• Eclipse Glasses – the whole story

     

    Unfortunately, libraries DO NOT have a stash of eclipse glasses — despite all the news reports and Facebook posting that say we do. Just not true.  Some US  libraries got free ones through a special program that ended weeks ago.  We did not. We wish we had them, but we do not. 

    We have a very limited number and those who participate in the library’s program will get to use a pair – to share

    We thank the Friends of the BPL for buying us the few that we have.

    We regret the disappointment of so many who have called about glasses.

Van Tassel Quests – The Reviews

FABULOUS FROGS Reviewed by Wild Animals Questor Torren Crisp
I just read  the book Fabulous Frogs written by Martin Jenkins and illustrated by Tim Hopgood. I give this book a rating of 4 1/2 stars because I liked the dart frogs, but I did not like the big frog.
I give the illustrations a rating of 5 stars because they look like real frogs.
My favorite part of this book was learning about frogs because they taught me so much.
I would not recommend this book to a friend.

CHEETAH CUBS

Reviewed by Wild Animals Questor Torren Crisp
I just read the book Cheetah Cubs written by Ginger L. Clarke and illustrated by Lucia Washburn. I give this book a rating of 3 stars because I liked the cubs.
I give the illustrations a rating of 3 stars because I never really saw a cheetah.
My favorite part of this book was all of it because I love cheetahs.
I kind of recommend this book to a friend.

RIDING THE PONY EXPRESS

Reviewed by Domestic Animals Questor Eleni Farwell
Lexie and Cougar travel on the Pony Express trail. They meet two horse thieves and Lexie gets caught. The thieves’ names are Pike and Driscoll. Lexie finds the ring that people think her brother Callum stole in the thieves’ cave. Lexie gets away and meets Billy who is Callum’s best friend. Billy helps her find Callum. Lexie clears Callum’s name.

THUNDER FROM THE SEA

Reviewed by Domestic Animals Questor Eleni Farwell
This book is very exciting because a dog comes out of the sea after a storm. A boy named Tom adopts him and names him Thunder. Thunder saves Tom and his family from danger three times. A man comes and tells Tom that he is Thunder’s real owner. Read this book to find out what happens.

ARCHIE AND THE PIRATES

Reviewed by Pirates & Oceans Questor Chris Farwell
Archie is a monkey. He has two friends. Beatrice is a tiger. Clarice is a ibis.
Beatrice gets captured by stinky smelly pirates. Archie and Clarice build
catapults that theyfill with stinky, rotten fruit. Archie paints coconuts to look like fierce monkey faces. They free Beatrice and scare the pirates away.

BOBO THE SAILOR MAN!

Reviewed by Pirates & Oceans Questor Chris Farwell
Bobo is a stuffed monkey. Willy takes him outside to explore. They find a bucket and Willy puts Bobo in the bucket. The bucket sails down the river until it hits a log. Willy gets his fishing pole and catches the bucket. Earl, the cat, has already saved Bobo but Willy thinks that he did it.

STAND TALL, ABE LINCOLN

Reviewed by History & Biography Questor Tim Farwell
Abe Lincoln was born February 12, 1809. His life was hard. Once a neighbor gave Abe a small pig. The next winter they had to kill it for the family bacon. Abe loved to read. He worked hard in school. He became the sixteenth president of the United States of America.

ROBERT HENRY HENDERSHOT

Reviewed by History & Biography Questor Tim Farwell
Robert Henry Hendershot was a Civil War drummerboy hero. His drum exploded when he was in Fredericksburg because a bullet hit it. He took a dead man’s musket and captured a Confederate sharpshooter in a house. He found out that a lot of sharpshooters were captured. He was a twelve year old hero.

THE VILLAGE THAT VANISHED

Reviewed by Realistic Stories Questor Eleni Farwell
Slavers are coming to capture the villagers of Yao. They decide to take down their homes and make their village disappear. The people of the Yao village will cross the river and hide in the deeper forest. The slavers search but can not find them. The people of Yao village are safe. The slavers will never come back again.

DAUGHTER OF THE NILE

Reviewed by Realistic Stories Questor Eleni Farwell
Cleopatra and her father are banished by Tryphaena so she could rule. They go to Rome to get soldiers to take back the throne.While they are gone, Tryphaena gets strangled and Berenice crowns herself queen. At this time Neva and Puzo fall in love. Cleopatra is homesick. When they come home, Berenice is beheaded and the king can rule once again.

OPERATION ORCA

Reviewed by Oceans Questor Tim Farwell
In this book Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are in Alaska to go whale watching. They hear whales in one pod calling for Lily’s baby orca. They figure out that Lily’s baby has been kidnapped! Mr. Drake Turner plans to fly home in his helicopter with the baby orca for his son.

MOBY DICK

Reviewed by Oceans Questor Tim Farwell
Moby Dick is a white whale. He bit Captain Ahab’s leg. Captain Ahab wanted revenge. He and his crew boarded the Pequod and went whaling. They chase Moby Dick for Three Days. Moby Dick sincks the Pequod. The crew drowns, only ishmiel is saved. I like this book because it is exciting when they chase Moby Dick.

 HOT DOG

Reviewed by Pets & Domestic Animals Questor Chris Farwell
This is a funny book. The dog is hot and everyone else is not. The dog tries to cool off, but no one will let him get cool. In the end, a girl puts him into the pool and he turns into a chillydog. I think this book is silly.

MEET TROUBLE

Reviewed by Pets & Domestic Animals Questor Chris Farwell
Trouble is a little cat. Emily loves Trouble. He tries to be a good kitten, but he always gets into trouble. He knocks over the trash can. He sees himself in the mirror and then he hides from himself. He jumps and hits the mirror. He is curious and funny.

