We're in the hot, sticky dog days of summer, but Learning Ally has your boredom-buster covered with plenty of awesome pool-side reads! These are a few of the new high-quality books we've added to our library this month, all have the VOICEtext feature (the words are highlighted as you read):
A Girl Called Fearless
By: Catherine Linka
Age Range: High School
Avie Reveare has the normal life of a privileged teen growing up in L.A., at least as normal as any girl's life is these days. After a synthetic hormone in beef killed fifty million American women ten years ago, only young girls, old women, men, and boys are left to pick up the pieces. The death threat is past, but fathers still fear for their daughters' safety, and the Paternalist Movement, begun to "protect" young women, is taking over the choices they make.
Fake Snakes and Weird Wizards
By: Henry Winkler
Age Range: Elementary
Hank’s sister Emily wants Ralph’s Reptile Show to perform at her birthday party more than anything, but Ralph is booked solid. So Hank comes up with a plan: he’ll disguise himself as a magician called The Westside Wizard and pull a snake from thin air! But when Hank’s true identity is revealed during his performance, his good deed might just turn into a huge disaster.
By: Bryan Davis
Age Range: Middle School
The kids at school call Billy "Dragon Breath" for good reason. His breath is bad! It isn't the normal, morning-mouth bad; it's the hot-as-fire, "don't-you-dare-get-near-me" bad. Trouble erupts when his hot breath sets off the fire sprinklers in the boys' restroom at school, and his parents learn that they've kept their secret for too long. Billy finally discovers the secret. His father was once a dragon!
Who Was Blackbeard?
By: James Buckley
Age Range: Elementary/Middle School
Though much of his early life remains a mystery, Blackbeard most likely began his life as Edward Teach in the sailing port of Bristol, England. He began his career as a hired British sailor during Queen Anne's War. He eventually settled in the Bahamas under Captain Benjamin Hornigold who taught the young sailor to go "a-pirating."
Twice Upon a Time
By: James Riley
Age Range: Middle School
Jack and May are back for another adventure in the world of fairy tales with a twist. Now that they know about May's grandmother's real intentions, they're on the hunt to learn May's true identity. The search for answers leads Jack and May to the world of the Sea King, where they land right in the center of a battle between mermaids and the Pirate Bluebeard. The laughter and action are nonstop in this book from author James Riley-the second in a trilogy!
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