Crossan, Sarah. HarperCollins Publishers Greenwillow Books. Tippi and Grace are conjoined twins, about to start high school for the first time.
Everyone comments how hard it must be to be joined together, but they can't imagine life apart. The twins also have plenty of other things to worry about - parents losing their jobs, their younger sister's eating disorder, and for Grace, falling in love. Things take a turn for the worse, however, when Grace develops a heart condition that forces the sisters to make an unthinkable decision - should they stay together and die or separate and try to live?
The story is written in verse and told from Grace's perspective.
It's a fast read, but one which takes readers on an emotional journey through joy, desolation, and anxiety, and the story will stay with them long after they are through reading. Cushman, Karen. Her quest is challenging, and one member is a silent, but deadly nemesis. Friendship, cooperation, loyalty, and perseverance, are dominant themes complemented with humorous situations and characterizations of friends and foes. Davis, John W. The trial of Tom Horn.
This account of the trial of Tom Horn, an accused murderer of a fourteen-year-old boy, Willie Nickell, is considered to be the only full-length description of the controversial trial. The author, John Davis, is a lawyer, an authentic communicator and analyzer of the events occurring during this society-changing trial. The book begins with the first chapter focusing on the killing of Willie Nickell and the events occurring directly after his horrific murder.
Nickell was a well-behaved farm boy unexpectedly shot from far away, and the murderer is originally unknown to the reader. The author then leads the reader in the discovery and conviction of the murder, later identified as Tom Horn, by featuring each chapter with a key event that happened in convicting a murderer for the crime. Davis includes testimonies of those involved in the trial in order to support the validity of the account, such as the questioning of a witness who talked with Horn before the murder occurred. This informative book not only discusses the trial of Tom Horn, but also talks about his image seen by those living in Wyoming during the early twentieth century.
The group of influential cattlemen had hired murderers to protect their property, which meant that Tom Horn was not expected to be convicted because of their impressive defense team. After the jury found Horn guilty of murder, the system of law of the Wild West, specifically Wyoming, changed.
This account documents the change in vigilantism and the struggle of power that occurred in Wyoming between the wealthy and the working citizens. Davis also includes images related to the trial, such as a picture of Tom Horn being escorted to jail, which helps the reader place themselves in the time period and relate to the setting and experiences of those involved in the trial. This book features dense factual evidence, such as quotations from reports of the trial, which young readers will have difficulty comprehending.
Younger readers will also have difficulty following the footnotes that are featured in order to support the research presented by the author. Older students and adults will thoroughly enjoy this informative and detailed account of one of the most significant trials of the Wild West. Deem, James M. The prisoners of Breendonk. Photography by Lenn Nolis.
You try to forget and move on; you enrol in Army training, you want to make something of your life. Steamboat School: Inspired by a true story. One by one, they tell tales of the past, exaggerating, dramatizing, and embellishing. However, is likely to be less negative following the end of the glide-path of MTR cuts in July The pomps of the religion, the pageantries of the court, and the munificence of the nobility, were never before characterised by so much grandeur and profusion. The unseen woman aside from her nightgown-covered arm that Don is grasping in the poster may be Megan or Betty or even Sylvia.
Antwerp, Belgium was no exception. From the beginnings of World War I Breendonk was used as a citadel. Damaged in the first world war, it was taken over by the Nazis as a "reception" camp, designed to transport inmates to other locations. No less brutal than other more well-known camps, only one half of the prisoners survived. Camp records are now available with graphic photos, and artwork. James Deem creates stories of the inmates with identities ranging from communists, Jews, resistance fighters, and criminals.
The creation of their stories illuminates the incredible spirit of the human being, a theme repeated in stories from camps across Europe. The idea that only the Jews were targeted is well dispelled; individuals from all walks of life were targeted. This is his first book. A fantastic and well written documentary of personal histories. Highly recommended for mature readers. Delacre, Lulu. Rafi keeps surprising Rosi with all of his magic abilities.
However, Rosi becomes increasingly skeptical of her brother. Rafi and Rosi learn to work through their misunderstandings and conflicts. Although this book is written in English, there are some Spanish words in the text. There is a glossary in the beginning of the text that will teach readers new words. Rafi y Rosi aprender a trabajar juntos de los malentendidos y conflictos.
Rafi and Rosi carnival! Rosi is excited to celebrate Carnival; only to soon find out she is too young to participate in the town festival. Rafi must help his sister find a solution.
However, Rafi always has a trick up his sleeve! Rafi and Rosi expose young audiences to the cultural importance of Carnival. While there are some Spanish words intertwined in this small chapter book, there is a glossary in the beginning to help readers understand and learn new words. In addition, there are ideas for hands on art activities in the back of the book. Pero sin embargo, Rafi siempre tiene un truco! Hay un glosario al principio para ayudar a los lectores a entender y aprender nuevas palabras.
Denise, Anika. Muted colors convey a loving, caring, sharing, and patient grandmother helping her curious, charming, cheerful, and devoted grandchildren bake a cake. Monster trucks. HarperCollins Publishers.
Illustrated by Nate Wragg. However, they are not the only racers; Little Blue Bus joins the trucks for the race to the finish line. The monster trucks are not a welcoming bunch, but Little Blue Bus takes the lead and uses her true grit and wits to finish first. The illustrations are striking and convey the action of the trucks and the determination of the Little Blue Bus.
DePaola, Tomie. The magical world of Strega Nona: A treasury. Illustrations are captivating and the stories are appealing because of the humor, spirit, and practical approach to life. Dimopoulos, Elaine. Material girls. Material Girls was especially dry in the beginning, but the plot improved as the story progressed. The book begins with two perfect lives of citizens in the world of Tap.
Tap was a new concept in which children were chosen in the creative industries based on their Tap Page, the website they had worked on through most of seventh grade. The chapters alternate through two points of view, going back and forth between two Taps: A trend setter sitting on the highest court fashion label Torro DeBlanc, and a famous pop star.
Both are trying to slow down the money consuming trends, and start up the new eco-chic trend that could save their world from landfills in their backyards.