 

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My brother is a Big Fat Liar by James Patterson.

 

 

 

My name is Georgia K., and I know what my brother Rafe told you: Lies, all lies! He says I´m annoying and a tattletale and a pudding-cup thief.

 

So if you´re ready for the truth about how the life of a totally innocent girl and her first year of middle school were ruined by her horrible brother (Rafe) and his superbad reputation.

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The Ballet Book by Darcey Bussell.

Join Darcy Bussell, principal ballerina with London´s Royal Ballet, and Royal Ballet School teacher Patricia Linton in this fully illustrated guide to the magical world of ballet.

 

índiceLauren Conrad Style.

 

 A lot of tips just for you!

 

índiceFood Fight by Stephen McCranie.

 

A new adventure to enjoy!!

 

índiceHome Sweet Haunt by P. J. Night.

 

 It’s been a bad few months for Nora Wilson. There was a huge fire in her family’s apartment this summer, and her parents have been acting superweird ever since. They won’t let her or her brother out of the apartment anymore, not even to go to school. So when Nora’s parents say she can go trick-or-treating on Halloween, Nora is thrilled. And she’s even more thrilled to make a new friend, Caitlin, who just moved into the apartment building. Caitlin knows nothing about what happened to Nora’s family, but she does seem to know a lot about the ghosts that are rumored to haunt the building. As she shares these ghost stories with Nora, Nora can’t help but be chilled by them. Are they hitting just a little too close to home? From Amazon.

 

índiceRead it and Weep! By P. J. Night.

 

 When a tattered, old tarot card falls out of Charlotte Torres’s library book, she doesn’t think much of it. It doesn’t even bother her that there’s a message written on the back: “Pass this card along or you’ll be sorry!” But when horrible things start happening—things that seem like bad luck, but frighten Charlotte the most—she begins to believe in the power of the card and its message. She wants to get rid of it, but she doesn’t want to pass it along and doom someone else to its curse. Will she be able to figure out a way to destroy the card for good? Or will the card destroy her life first? From Amazon.

 

índiceStanding for socks by Elissa Brent Weissman.

 

 In fifth grade, Fara Ross stood out from the crowd when she accidentally wore two different socks one day. Now she’s famous for wearing mismatched socks every day, and she’s determined to use that popularity to win the race for sixth-grade student council president. Fara really wants to make a difference, and she has some great ideas about recycling and school fundraisers. But everyone is paying more attention to her socks than to the issues she stands for. Can Fara help people see beyond her feet? Or will her sock celebrity make her lose the election? From Scholastic

 

índiceComplete Dog Care.

 

This comprehensive guide is packed with expert advice on feeding, grooming, exercise, play, and understanding dog behavior.

 

índiceHow to Speak Dog by Aline Alexander Newman and Gary Weitzman.

 

 

This guide features more than 50 different pup poses with detailed explanation of their meaning, plus cool canine info and rich resources that will help humans better understand the behavior of their amazing pets.

 

índicePhobiapedia by Joel Levy.

 

 

This book explores all kinds of things that make us shiver and scream, from common fears to heights and dogs to more unusual fears of termites and the color red.

 

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Ripley´s Believe It or Not!: Dare to Look.

 

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Ripley´s Believe It or Not!:Download the Weird.

 

 

Discover the world´s weirdest facts in another bizarre collection from Ripley´s.

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1001 Inventions & Awesome Facts from Muslim Civilization.

 

More than 1001 fascinating facts from history and modern day plus 400 eye-catching photographs and a highly visual design that brings history to life.

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How to Draw Harley-Davidson  Motorcycles.

 

A step-by-step guide to drawing the steel, rubber, leather, and chrome of America´s hottest motorcycle.

 

 

 

índiceIvy and Bean Take the Case by Annie Barrows.

Watch out, you diabolical masterminds! There’s a new detective on Pancake Court: Bean! She laughs at danger! She solves even the most mysterious mysteries! What? There aren’t any mysteries? Then Bean and her assistant, Ivy, will make some! From Amazon.

 

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Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

I have done bad things. I can’t take them back, and they are part of who I am.

Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future.

Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever… because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead. From Goodeads.

The Royal Diaries New Titles:

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Lady of Ch´iao Kuo: Warrior of the South by Laurence Yep.

