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Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

December 7, 2009 · No Comments · Non-fiction

As he returns from an unsuccessful climb of Mt. Everest, Greg Mortenson becomes lost in Afghanistan and wanders in to the village of Korphe. Here Mortensen meets Haji Ali. Ali’s family takes care of Mortenson and finds him a way back to Pakistan. Before he leaves the little village of Korphe and Ali’s hospitality, Mortenson […]

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One Child by Torey Hayden

December 7, 2009 · No Comments · Non-fiction

Author Torey Hayden teaches specials needs students at her public school. It’s a new school year and her students are doing well and getting along. That is until six-year-old Sheila arrives. Sheila’s violent and unpredictable behavior sets the class on edge and it is up to Torey to break through Sheila’s tough exterior. Sheila has […]

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The Secret of Priest’s Grotto by Peter Lane Taylor with Christos Nicola

December 7, 2009 · No Comments · Non-fiction

This is an amazing story of survival. Cavers Peter Lane Taylor and Christos Nicola heard tales of Jews who survived the Holocaust by hiding in Ukrainian caves. Nicola, determined to find out if these tales were true, began investigating the Popowa Yama story. In 2002, four years after beginning his investigation, Nicola received an e-mail […]

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The Children of Alcatraz by Claire Rudolf Murphy

December 7, 2009 · No Comments · Non-fiction

Children of Alcatraz: Growing Up on the Rock portrays what it was like for children to grow up on Alcatraz Island. The book covers different time periods in the island’s history from use as a light house, a military post, disciplinary barracks, U.S. penitentiary, site of a Native Amerian occupation, and to its current status […]

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Guys Write for Guys Read edited by Jon Scieszka

December 7, 2009 · No Comments · Non-fiction

Jon Scieszka has put together a collection of guys writing for guys about being guys. The entries a short and “sweet” to borrow a term from Napoleon Dynamite. Each includes a biography and bibliography about the author. So you guys will enjoy pieces by Chris Crutcher, James Howe, Anthony Horowitz, Gordon Korman, Walter Dean Myers, […]

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Blizzard! by Jim Murphy

December 7, 2009 · No Comments · Non-fiction

On Sunday afternoon , March 11, 1888 the Great Blizzard hit the East Coast. Snow and wind whipped through cities and farms for four days dumping 40-50 inches of snow. Winds swept through the cities at up to 45 miles an hour snapping powerlines. Snowdrifts, some up to 50 feet high, blocked buildings. Transportation was […]

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The Great Fire by Jim Murphy

December 7, 2009 · No Comments · Non-fiction

On Sunday night, October 8, 1871, a small fire broke out in the O’Learys’ barn in Chicago, Illinois. Due to weather conditions and human error the fire became a roaring inferno that burned for 31 hours causing 100,000 people to flee the deadly flames. Through Jim Murphy’s skillful writing, the reader experiences the confusion and […]

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How Rude! by Alex J. Packer

December 7, 2009 · No Comments · Non-fiction

The official title of this humorous but helpful book by Alex J. Packer is How Rude! The Teenager’ Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior and Not Grossing People Out. Everything is covered in this book from how to be polite in daily life with your family and at school to how to be a gracious […]

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The Freedom Writer’s Diary by Erin Gruwell

December 4, 2009 · 1 Comment · Non-fiction

After watching the movie, I decided I wanted to read the book. As always, there was so much more in the book. If you saw the movie, you will notice some liberties taken by the screenwriters. The Freedom Writers’s Diary begins with a chapter entitled “Freshman Year – Fall 1994″. It’s Erin Gruwell’s first year […]

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