Green Lawns, Twine and 12 Year Olds

Green lawns, balls of twine and 12 year old kids? You are probably wondering how those topics could possibly relate to one another. Well, really they’re not….and they are topics of the new books in our library!

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Lawn Boy Returns continues the funny story of the 12 year old boy who becomes a millionaire by mowing lawns. Lawn Boy only wanted to make enough money to buy a new inner tube for his bicycle tire and ended up with a stockbroker, a prizefighter, property and more problems than any 12 year old wants to handle. Equal parts quirky and funny-check out this new book by Paulsen, author of Hatchet.

 

 

Dan Gutman’s book, The Genius Files, is the first of what looks like a new thriller adventure series. Genious 12 year old twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald (yes, those really are their names) join their parents on an RV cross-country trip visiting the Spam museum, escaping harm in some sand dunes and deciphering geniuscodes that lead them to places like The World’s Largest Ball of Twine and The House on the Rock. Gutman includes sidebar notes with information the reader can use to track the trip using GoogleMaps. If you are a Gutman fan, or liked the 39 Clues series, then you will definitely want to read this new book.

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Yea! It’s a Snow Day!

Our Bernese Mountain Dog lives for snow days!

Our Bernese Mountain Dog lives for snow days!

Kasa loves the snow!
Kasa loves the snow!

Brrrr….it’s cold outside here in the Seattle area. It’s our first snow day of the year and I am happily sitting on my couch, watching endless videos on the news of sliding cars, treacherous streets, and people trying to deal with the snow, ice and freezing cold weather. It’s a warm, balmy, 12 degrees F at my house outside. Now that’s cold! Last night I was standing on the deck and enjoying the absolute quiet. No cars, no traffic, no planes flying over head. Just blissful quiet and the whisper of lightly falling snow.
Today it’s a no school day for all the kids in the greater Seattle area as we deal with our first snow storm of the fall. The amount of snow isn’t so bad, but the problem here is all the steep hills, which are covered with a layer of ice and snow. That combo makes driving a nightmare around here.

Yesterday morning afternoon I was reading Turk and Runt,runt a funny story about a family of turkeys, who are faced with the dilemma of Thanksgiving! Luckily, Runt understands that all the  human visitors to the farm do not want to be friends with the turkeys and he saves the day.
If you like funny Thanksgiving stories, it’s a good choice! so is Dav Pilkey’s Thanksgiving book. 61eL4budcWL__SL160_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-dp,TopRight,12,-18_SH30_OU01_AA160_So, now I am left with the question of what book to read today! Any suggestions for a sunny, snowy day? Keep Reading! Mrs. Hembree

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The Ugly Truth by Request Only

uglyWe now have 4 copies of the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Ugly Truth for all you Wimpy Kid fans. Because we have so many students wanting this book,  I will be checking it  out only to students who give me a request sheet. So far we have a waiting list of about 25 students, so please be patient. It may take a week or two to get the book to you.

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Phineas L. MacGuire Gets Slimed by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Fourth grader Phineas “Mac” MacGuire loves science. He loves it so much  he decides his school goal is to be the best 4th grade scientist at his school.  When he only gets an honorable mention for his exploding volcano in the science fair, he decides he needs to be a little more creative. He decides to help his friend Aretha grow the kind of mold that creates penicillin. Things get a little wild especially when his mom finds mold growing in her bathroom. Mac’s crazy experiments will have you laughing out loud. I mean, who would ever think of growing mold for fun?  He even gives a recipe for how to grow wood mold!Try the other books in the series too: Phineas L. MacGuire Blasts Off! and Phineas L. MacGuire Erupts. Review by Mrs. Hembreephineas

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Book Review: Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School by Ruth McNally Barshaw

new kidEllie McDoodle’s family decides to move to a new town and Ellie not happy at all. She loves her old house, friends, room and memories. She is convinced that everything about the new house and her new school will be terrible. She’s right. It’s not easy at school in the beginning, but things change for the good.

The author combines sketches and doodles with her light, journal style writing. The style may remind readers of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, although this book is definitely intended for a female audience. We also have book 2 in the Ellie McDoodle series. Look for it in the humor section. (Review by Mrs. Hembree)

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Book Review: Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon

dragonbreath Danny Dragonbreath goes to school with a bunch of reptiles and amphibians. He’s the only dragon at school and what makes matters even worse that that he can’t even breathe fire like a dragon should. After he gets an F on his paper about  the ocean, his teacher forces him to re-write his paper and use facts. Not one to like doing traditional research at the library, Danny decides to take along his friend Wendell, an iguana,  and visit his Cousin Edward, a sea serpent.  An afternoon adventure with Cousin Edward is full of laughs and Danny learns a lot about the ocean. This is a funny first book in a series by Ursula Vernon. We also have Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs, Dragonbreath: Curse of the Were-wiener and Dragonbreath: Lair of the Bat Monster. Find them on the humor shelves. (Review by Mrs. Hembree)

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Book Review:Ook & Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future by Dav Pilkey

ookTo all readers who have loved the Captain Underpants series…stand up and celebrate! Dav Pilkey has a new graphic novel. From his website Pilkey writes: 

“This all-new Graphic Novel tells the sensational saga of two silly cave kids named Ook and Gluk (Note: “Ook” rhymes with “duke” and “Gluk” rhymes with “duck”). Ook and Gluk have a pretty awesome life growing up together in Caveland, Ohio in 500,001 BC. But their lives take a turn for the terrible when an evil corporation from the future invades and conquers their quiet, pre-historic village.”

If you love Dav Pilkey’s humor, read every Captain Underpants book three times, then you will definitely want to read Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future. Look for it on our Graphic Novel shelves in the library. Reviewed by Mrs. Hembree

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