KATIE AND THE CUPCAKE CURE

Reviewed by Countries, Travel & Adventure Questor Laura Deroba
The main character is Katie Brown who starts middle school. Her mom loves to bake things, especialy cupcakes. Soon Katie makes friends. She meets Mia, Emma, and Alexis. They form the cupcake club. They enter in a school contest and win by selling cookies. They deside to make a bessnis.

WARRIORS THE LAST HOPE

Reviewed by Countries, Travel & Adventure Questor Laura Deroba
The Last Hope is one of the books I read for this category. In this book Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Dovewing find out they are part of an important prophicey. It was given to Firestar, “There will be three, kin of your kin that will hold the power of the stars in their paws.” But soon they learn there is a forth. None of them are sure who it is at first. Then they learn it is Firestar. Then they fight the dark forest.

CALLING ALL CARS

Reviewed by Transportation Questor Chris Farwell
Three crooks broke into the bank. A man saw them escape in a red van and called the police. The police came with lights flashing and sirens whirring. The chase began. A helicopter patrolled from the sky. Motorcycles and cars patrolled the ground. They caught the crooks and gave the money back to the bank. The police put the crooks in jail.

I WON

Reviewed by Transportation Questor Chris Farwell
This book is full of vehicles. It has a tricycle, a scooter, jeep, a quad bike, a bus, a fire engine, a motorcycle, a race car, and a plane. Kids are driving them. They are racing. You will have to read it to find out who wins the race. You will really be surprised!

 

THE JOURNEY TO ATLANTIS

Reviewed by Favorites Questor Emily Myers
The Journey to Atlantis is Thea Stilton Adventure. The thea sisters meet a blue boy that doesn’t speack englesh he was washed up on Wale Island after a terrible storm. with the help of thea stiltons the I.I.S (The Institute of Incredible Stories, the seven roses unit) They must figure out clues that will help them to be able to under stand the blue boy and how to get him home. You’ll love this book and the next advence too called the secret of the fairies.

THE SECRET OF THE FAIRIES

Reviewed by Favorites Questor Emily Myers
the Secret of the Fairies is another advencer with thea stilton, the thea sisters, and the I.I.S. (seven roses unit). The thea  Sisters become mebers of the seven roses unit and the I.I.S. Thea goes looking for a missing I.I.S. agent and goes missing herself. The thea sisters and Will mystry go though a magical pordal  to a mystical land with fairies and other magical creaters. Read this rillie cool book to see it the find thea and the missing agent.

LENORE FINDS A FRIEND

Reviewed by Pets and Domestic Animals Questor Julia Samayoa
I liked this book because it talks about friendship. Lenore finds Brutus. It starts out sad then it’s happy. Lenore becomes friends with Rose. Then she becomes friends with everybody. It was amazing. I suggest you get Lenore finds a friend out when you go to the Library. The way Lenore got Rose to be her friend was by giving Rose a toy and a biscuit and a kiss on the nose. The Donkey, Rooster and goats were mean when she was a puppy and even when she was older. In the end everyone was her friend. I also liked it because it was a friendship between a dog and a ram. Lenore gave Brutus a kiss on his nose too. It was a true story from Bedlam farm.

STAY: THE TRUE STORY OF TEN DOGS

Reviewed by Pets and Domestic Animals Questor Julia Samayoa
Dogs can change your life forever.
There was a man, he was in the circus. He met ten dogs and helped them. Some of the dogs names were E-Z, Penney and Stick. I liked the story because he helped the dogs and the dogs helped him. I hope you like it too!

COWBOYS AND COWGIRLS

Reviewed by Countries, Travel and Adventure Questor Heidi Ding
It shows you about cowboys and cowgirls, and tells what they need. The cowboys was considered too harsh for most women. I love this book. It is great. You should buy it.
{Librarian’s note: Better yet, come in and check it out for free.}

TRAVELIN’ IN THE NORTEAST

Reviewed by Countries, Travel and Adventure Questor Heidi Ding
It shows you lots of states. I found Pennsylvania. It showed me what there is. It has the Liberty bell, ruffed grouse, Valley forge, George Washington’s house, Gettysburg, Hershey’s Kisses, and Amish farms. My favorite is Hershey’s Kisses.

 THE BIG NAP–A CHET GECKO MYSTERY (by Bruce Hale)

Reviewed by Mystery Questor Emily Myers
I love the Chet Gecko mystery series! In the story, The Big Nap, Meena wants Chet to help her find out whats wrong with her sister eena? Meena thinks her sister is acting like a zbie. But as Cheat starts to investigate he finds theat there seems to be a zombie problem at Emerson Hicky Elementary! Help chet solve the mystery of The Big Nap. I’m sure you’ll like it as much as I did.

THIS HOTEL IS HAUNTED (by Geronimo Stilton)

Reviewed by Mystery Questor Emily Myers
The Geronimo Stilton books are the best series ever!
In this story Geronimo gets a letter from his friend, Hercule Poirat. Hercule is a dective and there is a ghost in the Grand Hotel. Geronimo and Hercule floow the clues and led to the mystires B.B. You’ll half to read to find out who the ghost is, And how B.B. is involved!

PRINCESS GORILLA AND THE NEW KIND OF WATER (by Verna Aardema)

Reviewed by Fantasy Questor Heidi Ding
Gorilla king lived in Africa. When Gorilla king’s daughter was a marriageable age, he wanted his daughter to marry someone. One day the Gorilla king found a barrel on the edge of the road. the word VINEGAR was painted on it. So some animal went to try the new kind of water. At the end, she marryed the male Gorilla.

RAPUNZEL (by the Brothers Grimm)

Reviewed by Fantasy Questor Heidi Ding
I like the part where the prince climed up the hair. I do not like the witch in the story. This is an awesome book. I Love it!

