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KidsBookshelf Newsletter
December 31, 2010

Welcome KidsBookshelf Readers!
I hope everyone has a safe and happy new year!

A Practical Guide to Dragon Magic (Dungeons & Dragons)
By Susan Morris
"Dragons have magic running through their veins. This natural connection with magic combined with their incredibly long life span has led dragons to become some of the world's most powerful spellcasters." From the notebooks of dragon expert Sindri Suncatcher young readers get an inside glimpse into Darastrix Academy, where young wizards and dragon hatchlings live and learn together while mastering the powerful dragon magic. A necessary guide for young wizards! (Ages 9-12)

Betsy Red Hoodie
By Gail Carson Levine
Illus by Scott Nash
Betsy is delighted that she's finally old enough to take cupcakes to grandma all by herself, so she decides to take her sheep along for the journey. Betsy also decides to let her best friend Zimmo come along too, even though he's a wolf, and wolves are bad for sheep and grandmas. Betsy trusts Zimmo, but when he begins acting strange and runs ahead, she gets worried about grandma. Was Betsy right to trust Zimmo, or will his wolfish instincts kick in? A fun twist on Little Red Riding Hood! (Ages 4-8)

Betsy Who Cried Wolf!
By Gail Carson Levine
Illus by Scott Nash
Eight-year-old Betsy has just taken the Shepherds' Oath, and she plans to be the best shepherd in Bray Valley History. While Betsy sleeps soundly, Zimmo the wolf howls a hungry and lonely sound up on Rosenrise Mountain. Then he comes up with a plan to trick the shepherd so he can eat the sheep. As Betsy sits with her sheep up on the mountain she spots Zimmo and blows the whistle. The farmers come running, but Zimmo quickly hides, and the farmers think Betsy is just fooling around. Soon she spots Zimmo again, and once again he hides before the farmers arrive, so they angrily send Betsy back to Shepherd's school. The next day the farmers give Betsy one more chance, so when Zimmo shows up again, Betsy knows she must handle him herself. Can Betsy save the sheep and take care of Zimmo's appetite at the same time? A funny take on the boy who cried wolf. (Ages 4-8)

Catching Time
By Rachna Gilmore
Illus by Kirsti Anne Wakelin
It's Saturday and mom is bustling around the house trying to get things done, but Sara keeps begging and pleading to go to the park. Mom says yes if they can find the time. Dad says sure if they can catch some time. So Sara runs through the house trying to "catch" time with her butterfly net, but each time she tries to get it it's gone before she can. When Sara finally does manage to catch some time, mom and dad agree to take her to the park, and they have a wonderful time! A fun story about making time for the important things in life. (Ages 4-8)

Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool
By Odo Hirsch
The Bell family ancestors had always been statesmen and generals and had done very important things. Over 100 years ago they were given a large estate for doing service for the community, and in exchange all the Bell family had to do was bestow a gift upon the town every 25 years. The gifts had always been grand and extravagant, but the Bell's were running out of money, and Darius' father had nothing grand to give. If they don't give a gift they will lose the house and the respect of the town, but Hector's father is too proud to give a small gift. After a sudden earthquake unveils something spectacular on the Bell land, Darius hopes to make this the gift, but will the legal contract stand in his way? A fun story about family, friendship, and honor. (Ages 9-12)

How Do Dinosaurs Laugh Out Loud?
By Jane Yolen
Illus by Mark Teague
What makes a dinosaur laugh out loud? A pie in the face or when his friend is tripped by a lace? No. Dinosaurs laugh at funny dinosaur jokes! This lift-the-flap board book will have you howling with laughter at the dino jokes. "What does a dinosaur say right before bed? Good night, sleep tight, don't let the Tyrannosaurus bite!" A fun book to share together. (Ages 4-8)

How to Trap a Zombie, Track a Vampire, and Other Hands-On Activities for Monster Hunters
By A. R. Rotruck
This fun, fact-filled activity book provides young wizards with everything they need to survive as monster hunters. You'll learn how to evaluate danger, gather supplies, survive your surroundings, and hunt monsters of all kinds. You'll also find a danger and intelligence rating scale for just about any monster you can imagine. A great fantasy guide young readers will enjoy. (Ages 9-12)

The Barefoot Book of Dance Stories
By Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple
Illus by Helen Cann
This beautiful anthology of dance stories from around the world will delight and enchant young dancers. From Germany and Japan to Egypt and Scotland these eight stories all focus on dance. Information in the back of the book includes information on the dance, costume, and step-by-step instructions on how to do the dance. There is also a CD of the stories read by stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson. A treasure for all dancers. (Ages 9-12)

Wounded by School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing Up to Old School Culture
By Frances M. Wood
When Molly's father dies her nineteen-year-old sister tells her they must take a train to Chicago and get work as Harvey girls in one of the Harvey Eating Houses along the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. But there's just one problem with Colleen's plan, Molly's only thirteen, and Harvey girls need to be at least eighteen. When they arrive Molly does her best to look and act older, and she soon finds herself longing less for home and enjoying life in the Wild West of Raton, New Mexico. But out here there's always the fear of train robbers, and the most infamous is Genius Jim, and Molly, Colleen and the other girls find themselves face to face with danger. A fast-paced historical novel young readers will enjoy. (Ages 9-12)



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