Summertime is the perfect time...
For grand escapes... adventures... and memories!
For grand escapes... adventures... and memories!
Everybody Read Aloud:
Crinkleroot... Beyond the Backyard Discoveries
by Jim Arnosky
Crinkleroot is an amazing Educator whose specialty is nature. He was born in a tree and raised by bees, or so the legend goes. He's an authority on tracking critters, he knows how to plant and harvest the seasons, and he can help anyone plant popcorn!
Talking a walk with Crinkleroot through the woods, you learn the ways of our feathered friends, of the critters by the rivers and ponds. As seasons change, there are so many changes for our leaf bearing friends, the needs of winter food for the littles of nature, as well as delightful nature walks in which you can learn the signs of life as they gather and make homes for the winter.
Any Crinkleroot book is worth owning, it was with a such sadness that Crinkleroot's writer is no longer writing his wisdom. Now it's up to us... to seek his knowledge by checking the internet for his books, browsing all used book stores, and gathering these treasures for the generations of tomorrow.
Publisher's Synopsis:Since the day he hatched, Owl dreamed of becoming a real knight. He may not be the biggest or the strongest, but his sharp nocturnal instincts can help protect the castle, especially since many knights have recently gone missing. While holding guard during Knight Night Watch, Owl is faced with the ultimate trial—a frightening intruder. It’s a daunting duel by any measure. But what Owl lacks in size, he makes up for in good ideas.
Full of wordplay and optimism, this surprising display of bravery proves that cleverness (and friendship) can rule over brawn.
When did you knew what you wanted to be? For Owl is one wish was to be a Knight. Every night while Owl was falling asleep he knew his gift of bravery would lead him into his Knighthood. As knights began to disappear, Owl applied to Knight school. He proved his cleverness, he diligently studied, yet, he had a few challenges... who doesn't! Will Owl overcome his challenges and become a knight?
Meet the Author:
Christopher Denise spent much of his childhood in Shannon, Ireland, exploring castles and dreaming of great adventures. He is the illustrator of many critically acclaimed books for young readers, including Anika Denise’s Bunny in the Middle, Alison McGhee’s Firefly Hollow, and Rosemary Wells’s Following Grandfather, as well as several in Brian Jacques’s award-winning Redwall series. His books have appeared on the Indie Next List and the New York Times bestseller list. Knight Owl (march 2022) marks his author-illustrator debut. Christopher’s current adventures include exploring coastal Rhode Island, where he lives with his family.
Publisher's Synopsis:Remarkably You is a manifesto about all of the things—little or small, loud or quiet—that make us who we are:
You might go unnoticed, or shine like a star,
but wherever you go and whoever you are…
don’t change how you act to be just like the rest.
Believe in yourself and the things you do best.MrsK's Review:
If you are bold and loud... leading a parade could be your goal. If you are timid or shy, imagine what you could learn when you're out and about. Learning the "know-how" and power of being surprised might just lead you into changing the world around you. Seek to repair what's before... don't give up when there are challenges! Use your talents... be funny, bookish, or fast!
Learn to be delightfully you...
Meet the Author:
Pat Zietlow Miller knew she wanted to be a writer ever since her seventh-grade English teacher read her paper about square-dancing skirts out loud in class and said: “This is the first time anything a student has written has given me chills.” (Thanks, Mrs. Mueller! You rock!)
Pat started out as a newspaper reporter and wrote about everything from dartball and deer-hunting to diets and decoupage. Then, she joined an insurance company and edited its newsletter and magazine.
Now, she writes insurance information by day and children’s books by night. She has 11 picture books available and 12 more that will be coming out in the next few years.
Publisher's Synopsis:Patrick has been desperate for a dog of his own for as long as he can remember, and this summer, with his father away, he longs for a canine friend more than ever. Meanwhile, in his short doggy life, Oz has suffered at the hands of bad people. Somewhere out there, he believes, is an awesome boy -- his boy. And maybe, when they find each other, Oz will learn to bark again. Illustrated in light charcoal by two-time Kate Greenaway Medalist P.J. Lynch, this heartwarming story by Eoin Colfer, internationally best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, is certain to enchant.
