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Chasing Secrets

Bookstorm™: Chasing Secrets 

  Don’t you love a good mys­tery? Set it in an exot­ic but famil­iar city like San Fran­cis­co at the turn of the 20th cen­tu­ry. Cre­ate a main char­ac­ter who’s a smart and adven­tur­ous young girl with inter­ests frowned upon dur­ing that time: sci­ence, math­e­mat­ics, and pur­su­ing a col­lege edu­ca­tion. Pro­vide a fam­i­ly and friends who are immense­ly inter­est­ing because they’re so

Princess Posey and the Crazy, Lazy Vacation

Bookstorm™: Princess Posey 

  There have been many papers writ­ten about why chil­dren, teens, and adults like to read books that are pub­lished as part of a series. From The Bobb­sey Twins to Nan­cy Drew to the Box­car Chil­dren to Ency­lo­pe­dia Brown to Goose­bumps to The Babysit­ters Club to Red­wall to War­riors (draw­ing in a long breath) … okay, you

Firekeeper's Son

Bookstorm™: Firekeeper’s Son

This month, we are pleased to fea­ture Fire­keep­er’s Son, writ­ten by Lin­da Sue Park and illus­trat­ed by Julie Down­ing. Set in Korea in the 19th cen­tu­ry, it’s a book about an his­toric sys­tem of sig­nal fires that served as nation­al secu­ri­ty … and one fam­i­ly who is respon­si­ble for light­ing a bon­fire each and every night.  The young

Untamed: the Wild Life of Jane Goodall

Bookstorm™: Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall

This month, we are pleased to fea­ture Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall, writ­ten by Ani­ta Sil­vey, with pho­tographs and book designed by the incred­i­ble team at Nation­al Geo­graph­ic. This book is not only fas­ci­nat­ing to read, it’s a beau­ti­ful read­ing expe­ri­ence as well. It’s not often that a book offers us a glimpse into the child­hood of

Bookstorm™: Bulldozer’s Big Day

It’s Bulldozer’s big day — his birth­day! But around the con­struc­tion site, it seems like every­one is too busy to remem­ber. Bull­doz­er wheels around ask­ing his truck friends if they know what day it is, but they each only say it’s a work day. They go on scoop­ing, sift­ing, stir­ring, fill­ing, and lift­ing, and lit­tle Bull­doz­er grows more

Chasing Freedom

Bookstorm™: Chasing Freedom

In this Book­storm™: Chas­ing Free­dom The Life Jour­neys of Har­ri­et Tub­man and Susan B. Antho­ny, Inspired by His­tor­i­cal Facts writ­ten by Nik­ki Grimes illus­trat­ed by Michele Wood Orchard Books, 2015 As Nik­ki Grimes writes in her author’s note for this book, “His­to­ry is often taught in bits and pieces, and stu­dents rarely get the notion that these

Catch You Later, Traitor

Bookstorm: Catch You Later, Traitor

In this Book­storm™: Catch You Lat­er, Trai­tor writ­ten by Avi Algo­nquin Books for Young Read­ers, 2015 The ear­ly 1950s in the Unit­ed States was a time when sol­diers and med­ical per­son­nel had returned home from the two the­aters of World War II, Com­mu­nism was talked about as some­thing to be feared, and col­leagues and neigh­bors were asked to

Shadow Hero

Bookstorm: The Shadow Hero

In this Book­storm™: Shad­ow Hero writ­ten by Gene Luen Yangillus­trat­ed by Son­ny Liew­First Sec­ond, 2014 As we become a cul­ture adapt­ed to screens, visu­als, and mov­ing pic­tures, we grow more accus­tomed to the sto­ry­telling form of the graph­ic nov­el. For some, their com­fort with this com­bi­na­tion of visu­als and text telling a sto­ry sat­is­fies a crav­ing to “see” the sto­ry while

Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled

Bookstorm: Scaly Spotted …

In this Book­storm™: Scaly Spot­ted Feath­ered Frilled:how do we know what dinosaurs real­ly looked like? writ­ten by Cather­ine ThimmeshHMH Books for Young Read­ers, 2013 No human being has ever seen a tricer­atops or veloci­rap­tor or even the mighty Tyran­nosaurus rex. They left behind only their impres­sive bones. So how can sci­en­tists know what col­or dinosaurs were? Or if their

Lowriders in Space

Bookstorm: Lowriders in Space 

In this Book­storm™: Lowrid­ers in Space writ­ten by Cathy Camperillus­trat­ed by Raul the Thirdpub­lished by Chron­i­cle Books, 2014 “Lupe Impala, El Cha­vo Flap­jack, and Elirio Malar­ia love work­ing with cars. You name it, they can fix it. But the team’s favorite cars of all are lowrid­ers — cars that hip and hop, dip and drop, go low and slow, baji­to y suavecito. The

Catherine, Called Birdy

Bookstorm: Catherine, Called Birdy 

In this Book­storm™: Cather­ine, Called Birdy writ­ten by Karen Cush­manpub­lished by Clar­i­on Books, 1994New­bery Hon­or book “Cor­pus Bones! I utter­ly loathe my life.” Cather­ine feels trapped. Her father is deter­mined to mar­ry her off to a rich man – any rich man, no mat­ter how awful. But by wit, trick­ery, and luck, Cather­ine man­ages to send sev­er­al would-be hus­bands pack­ing. Then

Bookstorm: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up 

Leroy Ninker has a hat, a las­so, and boots. What he doesn’t have is a horse — until he meets May­belline, that is, and then it’s love at first sight. May­belline loves spaghet­ti and sweet noth­ings, and she loves Leroy, too. But when Leroy for­gets the third and final rule of car­ing for May­belline, dis­as­ter ensues. Can Leroy wres­tle fate

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