(Fantasy/Action& Adventure) by M. T. Anderson
The land of New Norumbega is an unusual one — an empire of gut and bone, a kingdom of blood and mucus. At its dark, dry heart is a ruling class that doesn’t care about much besides itself…and a ruler who is (literally) a one-eyed stump of flesh. Brian and Gregory have come to New Norumbega for a reason — to get the Norumbegans to help them thwart an alien attack back home on earth. But instead, the two boys find themselves caught up in both a robot rebellion and a murder mystery after one of the Norumbegan leaders is sent to sleep…permanently.
— Reviewed by Norah Piehl
Fantasy/Action & Adventure
THE LOST HEIRESS is the second book in Catherine Fisher’s Relic Master series, which is being released in four consecutive months this summer. Set in a world that meshes magic with ancient technology, Raffi and his master, Galen, are keepers of an ancient and forbidden faith, which reveres the relics left by their vanished makers. Their mighty empire may have fallen, but they seek the lost heiress, glimpsed in a prophetic vision, whose life is in danger from the brutal regime of the Watch. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.
In the fifth installment of this bestselling series, the twins of prophesy have been divided, and the end is finally beginning. With Scatty, Joan of Arc, Saint Germain, Palamedes, and Shakespeare all in Danu Talis, Sophie is on her own with the ever-weakening Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel. She must depend on Niten to help her find an immortal to teach her Earth Magic. The surprise is that she will find her teacher in the most ordinary of places.
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Age:12 and up
Give your students the tools they need to motivate themselves with tips from award-winning educator Larry Ferlazzo. A comprehensive outline of common classroom challenges, this book presents research-based and immediately applicable steps and lesson plans for all middle and high school teachers looking to help their students motivate themselves. With coverage of brain-based learning, classroom management, and using technology, these strategies can be easily incorporated into any curriculum.
Learn to implement solutions to the following challenges:
-How do I motivate students?
-How do I help students see the importance of personal responsibility?
-How do I deal with a student who is being disruptive in class?
-How do I regain control of an out-of-control class?
Author: Alex Latimer
Once there was a boy named Tim whom no one believed, even when he was telling the truth. No one believed that it was a ninja who snaffled the last slice of cake; or that a giant squid ate his homework; or that it really was a time-travelling monkey who was throwing pencils at Grandpa. How can Tim get his parents to believe him – when the truth is too incredible to be true?