Booktalk: Anyone who has ever spent time with a dog knows that dogs love sniffing! They sniff out hidden food, dirty socks, and the visitor who comes to the door. But some dogs work with police officers, soldiers and even scientists to put their “sniffers” to work. Sniffer dogs make use of the amazing biology behind their noses to protect people from bombs, catch criminals smuggling drugs, or help researchers locate a hard to find snail in a forest.
Snippet: During World War I and Wrld War II, dogs were used to help locate injured soldiers on or near the battlefield. These dogs were also called casualty or ambulance dogs. They were also used by the military as scouts, trackers, sentries, and messengers.
Booktalk: When Geo and Dr. Brain find themselves inside Phoebe’s brain, they must brave shocking electrical signals and navigate a maze of neurons and synapses. Will the dynamic duo finally escape? And what’s the matter with Phoebe, anyway?
It’s STEM Friday! (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
by Jordan Mechner (Author), LeUyen Pham (Illustrator), and Alex Puvilland (Illustrator)
Booktalk: Martin is one of a handful of Templar Knights to escape when the king of France and the pope conspire to destroy the noble order. The king aims to frame the Templars for heresy, execute all of them, and make off with their legendary treasure. That’s the plan, anyway, but Martin and several other surviving knights mount a counter-campaign to regain the lost treasure of the Knights Templar.
Booktalk: Howtoons celebrates their 10th anniversary with a 360 page remastered collection containing more than 70 projects of the “best of” Howtoons over those years, along with new material, photos, and essays by the creators of the series.
Combining comics and real-life science and engineering principles, Howtoons encourages kids to become active participants in the world around them. Follow Celine and Tucker as they learn through play! Challenged to make something “other than trouble,” this brother-and-sister pair use everyday objects to invent toys that readers can build!
Booktalk: In the summer of 1965, Holly and her cousin Ivy discover family secrets no one has spoken of since World War II involving a terrifying accident, their Uncle Jesse’s death in a Japanese Internment camp, and a boy named Kiyo.
Snippet: “What is a Japanese camp, Gigi?” I hear my own voice come out in a little squeak.
Gigi turned around to look at me. “Oh my Lord, Holly. I forgot you were here. I shouldn’t be talking like this.” But she turned back to Randy and started talking again.