Booktalk: Plants might start out as leafy things growing in the earth, but they can come into our lives in unexpected ways. And believe it or not, some have even played an exciting role in our world’s history.
Snippet: The latex that tappers collect from rubber trees does not look or feel rubbery. Latex is a liquid that flows from shallow cuts in the bark of mature trees. It becomes rubber after it is pressed, to remove water, and then heated and molded into various shapes.
It’s STEM Friday! (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
Booktalk: Miss Wright is a writer. She enjoys her work. Each day she sits at her desk and writes stories with marvelous characters who live exciting lives. But, except for the click-click-click of the keyboard, it is quiet in Miss Wright’s office. Too quiet. And too lonely. So Miss Wright decides she needs a pet to keep her company.
Snippet: The monkey certainly kept Miss Wright entertained, but now her stories made no sense. When Miss Wright typed, the monkey put his hands on the keyboard, too. A scramble of mixed-up letters filled the computer screen.
Batman versus Man-Bat (Batman Classic)
by J. E. Bright (Author), Steven E. Gordon (Illustrator) and Eric A. Gordon (Illustrator)
Booktalk: When a half-man, half-bat creature attacks Gotham City, the police think Batman has gone mad. To clear his name, Batman has to defeat the fiendish foe. (Level 2 beginning reader)
It was a moonless night.
Two Gotham City police officers
shouted in shock as a giant bat
landed on their patrol car.
The olice officers ran for safety.
One radioed Commissioner Gordon.
“Batman just smashed our car!”
he yelled into his walkie talkie.
Booktalk: Meet real-life airmen and women who have displayed incredible courage in the face of danger as they served their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Snippet: At sunrise on a bitterly cold day in March 2002, a helicopter carried Airman Cunningham and a team of Army Rangers toward a tall mountain in Patkia province, Afghanistan. There were on a mission to rescue a Navy SEAL who had fallen out of a helicopter when it was hit by rockets and gunfire from Al Qaeda forces.
Booktalk: In this free-verse poetry novel, Odette is a young Jewish girl living in Paris during a dangerous time. The Nazis have invaded the city, and every day brings new threats. After Odette’s father enlists in the French army and her mother joins the Resistance, Odette is sent to the countryside until it is safe to return.
On the surface, she leads the life of a regular girl—going to school, doing chores, and even attending Catholic Mass with other children. But inside, she is burning with secrets about the life she left behind and her true identity.
Open books cover our stars like shields.
Henriette forgets she is thirsty.
The librarian, our gatekeeper,
pretends we are children like any others.
All afternoon, we read fairy tales.
In our cave of bookshelves,
we feel safe from the evil giants
marching down the street.
Booktalk: The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps– it’s just harmless fun.
That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future. Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.
But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.
The first time I jumped was about eight months ago, during my first semester of college. I was sitting in the middle of a French poetry class. I nodded off for a few minutes and woke up to a cold breeze and a door slamming me in the face. I was standing in front of my dorm. Before I even had a chance to panic, I was right back in class again.