Staff Book Picks: August

Written by Kay Whitehouse and Illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN:  9780578171876

Paperback Retail Price: $8.95

Meet Dolly, a sweet and dependable hand truck! Dolly has been adopted into the wonderful home she has dreamed of for so long. She helps with gardening and household projects, and everyone loves her. Except Bear, the family dog—and he was here first.

What will happen to Dolly if Bear doesn’t calm down?

 

Written by Jane R. Wood
ISBN: 9780979230448
Paperback Retail Price: $8.99

In Trouble on the St. Johns River, the Johnson kids Joey, Bobby and Katy are up to their adventurous ways again. But this time, instead of exploring history, they’re making it! Joey and Bobby start their summer vacation by setting out for their favorite fishing pond, but end up leading a crusade to clean up the environment instead. Finding the pond covered with green muck and dead fish, the brothers decide to do something about it. That leads to a close encounter with a manatee, a visit to a center that rehabilitates injured sea turtles, and a boat tour on the St. Johns River. What they learn through these experiences inspires them to create The Greenies and chart a course of action that captures the attention of many, including a local TV station. By the end of the story, Joey, who thought there was nothing kids could do to make a difference, realizes that perhaps they are the very ones who can. It’s a story of awakening that will inspire young readers to become more aware of their environment and give them some ideas on how to preserve it.

 

The Rocket Ship Bed Trip 3D-book

Illustrated by Lynne Villalobos
ISBN: 978-0991104505
Hardbound Retail Price: $12.95

Imagine the thrill of a nighttime trip through the solar system, experiencing the wonders, sights, and weightlessness of outer space. The Rocket Ship Bed Trip takes the young reader on such an adventure. So get ready in 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 …1 … BLAST OFF!

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Meet Author Derek Sabori

An Art grad with an MBA, author Derek Sabori’s has always wanted to be an Earth Bug. Realizing that’s a lot easier said than done, he lives vicariously through Lu and the Earth Bug Crew. When not dreaming up new adventures for the Crew and focusing on living a low-impact life of his own, Derek can be found heading up environmental affairs at action-sportswear giant Volcom; spending time with his wife; skateboarding with his son and daughter; or sneaking away for a surf on his own.

Derek’s book, Lu and the Earth Bug Crew Zap the Energy Spikes, was illustrated as a collaborative effort between Steve Riley and Mark Wayne Adams. In this Earth Bug adventure, Lu and the Crew start their day by shredding it up. After skating, surfing , and enjoying the outdoors, they arrive home to discover that something’s up—or ON! It’s time for Earth Bug Action!

Summer Reading List: “Trouble on the St. Johns River”

In Trouble on the St. Johns River, the Johnson kids Joey, Bobby and Katy are up to their adventurous ways again. But this time, instead of exploring history, they’re making it! Joey and Bobby start their summer vacation by setting out for their favorite fishing pond, but end up leading a crusade to clean up the environment instead. Finding the pond covered with green muck and dead fish, the brothers decide to do something about it. That leads to a close encounter with a manatee, a visit to a center that rehabilitates injured sea turtles, and a boat tour on the St. Johns River. What they learn through these experiences inspires them to create The Greenies and chart a course of action that captures the attention of many, including a local TV station. By the end of the story, Joey, who thought there was nothing kids could do to make a difference, realizes that perhaps they are the very ones who can. It’s a story of awakening that will inspire young readers to become more aware of their environment and give them some ideas on how to preserve it.

Trouble on the St. Johns River is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Trouble on the St. Johns River is written by Jane R. Wood. This is one of five books in her award-winning series of chapter books:  Voices in St. Augustine,  Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried TreasureGhosts on the Coast, and Lost in Boston.