Posts tagged ‘American Girl’

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.


September 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

A Smart Girl´s Guide to Understanding Her Family by Amy Lynch.

No one is closer to you heart than the people in your family. So when you and your family understand one another and

get along, it can make the days seem sunnier and the rough spots easier to take. In this book you will find advice on:

  • How to talk to your parents about anything
  • Quizzes and activities to help you understand one another
  • Tips on dealing with disagreements

What will you learn? That knowing how to communicate with your family and deal with fights when they happen (and

they will) opens the door to having even more fun with the people you love with.

March 28, 2012 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

Good Job, Kanani by Lisa Yee.

Kanani enjoys working at her family’s new shave ice stand to raise money to protect the Hawaiian monk seal. If only she hadn’t promised her best friend Celina that she would take surfing lessons with her When the girls’ friendship starts to unravel, Kanani finds herself spending summer days alone–and lonely. She realizes that her elderly neighbor could use some help and begins spending time with her and other elders in need. As the annual arts and crafts festival approaches and the big surfing competition nears, Kanani searches for a way to renew her friendship with Celina–and finds inspiration in an unexpected place. From Goodreads.

Find more about Lisa Yee and her books, at American Girl website.

March 21, 2012 at 9:55 am Leave a comment

Jess by Mary Casanova.

With her first step off the airplane and into bright tropical sunlight, ten-year-old Jess McConnell begins an adventure. She and her parents are spending five months at an archeological dig of ancient Maya ruins in the Central American country of Belize. It’s Jess’s first time out of the United States. It’s her first time being home-schooled. And it’s her first trip without her older brother and sister to keep her company. But Jess is excited to explore a new place all on her own. She’s ready for adventure and anxious to discover just who Jess is. When Jess meets a new friend and is invited on an Eco-adventure, she makes some real discoveries-about the dangers in the Belizean jungle, about the people who have lived there since long ago, and about herself.

Activities for teachers, available at Home School Literature.

March 8, 2012 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

Chrissa by Mary Casanova.

The girls in Chrissa Maxwell´s new fourth grade class are decidedly unfriendly, her valentines mailbox is suspiciously empty -and it´s only her first day at Edgewater Elementary.

On the advice of her grandmother, Chrissa tries first to be nice and then to ignore the mean girls. But they just won´t quit, and they play their mean tricks everywhere -in class, on the bus, and even at swim club. Chrissa dreams of home-schooling or, better yet, of returning to her old school. But when the teasing turns into serious bullying, Chrissa must find the courage to stand strong and speak out.

There is a movie, here the trailer:

More of Chrissa´s author, at Mary Casanova site.

November 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm Leave a comment

I can do anything: Smart Cards for Strong Girls.


Smart Cards are the little whisper in your ear that reminds you what´s good about your life and what´s great about you. Pop out a card and hang it anywhere you need a little dose of feel-good inspiration. Read it, flex those muscles of yours then turn and face the world. You can Do anything!

Find games and quizzes at American Girl magazine.

November 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

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