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Am I an Insect?
Duehl, Kristine (Author), Castronovo, Katy (Illustrator)

With colorful and accurate illustrations designed to engage young readers, this book implements an inquiry-style teaching method that discusses the characteristics that differentiate insects from other organisms.Byaskingifeach illustration shows an insect before providing information on each animal and how its characteristics do or do not classify it as an insect, the book encourages readers to participate, fromcounting the number of legs a creature hastoidentifying its body parts. Finishing with a summary of all insect characteristics, itasks the reader to decide if a snail is an insect based on what they have learned throughout the book. The inquiry styledemonstrated throughouthas been shown to be one of the most effective ways of engaging readers in the subject material and to teach children scientific thinking, making it easy for them to find characteristics of insects without adult assistance."


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Angels Ride Bikes/Los Angeles Andan En Bicicleta
by Francisco X. Alarcon, Maya Christina Gonzalez (Illustrator)

In this bilingual poetry book, Francisco X. Alarcón invites young readers to experience fall in Los Angeles — the City of the Angels — where dreams can come true. In the poet's whimsical imagination, mariachis play like angels, angels ride bikes, and the earth dances the cha-cha-cha. Alarcón celebrates the simple joys and trials of everyday life: a visit to the outdoor market, the arrival of the ice cream vendor, the first day of school. He honors his family and pays tribute to his mother, who taught him that with hard work and education he could realize his dreams.

Maya Christina Gonzalez's spirited images perfectly complement each poem, bringing to life the people and places in Alarcón's childhood.

Pub. Date: April 2005 Publisher: Pgw Format: Paperback, 32pp
089239198

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Elizabeth's Landing

Port Winston, Texas--home to sun, sand, and shopping. What's not to like? Everything, to 14 year-old Elizabeth Barker. It's the middle of her 9th grade year and Dad's uprooted the family, returning to his Gulf coast hometown. A once-bustling fishing community, Port Winston is pushing every boundary, vying to be the state's premier tourist destination. A far cry from quiet, Coulter City, Missouri where Elizabeth used to be somebody and family meant something a whole lot different. Between Mom's story assignment in Mexico, Dad's 14-hour workdays and weekends minding Grandpa at the docks, their once close-knit life is in shreds. Taunted as the newbie camera geek at school, Elizabeth's given up trying to fit in.

When Grandpa, who's got more judgments than the Old Testament, pronounces her 10¢ shy of worthless and headed for trouble, Elizabeth bolts for Wayward Landing beach--the county's last wild haven. Her impulsive defense of an endangered, nesting sea turtle against a trio of bullies ignites new purpose, a challenging friendship, and troubles even Grandpa couldn't predict. Her fight to save the Landing unearths complex family ties to the powerful developer and a long-buried tragedy that catapults Elizabeth against those she loves. When the Deepwater Horizon oil slick threatens the Louisiana coast and the turtles' feeding grounds, Elizabeth's journalist mom hits the front lines. And Elizabeth's fears and plans hit overdrive.

Elizabeth's Landing is a compelling environmental and family saga, bridging risk and loss with hope and hearts--human to human, human to animal, human to world.

Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780989097314
  • Publisher: Pyewacky Press
  • Publication date: 7/6/2013
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.74 (d)

098909731
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From the Bellybutton of the Moon/Del Ombligo de la Luna
by Francisco X. Alarcon, Maya Christina Gonzalez (Illustrator)

With a poet's magical vision, Francisco X. Alarcón takes young readers back to his childhood when he traveled with his family to Mexico to visit his grandmother and other relatives. Readers ride with him in the family station wagon across the misty mountain range to the little town of Atoyac, the beloved town of his ancestors. There he listens his grandma's colorful stories, samples Auntie Reginalda's tasty breakfasts, learns about the keys to the universe, and take playful dips in the warm sea.

Maya Christina Gonzalez's lighthearted illustrations perfectly capture the spirit of a summer in Alarcón's Mexico where "colors are more colorful, tastes are tastier, and even time seems to slow down."

Pub. Date: April 2005 Publisher: Children's Book Press Format: Paperback, 32pp
089239201

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Getaway Day

Mikey Wright is a normal 13-year-old. With normal problems. Until the day he finds out his dad has cancer. Getaway Day chronicles Mikey's journey to save his father's life and learn the meaning of his own. His journey to help his father takes him from the safety and security of his home town to Anaheim, Chicago, and back down Route 66. Along the way, he's helped by some ordinary and extraordinary folks. Each one has something to teach Mikey about fathers and sons, growing up, family, and home.

