Mystery Masters!

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Most of you are familiar with Tesse and Ben, two of our most prolific (and terrific) readers. They both love to read series books. I asked them why and they told me that one book just leads you into the next and they like the continuation of characters and how you can really get to know them. Starting in 4th grade last year, Tesse began to read the Nancy Drew series and Ben ventured into The Hardy Boys, both completing all of them this year. Then they moved onto the Trixie Belden mysteries (my personal favorite) and finished those also. What an achievement! Each week they would check out two to four books, returning them as soon as they finished. It is one of the rewards of being a librarian to see such enthusiasm for reading. Great job, Tesse and Ben!

 

 

 

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Tesse’s Book Reviews!

Wonderful Tesse is back with reviews of two books by Sheila Turnage. She thinks you should check these out!

 

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Three Times Lucky and The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage

Book Reviews by Tesse

I am going to review two books – Three Times Lucky and The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing. Both of these books are by Sheila Turnage.

 Three Times Lucky is about a girl named Moses (aka Mo) LoBeau, who was washed onto the shores of the town of Tupelo Landing eleven years ago during a hurricane. She lives with Miss Lana and the Colonel and helps them in their café along with her friend Dale Earnhardt Johnson II. Mo thinks that her summer looks good, until one of the residents of Tupelo Landing is murdered and a lawman comes into town asking questions. With Dale’s help, Mo sets out to solve the mystery.

 

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing is about Mo LeBeau just starting sixth grade when Miss Lana accidentally becomes the owner of an old inn because of the Tupelo auction. When Mo learns that there may be an unidentified ghost in the inn, she is itching to take on the case. Plus, finding out more about the ghost could earn her extra credit in history class. So, Mo and Dale take the case, and with the help of a new kid Harm Crenshaw, they discover that it is more than just the inn of Tupelo Landing that is being haunted by the past.

I really enjoyed both books because they were suspenseful and funny with just the right touch of spookiness. I would recommend these books to mystery lovers everywhere!

 

Thanks, Tesse! Great job!

 

 

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Which Dewey Decimal Category Are You?

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I think grades 5-8 should appreciate this quiz. Let me know how you do! (Psssst: I got 800′s).

Which Dewey Decimal Category Are You?.

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Birthday Book Club! (pt. 2)

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Kenny donated How To Be A Dinosaur Hunter by Scott Forbes!  This “NOT-FOR-PARENTS” guide takes you all over the world and through time and space to show you how to find dinosaur remains and to learn about how dinosaurs lived. Including information on fossil collections and tips from some of the most famous dinosaur detectives from the past and present, this book covers everything dinosaur. It is literally stuffed with fascinating information!

Thanks for the great book, Kenny!

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Birthday Book Club!

 

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Diego donated Popular Clone by M.E. Castle! What if you could clone yourself and one of you could go to school and the real you could stay home eating Cheetos, playing video games and working on inventions? That’s what happened to 12-year-old Fisher Bas who was tired of being bullied every day at school. But what if your clone becomes more popular than you and get “clonenapped” by an evil scientist? What if you have to set out on an adventure to rescue your clone? What a fun new book for our library collection!

Thanks, Diego!

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Journey (K4 Book Review)

Today I read Journey by Aaron Becker to K4. I wondered if they would be able to sit still and listen together, because this is a wordless book. With wordless books, you have to tell the story with the class as you view each page and sometimes that is a challenge with a lively group. But this magical tale, about a child who goes on an adventure that she makes herself, totally held their interest and more. They were captivated with each illustration and followed along beautifully, raising their hands to share their thoughts about each page. We loved Journey! Here’s the review:

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

One of the things I like best about being a librarian at St. Eugene is being chosen by students to be the one who listens to them when they are excited by a new book or author, or being the person who reads the newest story aspiring authors have written. Many of you have seen Tesse in these pages-she’s the Series Queen, the student who loves to read all the books she can by any author she loves. All that reading definitely leads to only good things!

Here is a story that Tesse wrote over the weekend. I thought it was a charming St. Patrick’s Day tale and perfect for today! Enjoy, everyone!

