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Into the Volcano

Into the Volcano

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Duffy and Sumo get sent to the principal’s office (bad). Once they get there, they find out their Dad is taking them out of school (good!) to go on an island vacation (even better!). But, their dad isn’t going on the trip (bad). Their travelling companion is instead an enormous, silent bald man in sunglasses (what?).

Their adventure begins in a limo and private jet with all the chili-fries they can eat. It continues in a disabled speedboat heading for rocky cliffs and a life or death race through the lava filled tunnels of an active volcano!

Duffy and Sumo are not at all prepared for the physical and mental tests that their adventure brings.  They also are not prepared for the truth – the truth that is the reason they end up inside a volcano. And also, there is treasure, did I mention that? This is a colorful, action-packed graphic novel – make sure you click on the look inside link – once you start, you can’t put it down. Author: Don Wood

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Wangari’s Trees of Peace: a True Story from Africa

Wangari’s Trees of Peace: a True Story from Africa

Wangari's Trees of Peace

Wangari is a little girl growing up in a forest at the base of a mountain in Kenya, Africa. When she grows up, she earns a scholarship to come to the US to study. Returning to Kenya after 6 years, she discovers that her forest is gone! Wangari decides to do something, she starts in her own backyard by planting 9 trees.  She encourages other people to do the same, and then something remarkable happens – she inspires so many people that more than 30 million trees have been planted! Author & Illustrator: Jeanette Winter

  • Read an Excerpt of Wangari’s Trees of Peace

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Fablehaven

Fablehaven

Fablehaven

Kendra and Seth think they are going to be bored spending time at their Grandparent’s estate while their parents go on a cruise. Once there, however, they discover their Grandmother is actually missing and that the estate is really a secret nature preserve for magical creatures – fairies, trolls, satyrs and more.  Grandpa and Grandma are the preserve’s caretakers. Some of the creatures on the preserve are nice…and some are not. There are rules and treaties that govern the preserve so that the creatures can all exist together peacefully. Some creatures follow the rules…and some don’t! The caretaker’s house is protected from even the evil creatures…except for certain nights, like Midsummers Eve, when the bad guys can roam free everywhere.

Kendra is careful and studious, always trying to think through situations before making a decision.  Seth is curious and spontaneous, acting before he thinks while he is caught up in the moment. On Midsummers Eve Seth makes a spontaneous, careless choice that leaves them all vulnerable to attack. If you liked Spiderwick Chronicles I think you’ll like this.  Fablehaven is a series that will eventually have five books.  I especially liked Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star, but I really enjoyed them all and am looking forward to book four. Author: Brandon Mull
 

#1: Fablehaven
#2: Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star
#3: Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague
#4: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary

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Seven Miles to Freedom: the Robert Smalls Story

Seven Miles to Freedom: the Robert Smalls Story

Seven Miles to Freedom

Robert Smalls was born a slave in South Carolina in 1839.  Robert’s owner sent him to Charleston work.  He waited tables, made deliveries, loaded and unloaded the cargo from ships – and all of the money he earned went to his master.  What Robert could keep, was what he learned working on the docks.  He eventually became a wheelman – the person who steers a boat.  One night, Robert and his crew – all of them slaves – sneak their families aboard the ship Planter, stealing the ship and sailing North towards freedom. This is the story of an extraordinary man, a man who eventually bought his master’s plantation and was elected to the United States Congress in 1875! Author: Janet Halfmann Illustrator: Duane Smith

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The Ground Breaking Chance-taking Life of George Washington Carver

The Ground Breaking Chance-taking Life of George Washington Carver

The Chance Taking Groundbreaking Life of George Washington Carver

This reads more like a story than like a timeline of George Washington Carver’s Life. I liked the way the author told about what was going on around Mr. Carver at the times he made important decisions about himself.  He did some really interesting things, but the road to how he got there is even MORE interesting. In this book you hear about his family, friends and co-workers, other African-Americans scientists and educators whose presence and thoughts influenced him. These people are characters in his life story, because to understand him, it’s good to understand everything and everone around him.  I would read this one for fun – not just for homework. Author & Illustrator: Cheryl Harness

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