Posts tagged ‘England’

Patience, Princess Catherine by Carolyn Meyer.


Patience, Princess Catherine by Carolyn Meyer.

Catherine of Aragon grew up expecting she would one day become the queen of England-not a dejected teenage widow. But that is exactly what happens when fragile Prince Arthur, to whom she has been betrothed since the age of three, dies only months after their wedding. Her power now obsolete, Catherine is exiled to a dank castle in a remote part of the country. She is stranded there for years with little money and no control over her own fate.



There is one ray of light in Catherine´s lonely life-her friendship with handsome Prince Henry, her deceased husband´s younger brother. A marriage to Henry could elevate Catherine from her precarious position and give her the crown that she was once promised. But will Henry take the risk of making the destitute princess his queen? Only time will tell.

March 12, 2013 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

London & The Olympics at Encino Library.

Not-for-parents London Everything You Ever Wanted to Know by Klay Lamprell.

Heard about the Abseilers who wash a clock-face for a living?

Would you want to eat jellied eels?

How could anyone be lucky to be beheaded?

Whatever does “this is my trouble and strife´mean?

Learn more, intriguing stories and fascinating facts about the people, history and culture of London.

Pop-Up London by Jennie Maizels.

Follow the river Thames as it winds through the heart of this celebrated capital. Peer inside Buckingham Palace, spin the London Eye, whisper in Saint Paul´s Cathedral gallery, and raise the historic Tower Bridge. Be inspired by the magic of London in three dimensions!

Visit Jennie Maizels website.

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The London 2012 Games Fact File.

Everything fans need to know to become Olympic Games and Paralympic Games experts. Readers will meet Wenlock and Mandeville, the official games mascots and be entertained by the event previews, star athletes profiles, and host of amazing facts and trivia. Featuring 100 amazing images and the competition schedule, the Fact File is the essential Games companion for young fans.

More of the Olympics:

September 5, 2012 at 9:45 am Leave a comment

The Flint Heart by Katherine & John Paterson.

Long ago, in the land of Dartmoor, a magic man created an enchanted charm that granted its processor incredible power – at the cost of the wearer´s own tenderness and compassion. After the merciless Flint Heart causes much destruction. It is lost among the reeds and rocks of the moor, where a kindly farmer discovers it thousands of years later. With the Flint Heart in his possession, the once adoring father Billy Jago is transformed into a cruel and merciless brute. Young Charles is determined to win back his father´s true nature, and with his sister Unity and dog, Ship, he sets off into an enchanted world where animals talk, fairies hold elaborate banquets, and magical mischief must be resolved to bring Dartmoor and Merripit Farm back to rights again.

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June 1, 2012 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

Holocaust stories.

Saving the Children from the Holocaust: the kindertransport by Ann Byers.

Kurth Fuchel asked his father these questions, as the young boy prepared to embark on a journey to England… alone. Fuchel was one of then thousand children, who made this journey shortly before World War II began, In 1938, as the dark cloud of Nazism spread across Europe, Jews searched for a way out of Germany. But anti-Jewish laws and nations unwilling to accept fleeing refugees made escape difficult or impossible. England made an exception: save the children. This effort came to be known as the Kindertransport, in this book, Ann Byers discusses the heroes who organized the transports and the children who were saved from the Holocaust.


Kristallnacht: the nazi terror that began the Holocaust by James M. Deem.

On November 10, 1938, Francis Schott slept peacefully in his bed. Suddenly, a group of Nazis broke into his house. They were not there to steal valuables. They wanted to destroy everything because Francis´s family was Jewish. For days, violent attacks like this took place throughout Nazi Germany, which came to be known as Kristallnatch, the “Night of Broken Glass.” The Nazis destroyed thousands of Jewish homes and businesses, burned down hundreds of synagogues, and murdered many people. The brutal assault came to an end, but it marked the beginning of something much worse: the Holocaust.

Learn more on this video from the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum about Kristallnacht.

May 21, 2012 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo.

When Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub they become best friends. Then Bertie is sent from Africa to a school in England and the lion is sold to a circus. But will their friendship last forever?

Listen to the author reading a part of this book:


January 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

Flip by Martyn Bedford.

Everyone wonders what it would be like to be someone else for a day, but is it really as fun as it sounds? What if you couldn’t get back? One day Alex wakes up to find himself in another boy’s room, another boy’s house. And when he goes down to breakfast, this other boy’s family don’t even seem to notice anything is up. It’s like they think he is their son, and when Alex finally looks in the mirror, he understands why. It is ridiculous for him to claim he is some boy called Alex from London, when he is clearly here, in Yorkshire, looking and walking and talking like a boy called Philip, or Flip. Read more at The Guardian.

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September 12, 2011 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis.

“I was twelve years of age when I chopped off my hair, dressed as a boy, and set off to save my family from impending ruin. I made almost to the end of my front garden.” Kat

Read its first chapter:

Or see this video:

June 8, 2011 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

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