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Book of the Week Archive for 1999
2002 Archive
75th Anniversary of Freddy the Pig

READ THEM AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME
Includes: Biography of Walter R. Brooks and Illustrator, Kurt Wiese, Anniversary Collection and description of all the "Freddy" books.



The Night Before Christmas
Ages 6 and Up
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS:
A Pop-Up (Classic Collectible Pop-Up)
by Clement Clarke Moore
Robert Sabuda, Illustrator

Clement Clarke Moore's classic tale is brought to life with Robert Sabuda's ingeniously enginerred, three dimensional pop-up work of art.
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Dear Mrs. LaRue
Ages 6-9
DEAR MRS. LA RUE
by Mark Teague

When Ike LaRue is "imprisoned" at the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy, he tries everything to get sent home - weepy letters to his owner, even illness. In reality. Brotweiler is more camp than prison, but still, Ike is not cut out for life without Mrs. LaRue and his creature comforts. Finally, he runs away, only to find himself back in Snort City - just in time to save Mrs. LaRue's life.
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THANK YOU, SARAH: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Thank you, Sarah
Ages 6-9
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DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE PILGRIMS
by Kenneth C. Davis

Don't Know Much About the Pilgrims
Ages 6-9
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NOAH'S ARK
by Jerry Pinkney

Noak's Ark
Ages 5-8
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THE NIGHTINGALE
by Hans Christian Andersen, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)

The Nightingale
Ages 5 and Up
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Everything I Know about Monsters
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THE SPIDER AND THE FLY
Ages 6-10
THE SPIDER AND THE FLY
by Mary Botham Howitt, Tony DiTerlizzi, Illustrator

"'Will you walk into my parlor, said the Spider to the Fly..."

is easily one of the most recognized and quoted first lines in all of English verse. But do you have any idea how the age-old tale of the Spider and the Fly ends? Join celebrated artist Tony DiTerlizzi as he -- drawing inspiration from one of his loves, the classic Hollywood horror movies of the 1920s and 1930s -- shines a cinematic spotlight on Mary Howitt's warning, written to her own children about those who use sweet words to hide their not-so-sweet intentions.
--Simon & Schuster 2002
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EPOSSUMONDAS
Ages 4-8
EPOSSUMONDAS
by Coleen Salley
Illustrated by Janet Stevens

Who's Epossumondas? Why, he's his mama's and his auntie's sweet little patootie, that's who. He's also the silliest, most lovable, most muddleheaded possum south of the Mason-Dixon line!

Better choose your words wisely when he's around, 'cause otherwise you never know what you'll get. Epossumondas just might bring you a fist full of crumbs, or a soaking wet puppy, or a scruffy wad of bread--oh, you just wouldn't believe it!
--Harcourt, Inc. 2002
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The House of the Scorpion
Ages YA
THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION
by Nancy Farmer

At his coming-of-age party, Matteo Alacrán asks El Patrón's bodyguard, "How old am I?...I know I don't have a birthday like humans, but I was born."

"You were harvested," Tam Lin reminds him. "You were grown in that poor cow for nine months and then you were cut out of her."

To most people around him, Matt is not a boy, but a beast. A room full of chicken litter with roaches for friends and old chicken bones for toys is considered good enough for him. But for El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium -- a strip of poppy fields lying between the U.S. and what was once called Mexico -- Matt is a guarantee of eternal life. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself for Matt is himself. They share identical DNA.
--Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2002
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SCRANIMALS by Jack Prelutsky
Ages 4 Up
SCRANIMALS
by Jack Prelutsky

Scranimal Island
is where you will find
the fragrant RHINOCEROSE,
the cunning BROCCOLIONS.
And if you are really, really lucky
and very, very quiet,
you will spot
the gentle, shy PANDAFFODIL.
(You may even hear it yawning
If the morning's just begun,
Watch its petals slowly open
To embrace the rising sun.
--Greenwillow - September 2002
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I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem
Ages: 4-8
I'M GONNA LIKE ME: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem
by Jamie Lee Curtis

"I'm gonna like me
wearing flowers and plaid.
I have my own style.
I don't follow some fad."

