Saturday, March 8, 2014

Today's book 03/08/2014

  • Bruchac, Joseph. WOLF MARK New York : Tu Books, 2011 IL YA ISBN 160060661X Luke’s dad taught him a lot of things including outdoor survival skills, of course; after all they’re descendants of a Native American Indian tribe. But Luke’s dad also taught him martial arts including four different ways to disarm an unsuspecting enemy. Luke and his dad live alone in a ram shackled trailer in the middle of nowhere. They stay under the radar and Luke doesn’t ask too many questions. He knows his dad is former black ops, and that it left him emotionally scarred. They don’t have neighbors or family to rely on, so when Dad is kidnapped it’s up to Luke to find him. This story rips into a high-octane action adventure as Luke uses every skill in his arsenal to outwit evil villains, the Russian mafia and an unscrupulous scientist to rescue his dad. Along the way he uncovers the family’s dark secret. One look at the cover and it’s not likely giving anything away to say the story includes werewolves. But not the European werewolves you probably imagine. Luke and his dad are skin walkers…shape changers. Is that a blessing or a curse? You’ll need to read Wolf Mark to find out. Patricia McClune, Conestoga Valley High School (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Today's book 03/07/2014

  • Bodeen, S. A. THE RAFT New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2012 IL YA ISBN 0312650108 Robie peeked over the edge of the raft, water everywhere. It wasn’t a dream, it was a real nightmare. It was her normal flight from Honolulu to her home on the island. It was the same cargo plane, the same pilot, just a new co-pilot. But something had gone terribly wrong. There was a crash in the ocean. With the pilot dead and the co-pilot unconscious, she struggles to survive on a leaky raft with no supplies but a bag of Skittles. Robie just hoped that help would come in time. Marti Trzepacz, Strath Haven Middle School (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Today's book 03/05/2014

  • TenNapel, Doug. CARDBOARD New York : Graphix, 2012 IL 5-8, RL 2.6 ISBN 0545418720 When you were young did you build things out of cardboard boxes? Cam’s father brings home a cardboard box for Cam’s birthday and they build a boxer with it. Only the cardboard is magical and the cardboard Boxer comes alive. Read this to see the adventures Cam and his Boxer have after Cam’s spoiled, really bad neighbor steals the left over cardboard and makes evil creatures. A fun, enjoyable story for all ages. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Today's book 03/04/2014

  • Sitomer, Alan Lawrence. NERD GIRLS : THE RISE OF THE DORKASAURUS New York : Disney/Hyperion Books, 2011 IL 5-8, RL 4.7 ISBN 1423139968 “I’m not just un-cool; I’m anti-cool. I mean, I even know how to properly use a semicolon in a sentence. What could be more pathetic than that?” That’s the description Maureen gives of herself. She is a nerd girl. And one day she stands up to the Popular Perfect Pretty Girls in her school and forever seals her fate as a nerd. She’s not alone, however. She has two new “friends” in Allergy Alice and Barbara. Suddenly, by uniting, these three nerd girls could just take on the Popular Pretty perfect and undoubtedly mean girls of the school and reclaim some self-dignity. Can the Nerd Girls take the Popular Girls? You’ll sure hope so in this roller coaster ride of a book. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Today's book 02/26/2014

  • Scott, Elaine. BURIED ALIVE : HOW 33 MINERS SURVIVED 69 DAYS DEEP UNDER THE CHILEAN DESERT New York : Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 IL 5-8, RL 6.0 ISBN 0547707789 Elaine Scott takes us to Chile to the San Jose copper mine where, on August 5, 2010, 33 miners were trapped 2000 feet underground. It doesn't take long for the men to discover that the safety features designed to save their lives are insufficient for the task. Quickly the men switch their thinking from escape to survival mode. They begin to ration the little food and water they can find and try to keep active, all the while hoping for a miracle. A miracle” that’s what it would take. A miracle is something wonderful that happens in spite of overwhelming odds.” Follow the miners through their epic journey and back. You will be amazed to learn of the global interest and involvement in problem solving that made this rescue a success. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

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  • Nielson, Jennifer A. FALSE PRINCE New York : Scholastic, 2012 IL 5-8, RL 5.2 ISBN 0545284139 Was he or wasn’t he, the true Prince of Carthya? Had he been murdered by pirates or was he alive in an orphanage? Follow the treacherous trail filled with murder and mayhem through this imaginary kingdom and locate the real Prince Jaron. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Today's book 02/25/2014

  • Messner, Kate. CAPTURE THE FLAG New York : Scholastic, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 4.5 ISBN 0545395399 If you love a good adventure where ordinary kids like you can do amazing things, Capture the Flag is for you! Three seventh graders with nothing in common attend an event at the Smithsonian Museum where the original flag created by Betsey Ross is stolen. The next day, the same three kids are stranded in the same part of the airport after a snowstorm. They soon discover that they have more in common than they realized, particularly that they were at the Smithsonian when the flag was stolen. Figuring that the thief could be stranded at the airport with them, they launch an investigation to “capture the flag” before it becomes lost forever. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Today's book 02/22/2014

  • McMann, Lisa. THE UNWANTEDS The Unwanteds is like The Giver meeting Harry Potter. Thirteen years-olds in Quill are assigned a category on Purge Day. The Wanteds go on to the University, The Necessarys do the farming and other necessary jobs and those who are creative are the Unwanteds and sent to be purged at the Death Farm. Once they get to the Death Farm they discover Mr. Today who helps them learn magic and prepares them to fight the Quillians, if necessary. This fantasy, adventure is for those who are dystopian fans. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

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