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Staff Recommend – Alphabest Fountain Square

Staff Recommend – Alphabest Fountain Square

Alphabest

An introduction to adjectives features examples arranged alphabetically and complemented by an explanation of the principles for forming comparatives and superlatives.

“In this book a cartoon superhero chases a clown- like villain in an Amusement park. The superhero is the brave, braver, bravest. They race and chase each other on the Ferris-wheel, until they are Dizzy, Dizzier, and finally Dizziest.

This is a great book to use for family story time that you will enjoy reading again and again.

Children ages 4-8 will enjoy the hilarious action packed illustrations in bright colors and ink.

Closing notes offer tips on how to teach children Comparatives and Superlatives.

Recommended by Tamera Coolman – Fountain Square Library

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Moonbird

Moonbird

This is the fascinating story of one bird. He is a rufa red knot and his name is B95. His name is the number on the band scientists put on his leg. B95 is about the size of a robin, a bird we see a lot here in Indiana. B95 and the other red knots are migratory. That means they move in the Spring and Fall in search of food and nesting grounds. Red knots are AMAZING because they migrate from the South Pole…to the North Pole, and back again. That’s a long way!

B95 was banded as a young bird in 1995 when he was thought to be at least three years old. Each year scientists try to capture and band red knots to study their habiits. Amazingly, B95 has been re-caught in 2001, 2003, 2007 & 2009. He is thought to be around 20 years old. Scientists think has has flown more than 325,000 miles in his life…the distance from the moon and almost halfway back. And he weights 4 ounces!

This book is a really fascinating look at the scientists who study the red knots and also B95 himself. Each year, the scientists hope, hope, hope to see B95 again. He is a superbird – a true survivor! Author: Phillip Hoose

The Race to Save the Lord God Bird North the Amazing Story of Arctic Migration The Amazing Animal Journeys Incredible Journeys
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Big Nate Goes for Broke

Big Nate Goes for Broke

Big Nate Goes for Broke

When the sprinkler system at school goes haywire filling the school with water and mold Big Nate and his friends think they will get an unexpected 2 week break from P.S. 38. Instead, they get bused to Jefferson Middle School instead – their arch enemies who beat them in EVERYTHING…soccer, battle of the bands, math quiz bowl – everything!

What’s worse, when they get to Jefferson it’s…really nice.

Jefferson Middle School Fancy Facts:
1. The drinking fountains all have motion sensors.
2. The auitorium has movie style seats and then RECLINE!
3. There’s a rec room for kids to use during free periods.
4. They don’t have a cafetorium…they have a FOOD COURT…that smells GOOD.

The P.S. 38 kids are sick of it. They think hard about what kind of competition they could challenge Jefferson to that would given them a chance at winning…and Nate comes up with it…the Ultimate Snowdown Snow Sculpture Contest. Can Nate lead his P.S. 38 friends to victory? Author: Lincoln Peirce (Pronounced “purse” – who knew?)

Big Nate Series:
1: Big Nate in a Class By Himself
2: Big Nate Strikes Again
3: Big Nate On a Roll
4: Big Nate Goes for Broke
5: Big Nate Flips Out (February 5, 2013)
6: Big Nate In the Zone (Sometime 2013)
7: Big Nate Cracks the Code (Sometime 2013)

If you think Nate is funny, try some of these:
Dog Days Smile Amelia Rules Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday
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The False Prince

The False Prince

When the King and his family are poisoned, Conner, a smart nobleman with a lot of money, devises a scheme to train an impersonator to show up at the castle claiming to be the king’s long lost son. Once this false prince is crowned king Conner himself will then run the kingdom…the false king will be just a puppet under Conner’s control.

In order for his scheme to work Conner needs to find the right boy. He scours orphanages in the kingdom and settles on three recruits, Sage, Roden, and Tobias. He takes the boys to his manor house and begins their training: swordfighting, reading, horseback riding, manners at the table…all the things a prince growing up in a castle would know.

For orphan boys it’s a chance of a lifetime. They are beggars, pickpockets and thieves. At the manor house they eat better than they have ever eaten in their lives. They play with swords! They ride horses!

Conner does his best to set up challenges and contests to pit the boys against each other. Which one has what it takes to carry out Conner’s daring plan? And what about the others? What about the boys who aren’t chosen?  They die. The stakes are as high as stakes can get. It’s a competition like The Hunger Games…the winner is the only survivor. Book one in a trilogy – looking forward to book 2!

If you like this story of palace intrigue try one of these:

A Conspiracy of Kings The Ruins of Gorlan Heroes of the Valley The Outcasts
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Wonder

Wonder

Re-posting today, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. Today, October 10th, is the main character Auggie’s birthday. The day has been chosen to help celebrate the Choose Kind movement – an anti-bullying campaign started by the author. It’s not just about being nice, it’s about being kind…which is more than just being polite.

Don’t miss these two GREAT articles about Wonder:

  • Slate: Wonder is the Best Kids’ Book of the Year. Slate talks to R.J. Palacio about bullying and empathy. (Empathy is when you are aware of and sensitive to the feelings of other people.) It is a great article for kids and parents both.
  • Happy Birthday Auggie Blog Post from the author of Wonder, R.J. Palacio
  • Every Kid Needs a Hero Blog Post by Peter’s Mother. Peter has a craniofacial syndrome like Auggie’s. Here is a message for readers of Wonder from Peter himself:

If you don’t know about Auggie yet…read about him here:

WonderAuggie is ten and has never been to school. His Mom teaches him at home. For fifth grade Auggie’s Mom and Dad decide it would be a good idea for him to try school.  He’s never been to school AT ALL so he’s going to start in Middle School. What do you think? Would you want to do that?

Auggie isn’t sure what he thinks about school because he’s never been there. He knows he wants one thing though, friends…and school is where the other kids are. Auggie just wants to be a regular kid.

I think the only person in the world who realizes how ordinary I am is me.

My name is August, by the way. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse. (page 1)

The reason Auggie hasn’t been to school yet is because he has had 27 surgeries since he was born. He has an extreme facial abnormality. He did survive, and now he’s strong enough to not just survive; he’s strong enough to live, to grow, to learn and to go to school. But he still doesn’t look like other kids. In Middle School, kids worry if their shoes aren’t like the other kids’ shoes. Auggie’s got something different that is a lot different, and he can’t do a thing to change it.

Wonder is a “so truthful it hurts” story about an ordinary kid in an ordinary family in an ordinary school…living an extraordinary life. Life can be difficult and confusing and messy and make you cry, even while it is being wonderful. I loved getting to know Auggie and his family, especially his sister Via. I really liked that the point of view of the chapters change so that you hear from Auggie, as well as his sister and some of the kids at his new school. This is important because this isn’t just Auggie’s story, it is their story too. It takes them all to get the story right. Author: R.J. Palacio

If you liked reading Auggie’s story and understand what it feels like to want to be just another kid in the crowd, but feel stuck being known for something about yourself you didn’t choose and can’t change, try one of these. And if you identify more with Via, Auggie’s sister, try Rules.
Out of My Mind Anything But Typical Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree Rules
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