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181. Science in Seconds for Kids :
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182. Pippi Goes to School (Pippi Longstocking
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183. Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie
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184. Lily's Crossing (Yearling Newbery)
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185. The Healthy Body Cookbook : Over
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186. The Snail and the Whale
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187. It's my Life: Diary of a Teenage
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188. Guji Guji
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190. A Friend Is Someone Who Likes
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196. Holy Enchilada! (Hank Zipzer,
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200. Hate Hurts: How Children Learn

181. Science in Seconds for Kids : Over 100 Experiments You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less
by JeanPotter
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Asin: 0471044563
Catlog: Book (1995-01)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 6257
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Make lightning in your room! Keep paper dry under water! Lose weight by going upstairs! See colors that aren’t there! Experience the magic of science with these quick, easy experiments and activities from Jean Potter. You can complete each activity in ten fun-filled minutes or less. Clear, step-by-step instructions and illustrations help you get it right every time. The projects help you learn about everything from why eggs aren’t round to how submarines surface and submerge. You will find most of the required materials already in your home, backyard, or neighborhood, and you can perform the experiments practically anywhere. The 108 activities in this book cover twelve different subject areas, including air, animals, energy, gravity, magnetism, light, the human body, and much more. You’ll make a rainbow right on your floor, pop a balloon with a magnifying glass, make a coffee can roll back to you after you’ve pushed it away, and bend water as it streams from your faucet—all with the help of a leading educator. Children Ages 8–12 ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not all it is cracked up to be
I bought this book for my 3 year old son since he has an interest in science. When I got the book I was disappointed in the experiments listed, such as disecting an osyter and fish. Not that I have problems with that, but I was looking for something that you can find objects around the house and more cause and reaction type thing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jean Potter makes science fun
My kids and I love Jean Potter's science books. Not only are the instructions easy to follow, the experiments are always lots of fun. I find I learn as much as my kids!

5-0 out of 5 stars FUN BOOK FOR KIDS!!!
My children loved this book becasue they had fun with experiments. But my husband and I loved this book because it taught our children science conepts that we could never teach. We used this book until it got raggedy and torn and then my kids insisted on getting another copy!
We highly recommend this book.

Karen and Fred

5-0 out of 5 stars Science in Seconds for Kids
My children and I have used this book until it has become tattered and torn. Not only are the science activities easy to understand, they are easy to do and don't require any special equipment. I would highly recommend this book...I loved it so much, that I now have a collection of all of this author's books. ... Read more


182. Pippi Goes to School (Pippi Longstocking Storybooks)
by Astrid Lindgren, Michael Chesworth
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Asin: 0141302364
Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
Publisher: Puffin Books
Sales Rank: 86234
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Pippi Longstocking's long red braids are the very image of childhood rebellion. In Pippi Goes to School, our heroine's insurrectionary spirit is hardly dampened by her first taste of academe. Her friends Tommy and Annika head off bright and early at 8 a.m., "hand in hand, swinging their schoolbags." Pippi can't be bothered to get going until a little later: "At exactly ten o'clock she lifted her horse off the front porch, and a little later all the people in the town ran to their windows to see what horse it was that was running away." It's just Pippi headed for school in her own inimitable fashion. The teacher's vain attempts to teach her math and art and music fail miserably. When asked to add 7 and 5, she retorts, "If you don't know that yourself, you needn't think I'm going to tell you." It's not that Pippi's naughty, it's just that she has her own way of doing things. At the end of the day, it's she who's consoling the exhausted teacher: "You understand, Teacher, don't you, that when you have a mother who's an angel and father who's a cannibal king, and when you have sailed on the ocean all your whole life, then you don't know just how to behave in school." This slender paperback picture book is neatly adapted from the Astrid Lindgren classic Pippi Longstocking, with assistance from Lindgren herself. Michael Chesworth's lively, modernized illustrations make clever reference to the original edition, without being slavish. (Ages 4 to 8)--Claire Dederer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Supper
This book is supper ! I love Pippi ! I have her Video and DVD. She is the smartest girl in the whole world ! When she got in shool she starts jumping on the desks ! Because she din't know what to do in shool. I really recomend it to buy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is a marvelous way to introduce young readers to the fabulous world of Pippi Longstocking! The illustrations are delightful and the stories are rollicking and full of fun!

1-0 out of 5 stars okay
This book, I had thought when I bought it, had a good plot. Key word there? Thought! ... Read more


183. Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books
by Francesca Lia Block
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Asin: 0064406970
Catlog: Book (1998-05-31)
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Sales Rank: 53433
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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Lanky lizards! The slinkster-cool novels in Francesca Lia Block's Weetzie Bat series have finally been compiled into one delicious volume. All of the ethereal, mesmerizing titles are here--Weetzie Bat, Witch Baby, Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, Missing Angel Juan, and Baby Be-Bop--together like the big, beautiful family described on their pages. Block's unique, poetic style immediately draws readers into an intoxicating magical-realist world populated by empathetic, original characters (as well as a few ghosts, fairies, and genies): "He kissed her. A kiss about apple pie à la mode with the vanilla creaminess melting in the pie heat. A kiss about chocolate, when you haven't eaten chocolate in a year. A kiss about palm trees speeding by, trailing pink clouds when you drive down the Strip sizzling with champagne. A kiss about spotlights fanning the sky and the swollen sea spilling like tears all over your legs."

We cheer for these young women and men as they struggle with the universal trials of growing up, finding love, and letting go--all within the vivid, glittering, urban embrace of Los Angeles. Block's stories about finding yourself, being true to your dreams, and believing in what might seem impossible will inspire teens and adults alike with the resounding messages of hope and the transformative power of love.--Brangien Davis ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Love is a dangerous angel...
I'd read the whole Weetzie Bat series before purchasing this book, but the problem was that no-one I'd loaned my individual copies of the stories to ever returned them. (Which may, in and of itself, be a testament to the kick-butt slinkster coolness that is intrinsically a part of this book.)

So anyway, as I was falling in love with a girl with whom I go to college, I read her Weetzie Bat. It was really cool. Especially the part in which My Secret Agent Lover Man expresses his undying love for Weetzie (I liked the part about "You are my martini..."). Since that time (about a month ago), however, this person has emotionally crucified me, and started dating an extremely goofy-looking boy.

Alas, that's the life portrayed in Ms. Block's novellas: hartbreaking and inspiring, exhilirating and melancholy. Read as modern day fairy-tales, they are wonderfully crafted pieces of fiction. Not surprisingly, however, I've read many scathing reviews of this series on Amazon.com. I think that for people to review it poorly, they have to miss the point--that these are fairy-tales. I wouldn't want a 13-year-old kid reading this as an instruction guide to life, but then again, how many people take fiction that seriously? (At least a few people do, as evidenced by the reviews.)

