Daily Archives: Monday, November, 8, 2010

Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 8

Don’t Want to Go by Shirley Hughes

“One morning, Lily’s mom wakes up with a sore throat and achy head and needs to stay in bed. But Lily’s dad needs to go to work. Who will look after Lily? When Dad arranges for her to spend the day at Melanie’s house, Lily is none too happy. “Don’t want to go!” she says. Even though Melanie has a friendly dog named Ringo and a funny baby named Sam, Lily is shy and wants to sit under the table with her toy Bobbo. But maybe a chance to make silly collages, or feed Sam lunch, or hold Ringo’s leash might make her feel braver—and maybe she’ll start having so much fun she won’t want to leave at the end of the day!”             [JPB HUGHES]

The Crossbones by Patrick Carman

Continuing their coverage of strange events, begun in Skeleton Creek and continued in Patrick Carman’s Ghost in the Machine, Ryan and Sarah find themselves in unexpectedly sinister places beyond Skeleton Creek, where their reportage and video capture evidence of a haunting. The reader may view Sarah’s videos on a website by using links and passwords found in the text. Patrick Carman’s Skeleton Creek Book 3 [J CARMAN]

Hot X: Algebra Exposed! by Danica McKellar

In her two bestselling books, Math Doesn’t Suck and Kiss My Math, actress and math genius Danica McKellar shattered the “math nerd” stereotype by showing girls how to ace middle school math-and actually feel cool while doing it!

Danica provides illuminating, step-by-step math lessons combined with reader favorites like personality quizzes, popular doodles, real-life testimonials, and stories from her own life, so girls feel like she’s sitting right next to them. As hundreds of thousands of girls already know, Danica’s irreverent, light-hearted approach opens the door to higher grades and higher test scores. Now, with Hot X: Algebra Exposed, the scary veil of algebra is finally lifted, making it understandable, relevant and maybe even a little (gasp!) fun for girls.                      [J512 McKELLAR]


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