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Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel

Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel

Mike Stellar Nerves of Steel

“Michael, there’s something your father and I would like to talk to you about.”

Anything that follows a line like that can never be good. But the next time you get hit with bad news, remember Mike Stellar. NOTHING can compare to what came next for him.

“We’re moving to Mars. Tomorrow.” I heard a thump and looked around. Surprisingly, it had come from me. I had fallen off the sofa.

Moving to Mars was NOT in Mike’s plan and he is not pleased with his Mom and Dad.

“Excuse me if Im not skipping down the hall at the thought of moving to a different planet, Mom.”

Mike can take one box of stuff and the lid has to fit on tight when he’s done. So Mike packs his one box and his bad attitude and boards the shuttle. Well, he also packs a seriously contraband outside communication device so he can keep in contact with his best friend on earth. (Don’t tell.)

On the spaceship Mike does some early morning exploring, like any self respecting kid would do. He stumbles into an area that his parents, and security, act very strangely about. In fact, Mike’s parents act downright guilty. What are they hiding about this space trip? What’s a rebellious, suspicious, smart kid to do? Get to the bottom of it that’s what, and he just might have to break a few more rules while he’s at it. Detention again! Author: K.A. Holt

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The 39 Clues #6: In Too Deep

The 39 Clues #6: In Too Deep

In Too Deep

Dan and Amy Cahill are still hot on the trail of the 39 Clues, clues that could lead them to treasure beyond their wildest dreams…but they have to actually survive the treasure hunt first.

In book six Dan and Amy encounter some members of the animal kingdom that might even be worse than the their rotten Cahill relatives.

Dan and Amy face a funnel-web, a deadly poisonous spider whose fangs are so long, it’s victims have to actually pull the spider out of their skin, the person can’t just shake the spider off.  Yech.

They also have to deal with a Tiapan, the world’s most poisonous snake. The Tiapan is so dangerous there are no known survivors before an antivenom was developed. In fact, the scientist who tried to capture the first Tiapan in order to research how to make the See full size imageantivenom, was himself bitten…and died! And if that isn’t enough, Amy barely escapes being thrown to sharks. These animal encounters have all been arranged by some of those nasty Cahill relatives who are determined to take Dan and Amy out of the race, even if that means killing them.

So, the stakes are still high and getting higher. The players are getting even more tricky to figure out. Cahill cousin Hamilton Holt helps Dan and Amy out again – could he actually turn into a real ally? Cousin Alistair…is he a good guy or not? And what about that nanny Nellie? She’s a licensed pilot? Who knew that? And what other secrets is she hiding?

This one keeps the action rolling and emotions running high. When Amy finds out that the fire that killed their parents was not accidental she and Dan make a serious recommittment to the race for the clues. They don’t want just revenge, they want justice. Patrick Carman Series: The 39 Clues


The first four 39 Clues Books so far…there will be 10 in all.:
The Maze of Bones Once False Note The Sword Thief Beyond the Grave
The Black Circle The Viper's Nest Book 8: The Emperor’s Code (April 6, 2010) by Gordon Korman
Book 9: (May 25, 2010) by Linda Sue Park
Book 10: (August 31, 2010) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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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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The Giant-Slayer

The Giant-Slayer

The Giant-Slayer

In 1955 kids were afraid that they might get a disease called polio. Polio is a virus that can cause paralysis. The paralysis can be so bad that it doesn’t just mean not being able to move the arms or the legs, it also means the body not being able to breath on its own. (Now, all kids get a vaccine for polio so you don’t have to worry about getting it anymore.)

Back in the 50s, if a kid couldn’t breath right because of polio, the kid had to live in an iron lung – a big machine the kid laid inside. This meant no standing up, no sitting, no playing. This was the time before much TV and definately no DVDs or video games or computers. Can you imagine? The kids in this story that live inside iron lungs can read a propped up book…but they have to wait for a nurse to come by to turn the pages.

The story begins when adventurous coonskin cap wearing, popgun toting Dickie moves in down the street and lonely Laurie finds in him a true kindred spirit. They play and pretend and explore all over their neighborhood all day and into the evenings. Laurie is devastated when Dickie is stricken with polio and confined to the hospital. Laurie’s Dad won’t let her visit because he’s afraid she could get polio too. Laurie obeys…for awhile. When she can’t stand it any longer Laurie sneaks into the hospital to visit Dickie and finds that he isn’t alone. Dickie, Chip and Carolyn all have polio and all three live in the hospital inside iron lungs.

During her visits, Laurie begins a story about Jimmy, a little boy destined to become a big hero fighting a giant. Each time Laurie returns to the hospital to visit she adds more to the story. A story about a little person fighting a great big giant is something these kids can relate to. Besting the giant requires all of Jimmy’s skills. He survives with the help of his friends.

The realistic part of the story about kids dealing with polio was really eye opening. It really is hard to imagine yourself living trapped in an iron long like that. The part of the book that is the story Laurie is telling about, the part about Jimmy the giant-slayer, was just fun to read. Laurie is a great storyteller and you can understand why the kids enjoyed her stories so much. Author: Iain Lawrence

Look Inside The Giant Slayer

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