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Booktalking "Rough Waters" by S. L. Rottman

Seventeen-year-old Gregg is lashing out at everyone and everything since his parents died in an automobile crash. 14-year-old Scott has a different approach. Super-responsible and reasonable, his maturity irks his older brother. Read More ›

Booktalking "Candyfloss" by Jacqueline Wilson

Floss, half-bro Tiger, fun-loving Dad with a failing cafe, and Mom & Steve comprise Flora's loving but split family. Floss (aka Flora) has a birthday on which Mom drops a bombshell; she has a "gift" for the entire family. Read More ›

Booktalking "Grandmaster" by David Klass

David Pratzer, aka "Patzer-face," is a chess novice who is surprised to learn that his father is a grandmaster at the game. Visualizing the chess board, spending hours each day studying open moves... chess is mental combat, and it emotionally and mentally exhausts its participants.Read More ›

Booktalking "Endgame" by Frank Brady

On his sixth birthday, Robert James Fischer received a chess set from his 11-year-old sister Joan. It was the beginning of Bobby Fischer's epic journey from a poor Brooklyn school boy to a national and international chess celebrity.Read More ›

Booktalking "A Little Book of Sloth" by Lucy Cooke

Brown, gray, and black sloths. Sloths with raccoon faces, long hair, or short, wiry hair. All of them spend 70% of their time sleeping, which is what gives sloths a reputation for laziness. Their top speed is 15 feet per minute.Read More ›

Booktalking "Disabled Dogs" by Meish Goldish

These dogs are amazing, they are able to lead full and productive lives, and many of them help people who have similar disabilities.Read More ›

Booktalking "Money Boy" by Paul Yee

No money, no home, no place to stay, no idea of how to support yourself. Read More ›

Booktalking "Unremembered" by Jessica Brody

Violet or Seraphina... who knows? A 16-year-old purple-eyed girl supposedly is the sole survivor of a plane crash. Unfortunately, she does not remember anything of her past, who she is, what she likes to do, or even how to accomplish daily living tasks. Read More ›

Booktalking "Call the Horse Lucky" by Juanita Havill

Mel sees a sad, fly-infested, emaciated pinto horse in a muck-filled paddock surrounded by barbed wire. Concerned, she rushes to inform Gramma of the horse's plight.Read More ›

Booktalking "Teen Spirit" by Francesca Lia Block

Julie's grandmother is dead, her mom doesn't understand her, and mom's hokey boyfriend Luke has a fish handshake.Read More ›

Booktalking "Over in Australia" by Marianne Berkes

"Over in Australia" is a charming, poetic song that teaches kids about counting and Australian animals. Read More ›

Booktalking "Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy" by Bil Wright

"Carrlos Duarte, makeup artist to the stars."Read More ›

Booktalking "Ready to Wear" by Chloe Taylor

Zoey and her friends Priti and Kate are beyond thrilled when their middle school abolishes school uniforms. Guess that petition Zoey started last spring and the new principal had a hand in that. Fashion freedom at last! This will open up new horizons to Zoey in the clothing department.Read More ›

Booktalking "A La Carte" by Tanita Davis

Elaine, or Laine, as she is called, absolutely loves being in the kitchen, and she is sure that she wants to enter into a culinary career straight out of high school. She forgets all of her worries when she is cooking. But her mother is not so sure. She wants her to get additional schooling prior to entering the world of food full-time.Read More ›

Booktalking "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio

Ten-year-old August (Auggie) Pullman is about to enter fifth grade in a regular school. Up until this point, he has been home schooled due to a rare facial deformity that has caused him to undergo more surgeries in half a childhood than most people endure in a lifetime.Read More ›

A Bronx Week Reading List: May 8-18

One of the unique features of the Bronx is that is has a week dedicated to showcasing and celebrating all its wonderful attributes: history, literature, culture, etc. The Borough President each year has the honor of designating when the 11-day week will occur. Bronx Week 2014 begins May 8 and concludes on May 18. At the Bronx Library Center, we have a wonderful array of programs to highlight the Bronx. Additionally, here is a reading list which is sure to spark your interests in all things Bronx!Read More ›

Booktalking "Best Enemies" by Jessica Burkhart

Charm and Sasha are a team, a team that might become a part of the Youth Equestrian National Team (YENT), if Sasha can help Charm conquer his hydrophobia so that they can succeed in the cross-country portion of the eventing trial that they will enter. Dressage, cross-country, and show jumping comprise the sport of equestrian eventing. I do not know if I would try it, but the girls and boys of Canterwood Crest excel at horsemanship.Read More ›

Booktalking "Gee Whiz" by Jane Smiley

Gee Whiz is a grey off-the-track Thoroughbred. He enjoys racing with Blue, and Abby Lovitt is intrigued by him.Read More ›

Booktalking "Founding Mothers" by Cokie Roberts

Unfortunately, there is not much written about the formative female figures in our nation's history. In many cases, women assisted famous male figures, but some also did amazing things sheerly of their own volition.Read More ›

Booktalking "Pie in the Sky" by Jane Smiley

Free jumping horses so that horses see work as a fun game. Teaching a horse to trailer by spoiling a veteran who gets carrots and oats for walking onto the trailer quietly. Dealing with True Blue's fear of the fences and Pie in the Sky's pride. It's a day in the life of ninth grader Abby Lovitt, whose family owns Oak Valley Ranch, a training facility in the 1960s.Read More ›
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