Books & DVDs

Tickle the Duck!
Ethan Long
Ages 3 & Up

Tickle the Duck.... Wait! No! Don't!! HA HA HA hahahahaquack!

This interactive book allows the reader to tickle his feathers as he shouts to not touch him. In the end, you make him smile and he even asks for more. The illustrations are too cute and young readers can relate to being tickled themselves.

Aug 8, 2011
Anonymous
With Love From Spain, Melanie Martin
Carol Weston
Ages 10 & Up

With Love from Spain, Melanie Martin is the diary of 11-year-old Melanie while on vacation with her family in Spain. Like any private diary, Melanie's is full of doodles, goofy poems, and thoughts that would seriously embarrass her if anyone were to get a peek at it. While in Spain, Melanie meets Miguel and many of her entries are about his gentlemanly behavior. Can you believe he gives double-cheek kisses!?! A first crush is a big deal and girls everywhere can relate to Melanie's diary. Bonus: Melanie includes Spanish words she learns, with pronounciation. This book is sure to improve your Spanish skills (unless you already speak Spanish...). If you enjoy this book, try Melanie in Manhattan and Melanie Martin Goes Dutch.

 

Aug 8, 2011
Anonymous
YOUR BODY BATTLES A STOMACHACHE
Vicki Cobb
7-12

When you get sick, your body FIGHTS BACK!  A stomachache may be unpleasant, but it is your body's way of fighting a battle against a yucky virus.  Learn more in this Body Battles book!

Jul 7, 2011
Mrs Fry
Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Terrible Terrel
Whoopi Goldberg
Ages 8 & Up

Terrel is one organized girl! After her mother's death, she keeps the family going with grocery lists and assigned spots for coats. Even the food in the cupboard has its own spot. Lately, Terrel's dad has been acting strange. When she talks to her ballet friends about this, they suspect that Terrel's dad has a girlfriend. This is no good! What if this new girlfriend does the grocery shopping? Terrel will no longer be needed... Together, the Sugar Plum Ballerinas make plans to keep Terrel's dad away from his girlfriend for good!

Jun 6, 2011
Anonymous
11 Birthdays
Wendy Mass
Ages 10 & Up

Amanda and Leo are best friends. They were born on the same day and held their birthday parties together every year, until this 11th birthday. Leo hurt Amanda's feelings last year and they haven't talked since. Amanda's birthday is terrible from start to finish: Dad (the DJ for the party) is sick, she has to ride the bus to school, she forgot to take her lunch, one teacher gave a pop quiz, and everyone left her party early to go to Leo's party. She thinks to herself, "tomorrow is another day." Or is it? When she wakes up, it's her birthday all over again! Will she ever figure out what is going on and find a way to get to the day AFTER her birthday???

Jun 6, 2011
Anonymous
Trackers: Book 1
Patrick Carman
Grades 5 & Up

Adam is a whiz at computer programming. He has his own workshop that contains his inventions, including hi-tech cell phones, video cameras, and a flying helicopter. Adam's vault is hacked and it takes the work of his three closest friends to get that information back. Adam is tricked by a tech-savy girl his age and could very well be putting himself and his friends in danger. Author Patrick Carman has brilliantly added an online component to these stories, just like with his Skeleton Creek series. Go to the website, enter the passwords, and view the same videos that the interrogator in this story watches. You don't need to be tech-savy readers to enjoy this suspenseful story!

Jun 6, 2011
Anonymous
Skeleton Creek
Patrick Carman
Grades 5 & Up

Ryan and Sarah are curious as to how their town came to be called Skeleton Creek. Both teens find it odd that the adults never want to talk about it. The librarian offers old newspapers, but stays tight-lipped when more questions are asked. When Ryan and Sarah take a camera into the woods to explore the town's old Dredge (gold mining machine), Ryan finds himself in the hospital with a broken leg and no memory of what happened that night. To make matters worse, he's forbidden to talk to Sarah. Things get really spooky when Sarah emails Ryan videos. The really haunting thing is what appears in the videos. This entire book is surrounded in mystery, and those brave enough can follow the link www.sarahfincher.com and bring the book to life. Enter the passwords given in the book and watch actual footage that was sent to Ryan. This is a perfect read for fans of mystery stories.

Jun 6, 2011
Anonymous
Emil and Karl
Yankev Glatshteyn
Ages 10 & Up

One boy Jewish, the other boy not. Both lose all family but vow not to lose each other. The year is 1934 and Hitler is just starting to rise in power. The new, cool thing to do it torment and bully Jews. Emil can no longer go to school, Jewish storekeepers are robbed daily, and arrests are made for the crime of being born Jewish. These two boys see so much evil when Austria starts to change, yet at the same time meet strong, brave adults who take them in and give them courage. This novel was specifically written for children and shares "the importance of friendship, of tolerance, and of bravery."

Jun 6, 2011
Anonymous
The Lemonade Crime
Jacqueline Davies
Ages 9 & Up

Readers of The Lemonade War have been dying to know: Who stole Evan Treski’s money??? Evan discovered his money missing after Scott Spencer suspiciously ran off the day before school. Scott just bought the newest video game system available! Yeah, Jessie thinks something smells fishy, too. Jessie is so convinced that Scott took Evan’s money, she organizes a courtroom on the playground to prove Scott’s guilt. Jessie and Evan seek justice in The Lemonade Crime and learn that things don’t always go as planned.

Jun 6, 2011
Anonymous
Willow Run
Patricia Reilly Giff
Ages 9 & Up

In the midst of World War II, everyone was doing their part. Some went to fight, some grew their own gardens, and some worked in factories. Margaret's dad chose to work in a factory. Her family moved from New York to Willow Run, Michigan so that her dad could build planes for our troops.

Margaret writes letters to her brother (who is in Europe, fighting) and to her German-American grandfather (who stayed behind in New York). Margaret's world is turned upside down when her family receives notice that big brother Eddie is missing in action. Margaret learns that life goes on, but you must always be brave and remain hopeful.

Jun 6, 2011
Anonymous

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