Written for boys and girls alike. It's a super book for letting off some self-esteem.
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Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Ages: 9-12
CRISPIN: THE CROSS OF LEAD

Crispin is the action-packed story of a 13-year-old orphan in search of self-knowledge and identity set in 14th-century England. This page-turner is Avi's 50th book and a definite winner!

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The Storm
New series of chapter books
for readers 6-10
The Lighthouse Family: THE STORM
by Cynthia Rylant

Life with just the sea can be lonely. Just ask Pandora or Seabold. They've lived most of their lives with the sea, and they're quite used to being alone. Or they were. But one extraordinary day, the same sea that brought Pandora and Seabold together gave them the ingredients for an adventure that neither of them had consider before-an adventure called "family." This book is a thoughtful and reassuring reminder of what it means to be part of a family.


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FIREFIGHTING
by Jack Gottschalk

FIREFIGHTING

Fascinating in-depth stories behind 65 of the world's greatest fires and their impact on the evolution of firefighting technology, equipment, and tactics from Rome's epic blaze in 64 AD to the heroism of September 11.
Includes:
- Special coverage of September 11.
- Reports detailing Causes, Facts, Losses.
- Profiles on heroes and survivor stories
- Fire Science and Technology
- History of equipment, trucks, and gear
- Fire safety tips
- Glossary of Terms
--DK Publishing, September 2002
Ages 8 Up
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HERE COME OUR FIREFIGHTERS!
by Chris Demarest

Here Come Our Firefighters


Pop-Up book complete with moveable parts, and flaps. Follows a day in the life of firefighters.
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Ages 8-10
SEA-CAT AND DRAGON KING
by Angela Carter

It's a little known fact that cats live at the bottom of the ocean. One such creature is named Sea-Cat. He lives with his mother, who makes him a beautiful jewel encrusted catsuit to wear. Dragon King also lives at the bottom of the sea. He is Lord of the Ocean, but terribly ashamed of his ugliness.
--Bloomsbury Books, August 2002
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RETURN TO MR. ELIVE'S MAGIC SHOP
THE MAGIC SHOP BOOKS
20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS
by Bruce Coville
Ages 8-12
Jennifer Murdley's Toad Jermey Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher The Skull of Truth The Monster's Ring
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--Harcourt, Inc. September 2002
The Same Stuff as Stars
Ages YA

THE SAME STUFF AS STARS
by Katherine Paterson
Young Adult

Her daddy is in jail, and her mother has abandoned Angel and her little brother, Bernie, at their great- grandmother's crumbling Vermont farmhouse. Grandma, aged and poor, spends most of her time wrapped in a blanket by the wood stove and can't care for the children. That's left up to Angel, even though she is not yet twelve.

In this dreary world of canned beans and peaches, of adult worries and loneliness, there is only one bright spot-a mysterious stranger who appears on clear nights and teaches Angel all about the stars and planets and constellations. Angel's quest to carve out a new life for herself and Bernie makes for a powerful, moving story that could arise only from the keen sensitivity, penetrating sense of drama, and honed skill of master storyteller Katherine Paterson.
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--Clarion Books, September 2002

Beaks!
Ages 4-10

BEAKS!
Sneed B. Collard, III
Robin Brickman, Illustrator

Did you know that a toucan's large beak is actually light and mostly hollow inside? Or that a crossbill's beak gives it the perfect tool to pry apart pine cones? Or that a flamingo's beak is built upside down? Beaks!, by acclaimed children's science writer Sneed B. Collard III, explores the amazing diversity of our planet's birds by looking at their amazing, vastly different beaks. READ MORE HERE
The Kite Rider
Ages 12 Up

THE KITE RIDER
By Geraldine McCaughrean

Up and up the wind drew him. Haoyou looked about him and saw the whole world beneath him. And it was his. He could breathe! Today Haoyou was a kite, a windhover riding on spread wings.

