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The Kings of Clonmel

The Kings of Clonmel

The Kings of Clonmel

There is something rotten going on in the kingdoms around Aruluean. Halt, Will & Horace are sent to find out what it is and what they find surpises even these seasoned warriors. What’s even more surprising is that Halt…steadfast, strong, reliable Halt…has a HUGE secret none of his companions would ever have guessed. Book 8 in the series Ranger’s Apprentice is just as action packed & funny as the other seven. Author: John Flanagan

Series: The Ranger’s Apprentice

#1 The Ruins of Gorlan on CD and Downloadable eBook
#2 The Burning Bridge on CD and Downloadable eBook
#3 The Icebound Land on CD and Downloadable eBook
#4 The Battle for Skandia on CD
#5 The Sorcerer in the North on CD and Downloadable eBook
#6 The Siege of Macindaw on CD and Downloadable eBook
#7 Erak’s Ransom on CD
#8 The Kings of Clonmel on CD
#9 Halt’s Peril on CD
#10 The Emperor of Nihon-Jin on CD

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Turtle in Paradise

Turtle in Paradise
Turtle knows real life isn’t anything like Shirley Temple.Shirley Temple is this kid actress everyone’s calling “America’s Little Darling.” She has dimpled cheeks and ringlet curls and is always breaking into song or doing a dance number at the drop of a hat. Everyone thinks she’s the cutest thing ever.I can’t stand her. (page #8)And it isn’t just Shirly Temply Turtle doesn’t like. She thinks all kids are rotten and adults aren’t far behind.

Turtle is on her way to Key West, Florida to stay with her Aunt Minerva, a person she has never met. Turtle’s mom got a new housekeeping  job and the boss’s rules are: no kids. Turtle is riding to Florida with a guy who sells hair tonic, a guy who is a friend of her mom’s boyfriend. Turtle doesn’t even KNOW the guy. So, you get the picture about Turtle’s mom. I’ll just say she isn’t quite as careful as you would expect a mother to be.

This trait becomes painfully obvious when Turtle arrives at her Aunt’s house and her Aunt says, “Why are you here without your mother?” Problem. Luckily Turtle’s Aunt takes her in anyway and Turtle starts an adventurous summer with her cousins. Their adventures include crying babys, a secret formula, a mean old lady, a stolen boat & a treasure map! It turns out not ALL kids are rotten, and some adults can be alright too. Author: Jennifer Holm 2011 Newbery Honor Book

In this story Turtle finds a map. If you like maps and the idea of following one to find something, give these a try.map-icon You can use the Map Machine to make your own map.

  • National Parks Service Reading a Map Activity & Quiz
  • Nationa Geographic Map Machine. Enter your address and the machince will show you a road map of your neighborhood, satellite view of your neighborhood and sometimes a bird’s eye view too. Cool!

If you want to Treasure Hunt right now, give these online treasure hunts a try:


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Big Nate In a Class By Himself

Big Nate In a Class By Himself

Big Nate

Nate is sure he is destined for greatness. He’s either going to be great playing soccer, playing in his band, playing table football or cartooning. He is NOT going to be great in opera, synchronized swimming, or cat grooming. Nate thinks his greatness will evolve as long as the grown-ups and mind-numbing school don’t wreck his carefully laid plans.

When a fortune cookie predicts “Today, you will surpass all others,” Nate is sure his time has come. Even after Mrs. Godfrey, his teacher, finds his checklist of nicknames he has for her (Godzilla, She Who Must Not Be Named, Queen Kong, Dullapalooza), that one little detention slip doesn’t trample Nate’s belief that his day will have greatness in it. He keeps his chin up even after the next detention slip, and the next…

If you like Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, I think you’ll like Nate too. Flip through a few pages by clicking on the “Browse Inside” Icon. You’ll see what I mean. LOL. Author: Lincoln Peirce

Big Nate Series:
1: Big Nate in a Class By Himself
2: Big Nate Strikes Again
3: Big Nate On a Roll
4: Big Nate Goes for Broke
5: Big Nate Flips Out (February 5, 2013)
6: Big Nate In the Zone (Sometime 2013)
7: Big Nate Cracks the Code (Sometime 2013)

If you think Nate is funny, try some of these:
Dog Days Smile Amelia Rules Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday
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Rory’s parents make her crazy. They have a lot of rules, especially compared to the parents of other kids. Everytime Rory has asked for something over the last several years her parents have answered, “maybe when you’re twelve.” Everytime Rory’s parents have said this she has written down the request and put it in a box under her bed. Today is the day. Rory is turning twelve. She gets the box out from under her bed and begins oganizing a list of requests for her parants.

Rory has some big things:

  1. Get a cell phone.
  2. Stay home alone.
  3. Get my own screen name so I can IM.
  4. Shave my legs.
  5. Go to the mall with Annabelle and No Parents.
  6. Wear makeup.
  7. Get a pet.
  8. Babysit.
  9. Get my ears pierced.
  10. Get contact lenses.
  11. Attend Natalie Karp’s boy-girl birthday party.

And some small things:

  1. Get my own house key.
  2. Go to bed at 9:30pm.
  3. Drink coffe.
  4. Watch Friday the 13th Part IX.
  5. Sit in the front seat of the car.
  6. Do my homework without anyone checking it.
  7. Pick out my own clothes.
  8. Use the stove, oven, and electical appliances without permission or supervision.
  9. Walk home from school.
  10. Buy lunch in the cafeteria.
  11. Ride an upside-down roller coaster.

Rory does a great job presenting her list to her Mom and Dad – especially the cell phone. Some of her wishes turn out great, but some of them are disasters! How many times have you wished for something and then it didn’t turn out to be quite as great as you expected? What do you think of Rory’s list? Is she asking for reasonable things? Did you have to wait until you were twelve for all of these things? Author: Wendy Mass

If you liked Rory in Finally, you’ll like reading about her 11th year too in 11 Birthdays. Wendy Mass also wrote Every Soul a Star, a story about kids whose lives are turned upside down by some decisions made by their parents. If you like a girl giving you the straight scoop about school and friends try Allie Finkle or Smile.
11 Birthdays Every Soul a Star Allie Finkle Smile
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Rick Riordan’s The Heroes of Olympus Book 1: The Lost Hero – Chapters One and Two! Really. Right Now. Today!

Rick Riordan’s The Heroes of Olympus Book 1: The Lost Hero – Chapters One and Two! Really. Right Now. Today!

The Lost Hero

Rick Riordan said in his blog on June 1, 2010:

“Right now, there are only “locked” sample chapters from The Lost Hero. Bronze coin keychains, like the symbol above, were given out at BEA  (Book Expo America) with the pass code, and for the present, that’s the only way to unlock the chapters. If you weren’t at BEA, or can’t find someone who got the coin, don’t worry! In a few weeks, we’ll open the sample chapters for everyone.”

Well, guess what, you didn’t have to find someone with a keychain, that someone found you! Thanks to Joe who gave us this terrific bit of information in a comment a few days later…here is what Joe said: “if you go to camphalfblood.com the password is newhero you can read the first two chapters… cant wait”.

I tried it, it worked. 47 pages worth! I couldn’t help it, I read the last sentence in the second chapter. I know, I know, bad habit, I shouldn’t have done that…but oh, wait until you read that last sentence! No! Don’t start there like I did! You’ll ruin it!

Thanks again to Joe! What a great way to start the summer.

The book comes out on October 12, 2010. 

Now I’m going to go read the rest…


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