As with all fairy-tales, there is a moral behind the narrative: that love and universal acceptance goes a long way to make people happy, to heal hurt, and to generally make the world a better place--but also that things that some people take for love (that is, sex) can be devastating and hurtful. Love *IS* a dangerous angel. On that level, this book is not only a beautiful piece of prose, but of perhaps immeasurable value to a world torn by conflict, hurt, and hate. I just wish that more people would see the good in this book, instead of the bad.

(Good for high-school aged and up readers, but I'd probably have it tempered by parental guidance for anyone younger than, say, 15.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Lanky Lizards, it's a strange world!
When I first set eyes on this in a mid-town book shop, I put myself under the impression that it was going to be a mystical fantasy type book. I bought it. A few pages in and i'm thinking "What have I gotten myself into?" but I continued on and next thing I know i've read the first two Weetzie Bat books and am in awe. It's a strange world Francesca Lia Block creates for us. It's a mixed scene of retro 80's punk glam and spiritual awakening. Very odd indeed. Not only that but she has an amazing way of describing things that at first make you go "Who the hell speaks like that?" and then you re-read and think "My God! That makes perfect sense". There is one particular description of the first time Weetzie Bat kisses My Secret Agent Lover Man that really just made me sort of melt and laugh at the same because really is that not how kisses are? I don't know how she does it but she manages to find the words that you would never think of to say and describe things.

My only small complaint is the lack of timeline. With each new book time has passed between since the last one but yet we are never told how many years, months or whatever it has been. We're only given a vague idea. That made it somewhat frustrating and confusing.

I have read in some places of the suggested reading age being 12 and up but I think I would probably raise it more to somewhere around 14-16 as a good starting age for Weetzie Bat books. Not graphic or anything but there still is sex, drug abuse, self-mutilation and other things that I think make it more appropriate for teenagers than pre-teens. And though designed for young adults I do think anyone older could read these and still be just as thrilled with the world of Weetzie Bat.

4-0 out of 5 stars good
Well i havent quite finished this book yet... but so far it is kinda confusing. It is a really good book tho. It has love in different kinds of places. It tells about homosexuals, regular love, and different kinds of things about finding yourself and who you are. But i do plan on reading this book fully. It seems very good and the author is great. I plan on reading Girl Goddess #9.

4-0 out of 5 stars Tapestry Of Eye Pooping Words
While some characters may seem shallow and flat. Block does a beautiful job with her writing.
This is a very good strange romance series. I love it because it's so off beat and not like other romance novels.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Angels
I loved this book. My grandmother bought it for me on the 16th and I was done reading it on the 17. I read the entire book in two sit down sessions. The story is very realistic with just the right touch of fairy tale for it to be wonderful. I know this is a bad reviev but I'm only 13!! ... Read more


184. Lily's Crossing (Yearling Newbery)
by PATRICIA REILLY GIFF
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Asin: 0440414539
Catlog: Book (1999-01-12)
Publisher: Yearling
Sales Rank: 23552
Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
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Author Patricia Reilly Giff's Newbery Honor-winning Lily's Crossing is now available for the first time in paperback!

Every summer Lily and her father go to her family's house in Rockaway, near the Atlantic Ocean.But the summer of 1944 is different.World War II has called Lily's father overseas, Lily's best friend Margaret had to move with her family to a wartime factory town, and Lily is forced to live with her grandmother.

But then a boy named Albert, a refugee from Hungary, comes to live in Rockaway.He has lost most of his family to the war.Soon he and Lily form a special friendship, and they have secrets to share.But they have both told lies, and Lily's lie may cost Albert his life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Lily's Crossing was a good book.It was a good book because it described things well.This is what Lily's Crossing was about.

Lily is a little girl who lives in Saint Alban's. She is 12 years old. In the summer she goes to live with her grandma in Rockaway, NY.She has to play the the piano because her dad bought her a piano to play. She doesn't like the piano. Right now her dad is in the World War 2. He is an engineer. He is not going to be home until the war is over. Lily really misses her poppy. Her best friend Margaret has to move because of the war. She has to go with her father and her family because her dad got transferred with his job. In the book, Lily meets a kid named Albert.

In order to find out what happens next, you will have to read the book. I would recommend this book to you, because it is really good and exciting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Friends Forever
Lily's Crossing, a popular Newberry Honor Book, is wonderful for readers of all ages. Patricia Reilly Giff brings the whole story to life with her amazing adventures and her remarkable characters. Lily, an eleven-year-old girl with a life full of happiness, is living through the tough times of World War II. Her father has to move away to help strengthen America in the war. It doesn't end there! Every summer Lily goes to the beach with her friends but not the summer that her father leaves. Lily's best friend has to go away with her family because her family has to help out with the war. Just when Lily thinks that her life is ruined, she suddenly meets a boy named Albert. They became best friends, but can they stay out of trouble with her lying? Will Lily say something that can cost Albert his life?
This book is highly recommended because it shows just how important friendship can be. Lily is an amazing girl who shares her wonderful world with everyone. Her story can help many people during rough times with friends because she teaches people never to give up on friends. When Lily realizes that her best friend must move away, she feels miserable! She and Albert have their rough times at the beginning, but in the end, they become best of friends! The book also presents life during World War II. It presents the reader with a whole new world in the little town named Rockaway, New York where families and friends become close knit and help each other out. Also, by inviting everyone over to dinner. The war helps Lily become closer to her friends and family during these rough times. It also helps her to become trustworthy with her friends and to stop lying to everybody.
Lily's Crossing should definitely be at top of the list of best novels because the reader will feel a part of an unforgettable world. So me people may see Lily's Crossing a very mellow and sometimes boring book. Despite these views, the reader is bond to feel a connection to the characters life experiences! Even if Lily's Crossing isn't the number one book to many people, there is definitely a whole lot to learn from this little girl, for example, what it was like to live during World War II. It also can help many people understand who true friends are and how powerful friendship can be.
~ Once reading this book, it will change the readers life forever ~

3-0 out of 5 stars Lilys Crossing
Lily's life is not the best. Her father is at war, and she has to move.
She has no friends until she meets Albert.
Lily has told many lies, but now she has told one that may cost her a friend. Lily has two major events in her life; will Albert follow his heart, will her father return?

4-0 out of 5 stars Lily!
While on the yearly summer trip to Rockaway, New York, Lily experiences some hardships. In 1944, everyone's life has changed. WWII has become familiar with every family. As soon as they get to Rockaway, Lily's father announces that he will be going overseas due to the war. She does meet a Hungarian refugee named albert. Lily and Albert turn out to become good friends. She overcomes lying the summer of 1944. Patricia Reilly Giff makes this story very easy and interesting. I completely fell in love with Lily.

