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Student Autumn Readers

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Student Autumn Readers




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Welcome to the fall harvest of amazing titles, author websites, book blogs, and cyberspace connections.  A big shout out to you for beginning a new year of educational inquiries ! 


You have an open invitation to check back often............ I will be surfing the Internet for fall explorations that will give you beyond the classroom insights.  Fall is the time that publishers are releasing all of the best new titles and authors are in constant demand for on-line interviews.............. I will keep you informed on a weekly basis about what's new within the literary world.


Enjoy your investigations,



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Just click on the cover to begin...

The perfect "stormy" read... or should I say mystery?????????? 

Ever heard of an Exquisite Corpse? It's not what you might think. An Exquisite Corpse is an old game in which people write a phrase on a sheet of paper, fold it over to conceal part of it and pass it on to the next player to do the same. The game ends when someone finishes the story, which is then read aloud.

To Learn More: Click here 8^)

Student Autumn Reader Choices:

  Airman by Eoin Colfer  (ISBN# 978-142310750-7)

Fiction: Science Fiction; Survival; Historical Fiction; Paris World’s Fair; Flight

In 1890, Conor was born to fly. . . .literally. . . .he was born in a hot-air balloon over the crowds at the Paris World’s Fair.  Raised with the Princess Isabella, Conor spends most of his days learning about flight, exchanging chaotic adventures with the princess, and enjoying his training with his amazing tutor until. . . . . . the King is killed!  Conor is branded a traitor, thrown into jail, forced to work in a mine for diamonds, and tries to design his only way off the island.  If you enjoy an intriguing journey into the past, one in which you become anxious with all of the twists and turns of the plot, this is a must read.  The author of Artemis Fowl doesn’t disappoint with this fast-paced adventure.

Author website 

  The Dragon in the Sock Drawer by Kate Klimo  (ISBN# 978-0-375-85587-0)

Fiction: Fantasy; Dragons; Cousins

No big deal, Jesse finds another Thunder Egg and simply places it in his sock drawer.  Well at least it seemed like no big deal to Jesse and his cousin Daisy, that is until the rock hatches a very loud-green-baby dragon!  What do you feed a baby dragon?  How do you take care of it?  Where do you find the answers to these questions?  That’s right you go to the Library and you search the Internet.  At “foundadragon.org,” Jesse and Daisy discover that they are now “Dragon Keepers.”  Discover some fun, a few amazing insights into raising a baby dragon, and a few on-the-edge battle scenes. . . . . that is if you DARE!

Author website

  Exiled: Memoirs of a Camel by Kathleen Karr  (ISBN# 0-7614-5291-5) 

Fiction: 19th Century History; United States Camel Corps; Texas; Egypt

In 1856, a camel named Ali must follow his duties in the United States Camel Corps while he dreams of freedom.  These “men-beasts” know little about being a camel, yet there are some that can be trusted and even respected.  In Egypt, Ali begins his journey “As I’d never considered Abdullah my master, I lunged toward his nose with bared teeth.  The results were gratifying…”  And so Ali is bought by the major and begins his military career for the United States.  I can tell you, I had never knew about the US Camel Corp let alone what a camel might be thinking!

Author biography

  Genius Squad by Catherine Jinks  (ISBN# 978-0-15-205985-9)

Fiction: Sci-Fi; Internet Crime; Good/Evil; Australia

Oh man, what do you do when your world gets “blown to bits?”  When you get stuck in some type of an “idiotic” foster home or when those who are “watching” you are not really protecting you?  Well meet Cadel, a genius who isn’t any longer the star pupil at the Axis Institute for World Domination.  Now he is involved in a GenoME investigation with other IQ foster kids.  Can Cadel use the Internet to find out the secrets behind GenoME in time before the world is taken over by Prosper English, who just happens to be his FATHER!  This is a great sci-fi page-turner.  Easy to follow the plot, this isn’t the easiest thing when you are dealing with technology and Internet mumbo-jumbo but it is a worth-while cyber-space journey. 

Author website

Axis Institute website 

  Nick of Time: An Adventure Through Time by Ted Bell  (ISBN# 0-312-38068-2)

Fiction: Science Fiction; Time Travel; WW II; Nazi Occupation; Spies; England; Royal Navy; Scientific Detectives

Could you become the Hero of your own life?  Well given a time machine, a war and espionage, a sister who is a scientific detective, and a little thing called courage Nick is given the opportunity to save his father. . . .the course of history for England. . . .and his real-time home.  Ok, talk about an adventure that crosses time. . . this book has it all.  Just finding a time machine would be a great afternoon of reading, but this book takes you into situations that make you tense and cheering Nick and Kate on.  Oh, and by the way. . . you get to learn about WW II and the England Royal Navy’s fight to defeat the Nazi invasion.  Thrilling adventure with more than fast-paced action scenes, take the invitation and step back into 1939!

Author website

Royal Navy website

  Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler  (ISBN# 0-76362-483-7)

Fiction: Fantasy; Mermaids; Houseboats; Secrets; Friendship

Can you imagine having a secret that haunts you all of the time?  A secret that gives you nightmares?  Well if you had a secret that would land in a zoo or a scientist’s laboratory would you want the entire 7th grade to know about it?  Emily learns quickly about her “uniqueness,” as well as the history about her “siren sisters.”  This is truly a “tail” of pure enjoyment.

Author website

Mermaid Mythology


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 From Laruen Myracle: Luv Ya Bunches


 From Roland Smith:

Mrs K,
"Tentacles" the sequel to "Cryptid Hunters" is out!

Marty and Grace O'Hara's globe-trotting parents disappeared while on assignment for a nature magazine, and now they're living with their Uncle Wolfe, a scientist fascinated by cryptids--creatures that appear in myths but haven't been proven to exist, such as the Loch Ness Monster. Wolfe is planning an expedition to New Zealand to track a giant squid, and he's rented a huge (and possibly haunted) freighter for the trip. But someone on board is determined to sabotage their mission--and if Marty and Grace keeping poking their noses into things, they might end up the saboteur's next victims!

See a short clip about "Tentacles":
Watch an interview with me about Tentacles:
AM Northwest

I hope you get a chance to read it.  If you do, please let me know what you think.  You can post your comments on FaceBook, MySpace, or Twitter.


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  Check into your Public Library for great fall discoveries and book club options:

  Don't forget you can always put any title on hold at your local library just click the following Library link:

  • then locate the "Catalog" navigational button
  • enter the book's title and search
  • have your library card ready to put the title on hold (some library's will send the book to you in the mail)


Fort Vancouver Regional Library: http://www.fvrl.org

Camas Public Library: http://www.ci.camas.wa.us/library

Multnomah County Library: http://www.multcolib.org

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Looking for a new title?  Try this Power Point that a fellow librarian has crafted just for those moments when you "just can't find" that right book:


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With full days back in school, you might need just some time to explore beyond your classroom, make the connection into a cyberspace classroom. These electronic pathfinders will ignite your engines and blast you into the safety galaxy of Internet explorations.


Cyberspace Journeys

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