 SUNSHINE MAKES THE SEASONS (by Franklyn M. Branley)

Reviewed by Stars & Planets Questor Eleni Farwell
This book has an experiment in it to demonstrate the reason for our seasons. The earth spins on its axis once every day. This makes it day and night. At the same time, the earth orbits around the sun once every year. The earth is tilted so sometimes the northern part is closer to the sun and other times the southern is closer to the sun. The side closer to the sun has summer while the side farther from the sun has winter.

SPINNING IN SPACE: A BOOK ABOUT THE PLANETS

Reviewed by Stars & Planets Questor Eleni Farwell
EARTH’S MOON The Earth has one Moon. The same side always faces the Earth. The Moon is different on each side. The far side has more “seas.” The “seas” are just dark patches, with no water. There is no air so there is no sound on the Moon. The Moon takes about 27 days to go around Earth. We see different amounts of it as it moves. These are called the phases of the Moon. The Moon does not make light. It is lit up by the Sun. The first people walked on the Moon in 1969.

THE TURNIP (retold by Harriet Ziefert)

Reviewed by Plants, Farms and Gardens Questor, Tim Farwell
An old man planted a little turnip. The turnip grows and grows until it is huge. It is so big that the old man cannot pull it out of the ground. He calls the old woman to come and help him. They still cannot get it out, so they call the little girl, the dog, the cat, and the mouse. Read this book to find out if they get it out.

FARMER BOY DAYS (by Laura Ingalls Wilder)

Reviewed by Plants, Farms and Gardens Questor, Tim Farwell
Almanzo is almost nine years old. He lives on a farm in New York with his family. He helps with the chores every day. He especially likes horses and his two calves named Star and Bright. He gets a calf-yoke and a sled for his birthday. I really liked this book!

CURIOUS GEORGE PLAYS BASEBALL (by Margaret and H. A. Rey)

Reviewed by Sports Questor Tim Farwell
George is a good little monkey, but he is always very curious. In this book, George goes to a baseball game. He gets into trouble when he trises to play baseball in the dugout. He hits balls all over the field. I love Curious George because he is so very funny.

THREE STRIKES FOR ROTTEN RALPH (by Jack Gantos)

Reviewed by Sports Questor Tim Farwell
Ralph is a cat. He is very silly. He tries out for a baseball team, but he is very bad at baseball. He does not make the team. They make him the cat bat boy instead. He doesn’t do things right and he still dreams about being a baseball superstar. It is a funny book.

YOUNG CAM JANSEN AND THE DOUBLE BEACH MYSTERY (by David A. Adler)

Reviewed by Mysteries Questor Tim Farwell
I like this book a lot because Cam Jansen is at the beach and I like the beach. I think that Cam has a great memory. She remembers the details that she sees. Cam solves mysteries because she has such a great memory. I have enjoyed reading the Cam Jansen series. You should read them too!

YOUNG CAM JANSEN AND THE LIONS’ LUNCH MYSTERY (by David A. Adler)

Reviewed by Mysteries Questor Tim Farwell
Cam solves mysteries with her great memory. She is like a camera. She makes a “click” sound when she wants to remember something. In this story, Cam’s class is going on a field trip to the zoo. Danny has lost his lunch. Cam figures out where to find it. Read this book to find the answer.

NIGHT OF THE NINJAS (by Mary Pope Osborne)

Reviewed by Ghost & Horror Questor Eleni Farwell
Jack and Annie travel to ancient Japan. They are trying to help Morgan who has been put under a spell. peanut, a mouse, and a ninja master help them to find a moonstone. This is the first thing that will help Morgan. They need to find 3 more things. I guess I’ll have to read the next book.

JANUARY JOKER (by Ron Roy)

Reviewed by Ghost & Horror Questor Eleni Farwell
Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy think that there are aliens because there are noises, footprints, and missing people. They set out to solve this mystery. I like the A to Z Mysteries and the Calendar Mysteries. I like to solve mysteries too! If you like mysteries then you should read these books.

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE SPACE (by Tish Rabe)

Reviewed by Planets & Stars Questor Tim Farwell
The Cat in the Hat takes two of his friends to space. They check out all the planets in the solar system. They even go to Pluto, which scientists now say is not a planet. They also visit the Sun, moon, and stars. I think that space is very interesting.

COMMANDER TOAD AND THE PLANET OF THE GRAPES (by Jane Yolen) Reviewed by Planets & Stars Questor Tim Farwell

Commander Toad is very funny. He travels in space. In this book he discovers a new planet. When he lands on the new planet, grapes start to grow under him. He disappears inside one of the grapes. His crew gives a grape an allergy shot and it goes away. They all get free and go back to their ship.

HORSE CRAFTS (by Linda Hendry)

Reviewed by Arts & Crafts Questor Eleni Farwell
I like to be with horses so I liked this book. I made a clippity-clop clipboard. It was fun. First my dad helped me cut a piece of wood. Then I painted it to look like a barn. I painted clothespins to look like horses. They are the clips for the clipboard

Cstable

DRAW!

In lieu of a second written review, Arts & Crafts Questor Eleni Farwell has submitted a drawing inspired by the book she chose.
Giraf

SEA MONSTER SCARE (by Gail Herman)

Reviewed by Ghosts & Horror Questor Tim Farwell
The gang goes to the beach. All the people run away. Scoody and Shaggy think there is a big sea serpent coming toward them from the ocean. They try to escape on a surfboard but a wave flips them onto the sea serpent. They are scared, but they figure out there is nothing to be scared of because it is just a floating thing to ride on.

PINKY AND REX AND THE MEAN OLD WITCH (by James Howe)

Reviewed by Ghosts & Horror Questor Tim Farwell
Pinky and Rex are best friends. One day they are playing monkey in the middle when the ball rolls into Ms. Morgan’s yard. Amanda goes to get it back, but Ms. Morgan comes out waving a broom and yelling at her. At first they think she is a mean old witch. Pinky’s father tells him she is lonely so Pinky takes her some chocolate chip cookies. She is very friendly after that.