3-0 out of 5 stars I would give this book 3 stars
I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars because it is a good book but it is not as good as other books I have read. I also think it was not very detailed and there were parts in the book that didn't make sense. My favorite thing about the book is that Patricia Reilly Giff makes an unbreakable friendship between Lily and Albert.
One thing I think the author should have done differently is to have explained things a little better. My favorite character was Gram because she might have not shown her love for Lily but really she would do anything for Lily. Gram reminds me of my Godfather, Bill, who unfortunately was in a plane crash. My least favorite character was Margaret because she was very naughty and mean.
One part that really made me think was when Lily went to save Albert in the storm. It made me think "Would I do that?" and "What would I do in that position?"
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read it. ... Read more


185. The Healthy Body Cookbook : Over 50 Fun Activities and Delicious Recipes for Kids
by JoanD'Amico, Karen EichDrummond
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Asin: 0471188883
Catlog: Book (1998-12-04)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 21360
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Learning about health and science has never been so fun —and delicious!

What does a heartbeat sound like? How strong is my hair? Why do my eyes blink? What's in a sports drink? With more than 50 safe and easy recipes and activities to try, you'll discover the nutritious answers to these and tons of other scrumptious mysteries. And best of all, you get to eat the results when you're finished! You'll make carbohydrate-packed Blueberry Power-Snack Turnovers, protein-boosting Crunchy Chicken Fingers, calcium-rich Creamy, Dreamy Yogurt Orange-Banana Frozen Pops, and much more.

The Healthy Body Cookbook is a delightfully clever smorgasbord of hands-on lessons about the crucial role that diet and exercise play in the development of heart, blood, bones, muscles, skin, teeth, and the nervous and digestive systems. All activities are kid-tested and require only common ingredients and kitchen utensils. There's also a helpful list of safety rules, an explanation of tools and skills, and nutritional values for each recipe. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Healthy Body Cookbook
This book contains great ideas that are also tasty. My picky eaters enjoyed the Breakfast No-Bake granola bars, the Awesome Banana Berry Pancakes and the Creamy, Dreamy Yogurt Orange-Banana Frozen pops. We are excited to try many of the other great recipe ideas. The recipes in here are easy to follow, and taste great! ... Read more


186. The Snail and the Whale
by Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler
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Asin: 0803729227
Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Dial Books
Sales Rank: 10094
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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When a tiny snail meets a humpback whale, the two travel together to far-off lands. It’s a dream come true for the snail, who has never left home before. But when the whale swims too close to shore, will the snail be able to save her new friend?

From the creators of Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo comes this touching tale of adventure and friendship. With vibrant illustrations and rhymes that are both playful and lyrical, here is a story that shows us that even the smallest creatures can help others in a big way. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!
This is the best book my daughter and I have read in a while. She is 4, and I have been reading it to her every day since we got it. We liked it so much that we had to check out all of the other Julia Donaldson books. We also love Room on the Broom. Both of these are fun rhyming books that tell a wonderful story.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Beautiful Book
We just received this book and it has already become one of my son's favorites. We had to read it twice the day it came and he is asking for it every night. It is a beautiful book, I fell in love with it the first time I read it to him. The text flows smoothly, the story is wonderful, it shows how even if your different you can get along and help one another. It also teaches that it doesn't matter what size you are , you can make a difference. The illustrations are wonderful, alot of detail and color. Just all around one of the best books I have ever purchased.

5-0 out of 5 stars IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT
Rhyming texts are always appealing to young ears, and this adventure tale by Julia Donaldson is no exception.

A tiny sea snail lives on a rock overlooking the sea. The more he looks at the sea the more he dreams of sailing around it. Ignoring the advice of his fellow snails who want him to stay put he posts a sign on the rock: "Ride wanted around the world." As they say, nothing ventured nothing gained.

One night a giant humpback whale came to the rock and invited the snail to sail with him. It didn't take the snail but a second to decide - he hopped on the whale's tail and they were off.

They saw many wonders: icebergs, penguins, mountains, golden sands, underwater caves. Such excitement!

But one day there was a bit too much excitement as racing speedboats forced the whale to swim too close to shore. Then as it does every day, the tide went out leaving "the whale beached in a bay."

Now, how can a tiny snail possibly save his friend the whale?

Youngsters will love this story's ending, and also learn a valuable lesson.

- Gail Cooke

5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite!
My children and I love this book! The rhyming verses just flow beautifully, holding my children's attention as well as mine. I have yet to tire of reading this out loud to them. The pictures are wonderful and we love the snail! Not only is it fun to read but it has a great message for children. This will remain one of my all time favorite children's books. ... Read more


187. It's my Life: Diary of a Teenage Girl (Book 2)
by Melody Carlson
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Asin: 159052053X
Catlog: Book (2002-07-08)
Publisher: Multnomah
Sales Rank: 14950
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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In this emotional sequel to Diary of a Teenage Girl, Caitlin O'Conner faces new trials as she grows in her faith and strives to maintain the recent commitments she's made to God. As a new believer, Caitlin begins her summer job and makes preparations for a Mexico mission trip with her church youth group. Torn between new spiritual directions and loyalty to Beanie, her best friend (now pregnant), Caitlin searches out her personal values on friendship, romance, dating, life goals, and key relationships with God and family. Tough choices threaten her progress, and her yearclimaxes in her realization that maturity sometimes means life-impacting decisions must be made ... by faith alone. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Kaitlyn Hennessy Bak Middle School of the Arts period 3
Melody Carlson continues her captivating writing in It's my Life: Diary of a teenage girl (book 2.) This book was just as wonderful as the first. Caitlin O' Conner's life never stops being interesting. She has many temptations with her new religion and has problems with her friends. In this novel Caitlin's church youth group goes on a mission to Mexico and there she feels she found her purpose in life, helping others who are less fortunate than her. This mission changes her views on a lot of things and will change yours too. Melody Carlson sucks you in and keeps you in till you reach that back cover and that's when you go buy the next book in the series. Any teen girl will love this book because we can all relate to Caitlin's life. That is why I give it 5 stars, but you must read all of the books in the series in order to get the full effect. But, trust me you'll want to read them all once you've read one.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Diary of A teenage girl, book 2 is Awesome!
It was as exciting as i thought the first one was! In this book she goes more in-depth into life's challenges of any teenage girl living right now. Carlson sure knows how to capture a readers attention. Every single issue she writes about in the book is something that almost all girls can relate too. The very moving storyline keeps you reading from the beginning to the end. You can's stop reading it! If you're a girl going through some tough times right now. This book, and her first one, are the perfect books to read. You'll find out that a lot of things she writes about is very similar to what you're going through. So check this book out! ;)

4-0 out of 5 stars Lindsay Bein book review: Diary of a teenage girl.
The book that I have chosen is called Diary of a Teenage Girl. This book is about a girl who wants to fit in but still abide by what she thinks is what God wants from her. Her mother and father do not get along. She is constantly fighting with her father. At one point she gets into the popular group and learns it isn't so great. She goes to a party and there is drinking, so she gets drivin home by her friend's boyfriend, who soon likes her. Then the young man in her youth group dies and she is faced with a great deal of pain, so she talks about it with her aunt who went to the church. Her two best friends also went to the church. They are a boy and a girl and had been going out for a long time. They decided they would be together forever so it would be okay to have sex. Now her friend is faced with a more serious problem, she is pregnant. Once again she looks to her aunt for advice, and her aunt takes her friend in, but her friend still has to work and take care of the baby that is about to be born.
I think this book is a good way to learn new coping skills. This young girl is faced with some very rough problems and her coping skill is praying or talking. I think this would be a good book for all teenagers to read if they need a little pick-up.
When I started reading this book I couldn't set it down. I didn't set it down until I was completely done. I would recommend this book.
It would also be a good book for parents to read about the every day troubles teenagers face. It is a very good book abou making good choices, and one that I would give to friends to read. It was a hard book to find, but I'm sure with a little help from the internet it can be found.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for Christian Teens!
I loved the first Diary of a Teenage Girl and the 2nd installment didn't disappoint. We need more books out there that display Christian values. Melody Carlson is an excellent storyteller! Another author you might want to check out is Edee Wilcox. She is a new author who has written a book for those girls who have already overstepped the boundaries of purity and are struggling to get back to a relationship with God.

