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The Magician and the Spirits by Deborah Noyes

The Magician and the Spirits book cover: photogragh of Harry Houdini in chains"Good, honest, educated people... had 'surrendered themselves to belief in the most monstrous fiction.'"

Harry Houdini is arguably the best escape artist and one of the most famous magicians in America's history. Magic and ghosts- one would think they would go hand in hand, but Harry Houdini proved they are a combustive mix.  Brokenhearted at the death of his mother, Houdini sought to understand the afterlife, and so began his fascination with mediums and believers of Spiritualism. However, his fascination became a zealous pursuit of frauds, which led to the severing of friendships. "If convincing evidence is brought forward I will be the first to acknowledge my mistake."

There have been many biographies on Houdini for readers of all ages. What makes this particular work so unique and interesting is that it focuses on Houdini's investigations of ghosts and mediums. The book delves into the history of Houdini and the rise (and falls) of Spiritualism, with side notes and relevant photographs of the time.

This nonfiction work is perfect for upper elementary and middle school readers who are interested in investigation processes or ghosts in general. It also serves as a great reminder in this digital age that you cannot always believe what you see and keeping an open mind does not mean turning off your mind.

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Celeste, Kids World

Final Scores for the 2017-2018 Battle Season

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to all the participants of this year's Battle Season. Quite a few teams rallied in Battle 5, putting out impressive scores. However, it is the teams with the highest overall score that have made it to the top of the leader board.

St. Monica Blue has taken first place. St. Monica White follows in second place. Third place goes to St. Eugene.

We look forward to seeing all the participants at the Award Ceremony on March 21st at 4:00pm, where the author, Michele Weber Hurwitz, will be speaking and answering questions. We will follow with an author signing and pizza. See you there!

Tyrannosaurus Rex Vs. Edna the Very First Chicken By: Douglas Rees

Tyrannosaurus Rex xs. Edna the Very First Chicken book cover; illustration of a chicken standing between the feet of a dinoasur"I am big and fierce and you should be afraid of me,’ Tyrannosaurus said. “I am small and brave and you should be afraid of me,” Edna told him."

Tyrannosaurus Rex is really hungry for some breakfast. The big T Rex chases all the other dinosaurs in hopes of having them as his next meal. Edna, the itty-bitty chicken, is not afraid of Tyrannosaurus Rex. She doesn’t run away, but stands her ground!

In this delightful picture book, Rees shows us that we should stand up to bullies and not let them frighten us. Younger elementary school readers would enjoy this book.

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Victoria, Kids World

Battle 1 Recap

Thank you for your patience in awaiting these scores. The large quantity of snow caused the Library to close early on Thursday and remain so on Friday, creating this delay. Hopefully, the anticipation will be worth it.

Battle 1 Scores: PN 56, SMB 54, SMW 53, SE 52, GL 46, LH 35, UR 32Congratulations to all of the teams for their efforts during Battle 1. These scores are added to the running total that will determine the winner of this Battle Season.

After this first Battle, the scores remain pretty tight. There are some outstanding challenges which will be reviewed. Any additional points awarded from those challenges will be added to Battle 2's scores.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday.

Practice Battle Recap

Practice Battle: StE:28, StMB28, LH:23, StMW:21, UR:20, GL:20, PN:19Congratulations on a great effort during Practice Battle.

Please note: you will note see any points from challenged questions in the scores posted here. Any possible points received from challenges made during Practice Battle would be awarded during the beginning of the next battle and go toward's that battle's total score. However, Practice Battle is where the points do not matter, so there will be no additional points awarded, however, we will let you know how the challenges would have turned out.

A few things to remember when answering questions at Battle 1:
* Questions worth multiple points will require the number of answers that the question is worth. For example: a question worth three points, will require three of the multiple choices letters or, in the case of a fill-in-the-blanks, three words to answer fully.
* Matching questions will use a column of numbers that should be matched with a column of letters.
* The timer does not start until Miss Tiffany has finished reading the question on the screen. When time's up, the team may no longer write on their answer sheet.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week!

The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse by Mac Barnett

The Wolf, The Duck, & The Mouse book cover: illustration of a wolf behind a tree“Early one morning, a mouse met a wolf, and he was quickly gobbled up.”

You might think that’s the end of the story. But you would be wrong.

The quirky dead-pan duo, writer Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Klassen, have paired up once again to tell a tale of what happens when a mouse gets eaten by a wolf. This picture book is recommended for young readers in lower elementary grades who enjoy the pair’s other books and their sense of humor.

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Victoria, Kids World

M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder

M.F.K. book cover: a desert scene with sand blowing a cloacked figure walks with a large bird-like riding animal behindI’m not doing it for them. I’m doing it because you PISSED ME OFF!

Jaime sees a strange figure roll in from the desert. A young girl, alone and injured. Taking her to his family’s home, they help her to slowly recover. Shrouded in mystery, Abbie carries a lot of secrets with her. Why is she alone, what’s in the jar she’s carrying, and why is her blood black? In this rough land with a people struggling to survive, a story of strange powers, people, and friendship begins. Welcome to Marigold. The sandiest town this side of the neck.

Grades 3-6 will enjoy this graphic novel adventure. A beautifully illustrated story in a dystopian desert world, filled with action and adventure, M.F.K. is sure to engage them. Characters come to life and are developed along the course of the adventure. This is an ongoing series, so the next volume will continue the story.

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Naomi, Kids World

Google Expeditions Demo

Google Expeditions: photograph of cardboard adapter that allows a smart phone to become virtual realityJoin us along with Google Expeditions for an up close look at their augmented reality learning lessons. We will take an up close look at forces of nature, dinosaurs and the solar system.

This program does not require registration, so drop in Wednesday, December 27th anytime between 3:30 and 5:00pm to play with some pretty neat technology. Let's learn in 3D!

Please be aware: Google requires users to be ages 5 or older. Google cardboard's employed safety standards require users to be ages 7 and up.

My Very Own Space By Pippa Goodhart

My Very Own Space book cover: bunch of illustrated rabbits “SHUSH! I want to look at my book!”

Sometimes everyone needs a little space to themselves. Little Rabbit Jack just wants to read his book but all those around him keep interrupting him. His solution is to enclose himself in a crayon drawn circle so he can finish his book. Soon he gets lonely when he realized how much fun everyone else was having around him, while he was all alone. Little Rabbit Jack realizes the difference between being alone and lonely. Sometimes alone time is needed to accomplish a task but being alone all the time isn’t fun.

A good lap read for kids age 2 and up, the darling illustrations will keep your little reader engaged.

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Gilly, Kids World

Top Elf by Caleb Zane Huett

Top Elf book cover: red cover with a small elf holding up the title words"Could anyone be Santa? It seemed crazy. But Santa was saying it..."

Santa Matthew Claus is retiring and, breaking with tradition, he's not going to give the job over to his eldest son, Klaus. This time, this year, a competition shall be held to determine who will be the next Santa. Elves and Claus's kids are signing up in mass. When Ollie and Celia, two hardworking enthusiastic elves, join in the series of trials, they get a little more than they bargained for as it becomes clear that not every competitor has motivations as jolly.  It's not too long before the North Pole and Christmas itself is in danger of being ruined forever.

This North Pole chapter book balances funny antics with some serious drama, and is perfect for upper elementary readers who are looking for something festive this holiday season.

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Celeste, Kids World

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