123 I CAN BUILD

Reviewed by Arts & Crafts Questor Timothy James Farwell
This book is about Building things. It teaches you how to make awesome projects. I learned about making a strong foundation. Then I built a project of a town on a foundation that was nice and flat. I liked making this project because it was very fun. You will like this book too.

CIRCUS

In lieu of a written review, Arts & Crafts Questor Tim Farwell has submitted two drawings inspired by the book he chose.
TJF1
TJF2

UNICORNS DON’T GIVE SLEIGH RIDES (by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones)

Reviewed by Strange Creatures Questor Eleni Starr Farwell
Liza thinks she has seen a unicorn. The other kids say it was just a horse. The Bailey school kids are always seeing strange things. I like this book because I like horses and this book is about horses and things like that. I like all the Bailey school kids books because the are funny. You should read them.

THE MISSING MUMMY(by Ron Roy)

Reviewed by Strange Creatures Questor Eleni Starr Farwell
There are three friends named Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose. They like to find mysteries. In this book they go to the Wadsworth Museum. While they are there, a mummy is stolen. Soon the mummy gold is stolen too. Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose figure out how committed the crimes. You should read it!

THE TIC-TAC-TOE MYSTERY (by Stan Berenstain)

Reviewed by Spies & investigations Questor Timothy James Farwell
The Bear Detectives solve mysteries. They get help from Dr. Wise Old Owl. In this book they want to find out why Tic-Tac-Tom always wins. They figure out that he was cheating by always making sure he went first. Everyone had more fun playing tic-tac-toe once Tic-Tac-Tom stopped tricking them.

PUP AND HOUND CATCH A THIEF (by Susan Hood)

Reviewed by Spies & Investigations Questor Tim Farwell
Pup and Hound are trying to find out who has broken the piggy bank and stolen the farmer’s jewelry. They follow the smell and it leads to that sneaky cat! Pup and Hound follow the cat. They find everything in a magpie’s nest. Now Pup, Hound, and Cat stand guard together.

VIKING SHIPS AT SUNRISE (by Mary Pope Osborne)

Reviewed by Oceans, Pirates & Ecology Questor Eleni Farwell
This is a Magic TreeHouse book. Jack and Annie go to the Dark Ages. The Dark Ages was when most people did not know how to read and write. In my history I am learning about the Dark Ages. I like this book because it goes with my history lessons.

POPPY THE PIRATE DOG (by Liz Kressler)

Reviewed by Oceans, Pirates & Ecology Questor Eleni Farwell
Poppy is a dog who likes pirates. She goes on a trip with her family. She does not like any of the boat rides that they go on. Poppy wanted to find a pirate ship that she likes. In the end she finds a pirate ship that is perfect for her to ride in.

WHERE’S THE DINOSAUR? (by Keith Moseley)

Reviewed by Strange Creatures, Monsters and Dinosaurs Questor Tim Farwell
This book is very interesting. There are a lot of dinosaurs hidden in the pictures. They are hard to find. I couldn’t find all 98 in the book, only 86. The book is also funny. The professor is searching for dinosaurs but he does not find them even when they are right in front of him.

MY SITTER IS A T-REX! (by Paul Orshoski)

Reviewed by Strange Creatures, Monsters and Dinosaurs Questor Tim Farwell
This book is funny. The boy’s babysitter turns out to be a dinosaur. At first, the boy freaks out. He is afraid because he thinks the t-rex will eat him. They actually have a good time together. This is a book that you take turns reading with a grown up. I read it with my mom.

THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE (by Beverly Cleary)

Reviewed by Transportation Questor Eleni Farwell
Ralph is a young mouse. He finds a toy motorcycle. It belongs to a boy named Keith. He teaches Ralph how to ride it.
Ralph has a lot of adventures with it. When Keith gets sick Ralph finds him some medicine. This is a very good book. You should read it.

SHELTIE THE SHETLAND PONY (by Peter Clover)

Reviewed by Transportation Questor Eleni Farwell
I liked this book because I like horses. I ride a horse named Jovani. In this book, Emma gets a pony named Sheltie. Together they help solve a mystery. Someone has been stealing Mr. Crock’s prize winning cabbages. Sheltie figures out who it is. Read this book to find out for yourself.

DOLORES AND THE BIG FIRE (by Andrew Clements)

Reviewed by Adventure Questor Tim Farwell
this is a true story about a man named Kyle and his cat Dolores. Dolores is unusual She does not like to be held. She sits at the table for meals. One night there is a fire and she wakes Kyle up. She saves him but she almost dies. Kyle takes care of her. She gets an award for saving Kyles life.

THOMAS AND THE SHARK

Reviewed by Adventure Questor Tim Farwell
Salty is taking a shark to the Sodor aquarium. Thomas wants to see the shark but he has work to do. Everyone else gets to see the shark. Thomas feels left out. The shark car rolls away. All the engines try to catch it but Thomas saves the day. He gets to take it to the aquarium.

THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW (by C. S. Lewis)

Reviewed by Fantasy Questor Elizabeth Deroba
“The Magician’s Nephew” by C.S. Lewis is an amazing prequel to the classic “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” It is packed full with the adventures of Polly Plummer and Digory Kirke, which include traveling between worlds, watching Narnia come to be, and saving Narnia from an evil witch.

THE MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ (by L. Frank Baum)

Reviewed by Fantasy Questor Elizabeth Deroba
“The Marvelous Land of Oz” by L. Frank Baum is an awesome book. It’s even better, in my opinion, than L. Frank Baum’s classic, “The Wizard of Oz.” It is full of new friends from the Land of Oz including Jack Pumpkinhead, the Wooden Sawhorse, the Highly Magnified Woggle-Bug, and the Gump. It also includes our old friends the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman. Together they face many wild adventures which I will enjoyed.

