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Staff Pick: How the Meteorite Got to the Museum

Staff Pick: How the Meteorite Got to the Museum

How the Meteorite Got to the Museum

This nonfiction book for elementary-school-age children details the steps that brought a meteor from outer space, across the eastern US, to the roof of a car in Peekskill, New York, and thereafter to be verified, tested, and exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History. Hartland breaks down complex actions and processes in kid-friendly terms and includes pages of fascinating meteor details.

Ever wonder what happens when a rock survives a fall from outer space and lands on Earth or even in your backyard? Usually this doesn’t happen but it did on October 9, 1992 in a town called Peekskill, New York. This particular meteorite entered the Earth’s atmosphere over the state of Kentucky. Virginians saw its fiery trail in the sky, Pennsylvanian’s watch it fly above their football game and one teenage in Peekskill heard the crash as it hit the trunk of her car. Once the police investigated and the firemen cooled the rock, it started its journey to the American Museum of Natural History—at least one piece of it did. The teenage whose car it hit became the owner of the meteorite. The next time you decide to do star gazing on a clear, dark night, chances are you might just see at least one meteor streak across the sky. And maybe even land in your backyard!

Recommended by:  Joan Emmert, InfoZone

 

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Staff Pick: Dark Water Rising

Staff Pick: Dark Water Rising

Dark Water Rising

While salvaging and rebuilding in the aftermath of the Galveston flood of 1900, sixteen-year-old Seth proves himself in a way that his previous efforts never could, but he still must face his father man-to-man. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2009-2010, 6-8 Nominee.

News ripped from the headlines: a devastating super hurricane killed over 6000 people and reduced a thriving seaport city of 37,000 to a pile of rubble. Actually, this is an event that happened over one hundred years ago, the 1900 Galveston Storm. This fictional story, told in vivid detail, was inspired by personal accounts of those who survived. The hero of our story is Sixteen year old Seth, who recently moved to prosperous Galveston Texas with his family. Seth wants to be a carpenter, but father is adamant that he become a doctor. Seth survives the storm but is haunted by the sights, sounds and smells that are left in its wake as he searches for family and friends. Seth applies his carpenter skills to rebuilding his family’s home and helping others. Will his father be impressed?

Recommended by:  Linda Tegmeyer, Brightwood Branch Library

 

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Staff Pick: Light in the Darkness

Staff Pick: Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness

Risking a whipping if they are discovered, Rosa and her mama sneak away from their slave quarters during the night to a hidden location in a field where they learn to read and write in a pit school.

Rosa wants to learn her letters so she can read, but it is dangerous. If Master catches her, it is a whipping for sure- one lash for each letter. So her Mama takes her at night to pit school, a hole dug deep in the ground and covered with branches. There, a slave who knew how to read and write taught Rosa and her Mama. This is an interesting story about how slaves learned in secret.

Recommended by:  Karen Perry, Franklin Road Branch Library

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Staff Pick: Creating Winter Crafts

Staff Pick: Creating Winter Crafts

Creating Winter Crafts

Provides step-by-step instructions, tips, and techniques for creating decorative craft projects for the winter season, especially for the winter holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve and Day.

This book begins with a short paragraph description of each winter holiday, which includes Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Day. To prepare for craft making, a helpful listing of various symbols and colors that represent each holiday are included. The instructions for creating each craft are very detailed and include pictures to guide in the construction. Crafts are geared towards older school aged children. Two crafts require spray paint and several crafts require unique items, that one may have to purchase in order to assemble the craft, for example “wire wreath ring”, “wooden skewer” and “tapestry needle”. I would recommend for experienced crafters and those needing crafts from various winter holidays.

Recommended by:  Kimberly Anderson, West Indianapolis Branch Library

 

 

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Staff Pick: Tua and the Elephant

Staff Pick: Tua and the Elephant

Tua and the Elephant

In Chiang Mai, Thailand, nine-year-old Tua releases an abused elephant from its chains–can she complete the rescue by getting it to an elephant refuge without being caught herself?

Imagine rescuing an Elephant from cruel owners. What next? Where can you hide an elephant? Where can an elephant be safe and live a happy life? In Thailand, where Tua lives the safe place is an elephant sanctuary, and the hiding place is her Auntie Orchid’s house. The mission is serious, but there are plenty of laughs along the way. Imagine hiding Pohn Pohn the elephant in a house; now imagine trying to turn Pohn Pohn around to get out of the house. LOL. With the cruel mahouts (that’s the name of an elephant trainer) in hot pursuit, Tua and Pohn Pohn have an adventure, meeting many sweet and funny characters on their journey, ending with a home for more than just Pohn Pohn at the elephant sanctuary. Learn things you never knew about elephants and enjoy an adventure with plenty of fun thrown it.

Recommended by: Barb Obergfell, Outreach Services

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