5-0 out of 5 stars Diary of a teenage girl (book 1)
When i first got this book, i read the first chapter and endded up liking it so much that i read the whole book in one night! it is a great and inspirartional book and i give it 100 stars!! ... Read more


188. Guji Guji
by Chih-Yuan Chen
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Asin: 1929132670
Catlog: Book (2004-09-01)
Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers
Sales Rank: 908
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Things are just about perfect for Guji Guji and his somewhat unconventional family until the day three bad crocodiles appear. They don't see a family; they see "fat, delicious ducks." They don't see Guji Guji, the biggest and strongest duck in Mother Duck's family, either. "Look at yourself! No feathers, no beak, no big webbed feet! What you have is blue-gray skin, sharp claws, pointed teeth and the smell of bad crocodile. You're just like us."

Poor Guji Guji. What's a crocoduck to do?

An original in his own family, Guji Guji proves to himself and others that family, no matter where or what that family may be, is worth protecting and cherishing. ... Read more


189. What's Happening to Grandpa?
by Maria Shriver
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Asin: 0316001015
Catlog: Book (2004-04-28)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Sales Rank: 41703
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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From New York Times bestselling author Maria Shriver comes a poignant and compassionate story about one family coping with Alzheimer's disease and memory loss. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GREAT RESOURCE ABOUT ALZHEIMER'S FOR CHILDREN
Contrary to popular belief, Ms. Shriver's book wasn't actually the first book that was geared toward children in an attempt to help them have a better understanding about Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Ann Frantti wrote a book entitled "Grandma's Cobwebs" several years ago on this same topic. Not only does her book explain the workings of this dreadful disease, it also has a supplementary booklet that has FAQs to help parents with any questions their children may have.

Unfortunately, Dr. Frantti doesn't have the benefit of Ms. Shriver's "star power" in terms of getting publicity about "Grandma's Cobwebs," but her book is excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent For Children -1st Lady Shriver WINS!!!
Well written with warmth, Maria Shriver does an excellent job of helping grandchildren understand-what even some adults may not fully know- about the battlefield of the aged minds.
The Knowledge we as Authors share, produces a well informed future generation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lovely Resource
It is hard enough for an adult to understand what it all means when a loved one is stricken with Alzheimer's, let alone a child. Maria has done a marvelous job of explaining it all in terms that will help your children, as well as yourself, understand, accept and cope with one of the hardest times a family can face.
Jacqueline Marcell, Edlercare Advocate, and author of Elder Rage.

4-0 out of 5 stars very helpful
It is good to have a book to read to children that will help them cope with a grandparent with Altzheimer's! I especially liked the expression of the many feelings that the book characters had. It made talking about feelings that we have easier. I think we will be reading this from time to time to keep in touch with each other through the process of this disease and how it relates to our family. Thank you for carrying it. ... Read more


190. A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You
by Joan Walsh Anglund
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Catlog: Book (1983-09-26)
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This special edition celebrates the twentieth anniversary of one of Joan Walsh Anglund’s best-loved books for children and adults.
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1-0 out of 5 stars Manufactued in China
So sad to see that this was "Manufactured in China," otherwise I would have given this heart-tugging nostalgia-waxing book 5 stars. Sigh, is nothing sacred anymore? Apparently not!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Friend is someone Who likes You
This book is a comforting, precious childhood memory. As an adult reading it to my children, it still gives me a warm breezy feeling. My children love it and find it thought provoking and soothing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Every child should be given this book
How delighted I was to see that this lovely book is still in print. It was given to me when I was a little girl and I bought it for my daughter and one of her friends. The sentiments are wonderful and its petite size makes it so portable. This is a book that resides on a special shelf in our daughter's room and is definitely read at bedtime.

5-0 out of 5 stars gorgeous childhood memorabilia
a sweet, innocent, classic

5-0 out of 5 stars This book, like all Anglund books, makes your heart melt.
This book is a sweetheart. It makes you and your child feel good. I would recommend this to any parent, along with the book, "Love is a Special Way of Feeling". ... Read more


191. Waiting for Baby (New Baby Series)
by Annie Kubler
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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book to personalize for your child
My 20-month old daughter loves this book, as do I. The illustrations are beautiful and allow you to tell the story however you choose (there is no text). It's a great way to personalize the "expecting a new baby" story. We talk about our doctor, our favorite toy store, our grandma coming to visit, ect. It's also fun to hear how Dad tells the story. A great book for toddlers who will soon be big brothers or sisters.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Money
I purchased this book to read to my 2 1/2 year old daughter as part of preparing her for an addition to the family. My daughter loves books and I enjoy reading them to her. The reading level is listed as Baby-Preschool and I was curious to see how the author would write about such a sensitve subject so that children of a young age would understand. To my surprise, I quickly realized that the "author" chose not to deal with the subject at all and the book consists only of pictures. While its easy enough for a parent to make up a story using the illustrations, there are so many other books out there that have illustrations AND pictures that I would suggest spending your money elsewhere. I also bought Our New Baby by Beth Atchison which I was very happy with. However, if you're considering buying that book please be advised that there are references to God, so if you're not a Christian it might not be for you. ... Read more


192. There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom
by Louis Sachar
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Winner of 17 Children's Choice Awards nationwide, here is Louis Sachar's most beloved novel.

An IRA/CBC Children's Choice
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5-0 out of 5 stars I thought that this book was excellent.
I read chapters 1-5 to many third and fourth grade classes in the NYC public schools. The children enjoyed the book greatly. Their favorite parts were when Bradley talks to his toy animals, makes up stories about doing well in school and starts making a friendship with the new kid Jeff. Each class has always reacted to the dialoque between Bradley and the other characters like "give me a dollar or I'll spit on you," to Jeff, "Call the zoo if you dont believe me",to his parents, "Lori loudmouth" to Lori, his classmate, Get out of here to his sister who barges in his room and says "what are you doing playing with your animal friends?" and Bradley responds "No I am arranging them in alphabetical order, it's a project for school." After I finish reading a section, I will hear a few kids saying the lines to themselves and laugh too. They also like the part when Bradley tells the guidance counselor that he eats dog food. I see how much the children relate to this book and many of the children who are not big readers have been inspired to read and get the book after I have read the first four chapters. I enjoy the rationale behind the book and how Bradley starts to grow and learn.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bradley Chalkers=Me
I read this book, Sunday (Feb. 17, 2002) while I was going through a sad time. I love this book, and when I first read it when I was in middle school, I knew it was a special book. "There's a Boy in the Girl's bathroom" is funny, heartwarming, genuine, sincere, and powerful.

