Friday, July 1, 2011

Friday Finds


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Shadow of a Quarter Moon 1839, North Carolina. As the daughter of a plantation owner, Jacy has been raised in privilege- until she discovers that she's the offspring of a dalliance between her father and a slave. The revelation destroys Jacy's sense of who she is and where she belongs in the world. Equally shocking, her biological mother and brother are still slaves on the property. As she gets to know them-and the handsome horse trainer, Rafe-she begins to see life in the South with fresh eyes. And soon Jacy will have to make a treacherous journey that she hopes will end in freedom for them all...

Cheery Cheery is a frog. He's a Chiricahua Leopard Frog, to be more precise. Okay, he's not a frog yet. At the beginning of the story, he's still a tadpole. Young readers will learn how a tadpole turns into a frog and why some frogs like Cheery are dramatically declining in numbers around the world. Author Dr. Elizabeth W. Davidson is a research scientist at Arizona State University where she is working to save these amazing amphibians. Cheery: How a Lonely Frog Finds Friends puts the problem in terms that young readers can grasp. The book contains valuable lesson guides for parents and teachers.

Horse Dreams Fourth-grader Ellie James has a great imagination. She spends a lot of time daydreaming of owning a black stallion show horse and winning trophies in the horse show. But when the answer to all her dreams and prayers gallops into her life, will Ellie be able to recognize it? Join Ellie and her quirky family in their exciting, horse-loving adventures.