índiceAnastasia: The Last Grand Duchess by Carolyn Meyer.

índiceKristina: The Girl King by Carolyn Meyer.

índiceJahanara: Princess of Princesses by Kathryn Lasky.

índiceSondok: Princess of the Moon and Stars by Sheri Holman.

índiceWeetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets by Patricia Clark Smith.

índiceMary, Queen of Scots; Queen without a Country by Kathryn Lasky.

índiceNzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba by Patricia McKissack.

índiceEleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine by Kristiana Gregory.

 

 

January 14, 2014 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

A lot of new options to check out!

índiceNail Candy by Donnie and Ginny Geer.

Learn the basics of nail care and read about more than 50 ideas to decorate your nails.

The authors introduce their book:

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The Girl´s Spa Book by Mary and Jessica Wallace.

Learn how to make your own sensational spa products at home-to enjoy yourself or to share as gifts with friends or family. This book is filled with fun ways to relax, feel great about yourself, and celebrate the person you are.

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Tommysaurus Rex by Doug TenNapel.

When Ely´s beloved dog, Tommy, is hit by a car, he goes to his grandpa´s farm for the summer to get his mind off things. One day, while exploring a nearby cave, he discovers a full-grown but friendly Tyrannosaurus Rex. As the news of the dinosaur spreads around town, Randy, the mean kid down the street, decides he´s going to make life miserable for Ely and his dinosaur-with devastating consequences.

índiceRobot Frenzy by Erik Craddock.

 When Stone Rabbit and his friends create robots to help out with chores, a glitch in the programming sends the ‘bots into a malfunctioning frenzy! Will our long-eared hero be able to shut down these mechanical maniacs before they destroy Happy Glades? Or will his systems crash? From Goodreads.

índiceDrawing in 3D by Mark Kistler.

From amazing androids to zesty zephyrs, 333 neat things to draw in 3-D. Also you can visit his youtube channel for free tutorials:

índiceDraw 3-D by Doug DuBosque.

With clear instructions, examples, and photos, you´ll see how easy it can be to draw in 3-D in this step-by-step guide to perspective drawing.

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Scaredy Squirrel at Night by Mélanie Watt.

Scaredy never sleeps. It´s way too scary. He could have bad dreams about ghosts and dragons. Until he discovers the benefits of sleeping well.

índiceScaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Mélanie Watt.

Scaredy never goes to the beach. It´s way too crowded. He could get surrounded by flocks of seagulls, tribes of jellyfish or herds of sea monsters!

Instead he builds his very own safe beach getaway. Sound perfect? Not exactly. Something´s missing. The solution: travel to the Real beach, retrieve the missing object and return home. But things get complicated when he´s suddenly outnumbered on the seashore! SOS!

índiceScaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Mélanie Watt.

 Have fun with the camping recommendations of Scaredy Squirrel.

índiceSprinkles and Secrets by Lisa Schroeder.

 Twelve-year-old Sophie has always dreamed of being an actress and in front of the cameras. When she is offered the chance to audition for a TV commercial spot, Sophie is over-the-moon thrilled!

But there is one teensy (okay, major) problem: Sophie finds out she would be advertising the delectable brownies from Beatrice´s Brownies-the number one competitor to It´s Raining Cupcakes, the cupcake shop owned by her BFF´s family.

Though Sophie tries to keep the details of her building career under wraps, her secret starts to crumble faster than a stale brownie. Can she hold on to her best friend and manage to follow her dreams?

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Day of the Doom by David Baldacci.

It started with a kidnapping. A shadowy organization known only as the Vespers snatched seven members of the Cahill family and demanded a series of bizarre ransoms from around the world. Dan and Amy Cahill began a global treasure hunt, determined to bring back whatever Vesper One needed, so long as it kept the hostages safe.

But when they deliver the last ransom, Amy and Dan discover Vesper One´s terrifying endgame. The objects he demanded are vital pieces in a Vesper plot that will harm million of innocent people. Now the two siblings and their friends are in an all-out sprint to stop Vesper One… before the whole world goes BOOM.

índiceThe Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger.