Patrick is a young boy who is longing for his own dog. Oz is a puppy longing for a home. With odds against Oz, he has been abandoned... abused... and left to die. Who will he trust?
When Oz is found, the shelter knows that Oz needs a loving owner or he probably won't survive. Given that Oz has lost his ability to bark, well he just can't be adopted by just anyone. Will he find his true owner, his time is running out.
Wonderfully woven and beautifully illustrated, this beginning chapter book will be a treasure for your home library.
Meet the Author:
Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father and mother, who were both educators.
He received his degree from Dublin University and began teaching primary school in Wexford. He has lived and worked all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. After the publication of the Artemis Fowl novels, Eoin retired from teaching and now writes full time. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
Publisher's Synopsis:Bob sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister with the help of his two best friends, Ivan and Ruby. As a hurricane approaches and time is running out, Bob finds courage he never knew he had and learns the true meaning of friendship and family.
Bob has attitude! He rolls in all sorts of yuck. He harasses innocent squirrels. When his motive meets opportunity... yep, he has no control. When Bob meets Ivan, that's right the one and only Ivan, he becomes a friend to Ivan and Ditto their little elephant friend. Unlike Ivan and Ditto, Bob lives in a home with Julia. Yet, having home never means that Bob doesn't have hours to discover, meet, and experience life beyond his own backyard.
Trouble begins brewing when a storm is heading towards his home town. A Hurricane is whirling its way towards Bob's home... towards Ivan and Ditto... in fact Bob learns the power of the wind and its destruction. Will everyone survive? Will he find his way home to Julia? Does anyone care about a little Chihuahua?
Turning the page to discover what will be the ending for Bob is a "must" experience,
Meet the Author:
Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. Her novel Crenshaw spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times children's bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone novel, the award-winning Home of the Brave, continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists.
Katherine has written three picture books: The Buffalo Storm; The Remarkable True Story of Ivan, the Shopping Mall Gorilla (often used as a companion book to The One and Only Ivan for younger readers); and Sometimes You Fly (publishing in spring, 2018). For beginning readers, Katherine wrote Roscoe Riley Rules, a seven-book series.
With her husband, Michael Grant, Katherine co-wrote Animorphs, a long-running series that has sold over 35 million books worldwide.
Publisher's Synopsis:Ben and the Greenblooms must protect a mythical new creature rising from the ocean that can bring light or darkness to whoever it first meets - a vast, mythical Aurelia.
It's a race against time to protect it, for if the Aurelia is hurt, all fabulous creatures will vanish from Earth. In the end though, it may take the arrival of the original silver dragon, Firedrake, to help save them all.
Have you experienced the quick "sighting" of an elf? Have you wandered into a cave, holding your breath that maybe you've discovered a dragon's den? Have you been at the sea and hoped to see a Mermaid?
The Greenblooms know many of the truths about these mythical creatures. There is a legend that says if the Aurelia appears and is hurt or her eggs are taken... all "fabulous creatures will vanish from the earth."
Mr. Greenbloom must get to California before Aurelia appears. Yet, he knows that a boy from his childhood, Eelstrom, will be heading to the same location. Eelstrom has a hunger for all things magical, powerful, and everlasting. Will the Greenblooms stop Eelstrom from hurting Aurelia and the destruction of all the wonderous mythical creatures?
Meet the Author:
Cornelia Funke is a multiple award-winning German illustrator and storyteller, who writes fantasy for all ages of readers. Amongst her best known books is the Inkheart trilogy. Many of Cornelia's titles are published all over the world and translated into more than 30 languages. She has two children, two birds and a very old dog and lives in Los Angeles, California.
