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Bully, by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

New Arrivals for Children July 30, 2013

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Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
AmazonLeah B. Says: Picture Book
Amazon Says: Bully doesn't have a kind word for any of his friends. When the other animals ask him to play, he responds in the way he's been taught: Chicken! Slow poke! You stink! Laura Va more...
Amazon Says: Bully doesn't have a kind word for any of his friends. When the other animals ask him to play, he responds in the way he's been taught: Chicken! Slow poke! You stink! Laura Vaccaro Seeger's bold, graphic artwork, along with her spare but powerful words, make for a tender, hilarious, and thoughtful tale. A Neal Porter Book less...
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AmazonLeah B. Says: Nonfiction
Amazon Says: Want to blast into orbit? Walk on the moon? Snag a personal photo of a shooting star? Well your time is coming! And when it does, you're going to need How Do You Burp in Space more...
Amazon Says: Want to blast into orbit? Walk on the moon? Snag a personal photo of a shooting star? Well your time is coming! And when it does, you're going to need How Do You Burp in Space? This guide is filled with the kind of information you'd need to plan any vacation including what to pack (hint: no bubble bath or juggling balls!); what to expect from your accomodations (a sleeping bag attached to the wall), and what to do for fun (leapfrog on the moon!). Grounded in the history of space travel and the planned future of space tourism, this guide book will leave young adventurers daydreaming about future intergalactic space vacations. Get ready to rock your rocketship! less...
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The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata
AmazonLeah B. Says: Novel
Amazon Says: The winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, from Newbery Medalist Cynthia Kadohata. There is bad luck, good luck, and making your own luck—which i more...
Amazon Says: The winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, from Newbery Medalist Cynthia Kadohata. There is bad luck, good luck, and making your own luck—which is exactly what Summer must do to save her family. Summer knows that kouun means “good luck” in Japanese, and this year her family has none of it. Just when she thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan—right before harvest season. Summer and her little brother, Jaz, are left in the care of their grandparents, who come out of retirement in order to harvest wheat and help pay the bills. The thing about Obaachan and Jiichan is that they are old-fashioned and demanding, and between helping Obaachan cook for the workers, covering for her when her back pain worsens, and worrying about her lonely little brother, Summer just barely has time to notice the attentions of their boss’s cute son. But notice she does, and what begins as a welcome distraction from the hard work soon turns into a mess of its own. Having thoroughly disappointed her grandmother, Summer figures the bad luck must be finished—but then it gets worse. And when that happens, Summer has to figure out how to change it herself, even if it means further displeasing Obaachan. Because it might be the only way to save her family. Cynthia Kadohata’s ode to the breadbasket of America has received six starred reviews and was selected as a National Book Award Finalist. less...
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AmazonLeah B. Says: Novel
Amazon Says: Libby Gardner and Cindy Applegate are smile-without-teeth friends, but they are fierce rivals when it comes to politics. Cindy owned the student council elections in fourth an more...
Amazon Says: Libby Gardner and Cindy Applegate are smile-without-teeth friends, but they are fierce rivals when it comes to politics. Cindy owned the student council elections in fourth and sixth grades, while Libby came out on top in fifth. Now, they both hunger for the prestigious title of seventh grade class president. But middle school elections have their own rules...and pressures. When Trevor Jones is forced to join the presidential race, he devises a plan to make sure his best friend Libby wins. That all changes when he discovers that Libby has oh-so-sneakily gone behind his back by hiring Molly Decker to be her campaign manager. Now, he's in it to win it. And things are going to get ugly. Join Trevor, Libby, Cindy, and the whole Westside contingency (along with the documentary film crew) as they explore the ugly underbelly of middle school politics. Praise for The Classroom: The Epic Documentary of a Not-Yet-Epic Kid There's so much to love about this laugh-out-loud-funny story of what happens to Trevor Jones, who is just starting the seventh grade at Westside Middle School. All in one day, Trevor starts school, loses his best friend and has to deal with a film crew documenting the life of a "typical middle school student." The story is told a bit in the style of a movie; the chapters are short, and there are cute drawings and doodles on the pages. Total fun for the end of the summer and the start of school. The Washington Post (Kids Post) "This documentary set out to show the real story of Trevor, along with his normal, everyday, average classmates.... Westside is their middle school. And these are their stories." With an introduction like that (and the subtitle), readers may expect more of a documentary-style novel than what Mellom (Ditched: A Love Story) actually delivers in her first middle-grade novel. Most of her story unfolds through good old third-person omniscient narration, interspersed with occasional "interviews" with seventh-grader Trevor Jones and his classmates. Fortunately, Mellom has a gift for school-days humor, and her novel is very entertaining. Trevor, a consummate worrier, and Libby, a consummate planner, have been best friends for years, but as they begin the school year, Libby, tired of covering for Trevor's (many) gaffes, believes it is time for them to make new friends. Gilpin's spot art (not all seen by PW) is a mix of notes, cartoons, and other "found materials" that add to the book's sense of fun as romantic entanglements and misunderstandings proliferate in the days leading up to the school dance. Ages 9 12. Publishers Weekly less...