This semester, Dwight, Tommy, Sara, and the gang must face their deadliest enemy yet: the Fun Time Education System. Meant to raise standardized test scores, the mind-numbing videos of Professor Fun Time and his singing calculator are driving everybody crazy! And worse yet, to make time for Fun Time, all electives –drama, art, band-have been canceled!

Naturally, the kids turn to origami Yoda for help, but he tells that this enemy is too strong for him to fight alone. If they want to get their favorite classes back, they must form a Rebel Alliance. Soon dozens of kids, each wit this or her own origami puppet, join the Alliance. But will the force be with them-or will they be defeated by the Fun Time Menace?

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Minecraft Designs How-to by Mephisto Waltz.

Build amazing structures using the very popular and most advanced of free mods for Minecraft –World Edit CUI and VoxelSniper GUI.

índiceMinecraft: A Begginer´s Guide, Second Edition by David Oconner.

This new updated beginner´s guide will show you how to survive the first day, and teach you the basics on how to craft tools and weapons, build shelters, explore, mine and much more. índice

101 Things you Gotta Do Before you´re 12! By Joanne O´Sullivan.

Your days of wondering what to do next are officially over. Inside this book are 101 ideas for some of the coolest things kids just gotta do! We´re not talking about household chores or homework-this is all about fun!

índice Thirty Chilling Tales Short and Shivery retold by Robert D. San Souci.

Welcome to a chilling world of hair-raising tales! The thirty stories in this book were gathered from around the world, selected for their ghastly details and terrifying twists.

índice Lincoln´s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin.

On October 20, 1875, Secret Services agents raid the Illinois workshop of master counterfeiter Benjamin Boyd and arrest him. Soon after Boyd is hauled off to prison, members of his counterfeiting ring gather and devise a plan to get Boyd back: steal Abraham Lincoln´s body from its tomb, stash it in a secret location, as a ransom, the release of Boyd-and $200,000 in cash.

The action in this true crime thriller alternates among the conspirators, the Secret Service agents on their trail, and the undercover double agent moving back and forth between the two groups. Along the way, get a glimpse into the inner working of counterfeiting, grave robbing, detective work, and the early days of the Secret Service. The plot moves toward a wild climax as robbers and lawn men converge at Lincoln´s tomb on election night, 1876.

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The World´s Most Amazing Pyramids by Ann Weil.

Prepare for an amazing journey with stunning images and detailed maps and artwork information about how the pyramids were built.

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101 Animal Records by Melvin and Gilda Berger.

Discover which animals hold the coolest records.

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Rainforest by Penelope Arlon and Tory Gordon-Harris.

Trek through the dense jungle and you´ll see so many animals, from howler monkeys to upside-down sloths. But be careful! Snakes, caimans, and armies of ants are ready to bite you!

Rainforest features up-close photos and up-to-the-minute facts about Earth´s most diverse environment. Find out how rainforest help all of us, and what you can do to protect them.

índiceSharks by David Burnie.

Do you dare come face-to-face with the world´s most feared fish? This books is packed with up-close images and up-to-the minute information about these great predators.

Meet every kind of shark and watch them swim, hunt and travel across the oceans. Discover how sharks are threatened, and what you can do to protect these awesome animals.

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Ripley´s Believe It or Not Disbelief and Shock!: Eating Habits

Get a taste of the world´s most bizarre eating habits when you open up this book, Read about bottles of snake wine, the BBQ the size of a football field, and the snake that ate a fully-grown wallaby!

índiceUnspoken by Henry Cole.

In this haunting, wordless story, a young girl discovers a runaway slave hiding in her family´s barn. The stranger´s fearful eyes weigh upon her conscience, and she must make a difficult choice. Will she have the courage to do what she knows is right?

Listen to the author telling the story: 

índiceSecrets from the Sleeping Bag by Rose Cooper.

Sofia is spending the summer at Camp Krakatow! Crafts, bug juice, water sports, boys (!)… Sofia doesn´t want to forget one single second of sleep away camp!

índiceKiki: My Stylish Life by Kyla May.

Meet Kiki. She loves creating outfits, hanging out with her best friends, and collecting important facts.

October 29, 2013 at 10:18 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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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: http://theoneandonlyivan.com/

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Can the girls’ friendship stand the heat, or will the cupcake club go up in smoke? From Goodreads.

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