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Night of the Howling Dogs

Night of the Howling Dogs

It is with a lot of sad feelings that we read about the flooding in Indiana and the tornado in Iowa that killed four boy scouts. As the story of those events continues to unfold, a single message is very clear: knowing what to do saves lives. The story of the boy scouts in particular points out the fact that kids like you can, and do, make a difference in an emergency. It’s good to know about the different kinds of disasters so you can be prepared to take care of yourself, and maybe some of the people around you:Safety Book

Thinking about these disasters can be scary. Sometimes, it helps to read about events that are scary in a fiction book. Reading about the event helps us live the experience…without actually having to live it. We can envision ourselvs in the situation and ask good questions while we have time to get good answers. Where should I go at home if a tornado is coming?

Night of the Howling DogsThere is a fiction book some of you might be interested in called Night of the Howling Dogs. It is the story of a boy scout troup that is camping in Hawaii on Kilauea (a volcano) when an earthquake strikes and their campsite is overrun by a tsunami. It sounds like an, “oh, that would never happen” kind of story…but it is based on the true experience of a boy scout troup in 1975. One of the boy scouts that was actually there, is the cousin of the author. Like the boy scouts in Iowa, the scouts in this story use their knowledge of first aid & search & rescue, as well as courage and strength, to help each other survive. Author: Graham Salisbury

Two thumbs up to all boy scouts and the skills they learn, and our sympathies for the losses they have suffered this week.

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H.I.V.E. Higher-Institute-of-Villainous-Education

H.I.V.E. Higher-Institute-of-Villainous-Education

H.I.V.E.13 year-old Otto finds himself spirited away to a secret school hidden inside a volcano. The school is designed to train supervillains, that’s right, a school for the bad guys. The kids at the school are the most athletic, the most computer savvy, and the smartest in the world. They are also the most daring young hackers, thieves and cons. Soon after arriving Otto realizes that leaving is not an option. Along with his new friends: a marital arts expert, a computer genius and a world famous jewel thief, can Otto achieve what has never been done before and break out of H.I.V.E.? Author: Mark Walden
 

Don’t miss H.I.V.E. #2, #3, and #4. Also try the kids of S.T.O.R.M. (Science and Technology to Over-Rule Misery) or The Trackers – all teams of highly intelligent kids with great gadgets.
The Overlord Protocol Escape Velocity Dreadnought STORM The Infinity Code
STORM The Ghost Machine STORM The Black Sphere Trackers Shantorian
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My Dog May Be a Genius

My Dog May Be a Genius

My Dog May be a GeniusAnother book of poems from Jack Prelutsky, the guy who brought you the lines “Homework! Oh Homework! I hate you! You stink! I wish I could wash you away in the sink.” (from The New Kid on the Block) Laugh outloud poems to last all day. Author: Jack Prelutsky

  • Look Inside My Dog May Be a Genius
  • Listen to My Dog May Be a Genius
  • Read some of Jack’s poems on his website (Click Enter)
  • Get a poetry writing lesson from Jack Prelutsky
  • More Books by Jack Prelutsky

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Counting on Grace

Counting on Grace

Counting on GraceIt’s 1910, and like the girl pictured below, 12 year-old Grace and her best friend Arthur must quit school to work in the town mill. The work is hard and the two friends can hardly stand the hot, noisy factory. Grace and Arthur write a secret letter to the Child Labor Board to tell them about kids working at the mill. Mr. Lewis Hine comes undercover to photograph the kids and gather evidence. Kids working in a factory at 12? You can believe it, thanks to Lewis Hine, who was a real person. His pictures survive at the National Archives. Author: Elizabeth Winthrop

Lewis Hine Pictures from the National Archives:

If you liked reading about Grace, try reading about these girls who also challenged what it meant to be a girl in their time:
Miss Spitfire Chains Red Moon at Sharpsburg Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
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Nic Bishop’s Spiders

Nic Bishop’s Spiders


Nic Bishop - SpidersTry the book, Nic Bishop’s Spiders. In it, Nic shares full-color pictures of the creepiest spiders I’ve ever seen.  The pictures are so big you can see each of the hairs on the spider’s legs and each beady eyeball and fang. Nic says that in New Guinea, he once saw spiders that spun webs big enought to trap birds! The local people told him that they wrap those webs around the spiders and roast the spiders for snacks. Mmmmmm. Huh. Take that tip on your next jungle adventure. Author: Nic Bishop

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