Bradley Chalkers---he is considered the "monster" in the book because he misbehaves, and he thinks he is a "monster" on the inside and the outside. His counselor, Carol, sees Bradley as the sweetest little boy deep inside himself. At first, Bradley doesn't want to listen to her, but then he does, and his life makes a beautiful transition. He is the person that he always was supposed to be. The likeable boy that everyone comes to adore.

"There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom" is a story about a little boy that changes. It touches me so much because in that 195 page you see Bradley change into the person that he was meant to be. I was feeling bad yesterday, but when I read that it makes me realize that if Bradley Chalkers, a fifth grader, can change his life so young, we all can too. It feels good to know that we can all grow and mature with a little help for people who care about us.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Novel of ALL Time
I think i've read this book at least once a year since I was in the fourth grade, and I'm 19 now, so that would mean I've read it a little over 10 times. It's absolutely incredible. People do always give me funny looks when I say it's my favorite book, but I'm not going to lie to them. Sadly, my 10 year old copy is quite a bit dog eared now, so it's great to see they're still printing new editions.

There's A Boy is unlike a lot of other children's novels out there, even unlike a lot of other Sachar books. Where most kid's books offer simple, crazy set ups, a bit of conflict and an ultimately happy ending, There's A Boy doesn't do that. Instead, the setup is a little more sad than comical, the wacky events are all very true to life and the ending is quite a bit more bittersweet than would be expected. But that's exactly what this book needed, if everything ended perfectly the point would be lost.

There is also so much to like about this book, in that sense. Bradley and Jeff are amazingly complex characters, and so are the minor ones, too, (Notice how Mrs. Ebbel wants Bradley to succeed but still blatantly ridicule him in front of the class "Of course, there was one F"). Carla might seem like she's on the edge of perfection, especially in the eyes of the children, but her SPOILER final letter to Bradley indicates a bit of empitness and sorrow in her life.

If there's any criticism of the book, and, yes, I do have some, it's how it treats the relationship between the younger male and female characters. I'm not against it, but the roles seem oddly stereotyped for a book that defies most cut-outs. The fight in the rain is a perfect example, and kid who's read half a dozen books knows how this one is going to turn out. And Colleen's affection for Jeff is another bothersome plot point. No fifth graders act like that, really. It's too bad Sachar felt like he needed to place these plots in there when the resolve at the birthday party seems forced and un real (we all know Bradley is crazy, but this crazy? I don't buy it).

My sort of dream for these past ten years has been to turn There's A Boy into a feature length film, possibly with the changes listed above. Not a kid's film, though, one aimed at adults that emphasizes the sadness and pain in the novel. It'll never happen, but it's fun to take a scene from the book and imagine it as a scene in a real drama movie. It could happen. I hope.

So buy the book! You won't be dissapointed but maybe a little teary-eyed by the end. I'll probably order this edition to keep up with the times. At least the cover design on this one is a little more colorful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Never loses its appeal
I was first read this book when I was seven years old, and now ten years later, about to graduate high school, it is still one of my favorites.

The story is touching. It's not your average children's book, where there are bad guys and good. In this story, there are shades of gray as our oringally unlovable protagonist can turn his ways around. It's also a story about friendship, the growth and development, and the many different bonds between children, parents, and teachers. And most importantly, in traditional Sachar style, it's a really funny story, as well, making it enjoyable for adults and kids.

This is truly one of my favorite books and because of it, I figured out what I want to study to be next year when I go to college: a guidance counselor for children, just like Carla.

4-0 out of 5 stars There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom
There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom
By: Louis Sachar
Reviewed by: P. Kim
Period: 6

There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom is about a boy named Bradley Chaulkers that is hated by everyone in his class due to the trouble he causes. He doesn't do his homework, is a troublemaker, and also repeated a grade. Then a boy named Jeff Fishkins comes to his school and sort of becomes Bradley's friend. Soon Jeff decides to ditch Bradley to move to other friends. Everyone hated Bradley except Carla the new counselor. She enjoys talking to Bradley about his problems, and knows he can change into a better person. Bradley soon comes to Carla daily and with her help Bradley eventually changes into a better person.

I like this book for many reasons. One reason why I like this book is because it tells about a boy that has difficulty with the world in a humorous way. It gives great details about the life of Bradley Chaulkers. I also disliked the book because when I was hoping that the book would be about boys going into the girl's bathroom but when I started reading the first few chapters my smile turned upside down.

These are two of my favorite Quotes in the book, "Give me a dollar or I will spit on you." And, "I'll give you a dollar if you be my friend." I like these quotes because they are back-to-back sentences in which the whole conversation works out between Jeff Fishkins and Bradley Chaulkers.

My favorite part in "There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom" is when Bradley is invited to a birthday party and has no clue what to do when he plays games there. He even forgets to wrap his birthday present. But, luckily he has guidance so he wouldn't have to be embarrassed. I like this part because it shows him doing embarrassing things in front of people. ... Read more


193. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
by Mark Haddon
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Catlog: Book (2003)
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Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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Narrated by a fifteen-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions.

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. At fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbour’s dog Wellington impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.

Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer, and turns to his favourite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As Christopher tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, the narrative draws readers into the workings of Christopher’s mind.

And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon’s choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotions. The effect is dazzling, making for one of the freshest debut in years: a comedy, a tearjerker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.
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5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing fictional leap
Mark Haddon has written a moving novel about love and bravery through the eyes of a British autistic boy. Christopher discovers his neighbor's poodle dead, impaled by a pitchfork, and, because he adores puzzles, he sets out to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington . But Christopher is autistic, a boy who doesn't like to be touched and cannot decipher emotions beyond the tools his teacher has taught him, and so the task requires the huge effort of testing rules and facing his own fears. A literalist by neurology, he deconstructs life into a set of mathematical equations and physical laws. This unique perspective makes him a good detective on one level, where clues and logic rule, but it also fails him on another, higher one because he cannot understand the magnitude of what he uncovers.

That Haddon was able to write a book from Christopher's point of view with all his quirks and still make him lovable is extraordinary. By necessity, the writing is simple and unadorned, but the language of details elevates it from the mundane. The insertion of mathematical puzzles and drawings add to the reader's understanding of how Christopher's mind works. Haddon's real skill is an understatement that allows the reader to comprehend what is going on even if Christopher cannot. Although Christopher cannot grasp subtlety and nuances, the reader can, and that's where the true force of this exceptional novel lies.

