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The Red Pyramid – Sneak Peek

The Red Pyramid – Sneak Peek

red-pyramid-coverThe Kane Chronicles is a new series by Rick Riordan – the author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Book one will come out May 4, 2010. Here is what Mr. Riordan has to say about these new adventures:

“My Egyptian mythology series will be called the Kane Chronicles, and the first book’s title is The Red Pyramid. The series follows brother and sister Carter and Sadie Kane, who accidentally help unleash the Egyptian gods into the modern world, and then discover they are the only ones who can set things right. …What Egyptian gods will you meet? What powers do Carter and Sadie have that will allow them to combat immortal gods? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out!”

We do have to wait a few more months to read these, but just released today is chapter one – get a sneak peek before anyone else:

 

 

May 4, 2010

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Newbery Medal

Newbery Medal

When You Reach Me

The Newbery Medal is awarded every year by the American Library Association to the most distinguished American children’s book published the previous year.

The 2010 Newbery Medal Winner is When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.

The 2010 Newbery Medal Honor Books are The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate & Claudette Colvin.

Previous year’s Newbery Medal Winners are:

2009 2008 2007 2006
The Graveyard Book Good Masters Sweet Ladies The Higher Power of Lucky Criss Cross
2005 2004 2003 2002
Kira Kira Good The Tale of Despereaux Crispin the Cross of Lead A Single Shard
2001 2000 1999 1998
A Year Down Yonder Bud Not Buddy Holes Out of the Dust
1997 1996 1995 1994
The View from Saturday The Midwife's Apprentice Walk Two Moons The Giver
1993 1992 1991 1990
Missing May Shiloh Maniac Magee Number the Stars

Full List of all Newbery Medal Winners and Honor Books Since 1922

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H1N1 (Swine) Flu

H1N1 (Swine) Flu

There is a lot of talk lately in the newspaper and on TV – and maybe even at your school – about the H1N1 (Swine) flu virus. Here is a movie to watch that will help clear up questions you might have about the virus. Questions like: Swine Flu, H1N1, what’s the difference? How do people get it? Will I get it? How sick do people get? Is there a vaccine? Can I get a vaccine? Watch the movie, show it to your teacher or your parents, and talk to them about questions you might have.

If hearing about H1N1 make you worry, ask questions. Knowing the answers to your questions will help you worry less about it. One thing that helps is knowing what you can do to help take care of yourself.

What you CAN do:

  • Wash your hands! A lot!  Wash them before you eat – even before a snack. Wash them after you cough, sneeze or blow your nose. Wash them after you go to the bathroom. And washing your hands doesn’t mean just running water over them – USE SOAP!
  • If you cough or sneeze, do that into a tissue or into your elbow. That way, you keep germs off your hands. You touch a lot of things with your hands and that is how germs are quickly spread from one person to another.
  • Keep your hands and fingers out of your eyes, mouth, and nose.  This  means more than just “don’t pick your nose.” Everybody knows that. This means don’t pick food out of your braces, don’t lick your fingers, don’t rub your eyes, don’t put your fingers in your mouth to whistle, don’t put your fingers in your mouth to make a funny face…all those things that are normally OK - don’t do those.
  • If you don’t feel good – STAY HOME.

Here are some more links to help you learn about the flu:

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