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A St. Patrick’s Day Surprise

By: Tesse 

It was St. Patrick’s Day 2014, a Monday to be exact, and Jade had just woken up. She went downstairs to see if the leprechauns had made any messes. They had. One mess was in the living room and the other was in the kitchen.  She went to the living room to start cleaning up. But something was strange. On the living room table was a doll.“Wow!” she exclaimed. She quickly cleaned up the living room mess and the mess in the kitchen, scooped up the doll, and carried her up to her room where she made her bed and put her on it. Then she got ready, had some breakfast and went off to school.

When she got back from school, she did her homework and went to her bedroom to relax. She picked up the new doll she had received from the leprechauns. It had to be from them! She had curly orange hair and was wearing a green, long-sleeved dress that was covered in clovers and had a pocket on it. She also wore a green headband and green shoes.  “I wonder if she has a name.” Jade wondered aloud. “Of course I do,” said the doll. Jade quickly let go of the doll and stared at her. “My name is Cloverna,” the doll continued. Cloverna held out her hand for her to shake, and Jade shook it. “Sorry for scaring you,” apologized Cloverna. “That’s okay,” Jade said with a smile. “It’s just that I’ve never heard a doll talk on its own before. By the way, my name’s Jade.” “Nice to meet you, Jade” said Cloverna politely. “But I already knew what your name was.” She paused for a moment, then said, “I brought you a gift, you know.” “You did?” Jade asked. “Yes,” Cloverna replied. “I’m sure you’ll like it.” She reached into her dress pocket and pulled out a tiny shamrock. She put it on Jade’s bed. It began to glow brightly. Jade covered her eyes to avoid being blinded.

When she opened her eyes, the shamrock was gone! In its place was a green spiral notebook that was covered in shamrocks. Next to it was a small green pen that was also covered in shamrocks. “The pen writes in green ink.” Cloverna said. Jade opened the notebook. There were lined pages, each one with a green shamrock border. Jade hugged the notebook to her chest. “I love these gifts!” she said. Then she put the notebook down and picked Cloverna up and gave her a hug too. “Thank you.” Jade said. “Hey, can you help me get rid of my other notebooks?” “Okay, but grab the ones you want to save.” Cloverna replied. Jade grabbed 2 notebooks, one green one and one with polka dots. Then Cloverna reached into her pocket and pulled out another shamrock. She also pulled out some green cat’s eye sunglasses. “You might want to wear these.” Cloverna said to Jade, handing her the sunglasses. As Jade put them on, Cloverna threw the shamrock onto the table. It glowed once again, and when Jade took the sunglasses off, all her notebooks were gone, except for the ones that she had saved and the one that Cloverna had given her.

“I’m going to write in my new notebook, okay?” Jade said to Cloverna. “You can just make yourself at home.” Jade grabbed my pen, clicked on its button, grabbed her notebook, and opened it. “Wait,” said Cloverna. She took another shamrock out of her pocket. “Hold this and put the sunglasses on.” Cloverna said, as she handed Jade the shamrock. After she put the sunglasses on, the shamrock glowed in her hand. When she took the sunglasses off a few minutes later, the shamrock was gone. Jade looked around. Nothing had changed. “What did you do?” she asked Cloverna. “I just cast an All-Ability spell on you.” Cloverna explained. “The name makes the meaning of the spell pretty self-explanatory.”

After Cloverna had cast the spell on her, Jade turned back to her notebook and began to write:

March 17, 2014

Dear Diary,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The leprechauns made a mess of our classroom. The strangest thing happened today. The leprechauns not only made a mess of our living room and kitchen, they also gave me a doll! It turns out that the doll’s name is Cloverna and it talks and has magical powers! She cast an All-Ability spell on me and she was the one that gave me this notebook, which will serve as my personal diary. In a nutshell, it was a very magical day, which makes me wonder, what else is in store for me? What other magical things will happen to me in the future? I’m sure I’ll find out soon.

“Do you want to sleep with me tonight?” Jade asked Cloverna as she closed her diary. “Sure,” she replied. Just then, Jade heard her mom call, “Jade! Time for dinner!” “I’d better get going.” Jade said. “I’ll come back when I’m done.” Jade went downstairs to eat dinner. When she came back, she changed into her pajamas. Cloverna did too. Then she brushed her teeth, turned off her lights and climbed into bed. Cloverna climbed in with her. “Good night,” she whispered to Cloverna. “Thanks for everything.” “Good night, Jade.” Cloverna whispered back.

Jade closed her eyes and started to sleep. She didn’t notice Cloverna place a magic shamrock under her pillow, one that would make her most important wish come true.

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