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Dixie and the Good Deeds by Grace Gilman
AmazonLeah B. Says: Beginning Reader
Amazon Says: Beginning readers devoted to such characters as Henry and Mudge, Clifford, and Marley will adore this Dixie adventure, Dixie and the Good Deeds.Dixie the puppy faces many of t more...
Amazon Says: Beginning readers devoted to such characters as Henry and Mudge, Clifford, and Marley will adore this Dixie adventure, Dixie and the Good Deeds.Dixie the puppy faces many of the problems elementary school kids do. She wants to be good, but she makes mistakes. She worries about whether she’ll be able to make new friends. She doesn’t understand why bullies can’t just be nice. She wishes she could spend all her time with her BFF, Emma, and feels left out when she can’t.In Dixie and the Good Deeds, Emma takes on more volunteering projects in her community than she can handle. It’s up to Dixie to come to the rescue. Full-color illustrations by Sarah McConnell add to the humor in this story by Grace Gilman. less...
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AmazonLeah B. Says: Biography
Amazon Says: A boy rides a bicycle down a dusty road. But in his mind, he envisions himself traveling at a speed beyond imagining, on a beam of light. This brilliant mind will one day offe more...
Amazon Says: A boy rides a bicycle down a dusty road. But in his mind, he envisions himself traveling at a speed beyond imagining, on a beam of light. This brilliant mind will one day offer up some of the most revolutionary ideas ever conceived. From a boy endlessly fascinated by the wonders around him, Albert Einstein ultimately grows into a man of genius recognized the world over for profoundly illuminating our understanding of the universe. Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky invite the reader to travel along with Einstein on a journey full of curiosity, laughter, and scientific discovery. Parents and children alike will appreciate this moving story of the powerful difference imagination can make in any life. less...
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Joe and Sparky Go to School by Jamie Michalak
AmazonLeah B. Says: Beginning Reader
Amazon Says: The endearing and mismatched pals accidentally latch onto a big yellow bus and leave the cageless zoo for their first trip to school. Sparky the turtle may be cautious more...
Amazon Says: The endearing and mismatched pals accidentally latch onto a big yellow bus and leave the cageless zoo for their first trip to school. Sparky the turtle may be cautious, but when the strange vehicle full of noisy short people pulls away from Safari World, he finds himself stuck on the bus’s roof just the same. Luckily his giraffe friend, Joe, is adventurous enough to take a running jump, too! When they arrive at school, they discover that there’s a lot to learn, like the fact that the restroom is full of little magic "ponds," that you’re supposed to count the peas, not eat them, and that the goal of the day seems to be to get a star. But just when Joe fears that he may have to go home starless, Sparky reminds him of all the ways that his loyal friend already shines. Readers will roll over laughing — and find lots to relate to — in this hilarious new adventure. less...
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Speed by Nathan Clement
AmazonLeah B. Says: Picture Book
Amazon Says: Rows of stock cars are lined up on the track. The loudspeakers blare: “Ladies and gentlemen, start—your—engines!” There’s a sudden rumble of motors as the cars follo more...