PET COSTUME PARTY (by Gwendolyn Hooks)

Reviewed by Favorites Questor Tim Farwell
It is Halloween in this story and Andy wants to have a costume party. He invites his friends and their pets. They call themselves the Pet Club. Andy tries to think of a costume for himself and his pet Nibbles. Nibbles is a fish. They both dress up as sharks.

THE GREAT BEAN CAPER (by Judy Schachner)

Reviewed by Favorites Questor Tim Farwell
I like books about Skippyjon Jones. He is funny because he imagines silly things. Some of the things he seys are very crazy. I like when he pretends to be Skippito Friskito. In the end of this book Skippito bumps into his mama. You should read this very funny book.

SPIES IN HISTORY (by Kate Walker and Elaine Argaet)

Reviewed by Spies & Investigations Questor Elizabeth Deroba
“Spies in History” by Kate Walker and Elaine Argaet is full of the stories of the greatest spies in history. These nclude King Alfred the Great, Nathan Hale, Belle Boyd and Karl Schulmeister among many others. I enjoyed reading about the different methods used by the spies and you probably will too.

HOW TO BE A SPY IN 7 DAYS OR LESS (by Justine Smith)

Reviewed by Spies & Investigations Questor Elizabeth Deroba
“How to be a Spy in 7 Days or Less” by Justine Smith is a great book to read if you want to be a spy. It covers the basics of spying and even has some fun crafts you can do in order to make some spy equipment for yourself.

PIRATES (by Rachel Wright)

Reviewed by Ocean/Pirates/Ecology Questor Laura Deroba
This book is a good book to read if you want to learn a lot about Pirates! I think Rachel Wright did a great job righting this book. She did a good job coming up with stuff to right about pirates. I think this book is awesome and I think you will too.

PIRATES (by Philip Steele)

Reviewed by Ocean/Pirates/Ecology Questor Laura Deroba
This is a good book to read if you like pirates and you like books that are easy to read. Did you know that pirates have been around for thousands of years? This book is a fun book for little kids to read.

NEPTUNE (by Don Nardo)

Reviewed by Planets and Stars Questor Elizabeth Deroba
“Neptune” by Don Nardo was a very informational book. It is filled with great fun facts about the planet Neptune. For example, did you know that if Neptune was hollow, that 60 objects the size of Earth could fit inside it? I also found the information about how the planet came to be discovered quite fascinating. For these reasons I believe that “Neptune” by Don Nardo is a very good book for anyone looking for information on the planet Neptune.

OUR SOLAR SYSTEM (by Seymour Simon)

Reviewed by Planets and Stars Questor Elizabeth Deroba
“Our Solar System” by Seymour Simon is a very intriguing book about our solar system. It has a lot of great full page pictures that truly help you fully understand the information you are being told about. In addition, it gives a great overview of all the planets in our solar system. Because of these factors, I found “Our Solar System” by Seymour Simon to be very interesting.

RUBY HOLLER (by Sharon Creech)

Reviewed by Realistic Fiction/Biography/History Questor Elizabeth Deroba
“Ruby Holler” by Sharon Creech is a very inspiring book with a great theme. The book is about two orphan twins, Dallas and Florida, who are living in the Boxton Creek Home for Children. At the “home,” the twins are known as the “trouble twins” and are always being punished by Mr. and Mrs. Trepid for breaking the many, many rules. The Trepids, not picky about where the twins are sent, are glad to get rid of them and send them from foster home to foster home. The twins end up with several lunatics and frequently are treated in horrible ways including being locked in dark cellars and being forced to dig wells. So when they are taken to live with Tiller and Sairy Morey at Ruby Holler, they are very suspicious and unprepared for what’s in store for them. I really enjoyed the book and you probably will too.

WALK TWO MOONS (by Sharon Creech)

Reviewed by Realistic Fiction/Biography/History Questor Elizabeth Deroba
“Walk Two Moons” by Sharon Creech truly deserves its Newberry Medal. I’ve never read anything like it. In the book, as Sal is riding with her grandparents to see her mother, she recounts the story of Phoebe. But as she retells the story, her own story becomes more and more clear. The way it is written, you won’t want to put it down. I read it in one day and I stayed up to 10:00 P.M. to finish it. The beyond a doubt emotional ending will surprise you.

COWGIRL KATE AND COCOA: SCHOOL DAYS (by Erica Silverman) Reviewed by Favorites Questor Eleni Farwell

In this book Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa are best friends. There are a lot of books about Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa. I have read a lot of these books. I like horses just like Cowgirl Kate. I ride horses with my Uncle Ted. The horse I ride is named Geovanni.

MR. DINOSAUR (by William H. Hooks)

Reviewed by Favorites Questor Eleni Farwell
This book is about a boy named Eli. He likes dinosaurs a lot. He finds a rock that he thinks is a dinosaur egg. Eli’s big brother puts a lizard in the place of the rock so he will think that his egg has hatched. Eli’s new favorite animals are lizards.

THE LIGHTHOUSE CHILDREN (by Syd Hoff)

Reviewed by Oceans/Pirates/Ecology Questor Tim Farwell
Sam and Rose live in a lighthouse. A lighthouse helps ships not to crash into rocks near the shore. Sam and Rose take care of lots of sea gulls. One night there is a storm that ruins the lighthouse. Sam and Rose have to move. They put a light on their new house to help their sea-gull children to find them.

