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JUNÍPERO SERRA: FOUNDER OF THE CALIFORNIA MISSIONS
(ages 9 & up           36 pages)Junipero
Ignatius Press, Oct. 2015

Junípero Serra: Founder of the California Missions tells the remarkable story of the intrepid Franciscan friar who founded thefirst nine missions along the California coastline in the 1700s,opening the area to European settlement.  Serra, often called the Father of California, left a prestigious teaching position on the Spanish island of Majorca in order to follow his dream of being a missionary to New Spain.  Serra welcomed the challenge of serving in the New World, even though he knew he would never see his homeland again.  After serving in the Sierra Gorda region of Mexico for many years, Serra joined the Spanish Sacred Expedition and was responsible for establishing Mission San Diego in 1769, Mission San Carlos in 1770 and seven more missions, including Mission San Francisco, before his death in 1784.

Available in hardback at bookstores and online.
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WHERE DID SACAGAWEA JOIN THE CORPS OF DISCOVERY? AND OTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION
(Six Questions of American History series)

Ages 8—12 (48 pages)Sacagawea
Lerner Publishing Group, Jan. 2011

When President Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory in 1803, the size of the United States almost doubled.  Suddenly, the country stretched from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Rocky Mountains.  But no one knew much about the new territory.  Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore it and report on what they found. 
WHAT would they need for their journey?
HOW would they cross ninety-foot waterfalls, snowy mountains, and raging rivers?
WHO would help them speak and trade with Native Americans along the way?

Discover how Lewis and Clark overcame these and other challenges while collecting important scientific information and carefully mapping unknown lands.  Find out how their courageous expedition opened the West for expansion, trade, and development.

Available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book at your favorite bookstore or online:
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HOW DID TEA AND TAXES SPARK A REVOLUTION?  AND OTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BOSTON TEA PARTY
(Six Questions of American History series)

Ages 8-12  (48 pages)TeaParty
Lerner Publishing Group, Sept. 2010

             2011 Award Winner!
How Did Tea and Taxes Spark a Revolution? was named an "Honor Book" in the Social Studies--Grades
K-6 category of the Society of School Librarians International 2011 Book Awards!

“Beginning with the Boston Tea Party, this teaching text goes on to describe events leading up to that act of destruction and the consequences that sparked battles in Lexington and Concord.  The history is presented chronologically, answering the title question and five others, including the welcome ‘How do we know so much about the Boston Tea Party?’ …[S]moothly written text is enlivened with portraits of leading figures, prints and documents from the time, maps, and, temptingly, pictures from today shown on modern handheld devices. … [T]he content is solid. … A student writing activity is suggested, and the back matter includes a time line, source notes, bibliography, further research sources, and an index.” – Booklist

“…[The books in this series] will help readers identify and understand each topic’s most salient aspects and will sharpen their nonfiction reading skills, making the books attractive options.” – School Library Journal

Available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book at your favorite bookstore or online:
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www.LernerBooks.com

Lerner Customer Service (800-328-4929)
Libraries:   Ask Lerner Customer Service about Librarians’ Discount––
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CAMP KICKAPOO Book

Ages 8-12  (109 pages – hardcover)
Lodestar Books/ Dutton, 1993

When Gina can no longer blame the missing items on her stepsister or the eerie voice on the “ignoramus” boy campers, she becomes spooked!  Has the ghost of her grandmother’s childhood friend returned to reclaim her house?

“Summer vacation may be almost over, but here’s how to hang onto it a bit longer:  Visit Camp Kickapoo.  …Camp Kickapoois a great whodunit for middle readers with several important secondary themes.” -- The Cincinnati Enquirer       

Available (autographed) from author:

$12.00, free shipping and handling
Please designate name to be inscribed inside.

For ordering instructions, contact the author at Linda@LindaGondosch.com.

