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Staff Pick: The Kingdom of Wrenly

Staff Pick: The Kingdom of Wrenly

Let the Games Begin

As diverse subjects of Wrenly gather from far and wide to participate in the kingdom’s Grand Tournament, a rude squire declares that girls cannot be knights, which makes Clara determined to prove that she can be anything she wants as long as she works hard enough for it.

“If you like stories with Knights, dragons, mermaids, and horses this may be a book for you.  The kingdom of Wrenly is preparing for their Grand Tournament.  Prince Lucas and his friend Clara are excitedly preparing for the games.  Clara wants to enter the horse race at the grand Tournament and Prince Lucas encourages her to try.  Squire Gilbert tells Clara that girls can’t be knights because knights are boys.  This makes Clara very upset and she is more determined than ever to enter the horse race.  You will need to read the book to find out if Clara wins the race and if she really wants to be a knight.

The Kingdom of Wrenly is a series of eight books.  This book is number seven.  This is a great beginning chapter book for ages 5-8.  The graphic cartoon illustrations make the book fun and engaging.”

Recommended by: Tamera Coolman – Fountain Square Library

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Explorers

Explorers

Websites:


Books:

A World of Her Own Bird and Igloo The Spanish in Early America Conquistadors
Plant Hunters Adventurs on the Ancient Silk Road Eyewitness Explorer Explore The Most Dangerous Journeys of All Time
Down the Colorado Explorers Trappers & Pioneers Epic Voyages Into the Unknown
Into the West Women Explorers The Journals of Lewis & Clark The World Made New
Your Life as a Private on the Lewis and Clark Expedition Uncovering Vikings_1 Discover More Explorers Who Was First
Marco Polo Columbus Alexander the Great Sailing the Unknown

Find Books About These Explorers:

Alexander the Great
Amundsen, Roald
Balboa, Vasco Nunez de
Boone, Daniel
Byrd, Richard
Cabot, John
Carson, Kit
Cartier, Jacques
Champlain, Samuel
Clark, William
Columbus, Christopher
Cook, Captain James
Coronado, Francisco Vasquez de
Cortes, Hernan
Drake, Sir Francis
Henson, Matthew
Hudson, Henry
La Salle, Sieur de
Lewis, Meriwether
Magellan, Ferdinand
Peary, Robert
Pizarro, Francisco
Polo, Marco
Ponce de Leon, Juan
Powell, John Wesley
Raleigh, Sir Walter
Shackleton, Ernest
Soto, Hernando de
Vespucci, Amerigo
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Star Wars

Star Wars

Star Wars Reads Day 2015

Typically in October, Star Wars Reads Day is an annual event that gets the whole country reading about the Star Wars Universe, all on the same day. But you don’t have to wait for a special day, you can have reading adventures with your favorite Star Wars characters EVERY day. There are picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, music files, craft books and more.


Websites & Activities:

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Star Wars Group Star Wars Millennium Falcon Star Wars ATAT
Star Wars Science Fair Book Star Wars Cook Book

Music:

Use Your Library Card to Borrow Free Music: Directions

Star Wars Episode I Phantom Menace Soundtrack Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones Star Wars III Revenge of the Sith Star Wars VI Return of the Jedi
Star Wars V The Empire Strikes Back Star Wars VI The Return of the Jedi Star Wars The Clone Wars Soundtrack Freegal Headphones 150

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Museum Artifacts:

Han Solo in CarboniteHan Solo in Carbonite – This replica of the original Han Solo prop was made from the actual molds created for the Star Wars films. In The Empire Strikes Back, the character Han Solowas captured by bounty hunter Boba Fett. Solo was flash-frozen in carbonite-alive, yet entombed. He hung as a trophy on Jabba the Hutt’s wall until being rescuedby his Rebel friends in the film, Return of the Jedi.

