Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A New Review

Just finished reading an advanced copy of Hero by Mike Lupica. Unlike his previous books centering on sports themes, this story takes the reader on an adventure of superheros and fantasy powers. Can a fourteen year old boy really follow in his father's footsteps and possess the superpowers to fight the evil which threatens the United States? Billy Harrigan is a boy who is about to discover secrets about his father and about himself. He cannot accept the circumstances of his father's death so he sets out to uncover what really happened. Will he be able to find evidence of foul play while accepting the challenge of his own destiny?

Not my favorite Mike Lupica book, but a good summer read! To discover more about Mike Lupica visit his

Reading level 9 to 12. Hero will be published in November 2010. Send me an email if you would like to borrow my copy.

Monday, June 28, 2010

ALA Convention

I have just returned from the American Library Association Convention in Washington DC.

I met so many authors including Mo Williems (Don't let the Pidgeon Ride the Bus) and Laura Numeroff (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie). I was able to gather so many items for the library (books and posters) as well as so many bookmarkers for all of my students. We will be set for September!

One of the books I purchased is called Almost Astronauts- 13 Women Who Dared to Dream which is a non- fiction story about 13 courageous women who wanted to become space pioneers. The book describes their journey and the roadblocks of the 1960s that kept them on the ground. I can't wait to read it and then share it with you. This book received the Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children published in 2009.

I also purchased a book called The Dreamers by Pam Munoz Ryan and illustrated by Peter Sis. It's on my bookshelf for this summer! I'll keep you posted!