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Seven Voyages of Sinbad

Martin Powell (2011), 64 pages
Illustrated by Ferran Perez
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Classic, Fiction, Folklore, Graphic Novel
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From the culture that brought you the story of Aladdin, here are the adventures of Sinbad the Sailor. In full color, you will see how he enters the valley of diamonds, fights off the Cyclops, escapes on the back of the giant Roc, restores the peaceful island of the elephants, meets the beautiful Serena and has many close escapes. How can one man have so many exploits in one lifetime?
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 11/16/2011
ISBN-13: 9781434227751
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Shadow Children

Steven Schnur (1994), 96 pages
Illustrated by Herbert Tauss
Audience: 4th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Fiction, Scary
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It is the time of 11 year old Etienne's yearly visit to his grandfather's farm in the small French town of Mount Brulant. He looks forward to these two months of quiet farm life in the little farm town. The Second World War ended the previous summer and his grandmother just died, so it's important to be with his grandfather. But, this year, things in Mount Brulant look different to Etienne. Why aren't there any children in town? Why didn't his grandfather see the children along the road when riding the wagon from the train station to the farm? Then, one day, Etienne discovers children living in the woods outside of town. There were many of them under what looked like a railroad bridge, but there were no railroad tracks. Then one night Etienne heard the train that didn't exist, and saw children that didn't exist get on the train. What secret is the town hiding about the children that no one sees but him - the shadow children of Mount Brulant?
Similar books: Escaping Into The Night by Dina Friedman; Run, Boy, Run: A Novel by: Uri Orlev; The Night Crossing by Karen Ackerman
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0688132812
ISBN-13: 9780688132811
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Shadow Spinner

Susan Fletcher (1998), 224 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Historical
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A girl named Marjan gathers stories to be told every night to the Sultan in order to save the Queen's life. She sneaks outside the palace to find new stories. She must not get caught, or the Sultan will kill her!
Reviewed by: St. Charles Reader
Date read: 2/13/2010
ISBN-10: 0439115507
ISBN-13: 9780689818523
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Shadows

Jacqueline West (2010), 241 pages
Illustrated by Poly Bernatene
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery
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Olive has just moved into an old house in an old neighborhood with her parents, who are college math professors. Although Olive doesn't have a mathematical bone in her body, she does have an inquiring nature. The old house is full of rooms that have been left as they were when previous owners used them, and antique paintings, which were all painted by the former owner, Aldous McMartin. In her investigations, Olive meets a cat, Horatio, who warns her that 'they' are watching and want Olive and her parents to leave. Not wanting to believe the cat, Olive continues her search and finds a pair of spectacles which allow her to enter the paintings. In one, she meets a boy, Morton, who claims he was kidnapped and placed in the painting, where he was trapped. Pretty soon, Olive finds out that Horatio's warning was true, but Olive doesn't give up that easily and she continues to look for answers to the mystery. This is a suspenseful story that keeps the reader guessing until the end.
Book Series: The Books of Elsewhere
Similar authors: Neil Gaiman
Awards nominated: 2013 Bluestem Nominee
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 6/30/2012
ISBN-13: 9780142418727
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Shakespeare Stealer

Gary Blackwood (1998), 208 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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Young Widge, an indentured servant during Shakespearean times, is talented at shorthand. His master exploits his gift by forcing him to steal Shakespeare's masterpiece, Hamlet, during the bard's rehearsals of the play. When the plan falls apart, Widge finds himself as an actor at the Globe Theatre. See also Shakespeare's Scribe and Shakespeare's Spy.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0525458638
ISBN-13: 9780525458630
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