Monday, November 29, 2010

Some New Books for November

Ideas that Changed the World
by Julie Ferris, Dr. Mike Goldsmith, Ian Graham, Sally MacGill, Andrea Mills, Isabel Thomas, and Matt Turner

This nonfiction book is full of ideas that changed the world. Those ideas are broken down in the topics of genius, great gizmos, handy gadgets, on the move, explore, and culture. Some of the ideas in the genius section include the lightbulb, antibiotics, vaccinations, x-rays, DNA, and the tin can. Some of the ideas in the great gizmos section include the elevator, electric motor, robots, printing press, battery, microprocessor, and the flushing toilet. Some of the ideas in the hand gadgets section include the microwave, glasses, credit card, zipper, radio, cash register, and cell phone. Some of the ideas in the on the move section include the Ford Model T, steal locomotive, electric car, metro, bicycle, and the submarine. Some ideas in the explore section include the Saturn V rocket, Hubble telescope, scuba, and the MRI. Finally, in the culture sections, the ideas include the ballpoint pen, walkman, newspapers, electric guitar, and sunglasses. Each idea has pictures of the “idea,” and there is information about the person or persons that helped to create or figure out the idea.

The Lost Hero
by Rick Riordan

Instead of focusing on one camper at Camp Half-Blood, this book focuses on three different campers, Jason, Piper, and Leo, and these three campers seem to be connected to one another. The book is separated by the point of views of the three different characters, and there are also characters from the Percy Jackson series. The story begins with Jason. He suddenly realizes that he cannot remember who he is or why he is riding on a school bus and holding Piper’s hand. He also cannot remember anything else about himself. He finds out from his “friend” Leo that he goes to Wilderness School, and that the class is on a field trip. He knows that there is danger around him, but cannot remember what or why there would be danger. Then the coach in charge of him tells him that a team from Camp Half-Blood is coming, and he must be the “special package” they were talking about. Then there is trouble, and after the trouble is over, Jason, Leo, and Piper meet Annabeth and Butch from Camp Half-Blood. They make it to Camp Half-Blood, and they find out that strange things are happening. The gods have been unreachable, and the entrance to Mount Olympus has been closed off. Piper had a dream that her father was in danger and has heard a voice asking for help, but she has no idea what to do. Leo is just having a hard time keeping up with all of this new information, and then he finds out that his ability to create fire as Haphaestus’s son is a very dangerous thing. Then Jason is told by a misty woman in black robes that she released him so he could free her, and that he has until the solstice in four days to do it. It also turns out that he speaks Latin and refers to the gods by their Roman names instead of Greek. It seems that the time of the next Great Prophecy has arrived, and it may be up to these three new friends to help fulfill the prophecy. Where does Jason come from and why is he important to the prophecy? Will Piper be able to save her father and help the other campers with the prophecy? What does it mean that Leo can use fire when the other children of Haphaestus cannot and how is that helpful to fulfilling the prophecy? What will this mean for the future of the gods and the campers?

by Tori Spelling and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

Tallulah is always told that she is the kind of girl who does not get dirty, talk loudly, or make a mess. She is also not supposed to dress like other children, because she is different than the other children. She is never allowed to just take a sandwich for lunch or walk to school (she rides in a limo). Tallulah just wants to be like everyone else, though. The other children tell her that she cannot do what she wants because she will get dirty or ruin her dress. They see her as different, too. Then one day Tallulah meets Max, a boy who dresses up and is not supposed to get dirty either. Then Tallulah and Max save a puppy from drowning, and Tallulah decides that she will keep the puppy and try to do the things she wants to do. Will Tallulah be successful in being who she wants to be instead of being told who she is? Will she get to keep the puppy she names Mimi?

Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion
by Mo Willems

One day Trixie takes a trip with her parents, and they go to visit her Oma and Opa in Holland. Knuffle Bunny is there on the plane with her, but Trixie does not notice that Knuffle Bunny did not make it off of the plane with her. When she realizes that she forgot Knuffle Bunny, her father calls the airport, but the plane has left for China. Her parents and Oma and Opa tell her that it may be time for her not to need Knuffle Bunny anymore. Trixie understands, but it is not very fun to do things without her Knuffle Bunny. Then Trixie starts thinking of all the places that her Knuffle Bunny might travel to and all of the children who would be happy to play with her Knuffle Bunny. This cheers Trixie up, and she is able to have some fun on her own without Knuffle Bunny. When Trixie and her parents get on the plane to go home, what surprise will Trixie find? What will she do with that surprise?

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