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Familiars

Adam Epstein (2010), 368 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Animal, Fantasy, Fiction
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Aldwyn, a street smart alley cat, finds himself in the loving care of a wizard in training named Jack. Unexpectedly in the middle of the night, Jack and two other students are captured by an evil queen and their mentor is killed. It is up to Aldwyn, Skylar (a magical bluejay), and Gilbert (a clumsy, red-eyed tree frog), to rescue their 'loyals'. During their adventure, they learn many secrets about the history of their people and the queendom they live in. Discover who the chosen are who will save the land of Vastia.
Book Series: The Familiars
Awards nominated: 2013 Bluestem Nominee
Reviewed by: rn
Date read: 7/1/2012
ISBN-10: 0061961086
ISBN-13: 9780061961083
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Fire Cat

Esther Averill (1960), 64 pages
Illustrated by Esther Averill
Audience: 1st Grade - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Easy Reader, Fiction
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This vintage early reader (first published in 1960) tells the story of Pickles, a stray cat who comes into his own when he becomes the cat of the local fire department. Cat lovers and fans of fire departments will both appreciate this story about a cat who grows up, finds his place, and finds a way to contribute to the world. (Reading Level 2.2)
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 12/30/2010
ISBN-10: 0060201967
ISBN-13: 9780060201968
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Firehouse Dog

Danielle Danega (2007), 30 pages
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Adventure, Animal, Easy Reader, Fiction, Mystery
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While Rex, the movie star dog, was filming a movie inside an airplane, he fell out and landed right in the middle of a plot to burn down the city! Read along and see how Rex, (now know as Dewey)and his new owner Shane, help the Dogpatch Firefighters discover the identity of the person behind all these fires. This is a really hot adventure story based on the live-action movie FIREHOUSE DOG!
Similar books: Batman: Green Gotham by Scott Ciencin; Fluffy the Firefighter by Kate McMullan
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/27/2009
ISBN-10: 0439896436
ISBN-13: 9780439896436
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First Dog Fala

Elizabeth Van Steenwyk (2008), 32 pages
Illustrated by Michael Montgomery
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Biography, Easy Reader, Historical, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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What would it be like to live in the White House? Through the eyes of Fala, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's dog, you learn about a few of the historical events that shaped the United States during Roosevelt's presidency. Read how Fala's fun-free existence changed dramatically when on December 7, 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Fala continued to be at Franklin's side throughout the long days and nights during this difficult time in America's history. Fala died in 1952 and is buried near Roosevelt's grave where the best friends will forever be together. ' First Dog Fala,' with Elizabeth Steenwyk's easy-to-read vocabulary and Michael Montgomery's large illustrations, is a perfect biography for the beginning reader.
Similar authors: David A. Adler ; Kathryn Lasky ; Fiona Macdonald
Similar books: When Abraham Talked To The Trees by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk Barrel Horse Racer by Elizathe Van Steenwyk Frederic Remington by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk Seneca Chief, Army General by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk Mathew Brady:Civil War Photographer
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/5/2010
ISBN-10: 1561454117
ISBN-13: 9781561454112

Flash

Ellen Miles (2006), 82 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction
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This book is about a dog named Flash who needs a home. Can Charles and Lizzie find the perfect home for this border collie puppy who loves to run?
Book Series: Puppy Place
Reviewed by: guest
Date read: 5/20/2009
ISBN-10: 1435202775
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