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Lost in the Pacific, 1942: not a drop to drink

lost-in-the-pacificTitle: Lost in the Pacific, 1942: not a drop to drink
Author: Tod Olson
Series: Lost
Recommended for: 6th- 9th Grade
Pages: 168 pages
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION OLSON, T.

Synopsis: World War II, October 21, 1942. A B-Seventeen bomber drones high over the Pacific Ocean, sending a desperate SOS into the air. The crew is carrying America’s greatest living war hero on a secret mission deep into the battle zone. But the plane is lost, burning through its final gallons of fuel. At 1:30 p.m., there is only one choice left: an emergency landing at sea. If the crew survives the impact, they will be left stranded without food or water hundreds of miles from civilization.

This is an interesting event that happened during World War II.  I found it interesting that you would hear what was going on while they were lost at sea.  It was also fun to hear the different views from the different crew members.  It was a little slow in some areas, but I did find it fascinating.

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Posted by on February 28, 2017 in Historical, Juv, Non-Fiction

 

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Into the Lion’s Den

into-the-lions-denTitle: Into the Lion’s Den
Author: Linda Fairstein
Series: Devlin Quick Mysteries
Recommended for: 3rd- 6th Grade
Pages: 312 pages
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION FAIRSTEIN, L.

Synopsis: Someone has stolen a page from a rare book in the New York Public Library. At least, that’s what Devlin’s friend Liza thinks she’s seen, but she can’t be sure. Any other kid might not see a crime here, but Devlin Quick is courageous and confident, and she knows she has to bring this man to justice—even if it means breathlessly racing around the city to collect evidence. But who is this thief? And what could the page—an old map—possibly lead to? With her wits, persistence, and the help of New York City’s finest (and, okay, a little bit of help from her police commissioner mother, too), Devlin and her friends piece the clues together to uncover a mystery that’s bigger than anyone expected—and more fun, too.

Devlin is a great strong character who loves books and wants to show that she will make a great detective.  It is a great plot, but I felt like there was a lot of explaining, that was not necessary to the solving of the mystery.  There is a lot of talking trying to decide what to do and how to do things, and a little action.  I am going to try the next one to see if it gets better.  I thinks kids may like it and maybe they won’t find all the explanations unnecessary.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2017 in Juv, Mysteries

 

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Tony

Title: Tony

Author: Ed Galing

Illustrator: Erin E. Stead

Pages: 32 pages

Recommended for: Pre K- 2

Synopsis: A young boy tells the story of his admiration, and friendship, with the local dairy delivery horse.

Although the narrator never reveals himself in the book, you get a sense that he is a young boy, living in the early 1900’s. He tells the story of the local dairy delivery horse named Tony, his owner Tom, and how much he loved getting to see him early every morning. Tony is described in the book as, ” All white, large, sturdy, with wide gentle eyes and a ton of love”. This book is beautifully poetic, with wonderful illustrations. This book has fewer words, but the illustrations definitely make up for that. The soft colors, and almost dream like pencil strokes, make this book hard to put down.

 

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2017 in Bedtime, Picture Books

 

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Conoce a / Get to know Gabriela Mistral

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Title: Conoce a / Get to Know Gabriela Mistral

Author: Georgina Lazaro Leon

Series: Personajes del mundo hispanico

Recommended for:  grade 2-5 

Pages: 29

Call Number/Link:  SPA J B MISTRAL, G.

Synopsis: A quiet, shy, and humble little girl grew up to become a very important writer. How important was she? She was the first Latin American writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, the most prestigious award given to writers in the world!

Thoughts:  I like how these books are bilingual and are illustrated very nicely.  They are attractive to the eye and present the information in a storybook form while giving excerpts from their body of work. For a biography it was interesting and told their story fairly quickly and would be a great use for book reports or personal information.  We only have a few books in the series so they would have to be held and brought over from other libraries.

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2017 in Historical, Juv, Non-Fiction, Spanish, Uncategorized

 

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Allegedly

30037870Title: Allegedly
Author: Tiffany D. Jackson
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 8th grade and up
Pages: 387
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Jackson, T.

Synopsis: Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.

There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?

Review: Overall, I really liked this book. It was compelling and the narration pulled your into the story. Most of the story I truly was interested in Mary and her story. Did she do it? Did she not do it? What is the true story around baby Alyssa’s death? Can she get out of this life she’s stuck in? There’s also a lot of commentary on the justice system and kids who fall through the cracks.Was Mary truly a bad kid or just a victim of her circumstances. However, I am not a big fan of not knowing what REALLY happened. The way the book ended there’s an air of ambiguity that you’re not *quite* sure what to believe. Also, if we’re to take it at face value, it’s a little more predictable than I would have liked. There is also a bit of fat shaming, although, it’s pretty subtle and most people will miss it because of everything else going on. All in all, I enjoyed this book and would be a great recommendation for those who like Hopkins or gritty fiction.

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2017 in Realistic, Teen, Uncategorized

 

Fairy Tales I Just Made Up!

fairy-tales-i-just-made-upTitle: Fairy Tales I Just Made Up: Snarky Bed Time Stories For Weirdo Children
Author: Ray Friesen
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Grades 3-7
Pages: 80
Call Number/Link:  J Fiction Friesen, R.

Synopsis: All the beloved fairytale classics are kinda… broken. I mean, they don’t have ANY Dinosaurs, Robots, Zombies or Space Aliens in them. I don’t know what those guys from olden days were thinking. So! I took all those cherished children’s stories, added some crazyness, and vastly improved them! Probably!
Fairy Tales I Just Made Up is jam-packed with weirdo fun, including The Dumbest Love Story Ever, Magical-Science, and Bacon Helicopters.

Comments: I grabbed this book because of the funny title and it was exactly as advertised. It is illustrated by the author of Pirate Penguin and Ninja Chicken. The first story made me laugh out loud (literally!). It is an odd retelling of tales that reminds me of the ways that younger kids think, full of non sequiturs, silly jokes, and very literal interpretations (goldilox can turn things into gold, Robin hood is a bird). Each story is illustrated by a different artist, one is done in clay (IlluClayted), and in “The Princess and the Whatever” all the artists drew a different princess. The only problem with this book is that it might be too wacky! There are some recurring characters to look out for throughout the stories that are drawn in the different styles. This might be a funny read aloud book for an older kid’s bedtime.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2017 in Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Funny, Juv

 

Hatching Chicks in Room 6

hatching-chicks-coverTitle:   Hatching Chicks in Room 6
Author:   Caroline Arnold
Series:   —
Recommended for:  grades K-4 as a readaloud, grades 2 and up for children to read by themselves.  Could work for older preschoolers for one-on-one reading.
Pages:   36 p.
Call Number/Link:  E 636.5 ARN

Rating:   ****

 

 

Synopsis:

Kindergartners learn about the life cycle of a chicken, incubating eggs, watching them hatch and raising them until they are old enough to go to the chicken coop.

 

Comments:

It is no surprise that I enjoyed learning more about this process.  Getting to watch the eggs hatch is one of my favorite things at both the County Fair and the Museum of Science and Industry.

This book is written in a way that is interesting to children and includes clear photo illustrations that enhance the text.  The photos make the book more interesting and eye-catching.  They also help children understand how the chicks develop.

This book would be a great classroom readaloud for grades K-2, but it could also be fine to read it out loud to kids in grades 3-4.  Older preschoolers could also enjoy it one-on-one, especially if they are fascinated by chickens, eggs or farm life.

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2017 in Non-Fiction, Picture Books

 

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