Publisher's Synopsis:Beatrice Fletcher is obsessed with unsolved murders in her small town of Cabot Cove, Maine like her great-aunt Jessica, the famous mystery writer. But when her best friend Jackson goes missing, this time the mystery is personal.
Then Jackson fails to show up for a late night meet-up, and instead, Bea stumbles upon three students from the elite Broadmoor Academy: overly-friendly and slightly vicious Leisl, her aloof twin brother, Leif, and Carlos, who knows more about, well, everything than he’s letting on. They’re worldly, secretive, and big on playing games like tenace, the hush-hush Broadmoor tradition where anything or anyone can be a clue to future fame and fortune, and players will stop at nothing -- including murder -- to get ahead.
If Bea wants to find Jackson, she too must join the game and play to win. Everyone in Cabot Cove has secrets, and it’s up to Bea to ferret them out before it’s too late in this thrilling modern update of the classic television show.
"This is bad, something inside me whispers."
Dear Reader...and so the story is woven with Bea's Aunt Jessica, yep... Cabot Cove and a murder known as the Lambert Murder.
Beatrice Fletcher is a cold case column writer for True Maine. What could ruin your evening with a friend? Jackson has been her steadfast friend, who is absolutely committed to doing everything he agrees to do. Yet, where is he? A darker fear begins to rise!
On the ridge... Bea began chasing a scream... but quickly discovers that she is the one being chased. When she hears a voice shouting... "Over here!" Thankfully she meets three Broadmoor students. Leisel and her twin Leif, as well as Carlos the one who claims that no-one was chasing her. Could this night get any worse? Just as Bea decides to leave, they ask her to help them decode a riddle.
By the morning, she is filled with anxiety... There still is no response to her text message to Jackson. This can't be good. What if he was in trouble at home. What if his parents caught him leaving the house? What if they've done something to him?
With plenty of twists and turns, red herrings, enough clues to get Bea in danger... this mystery engages you to the point of desperation trying to help Bea and Jackson!
Meet the Author:
Stephanie Kuehn is a clinical psychologist and an award-winning author. She has written six novels for teens, including Charm & Strange, which won the ALA’s 2014 William C. Morris Award for best debut young adult novel. Her second novel, Complicit, was named to YALSA’s 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults list, and her third, Delicate Monsters, won the 2016 Northern California Book Award. In 2015, Stephanie was awarded the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for The Smaller Evil and in 2017, her fifth novel, When I Am Through With You, received a starred review from Kirkus and was also named an Amazon Best Book of the Month.
Publisher's Synopsis:"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood.
Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.
"Never let anyone lower your goals..."
The dribbling of the ball... crossing it from hand to hand... a basketball move... or a change of attitude?
Josh and Jordan are twins, yet like most twins they are uniquely their own.
Are you a basketball fan? Have you played H-O-R-S-E? Did the beautiful pumpkin-red ball call to you, asking you to just try to play? Somewhere inside... most of us have shot hoops (or least aimed for the hoop). Most of us have cheered, yelled, and held our breath as we watched the ball dance through the air before the buzz of the bell! This novel is for everyone... you don't have to be a fan, it doesn't require you to even care about the game, it only needs you to read with the eyes of these twins and connect to the message with in your past-present-future.
This poetic verse novel is woven with the heart of youth, yet the exquisite language of honesty touches the reader's humanity... which is why this title does not stay on the shelf in school libraries and bookstores!
Reading for the nuggets of change... is a wonderful adventure,
Meet the Author:
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Passaic Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children of all ages. His other works include Surf's Up, a picture book; Booked, a middle grade novel; and He Said She Said, a YA novel.
Kwame believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his PAGE TO STAGE Writing and Publishing Program released by Scholastic. A regular speaker at colleges and conferences in the U.S., he also travels the world planting seeds of literary love (Singapore, Brazil, Italy, France, Shanghai, etc.). Recently, Alexander led a delegation of 20 writers and activists to Ghana, where they delivered books, built a library, and provided literacy professional development to 300 teachers, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an International literacy program he co-founded.