His efforts are thwarted at every turn, until Mother Nature steps up to the plate. When a freak storm deluges the Bay Area and forces postponement of the 1962 World Series and makes it impossible to practice in nearby San Francisco, the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants make arrangements to work out in nearby Modesto. Mikey is inches from making his father's dream come true when an encounter with his high school arch-nemesis threatens to ruin all of his work. Join Mikey as he learns selflessness and the power of believing. He discovers that expectations aren't real, loneliness is absolute, change is inevitable, and laughter is essential. Ultimately, he learns that growing up means letting go.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781629949154
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Pages: 400

162994915
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Infandous
Arnold, Elana K (Author)

Sephora Golding lives in the shadow of her unbelievably beautiful mother. Even though they scrape by in the seedier part of Venice Beach, she's always felt lucky. As a child, she imagined she was a minor but beloved character in her mother's fairy tale. But now, at sixteen, the fairy tale is less Disney and more Grimm. And she wants the story to be her own. Then she meets Felix, and the fairy tale takes a turn she never imagined. Sometimes, a story is just a way to hide the unspeakable in plain sight.


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Let's Do Nothing!

Don’t move! A master of animation explores the elusive art of doing nothing in this comical tale of two very active imaginations.

Frankie and Sal have already played every sport and board game invented, baked and eaten batches of cookies, and painted a zillion pictures. What’s left to do? Nothing! Ten seconds of nothing! Can they do it? Can they act like stone statues in the park? Can they simply hold their breath and not blink an eye? With a wink to the reader and a command of visual humor, feature film animator Tony Fucile demonstrates the Zen-like art of doing nothing...oops! Couldn’t do it!


076365269
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Miss Fortune Cookie
Bjorkman, Lauren (Author)

Meet Erin. Smart student, great daughter, better friend. Secretly the mastermind behind the popular advice blog Miss Fortune Cookie. Totally unaware that her carefully constructed life is about to get crazy.

It all begins when her ex-best friend sends a letter to her blog--and then acts on her advice. In this novel from Lauren Bjorkman, Erin's efforts to undo the mess will plunge her into adventure, minor felonies, and possibly her very first romance.

What's a likely fortune for someone no longer completely in control of her fate? Hopefully nothing like: You will become a crispy noodle in the salad of life.


080508951
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Mostly Wordless
Alexander, Jed (Author), Alexander, Jed (Illustrator)

As its title suggests, (Mostly) Wordless is a mostly wordless all-ages book filled with stories, short vignettes and character sketches told with either no, or few words.

The book begins with the wordless mini-epic, "Ella and The Pirates," an enchanting tale about a little girl and her imaginary adventures as a pirate as she sails through perilous waters, has sword fights and discovers buried treasure. This continually surprising and engaging book rewards repeat readings, with something new to discover on every page. For young readers and non-readers alike!

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Question of Miracles
Arnold, Elana K (Author)

Sixth-grader Iris Abernathy hates life in Corvallis, Oregon, where her family just moved. It s always raining, and everything is so wet. Besides, nothing has felt right since Iris s best friend, Sarah, died.

When Iris meets Boris, an awkward mouth-breather with a know-it-all personality, she s not looking to make a new friend, but it beats eating lunch alone. Then she learns that Boris s very existence is a medical mystery, maybe even a miracle, and Iris starts to wonder why some people get miracles and others don t. And if one miracle is possible, can another one betoo? Can she possibly communicate with Sarah again? "


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Sacred

Growing up on Catalina Island, off the California coast, Scarlett Wenderoth has led a fairly isolated life. After her brother dies, her isolation deepens as she withdraws into herself, shutting out her friends and boyfriend. Her parents, shattered by their own sorrow, fail to notice Scarlett's pain and sudden alarming thinness. Scarlett finds pleasure only on her horse, escaping to the heart of the island on long, solitary rides. One day, as she races around a bend, Scarlett is startled by a boy who raises his hand in warning and says one word: "Stop."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780385742122
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Pages: 368

038574212
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Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game
Gutierrez, Amy (Author), Killoran, Ariana (Illustrator)

Smarty Marty, and her little brother Mikey, are back in the first in a series of illustrated chapter books, about a girl who loves baseball, written by San Francisco Giants in-game reporter Amy Gutierrez. Smarty Marty is the official scorekeeper for her little brother's Little League team. But when the game announcer fails to show up for the first game, Marty is called to announce the game, inspiring her dream not only to score but to announce. But not everyone is happy about a girl getting to announce a baseball game.


