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KidsBookshelf Newsletter
April 3, 2009

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Chill: Discover the Cool (and Creative) Side of Your Fridge
By Allan Peterkin
Illus by Mike Shiell
Why would anyone write a book about refrigerators? Who thinks that much about the uses of the fridge and the things we put on it? But do you know how many times families open the refrigerator for meals and for snacks? If you think about it, we spend a lot of time with our fridge, why not decorate it to show your personality and what interests you! You'll discover the history of refrigerators, the theory behind fridge magnets, how you can be creative with fridge art, fascinating fridge facts, and much more. A fun and interesting way to get you to look at your fridge in a different light! (Ages 9-12)

Are You Afraid Yet?: The Science Behind Scary Stuff
By Stephen James O'Meara
Illus by Jeremy Kaposy
Are you a fan of scary movies? Do you like to dress up as a vampire or werewolf on Halloween? Have you ever wanted to live in a haunted house? If you love anything scary, creepy, or mysterious, then you'll love this book. "Are You Afraid Yet?" examines everything dark, dangerous and creepy, and it begins with a scientific explanation of why our bodies react the way they do to fear. With lots of freaky facts and scientific information on the things that scare us, you won't want to read this at night! (Ages 9-12)

Everything is Fine
By Ann Dee Ellis
"Fine. Everything is fine." These are the words Mazzy has been telling everyone since her father left to pursue his career and her mother is confined to bed with severe depression. But everything is not fine, actually nothing is fine. As Mazzy cares for her mother, tries to avoid social workers, and keeps neighbors from interfering, she turns to the blank canvases in her mother's art studio, and begins to paint about her life. But something tragic has torn Mazzy's family apart, do they have what it takes to pull themselves back together again? Mazzy is an awkward yet endearing character young readers can relate to. A tragic but tender story about love and loss. (Young Adult)

Marie Curie
By Elizabeth MacLeod
Illus by John Mantha
"One of the most famous scientist's ever! The first woman to win the world's top science prize! The first person to win it twice!" Marie Curie was the person to do all of these things, but along with being a great and dedicated scientist she was also a wife and mother. In this Level 3, Kids Can Read Alone book young readers will learn about Marie Curie's life and how she became a famous scientist who won the Nobel prize. A fun and easy to read biography. (Ages 4-8)

Me, Myself, and I: Youth Meditations for Grades 5-8
By Sandra McLeod Humphrey
It's not easy being a tween, you're not a child anymore but you're not quite a teenager yet. You still want to have fun, but you also want more responsibility. This book was written for tweens and the problems, challenges, and concerns they face. Each chapter tackles a different topic, like attititude, dreams, and choices, with quotes, words of wisdom, things to think about, and an interesting story to help guide tweens on their journey. This book can be used at home as a personal devotional, in a church study group, or bible studies. A good tool to help kids through the tough years. (Ages 10-14)

No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure
By Susan Huges
Illus by Willow Dawson
There have always been women in history who wanted to break out of the mold and do a "man's job." Hatshepsut, Mu Lan, Margaret Buckley - pharaoh, soldier, surgeon. These are three of those women who didn't listen to "no girls allowed," they followed their hearts, minds, and dreams to become what they wanted. "No Girls Allowed" includes seven stories of these brave women from around the world who broke the mold, and made history. Told in comic strip style verse with black and white illustrations, readers will see that sometimes there's more to a person that what you see. (Ages 9-12)

Search for the Pegasus (Endless Quest)
By Roger E. Moore
"Endless Quest" is an interactive series that was first published over 20 years ago, and is now back again for a new generation of readers. Young readers can take charge of their own adventures by reading a chapter and then choosing what action they will take next. "You are Tammery Blackfoot, a halfling who lives in the forest..but you have two very important secrets." When Clarion the pegasus is captured by the Blue Hag, you are the only one who can save her. What will you choose? Endless adventures and choices are yours for the taking! (Ages 9-12)

Why Do Horses Have Manes?
By Elizabeth MacLeod
"For millions of years, horses have trotted over the earth's surface. Humans and horses have a long history together of racing, jumping, working - or just hanging out." Horses are amazing animals. They have inspired many stories and myths as well as being companions and working hard for people. Have you ever wondered why horses have manes, why horseshoes are considered lucky or how fast can a horse run? You'll find the answer to these questions and many more about all breeds of horses. A great book for horse enthusiasts! (Ages 9-12)

You Are Weird: Your Body's Peculiar Parts and Funny Functions
By Diane Swanson
Illus by Kathy Boake
"Your odd bod is a collection of some very peculiar parts. They show how wonderfully weird you are. Some of them also make you a living museum, providing hints about how your ancient ancestors once lived." Did you know that most of your body parts are full of bacteria? Have you ever wondered why you still have skin if it constantly flakes off? Or how many hairs you have on your body? Have you thought about why and how we get goosebumps? You'll find the answers to these scientific questions and many more interesting ones. Our bodies may have some odd parts that don't seem to do alot, but we're still pretty amazing. (Ages 9-12)



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