ARCHIE AND THE PIRATES (by Marc Rosenthal)

Reviewed by Oceans/Pirates/Ecology Questor Tim Farwell
Archie is a monkey. He wakes up on a strange beach and builds himself a house in the trees. He makes friends. Pirates land on the island and capture his friend Beatrice, who is a tiger. Archie comes up with a plan that involves catapults. He rescues Beatrice and all the new friends build houses for each other.

FANTASTIC FROGS! (by Fay Robinson)

Reviewed by Science/Science Fiction Questor Tim Farwell
There are lots of different frogs. This book tells you about many of them. I liked the colorful pictures and the way the words rhyme. I think frogs are interesting. They can leap really high. Some of them are bright colors, like red. You should read this book because it is interesting.

MY DOG (by Heather Feldman)

Reviewed by Science/Science Fiction Questor Tim Farwell
This book is about a boy and his dog named Duke. I really liked the pictures in this book. They show Duke and his boy eating snacks together, taking naps together, and taking walks. I liked this book because I like dogs. You should read this book because it is fun.

A HORSE NAMED FUNNY CIDE (by the Funny Cide Team)

Reviewed by Sports Questor Eleni Farwell
People did not think that Funny Cide would make a very good racehorse. He was small, his mom and dad were not famous and his owners were not famous either. But Funny Cide became a champion. He won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. He was a very special horse.

A VERY YOUNG SKATER (by Jill Krementz)

Reviewed by Sports Questor Eleni Farwell
I like skating a lot and that’s why I liked this book. Katherine is ten. She has been skating since she was three. I would like to be as good as she is, but she practices every day and I don’t. I like that this is a true book and it was not a pretend book.

THE ARCTIC PATROL MYSTERY (by Franklin W. Dixon)

Reviewed by Mysteries Questor Elizabeth Deroba
“The Arctic Patrol Mystery” by Franklin W. Dixon was a really good book. I had a lot of trouble putting it down. It was a quick read but had a really suspenseful mystery that kept me reading. I especially liked how it managed to include many facts about Iceland into the plot.

THE CLUE OF THE BROKEN BLADE (by Franklin W. Dixon)

Reviewed by Mysteries Questor Elizabeth Deroba
I really enjoyed “The Clue of the Broken Blade” by Franklin W. Dixon. I actually thought it was kind of funny how much the criminals messed up. It was also neat to try and figure the mystery out as the Hardy Boys also tried to solve it. With so many characters and suspects the ending will surprise you.

THE CATS OF TANGLEWOOD FOREST (by Charles De Lint)

Reviewed by Fantasy and Fairytales Questor Laura Deroba
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest is a good book to read if you like magic, cats/animals, and time travel. I’m sure liked reading it and I think you would too. I think it’s fun to meet new characters especially animals! In this book you meet lots of different characters. I think if you read this book you will love this book!

HOW TO BE A PIRATE (by Cressida Cowell)

Reviewed by Fantasy and Fairytales Questor Laura Deroba
This book is a good book to read if you like adventures. How to be a Pirate is full of sword fighting and just plan fighting. If you like Pirates and fighting this would be a good book for you. I really liked this book and I think you would too.

ETHAN OUT AND ABOUT (by Johanna Hurwitz)

Reviewed by Biography/Realistic Stories Questor Tim Farwell
This book had four stories in it. All of the stories are aboout Ethan. First he chases a cat that has run away from him. Then he rides his bike with his dad. In the next story, Ethan feeds the birds but squirrels eat all the seeds. Finally, Ethan leaves some of his lunch on the picnic table and some animals finish it.

ELOISE HAS A LESSON (by Margaret McNamara)

Reviewed by Biography/Realistic Stories Questor Tim Farwell
Eloise has a lesson in math. Her teacher’s name is Philip. Eloise gives Philip a very hard time, so the lesson does not go well. It is not nice that she fools around, but sometimes she says funny things. My favorite is when Philip says, “Math time,” and Eloise says, “Bath time?”

SHARKS (by Sindy McKay)

Reviewed by Wild Animals Questor Tim Farwell
Sharks do not really eat people very often. Some sharks are as small as my hand. The whale shark can be bigger than a bus. I liked learning about sharks. In this book you take turns reading with a grown up. I read it with my mom. I like sharks.

ANIMALS UNDER OUR FEET (by Sindy McKay)

Reviewed by Wild Animals Questor Tim Farwell
In this book you take turns reading with a grown up. I read it with my grandma. We learned that earthworms let air into the soil and that Groundhog Day is the only holiday nameed for an animal. It is exciting to think about all the animals that might be in the ground under my feet.

A DOLL NAMED DORA ANNE (by Yona Zeldis McDonough)

Reviewed by Biography/Realistic Stories Questor Eleni Starr Farwell
This book is about a girl named Kate and a doll that is 150 years old. Kate shows that she is responsible enough to take care of Dora Anne. She is excited to have such a special doll. I like dolls just like Kate does. I hope I can have a china doll some day.

POCAHONTAS (by Joyce Milton)

Reviewed by Biography/Realistic Stories Questor Eleni Starr Farwell
Pocahontas was a princess. This book tells the true story of her life. She saved Captain John Smith’s life two times, but she married a different English settler. His name was John Rolfe. I think Pocahontas had a very interesting life. It was sad that she died when her son was still a little boy.

MAGIC SCHOOL BUS TAKES A DIVE (by Joann Cole)

Reviewed by Oceans/Pirates/Ecology Questor Hailee Mayernick
In this book Ms. Frizzles class goes on a trip to a coral reef. Ms. Frizzle told her class about her (x10) great grandfather Red Beard. She said he was the pirate in the family. The class got into the School Bus Then they looked for Red Beards Treasure Chest. The End!