Penny Lee and Her TV

Ages 4-7

PENNY LEE AND HER TV
By by Glenn McCoy

Penny Lee loved her TV (300 favorite shows). You could probably call her the "remote" queen. It gave her great comfort because she didn't have any friends (she didn't need them). She ate her meals in front of the TV and even slept on it (she had commercial breaks in her dreams). When her TV breaks she is forced to go outside (gasp!). Find out how she has "commercial-free" dreams.

America: A Patriotic Primer

All Ages

AMERICA: A PATRIOTIC PRIMER
Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

America: A Patriotic Primer is a succinct history of the United States, an ABC of the principles on which this country was founded, and a book for children and families to pore over, discuss, and cherish.

A is for America,
the land that we love.
B is for the Birthday
of this country of ours....

Simon & Schuster 2002
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Robin's Room

All Ages

ROBIN'S ROOM
By Margaret Wise Brown

This never before published book from Margaret Wise Brown contains an important message about the creativity of our children often suppressed by adults.

May 2002 Hyperion Books for Children
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Handbook for Boys

Ages 10 Up
HANDBOOK FOR BOYS: A NOVEL
By Walter Dean Myers

Growing up is tough...really tough.

But what if you had a handbook that told you how to figure things out? How to stay out of trouble? How to think about success? How to think about the guy on the street?

At Duke's Place, Jimmy and Kevin find out that the handbook isn't written down. It means listening to Duke and his friends talk about their lives. But how can Duke, a senior citizen, understand what it is to be young now?

May 2002 HarperCollins
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Loser
Ages 8-12
THE LOSER
By Jerry Spinelli

There are winners everywhere .... The sidewalks. The backyards. The alleyways. The playgrounds ... Except for Zinkoff. Zinkoff never wins.

But Zinkoff doesn't notice. Neither do the other pups.

Not yet.

Zinkoff is like all kids -- running, playing, riding his bike. Hoping for snow days, wanting to be his dad when he grows up.

Zinkoff is not like the other kids -- raising his hand with all the wrong answers, tripping over his own feet, falling down with laughter over a word like "Jabip." The kids have their own word to describe him, but Zinkoff is too busy to hear it.

Once again, Newbery Medal-winning author Jerry Spinelli uses great wit and humor to create the unique story of Zinkoff as he travels from first through sixth grades. Loser is a touching book about the human spirit, the importance of failure, and how any name can someday be replaced with "hero."
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Hole in My Life

Young Adult

HOLE IN MY LIFE by Jack Gantos

Becoming a writer the hard way

In the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure, cash for college tuition, and a way out of a dead-end job. For ten thousand dollars, he recklessly agreed to help sail a sixty-foot yacht loaded with a ton of hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City, where he and his partners sold the drug until federal agents caught up with them. For his part in the conspiracy, Gantos was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison.

In Hole in My Life, this prizewinning author of over thirty books for young people confronts the period of struggle and confinement that marked the end of his own youth. On the surface, the narrative tumbles from one crazed moment to the next as Gantos pieces together the story of his restless final year of high school, his short-lived career as a criminal, and his time in prison. But running just beneath the action is the story of how Gantos - once he was locked up in a small, yellow-walled cell - moved from wanting to be a writer to writing, and how dedicating himself more fully to the thing he most wanted to do helped him endure and ultimately overcome the worst experience of his life.
--Farrar Straus & Giroux 2002
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Read an interview with Jack Gantos, author of the Joey Pigza books

Slim and Jim
Ages 4-8
SLIM AND JIM
By Richard Egielski

When a homeless rat named Slim is forced into a life of crime, he encounters a kind young mouse named Jim, who's willing to take him in and give him a chance. But when Slim's checkered past catches up to him, their friendship is put to the test. Together they must do battle with the evil villain Buster, relying upon their faith in one another -- and their yo-yos.

