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Love to spy? Then check out the following spy titles at your library today! Be entertained as characters go on exciting adventures to infiltrate their enemies and see how secret agents handle the challenges of going incognito to accomplish challenging missions.
NERDS : National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley
A group of unpopular misfits from elementary school create a spy network. They combine their talents and skills and use astonishing gadgetry to fight evil and save the world from notorious villains.
Secret Agent Jack Stalwart by Elizabeth Singer Hunt
A popular action-packed spy series, Jack Stalwart is a secret agent who travels around the world to defeat sinister enemies and fulfill missions assigned by the Global Protection Force. Besides pursuing spy missions, he is also on a quest to find his missing older brother, Max.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Reynie Muldoon, an orphaned child with special abilities decides to join an elite team of talented spies known as the Mysterious Benedict Society. They soon go on an adventurous journey of espionage and self-discovery to defeat a master criminal who plans to take over the world. Readers will be intrigued by interesting characters and a gripping plot.
Spy Technology by Ron Fridell
A useful guide containing information and illustrations about some of the gadgets and tools that are used by secret agents to accomplish their missions.
Top Secret: Shady Tales of Spies and Spying by Laura Buller
Know the history and techniques of espionage and intelligence work, including personnel, cryptography, equipment, and other details to become a successful spy!
Spies & Detectives by Hazel Poole
Learn about different types of spy activities and find out how secret agents use communication, code breaking and a variety of other techniques to uncover their enemies. This book also contains some information about a range of weapons and gadgets that are used by secret agents.
For more recommendations, please see a librarian at your library.
Hal’s parents believe he is living the perfect life for a young boy. His parents are rich beyond belief, they give Hal everything he ever wants; at least they give him every toy or gadget or article of clothing he wants. More things than he ever needs, more than he ever asks for, in fact. In reality all Hal really ever wanted was a dog, and maybe a little more attention from his parents.
As his tenth birthday approaches Hal thinks about how many times he has asked for a dog. His Mother feels that dogs are dirty and smelly. Dogs need to be walked or they might make a puddle in her very perfect house. You see there are no bugs and not even a little dust in the house. And other than Hal, his Mother, his Father and the maids, who only come there to work, there is nothing alive in Hal’s house. No mice, no bugs, no plants. There weren’t even live flowers in the yard only raked gravel. Why you might ask? Well according to Hal’s Mother "…because flowers mean earth and mess" (page 2).
How do Hal and his dog finally find each other? In Hal’s town there is a place called Easy Pets where you can rent a dog for any length of time. Now I don’t think that renting a dog for a weekend is quite what Hal has in mind. But that’s where our story of One Dog and His Boy begins.
I’d recommend this book to all animal lovers. Author Eva Ibbotson died on October 20, 2010, making this her last book. All of her fans will miss her. Please read and enjoy her final heart-warming book.
Are you looking for some books to expose your child to new places and different cultures? Well, here are some titles/series that you may want to explore.
The series True Book covers many countries including Egypt. The series includes interesting facts about the country without overwhelming children with details. It starts off with two questions about the country to which the children will find the answer reading the book. The book has gorgeous pictures and not too much text. I have found that this book can be read to a pre-schooler without too much editing, and for a 1st or 2nd grader, this series/title would be perfect for reports. One caveat: this series is an old one so you need to be selective about the titles. Be sure you find the newer edition. The library owns many older editions, but the newer ones are better.
What We Wear by Maya Ajmera is a beautiful book of costumes and dress, celebrating children from around the world. It has a map of all the nations represented in the book and pages of suggestions of what to do with your children to explore different cultures: visit a folk festival, check out a museum, or ask about clothes of the past. The book has visually stunning photos of children from all the cultures of world, doing different things at different times. I really recommend everyone to take a look.
D is for Down Under: an Australia Alphabet is a beautifully illustrated picture book part of a larger series which highlights the contributions of each country. Part of a larger alphabet series that covers democracy to Fenway Park, many of the authors are famous in their own right. The books are written in verse with enormous pictures to illustrate the alphabet, and each of the alphabet letters represent one important aspect of the country or culture. In addition, the pages include detail about the topic which the teacher or adult can choose to elaborate upon and read. Take a look at this series. The only unfortunate aspect of this series is that it is not catalogued in a way so that you can find the titles of the series easily. You must look up the title individually. On the back of the book, there is a good representative list of the titles in the series. Also, if you go to the website: www.discovertheworldbooks.com you will find a list of the country books.
True Books and the Discover the World series are shelved in the Countries/States area. If you have any questions, ask the librarian to show you the section. You can find a plethora of country books. Browse at your leisure.