This short, easy to read book can be completed in a couple of sittings, although its impact will last much longer. Highly recommended for a general readership.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Terrific
The plot of this novel is quite simple. Christopher Boone is a 15 year-old autistic boy who, after finding his neighbor's poodle kill by a garden fork, sets out to discover the identity of the murderer. Through his "detecting" Christopher discovers the culprit but in doing so he also discovers so much more about himself. But the true discovery is left for the readers of this wonderful novel who discover not only the uniquely different world as seen through Christopher's eyes but also his truly underlying genius.

I understand from previous reviewers that author Mark Haddon had actually worked with autistic children - and it is reflected in his brilliant first-person narrative, spoken through Christopher's authentic voice. He shows how Christopher is neither capable of judging or ascribing any emotions to anything he experiences and thus is able to simplify his complex world. Haddon doesn't coddle his character nor does he minimize or exaggerate the difficulties of Christopher's parents have in dealing with a child with Christopher's condition. And therein lies the true appreciation for this simply terrific novel.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time is a 5-star read that should not be missed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Christopher's world
I do not know a thing about autism--so maybe this has something to do with why I was drawn into Christopher's tale. I found this character to be very interesting as he explained to me, the reader, how his mind works and why it works the way it does. I credit the author, Mark Haddon, for sticking to the challange of conveying such a story. There's much skill in the craftmanship and I find it to be a very intelligent read. I don't understand how another person here said they read--which caught my eye because I did as well--'Simon Lazarus' and found that to be more "worthy" and that 'A Curious incident..'is "drivel" or gimmicky. I see nothing of the sort here. Both of these works are distinct in their own right, and both are smart and quite readable. So for this reader: 'Simon Lazarus' and Christopher's story here are both entertaining and fascinating reads in their own distinct way. That's what literature is all about. Appreciate them both.

5-0 out of 5 stars Autism Understood....
I am so grateful I purchased this remarkable book. Getting into the mind of an autistic child gives the reader a phenomenal look at the complexities of this disorder.

Christopher is a remarkable boy and the author who created him, a remarkable man. This book will, in time, be considered a classic. I intend to put it away for my grandchildren to read when they are old enough. They are just beginning to be exposed to children with special needs.

This book was humorous, suspenseful, sad, happy and simply wonderful. It is a book for all time and what a great film it would make. I hope someone discovers it for that reason.

Thank you Mr. Haddon. You are a genius!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Book Sure To Capture A Reader's Heart
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is a book that is certainly capturing people's attention. In some ways the story of an autistic teenager trying to solve a mystery is not the most captivating of topics. The only way such a topic could come to life is through the skills of a gifted writer, which is the reason THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is a best seller and the book's main character Christopher Boone will always have a place in the hearts of those who have read this extraordinary work.

The greatest strength of the book is the main character and narrator, Christopher, who has Asperger's Syndrome. Haddon's use of the first person enables the reader to understand the world from Christopher's perspective. We learn about his extraordinary gift (his mathematical ability) as well as his personality quirks. We also hear from Christopher why he acts in certain ways which are disturbing to the people he encounters. While Christopher may be unable to interact with the world around him, he is a keen observer of everything that happens. We feel empathy for Christopher when we meet the people in his life and realize the tragedy that has been so much a part of his experience. We admire Christopher's pluck and reserve as he accomplishes things that are difficult for him. Because the reader loves Christopher, the book becomes mesmerizing and we follow his every move with attention.

There are a number of reasons why this book should be read. The first, and perhaps most impelling reason is that it is entertaining. The author's writing style is straightforward and Christopher is engaging. Even though most of us would believe we are different from Christopher, after reading the book any one of us could say that there is some Christopher in all of us.

Would be writers will find the book fascinating. Haddon's literary skills are remarkable. He also includes little pictures, puzzles, games, and the like which make the book highly original. In an interview I read, he stated that the impetus for the book was not Christopher himself, but the dead dog. He found the dead dog intriguing and decided to tell its story. Haddon believed the best way to do so was through the character of Christopher. He captures Christopher's voice and keeps it consistent throughout the book. ... Read more


194. The Insiders 2: Pass It On
by J. Minter
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The party from the guys' point of view...

Rumors are spreading about Jonathan and his friends.Jonathan's dad seems to have lost all his money. David's dad is a sham. Arno's parents are splitting up. And if the parents aren't enough, the girls aren't making sense either. Who will hook up? Who will get dumped?And what happens when the guys betray each other?Find out in the next installment of The Insiders.Psst...pass it on.
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195. Mean Chicks, Cliques, and Dirty Tricks: A Real Girl's Guide to Getting Through the Day With Smarts and Style
by Erika V. Shearin Karres
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for Tweens/Teens and Their Parents
"Please don't let anyone get in your way!" So starts Erika V. Shearin Karres' book MEAN CHICKS, CLIQUES, AND DIRTY TRICKS. This is some of the best advice you will find, but doesn't even compare to the rest of the advice that Ms. Karres gives throughout this book.

Part of being a girl is getting used to the "in" crowd, snobs, bullies, teasing, cliques, gossip, backstabbing, and more, whether during school hours, or on your own time. It is the one thing that makes being a female extremely tough, and easily compares girls to wild animals fighting over the tiniest thing.

Split up into 10 Chapters, MEAN CHICKS breaks female predators down into various groups, and writes about each separately. Chapters on The Bully, The Snob, The Gossip, The Traitor, The Teaser, and so on, feature quotes from young girls who have been bullied in the past (this feature alone will have tweens and teens interested in this book, as they feel as if they are being spoken to by their peers, as opposed to a parent/teacher/guardian), stories about girls who have overcome bullies, quizzes, resources, and an all around survival guide to help tweens, teens, and their parents deal with the problem civilly.

As someone who has been bullied non-stop in the past, I found this book to be extremely empowering, yet uplifting at the same time. I even starting crying a few times when reading the true stories from girls who have been bullied, as I could relate to them so well. Ms. Karres' breakdown of each type of girl is entirely accurate, and will have readers nodding their head in agreement with her comments about The Bully, Traitor, and so on. Parents with a tween/teen girl who is being bullied should definitely purchase this book, as it will be a helpful guide for both YOU and your child. Don't miss MEAN CHICKS, as it is a necessity.

