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Kid Review – A Picture Book of Rosa Parks

Kid Review – A Picture Book of Rosa Parks

A Picture Book of Rosa Parks

A biography of the Alabama black woman whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus helped establish the civil rights movement.

Jasmine says:

I love his [David A. Adler] books because one i love mystery and its really funny. The one i really love is cam jansen and the stolen diamonds. i loved it some much that i did it for my book report project. I also loved the rosa park one i even passed the quiz i had on it. Thats how i know i love the book. I hope one day you will read one of his books and you will love it just like me. I hope you enjoy the little thank you for reading have a good day.

Author: David Adler

Jasmine really likes books by David Adler. Here is a link to her favorite Cam Jansen and the Stolen Diamonds, and a few more of his books you might like:
Cam Jansen and the Stolen Diamonds Cam Jansen and the Graduation Day Mystery Mystery Math Bones and the Clown Mix-Up
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The Dragon Turn

The Dragon Turn

The Dragon Turn

The Boy Sherlock Holmes is back on his 5th case. Sherlock is still moody, brilliant and longing for respect from both Scotland Yard and Irene Doyle.  In this case a London magician has turned up missing. All clues lead to a rival magician, Alistair Hemsworth, who can impressively make a dragon appear on stage during his show.

Problem? There is no body, just blood in Hemsworth’s secret workshop. This is the 1870s - no CSI forensics available. Sherlock  starts poking around despite warnings from Inspector Lestrade that he should mind his own business.

To keep out of the notice of Scotland Yard Sherlock is forced to resort to sneaking; maybe a little breaking and entering. The usual. Sherlock is so determined he can find out the truth that he breaks some of his own rules of good detecting, causing himself all manner of trouble. Will Sherlock ever get the respect he deserves? Will he ever admit his feelings for Irene? There’s nothing like a little romance to compel a detective to do his best work. Author: Shane Peacock

Series: The Boy Sherlock Holmes

#1 The Eye of the Crow on Downloadable eBook
#2 Death in the Air
#3 The Vanishing Girl
#4 The Secret Friend
#5 The Dragon Turn

If you like these boy Sherlock Holmes mysteries – try the real Sherlock Holmes adventures or the adventures of Sherlock’s sister, Enola Holmes.
The Great Adventures of Sherlock Holmes The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline No Place Like Holmes The Missing Heir
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The Sherlock Files #4: The Missing Heir

The Sherlock Files #4: The Missing Heir

The Missing HeirAs descendants of Sherlock Holmes, Xander and Xena Holmes are members of The Society for the Preservation of Famous Detectives (SPFD).  They have a Sherlock’s notebook of unsolved cases and are getting pretty experienced solving old crimes, and I mean old! The  book contains 100-year-old secrets. Are the mysteries too old to solve? Not for the descendents of Mr. Sherlock Holmes, the worlds greatest detective.

In this fourth mystery the kids discover that their friend Alice is really a princess – like in Princess Diaries. She is going to be crowned on her 13th birthday, but before the coronation happens, Alice disappears! What’s really weird is that the same thing happened to Alice’s grandmother 100 years ago! Could the kidnappings be related? The casebook, old letters, blue prints, lying people…Xander and Xena will get to the bottom of it!  Author: Tracy Barrett Series: The Sherlock Files

If you like mysteries and Sherlock Holmes, try those Holmes inspired books. You can read about Sherlock as a young boy and even about Sherlock’s sister Enola:
The 100 Year Old Secret The Beast of Blackslope The Case That Time Forgot The Eye of the Crow
The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas The Muppet Sherlock Holmes The Great Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
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Gilda Joyce #5: The Bones of the Holy

Gilda Joyce #5: The Bones of the Holy

Gilda Joyce: The Bones of the Holy

If you haven’t read any of Gilda’s other adventures, you should know that she is an experienced psychic investigator and she loves to spy and solve msyteries. Sometimes, she solves mysteries by paying attention to dead people!

This time the mystery is really close to home. When Gilda’s Mom returns from a trip to Florida acting really strange Gilda has no choice but to snoop…er, go clue hunting, in her Mom’s bedroom. What Gilda finds is NOT what she could EVER have imagined. Gilda’s Mom is getting married!

And when said fiance, Mr. Pook, refers to Gilda’s Mom as “Patty-cakes,” well, Gilda can hardly stand it. Who IS this guy and how did he even meet her Mom, let alone want to marry her! Solving that mystery takes some serious guts when Gilda accompanies her Mom to Mr. Pook’s Florida hometown and it’s ghostly past. Could Mr. Pook have something to hide? Something…sinister? Gilda Joyce, psychic investigator is on the case!

Gilda’s four other adventures – The Dead Drop is my favorite:
Gilda Joyce Psychic Investigator The Ladies of the Lake The Ghost Sonata The Dead Drop
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Hugo Cabret Movie Trailer

Hugo Cabret Movie Trailer

The Invention of Hugo Cabret was such an outstanding book. Briefly, “Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.” The book has unbelievable drawings in it. It’s a novel, but full of pictures too. I have high hopes for the movie – it comes out November 23, 2011.

Take a look at the trailer:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

This 550 page novel has a big surprise once you open it…the fact that many of the pages are pictures! It’s a bit like reading, and then turning the pages like a little movie, and then reading some more. The pictures are drawn from interesting angles and perspectives and are as much fun as the story. It is not a pictures book, but an illustrated novel, like a comic book or graphic novel.

12 year-old Hugo is an orphan living in a train station in Paris, but he doesn’t live out in the bustle of the station, he lives in the walls! Hugo is an apprentice to the clock keeper, who happens to be Hugo’s Uncle. Hugo’s Uncle has disappeared leaving Hugo to tend the clocks. Afraid of being discovered, Hugo continues to do his Uncle’s job and collecting his Uncle’s paychecks, even though he can’t cash them. Hugo scavenges for food and sometimes has to steal.

Hugo has a big job just to survive alone, but in his free time, Hugo enjoys working on a project begun by his Father. He tinkers with a mechanical man, called an automaton (a robot), trying to get it to work. The small mechanical parts of the automaton are like the parts in the clock…each piece fitting with the next piece to make the machine work correctly. Hugo’s life is like one of these mechanical pieces… he just doesn’t know where his piece fits with the next…until he meets a girl and a crotchety toy shop owner…then the pieces of his life begin to fit together. Author & Illustrator: Brian Selznick

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