Shelley's Booktalk List 2009-2010

The Truth About Dangerous Sea Creatures

By Mary M. Cerullo

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Giant squid -- Blue-ringed octopus -- Giant octopus -- Giant clam -- Spiny sea urchin -- Crown-of-thorns sea star -- Jellies -- Sea wasp -- Coral reefs -- Sea anemone -- Cone shell -- Stonefish -- Surgeonfish -- Lionfish -- Sea snake -- Moray eel -- Barracuda -- Giant grouper -- Puffer -- Stingray -- Torpedo ray -- Manta ray -- Basking shark and whale shark -- Tiger shark -- Bull shark -- Great white shark.
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Stories To Solve: Folktales from Around the World

By George Shannon

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Brief folktales in which there is a mystery or problem that the reader is invited to solve before the resolution is presented.
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Stone Fox

By John Gardiner

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Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.
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Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

By Cornelia Cornelissen

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Soft Rain, a nine-year-old Cherokee girl, is forced to relocate, along with her family, from North Carolina to the West.
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A Small Dog's Big Life: Around the World With Owney

By Irene Kelly

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Letters tell the story of Owney, a dog who became mascot of the Albany, New York, post office in 1888 and traveled around the world. Includes historical notes. From 1889 to 1897 a small dog captured the public's imagination and became famous. His name was Owney, and he was a stray that had wandered into an Albany, New York, post office.
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Secrets, Lies, Gizmos, and Spies: A History of Spies and Espionage

By Janet Wyman Coleman

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A look into the secret history of spies and espionage throughout the years.
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Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

By Wendelin Van Draanen

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Thirteen-year-old Sammy's penchant for speaking her mind gets her in trouble when she involves herself in the investigation of a robbery at the "seedy" hotel across the street from the seniors' building where she is living with her grandmother.
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Rachel's Journal: the Story of a Pioneer Girl

By Marissa Moss

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In her journal, Rachel chronicles her family's adventures traveling by covered wagon on the Oregon Trail in 1850.
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Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep

By Gail Carson Levine

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In this retelling of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, Princess Sonora, who is ten times smarter than anyone else, vows to choose for herself the best time to be pricked by the spindle.
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High as a Hawk: A Brave Girl's Historic Climb

By T. A. Barron

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In 1905, eight-year-old Harriet Peters fulfills her dead mother's dream by climbing Long's Peak in Colorado with the help of an old mountain guide, Enos Mills. Based on a true story.
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