Monday, March 20, 2017

Palika, Liz. DOG TRICKS : TEACHING YOUR DOGGIE TO SHAKE HANDS AND OTHER TRICKS

Palika, Liz.  DOG TRICKS : TEACHING YOUR DOGGIE TO SHAKE HANDS AND OTHER TRICKS
New York ; Capstone, 2012
IL 3-6, RL 5.2
ISBN 
1429665262
Do you have friends whose dog can do some tricks? Maybe theyfa can shake hands or roll over on command.  Have you wondered how they do that?  Can you teach your dog to do that.  Well this book may just help you out.  It is full of step-by-step instructions to teach your dog to do lots of fun tricks.



Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/ZWQZGiBej7okW

Monday, March 6, 2017

Carbone, Courtney. MACBETH #KILLINGIT

Carbone, Courtney.  MACBETH #KILLINGIT
New York : Random House, 2016
IL YA
ISBN 
0553538802

Have you heard of the Shakespeare play Macbeth?  It is one of his better-known tragedies that has been a favorite for centuries.  But you probably have never seen it like this.  Carbone has adapted this play and retold the story in texts!  What do you think?
Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/glNTW8P5lbf5g

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Budhos, Marina Tamar. WATCHED

Budhos, Marina Tamar.  WATCHED
New York : Wendy Lamb, 2016
IL YA
ISBN 0553534181

Meet Naeem Rahman.  He spends his days cutting classes and running the streets of Queens.  Since his family immigrated from Bangledesh, he feels like he has to keep running.  When a friend tricks him into shoplifting, Naeem's life takes a drastic turn.  Instead of feeling he is being watched by all the cameras and police, Naeem agrees to become the one watching.  To stay out of jail, he agrees to spy on his neighbors and report back about suspicious activities.  From the mosque to the streets to the people in the neighborhood, Naeem reports on them all.

Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/5PNBJlBNpfQmn

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Rhodes, Jewell Parker. NINTH WARD

Rhodes, Jewell Parker.  NINTH WARD
Boston : Little, Brown, 2010
IL 5-8, RL 3.7
ISBN
0316043079

Meet 12-year-old Lenesha.  She's living in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans with her grandmother.  Her mother died in childbirth so she has lived with Mama Ya-Ya all her life.  There isn't much money but there is a lot of love in their home.  The kids at school make fun of Lenesha because she supposedly has the "second sight".  But none of that will matter in the days to come.  At first the weather man talked about a hurricane out in the ocean.  As the days go by, the predictions get worse.  Finally, the Governor tells everyone in New Orleans to evacuate. But how do you do that when you are poor, have no car and no place to go? 



Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/6HZm6kS3VHoVK

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Poblocki, Dan. THE GATHERING

Poblocki, Dan. THE GATHERING
New York : Scholastic, 2015
IL 3-6, RL 5.8
ISBN 0545925509

If only there was just one day when Poppy could look in the mirror and not see the girl staring back.  The other kids think she's a bit crazy.  But she is stuck here all the same.  Until the letter arrives! A great-aunt she never knew existed writes and invites her to come live at Larkspur Academy. What she finds there will change everything.  The same day she arrives, more children show up.  Dylan and Dash who are TV stars, Marcus, a cellist, Azumi who is running away from the place her sister died.  As the kids settle in, strange things begin happening.  And the kids realize that they all have something in common in this scary book about haunted houses.

Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/qmzZl57N42RH0

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Sarn, Amelie. I LOVE I HATE I MISS MY SISTER

Sarn, Amelie.
I LOVE I HATE I MISS MY SISTER
New York : Delacorte Press, 2014
IL YA
 
ISBN 0385743769
Two sisters are very different but very close.  Sohane is in her last year of high school and is very serious about her studies.  Her sister Djelila is a year younger and loves playing basketball, wearing tight jeans and makeup.  And her boyfriend.  The girls live in France in a housing project with many other Muslim refugees.  France has outlawed the wearing of head scarves by Muslim girls in school.  But Sohane decides that she wants to wear one and is expelled from school when she refuses to take it off.  On the other side of the issue, Djelila is being harassed by the boys in the housing complex for being too modern.  The two side of the issue lead to a tragic outcome.

Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/XEBdcQr8gR4Ip

Monday, December 19, 2016

Krasner, Barbara. THE MYSTERY OF AREA 51

Krasner, Barbara. THE MYSTERY OF AREA 51
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Abdo Publishing Company, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 6.6
ISBN  1680780220

Have you ever heard of Area 51?  It is a place in the state of Nevada that has had a very mysterious past.  It is a top secret site that has been known as an area where advanced airplanes have been developed for the military.  It is also believed to be the site of a UFO landing many years ago.  People believe that the UFO was captured along with its crew and have been held in secret.  What is the truth to all this?  See what you think.

Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/dUSMoJ2qphLWz