Books & DVDs

Ninth Ward
Ninth Ward
Jewell Parker Rhodes
9-12 yrs.

This debut children’s novel, by award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes is both down-to-earth and other-worldly.  Ninth Ward tells the story of Hurricane Katrina through the eyes of Lanesha, an appealing 12 year old, who discovers an underlying strength when her aging “Mama Ya-Ya”  tells her she needs to take charge in the face of the approaching storm.  Aided by the “ghost” of her real mother, readers will be eager to move from chapter to chapter as Lanesha discovers the friends and love that surround her amidst the impending disaster.

Sep 9, 2010
Llama Llama series
Anna Dewdney
Ages 4-8 yrs.

Llama Llama is your typical little guy: he goes shopping with Mama Llama (Llama Llama Mad at Mama), he gets scared of the dark (Llama Llama Red Pajama), and he misses his Mama at day care (Llama Llama Misses Mama). Anna Dewdney's heartwarming Llama Llama series perfectly captures the trials of any small child. These picture books are wonderfully illustrated, and parents will enjoy reading about feisty little Llama Llama to their children. Each picture book (there are three currently out, with a fourth due this October) teaches a valuable lesson.

Sep 9, 2010
The Giver
Lois Lowry
12 and up

Jonas comes of age in a futuristic society where life is ordered, efficient and controlled.  Everything is equalized:  There is no confusion and no sadness.  Awaiting the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas is apprehensive to learn his life work.  The honor he receives will also be a great burden that will forever separate him from the "perfect world" he once knew.

Masterful in plot, readers follow the powerful events as Jonas encounters his family, peers, and community in a story filled with harmony and discord.  At first, Lois Lowry's credible utopian setting seems picture-perfect, but not in light of what is sacrificed.  This Newbery winner is unforgettable.

Sep 9, 2010
Surviving the Applewhites
Stephanie Tolan
Ages 10 & UP

Jake Semple has been kicked out of yet ANOTHER school, and now there's only one place left to go... a homeschool called the Creative Academy.  

The Applewhites are a family of talented artists (all except E.D.) who believe that learning can take place anytime, anywhere, and at any pace.  They are the ones who started the Creative Acadmeny. 

If Jake can survive his time with the Applewhites, he may just discover some talents and interests he never knew he had!   (Newbery honor 2003)

Sep 9, 2010
Mrs Fry

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