Books in the ECDC Library 2012-2013

Below are a few trailers and books that are on the "Must Buy" list.
Be sure to look for these new titles and more at our wonderful ECDC Library.

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.
Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.
Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Read more about the REAL Ivan

Watch the real Ivan at Zoo Atlanta, doing a little chest-beating! (YouTube video)

There are two fantastic book trailers for The One and Only Ivan. One on YouTube and this one on School Tube.

MP3 file: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting — he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments.

The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.(review from: Goodreads)


Wonder by R. J. Palacio
From Pubisher- Random House

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

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Don't let this happen to you!
Don't worry,it won't.
Ms. Murphy has some really cool new JOKE books to help you including the Guys Read Funny Business. Milk will squirt out of your nose when you read it!

Do you prefer things a bit on the creepy side?
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
(description from author blog Ransom Riggs)
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography,


Breaking Stalin's Nose

Eugene Yelchin; illustrations by Eugene Yelchin

Sasha Zaichik has known the laws of the Soviet Young Pioneers since the age of six:
The Young Pioneer is devoted to Comrade Stalin, the Communist Party, and Communism.
A Young Pioneer is a reliable comrade and always acts according to conscience.
A Young Pioneer has a right to criticize shortcomings.
But now that it is finally time to join the Young Pioneers, the day Sasha has awaited for so long, everything seems to go awry. He breaks a classmate's glasses with a snowball. He accidentally damages a bust of Stalin in the school hallway. And worst of all, his father, the best Communist he knows, was arrested just last night.

Series Book Trailers

Matched, Crossed, and the soon to be released Reached by Ally Condi

Also, a fan made version that is pretty good at capturing the essence of the book.

Crossed Book #2

Reached Book #3 out November 13, 2012

One wonderful day, Ms. Murphy went to her mailbox and found this delightful surprise from One for the Murphys author Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

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Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. But the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she's blindsided. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed, and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household. Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong--until her mother wants her back and Carley has to decide where and how to live. She's not really a Murphy, but the gifts they've given her have opened up a new future.

Want a sneak peek at chapter 1? Click here

What is the best way to thank an author for being so thoughtful? Ms. Murphy decided to be creative so she created a video thank you movie using a few chickens and roosters to help her. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it. If you would like to learn how to make a video, Ms. Murphy will be happy to help you.

Book Trailers for younger students
*Note to self: Create a wiki just for my PK and Kinder kids-family time reading focus

Everyone knows how much Ms. Murphy LOVES Pete, the cat! Here is Pete and his four groovy buttons book promotional trailer: (Youtube videos will appear as a blank
screen on school district computers).(For Lukas& Josiah-Your BB put these videos here for us to watch and sing together.)

Here is Pete, the dancing cat. He is so awesome!

For Llama Llama fans:

Books by author Mary Downing Hahn

All the Lovely Bad Ones (Clarion, 2008)
Story of two mischievous siblings who arouse real ghosts at their grandmother’s Vermont inn.

Closed for the Season (Clarion, 2009)
Story plot centers on a closed and abandoned amusement park and an long ago, unsolved murder. Trailer is narrated by the author, Mary Downing Hahn,

14 Cows for America (Peachtree, 2009) by Carmen Agra Deedy
A beautiful and inspirational story tells how a Maasai village in East Africa helps New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee 2011

Home of the Brave (Macmillan, 2007) by Katherine Applegate
Sweet story of an African refugee who is confronted by many strange things in his fifth grade class in Minneapolis. The language in this book is beautiful and flowing free verse poetry. It really makes you think twice about so many things.

Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee 2011