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Jack Bolt and the Highwaymen's Hideout

Richard Hamilton (2007), 192 pages
Illustrated by Sam Hearn
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Adventure, Especially for Boys, Fiction, Time Travel
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Jack Bolt is alone in bed in the middle of the night when he hears strange noises. All of a sudden, a knife begins slicing through his wall, making a hole. When men come through the opening, both Jack and the men are shocked to meet each other. The men are bizarrely dressed, speak oddly, and keep saying Jack's room is above the pigs. It turns out that the men are highwaymen, robbers from the 18th century (1752), and they have somehow found a way to travel forward in time. When they want to store their loot in Jack's room, he agrees. He discovers that he can travel back in time through the same door, and soon he is recruited as a part of the highwaymen's gang. Jack is in for the adventure of a lifetime.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 4/16/2010
ISBN-10: 1599900904
ISBN-13: 9781599900902
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Roland Smith (1997), 249 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fiction
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While accompanying his father on an expedition up the Amazon River to a jaguar preserve in Brazil, Jacob must contend with dangerous animals, and fortune hunters.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/25/2009
ISBN-10: 0786813121
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Jay: Ninja of Lightning

Greg Farshtey (2012), 76 pages
Audience: 1st Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Adventure, Especially for Boys, Fantasy
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Sensai Wu writes in his journal, 'Heroes who can find humor in even the most terrifying situations are often the ones most able to survive.' This is one of the things that make Jay so valuable to the Ninja team. He is always quick with a joke, but he can also cook and he is a talented inventor (even if his inventions don't always work). Of course, like all the ninja, he is skilled in spinjitzu. In this story, Jay and Kai leave the Ninjago camp and go into a nearby town to get supplies. Once in town, they find the store keeper in trouble and themselves the prime suspects in a murder attempt. Can Jay's sense of humor and his skill at inventing save them from the angry and suspicious townspeople? This is one of four early chapter books which each focus on a different Ninjago character.
Book Series: LEGO: Ninjago
Similar books: Cole: Ninja of Earth; Zane: Ninja of Ice; Kai: Ninja of Fire
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 12/21/2012
ISBN-13: 9781451744729
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Joan of Arc: Heroine of France

Ann Tompert (2003), 32 pages
Illustrated by Michael Garland
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Adventure, Biography, Especially for Girls, Historical, Nonfiction
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'Joan of Arc: Heroine of France' by Ann Tompert is a beautifully written and illustrated narrative biography of the life of St. Joan. Joan was born in the village of Domremy, France over 500 years ago. Before she reached the age of 17, she was visited by St. Michael the Archangel and instructed by God to take command of the French forces. Her mission was to drive the English out of France and to help lead the Dauphin Charles to Rheims to become 'officially' crowned the King of France. Although her life ended in tragedy, Joan accomplished her mission and has become one of the most famous and beloved heroines of France.
Similar authors: Josephine Poole; Diane Stanley; Shana Corey
Similar books: Warrior Girl: A Novel of Joan of Arc by Paulie Chandler; Joan of Arc by Josephine Poole; Saint Valentine by Ann Tompert; St. Patrick by Ann Tompert; Grandfather Tang's Story by Ann Tompert; Joan of Arc by Shana Corey
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/21/2010
ISBN-10: 1590780094
ISBN-13: 9781590780091
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Josefina Story Quilt

Eleanor Coerr (1986), 64 pages
Illustrated by Bruce Degen
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Adventure, Animal, Easy Reader, Especially for Girls, Fiction, Historical
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Faith's family is traveling to California by Wagon Train in 1850. Many things must be left behind because there is little room in the Wagon. However, Faith can't leave Josefina, her pet hen, behind. She has raised Josefina from a chick, but Pa says that if Josefina causes any trouble, 'Out she goes'. Follow Faith and Josefina on their journey to California as Faith chronicles their adventures on her quilt.
Book Series: I Can Read Book
Similar authors: Janet Beeler Shaw
Similar books: Araminta's Pint Box by Karen Ackerman; Wagon Wheels by Barabara Brenner; Meet Kirsten: An American Girl by Janet Beeler Shaw
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/8/2009
ISBN-10: 0060213493
ISBN-13: 9780060213497
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