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Nonfiction Monday: Freestyle BMX

Freestyle BMX
by Isabel Thomas (Author)
32 pages

Booktalk: The high-adrenaline thrill of freestyle BMX is creating a stir on the extreme sports scene. Make sure it’s on your radar!

Snippet: When adventurous cyclists began racing over the crazy bumps and jumps of motocross tracks, bicycle motocross (BMX) was born. Riders did tricks between races to have fun and impress their friends. Some began to enjoy the stunts more than the racing.

Nonfiction Monday

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STEM Friday: Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence

Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence
by Richard Platt (Author) and John Kelly (Illustrator)
32 pages

Booktalk: A comprehensive history of disease and pestilence, told from the point of view of the bugs and pests that cause them.

Snippet:
Pick Your Germ
Just 150 years ago, people thought that bad smells spread disease. Now we know that it is germs that cause illness. There are three kinds.

It’s STEM Friday! (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
This week’s STEM Friday Round-up is hosted by NC Teacher Stuff

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A Field Guide to Aliens: Intergalactic Worrywarts, Bubblonauts, Sliver-Slurpers, and Other Extraterrestria

A Field Guide to Aliens: Intergalactic Worrywarts, Bubblonauts, Sliver-Slurpers, and Other Extraterrestria
by Johan Olander (Author, Illustrator)
61 pages

Booktalk: Find out ALL of the details about your favorite (and not so favorite) aliens in this field guide filled with alien “facts.”

Snippet:
The Alien Hunt
As with the hunt for monsters, when you’re investigating aliens it is helpful to bring a writing/drawing tool as well as something to hide under, like an old blanket or sheet.

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Soldier Bear

Soldier Bear
by Bibi Dumon Tak (Author), Laura Watkinson (Translator) and Phiip Hopman (Illustrator)
144 pages

Booktalk: A group of Polish solders stationed in Iran during World War II trade a pen knife and some canned beef for an orphaned bear cub, and Voytek, as they name the bear, travels with them from Iran to Italy and then on to Scotland. See how they train a bear to help them in the war. (Photographs of the real Voytek are in the back of the book.)

Snippet:
The air rippled with heat. At that time of day, the army camp was like a ghost town. If you ventured out into the sun, it felt like you were about to burst into flames.

But even so, one creature still came out into the blazing heat, bumbling along the path between the parked trucks and stopping to sniff at every vehicle.

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Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25
by Richard Paul Evans (Author)
336 pages

Booktalk: To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette’s syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special—he has electric powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor has the same mysterious powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up with their abilities, and their investigation soon brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric teens—and through them, the world.

Snippet:
“Have you found the last two?” The voice on the phone was angry and coarse, like the sound of car tires over broken glass.

“Not yet,” the well-dressed man on the on the other end of the phone replied. “Not yet. But we believe we’re close–and they still don’t know that we’re hunting them.”

BONUS! See the video!

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Haunted Houses

Haunted Houses The Unsolved Mystery
by Lisa Wade Mccormick (Author)
32 pages

Booktalk: Footsteps echo down empty hallways. Ghostly shadows float across rooms. Are ghosts real? Do they haunt houses and other places? Find out about haunted houses and how science is trying to solve this mystery.

Snippet:
Haunted Fact
One of the earliest ghost stories comes from Ancient Greece. In this story, a ghost in chains walks through a house at night.

Nonfiction Monday

This week’s Nonfiction Monday Round-up host is Apple with Many Seeds

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Uninvited Guests: Invisible Creatures Lurking in Your Home

Uninvited Guests: Invisible Creatures Lurking in Your Home (Tiny Creepy Creatures)
by Jennifer Swanson (Author)
32 pages

Booktalk: Your parents may be gone, but you’re still not home alone. From sneeze causing mold to fabric eating moths, take a look at the tiny uninvited guests keeping you company at home.

Snippet: You leave for school in the morning and your parents go to work. Aside from your cat or dog, there’s nobody home, right? Think again. Billions of tiny microscopic creatures are making themselves at home on your counters, your toilet, and even your bed. They live right next to you everyday.

**Jennifer is one of my former students!**

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This week’s STEM Friday Round-up is hosted by Growing with Science

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Vordak the Incomprehensible: Rule the School

Vordak the Incomprehensible: Rule the School
by Scott Seegert (Author) and John Martin (Illustrator)
192 pages

Booktalk: Vordak the Incomprehensible, that world-class Supervillain and Evil Master, is BACK (in junior high)!

Snippet:

VORDAK THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE’S
Lip-Licking Loathsome List
of Most Cherished Evil Goals

  1. Dispose of my arch-nemesis, Commander Virtue, once and for all.
  2. Take over and Rule the World!
  3. Make all escalators travel only in the downward direction (MUAHAHAHAHA!!!).

BONUS! See the original Vordak video!

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The Wikkeling

The Wikkeling
by Steven Arntson (Author) and Daniela J. Terrazzini (Illustrator)
224 pages

Booktalk: In the enormous city of the Addition, all children are SAFE, SECURE, and SUPERVISED, and are watched by cameras even while they sleep. Henrietta is unlikable at her competitive school until she meets Gary and Rose. They all share something in common: headaches with an unknown cause. Then, late one night, Henrietta makes a startling discovery when she finds a wounded cat in the attic above her bedroom. Soon after, a series of strange occurrences follow, including the appearance of a threatening creature with long, waxy fingers, who calls itself the Wikkeling. With the help of an ancient Bestiary, will Henrietta and her friends solve these mysteries before the Wikkeling finally catches them?

Snippet:
An enormous cat lay there, in a puddle of blood.

Ms. Span’s voice popped into Henrietta’s head instantly, warning her about the risk of boldily fluids, infection, tetanus, dust mites, rabid animals, and falling from heights. But Henrietta didn’t budge.

BONUS! See the video!

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Shine

Shine
by Lauren Myracle (Author)
376 pages

Booktalk: When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it.

Snippet: Back when we were kids, Patrick and I escaped the summer heat by worming into the crawl space beneath his house, which was cool and private and, best of all, ours. It was our secret hideaway, and we spent countless hours down there with no one to keep tabs on us but blind and sluggish bugs. The sort of bugs that would eat us one day, we used to say for the shiver of it. Coffin bugs.

BONUS! See the video!

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