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Saturdays with Hitchcock

Ellen Wittlinger (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580897754

Twelve-year-old movie-loving Maisie is in need of a distraction from her current romantic dilemma when her Uncle Walt comes to stay with her family after being hurt on the set of the movie he's filming in Hollywood. Maisie's best friend, Cyrus, has been hanging out a lot with Gary Hackett, whose last-name sounds to Maisie like a cat barfing up a hairball. When it seems as if Hackett might like Maisie romantically, she's none too pleased, and Cyrus is even less impressed. Uncle Walt has a way of pointing Maisie in the right direction, and Maisie's love of movies also keeps her centered. Heading to the local independent theater on Saturdays to see old movies helps Maisie stay grounded as she struggles with growing up, family tensions, a grandma who seems to be losing her memory, and a love triangle she never expected.

Sir Cumference and the Off-the-Charts Dessert

Cindy Neuschwander (author)Wayne Geehan (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607346135

The eighth book in the popular Sir Cumference series, SIR CUMFERENCE AND THE OFF-THE-CHARTS DESSERT introduces readers to different methods of collecting data. Sir Cumference and Lady Di of Ameter are in a pickle. The castle cook is sick and the Harvest Faire is coming up—who will make the special dessert for this annual event? Two bakers in town, Pia of Chartres and Bart Graf, are up to the task. But after sampling Pia’s delicious pies and Bart’s scrumptious cookies, Sir Cumference and Lady Di just can’t choose! They come up with a solution: hold a contest and let the townspeople choose the dessert to be served at the faire. When Pia and Bart’s methods of tracking their votes fail, they each realize they need to come up with a better system. Pia places a colored candy around the edges of a pie dough and Bart stacks his cookie molds—each color candy or mold shape represents a different kind of pie or cookie. Thus, the pie chart and bar graph are born! But when the contest ends in a tie, Pia and Bart concoct a hybrid recipe that everyone enjoys.

Sir Cumference and the Viking's Map

Cindy Neuschwander (author) Wayne Geehan (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607340836

While riding through the forests of Angleland, cousins Per and Radius realize they are lost and are desperate for a map to guide them home. Soon they come across a mysterious house in the hills. Inside they find a map to a treasure belonging to Xaxon Yellowbearyd, the fiercest Viking warrior of his time. Per and Radius must decode the strange numbered grid on the map, while trying to steer clear of the pack of bungling bandits who are on their tail. Will they find the treasure in time?

The Inventor's Secret

Suzanne Slade (author) Jennifer Reinhardt (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607347125

Both Thomas Edison and Henry Ford started off as insatiably curious tinkerers. That curiosity led them to become inventors—with very different results. As Edison invented hit after commercial hit, gaining fame and fortune, Henry struggled to make a single invention (an affordable car) work. Witnessing Thomas's glorious career from afar, a frustrated Henry wondered about the secret to his success. This little-known story is a fresh, kid-friendly way to show how Thomas Edison and Henry Ford grew up to be the most famous inventors in the world—and best friends, too.

Tiger Boy

Mitali Perkins (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607346647

When a tiger cub goes missing from the reserve, Neil is determined to find her before the greedy Gupta gets his hands on her to kill her and sell her body parts on the black market. Neil's parents, however, are counting on him to study hard and win a prestigious scholarship to study in Kolkata. Neil doesn't want to leave his family or his island home and he struggles with his familial duty and his desire to maintain the beauty and wildness of his island home in West Bengal's Sunderbans.

Sir Cumference and the Roundabout Battle

Cindy Neuschwander (author) Wayne Geehan (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570917714

When Steward Edmund Rounds and Sir Cumference notice that there are strangers camped nearby, Rounds II decides to investigate despite being involved with the task of learning how to make accurate counts of the castle's stores of food, supplies, and weaponry. When he reports back that an enemy is lying in wait, everyone moves quickly to defend the castle. But wait! Will Rounds II be able to figure out how many bows and arrows they have to create an appropriate battle plan? Using rounding techniques to figure out the totals more quickly, Rounds II is just in time to help stave off a potentially disastrous attack

Rickshaw Girl

Mitali Perkins (author) Jamie Hogan (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607341406

Naima is a talented painter of traditional alpana patterns, which Bangladeshi women and girls paint on their houses for special celebrations. But Naima is not satisfied just painting alpana. She wants to help earn money for her family, like her best friend, Saleem, does for his family. When Naima's rash effort to help puts her family deeper in debt, she draws on her resourceful nature and her talents to bravely save the day. Includes a glossary of Bangla words and an author's note about a changing Bangladesh and microfinance.

A Long Pitch Home

Natalie Dias Lorenzi (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580898263

Ten-year-old Bilal liked his life back home in Pakistan. He was a star on his cricket team. But when his father suddenly sends the family to live with their aunt and uncle in America, nothing is familiar. While Bilal tries to keep up with his cousin Jalaal by joining a baseball league and practicing his English, he wonders when his father will join the family in Virginia. Maybe if Bilal can prove himself on the pitcher’s mound, his father will make it to see him play. But playing baseball means navigating relation-ships with the guys, and with Jordan, the only girl on the team—the player no one but Bilal wants to be friends with. A sensitive and endearing contemporary novel about family, friends, and assimilation.

