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–Knights, Kings, Queens & Dragons. (Art: Kids Draw).

–Knights, Kings, Queens & Dragons. (Art: Kids Draw). Mench, Laura –Knights, Kings, Queens & Dragons 0-8230-2628-0 2001. 64pp. ea. $10.95 ea. spiral. Watson-Guptill. Grades 3-8 Teaching a few basics by using step-by-step directions, each book then lets students expand and experiment. Although some drawings are realistic, most are Disney style. The quality of instruction varies […]

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Shakespeare’s Scribe.

Shakespeare’s Scribe. Dillon, Douglas K. Blackwood, Gary Shakespeare’s Scribe 2000.265pp. $15.99 hc. Dutton Children’s Books/Penguin Putnam. 0-525-46444-1. Grades 5-8 This new title by Blackwood is a sequel to his Shakespeare Stealer (Dutton, 1999; reviewed in the March/April 1999 issue), in which Widge, the main character, is an apprentice to William Shakespeare’s Globe Theater Acting Company. […]

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Old folks and technology. (Head for the edge).

Old folks and technology. (Head for the edge). Johnson, Doug John Lubbock, a 19th-century astronomer, once wrote: There are three great questions which in life we have to ask over and over again to answer: Is it right or wrong? Is it true or false? Is it beautiful or ugly? Our education ought to help […]

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Trouble Don’t Last.

Trouble Don’t Last. Perdue, Julie M. Pearsall, Shelley Trouble Don’t Last 2002. 237pp. $14.95 hc. Alfred A. Knopf/Random House. 0-375-81490-6. Grades 4-7 Eleven year-old Samuel tries not to get into trouble but it always seems to find him, like when he drops a dish at Master Hackler’s dinner table. Samuel doesn’t know what trouble really […]

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Park, Linda Sue When My Name Was Keoko *.

Park, Linda Sue When My Name Was Keoko *. Andronik, Catherine M. 2002. 199pp. $15 hc. Clarion Books. 0-618-13335-6. Grades 5-7 During World War II, Japan occupied Korea and forced its people to give up their culture, their language, even their names, to be replaced by all things Japanese. Kim Sun-hee (Keoko by her Japanese […]

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Universal Themes in Literature.

Universal Themes in Literature. Hofstetter, Janet Universal Themes in Literature 2000. 24 min. $80. Clearvue. Grades 7-12 This video, divided into segments on commonly used literary themes, offers a brief look at the similarities of characters, situations, and conflicts in many stories. It contains quick allusions to several famous works to which students will have […]

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The Ultimate Soccer Encyclopedia.

The Ultimate Soccer Encyclopedia. Connell, Sandra B. Woog, Dan The Ultimate Soccer Encyclopedia 2000. 144pp. $9.95 pbk. NTC Publishing. 0-7373-0399-9. Grades 6-12 From Ann Kristin Aarones, offensive star of Norway’s 1999 World Cup National team, to zone marking, a defensive tactic in which each player defends a certain area of the playing field, this encyclopedic […]

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Ultimate Audition Guide for Teens: 111 One-Minute Monologues.

Ultimate Audition Guide for Teens: 111 One-Minute Monologues. Oran, Mary Milstein, Janet Ultimate Audition Guide for Teens: 111 One-Minute Monologues 2000. 119pp. $11.95pbk. Smith and Kraus. 1-57525-236-8. Grade 9 & Up The author has used her acting and coaching experience to write these short original pieces. The monologues are divided into three sections–Female, Male, and […]

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History of World War I.

History of World War I. Baule, Steven M. 2002.3 v. 976pp. $279.95 hc. Marshall Cavendish. 0-7616-7231-2. Grade 7 & Up This three-volume history of World War I is extremely complete. The volumes are divided chronologically between 1914-1916 and 1917-1918. The third volume covers the home fronts and the technologies of war. This title is well […]

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Webmaster.

Webmaster. Spaniol, Susan coolcareers.com Brown, Marty. Webmaster. 0-8239-3110-0 2000. 48pp. ea. $16.95 ea. hc. Rosen Publishing. Grades 5-8 This up-to-date series will catch the eye of computer-loving youngsters, whether or not they have begun to think about their future careers. Each title follows a similar format, offering an overview of a computer-related field and a […]