Reviews and Blog Posts: nonfiction

The year we disappeared : a father - daughter memoir

by Cylin Busby

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Cylin Busby's dad was a cop when she was growing up. She and her family lived in a beach town and had a lot of fun. One night Cylin's dad was driving to work and someone pulled up and shot him in the head. They were trying to kill him!...

Is my hamster wild? : the secret lives of hamsters, gerbils & guinea pigs

by Rain Newcomb

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Have you ever seen a hamster running around in the wild? Can you even imagine it? This great non-fiction book tells about the different countries and environments where our rodent pets actually live in the wild. It tells about the strange behaviors that help them survive winter and predators. The...

How I learned geography

by Uri Shulevitz

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When Uri Shulevitz was a boy, he and his family had to flee Poland and live as refugees in Kazakhstan. Sometimes they didn't have any food to eat. One night, his father brought home a big map from the market. Everyone was mad that he didn't bring home food, but...

Manfish : a story of Jacques Cousteau

by Jennifer Berne

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Jacques Cousteau is famous for his undersea movies. This story tells how Cousteau invented equipment to help him breathe underwater and discover the magical world under the sea. Over time, humans began to pollute the sea, so Cousteau set out to show them the beauty they were destroying and how...

Hip-hop U.S. history

by Blake Harrison

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Yo Yo Yo - Think history is whack? Well, listen up. Word.

Own your space : keep yourself and your stuff safe online

by Linda McCarthy

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If you ever buy anything online, sign up for social networks like MySpace or get asked a lot of computer questions by your friends and family, read this book! Great to recommend to others, written in a straightforward style this up-to-date book on home computer security is a must read!

Bread, bread, bread

by Ann Morris

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If you like bread, you will love this book! Learn the different kinds of bread all over the world. They have all kinds of different names, shapes, and flavors. The book exposes children to other cultures so that they can see the similarities and differences in how we live. This...

About amphibians : a guide for children

by Cathryn P. Sill

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This book talks about amphibians in general. It has simple text and lots of illustrations for young readers. Note the Afterword on the last pages that gives you more background information and extra facts for questions that children may have.

Journey into Mohawk County

by Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert

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This journal of real-life adventurer and explorer Harmen van den Bogaert, a Dutch fur trader who journeyed into the land of the Iroquois, is excitingly illustrated to depict the danger and trials of such a daunting quest.

Good masters! Sweet Ladies! : voices from a medieval village

by Laura Amy Schlitz

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Nelly is a sniggler. Do you know what a sniggler is? It's a person who catches eels! In medieval times children did all sorts of jobs called very different things than they are today. Learn about tanners, villeins, and varlets. See how people lived in all different classes of medieval...

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