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  • Nora's chicks - Read On
    will appeal mainly to patient readers The sweet expressions and flyaway hair in Brown s watercolors add charm but the muted palette and basic landscapes surrounding the figures do little to attract readers to MacLachlan s similarly muted narrative Despite its overall mildness this longer picture book fills a need for early elementary historical fiction Jayne Damron Farmington Community Library Farmington Hills MI c Copyright 2013 Library Journals LLC a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source Inc No redistribution permitted Book list From Booklist Copyright American Library Association Used with permission Nora her parents and her little brother Milo move from Russia to a farm on the American prairie but she misses her old home and longs for a friend Even when the family adopts a stray dog the one he takes a shine to is Milo After her father gives her 10 little chicks to care for the growing birds become her responsibility and ultimately just the icebreaker that shy Nora needs to befriend Susannah who lives on a nearby farm Set in the past the quiet story portrays Nora s emotions with finesse Brown s beguiling illustrations sensitive drawings with watercolor washes bring the characters and the rural setting to life in evocative scenes with the focus sometimes on the landscape sometimes on the characters Written mainly in short words and sentences this sometimes amusing sometimes tender picture book is a good choice for reading aloud while also being accessible to many independent readers Phelan Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist Publishers Weekly c Copyright PWxyz LLC All rights reserved Newbery Medalist MacLachlan Sarah Plain and Tall revisits the prairie in this tender story of a family that emigrates from Russia to the American frontier Though Nora s parents are aware of their daughter s sense of isolation on her

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  • The paddock - Read On
    9781921977701 pbk Find in Library Reader Reviews Annotation Summary The paddock is older than time made of lava and formed by rain It has existed before fences before people before life But change is inevitable and this place is no exception This poignant story describes the paddock s transformation as animals and humans inhabit it and adapt it to suit their needs And even if the soil should become sour

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  • The golem / by Gaby Halberstam ; illustrated by Laura Clark. - Read On
    by Gaby Halberstam illustrated by Laura Clark Author Halberstam Gaby Publisher London A C Black 2012 ISBN 9781408155783 hbk Find in Library Reader Reviews Annotation Summary The Jewish people of Prague are under threat So the Rabbi creates a golem a giant clay man to defend them But the creature rampages out of control and the Rabbi must put a stop to it Thrilling evocative retelling of the classic Jewish

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  • Vinni versus bluebottle - Read On
    Find in Library Reader Reviews Annotation Summary A new story from Gerry Bobsien the author of Surf Ache It s a scorcher and Vinni s down the beach trying to keep cool But things get scary when Vinni meets an evil bluebottle and is flung into a strange underwater world Trapped in the depths of his favourite rock pool Vinni makes friends with the creatures living in the swirling tides

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  • The fortune-teller book II of the Brightstone saga - Read On
    the wizard Sungam the Smith centuries earlier Harlano knows its power and wants possession Angered by Mikal s refusal he and his thugs create chaos at the Miracle Fair where Mikal and his friend Lyra work The Fairmaster insists on maintaining a friendly safe and fun place for families to visit and he s certain that Mikal and Lyra are putting the Fair s reputation at risk He banishes them

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  • The Odd Squad bully bait - Read On
    or clubs who needs em and spends more time inside than outside his locker they re roomier than you d think Things only get worse when a well intentioned guidance counselor forces Nick to join the school s lamest club along with fellow misfits Molly and Karl in her quest to cure all three of their peer allergies What starts off as a reluctant band of hopeless oddballs morphs into

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  • Technoslime terror - Read On
    with the shoppers in the high street School children are developing uncanny powers Strange creatures are lurking within the grounds of a forgotten stately home And with each of these mysteries comes a terrible threat that just might endanger the entire world Fortunately help with these extraordinary phenomena is at hand in the form of Gabby Grayling and Barney Watkins aka Geek Inc Gabby and Barney are set to investigate

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  • Spitting image - Read On
    9781921977497 pbk Find in Library Reader Reviews Annotation Summary The afro wigged eye make up wearing alpacas have escaped Charlie and Helen need to get them back into their pen before anyone notices If they can t there ll be

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