Erika Sorocco

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best
This book is really good I'm a middle-schooler and this book helps me understand why theese girls do the things they do. now i know that i can beat their tricks knowing that their doing it to be popular and i understand that theese girls are not at all perfect, in fact they have more problems then we think. now i know that i am stronger then the bully and that i can outsmart them and shrug off what they say. i love this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A book that teaches, empowers, and heals
Once a childhood bully and a teenager who was bullied, I found an immediate and deep connection with Karres's book. What I thought most poignant was the psychology detailed behind each description of the girl(s) dreaded in school - the Bully, the Gossip, and so on. She makes you understand the reasons underlying the otherwise callous actions that girls exhibit...almost to the point of making one feel a certain sympathy for them. That being said, this book is also a useful - and not an overbearing, finger-pointing - tool for the girls who exhibit these types of mean behavior. Karres possesses a compassion for young women that is clearly evident throughout her verbiage. Through that, you get the feeling, once the final page is read, that somehow, someday, 'everything is going to be okay.' This book is not only valuable for girls, but a highly educational reminder to parents of what their child is going through. I know that if I ever have a daughter one day, the book is going to be left in her hands.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Book is Helping Me Alot
My Mom gave me this book to read because I have had alot of problems as a teenager just dealing with all the social drama and fighting that goes on. Every week there are fights and disagreements and I find so many girls can be cruel and get jealous and hurt each other. I really like this book and it is helping me. I feel like I'm reading about my own friends and the kids in my school with different names. Dr. Karres also explains why girls act the way they do and gives good ideas for how to act and what to say when kids act out and get really mean or think they are better than anyone else. I tried a few ideas in this book and they really work! I am also learning more about why I act they way I do sometimes and get in sad or down moods because of all the things that go on with kids around me. I think this is a very good book and everyone should read it. I wish they would teach kids this stuff in school so there wouldn't be so many problems.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book- I Use It With My Students!!!
I teach in a middle school and was lucky to read Mean Chicks, Cliques, and Dirty Tricks -- I am using the many terrific tips to help guide students who are often very upset about the difficult and upsetting social episodes they encounter -- and Dr. Karres' explanations, approaches, and advice in this book are exceptional!! The book includes writings from girls in need of real-life down-to-earth objective and educated help for tough situations in dealings with peers ( who can be nasty and hurtful)
and they are answered so beautifully, with both logic and sensitivity. I've covered some of the excellent empowerment tips with my students and they love them!! This book is an esteem-builder and empowerment bible for girls from elementary through high school (probably even adults!!) and parents, too, can learn alot here for assisting their children through the social rocky roads of the girls' world. Tips on dealing with all personality types, behaviors, and issues --from bullies and teasers to groupies and newcomers on the block -- being in good moods and bad moods -- are included PLUS the book has a section called "Cool Tools" listing additional resources. This is great for teaching girls they can own their power and do have choices to attain further support; they are not alone and can learn how to cope with and overcome tough people and relationships! I invite my students to look at my copy of the book ( I keep it on my desk) and they rush up to grab it! This book is a double winner. ... Read more


196. Holy Enchilada! (Hank Zipzer, 6)
by Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver, Carol Heyer
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PS 87 is having multicultural week, and Ms. Adolf's class is putting on a "Foods from Around the World" luncheon. Hank is thrilled&150noreading, no outlining, and no review questions, just cooking! Hank makes enchiladas, and at the luncheon, Ms. Adolf piles her plate with lots of food. But after a few bites, her face turns bright red&150one of the dishes is super-spicy! Ms. Adolf accuses someone of playing a mean practical joke, and punishes the entire class with no recess until the guilty party comes forward. Hank realizes his trouble with numbers might have caused the problem&150what if he accidentally used three cups of peppers instead of 1/3 cup? Will Hank be able to get recess back for everyone without getting detention for the rest of his life? ... Read more


197. The Gifted Kids Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook
by Judy Galbraith, James R. Delisle, Pamela Espeland
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This was truly an excellent book for any teen who is gifted. I've been gifted since I was very young and I've never fit in with any of the other kids. I've always been much more mature and on a much higher level than the rest of the kids my age. This book showed me that I should be proud about being gifted, and shouldn't worry about fitting in. This is a must read for any gifted teen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Robert's Mom
My son was thrilled to receive this book. He immediately began to see himself described in every chapter. He has always felt different and out of sync with his peers. This book helped him to understand himself and feel good about his "gift".

4-0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
This book makes you feel good about being "gifted" - you know you aren't the only one around in that situation. A lot of nice examples, and it's very uplifting. Too bad it couldn't cover overseas examples though. ... Read more


198. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
by Judith Viorst
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Catlog: Book (1987-09-30)
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My cat Barney died this Friday. I was very sad. My mother said we could have a funeral for him, and I should think of ten good things about Barney so I could tell them...

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5-0 out of 5 stars An educational tool for the coping skills dealing with loss
This has been one of my favorite books, for myself, my friends, and for use in my work with children. The story is simple, touching, and gives a beautifully positive way to cope with any loss--remembering the good things. The story specifically deals with the death of a young boy's cat and the funeral that follows, as well as the concept of the circle of life. The mother in the story asks her son to think of ten good things about the cat. This task helps him remember the things he liked about his cat and takes his mind off the pain he feels. The concept of concentrating on good memories about someone who is gone is excellent, and an easy way to begin the healing process and encourage a child to talk about his feelings. I've even used the idea when I've had to separate from the children I've worked with. I tell them the ten good things I will remember about them. Outstanding book--timeless!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Book About Death from the Point of View of a Little Boy
The little boy who is the narrator of this book has just had his pet cat Barney die. He can only think of nine good things about Barney, until the day after the funeral, when he spends the day in the garden with his father. The plot is extremely simple and spare, but the book depicts grief very well, and so we understand just how broken-hearted the little boy is, and how much he loved his cat. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney is an excellent springboard for families of every religious persuasion (including agnostics and atheists) to discuss what they feel happens after we die. My bright, perceptive and sensitive four-year-old has been asking a lot of questions lately -- about birth and death -- and I used this book to explain death to him. The book was extremely powerful for him, and helped him to put into words many questions that he had, and helped me to answer them for him as best I could. The writing is excellent, and perfectly captures the voice of a young boy, and the illustrations are elegant. It's a classic book, and belongs in every library.

3-0 out of 5 stars You don't wanna know the 10th good thing
I finally read this book after years and years of hearing it hyped as the perfect book to help a child deal with the loss of a pet, so I expected a lot.

It's not a bad book. I've always liked Judith Viorst's wry voice that seems to capture children's unsure moments so perfectly, and "...Barney" has a lot of that.

The particular details of the story are even good -- I love that the boy's mother wraps Barney in a piece of cloth before they bury him. I love that the boy's best friend attends the funeral to hear him recite the nine best things about Barney. I love the little argument they have after the funeral, about whether Barney is really in heaven, or if he's just in the ground.

But the book takes a jarring twist when the boy decides what the 10th good thing about Barney is. The 10th good thing is basically that Barney is dead and rotting. OK, OK -- dead and rotting and therefore helping flowers to grow. Life will come from his death, and yes, that is the message.

But really. Basically the 10th good thing about Barney is that he's dead and rotting. I'm a fairly morbid person, very interested in the process of death and decomposition, but I think the ending of this story is too morbid to present to young children at the end of this otherwise sweet, sentimental story. It doesn't seem to fit.

