This straightforward picture book tackles the issue of bullying. Kyle, the bully in this story, keeps putting Thomas down and making him feel bad about himself. The situations described are realistic and will provide opportunities for discussion among students. Kyle is portrayed not just as a bully, but as someone who needs help with his feelings. The story ends on a hopeful note with Thomas deciding to stand up for himself and Kyle realizing that his behavior is alienating himself from the other kids. Included in the back pages is information for adults on how to start a conversation on bullying. (Gr K-2)
A biography of the young Romanian gymnast describes some of the ways her energy got her into trouble as a child, how she became involved in gymnastics, and how practice and determination led her to become an Olympic champion. An inspirational tale for all ages 5 years and up.
Can a robot survive in the wilderness? Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants. Recommended for grades 3 and up.
A young girl and her cat move into a new house that turns out to be haunted by ghosts. Luckily she is a witch and knows just what to do!
The setting is the imaginary island of Fino off the coast of Denmark, where the world’s religions live together peacefully. Father is a vicar and Mother is a fine artist. For the second time in the lives of the three siblings, Hans, Tidle and Peter, their very eccentric parents disappear. The youngest, fourteen year old Peter is the narrator. From his precocious view point he describes the weird circumstances and incredible adventures they have finding their parents, while the rest of Denmark is trying to corral them to keep them out of harm’s way. There is a lot of satire, laugh out loud moments and a satisfying ending.
Take a set back into retro Columbus with the book Kahiki Supper Club by David Meyers.
The Kahiki, a South Seas themed restaurant, was located in Columbus on East Broad Street. The restaurant was easy to identify since it was shaped like a Polynesian fighting boat, with giant flaming Mo’ai heads outside the main doors. Entering you walked into a faux South Pacific village with tropical rainforest, totally exotic. The best was ordering up the “Mystery Drink” which came in a bowl with a smoking volcano and served by the “Mystery Girl” who danced the drink to your table after being summoned by a giant gong, fun!
Take a moment to sit back in your lawn chair this month and reflect about our nation’s anniversary. Exactly 239 years ago Americans were having quite a different summer than many of us get to enjoy in 2015. Noted historian and story-teller David McCullough takes the reader through the entire tumultuous second year of the American Revolution, arguably the most notable of the eight-year war. Central to the book’s theme are the events of early July. On July 2, 1776, John Hancock, presiding over the delegates in Philadelphia, declared it is “…necessary to dissolve the connection between Great Britain and the American colonies…” While the colonists rushed to celebrate the British responded quite differently. 1776 will lead you through the trials and tribulations of our newly forming nation. 1776 is a magnificent summertime read!
Commissario Guido Brunetti is back solving crime. The Venetian inspector has been called on to investigate an attempted murder. The case is over a decade old and has been filed as an accident. If this isn’t enough of an obstacle, let’s throw in office politics, inept superiors, and the beautiful but overly touristic and corrupt city of Venice as the setting. Leon delivers a tight, elegant mystery devoid of car chases, most weapons, and limited cell phone use.
A bored girl and a bored potato make a fun romp that is sure to relieve boredom for all ages, but particularly ages 3-8.
Tagus is a medical slave who wants to be a gladiator. Lucia is the daughter of Tagus's owner and betrothed to an older man. The two teenagers are in love with each other, but it is the year 79 and soon Vesuvius will alter their lives forever.