Archive for March, 2010

Devon Delaney Should Totally Know Better by Lauren Barnholdt (Simon & Schuster, 2009)

Readers who liked The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney will enjoy this sequel.  This crossover depicts Devon lying again when she sees her boyfriend Luke talking to Bailey.  Once Devon starts embellishing the truth she can’t stop and it snowballs into a big fiasco.  This humorous story will have readers laughing in their seats.

J/YA,  Recommended—TeeC (PortC)

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March 23, 2010 at 5:59 pm Leave a comment

Nate The Great and theHungry Book Club by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Mitchell Sharmat;, illustrated by Jody Wheeler (Delacorte Press, 2009)

Another intriguing episode in the Nate the Great series.  The young detective and his trusty dog, Sledge, are on the hunt for an “evil page monster,” who damages or tears pages from Rosamond’s books.  Could it be one of the members of her book club?  Nat is not convinced, after inspecting the evidence and sitting in on the club.  Through his observations, ability to put age appropriate clues together, and aid from his signature brain food, a stack of pancakes, he concludes another cozy mystery.  The illustrations provide good picture cues, as well as support the text and plot.  Like the other books in this series, each is a stand alone and not dependant on reading any of the earlier editions in order to be appreciated and understood.   For grades K-3r

JE Fiction, Recommend – Anne Beier (HenHud)

March 22, 2010 at 7:09 pm Leave a comment

The Home-Run King by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Gordon C. James (Scraps of Time series: reprint. Puffin, 2009)

This is the fourth book in Patricia McKissack’s historical fiction series, Scraps of Time.  While scouting through Gee’s attic, the Webster cousins discover a baseball, from 1937, autographed by Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige, famous players from the National Negro Baseball League. It was given to Tank and Jimbo, Aunt Lilly Belle’s brothers. The boys are delighted when Josh Gibson rents a room in their parents home while his team,  the Homestead Grays, play in Tennessee, because hotels and restaurants will not serve African Americans.  The boys grow and learn much about idolization, teamwork and courage.  The plot moves smoothly and provides a purpose without being preachy.  Well done.  For grades 3-6.

YR Fiction, Recommended—Anne Beier  (HenHud)

March 3, 2010 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

Alienated by Andrew Auseon and David O. Russel (Simon & Schuster, 2009)

Eighth-graders Vince and Jean are writers for The Globe, a newsletter, that uncovers the clandestine lives of aliens posing as humans that are invading their school and home city of Santa Rosa, California.  In the midst of this intergalactic battle, Vince and Jean also face the challenges that arise in their friendship, such as jealousy over Lucy, a girl whom they both have a crush on, and selling out for popularity.  These realistic issues are counterbalanced by the comedic elements of surviving in a milieu inhabited by a flame erupting teacher, lizard henchmen, and an alien nicknamed, Crumble Bun, at whose touch everything is pulverized.  Although this text lacks depth, readers will appreciate it being fast paced and humorous.  Grades 5-9

J Fiction,Additional—KAG (Chappaqua)

March 3, 2010 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

Digital Native Speaks from down under

This one gave me shivers, but then lots of laughs – enjoy – Judith, WLS

March 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm Leave a comment


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