From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-4?An original tale about an Irish family, set in New England "some hundred years ago." Uncle Ambrose is expected at his sister's house on Christmas Eve. The musician of the family, he is the one who makes "Christmas sing" for his niece, Frances. However, Uncle Ambrose has a bad leg, and when an evening's snow turns into a blizzard, the excited activity around the house turns to worry. He finally arrives, saved by a huge black dog that no one has ever seen before. The "angel" of Mill Street disappears into the night and the family goes to bed. The narrative has the rhythm and pacing of oral storytelling. On each double-page spread, the text is set in a narrow vertical strip next to a large illustration. While the text describes what is going on in the house, the paintings show Ambrose's trek, with the black dog always shadowing him, making the story read as if it were being simultaneously told aloud and acted out. Two wordless, double-page illustrations at the climax (Ambrose's tumble into a snowbank and rescue) add to the meticulous structure of the book. Blake's watercolors, with the blue hues of the outside set against the yellow hues of indoors and the increasingly obscuring and wind-blown snow, add nicely to this cozy and old-fashioned Christmas story.
Atticus is a story about a father and his prodigal son. It is also an engaging murder mystery.
The writing was sincere and powerful. The description of the wild Mexican landscape and the people of Resurreccion were done to perfection. This was a novel where you could see and smell and feel what the characters were experiencing.
The love that Atticus feels for his son Scott, no matter how messed up, rotten and selfish Scott has been, is so sincere.
"Surrounded by guards, fences, and desert, Japanese-Americans in an internment camp create a baseball field. A young boy tells how baseball gave them a purpose while enduring injustice and humiliation. The first person narrative is moving" - American Bookseller, "Pick of the Lists"
"A new dimension in...the traditional sports story" - Booklist
"Captures the confusion, wonder and terror...with convincing understatement" - The New York Times
Story takes place in the Snake River Valley (Idaho and eastern Oregon) in the 1870s. The Nez Perce Indians lived there before the white settlers. The Homestead Act of 1862 opened up the land to the white settlers. Charlotte, a rancher's daughter and Lily, a Nez Perce Indian become best friends and Charlotte warns Lily and her family that the soldiers are coming.
The Heroic Story of Downed US Navy Pilot Lt. Shane Osborn
From the back cover:
From the age of three, Shane Osborn dreamed of being a pilot. He began learning the skills he would neeed to fly as a member of the Civil Air Patrol, a branch of the US Air Force, when he was just 12 years old. But it wasn't until he graduated from the naval ROTC program at the University of Nebraska and joined the navy that his dream finally became a reality. Five years later, all Lt Osborn's flying skills were put to the test when a Chinese F-8 II fighter jet collided with his EP-3E ARIES II plane during a US surveillance mission through international airspace. With almost certain disaster looming, Osborn managed to gain control of his crippled plane and land it safely on the Chinese island of Hainan-saving the lives of his 23 crewmates.
In Born To Fly, Shane Osborn describes these terrifying events in vivid detail, along with the years of dedicated training that made the emergency landing possible. This is the inspirational story of a boy with a dream, and of the extraordinary discipline and courage that made him a hero.
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What makes each dog different from all other dogs? Which dogs never shed their coats? What kind of dog grunts and snuffles? Calico Picks a Puppy answers these and other questions about all shapes and sizes of puppies. Calico cat introduces us to performing poodles, splashing spaniels, cuddly collies, roly-poly retrievers, and more.
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This timeless fable of a cat who changes the life of a poor Japanese artist has become a classic since its first publication in 1930. This newly illustrated edition brings to life the magic and wonder of the Buddhist legends that the artist draws.