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker, Alpha Oops! the Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis and Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham are three picture books with fun and zany story lines for the alphabet. I never imagined the alphabet could be so fun. I read these stories to my pre-school age son, and he loved them. The pictures are wonderful and the twists and turns between the alphabet characters make the story so fun. I recommend these stories highly. LMNO Peas and Alpha Oops! the Day Z Went First are displayed on the concept display pyramid, and Z is for Moose is a new book on the new book display shelf. Check for these titles at your next visit. If you don't find them, don't be surprised because they are very popular and may be checked out!
Everyone knows magic happens when a princess kisses a frog, but why would the smallest and most fearful toad of all want to kiss a not-quite-ordinary girl? What makes Julie special is her love of nature, and her stubborn resolution to find a way to save her pond from being drained and turned into another strip mall. Tad is just a frightened toad with strange dreams, but he is willing to do whatever it takes to save Toadville – journey to a strange city, learn to dance, and even kiss a human girl (yuck!) When these two determined characters meet, magic is bound to happen. Read "The Hop" by Charlene Byars Moranville, it's a fun read for 4th graders and above.
The Friends of the Joyce Ellington Branch Library are having a booksale event on Saturday, July 21st from 10am - 2pm in the Community Room of the Joyce Ellington Library Branch. (Entrance to Community Room will be facing 10th Street)
This is an excellent opportunity to purchase books and media (dvds, music cds, vhs videos, etc.) in different languages, genres and for all ages.
Come show your support to your neighborhood library, Joyce Ellington Branch by purchasing those gently used books and media.
Proceeds from this booksale event will go to help support Joyce Ellington Branch Library programs.
We encourage everyone to be green by bringing their own reusable bag for purchases made at the booksale event!
For more information or to volunteer at this booksale event, please contact the Joyce Ellington Library at (408) 808-3043.
For all the Tintin fans out there: you might have read Tintin books countless times, but
here are something new worth a second look.
Published by Little, Brown and Company by the end of 2011 in anticipation of the Spielberg's movie, these new editions of The Adventures of Tintin are in a smaller, easy-to-hold format. Each book includes a special section titled The Real-Life Inspiration Behind Tintin's Adventures, which matches book materials with real places, people, events, etc. What contributes to the longevity of the series and fascinates generations of young readers is the variety of materials chosen from real events that happened since the early times of 20th Century. Before a James Bond or a Hercule Poirot there was a Tintin who hopped the world in solving mysteries and battling the villains. Each Tintin book is a marvelous mind voyage for readers to explore different countries and cultures before the advent of television and the Internet.
To prepare materials for his books, author Hergé and his team meticulously collect pictures and historical backgrounds to create the stories that are as close to reality as possible. Now it's your turn to go behind the scenes and discover the secret of these fabulous Belgian comics. You would be fascinated to know that Hergé sometimes drew himself and his friends in the comics. He even went to the extreme to create ingenious languages of the characters based on a particular Brussels dialect. You will find out which real country in the world Hergé used to create his imaginary places where Tintin's adventures unfolded. These bonus materials in this new edition will surely enhance and renew your joy of reading Tintin's Adventures.
Today on the WIRED blog, Eric Wecks posted a list of 67 Books Every Geek Should Read to Their Kids Before Age 10. It is a great list of books, most of which I can claim to have read to my own kid. The only argument I have with this list is that each book is linked to Amazon. I assure you, we've got every single one here at the Library.
What books would you consider the top ones to read to a child?
Auggie was born with not one, but two rare birth defects. Because of this misalignment of his genes (or as some doctors explained it a “chromosome rearrangement” (page 105)) he did not look like other people. Some people were frightened of him, some stared at him, while others pretended not to notice.
All Auggie wanted was to be thought of as an ordinary kid. He’d been homeschooled all his life, but now as he prepared to enter fifth grade his Mother decided he needed to go to school with other children. Beecher Prep, Auggie’s new school, was a small private school within walking distance of his home. And that’s where this story begins as Auggie learns he has been admitted to the school. Fifth grade classes start in just a few days.
Wonder is not just Auggie’s story, though he’s the center of attention. It’s the story of his family. Of how they adapted to his special needs over the years and how now they try to help him adjust to school. It’s also the story of the other fifth graders in Auggie’s classes, especially the three students who were asked to help him acclimate to Beecher Prep. There are also teachers and the principal who must overcome their own concerns as they help students accept Auggie as just that ordinary kid.
This first novel by R.J. Palacio has received widespread positive reviews in many library and literary publications. An inspiration for this book comes from the lyrics to the song “Wonder” by Natalie Merchant.