Millenium FalconStar Wars Millenium Falcon & Two Figures – Never tell me the odds! could well be Han Solo’s motto. Not the fresh faced hero of George Lucas’ film, Lucas considered Han Solo “a loner who realizes the importance of being part of a group and helping for the common good.” From smuggler to general for the rebel alliance, Solo along with fellow adventurer Chewbacca formed a team in the classic tale of good versus evil which blended the best of old-fashioned cliffhangers and science fiction with groundbreaking special effects. This 1981 toy Millennium Falcon was made by Kenner. Toys released after Star Wars in 1977 launched the trend of “mega-marketing” major movies with products. A new generation of fans discovered the Star Wars series with the release of episodes I, II, and III between 1999 and 2005.


Picture Books jP:

A New Hope The Empire Strikes Back Return of the Jedi
Anakin to the Rescue Darth Maul's Mission Star Wars 2

Early Readers jZ:

The Empire Strikes Back Star Wars Rebels Star Wars Early Reader Series:

Chapter Books jE & j:

The Princess and the Scoundrel Series: A New Hope
#1: The Princess and the Scoundrel
#2: So You Want to be a Jedi
#3: Beware the Power of the Dark Side
Jedi Academy Series: Jedi Academy
#1: Jedi Academy
#2: Return of the Padawan
#3: The Phantom Bully
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda Series: Origami Yoda#1: The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda
#2: Darth Paper Strikes Back 1311499
#3: The Secret of the  Fortune Wookiee
#4: The Surprise Attack of Jaba the Puppet
#5: Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue
#6: Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus
Rebel Force Series: Rebel Force
#1: Target
#2: Hostage
#3: Renegade
#4: Firefight
#5: Trapped
#6: Uprising
Dark Horse Comics Series: Star Wars Dark Horse Comics

Non-Fiction:

Star Wars The Complete Visual Dictionary Lego Star Wars the Visual Dictionary Who Are the Jedi Star Wars Rebels the Visual Guide
The Secret Life of Droids Beware the Sith Star Wars Incredible Vehicles Star Wars Complete Vehicles
Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia Lego Star Wars in 100 Scenes Lego Star Wars The Dark Side Star Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
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Staff Pick: Water Is Water

Staff Pick: Water Is Water

Water Is Water

A spare, poetic picture book exploring the different phases of the water cycle in surprising and engaging ways.

“Water is all around us, especially this summer, right? So how can an author take something so common that it might be dull and show us the wonder in it? With beautiful watercolor illustrations and simple prose, Water is Water shows kids the quiet poetry in the science of what’s right in front of them. The book starts simply with, “Drip. Sip. Pour me a cup. Water is water unless …it heats up. Whirl. Swirl. Watch it curl by. Steam is steam unless…” and meanders through the many forms in which we find water in our world. Kids who like science will like this book but teachers or other adults who want to foster a love of the natural world will find this book a beautiful invitation for preschool through early elementary-age kids to consider the ways that they interact with water, as well as the turning of the seasons. A book about the water cycle could be boring unless it’s Water is Water.”

Recommended by: Shellie Rich – The Learning Curve at Central Library

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Pioneers

Pioneers

Websites:


Pioneer Non-Fiction:

Bad News for Outlaws Dressing a Nation Daniel Boone Donner Dinner Party
The Donner Party Explorers Trappers and Pioneers Great Pioneer Projects Wild Women of the Wild West
Poptropica Wild West Women of the Frontier How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Pioneer
Seed By Seed Life as a Pioneer Life on a Wagon Train Painting the Wild Frontier
The Westward Movement You Wouldn't Want to Live in a Wild West Town Skillet Bread, Sourdough Etc. Hornbooks and Inkwells
Texas Rangers Who Were the American Pioneers

Pioneer Fiction:

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple Caddie Woodlawn Hattie Big Sky The Last of the Mohicans
Little House on the Prairie May B The Quilt Walk Sarah Plain and Tall
The Trouble with May Amelia Woods Runner
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Indiana Books & Websites:

Alone The Bears of Blue river The Conners of conner Prairie The Floating House
Log Cabin in the Woods My Brother Abe Ollie's Cabin in the Woods A Place Called Freedom
Salt a Story of Friendship The School at Crooked Creek Where the River Grins
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