Monday, April 14, 2014

Other Books by Graham Salisbury

Graham Salisbury, author of the Calvin Coconut books, is also the author of a few other books for middle grade readers including:

Night of the Howling Dogs

In 1975, eleven Boy Scouts, their leaders, and some new friends camping at Halape, Hawaii, find their survival skills put to the test when a massive earthquake strikes, followed by a tsunami.

Lord of the Deep

Working for his stepfather on a charter fishing boat in Hawaii teaches thirteen-year-old Mikey about fishing, and about taking risks, making sacrifices, and facing some of life's difficult choices.

Jungle Dogs

While worrying about the wild dogs that supposedly lurk in the jungle along his paper route, Hawaiian sixth grader Boy Regis also seeks to stop his older brother Damon from fighting all his battles for him.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Books About Bullies

In Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet, Calvin spends much of his time trying to escape the school bully, Tito. Here are a few other books about kids dealing with bullies...

EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken by Sally Warner
Eight-year-old EllRay's father has promised a family trip to Disneyland if EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week, but not defending himself against Jared, the class bully, proves to be a real challenge.

How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying by Scott Starkey
Rodney, an admitted coward, moves to Ohio where the middle school bully immediately singles him out, but when a stray baseball knocks the bully out just as he is about to beat Rodney up, Rodney gains an undeserved reputation as a tough guy.

The Other Felix by Keir Graff
Worrying about his father losing his job and the bully at school, fourth-grader Felix has terrifying dreams of the same monster-filled place every night until he meets someone there who looks and sounds strangely familiar.

Kaline Klattermaster's Tree House by Haven Kimmel
Third-grader Kaline's father has gone somewhere and his mother can't seem to keep everything straight, but the two brothers and one hundred dogs that live in his imaginary tree house--and his strange neighbor Mr. Osiris Putnaminski--help him cope with his father's absence, his mother's forgetfulness, and the bullies that torment him in school.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Chapter Books Set in Hawaii

Enjoying reading about Hawaii in Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet? I have always wanted to visit the beautiful islands of Hawaii and some day I'm sure I'll get there! In the meantime here are a few more books I plan to read to keep me in the island frame of mind...

City of Fire by Lawrence Yep (City Trilogy #1)

Twelve-year-old Scirye and her companions travel to Houlani, a new Hawaiian island created by magic, where they enlist the help of volcano goddess Pele in an attempt to stop an evil dragon and a mysterious man from altering the universe.

The Million Dollar Putt by Dan Gutman

Assisted by his neighbor, Birdie, blind thirteen-year-old Ed "Bogie" Bogard will win one million dollars if he can sink a ten-foot putt in Hawaii's fifth annual Angus Killick Memorial Tournament.

High Tide in Hawaii by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House #28)

Jack and Annie travel in their Magic Tree House back to an Hawaiian island of long ago where they make friends, learn how to surf, and encounter a tsunami.

Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury

Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Chapter Books for Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week begins today and runs through April 12th.  Here are a few money-related chapter books you might like to read:

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

Evan and his younger sister, Jesse, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade and as the end of summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn 100 dollars. Includes mathematical calculations and tips for running a successful lemonade stand.

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

After their mother dies, two brothers find a huge amount of money which they must spend quickly before England switches to the new European currency, but they disagree on what to do with it.

Double Fudge by Judy Blume

His younger brother's obsession with money and the discovery of long-lost cousins Flora and Fauna provide many embarrassing moments for twelve-year-old Peter.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Author Graham Salisbury & the Calvin Coconut Books

The author of our April book, Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet, is Graham Salisbury. Find out more about him at his website. And read more books about Calvin!

Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix

Calvin tries to earn money to buy Stella, the babysitter, a present for her sixteenth birthday because he feels guilty for taking advantage of her allergy to cats.

Calvin Coconut: Dog Heaven

When his teacher asks him to write a persuasive argument about something he really wants, fourth-grader Calvin creates a unique way to express his desire for a dog.

Calvin Coconut: Zoo Breath

When Calvin gets a school assignment to do some original research, he decides to investigate his dog's stinky breath and ends up learning about more than just smells.

Calvin Coconut: Hero of Hawaii

When a hurricane causes the river near his Hawaiian home to flood, a boy named Calvin Coconut makes a daring rescue.

Calvin Coconut: Kung Fooey

Fourth-grader Cal learns a lot about teasing and standing up for others when a weird new student joins his class, while Stella, the tenth-grader who lives with Cal's family to help his mother, practices for her driving test.

Calvin Coconut: Man Trip

Calvin Coconut and his mom’s boyfriend, Ledward, are good buddies. When Ledward wins some plane tickets, he invites Calvin to fly to Hawaii, the Big Island, for a day of deep-sea fishing. A day full of adventure, fishermen, fish tales, and the lure of the sea opens Calvin’s eyes to some important ideas about respecting nature.

Calvin Coconut: Rocket Ride

New fears for fourth-grader Calvin include a school bully named Tito and the return of his estranged father, rock star Little Johnny Coconut.

Calvin Coconut: Extra Famous

Calvin and his friends have the opportunity to earn some money by appearing as extras in a zombie movie being filmed on a nearby beach. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

April Book Buddies Book

The Book Buddies Book Club will meet on Monday, April 28th @ 3:45pm to discuss Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury.  Copies of the book are available for check-out at the Children's Desk.

New members are always welcome!  To sign up for Book Buddies, visit the Children's Desk, call 401-847-8720 ext. 204 or email me at

Nine-year-old Calvin catches the attention of the school bully on the day before he starts fourth grade, while at home, the unfriendly, fifteen-year-old daughter of his mother's best friend has taken over his room.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March Into Reading

March Into Reading this Saturday, March 29th from 9:30am - 1:00pm at Salve Regina University!  Author presentations, books sales and signings and the Children's Discovery Rooms facilitated by Salve Regina University students.  This year's authors include Alan Katz, Erica S. Perl, Susan Stockdale, Aaron Becker, Tony Abbott, Maryann Cocca-Leffler, Toni Buzzeo and Laura Backman.  Don't miss out on all the fun!