You probably already know that President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated while he watched a play at the Ford Theater and that the man who shot him was John Wilke’s Booth. Did you know, though, that Booth made a run for it? Did you know he had helpers? And some of them were women? This is the story of how the law tracked each of these people down. At the time of Lincoln’s death, there was no such thing as DNA fingerprinting or ballistics tests for firearms. The lawmen had to piece together what happened and who was involved by interviewing people, following hunches and figuring out who was telling the truth. I like history books that make history interesting by telling a story with real live characters in it. This book is like that.
Alex has a happy life living with her Uncle at the top of his doorknob shop. Happy except for school, that is. Alex doesn’t like wearing a uniform with a skirt. She thinks her teachers are old and smell funny. The girls at her school are so concerned with how their hair looks they are ridiculous. Quite simply, Alex is bored out of her mind.
And then one day, everything changes. Alex gets a new teacher at school, Mr. Underwood. Mr. Underwood is interesting and funny and he teaches the kids how to fence (fight with swords.) He also reveals to Alex and her uncle an old family secret that involves buried treasure and secret map.
When Mr. Underwood is kidnapped and held prisoner on the pirate ship the Ironic Gentleman, it is up to Alex to rescue him, and the family treasure map. Pursued by a band of evil old ladies and befriended by various interesting characters along the way, Alex fights her way to the sea and onto the docked Ironic Gentleman. Author: Adrienne Kress
Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories about Growing up Scieszka. That’s right, Scieszka – Jon Scieszka, the guy who wrote The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Stinky Cheese Man and the Time Warp Trio books. Jon is also the very first National Ambassador for Young People’s LIterature. It’s hard to believe he started out a knucklehead!
This is Jon’s story growing up with the other knuckleheads: Jim, Tom, Gregg, Brian and Jeff – his FIVE brothers. And their story is pretty funny. The boys fight, break furniture (and each other’s bones), blame each other, fight over the seat in the car by the window, and pretty much have a great time growing up. There are so many of them, Dad Scieszka doesn’t call them by name, he just refers to all of them as “knucklehead” or “you knuckleheads!” Author: Jon Scieszka
Twins Sophie and Josh have lined up a couple posh jobs for the summer; Sophie in a coffee shop and Josh in a bookstore. They figure it will be a quiet summer and they’ll make a little money too. What they don’t know, is that the bookstore owner is actually Nicholas Flamel, a medieval alchemist (a chemist who tries to create a potion for eternal life.) Yes a medieval guy in present day San Francisco. Nicholas and his wife indeed have in their position an ancient book that holds the key to their survival into the present day.
On a quiet day Flamel’s evil rival another medieval alchemist and evil sorcerer named John Dee, attacks the bookstore and kidnaps Flamel’s wife. What he really wants though, is the ancient book and the secret it holds. Dee’s plan doesn’t go entirely as planned putting in motion a fierce battle between Flamel and Dee with Sophie and Josh caught in the middle. Author: Michael Scott
Prince Nestor is used to being treated like, well, a prince. He bosses people around, he’s spoiled, he expects people to immediately do what he has asked them to do. But the Prince has a problem. He knows about a magic daggar and some magic swords that are the key to ultimate power. His problem is that he needs to get to the swords before the evil Lord Spite gets to them.
The prince decides to seek out Quest, a former hero who has lived in seclusion for the last 20 years. Quest is smart, strong and experienced, but he is also retired. Quest is not interested in helping out, but when the prince is attacked right in front of him, Quest has no choice but to take action, and when he does, he gets caught up in the Prince’s adventures.
This is a really colorful and action packed comic book. Quest and Nestor are both seriously stubborn – both are used to getting their own way. Quest kind of reminds me of Shrek – he’s roped into being a hero when he really just wants to be left alone. Like Shrek, Quest is also sharp-witted and sarcastic. He continues to help Nestor, despite being constantly annoyed by him.