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Staff Pick: How Do You Burp in Space?

Staff Pick: How Do You Burp in Space?

How Do You Burp in Space?

A non-fiction travel guide to space tourism that includes information about accommodations, attractions, and more.

Get prepared to be one of the first tourists to travel to outer space!  There are a few (lots!) of challenges to face before you even leave the ground.  Begin by deciding what to pack (Did you know it costs $10,000 per pound!), learn some space lingo, and get ready for the heat (250 degrees!).  Blast off into outer space to experience sleeping, eating, brushing your teeth, and even sneezing in zero gravity.  Plan what exciting attractions you will see in outer space (you can’t send postcards!)  This handbook has all you need to travel with extras like a space timeline, websites and other books to read, and photos of astronauts.  Happy travels!

Recommended by: Patty Wallace, East 39th Street Branch Library

 

 

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Staff Pick: Sugar Changed the World

Staff Pick: Sugar Changed the World

Sugar Changed the World

Traces the panoramic story of the sweet substance and its important role in shaping world history.

Sugar is something that most of us use every day and don’t even think about.  Today, sugar in the form of corn syrup is used as a cheap filler for processed food. In history though, sugar wasn’t always so easily available or cheap. Sugar was once for the use of kings and the wealthy.

Sugar wasn’t just used for sweetening food. It was used in rituals and used as medicine. Sugar was offered to the gods.

Sugar that originated in New Guinea spread all over the world and changed it. Conquerers took over lands in the name of sugar.

The most startling thing about sugar’s history though, was its effect on the people who processed it. People were taken from their homes to new lands to produce sugar, many of those people were slaves. Slaves on the sugar plantations risked death from fires, worked 18 hours a day, could have their bodies mutilated by the grinding gears of the sugar mill, fall into a vat of boiling sugar, or experience cruelty from the overseers.

Revolution, reform and falling sugar prices finally helped bring down the sugar plantations.

The majority of sugar’s history wasn’t  very sweet.

Recommended by:  Angi  St. Clair – Lawrence

 

 

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Staff Pick: Song of the Golden Hare

Staff Pick: Song of the Golden Hare

Song of the Golden Hare

A boy and his family have a special relationship with the hares and try to rescue the hares’ queen from a hunter with two hounds.

This is a beautifully-illustrated book about a boy who rescues hares orphaned due to hunting. The story also touches on the emotions of leaving home and the dangers of going out alone. The “golden” hare refers to the queen of the pack, who is replaced by a new queen every so often.

Recommended by: Joe Fox – Irvington Library

 

 

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Staff Pick: The Happiest Tree

Staff Pick: The Happiest Tree

The Happiest Tree: a Yoga Story

Embarrassed by her clumsiness, eight-year-old Meena, an Asian Indian American girl, is reluctant to appear in the school play until she gains self-confidence by practicing yoga.

Have you ever been afraid?  Have you ever dreaded something that you couldn’t avoid?  Meena is a girl that is dreading the school play because she is a “tree” that can’t stay still…. until, she discovers a yoga class that teaches her that slowly, slowly breathing in and out can help to calm her mind and then her body relaxes and quiets also.  Check out the yoga poses in The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story.  Which is your favorite pose—the Tree, the Frog, the Lotus, the Cat or the Cobra?  Happy posing!

Recommended by: Tamara Baumgartner – Wayne Library

 

 

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Staff Pick: The Real Boy

Staff Pick: The Real Boy

The Real Boy

Spending his days working in the dark cellar of a powerful magician’s shop, young misfit Oscar worries that the magic that has long protected his city is failing when children begin falling dangerously ill.

Mocked and bullied, Callum Hunt reacted to others with sarcasm and a withering scowl turning away even those who tried to be nice to him.  Yet, he  never stopped hoping that he could belong somewhere and have friends.

Looking for that next read for your fantasy fan?

Asteri is a city kept perfect by magic in the ancient trees of the Barrow forestland. Orphan Oscar is an awkward shop boy for the most powerful magician in the Barrow. He is content in his small, regimented world, surrounded by his cat friends and grinding herbs for potions.

However, city children become sick. The land’s magic no longer seems to protect them and, with a menacing creature in the woods, Oscar must move beyond his comfortable world and struggle to help.

Oscar is an atypical hero with traits that could be placed on the Asperger’s Scale, and author Ursu examines the stigmas both internal and external of what it means to be different in a realistic and heart-felt manner.

Recommended for: readers of the Harry Potter series and Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

Recommended by: Nicole Porter, Lawrence Branch Library

 

 

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