Instructor: Mrs. Nichols/Mrs. Willis
Reading Ideas
Early readers will appreciate the young detectives' savvy in piecing together the seemingly complex puzzle. Parents and teachers will notice the author's skillful portrayal of young people's mature interaction with both their peers and a broad spectrum of adult characters. Author Roy lays a clear trail of clues, steadily reinforces key discoveries, and cleanly closes the circle in less than 90 pages (including a fair smattering of helpful black and white drawings). Fortunately, he also sprinkles humor throughout the dialogue that pleases both young and old readers.
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The series of books takes place in Ella Mentary Elementary School, where A.J. (a boy who hates school) and his arch-enemy (also secret love) Andrea Young go to school. In these series, each book explains how the teachers are weird, each in his or her own way. In a lot of the books, the kids think that a teacher is not a real teacher at all. The last sentence in each book is: But it won't be easy.
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When their beloved Aunt Grace dies, Dan, 11, and Amy, 14along with other Cahill descendantsare faced with an unusual choice: inherit one million dollars or participate in a perilous treasure hunt. Cahills have determined the course of history for centuries, and this quest's outcome will bring the victors untoward power and affect all of humankind. Against the wishes of nasty Aunt Beatrice, their reluctant guardian since their parents' deaths, Dan and Amy accept the challenge, convincing their college-age au pair to serve as designated adult. Pitted against other Cahill teams, who will stop at nothing to win, the siblings decipher the first of 39 clues and are soon hot on the historical trail of family member Ben Franklin to unearth the next secret. Adeptly incorporating a genuine kids' perspective, the narrative unfolds like a boulder rolling downhill and keeps readers glued to the pages. As the siblings work together to solve puzzles and survive dangers, they develop into well-drawn individuals with their own strengths and personalities. Supporting Cahill cast members come across as intentionally exaggerated caricatures, adding to the tale's breathless fun. The book dazzles with suspense, plot twists, and snappy humor, but the real treasure may very well be the historical tidbits buried in the story.
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Young owlets are being snatched from their nests, eggs are disappearing. Something sinister is going on in the Owl Kingdoms. This first book in a series tells of how young Soren a barn owl, and Gylfie, a diminutive elf owl, survive the rigors and brainwashing of the evil St. Aegolius Academy. They band together with two other orphans and a blind snake in search of their families, and the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, a legend where ancient knights on silent wings went to do battle against evil and perform deeds of greatness. But first they have to fight their evil jailors who were out to attack other helpless owlets.
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Mr. and Mrs. Watson have a pig named Mercy. Mercy enjoys driving cars, going trick-or-treating, and a good chase. But above all else, Mercy enjoys toast with a great deal of butter on it. It is her search for toast that gets Mercy into all kinds of hilarious trouble.

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Tacky the Penguin is an odd bird, but a nice bird to have around. He wears his tacky Hawaiian shirt all the time and drives his best friends--Goodly, Lovely, Neatly, Angel and Perfect-- crazy. But when the hunters come, Tacky always finds a way to save everyone.
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Does your child have any favorite books the library does not own? Have you heard of any new great authors? Please contact me if you have any suggestions for purchases for the library.
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Nichols, Erin Send email to contact Business: 314-467-6341 (M, W)
Email:   Address: 7700 Fine Road
St. Louis, MO 63129

Willis, Ann Send email to contact Business: 314-467-6341 (Thurs)
Email:   Address: Rogers
7700 Fine Road
St. Louis, MO 63129

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