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Heaven is for Real: a little boy’s astounding story of his trip to heaven and back by Todd Burpo

Heaven is for Real

Heaven is for Real

Have you wondered about the mysterious and extraordinary existence of heaven? Read Heaven is for Real  to see Todd, a minister in a small town, retell the story of how his critically hospitalized son made an incredible trip to heaven and back.  Todd is taken aback by three-year-old Colton’s descriptions, marveling at how all that Colton expresses about heaven matches the stories in the Bible–despite his being too young to read.  Imagine having a three-year-old telling you that the angels sang to him and that Jesus rides a rainbow horse…Take the trip with Colton and his father through the next several years as this experience strengthens their family and inspires others in the community.        

If you like this, you may like: 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper and Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander.

By jperez on January 6, 2014 Categories: Adult, Books, Nonfiction

The Fantasia Anthology

The Fantasia anthology

The Fantasia Anthology

Revisit Disney’s 1940 animated film Fantasia featuring music performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Enjoy Mickey Mouse in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and other classic animated shorts set to pieces of classical music including those of Bach and Stravinsky. Included in this 2 disc set is Fantasia 2000, which includes music of Gershwin and Beethoven.

You may also like: The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins

By jperez on November 18, 2013 Categories: Fiction, Film, Music, Youth

Twisted Fairy Tales by Maura McHugh

Twisted Fairy Tales

Twisted Fairy Tales

This collection of short stories is not for the faint-hearted! While hearkening back to the macabre roots of the original Grimm’s Fairy Tales, each of these stories features a plucky or clever heroine to cheer on—forget about pining princesses or damsels-in-distress.  The stories are briskly written and acutely psychological, with the whole collection brought together by the atmospheric illustrations of Jane Laurie.  There are the token popular tales of British and German origin, but mixed with several lesser-known tales, such as “The Red Shoes,” and “Molly Whupple, ”as well as some treasures from other cultures, like “Vasilisa’s Fire,” and “The Island of Skeletons”.  Get into the Halloween spirit with this book today!

By Allison S.

By jperez on October 10, 2013 Categories: Books, Graphic Novel, Young Adult

Caperucita descolorida

Caperucita descolorida  por Yanitzia Canetti

Que mejor libro que un libro con cuentos clásicos.

Esta serie de libros “Había otra vez” te entretendrá con historias originales y conocidas tanto para adultos como para niños pero con pequeños y divertidos cambios en las historias.

Si te gusto Caperucita descolorida, puedes leer estos libros de la misma serie: Blanca Nieve y los siete gigantones, Pinocho no era el mentiroso, El patito bello o La peluca de Rapunzel

By hmarroquin on September 23, 2013 Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth

Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel

Frog and Toad all year

Frog and Toad All Year

Meet Frog and Toad, two friends who share an adventure throughout the seasons of the year.  Join Frog and Toad as they have a fun time sledding  down a snow covered hill or enjoying one of summers delicious treats, ice scream.  Great for early readers, Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel takes readers in a humor filled story as children successfully learn how to read beginner chapter books.

You may also like: Fox All Week by Edward Marshall and It’s Justin Time, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger.

For other Early Reader Level 4 books, check out our catalog.

By jperez on September 9, 2013 Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth

USA Citizenship Interview and Test Practice Made Easy

USA Citizenship Interview and Test Practice Made Easy 2013 Edition by J.S. Aaron

Do you want to become a U.S. citizen? Learn how you can get a Green Card or prepare yourself for the citizenship interview with USA Citizenship Interview and Test Practice Made Easy.  Created with English as a Second Language user, this study guide is a comprehensive tool covering a variety of useful information including how to apply for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”.  From the reading and writing practice to simple steps on how to apply, this edition by J.S. Aaron will give you a clear understanding of what you need know and do to become a U.S. Citizen. 

If you like USA Citizenship Interview and Test Practice Made Easy you may also like Your U.S. citizenship guide : what you need to know to pass your U.S. citizenship test, A simple guide to U.S. immigration and citizenship, or The citizen’s almanac : fundamental documents, symbols, and anthems of the United States

By hmarroquin on August 1, 2013 Categories: Adult, Books, Nonfiction

El regreso del caballero de la armadura oxidada por Robert Fisher

 

El regreso del caballero de la armadura oxidada

El regreso del caballero de la armadura oxidada

¿Se acuerdan del caballero de la armadura oxidada quien subió a la cima de la Montaña de la Verdad?

Por su aprendizaje en su búsqueda, el ya no lucha contra dragones, ni otros caballeros extranjeros y tampoco sigue con la necesidad de rescatar damiselas: Es un caballero jubilado, solo quiere regresar a su castillo, a su mujer Julieta e hijo Cristóbal.  Pero al regresar a su castillo, se da cuenta de que mucho ha cambiado en su ausencia.  Han pasado doce años y ahora su hijo ha crecido en un adolescente, participando en sus propios torneos como su padre solía hacer.  Su mujer ahora tiene un trabajo complaciente fuera del castillo y este, ocupa mucho de su atención y tiempo. ¿Qué puede hacer un caballero jubilado para no perder a su familia para siempre?  ¿El Caballero y Julieta reanudará su matrimonio o resultará en fracaso?

 Por Allison S.

By MPPL on July 15, 2013 Categories: Books, Youth

Alvin Ho by Lenore Look

Alvin Ho

Alvin Ho

What are you afriad of? Alvin Ho, (aka Firecracker Man) is afraid of everything you can think of – trains, bridges, girls, school, and much much more.  Read Alvin Ho: Allergic to girls, school, and other scar things as Alvin tries to make friends and survive the school year, day by day. 

 If you like Alvin Ho, you may also like How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell and Clementine by Sara Pennypacker.

By jperez on June 17, 2013 Categories: Books, Youth

The Devil Wears Prada

 

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada

A delightfully hilarious film about how can someone hate their boss so much. Andrea Sachs landed a job “a million girls would die for” and this job might be the death of her! Miranda Priestly, is a high-profile, fabulously successful editor of Runway magazine and is Andrea’s boss. Watch how Andrea is sorely tested each and every day by Miranda. Some of Andrea’s tasks are unfeasible but she still finds a way to get them done in order to get a stellar recommendation from Miranda. That can open many opportunities for a better top job in any magazine of her choosing. Starring Academy Award winner Meryl Streep and Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway.  

 

By: T. Tovar

By MPPL on June 3, 2013 Categories: Adult, Fiction, Film

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder

Wonder

Like most 10-year-olds, August Pullman is nervous about starting middle school, especially since he’s been homeschooled for his whole life.  But being the new kid in school isn’t his biggest worry, not by a long-shot.  August was born with a severe facial deformity and says, “I won’t describe what I look like.  Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.” Auggie’s parents give him the option of going back to being homeschooled if public school doesn’t work out, but he is determined to join the world and be an ordinary kid, even if it means enduring the stares, teasing and pity of his classmates. He’s a bright, funny, charming kid with a lot to offer, but will his peers be able to see past his shocking appearance? 

This is an excellent story of courage, kindness and friendship that will leave you thinking about how you might treat someone who looks different than you.

By bcorrigan

By MPPL on May 27, 2013 Categories: Books, Youth