Transportation through Time. P.

Hammonds, Heather. Transportation through Time. P. 2003.

The histories of ships, carriages, cars, trains, balloons, dirigibles, airplanes, spaceships and more are detailed with pictures and question prompts. Yellow bolded words go to a glossary in the back. “Imagine…” question prompts can be poorly worded and confusing to kids (like implying there were no cars before 2003!).

TAGS: Nonfiction, history, cars, horses, airplanes, moon, outer space, trains, ships, P

Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark. P.

McGovern, Ann. Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark. P. 1978.

9-year-old Eugenie Clark loves fish and aquariums, so she goes to college to study fish, against her grandmother’s wishes but with her mom’s support. Then she goes to the Pacific and Caribbean to become a diver and study sharks. Chapters are 6-8 pages long.

TAGS: Biography, nonfiction, sharks, scientists, women, aquarium, new york, ocean, chapter, P

Stone Fox. P.

INFO: Reynolds Gardiner, John.  Stone Fox. P. 1980.

DESC.: To give his grandfather the will to live and save their farm, 10-year-old Little Willy and his dog Searchlight try running the farm, but to make enough money they have to enter a dogsled race against the famous racer Stone Fox. Chapters are 6-8 pages long.

TAGS: dogs, farming, race, grandfather, illness, chapter, p, dogsled, fiction

The Time Warp Trio: 2095! P.

INFO: Scieszka, Jon. The Time Warp Trio: 2095! P. 1995.

DESC: For all of its Stinky Cheese Man-era illustration, the Time Warp Trio series seems to have held up well. In this edition, our heroes find themselves transported from their class trip to New York’s Museum of Natural History to … the exact same place, 100 years in the future! Except that travelling into the future isn’t as easy as travelling into the past – after all, deadly Time Police robots get on your trail! In this funny adventure with a good touch of “detective” work and mystery, our heroes manage to find their way “back from the future” … with a little help from some unexpected kin. Noteworthy – and especially interesting to our readers – is Scieszka’s offbeat, and fairly convincing, rendering of the technologies (read: giant 3-D advertisements for toilet-paper, shaped like a talking roll of gargantuan toilet-paper, floating in mid-air) and fashions of the future!

TAGS: fantasy, science fiction, sf, future, the future, time travel, adventure, suspense, mystery, museums, TIME POLICE ROBOTS, humor, chapter, fiction, P

Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? P.

INFO: Avi. Who Stole The Wizard of Oz? P. 1981.

DESC: Avi’s Who Stole The Wizard of Oz is a genuine mystery – and a literary mystery, at that. When Becky is framed by the usually-quite-nice local librarian in the thief of some very rare original-copy children’s books, she and her brother Toby decide to clear their names by taking investigation into their own hands. Avi’s book “keeps secrets” from its readers, and binds us strongly to the perspectives of Becky and Toby (our narrator), which makes for fascinating, well-paced and un-put-down-able reading as the action develops! Kids ask about this one in the halls.

TAGS: libraries, librarians, suspense, detective story, mystery, literature mystery, kids, books, kids who like books, reading, reading mysteries, detective stories about reading!, crime story, cliffhanger, fiction, chapter

The Best School Year Ever. P.

INFO: Robinson, Barbara. The Best (Worst) School Year Ever. P. 1994.

DESC: One of the popular mid-range (N, O, P) “3rd grade drama” stories that chronicles (think “Wayside School”) the seemingly never-ending shenanigans of life in 3rd grade. In this tale, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School learns to live with the Herdmans – a notorious ‘outlaw’ family that do everything from stealing (and tatooing) neighborhood babies to staging a fiasco involving the whole school staff and the District Supervisor. What will our narrator do, stuck in a class with Imogene Herdman – especially since the yearlong class project is to stand up and compliment everyone in class about their good points?

TAGS: humor, school, acceptance, “weird kids,” compassion, trouble, shenanigans, 3rd grade drama, family, school

Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery. P.

INFO: Howe, Deborah and James. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery. P. 1979.

DESC: Bunnicula is a classic animal horror-mystery, but the best part isn’t the vampiric rabbit: it’s the incredible personalities of Harold and Chester, dog and cat, and the book’s main narrator & character. This book makes an awesome transition for strong readers into more complex elements of fiction – it contains multiple and sometimes conflicting points of view, evidence to be interpreted, “red herrings,” and even a frame-story, ‘editor’s letter,’ and prologue. Students love it!

TAGS: mystery, vampires, dracula, animals, rabbits, bunnies, dogs, cats, detective stories, family, adventure, spooky, scary, chapter, fiction, funny, P