Cover art:  Patricia H. Lincoln


BRUTUS THE WONDER POODLEbook

Gr. 1--3, Random House, 1990

“Ryan, the only kid on his block without a pet, is at first delighted when his father brings home a toy poodle.  But despite generous overfeedings and repeated attempts to hone his killer instincts, Brutus shows no sign of growing into his macho name …[T]he short chapters, situational comedy, and abundant dialogue make this a solid snack for young pet lovers.” – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Only available from secondary book sellers

Cover art:  Penny Dann



THE BEST BET GAZETTEbook

Ages 8–12, Lodestar Books/ Dutton, 1989
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Judy Oliver’s running hard to become editor-in-chief of the school newspaper next year in sixth grade.  She’s even started her own paper, The Best Bet Gazette, with her friends Dylan and Karen.

“Fast-moving action ensures that slower readers do not lose interest.  The kids in this story are full of ideas and few inhibitions.  The child characters come to life.  Good, quick entertainment that is easy to read.” – School Library Journal

“Judy, an aspiring sixth-grade journalist, learns there’s more to the profession than cold facts in this brisk novel.” – Publishers Weekly

Only available from secondary book sellers

Cover art:  Patricia H. Lincoln

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THE MONSTERS OF MARBLE AVENUEbook

Gr. 1-3, Little, Brown & Co., 1988

“Brisk, believable plotting right down to the opening curtain will keep readers chuckling in this engaging chapter book.” – ALA Booklist

“Young readers will enjoy the way these effervescent children bounce from one problem to another.” – School Library Journal

Only available from secondary book sellers

Cover art:  Cat Bowman Smith

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WHO’S AFRAID OF HAGGERTY HOUSE?book

Ages 8-12, Lodestar Books/ Dutton, 1987

“A few weeks before Christmas, Kelly fights with her best friends Jennifer and Adelaide….This story…conveys the loneliness of the “odd girl out” while the other two constantly share fun and secrets….Kelly is a likable character and the family dialogue scenes ring very true….” – School Library Journal

“This warm book will clearly show that good friends can be found in unusual places….A very satisfying … book.” – Oklahoma State Dept. of Education

Only available from secondary book sellers

Cover art:  Helen Cogancherry

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THE WITCHES OF HOPPER STREETbook

Ages 8-12, Lodestar Books/ Dutton, l986

 “In this humorous Halloween tale, Kelly enlists the aid of two friends as they form a secret society of witches in order to cast a spell on snooty Rae Jean’s Halloween party, to which they were not invited….The topic of witches and their craft, in whatever form, holds great appeal for young readers, and the same will likely hold true here.” – School Library Journal

“Gondosch has a nice flair for dialogue and concrete detail, and children will recognize many incidents as familiar to their own families and friends.” – Kirkus Reviews

Only available from secondary book sellers

Cover art:  Helen Cogancherry

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WHO NEEDS A BRATTY BROTHER?book

Ages 8-12, Lodestar Books/ Dutton, 1985

How Kelly deals with sibling rivalry makes for a hilarious and thoroughly enjoyable story.

“In this lightweight sibling novel, eleven-year-old Kelly tries desperate tactics to rid herself of her pesky brother, Ben, but to no avail.  Even Camp Wiggy Wammy doesn’t appreciate Ben’s pranks.  Middle-grade readers will readily take to Kelly’s humorous schemes, as will fans of Blume, Cleary, and Hurwitz.”  -- Children’s Book Review Service

“This is a Christmas present every Mom and Dad needs to buy, if not for their kids, then for them.” – The Dearborn County Register

Only available from secondary book sellers

Cover art:  Catherine Huerta,  ©1987 all rights reserved

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THE STRAWBERRYLAND CHOO-CHOObook

Ages 3-7, Parker Brothers, 1984

The world of Baby Strawberry Shortcake is a place where good friends get together and all days end with a smile....In The Strawberryland Choo-Choo, Baby Strawberry Shortcake thinks up a clever way to share her new tricycle with all her friends.

Only available from secondary book sellers

Cover art:  Pat Sustendal