we ready for winter? It usually comes faster here in Alaska
than it does in the rest of the US...I'm getting ready to
do lots of reading during the cold winter months. If you have
an e-book reader, Kindle, Nook or one of the many others on
the market, there are tons of free books available to download,
and you can even read them on the family computer. Usually
the free books are older books, but may be new to you. Most
of the books that I recommend are available in hardback, softbound
NEW BOOKS FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN (4-8)
Scarry's Christmas Mice
this Richard Scarry Christmas classic, read about two little
mice who've discovered the candy, dolls, and even a race car
that Santa brought. But did Santa leave anything for the two
little mice? Charming illustrations digitally restored to
their original brilliance.
Bibi Always Remembers
by Toni Buzzeo (Author), Mike Wohnoutka (Illustrator)
This tribute to grandmothers will make a perfect read-aloud
with touching family moments.Little Tembo, a baby elephant,
is thirsty and her herd cannot find any water. But Bibi, the
matriarch, "remembers the way to wet." As Bibi leads
them across the parched savannah, Tembo happily follows, every
now and then getting distracted by games she loves to play.
BOOKS FOR MIDDLE GRADES
Frances O'Roark Dowell
Can one mistake destroy the chance of a lifetime? A girl discovers
there are many ways of being true in this magnificent ode
to handwritten letters and the shining power of friendship
from the author of .
One true friend. Someone shining. That’s all twelve-year-old
Arie Mae wants. But shining true friends are hard to come
by deep in the mountains of western North Carolina, so she
sets her sights on a cousin unseen, someone who lives all
the way away in the big city of Baltimore, Maryland. Three
unanswered letters later, Arie Mae learns that a group of
kids from Baltimore are coming to spend a summer on the mountain.
knows that kissing Tom Lemmings behind the ball shed will
make her a legend. But she doesn’t count on that quick
clap of lips propelling her from coolest to lamest fourth
grader overnight. Suddenly Lucy finds herself trapped in Dorkdom,
where a diamond ring turns your finger green, where the boy
you kiss hates you three days later, where your best friend
laughs as you cry, where parents seem to stop liking you,
and where baby sisters are born different
YOUNG ADULT BOOKS COMING UP
by Tara Shuler
has become a very real threat to Alice and those she loves
most. Now that he has taken the talisman, the Council has
no idea what he has planned. But they must find out, and quickly!
To bring about his plan… Alice must die.
her life in danger and the Council running out of time, Alice
discovers the darkness that had burrowed its way inside her
when she practiced dark magic is still there, lurking deep
inside her, chomping its way through her and aching to explode
Can they keep Alice safe from the manic that intends to take
her life to bring forth his dastardly plan? And how can they
defeat the powerful Dmitri now that he has the talisman, when
Alice can no longer make use of her abilities?
Alexi, Liam, Kai, Max, Jamie, Will, and many more must join
forces to stop him before it’s too late, and before
Alice is lost forever.
Malley—to avoid being shipped off to boarding school,
she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard—he
knows his cousin’s in trouble before she does. Wild
Skink—he’s a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida,
and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down.
With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the state,
undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets,
and giant gators.
Hiaasen first introduced readers to Skink more than twenty-five
years ago in Double Whammy, and he quickly became Hiaasen’s
most iconic and beloved character, appearing in six novels
to date. Both teens and adults will be thrilled to catch sight
of the elusive “captain” as he finds hilariously
satisfying ways to stop internet predators, turtle-egg poachers,
and lowlife litterbugs in their tracks. With Skink at the
wheel, the search for a missing girl is both nail-bitingly
tense and laugh-out-loud funny.
TIPS FOR WRITERS:
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