Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Burgan, Michael. JACK THE RIPPER

Burgan, Michael. 
JACK THE RIPPER
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.7
ISBN
148147944X


This is one of those events in history that just doesn't go away.  Way back in 1888, a series of murders occurred in London that have never been solved.  They spanned the time of just a few months but the horrendous nature of the crimes fascinated the people during the time.  And the fact that the murderer has never been identified continues to fascinate people today. You have probably heard of Jack the Ripper. But who was he? What is known about him? How do we know that he committed all the murders? Come along and learn about one of history's worst people.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Buckley, James. ADOLF HITLER

Buckley, James.  
ADOLF HITLER
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.5
ISBN 
1481479415



It seems appropriate that a book on Adolf Hitler is the first book in a new series History's Worst.  This biography follows Hitler from birth through his childhood and his rise to power.  An aspiring art student, Hitler was rejected from art school several times before he moved to Germany.  There he joined the military and fought in World War I.  After the war, he turned his interest to politics and used his charismatic nature to become one of the most powerful men in Germany.  When he finally become the leader of Germany, he began his plan to control Europe and do away with people he felt were inferior to the Germans. He paid no attention to laws or treaties with other countries.  He took what he wanted and eliminated those who opposed him.  Read about one of history's worst.
          

Friday, September 8, 2017

Wronski, Gareth. HOLLY FARB AND THE PRINCESS OF THE GALAXY

Wronski, Gareth.
HOLLY FARB AND THE PRINCESS OF THE GALAXY
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 6.2
ISBN 1481471775



Holly Farb is certainly no one special.  She has few friends and even her mother doesn't seem to care that much about her.  She is feeling a bit low about losing the school election and worried about the big test she has to take to get into the school her mother wants her to go to.  Little can she know just how much her life is about to change.  She is kidnapped by aliens! Alien pirates who have mistaken her from the Princess of the Galaxy!  Come on, she couldn't even win a school election. How could anyone think she could rule the galaxy? In a series of funny adventures, Holly, her teacher and the real princess try to escape the pirates and get back to Earth.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Rue, Ginger. ALECA ZAMM IS AHEAD OF HER TIME

Rue, Ginger.  
ALECA ZAMM IS AHEAD OF HER TIME
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6
ISBN
1481470639



Aleca's birthday party is going to be a blast.  The kids are going roller skating at the rink. But she has to ask all the kids in her class.  Even the mean girls. And she is also dealing with her new ability. She can stop time just by saying her name. Aunt Zephyr is helping her understand her wonder but now there is someone else out there when she freezes time. Who is this other Wonder? Is is a friendly Wonder? Or something much worse?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Nolen, Jerdine. CALICO GIRL

Nolen, Jerdine.
CALICO GIRL
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 4.2
ISBN 
1481459813


Callie is a 12 year old girl living as a slave in Virginia. The country is about to go to war as the southern states have voted to secede from the union. Some of the slaves on the plantation have been sold off to help pay for the war and now Callie is         wondering if the promise of her freedom is ever going to happen.  This is the story of Callie's journey to freedom.  Callie finds her way to Fort Monroe where slaves  find refuge as contraband of war and cannot be sent back to their "owners".  Here, Callie's life changes and she now has decisions to make about her future.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Miles, Chris. SPURT

Miles, Chris.
SPURT
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL 5-8, RL 4.8
ISBN 
1481479725


Meet Jack. A former reality television star and current 8th grader. Some people might feel he has it made with the tv bit but Jack is just trying to live a normal life. But that is not so easy when you think you are the only 8th grader who hasn't gone through puberty yet.  Jack is obsessed with this and he tries to fake it so the other kids won't make fun of him.  There are many cringe-worthy events along the way and Jack must also deal with a reunion show of the tv show he was on.  

Sunday, August 27, 2017

McMullen, Beth. MRS. SMITH'S SPY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

McMullen, Beth.
MRS. SMITH'S SPY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
New York : Aladdin, 2017

IL 3-6, RL 5.8
ISBN
1481490206



Abigail is not sure why her mother sent her to this elite boarding school.  She has never even heard of it. She is able to make a few friends but the work is hard and things are going on that she doesn't understand.  When she sneaks into the head mistress's office after hours, she learns that this school is not at all what she thought.  It is actually a school for training spies!  Children as spies. Now Abigail is caught up in the intrigue when she discovers a secret about her own mother.  Full of adventure and secrets, Abigail's middle school year is not like anything you may ever experience.