Interest Level 5-8; Reading Level: 5.5
Have you ever had to move and change schools? How many times? Well, twelve-year old Emily has moved more times than she wants to think about. Her parents have a quest to live in all 50 states and they even get paid by sponsors to do it. Where is their current move? San Francisco, CA. Emily has to admit, as much as she hates moving around, she is excited about this move because it is the home of her literary idol, Garrison Griswold. Mr. Griswold owns a publishing company but he is mostly known for his online game: Book Scavenger. Book Scavenger is a game in which people all over the world hide and find books using tracking numbers. The more books that you hide and find the more points you get. Emily is so excited because Mr. Griswold is announcing a new game on the exact day they are moving; however, Mr. Griswold is attacked on the way to the announcement and ends up in a coma. Emily is also excited to make a new friend in her building, James, who is a puzzle gamer himself. What they don't expect to find when they are exploring the city is the book Mr. Griswold hid during the attacks. This was to be the beginning of his new game and it is Emily and James' quest to find the clues and finish the quest. What they don't realize is that Mr. Griswold's attack was not random and the men are now searching for the book he hid, and Emily and James are in their way. Will Emily and James be able to solve the the clues left by Mr. Griswold before the dangerous men find them? Or will something "accidental" happen to them? Read this action packed book to see if you can help Emily and James on their quest.
This book was so much fun to read! There is action and mystery at every twist and turn. This also makes me want to have a book scavenger game in my own city. You can follow up this book with Jennifer Chambliss Bertman's second book The Unbreakable Code, the second book in the Book Scavenger series.
Interest Level: 5-8
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What would you do if you went on a scuba diving trip and everything seemed to go wrong? The most important rule of scuba diving is that if you don't feel right, don't go down. Twelve-year-old Julie Sims knows this, but her dad is in financial trouble and they need the money. They cannot risk losing the money from this dive. To begin with, the customers are one of Julie's sworn enemy, Shane, and his dad. From the beginning they refuse to follow instructions from Julie and her dad. Then Julie's dad gets sick and he cannot take them down to the dive site, so Julie must do it. As soon as they get in the water, Shane and his dad leave Julie and she then realizes that the anchor is not set but there is nothing she can do about it. So when it is time to go back up, Julie cannot find the anchor line to get back to the boat. When she finally surfaces she does not see the boat anywhere. To make matters worse, Shane and his dad surfaced too fast and Shane's dad has the bends. He needs to get to a hospital fast. Can the three of them survive floating in the ocean about fifty miles off of the Alabama coast? Shane and his dad are very mean people, what will they do if Julie gets in the way of their safety? I will give you a warning about this book... once you start reading this book you will not be able to put it down! This book is full of twists and turns, suspense and survival and is a must read for anyone!
I have always loved Watt Key's books because we are both from Alabama. This book is even more special to me because for so many years Orange Beach was a second home to me. Watt Key can weave an amazingly suspenseful story that from start to finish will not disappoint!
Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 4.3
How do you think you would react if you were caught up in some type of natural disaster? Imagine you were standing inland and you saw an enormous wave coming toward you? This is what Ben and his family are facing. Ben, his brother, and his mom are in Japan visiting their uncle four months after their dad was killed in a car wreck. Ben has basically given up on life until he was forced to fight for it. Read this remarkable story by Lauren Tarshis and find out if Ben and his family survive this horrific disaster.
I Survived The Japanese Tsunami, 2011 PowerPoint for Teachers/Librarians
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I Survived The Japanese Tsunami, 2011 Book Trailer
Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 4.6
What would you do if you got to meet your favorite television star? What if that same television star asked you to go on a ride with him chase a storm? Sounds cool, right? That is sure what Dex thought. His older brother, who is also his best friend, is away on a secret training mission for the Navy SEAL’s. Dex misses him so much so when this opportunity to go storm chasing with the famous television star, Dr. Gage, Dex jumps at the chance. Little does Dex know that soon he is going to have to be just as brave as his big brother. Lauren Tarshis weaves fiction and nonfiction into a story that had me holding my breath to see how it would end. I gave this book 5 stars because she does such a fantastic job giving disastrous details in a way that every kid can read and not be scared. If you liked this book, Tarshis has 11 more fantastic books, and more to come.
I Survived The Joplin Tornado, 2011 PowerPoint for Teachers/Librarians
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I Survived The Joplin Tornado, 2011 Book Trailer
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