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KidsBookshelf Newsletter
July 3, 2009

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Binky the Space Cat
By Ashley Spires
Binky is a space cat, and according to F.U.R.S.T. (Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel), he's now a qualified one. In reality, Binky's a cat who has never left the house. But what he'd really love to do is blast off into outer space (the outdoors), explore places he's never been (his backyard), and fight aliens (bugs). Binky must protect his humans from the aliens because he knows they are totally helpless without him. Binky has done everything necessary to prepare for blastoff, and it hasn't been easy, but at the last moment he realizes that he's left something very important behind and he just might have to make some modifications to his space plans. A fun comic space adventure young readers will enjoy! (Ages 7-10)

Green Dragon Codex
By R.D. Henham
Based on Sindri Suncatcher's "A Practical Guide to Dragons" this is the fifth in a ten book series about dragons. Each book spotlights a different dragon, and this one is about a baby green dragon, presumed to be evil, from the desert in the south of Solamnia. When ten-year-old Scamp Weaver finds an unusual chest that holds a green egg and mysterious scroll, he's in for the adventure of his life. Scamp's determined to hatch the egg and hope that not all green dragons are evil, but he's chased by dragon hunters who want what he's found in the chest. A great book for fantasy readers of all ages. (Ages 9-12)

By Ed Young
When a young boy finds an abandoned egg in the forest he brings it to the mother hen to raise. But when the egg hatches the hen knows this strange bird with the hook nose was not meant for earth. The hen takes Hook to a higher place to fly, but he falls to earth. With a little help from the boy, they find a much higher place for Hook to fly, and soon he's soaring through the sky, definitely not meant for earth. A beautifully illustrated and simple tale of courage and persistance. (Ages 4-8)

If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World's People
By David J. Smith
Illus by Shelagh Armstrong
There are about 6.7 billion people on Earth right now, and that number is growing each day! 1.3 billion of those people live in China and 1.1 billion in India. "Numbers this big are hard to understand, but what if we imagined the whole population of the world as a village of just 100 people?" This book explains who we are as a planet, what nationalities we are, languages we speak, food we eat, religions we practice, money we make, the environment where we live and much more. A great way to find out more about our planet. (Ages 9-12)

My Parents Are Divorced, My Elbows Have Nicknames, and Other Facts About Me
By Bill Cochran
Illus by Steve Bjorkman
Ted's parents are divorced and he likes homemade burritos better than delivery pizza, but those things don't make him weird. The fact that he sleeps with one sock on every night and named his elbows Carl and Clyde do seem a little weird, but that's just who Ted is. Ted sometimes does things that other people might think are weird, and life with divorced parents isn't always easy. But Ted knows that no matter what both of his parents love him very much, and that's not weird at all. A lighthearted tale about living with divorced parents. (Ages 4-8)

The Forever Dog
By Bill Cochran
Illus by Dan Andreasen
Corky is one of those dogs that seems to be made up of other dog parts. Nobody knows what kind of dog Corky is, but to his owner Mike, it doesn't matter, because he's his dog. From the time Corky was seven weeks old he and Mike did everything together. They even made a Forever Plan to always do things together. But then one day Corky got real sick, the vet did everything he could, but Corky died. Mike feels sad, angry and alone. This heartwarming story about the special bond between a child and a pet shows how Mike comes to accept Corky's death, and always keep him in his heart. A special tale of love, friendship and loss. (Ages 4-8)

The Mystery Stallion
By Sharon Siamon
Thirteen-year-old twins Sophie and Liv are spending their vacation with their grandparents in the Arizona desert on their three-thousand-acre ranch. Liv loves the horses, desert and wild open space. But Sophie would much rather be home in Canada. Their grandparents own a herd of Spanish Barbs that roam freely on the ranch, but when his stallion is badly injured and the rest of the herd disappears, Liv, Sophie and Shane the cowhand are determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. But solving the mystery proves to be dangerous when they encounter rattlesnakes, javelinas, steep mountains and flash floods. Through it all the twins learn a lot about themselves and each other. A fun novel young readers will enjoy. (Ages 9-12)

By Kimiko Kajikawa
Illus by Ed Young
Long ago in Japan there lived a wise old rice farmer, Ojiisan, who was the wealthiest person in the village. Although he was wealthy, Ojiisan lived a simple life in his cottage high on a mountain that overlooked the sea and village. People often climbed the mountain seeking Ojiisan's advice. One autumn Ojiisan decides not to go down to the village to celebrate the rice harvest, something does not feel right to him. So he and his grandson Tada stay home. Soon Ojiisan sees the huge wave pulling away from the beach, and he knows that means danger. The villagers have no idea a Tsunami is about to hit their village, so Ojiisan must do whatever he can to save them. A beautiful story about one man's sacrifice to save hundreds of lives. (Ages 4-8)

Wounded by School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing Up to Old School Culture
By Karen Olson
"This book is for any student who senses he or she may have been wounded by school, or is becoming reluctant to learn in school, and wants to understand more about this. It is for teachers who feel frustrated by the isolation...It is also for parents who ask themselves how to keep their children intellectually and spiritually safe and well in school." This book brings to light the harm that can be done when conforming to standards is more important than encouraging creativity. When student's interests aren't as important as test scores. This book also tells the stories of students who have been wounded by school, and how they healed. A great book for students, parents and educators. (Parents)



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