|Junonia by Kevin Henkes|
Returning to the beach cottage- a cottage named Scallop - where
she has always celebrated her birthday is a special occasion for Alice Rice
Who will see the first dolphin this time? The first pelican? What
will have changed? Stayed the same? And will this be the year
she finally finds a junonia shell?
Alice's friends are all returning, too. And she's certain her parents
have the best party planned for her. Alice can't wait. If Alice
is lucky, everything will be absolutely perfect. Will Alice be lucky?
|A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine|
Elodie journeys to the town of Two Castles
to become a mansioner - an actress - but the master of the
troupe turns her away. Brilliant dragon Meenore takes her
in, then sends her on a dangerous mission within an ogre's castle.
There, disguised as a kitchen maid, she plays the role of a
lifetime, pitted against a foe intent on murder.
Black-and-white cats, a handsome cat trainer, a greedy king,
a giddy princess, a shape-shifting ogre, a brilliant dragon...Elodie
must discover which of them is kind, which is cruel, and, most of all,
which is the one who deserves her trust.
Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine weaves an
entrancing tale of a fearsome ogre, a dragon detective, and
a remarkable heroine who finds friendship where she least
expects it, learns that there are many ways to mansion, and
discovers that goodness and evil come in all shapes and sizes.
|Spinster Goose:Twisted rhymes for naughty children by Lisa Wheeler|
There are some children simply too naughty for
Mother Goose to handle. Luckily her sister, Spinster Goose,
knows just how to deal with these uncouth urchins.
The school of Spinster Goose is home to some world-class
troublemakers. They bite and pinch. They talk back and fight.
They eat chalk!
But this isn't just any school. Spinster Goose will rid these
students of their horrendous behaviors...right?
Fans of Mother Goose will delight in these devilishly
twisted alternatives to the classic rhymes.
|If I Had a Hammer by David Rubel|
In West Virginia, a thirteen-year-old girl now invites
friends home without embarrassment. In a Brazilian village,
children no longer sleep beneath a table when the heavy
rains come. For a quarter century in more than ninety countries,
Habitat for Humanity has built homes with and for the people who
are most in need of them, aided by more than a million multigenerational
volunteers - two of the most devoted of whom are former president
Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn.
Now this captivating account, abundantly illustrated with photos
from around the world, relays some favorite Habitat stories and
experiences with special resonance for young readers. Exploring
everything from creative home design (such as using window
bars in India to keep out monkeys) to the emotional rewards of helping
to build a house from the ground up, this is an essential resource for inspiring
future youth volunteers.