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Smarty Marty's Got Game
Gutierrez, Amy (Author), McCauley, Adam (Illustrator)

Amy Gutierrez ("Amy G" to San Francisco Giants fans) tells the inspiring story of older sister Marty, who teaches the game (and love) of baseball to her younger brother Mikey. Marty has always loved baseball and is known as "Smarty Marty" to her friends at school because she knows more about baseball than most grown-up baseball fans. However, her younger brother, Mikey, couldn't be bothered and just doesn't get it...UNTIL, Marty and Mikey attend a real baseball game, where Marty gradually teaches Mikey the ins and outs of baseball, the lingo, strategy, and more, often using real-life examples so Mikey can better understand. Before long, Mikey is no longer solely interested in the salted pretzels and garlic fries of the ballpark but is soon engrossed in the game and cheering along with his older sister. Amy G's story appeals to both boys and girls and also defies the strong gender stereotypes that Amy herself has battled in her 16-year career as a sports journalist and reporter.


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Smarty Marty's Got Game En Espanol
Gutierrez, Amy (Author), McCauley, Adam (Illustrator)

Amy Gutierrez ("Amy G" to San Francisco Giants fans) tells the inspiring story of older sister Marty, who teaches the game (and love) of baseball to her younger brother Mikey. Marty has always loved baseball and is known as "Smarty Marty" to her friends at school because she knows more about baseball than most grown-up baseball fans. However, her younger brother, Mikey, couldn't be bothered and just doesn't get it...UNTIL, Marty and Mikey attend a real baseball game, where Marty gradually teaches Mikey the ins and outs of baseball, the lingo, strategy, and more, often using real-life examples so Mikey can better understand. Before long, Mikey is no longer solely interested in the salted pretzels and garlic fries of the ballpark but is soon engrossed in the game and cheering along with his older sister. Amy G's story appeals to both boys and girls and also defies the strong gender stereotypes that Amy herself has battled in her 16-year career as a sports journalist and reporter.


194490328

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Smarty Marty's Official Gameday Scorebook
Gutierrez, Amy (Author)

Smarty Marty's Got Game is an inspirational baseball story that touches all ages and crosses multiple generations. Best-selling author Amy Gutierrez, the San Francisco Giants in-game reporter for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, adds to her heart-warming story with this easy and instructional big league scorebook.


193735976

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Splendor

Splendor, the stunning sequel to Sacred, is a story about changing friendships, family, romance, passion, the study of Kabbalah, and self-discovery. Sometimes the answers we seek aren’t ours to find. . . . Scarlett loves her boyfriend, the dashing, mysterious Will Cohen. But now he’s gone east for college, and Scarlett is stuck home on Catalina Island. Senior year should be a breeze, but between dealing with her parents’ separation and her wild best friend, Lily, things are off to a rocky start. And then there’s Gunner. Dangerous, dark, ferociously attractive Gunner. Lily’s potential boyfriend, Gunner . . .

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  • ISBN-13: 9780385742139
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Pages: 352

038574213
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The Story of Gilgamesh
Li, Yiyun (Author), Lorenzetti, Marco (Illustrator)

Godlike Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, has built a beautiful city, but is also a terrible tyrant. In answer to the prayers of his oppressed citizens, the gods create Enkidu, a wild man whose destiny is to first fight Gilgamesh, and then become his life-long friend. They embark on adventures together, but when they - together - kill the Bull of Heaven, Enkidu must pay the ultimate price. In his grief and fear of his own death, Gilgamesh goes on a journey to discover the secret to immortality...


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Y Negative

In the last few cities that survive in the acidic wasteland of a ruined world, the concept of “woman” has been forgotten to history. Those unfortunate enough to lack a Y chromosome live as second-class citizens in a world dominated by mascs.

Ember is Y negative. He is scorned, bullied, abused—by every masc he encounters, at work and at the gym. Not even his Y negative roommate cuts him any slack. He wants so desperately to be accepted as a masc, he’d rather buy black market testosterone than food. Something’s gotta give—he needs a change in his life—but has no idea how to find it.

Jess is a masc with a passion for studying the recovery of their devastated world. His boyfriend is pressuring him for more commitment, and his father expects him to take over the family business. He can’t wait to get away from civilization for his seasonal research out in the wild.

When Jess offers Ember a job, their lives collide in the isolated wasteland, and their initial attraction turns into a relationship that horrifies those around them. Soon their struggle to stay together and to be who they are turns into a fight for their lives.

Product Details
  • ISBN-13:9781626493346
  • Publisher:Riptide Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date:11/16/2015
  • Pages:294

162649334
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