Having moved to Ethiopia to avoid the prejudices of 1930's America, Emilia Menotti, her black adoptive brother Teo, and their mother Rhoda, a stunt pilot, are devoted to their new country even after war with Italy looms, drawing the teens into the conflict.
This collection of 52 detailed illustrated maps details not only geographical features and political borders, but also places of interest, iconic personalities, native animals and plants, local peoples, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts associated with each region of the world. Recommended for Grades 1 and above.
Astro is an asteroid who just wants his own personal space in outer space not to be disturbed. Along comes a wandering satellite who knocks Astro out of his orbit. Join Astro in exploring space. Be sure to check out the last page of outer space fun facts.
Lizbeth Lou is playing outside when a pebble gets stuck in her shoe. When she carelessly tosses it away, it sets off a sequence of events that interferes with an entire neighborhood of creatures. Each creature thinks the pebble is something else. For example, the cricket thinks the pebble is a boulder that will sink its delicate leaf boat. The duck is perplexed by the giant raindrop landing on her umbrella. This is a fun story to read aloud because of the rhyming text. Recommended for grades K-2.
Duncan has the power to see things with his fingers, which helps him choose needed tiles after he joins the school Scrabble club. Eventually, Duncan ’s skills bring him to the national Scrabble tournament, where he meets two other young Scrabble players - April and Nate. As the kids get to know each other they take a side trip to a crumbling amusement park, which launches them into an unexpected adventure and reveals a surprise about Duncan's family secret. (Recommended Ages: 5th - 8th)
Growing up in Alaska in the 1970s isn't like growing up anywhere else: Don't think life is going to be easy. Know your place. And never talk about yourself. Four vivid voices tell intertwining stories of hardship, tragedy, wild luck, and salvation.
Izzy Malone isn't your typical middle schooler. She's kind of a class outcast, the only girl in her school who isn't interested in clothes or boys. Instead, she desperately wants to be part of the after school rowing team. When her temper gets her into trouble, her parents enroll her in Mrs. Whipple's Earn Your Charm School. She has to complete certain tasks in order to earn “charms” for her charm bracelet. Unfortunately, her good intentions go vastly awry. This contemporary realistic novel will leave you with a smile on your face and looking forward to the next book in the series. Recommended for grades 4-6.
Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally beings to feel free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike. (Grades 4-8)
Twinkie lovers’ have no fear – you can make your own at home, and guess what? You’ll know exactly what’s in them. This cookbook includes recipes for all kinds of “junk food” of your youth, made with healthier ingredients. There are gluten and dairy free options too.
Do Equal Opportunity Employers really hire without discrimination? Is Twitter destroying our capacity to write, or improving it? Can Facebook predict if your marriage will last? How is Google fighting the flu?
Christian Rudder, one of the founders of OkCupid, leverages the company’s massive collection of data as a starting point for this examination of human nature. Rudder keeps the text light and readable, skipping wonky details while being sure to note when his conclusions are limited by his data. His insights range from quirky factoids—white men are most likely to read Robert Heinlein while drinking a home-brewed beer, while Asian women would rather snack on macarons and read Norwegian Wood—to sobering insights about racism, sexism, and homophobia. A must-read for anyone interested in social media and what it reveals about our personalities and communities.