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Sebastian Super Sleuth and the Stars-In-His-Eyes Mystery

Mary Blount Christian (1987), 57 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Mystery
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Sebastian belongs to Detective John Quincy Jones. Unfortunately, John can't detect his way out of a donut bag. Luckily for him, Sebastian is quite talented at detective work, he just wishes someone would notice, even John. Finally Sebastian gets his break. The owners of Chummy the Wonder Dog have requested that John AND Sebastian fly to Hollywood, to help solve a mystery on the set of Chummy 's new movie. Can Sebastian catch the culprit before Chummy's movie gets canceled? Read Sebastian (Super Sleuth) and the Stars in-His-Eyes Mystery to find out.
Book Series: Sebastian Super Sleuth
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0027185400
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Shiloh

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (1991), 144 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction
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When he finds a mistreated beagle pup, 11-year-old Marty knows that the animal should be returned to its rightful owner. But he also realizes that the dog will only be further abused. So he doesn't tell his parents about his discovery, sneaking food for the dog. He's been brought up not to lie, but he doesn't want the dog to be abused. How does he get himself out of this situation? This is book one in the Shiloh trilogy, the winner of the 1992 Newbery Medal, and the winner of the 1994 Rebecca Caudill Award.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0689316143
ISBN-13: 9780689316142
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Siena Summer

Ann Chandler (2008), 142 pages
Audience: 8th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Animal, Especially for Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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On her first day visiting relatives in Italy, Canadian-born Angela discovers a beautiful, dappled horse, Tempesta, or Storm. She learns that the horse is due for destruction because he seriously injured his owner's daughter, Catarina. Angela and Caterina are determined that Storm will be saved and make plans to do that. Will they succeed? Meanwhile, the handsome jockey, Tony, is obviously very interested in Angela, but her aunt and Catarina warn her that Tony is up to no good. Is everyone wrong about him? This is a fast-paced story that is sure to appeal to horse and adventure lovers.
Reviewed by: vverscaj
Date read: 1/28/2010
ISBN-10: 1896580173
ISBN-13: 9781896580173
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Silver Charm: A Folktale from Japan

Robert D. San Souci (2002), 32 pages
Illustrated by Yoriko Ito
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Folklore, Multicultural, Picture Books
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The Silver Charm: A Folktale from Japan by Robert D. San Souci is a gentle story about the loyalty and friendship that exists between a boy and his puppy and fox cub. Given to him by his father, Satsu always wears an ancient Silver Charm around his neck. This charm is meant to protect him and bring him good fortune. One day, Satsu forgets his mother's warning and enters the Ogre's woods to eat some berries. While puppy and fox cub are at play on the beach, the Ogre snatches Satsu for his dinner. In exchange for his freedom, Satsu gives the Ogre his Silver Charm. Although he is given his freedom, Satsu soon becomes very ill. His puppy, his fox cub, and a magical mouse must join forces to retrieve the Silver Charm which will save Satusu's life.
Similar books: The Boy From the Dragon Palace: A Folktale from Japan by Margaret Read MacDonald; Tanuki's Gift: A Japanese Tale by Tim Myers; The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks by Katherine Paterson
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 8/8/2012
ISBN-10: 0385321597
ISBN-13: 9780385321594
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Skippyjon Jones

Judy Schachner (2005), 32 pages
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Humor, Picture Books
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Every morning, Skippyjon Jones wakes with the birds in their nest. This would not be strange if Skippyjon were a bird, but he is a Siamese cat. On this particular morning, Skippyjon's mother brings him home to his room to think about what it means to be a Siamese cat. Once by himself, Skippyjon begins to sing, 'Oh, I'm Skippyjon Jones, and I bounce on my bed, and once or SIX times, I land on my head.' As he looks at his reflection in his mirror, he concludes that he is not a Siamese cat, but a Chihuahua! He walks into his closet and his thoughts take him to Mexico. In Mexico, he meets a menagerie of animals that fall in love with Skippyjon. Will Skippyjon stay in Mexico forever? Read Skippyjon Jones and find out. Then, look for other picture books featuring Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 6/8/2009
ISBN-10: 0142404039
ISBN-13: 9780439836968
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