Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Spring 2010 Chapter Books
Illustrated by Paul Bachem
For 160 pages, Alison Hart sure fits a lot of action in! In 1852, ten-year-old Emma Wright and her mama board a steamboat for a trip up the Mississippi River to the Missouri River and finally to St. Joseph where Papa will be waiting. Concern for her beloved pony, Licorice Twist, lures Emma below deck, where she is forbidden to go. Explosions, fires, a sinking ship, and a newfound friendship through it all makes this an exciting read.
One of two new additions to the Fred Bowen Sports Story Series, Hardcourt Comeback looks at Brett Carter, the Wildcats’ star forward who is playing to win. After experiencing some disappointment that shakes his confidence, Brett wonders if he can come back and help save the Wildcats’ season. This is a fast-paced book with play-by-play descriptions of action on the court that will satisfy young basketball fans. Each book in the series is inspired by something that happened in real sports history. Combine this with its high interest and low reading level, this series is perfect for reluctant readers.
Lest the baseball fans think they were forgotten, I give you Dugout Rivals. Jake Daley loves everything about baseball and especially playing for the Red Sox in the Woodside Baseball league. When star player Adam Hull joins the team, Jake is excited because he can do it all—pitch, hit, and field, which means wins for the Red Sox. Eventually though, Jake begins to wonder if he and his other teammates even matter as Adam’s talent seems to dominate every game. An afterword provides the real story of the 1927 Yankees—and how the combined talents of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehri, Tony Lazzeri and other players created what some call “The Greatest Team of All Time.”
In 1937, the Depression is in full force, Joe Louis is the new heavyweight champion of the world, and Champion Luckey has just arrived in Snow Hill, Alabama. Brother Sayre’s life never be the same after Champion comes into his life. A dramatic story of an adolescent friendship during a troubled, complex time in our nation’s history that will draw readers into the action and teach them a valuable lesson in Depression-era Southern history, when resources were scarce and segregation was firmly in place.
This first novel is set in Hawaii. It tells the story of Paul, who lives with his disabled father, who makes a living raising, training and caring for roosters, but Paul has been sheltered from the harsh reality of the ties between the family business and the underworld of cockfighting. After a friend’s older brother tries to initiate him into the macho culture of cockfighting, Paul has to face the reality of what he sees—illegal drugs, gambling, and the cockpit where roosters with razor-sharp blades, or gaffs, are made to ruthlessly attack each other in a bloody fight to the death. He struggles to understand his family’s livelihood and learns that being a man has nothing to do with wielding the power to hurt people and animals.
Never underestimate the importance of the ridiculous. In this follow up to The Brain Finds a Leg, The Brain and his sidekick Sheldon McGlone encounter parallel universes, flying cows, carnivorous cuckoo clocks, and shrinking scientists in this new fast-paced adventure that features the silly side of physics.
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