Saturday, September 20, 2014

Spaceheadz Online


Visit the Spaceheadz website to learn more about the book and join Spaceheadz!

Read an interview with Jon Scieszka to learn more about Spaceheadz.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Read On

Like the action, adventure and aliens in Spaceheadz?  You might also like to read:

NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley

While running a spy network from their elementary school, five unpopular misfits combine their talents and use cutting-edge gadgetry to fight evil around the world.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.

Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass

Joss, the seventh son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe, must team up with a human girl to re-create Earth, when the planet is accidentally erased from existence.

Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon

Danny Dragonbreath and his friend Wendell get an up-close underwater tour of the Sargasso Sea from Danny's sea-serpent cousin, encountering giant squid and mako sharks--and learn about standing up to bullies in the process.

Magic Pickle by Scott Morse

Meet the world's greenest, bumpiest, briniest superhero, the Magic Pickle. With his feisty sidekick Jo Jo Wigman, the Magic Pickle faces his worst nightmare, the Brotherhood of Evil Produce. Will he save the world from those foul fiends, or will the world be conquered by vegetables gone wild?

Otis Dooda: Strange But True  by Ellen Potter

Everyday, nine-year-old Otis Dooda confronts a series of zany changes when his father's new job prompts the family's move to a New York City apartment, where Otis is cursed by a guy in a potted plant in their apartment building lobby and has to team up with a new friend and a gassy miniature horse to break the curse.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Author Jon Scieszka

Jon Scieszka is the amazing author of the Spaceheadz series.  He has written many books for children of all ages including the Time Warp Trio series, Math Curse and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.  He is also the editor of the Guys Read series.  Find out more about him on his website or by reading his memoir written for children, Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories About Growing Up Scieszka

Friday, September 12, 2014

Spaceheadz Series

Enjoying Spaceheadz?  Continue on in the series with:

SPHDZ Book 2

The campaign to save the earth from being turned off is going well, but Michael K. must enlist fellow fifth-graders Venus and TJ to help hide the SPHDZ from Agent Umber, especially when they become involved in a school play.

SPHDZ Book 3

With only one hundred more Spaceheadz to sign up, Michael K.'s friends start planning an Earth-saving party but Michael fears the Brainwave might be used for a much more sinister purpose.

SPHDZ 4 LIFE!

With a mysterious new principal and fifth-grade graduation fast approaching, will Michael K. and his friends be able to find the missing Brainwave before the chief of the Anti-Alien Agency uses it to destroy a planet?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September Book

The September Book Buddies has been selected!  Read Spaceheadz by Jon Scieszka and join us on Wednesday, September 24th at 3:30pm for snacks, a book discussion and a related activity. 


Registration is required - sign up at the Children's Desk, over the phone (401-847-8720 ext. 204) or email me (cgould@newportlibraryri.org).  Once you have a signed up you are registered for the year!  (There is no need to sign up each month if you plan on coming.  However, please let me know if you can't attend). 

Hope to see you on the 24th!

On his first day at Brooklyn's P.S. 858, fifth-grader Michael K. is teamed with two very strange students, and while he gradually comes to believe they are aliens who need his help, he has trouble convincing anyone else of the truth.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Rhode Island Children's Book Award

Voting for the Rhode Island Children's Book Award 2015 is a mere 6 months away!  I hope you've all been reading the books since the list was published in March.  As a reminder to read these excellent books so that you'll be ready to vote next year, I'll be featuring 4 titles each month, September - January.  See our special RICBA display in the library and check out one of these books today!

Athlete vs. Mathlete by W.C. Mack

When their two worlds collide in seventh grade, fraternal twins and opposites Owen and Russell find themselves in direct competition at school, on the court, and at home.

The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco

A single china cup from a tea set left behind when Jews were forced to leave Russia helps hold a family together through generations of living in America, reminding them of the most important things in life.

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

With love and determination befitting the "world's greatest family," twelve-year-old Deza Malone, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan during the Great Depression.

Wild Born by Brandon Mull

As a dark force engulfs the land, the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers who each have forged a rare bond with their spirit beasts -- a bond that gives great powers to all of them.