Falcon Wild

Terry Lynn Johnson (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781632896018

An action-packed, contemporary novel about surviving in the wilderness. Thirteen-year-old Karma is desperate to become a certified falconer. At her dad's bird education center, she helps give demonstrations to guests and can fly the birds. But when her favorite rescued falcon, Stark, hurts Karma, her parents insist that they return the bird to its previous owner -- in Canada. On the way to bring Stark back, a car accident in the middle of nowhere leaves Karma's dad trapped, and it's up to Karma to find a way to rescue him and her younger brother. When Karma loses her way trying to get help, she crosses paths with Cooper, a troubled teenaged boy. Lost for three days, the two figure out how to survive, and Karma teaches Stark to hunt like an actual bird of prey. Karma may be closer than she thinks to becoming a real falconer and having a real friend.

Like Vanessa

Tami Charles (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580897778

Middle graders will laugh and cry with thirteen-year-old Vanessa Martin as she tries to be like Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America. In this semi-autobiographical debut novel set in 1983, Vanessa Martin's real-life reality of living with family in public housing in Newark, New Jersey is a far cry from the glamorous Miss America stage. She struggles with a mother she barely remembers, a grandfather dealing with addiction and her own battle with self-confidence. But when a new teacher at school coordinates a beauty pageant and convinces Vanessa to enter, Vanessa's view of her own world begins to change. Vanessa discovers that her own self-worth is more than the scores of her talent performance and her interview answers, and that she doesn't need a crown to be comfortable in her own skin and see her own true beauty.

Karl, Get Out of the Garden!

Anita Sanchez (author) Catherine Stock (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607348337

Do you know what a Solanum caule inermi herbaceo, foliis pinnatis incises, racemis simplicibus is?* Carolus (Karl) Linnaeus started off as a curious child who loved exploring the garden. Despite his intelligence - and his mother's scoldings - he was a poor student, preferring to be outdoors with his beloved plants and bugs. As he grew up, Karl's love of nature led him to take on a seemingly impossible task: to give a scientific name to every living thing on earth. The result was the Linnaean system - the basis for the classification system used by biologists around the world today. Backyard sciences are brought to life in beautiful color. Back matter includes more information about Linnaeus and scientific classification, a classification chart, a time line, source notes, resources for young readers, and a bibliography. *It's a tomato!

Creating Thanksgiving Crafts

Dana Meachen Rau (author), Kathleen Petelinsek (illustrator)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781624312144

Whether you're looking for something to do on a rainy day or making a personalized gift for a friend, crafts are a great way to pass the time. They also provide an opportunity to learn how to draw meaning from technical texts. The activities in this book push readers to read for comprehension, use information gained from the text and illustrations to follow step-by-step directions, determine relationships among steps in a technical process, and build the skills they need to make the perfect crafts for the Thanksgiving season.

The Internet

Nikole Brooks Bethea (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624968716

In The Internet, readers will learn about the science and technology behind the development of the Internet. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage readers as they learn more about the challenges overcome to create the Internet and how this super science feat continues to advance technology and communication.

The Moon Landing

Nikole Brooks Bethea (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624968730

In The Moon Landing, readers will learn about the science and technology behind the first trip to the moon. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage readers as they learn about the challenges the astronauts faced and the triumph of the landing.

Prickly Plants

Mari Schuh (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624968914

Prickly Plants introduces readers to plants around the world that use thorns, prickles, spines, and bristles to defend themselves.

Photosynthesis

Karen Latchana Kenney (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624968822

Photosynthesis introduces readers to the amazing ways in which plants produce their own food and rely on the sun for survival. Readers will be fascinated with these plants' powers!

Healing Plants

Karen Latchana Kenney (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624968761

Healing Plants introduces readers to plants around the world that we can use to help heal. From their flowers, fruits, and leaves all the way to their roots, readers will be fascinated with these plants’ abilities to heal!

Judicial Branch

Vincent Alexander (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624969331

In this book, readers will learn about the judicial branch of the United States government. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers as they learn more about how the judicial branch is structured and how it interprets laws to ensure justice is applied equally.

Legislative Branch

Vincent Alexander (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624969362

In this book, readers will learn about the legislative branch of the United States government. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers as they learn more about how Congress creates laws and what other duties they are tasked with to ensure that the federal government and society runs smoothly.

Local Government

Vincent Alexander (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624969393

In this book, readers will learn how local government is organized. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers as they learn more about how the various roles and divisions in local government work together to ensure our cities and towns are run effectively.

State Government

Vincent Alexander (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624969423

In this book, readers will learn about how the state government is similar and different from the federal government. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers as they learn more about the various roles in state government and how states create laws to ensure that their government and society runs smoothly.

Life Cycle of a Kangaroo

Karen Latchana Kenney (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624968174

In this book, readers will learn about the incredible transformation the tiniest joey makes into a full-grown kangaroo. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage readers as they learn more about the incredible stages of the life cycle of a kangaroo.

Life Cycle of a Jellyfish

Karen Latchana Kenney (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624968143

In this book, readers will learn about the incredible transformation of a larva into a jellyfish and every phase in between. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage readers as they learn more about the incredible stages of the life cycle of a jellyfish.

Life Cycle of a Snake

Karen Latchana Kenney (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624968235

In this book, readers will learn about the incredible transformation of an egg into a snake, and every phase in between. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage readers as they learn more about every stage of the life cycle of a snake.

Life Cycle of a Ladybug

Karen Latchana Kenney (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624968204

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In this book, readers will learn about the incredible transformation of an egg into a ladybug, and every phase in between. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage readers as they learn more about every stage of the life cycle of a ladybug.