Amazon Says: Rows of stock cars are lined up on the track. The loudspeakers blare: “Ladies and gentlemen, start—your—engines!” There’s a sudden rumble of motors as the cars follow the pace car around the track: one lap, two laps, three.  Then the green flag rips across the sky and—vroom!—the race is on! In this action-packed picture book, Nathan Clement puts young fans smack in the middle of a stock-car race with graphic illustrations of cars roaring down the speedway, squealing around curves, and zooming 200 miles per hour to the finish line.  less...
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AmazonLeah B. Says: Nonfiction
Amazon Says: “At 11:35 p.m., as Radio Armero played cheerful music, a towering wave of mud and rocks bulldozed through the village, roaring like a squadron of fighter jets.” Twenty-thr more...
Amazon Says: “At 11:35 p.m., as Radio Armero played cheerful music, a towering wave of mud and rocks bulldozed through the village, roaring like a squadron of fighter jets.” Twenty-three thousand people died in the 1985 eruption of Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz. Today, more than one billion people worldwide live in volcanic danger zones. In this riveting nonfiction book—filled with spectacular photographs and sidebars—Rusch reveals the perilous, adrenaline-fueled, life-saving work of an international volcano crisis team (VDAP) and the sleeping giants they study, from Colombia to the Philippines, from Chile to Indonesia. less...
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AmazonLeah B. Says: Novel
Amazon Says: Newbery Award-winning author Richard Peck is at his very best in this fast-paced mystery adventure. Fans of The Tale of Desperaux, A Little Princess, and Stuart Little will al more...
Amazon Says: Newbery Award-winning author Richard Peck is at his very best in this fast-paced mystery adventure. Fans of The Tale of Desperaux, A Little Princess, and Stuart Little will all be captivated by this memorable story of a lovable orphan mouse on an amazing quest. The smallest mouse in London’s Royal Mews is such a little mystery that he hasn't even a name. And who were his parents? His Aunt Marigold, Head Needlemouse, sews him a uniform and sends him off to be educated at the Royal Mews Mouse Academy. There he's called "Mouse Minor" (though it's not quite a name), and he doesn't make a success of school. Soon he's running for his life, looking high and low through the grand precincts of Buckingham Palace to find out who he is and who he might become. Queen Victoria ought to be able to help him, if she can communicate with mice. She is all-seeing, after all, and her powers are unexplainable. But from her, Mouse Minor learns only that you do not get all your answers from the first asking. And so his voyage of self-discovery takes him onward, to strange and wonderful places. less...
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AmazonLeah B. Says: Graphic Novel
Amazon Says: When Stone Rabbit and his friends create robots to help out with chores, a glitch in the programming sends the 'bots into a malfunctioning frenzy! Will our long-eared hero be more...
Amazon Says: When Stone Rabbit and his friends create robots to help out with chores, a glitch in the programming sends the 'bots into a malfunctioning frenzy! Will our long-eared hero be able to shut down these mechanical maniacs before they destroy Happy Glades? Or will his systems crash? Robot Frenzy is the eigth book in a full-color series of riotous, rip-roaring graphic novels that chronicles the zany of adventures of a quick-tempered and quick-witted young rabbit. Its fast pace and outrageously high visual content will appeal to thrill-seeking readers ages 7 to 10!  less...
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AmazonLeah B. Says: Novel
Amazon Says: Bestselling author Jim Benton is back, continuing a new spin on a favorite series! Dear Dumb Diary,    Just when I was pretty sure we could let the Student Awarenes more...
Amazon Says: Bestselling author Jim Benton is back, continuing a new spin on a favorite series! Dear Dumb Diary,    Just when I was pretty sure we could let the Student Awareness Committee quietly die a dignified death like some majestic old elephant or the Square Dancing Club, Angeline has to be aware of something. Great. And, of course, it couldn’t be something interesting like nail polish or why maybe there should be a special class in nail polish and how to get it out of your beagle’s ear. (Mom, if you’re reading this, I’m not admitting anything. Somebody else could have painted a heart in his ear.) Angeline just had to be aware of one of those THINGS THAT ADULTS LIKE. less...
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