SEAHORSE (by Robert A. Morris)

Reviewed by Oceans/Pirates/Ecology Questor Hailee Mayernick
I thought this book was interesting because it showed how the seahorses comunicated. Another, reason I thought this book was interesting is that it shows part of the life cycle of the Seahorse. First, the female and male seahorses meet. Next they get ready to lay their eggs. Then they lay there eggs. When the female is laying her eggs she puts the eggs in the males pouch. After about 25 days the babies come out of the males pouch below his stomach. That is why I thought the book Seahorses was interesting. THE END

BLUE IS MY NAME (by Angela C. Santomero)

Reviewed by Domestic Animals/Pets Questor Tim Farwell
Blue is a dog from the show Blue’s Clues. I like this show on t.v.. In this book I learned that Blue’s favorite color is blue. All of Blue’s favorite things like her shoes, blueberries, birds, and her towel are blue! Blue is also the color of water and the sky.

MITTENS, WHERE IS MAX? (by Lola M. Schaefer)

Reviewed by Domestic Animals/Pets Questor Tim Farwell
Mittens is a cat. He is cute and fun. He is very playful. Max is a dog. Mittens wants to play with Max, but he can not find him. He looks in Max’s doghouse and on the porch of Max’s home. Max is not there. Mittens finally finds Max. He came to Mittens’s house to play.

PANDAS (by Joann Cleland)

Reviewed by Wild Animals Questor Eleni Farwell
Pandas eat bamboo. Pandas worst enemies are people. Pandas live in China. Pandas might become extinct but we do not know. There were 65,000 pandas one hundred years ago. Now there are only about 1,000 pandas left. Zoo keepers are helping pandas survive. I hope that pandas never become extinct. I love all animals.

BABY ALLIGATOR (by Ginjer L. Clarke)

Reviewed by Wild Animals Questor Eleni Farwell
Many people are afraid of alligators. After you learn about alligators, you will be careful but not afraid. I liked this book because it gave a lot of information. I learned that alligators can see at night. Alligators hide from all animals until they get close enough to eat them up. The biggest Deinosuchus (ancient alligator) was 45 feet long. Alligatars can not stay out all winter because they are cold blooded.

THE CASE OF THE FLEEING FANG (by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat)

Reviewed by Mystery Questor Eleni Farwell
Annie lost her dog, Fang. Nate the Great is on the case. All of Nate the Great’s friends help him solve the case and he helps them learn to be detectives. Aftier the case is solved, they all celebrate with a Happy Detective Day party. I really like mystery stories.

INSPECTOR HOPPER’S MYSTERY YEAR (by Doug Cushman)

Reviewed by Mystery Questor Eleni Farwell
In this book, Inspector Hopper and his friend McBugg solve four mysteries. In autumn there is a haunted pumpkin. In winter the doctor is missing. In spring Mrs. Beetle lost her daughter. In summer Holly Cricket lost her music. I really like this book because Inspector Hopper is a detective.

TUGBOATS (by Matt Doeder)

Reviewed by Transportation and Technology Questor Tim Farwell
Tugboats are small but they are very strong. They can pull a lot of big ships because they have a huge engine. I like all the pictures of boats in this book. It was interesting to learn about the propeller under tugboats. I would like to ride on a tugboat.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY THOMAS! (by the Rev. W. Awdry)

Reviewed by Transportation and Technology Questor Tim Farwell
It is Thomas’ birthday but he has to work. He is sad. He thinks that the other engines do not care about his birthday. They really do care though. They surpris him with a surprise party. I liked that they had all the things he wanted at his birthday party.

DOGS (by Chris Hawkes)

Reviewed by Domestic Animals Questor Laura Deroba
I like this book because it teaches you about dogs. Dogs can be domestic or wild animals. Wolves are related to dogs. I also learned that dogs like to be fused over. Dogs like to eat meat. I like to learn about animals. That is why I like this book.

GUINEA PIGS (by Mark Evans)

Reviewed by Domestic Animals Questor Laura Deroba
In this book I learned that Guinea pigs with short hair are easiest to care for. I also learned that Guinea Pigs are not really pigs they are rodents. An interesting fact I learned is that a Guinea Pigs eyelids clean out the dust in a Guinea Pig blinks. This book is a good book to read if you want to learn about Guinea Pigs.

BIG CATS (by John Wexo)

Reviewed by Wild Animals Questor Laura Deroba
I liked this book because it’s about wild cat. I learned that wild animals are very different from domestic animals. Big cats have to hunt for their food and domestic cats eat cat food. Big cats are dangerous and domestic cats know and understand what it’s like to be around people. That’s what I learned about wild cats.

DUCKS, GEESE, AND SWANS (by Frank Bellrose)

Reviewed by Wild Animals Questor Laura Deroba
I like this book because it’s about animals. Birds are different then other animals because they have feathers! Every kind bird comes from an egg (they are not born). Wild animals like to hunt birds for food. Female birds sit on the eggs until they are ready to hatch. This is a good book to read if you want to learn about birds.

MINNIE AND MOO: THE CASE OF THE MISSING JELLY DONUT (by Denys Cazet)

Reviewed by Spies and Investigations Questor Eleni Farwell
Minnie and Moo think that a thief has stolen a jelly donut. They think it was a blue chicken, so they dress up as chickens. They are very silly. They find no clues in the chicken house but they save the chickens from a fox. In the end, Moo discovers that Minnie had the jelly donut stuck to her because she sat on it.

YOUNG CAM JANSEN AND THE SPOTTED CAT MYSTERY (by David A. Adler)

Reviewed by Spies and Investigations Questor Eleni Farwell
Cam heard a meow! It is a cat! Danny said it’s Cam’s cat, but it’s not. Cam figures out that the cat lives in school. Her name is Spotty. The custodian keeps her to catch mice. Cam and her friends are allowed to visit Spotty later. I love Cam Jansen books!