1-0 out of 5 stars Nothing good to say about the 10th good thing....
I work in a school library and as a cat lover am always seeking out the cat books. This one caught my eye and I was expecting something wonderful. I found the story to be hopeless and defeating. How sad the only comfort the father has to offer is composting tips and the last memory the child has to hold is that of a decomposing cat. I'm no censor, but two thumbs way down. Also, if you are looking for something wonderful for pet loss, try Cynthia Rylant's, Cat Heaven!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple and sensitive, for all ages
Beautifully simple and sensitive portrayel. Could be a comfort for all ages. Keep it in your library to read and reread. Similar to BOOMERANG - A MIRACLE TRILOGY, which is also a tale for all ages about dealing with the pain of pet loss and grief. ... Read more


199. Niagara Falls or Does It? (Hank Zipzer)
by Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
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Asin: 0448431629
Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Sales Rank: 9019
Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
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For Hank, fourth grade does not start out on the right foot. First of all, he gets called to the principal's office on the very first day of school. Then the first assignment his teacher gives him is to write five paragraphs on "What You Did This Summer." Hank is terrified-writing one good sentence is hard for him, so how in the world is he going to write five whole paragraphs? Hank comes up with a plan: instead of writing what he did on vacation, he'll show what he did. But when Hank's "living essay" becomes a living disaster, he finds himself in detention. Strangely enough, however, detention ends up becoming a turning point in his life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is a good one!
I've always liked Henry Winkler and respected the challenges he has overcome in his life so when I found out he had written a couple of books for kids, I had to buy them! My fifth grade son read it in less than 24 hours. He really enjoyed it and couldn't put it down. He even took it to his class and recommended it to all of his classmates. I have only read the first few chapters but I have found it to be easy and enjoyable to read. It's obvious that Mr. Winkler is in touch with the feelings and behavior of young boys; he has captured their spirit perfectly. I like the idea that my son has been able to gain some insight into learning difficulties some kids may face and to be understanding of their challenges. I highly recommend this book to kids of all ages.

4-0 out of 5 stars Engaging characters, good story
Big name authors sell, so Henry Winkler will be popular. Topics sell and with a story about dyslexia, people will buy. My interest, though, is just as a reader looking for a good story.

This story starts with engaging characters, vivid and fun. Three children, a wild grandpa, a bullying classmate, and the hard-nosed teacher, strict principal and new musician. Even a nerdy, too-smart younger neighbor.

It has great location--not just the typical school, but a funky bowling alley and a secret place to meet.

The plot revolves around conflict, with the main character, Hank, center-stage. Humor is the byword for 4th graders and Hank handles this with aplomb.

Kids will enjoy reading this book. And so will their parents.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As a ten year old student reporter, I had the honor of interviewing Henry and Lin at a writing conference in Los Angeles. I have read the first three books in this series and look forward to reading all of them. These books are hysterical and moving. As a girl with (around) a twelfth grade reading level, I mostly don't read books as easy as this. But all in all I loved all three. I have read them each about three or four times. Don't you just love the last name "Zipzer"? Anyway, these three books are totally awesome, I will keep on reading them for the rest of my life. As soon as you finish reading this review, buy the Hank Zipzer books. It is worth it. Also, in case you didn't know, Henry Winkler is dyslexic so when you buy his books about a dyslexic boy in many ways you are supporting him. All he wants is for kids to not have to go through what he did as a child. P.S. I didn't mean to sound as if I was bragging before.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you Henry Winkler!!!!!
My son, who has dyslexia, loves this series. He actually goes out of his way to read them. Anyone who knows a child, or has a child with dyslexia, knows how difficult it is to get them to read. He cannot wait for the next one to come out.

4-0 out of 5 stars A humorous book about a learning disability.
In the book Niagara Falls or Does It? by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver, Hank suffers from dyslexia, the most important part of the story. Hank is assigned to write an essay, 5 paragraphs long and he is terrified. He deceids to SHOW the principal his essay instead of writing it. When his plan fails, he is sentenced to detention, where the book begins.

Readers will enjoy this book for the humor and drama of Hanks life.

The authors intention of writing this book is to show everybody that it is not wrong to have dyslexia. People with dyslexia go on to have full lives, like Henry Winkler.

Niagara Falls of Does It? is a worth wild humorous book for all types of learners. This book is the start of a series of three books that I would recommend. ... Read more


200. Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice
by Anti-Defamation League, Caryl Stern-LaRosa, Ellen Hofheimer Bettmann
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Asin: 0439211212
Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
Publisher: Scholastic
Sales Rank: 237817
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Noticing differences among people is biological. At six months, aninfant can distinguish skin color, hair texture, and facial features. Butforming attitudes about differences is social, say Caryl Stern La Rosa and EllenHofheimer Bettman in this perceptive and practical book developed by theAnti-Defamation League, Hate Hurts. The authors offer a clear andcompelling guide to understanding the way children learn and unlearn prejudice,suggesting hundreds of strategies, role plays, and sample dialogues for parentsand teachers to shape the way children value the differences they perceive.

Prejudice--an all-too-common response to dealing with differences of race,religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation--is contagious, the authors warn.They offer both the theory and the practice to teach children to "turn the fearand pain of prejudice into the courage and cooperation of understanding andrespect." Insightful chapters illuminate how children see differences at variousages, from toddler to teen, and detail the tough questions they may ask.

The most powerful segments of the book are devoted to true stories that describehow to respond to children of all ages who have been the initiator or the objectof hateful words and actions. For example, one section redefines "big words"(prejudice, stereotype, and discrimination) for "little people"; another tacklesadolescent name-calling, exclusion, and "zooing." Specific tools for counteringbias in schools, media, books, and online are underlined with conviction andclarity. Parents and teachers could not wish for a wiser guide to confront andconquer prejudice in our children and ourselves. --Barbara Mackoff ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars a lesson to "unlearn"
I had to read this book at work (I'm an assistant editor for a teachers' magazine) and was pleasantly surprised at the outcome of my reading assignment. If you are a parent or teacher, you will have no trouble finding some benefit from this book.

"Hate Hurts" addresses issues that different ages of children have, from a preschooler's inquiries ("Why don't that man's legs work?") to more serious teen-age deliberations ("I don't like how my friends were teasing that gay guy, but I don't want them to think I'm gay...").

The only reason I don't give this 5 stars is the scattershot approach the book takes. Having said that, this approach makes the book digestible by parents and teachers alike, and the material is appropriate for sharing with nearly anybody. This book is an easy read, and has many applicable anecdotes and a great lesson for all.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Text For Concerned Parents
A marvelous book! As the mother of young twins, I wonder (and worry) about how best to teach my children what it means to be a citizen in a diverse society, one where people of different races, religions, nationalities, ethnicites, ages, sexual orientations, looks and customs all participate equally (whew, that was a lot for one sentence!) -- but where, alas, a good deal of prejudice and misunderstanding still exist. 'Hate Hurts' is full of fine, useful advice. The authors offer insights and suggestions that are always practical, though not always obvious. What's more, part of the proceeds go towards efforts by the Anti-Defamation League to eradicate prejudice. This book will have a permanent and prominent place in our family library. ... Read more


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