Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
EL - ADVISABLE. Janell Pearce-Mattheus, Youth Services Librarian, Whitmore Library.
EL – ADVISABLE. Jennifer Rodriguez - YA Librarian
Roy, Ron The Election-Day Disaster pgs. 87. Random House, Inc. CHAPTER BOOK. KC is one lucky girl. Her stepfather is the president of the United States and this year, he is letting her have a big Halloween party at the White House. Everything goes great until the media get a hold of some pictures from the party that could cost her stepfather his re-election. It’s up to KC and her friend, Marshall to discover who is behind the pictures and why someone would want to spoil the president’s re-election. Will they be able to solve the mystery before election day or will KC find herself living somewhere other than the White House? Although not as fast-paced as some of the books for this age group, this is a good, easy-to-read mystery for those who enjoyed reading the A to Z Mysteries series by this author or, in general, like this genre. Drawings are well done and do a good job of complementing the story. This book would make a great addition to any collection, especially if that collection has a large number of mystery readers. I would also recommend White House White-out by Ron Roy (a book that crosses over between the two series). EL(2-3). ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Kira-Youth Services Librarian-HUN Public Library.
Singer, Marilyn I’m Your Bus Scholastic Press, Inc., 2009. PICTURE BOOK. From picking up the kids to bedtime, this bus’ work is never done. Follow him as he goes throughout his day doing his job and see what life would be like as a school bus. Illustrations are well done and do a great job complementing the story. The text is easy to understand and fun to read. This book would work well for preschool and kindergarten teachers as well as children’s librarians. EL (PREK-K) - ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Kira, Children's Librarian-HUN Public Library
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Poe's mother has left for a year doctoring in the wilds of Africa, leaving Poe with her father, whom she hasn't seen for sixteen years. Poe comes with a lot of baggage and a lot of guts - the guts to stand up to the system, even if means standing up to her own father. Poe throws herself right into making waves - in the show choir, in PE, and in the defense of her weird neighbor "Velveeta", whom is the punching bag for the school jock king.
Harmon's book is so powerful, it needs to be mandatory reading for every teacher, administrator, counselor and I hope that there are schools out there brave enough to add this to their curriculum. I love Poe and I hope others will love her too. Unfortunately, becuse of the language and violence ratings, I can't recommend this for most school collections. But, like 13 Reasons Why, this one will be passed from hand to hand.
HS - ESSENTIAL.
Lia ignored the calls from her ofrmer bestfriend Cassie all night long. Now she knows that Cassie is dead - from a ruptured esophagus, a bad consequence of her bulimia. Lia is still slave to her own eating addiction and the appearances of Cassie's ghost, taunting her, doesn't make anything easier. Lia wants to do well, or at least look like she's doing well for her young stepsister, but the heartfelt desire to be the thinnest ever and the angry, self-deprecating voices in her head may win out in the end. As winter deepens, so does Lia descent into a winter girl.
Anderaon has again written a beautiful book that captures the essence of a problem. This makes everything since Speak look like a practice run.
MS, HS - ESSENTIAL.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Weyn, Suzanne Distant Waves: A Novel of the Titanic, 336 p. Scholastic, April 2009. Content: G. All of the Taylor girls have psychic powers to one degree or another. All of them will end up on the Titanic with very different destinies. I had no interest in the fate of any of the Taylor sisters. I especially didn’t like the historic name-dropping; it seemed very obvious and jarring. NO. Cindy – Library Teacher.
Harley, Bill Night of the Spadefoot Toads, 222 pgs. Peachtree Pub. Ltd. Language: G, Sexual Content: G, Violence: G; Ben has just moved from Arizona to Massachusetts and he misses his friends and the desert. He feels that Massachusetts has nothing on Arizona, and he is lonely with no friends. Then he discovers that his teacher loves wildlife too, and she has rare spadefoot toads on her property, that only come out once a year, and he begins to think Massachusetts isn’t so bad. This was a good book, and it also was well-written. However, the plot was very predictable. EL, MS – ADVISABLE. Student Reviewer: RG
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Beccia, Carlyn. The Raucous Royals, 64pgs. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008. This book tells about royal rumors commonly known by everyone. But, are these rumors really true? Some are and some are not. It gives you clues to help you try to figure it out yourself. The book is really interactive and makes you curious to see the answers. I really liked how creative this book was. It was really interesting to see the facts behind the rumors. EL, MS- ESSENTIAL. Student Reviewer: CW
Dr. Seuss. Happy Birthday to You! Random House, 1959. PICTURE BOOK. Is there anything more to say about this book by Dr. Seuss? There are cute illustrations and a fun story line. Little kids will love reading this book. EL- ESSENTIAL. Student Reviewer: CW
NOTE: This Random House edition is a fun, flashy party book. I couldn't find a picture to post here of the new cover - but it is very sparkly and great as a gift. - Cindy
Dunbar, Polly. Where's Tumpty? A Tilly and Friends Book. Candlewick Press, 2009. PICTURE BOOK. Tumpty, the elephant, is trying to hide from his friends. But, since he is so big, he is finding a little difficult. He keeps on trying and all ends happily. Kids will love the cute attempts that Tumpty tries. He closes his eyes every time he tries to hide. he thinks that they can't see him, but really he can't see them. EL- ESSENTIAL. Student Reviewer: CW
Raczka, Bob. Where in the World: Around the Globe in 13 Works of Art. Millbrook Press, 2007. In this book, they talk about art and how art connects to the world around us. The author pointed out that art can take you places. The illustrations really depict the country. They are all extremely detailed and beautiful. A great book for teachers who teach world geography and history. MS, HS- ESSENTIAL. Student Reviewer: CW
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Theodosia is in trouble again. After she returned the Heart of Egypt to the tomb, she thought the Serpents of Chaos were defeated. But now, mummies have been disappearing from museums around the city and showing up at her museum. And that's not all. She has to get to the bottom of all this before something bad happens! This book was good, and I'm a fan of the series, but I found it a little bit too complicated and convoluted. They introduced a lot of new things, sometimes for no apparent purpose. Otherwise, it was a good book and I would suggest it to anyone.
EL, MS - ADVISABLE. Student Reviewer: RG
Mulan's mother died the day that she was born and since that day, her father has never returned home. Mulan has grown up rather wild and only been educated with the help of her best friend, Li Po. Then, unexpectedly, Mulan's father returns and just as the two are getting to know each other, Father falls in love a young widow, finding love again after all these years. Just as life looks grand, the Emperor calls up one man from every family in China. In order to save her father's life, Mulan takes his place. There is very little new here, but it fleshes out the short ballad and adds depth and character to the best parts of the Disney movie.
MS - OPTIONAL. Cindy - Library Teacher.