A HORSE AND A HERO (by Daisy Alberto)

Reviewed by Fantasy Questor Tim Farwell
Flynn and Rapunzel are on an adventure. Rapunzel saves Flynn from Maximus who is a horse. He is trying to catch Flynn because he is a thief. Then Flynn saves Rapunzel from the tower and takes her to the castle. This book was a little hard but I read it myself!

SWING OTTO SWING (by David Milgrim)

Reviewed by Fantasy Questor Tim Farwell
I liked all of this book. The monkeys tried to teach Otto about how to swing but he could not do it. So Otto made a swing set. Otto could swing on that swing. I liked that I could read it all myself. Otto is very funny.

THE BRAVEST DOG EVER: THE TRUE STORY OF BALTO (by Natalie Standiford)

Reviewed by Travel Questor Eleni Farwell
I like dogs. Balto is a sled dog in Alaska. He is part of a team that is trying to get medicine to a doctor in a town where diphtheria was very bad. Without the medicine many people would die. Balto led the team a long way through a bad storm.

THE LONG WAY WESTWARD (by Joan Sandin)

Reviewed by Travel Questor Eleni Starr Farwell
I liked reading about the family’s trp from New York to Minnesota. They came from Sweden to the new country of America. They traveled mostly by train. One time they also rode on a steamboat.It was a long trip. They finally got to Minnesota. They were now home.

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CURIOUS GEORGE: THE DOG SHOW (by Monica Perez)

Reviewed by Pets/Domestic Animals Questor Eleni Starr Farwell
Curious George was going to a dog show, but he didn’t think it was exciting because the dogs weren’t doing tricks. While the owners were getting their prizes, George took the dogs to his house. He conted the dogs. There were nine. Soon the man with the yellow hat and the owners came.

MR. PUTTER AND TABBY SEE THE STARS(by Cynthia Rylant)

Reviewed by Pets/Domestic Animals Questor Eleni Starr Farwell
Mr. Putter has a grumbly stomach because he ate too many jelly rolls. His upset stomach keeps him from sleeping. Mr. Putter and his cat, Tabby, go for a walk all over town to look at the stars. Before long, he feels better and they fall fast asleep. I like this book.

THE CLOVER COUNTY CARROT CONTEST (by John Himmelman) Reviewed by Plants/Garden/Farm Questor Eleni Starr Farwell

The Wright family tried to grow carrots for the Clover County Carrot Contest. There was a prize for the biggest carrot, the most orangy carrot, the tastiest carrot, and the crunchiest carrot. They all help Belle, the tiniest girl in the family. She ends up with the biggest, most orangy, crunchiest, tastiest carrot.

SEEDS! SEEDS! SEEDS! (by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace)

Reviewed by Plants/Garden/Farm Questor Eleni Starr Farwell
Gramps sent a package to Buddy. There were five bags inside the package. Buddy opened one bag each day. Each bag had a seed project inside. Buddy made a seed collection, ate seeds, fed seeds to the birds, decorated a picture fame with seeds, and planted seeds. I like this book.

LET’S GO, PEGASUS! (a Greek myth retold by Jean Marzollo)

Reviewed by Fantasy Questor Eleni Farwell
Perseus is a brave boy. The king asks him to kill Medusa. Medusa turns everyone who looks into her eyes into stone. Perseus asks the gods for help. Athena and Hermes give Perseus a shield, sword, bag and winged boots. Perseus kills Medusa and a Pegasus comes out of her body.

WILL PRINCESS ISABEL EVER SAY PLEASE? (by Steve Metzger)

Reviewed by Fantasy Questor Eleni Farwell
Princess Isabel will never say please. Everyone in the story does not really like her. They think she is very rude, which she is. This story reminds me to use my very nice manners. In the end, princess Isabel does learn that she needs to use her manners. When she says please, she gets her prince.

FEEDING TIME (by Lee Davis)

Reviewed by Science Questor Eleni Starr Farwell
This book is about what jungle animals eat. Gorillas eat plants. Elephants eat grass, bark, seed pods, and bananas. Zebras eat grass too. Giraffes have very long necks to reach the tender shoots in the tops of the trees. The rhino carries his friends, the oxpeckers. They peck off the ticks and other pests from his back.

WINKING, BLINKING, WIGGLING AND WAGGLING ( by Brian Moses)

Reviewed by Science Questor Eleni Starr Farwell
This book was very interesting. It told me about a lot of different kinds of animals.
Here are some things that I learned. An owl can see at night because its big eyes let in light. A cat’s eyes have mirror like parts to reflect light at night. A bush baby can hear insects to hunt them at night.

AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS (by Jules Verne)

Reviewed by Science/Science Fiction Questor Elizabeth Deroba
“Around the World in Eighty Days” is a great book full of action, adventure, and suspense. In this classic by Jules Verne whom is called the “father of science fiction,” Phileas Fogg makes a bet of 20,000 pounds that he can go around the world in eighty days. But it is only the turn of the 20th century, and his friends think it impossible. On this adventure, he travels with his loyal servant Passpartout, and later with a young lady he saves along the way. When evidence arises that he is the suspected burglar of a famous bank in London, a detective named Fix is soon on his tail. Is Phileas Fogg a crook trying to fool the authorities? Will Phileas Fogg be able to make it in time? The suspense will make it hard to put this classic down!

TROPICAL FISH (by Robert Hirschfeld)

Reviewed by Science/Science Fiction Questor Elizabeth Deroba
“Tropical Fish” is a helpful guide to those who want to keep tropical fish as pets. In this book, there are many helpful facts about how to care for your fish. This includes, how to clean the tank, how much to feed, how to introduce fish to a tank, and how to deal with and prevent disease. For the more experienced fish owners, the book also has information on how to breed tropical fish. Thus, “Tropical Fish” is a great book for those interested in keeping tropical fish as pets.

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