Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 6

Today is Labor Day, the official end of Summer!

Swim! Swim! by Lerch [written by James Proimos]

“Lerch the goldfish wants a friend, which is difficult since he’s the only fish in his tank. Undaunted, he swims around his tank, talking to the gravel, the plastic undersea diver, and the bubbles, though sadly none of them answer him. Just when he thinks he’s as lonely as a fish can be (in a wonderfully empty two-page spread), a cat arrives outside the tank and talks to Lerch. But, uh-oh, he calls him Lunch…”         [JPB PROIMOS]

Young Cam Jansen and the Speedy Car Mystery by David A. Adler

“At her school’s Green Fair, Cam and her friends are learning how to keep the earth green. Everyone is having fun at the exhibits—until a student’s remote controlled car goes missing! Was it stolen? It’s up to Cam and her amazing memory to find Speedy.”    Easy-to-Read Level 2         [JE ADLER]

Crispin: The End of Time by Avi

Sequel to Crispin: The Cross of Lead and Crispin: At the Edge of the World

“As long as I could keep myself out of bondage, I would be true to Bear’s teaching. And so it was that beyond all else, I was determined to keep my freedom.”

After the death of their beloved mentor, Bear, Crispin and Troth are more desperate than ever, wandering the desolate French countryside, where they don’t speak the language and know no one. The only hope they cling to is that somehow they can reach Iceland, where Bear had said there were no kings or lords, and where they can live in freedom. Crispin is determined to fulfill this dream, both for himself and to honor Bear’s memory. But the road to liberty is filled with danger, betrayal, and loss. Crispin must decide for himself what freedom really means—and how high a price he is willing to pay for it.            [J AVI]

Disasters: Natural and Man-Made Catastrophes Through the Centuries by Brenda Z. Guiberson

“Each of the book’s 10 chapters presents a notable disaster: outbreaks of smallpox in North America beginning in the 1600s, the Great Chicago Fire, the Johnstown Flood, the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the sinking of the Titanic, the 1918 flu pandemic, the 1930s Dust Bowl, the 2004 tsunami, and the drowning of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Guiberson’s thorough research and clear presentation occasionally goes beyond the obvious facts to broaden the scope of discussion and her readers’ horizons.”             [J904 GUIBERSON]

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