Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Galaxy Games: The Challengers

Galaxy Games: The Challengers
by Greg R. Fishbone (Author)
352 pages

Booktalk: Things are looking up for Tyler Sato (literally) as he and his friends scan the night sky for a star names for him by his Tokyo cousins in honor of his eleventh birthday. Ordinary stars tend to stay in one place, but Ty’s seems to be streaking directly toward earth at an alarming rate. Soon the whole world is talking about TY SATO, the doomsday asteroid. (Meanwhile an alien girl comes on a secret mission to earth trying to find a way to win the Galaxy Games.)

Snippet: During the night, a tiny creature had crawled out of Tyler Sato’s right ear–or so the fat, inch-long footprints across his pillow seemed to indicate. Tyler traced the path with his finger across the bedsheet to the wall. From there the footprints zigged and zagged through a field of NFL football cards like a running back headed for the end zone.

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Piper Reed, Rodeo Star

Piper Reed, Rodeo Star
by Kimberly Willis Holt (Author) and Christine Davenier (Illustrator)
160 pages

Booktalk: Piper’s parents are going on vacation to France and not taking the whole family. What rotten luck! What will they do about Christmas?

Snippet:
“Where will we stay while you’re in France?” I asked.
“Piney Woods,” said the Chief. “You girls can have a nice visit with your grandparents.”

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STEM Friday: Plants Out of Place

Plants Out of Place (Let’s Explore Science)
by Courtney Farrell (Author)
48 pages

Booktalk: When plants are moved to a new region, it can disrupt the food chain and cause the new plants to become invasive.

Snippet: Nonnative plants are not usually eaten by local herbivores. The animals that ate the nonnative plants often do not live in the new region.

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

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STEM Friday: Ultimate Trains

Ultimate Trains (Machines of the Future)
by Peter McMahon (Author) and Andy Mora (Illustrator)
40 pages

Booktalk: Take a trip through the evolution of train technology. Try the 5 “Build it Yourself” experiments to discover the science behind ultimate trains.

Snippet:
Project #1: STEAM ENGINE IN A SALAD BOWL
Believe it or not, you can make your own steam engine in less than a hour using a small number of household items and hardware store parts.

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

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Bad Kitty vs Uncle Murray

Bad Kitty vs Uncle Murray
by Nick Bruel (Author, Illustrator)
162 pages

Booktalk: Bad Kitty’s owners have left her and Puppy alone for a week with good ‘ol Uncle Murray as pet sitter. How will he survive? Can he even make it out alive? A chapter book comic

Snippet:
UNCLE MURRAY: Okey doke! Goodbye! Good luck!
THE DOOR CLOSES
SFX (sound effects): MEOW WOOF ARF HISS CRASH KABLAM BARK FFT FFT BOOM HISS MEOW

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Mammoth Bones and Broken Stones: The Mystery of North America’s First People

Mammoth Bones and Broken Stones: The Mystery of North America’s First People
by David L. Harrison (Author) and Richard Hilliard (Illustrator)
48 pages

Booktalk: Who were the first humans to reach North America? When did they arrive? How did they get here? Archaeologists have different opinions. Look at the evidence and see where it leads….

Snippet: In such a vast area, where do we look for signs thousands of years old of the first people? Traces of them lie in caves, buried in the earth, or even beneath the sea.

Nonfiction Monday

This week’s Nonfiction Monday Round-up host is 100 Scope Notes

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Explorers of the New World: Discover the Golden Age of Exploration with 22 Projects

Explorers of the New World: Discover the Golden Age of Exploration with 22 Projects (Build It Yourself series)
by Carla Mooney (Author)
128 pages

Booktalk: Delve into the expeditions of Vasco da Gama, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, John Cabot, Hernán Cortés, and more. Using common household items and minimal supervision, kids enjoy 22 hands-on activities to help them learn about these legendary explorers and their voyages during the Age of Exploration and Discovery.

Snippet: Most of the projects in this book can be made with little adult supervision, using materials you already have at home or can easily find at a craft store. So get ready to step back into time and discover the men who were the explorers of the New World and the kings and queens who sent them on their journeys.

Nonfiction Monday

This week’s Nonfiction Monday Round-up host is True Tales & A Cherry On Top

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The Water Seeker

The Water Seeker

by Kimberly Willis Holt (Author)

310 pages

Booktalk: What would you do if you knew you had a special gift–a sixth sense–that was passed down from one generation to the next?

Snippet: “When I was a boy, my pa dowsed to earn extra money when we had a lean year. And when he put the branch in my hands for the first time, I felt a burning inside me because I had that gift, too. Just be thankful I didn’t hand that gift down to you.”

Amos figured it was probably best not to tell his father it was too late.

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Bye for Now: A Wishers Story

Bye for Now: A Wishers Story
by Kathleen Churchyard (Author)
272 pages

Booktalk: After Robin’s eleventh birthday turns into an escalating disaster, she wishes to be someone else–and wakes up as Fiona, an eleven-year-old girl from London with an amazing life: she’s gorgeous, with glamorous parents, and she’s the star of a major theatrical production. Why would Fiona have wished herself out of her own body?

Snippet:
The horrible birthday began with a black eye.

SMACK. Dizziness. Pain. Through her other eye, Robin looked to see what she’d hit–a head of white-blonde hair–Sophie.

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Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures #6: The African Safari Discovery

Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures #6: The African Safari Discovery
by Jeff Brown (Author) and Macky Pamintuan (Illustrator)
112 pages

Booktalk: When a flat skull is discovered in Africa, Stanley Lambchop decides to travel there with his brother, Arthur, and their father, George. Maybe studying the skull will give them clues to Stanley’s flatness. But once in Africa, the Lambchops are in for more adventure than they bargained for. From lions to zebras to elephants, it’s the safari of a lifetime!

Snippet: Stanley had spent the entire flight in the noisy belly of the airplane, with no one to talk to except a very frightened caged poodle, a set of golf clubs and many large suitcases.

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