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My Name is Parvana by Deborah Ellis.


My Name is Parvana by Deborah Ellis.

In post-Taliban Afghanistan, American soldiers have just imprisoned a teenage girl. But who is she? Why was she found wandering alone in a bombed-out school? Could she be a terrorist?

The girl is held on an American military base and interrogated. Yet she does not respond to questions in any language and remains silent, even when she is threatened, harassed and mistreated over several days.  The only clue to her identity is tattered shoulder bag containing papers that refer to people name Shauzia, Nooria, Leila, Asif, Hassan- and Parvana.

March 4, 2013 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

National Parks Guide U.S.A. by Sarah Wassner Flynn.

You´ll discover the wonder and amazement of U. S. A. majestic  national parks in this fun, informative, and adventure-filled new book! This guide has all you need to make our visit to these treasured parks an experience you will never forget!

Games, photos and more at: National Geographic for Kids website!

September 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

An Inside Look at the U. S. Navy SEALs by Joe Funk.

They operate mostly at night, undercover, and often in water, and they are considered to be the top tier of the United States´vast military arsenal. These mysterious and mighty warriors are unsung heroes in combat. Devastatingly effective, they are the fittest members int he military and are quipped with an array of weapons, tools, watercraft, aircraft, vehicles, and even dogs. They follow a diet and training regimen that ensures that only the physically strongest and mentally toughest survive, and they conduct operations anywhere in the world on a moment´s notice. Elite and super stealthy, these amphibious armed forces represent the best that America ha to offer.

March 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm 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

The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think & How Schools Should Teach by Howard Gardner.

In this sequel of his acclaimed Frames of Mind, Howard Gardner focuses on how ill´suited our minds and natural patterns of learning are to current educational materials, practices and institutions, and makes and eloquent case for restructuring our schools.

Watch a lecture of his book: “Five Minds for the Future”:

Updated information at his website.

December 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm 1 comment

Results Now: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Improvements In Teaching and Learning by Mike Schmoker.

“Mike Schmoker presents the brutal facts about the quality of instruction across the curriculum. He argues convincingly that if student achievement is to improve, especially in the higher-order proficiencies, instruction will necessarily have to change and improve simultaneously. This book should be required reading for everyone in educational leadership and anyone concerned about the quality of teaching and learning.” Richard Allington

Read some of his articles at his we site:

November 2, 2011 at 10:18 am Leave a comment

Heroes of the environment by Harriet Rohmer.

12 true stories of people from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico who have done great things for the environment. Heroes include a teenage girl who figured out how to remove an industrial pollutant from the Ohio River, a Mexican superstar wrestler who works to protect turtles and whales, and a teenage boy from Rhode Island who helped his community and his state develop effective e-waste recycling programs. Heroes are of a variety of ages and racial/ethnic backgrounds, and the stories feature plenty of visuals – both photos and illustration. From Goodreads.

Book trailer SJSU MLIS Program:

October 18, 2011 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

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