In this Oliver Twist for tots, Richard Egielski tells a tale of true friendship and creates characters as memorable as Fagin, Bill Sikes, and the Artful Dodger.
May 2002 HarperCollins

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Red Midnight
Ages 11 Up

"My hope is that the mistakes of our past will act as a reminder to our great country that no child, for whatever reason, should ever see a red sky at night."
--Ben Mikaelsen

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RED MIDNIGHT
By Ben Mikaelsen

When guerrilla soldiers strike Santiago's village, they shoot at everyone in their path. Dos Vias is on fire, and the night glows red. "Take the cayuco and sail to the United States of America. Now go!" Santiago's uncle Ramos tells him, and Santiago, twelve, and his four-year-old sister, Angelina, flee.

With a map and a machete, and very little food, Santiago and Angelina set sail in their uncle Ramos's sea kayak, built for just such an escape, but not for a sailor who is only a boy. Santiago heads for the United States on a voyage that will take them through narrow channels guarded by soldiers, shark infested waters, and days of painful heat and raging storms. Santiago knows that he and Angelina probably will die trying to make the voyage, but they certainly will die at the hands of rebels or government soldiers if they do not try.

In this tale of courage, survival, and triumph, Ben introduces readers to a danger and fear that is far too real for many children, and he reminds us of the responsibility and power that the world's richest nation bears to help end it.

Field Trips with Jim Arnosky
Ages 8 and up
May 2002
FIELD TRIPS WITH JIM ARNOSKY

Learn about wildlife in your own community. With Jim Arnosky as your guide, an ordinary hike becomes an eye-opening experience. He'll help you spot a hawk soaring far overhead and note the details of a dragonfly up close. Study the black-and-white drawings-based on his own field research-and you'll discover if those tracks in the brush were made by a deer or a fox.

He carefully explains how field marks, shapes, and location give clues for identifying certain plants and animals wherever you are. He gives hints for sharpening observational skills. And he encourages you to draw and record birds, insects, shells, animal tracks, and other finds from a busy day's watch.

--HarperCollins April 2002

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Paint By Magic
Ages 12 Up
May 2002
PAINT BY MAGIC
By Kathryn Reiss

Something is terribly wrong with Connor's mom. She is uncharacteristically wearing old-fashioned clothes and cooking dinner from scratch, and she has removed all of the TVs from the house. What's even more troubling is her descent  into increasingly disturbing trances. Connor suspects that an old art book with paintings of a woman who looks exactly  like his mom is the key to her strange behavior. But because the artist who created them died before she was even  born, he's not sure what the connection could be. READ MORE

The Boy Who Could Fly Without a Motor
Ages 9-12
May 2002
THE BOY WHO COULD FLY WITHOUT A MOTOR
By Theodore Taylor

Jon Jeffers is the loneliest nine-year-old on earth. It's 1935, and he's stuck on a tiny rocky island off the coast of San Francisco with his mother and his lighthouse-keeper father. Jon longs for something more. If only he had a way to escape this forsaken pile of rocks, he could have some real adventures.
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Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World's Wildlife
All Ages
Smithsonian Institution
ANIMAL: THE DEFINITIVE VISUAL GUIDE TO THE WORLD'S WILDLIFE - Remarkably breathtaking celebration of over 2000 species of the animal kingdom (vertebrates and invertebrates) compiled by a team of over 70 zoologists, biologists and naturalists, and hundreds of photographers. Highly recommended. [Don E. Wilson (Editor), David Burnie (Editor) DK Publishing, Inc. October 2001] 
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The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders
Ages PreK up
THE FROGS WORE RED SUSPENDERS
by Jack Prelutsky, Petra Mathers (Illustrator)

A collection of 28 short rhymes with the classic feel of Mother Goose. Many of these poems have a geography theme, coverng 15 states and Canada.
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Featured Books - Women in History Month

A VOICE FROM THE WILDERNESS: THE STORY OF ANNA HOWARD SHAWIDA B. WELLS: MOTHER OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENTOUTRAGEOUS WOMEN OF COLONIAL AMERICABRAVE HARRIET: The First Woman to Fly the English Channel

Featured Books - Black History Month

Martin's Big WordsLangston HughesSLAVE SPIRITUALS AND THE JUBILEE SINGERS

VISITING LANGSTONTHE OTHER SIDE OF COLOR: