A new challenge for Serafina

Serafina’s defeat of the Man in the Black Cloak has brought her out of the shadows and into the daylight realm of her home, Biltmore Estate. Every night she visits her mother in the forest, eager to learn the ways of the catamount. But Serafina finds herself caught between her two worlds: she’s too wild for Biltmore’s beautifully dressed ladies and formal customs, and too human to fully join her kin.

Late one night, Serafina encounters a strange and terrifying figure in the forest, and is attacked by the vicious wolfhounds that seem to be under his control. Even worse, she’s convinced that the stranger was not alone, that he has sent his accomplice into Biltmore in disguise.

Someone is wreaking havoc at the estate. A mysterious series of attacks test Serafina’s role as Biltmore’s protector, culminating in a tragedy that tears Serafina’s best friend and only ally, Braeden Vanderbilt, from her side. Heartbroken, she flees.

Deep in the forest, Serafina comes face-to-face with the evil infecting Biltmore—and discovers its reach is far greater than she’d ever imagined. All the humans and creatures of the Blue Ridge Mountains are in terrible danger. For Serafina to defeat this new evil before it engulfs her beloved home, she must search deep inside herself and embrace the destiny that has always awaited her.

Ages: 9-12

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Other Books in the Serafina Series

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New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and winner of Best Picture Book category

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The Boring Book

by Vasanti Unka

Publisher: Puffin
ISBN: 0143505750
EAN: 9780143505754
Age Range: 2-4 years

When the words in a tedious tome decide that life is just too dull, they escape. The world will never be the same again. The words jump into street signs, they leap onto shop signs, they decorate pathways and roadways and ponds. But one day they go too far…Award-winning illustrator Vasanti Unka has created a picture book complete with lift-the-flap inserts which is as ingenious as it is delightful. The Boring Book explores the importance of books and words in a fun and imaginative way. Children and adults alike will love it. The Boring Book is NOT a boring book.

About the Author

Vasanti Unka is a designer and illustrator based in Auckland. She is the illustrator of The Bean’s Story, which was a 2008 Storylines notable book, and Hill & Hole by Kyle Mewburn. Hill & Hole was shortlisted for the 2011 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. It won the LIANZA Russell Clarke award the same year and was also the first children’s book to win the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book at the PANZ Book Design Awards.

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Beautiful rhyming ghost story – The ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon

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The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon

Aaron Blabey

Winner: Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature in the 2013 NSW Premier’s Awards

Life is cursed for the people of the village of Twee. The ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon haunts their every waking hour and they’ve had enough! But then one day, the brave and practical young Herbert Kettle has the most extraordinary idea …
With teaching notes => http://bit.ly/17C1hDX

What do you do when your mum, your dad and sixteen camels are in trouble … Morris Gleitzman

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Too Small to Fail

Morris Gleitzman

What do you do when your mum, your dad and sixteen camels are in trouble and only you can save them?
The sometimes sad but mostly funny story of a boy, a girl, a dog and four trillion dollars. => http://bit.ly/ZNS9Zn

Follow the seasons and an immigrant family in “This is our house”

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This Is Our House

Hyewon Yum

Follows a family through seasons and generations as the house to which their immigrant grandparents came is transformed into a home. => http://bit.ly/11HieIB

Make reading one of a child’s deep and continuing needs

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”

Maya Angelou

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The true story of the first woman over Niagara Falls

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Queen of the Falls 

By Chris Van Allsburg

Any kid who has beheld Niagara Falls—or even taken a good look at pictures of it—will be suitably gobsmacked by the true story of charm-school teacher Annie Edson Taylor, who, at age 62, decided on a whim to fund her golden years by being the first person over the falls.
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A Better Investment Than Pizza: Discussing Picture Books at Politics and Prose

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Award, Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C., hosted a picture book panel on May 19 called Through the Ages for All Ages. Children’s book historian Leonard S. Marcus moderated the discussion, which drew a standing-room-only crowd; panel participants in the free-ranging and forthright conversation were publisher Neal Porter (r.); picture book authors Jon Scieszka (l.), Meg Medina, and Mac Barnett; and author-illustrators Laura Vaccaro Seeger (center) and Christopher Myers. http://bit.ly/19gn9CS

Lincoln – resources

In this bicentennial year for Abraham Lincoln, we have a chance to examine the man, his life and his place in history.

Share the resources, the activities and lesson plans with children and students and encourage them to evaluate Lincoln.

Visit the booklist and let the kids learn about who Lincoln was, his ideas, his influences and his life. There is values education here as well as history lessons, and research skills development.