No matter how hard twelve-year-old North Olson tries to do what's right, he can't seem to please his dad. When a major flood threatens to destroy his hometown, North is left in charge of his little sister Rosie. A blizzard blows in and his great-grandmother disappears. Can North find his great-grandmother and keep Rosie safe as the flood waters continue to rise? Will he finally make his dad proud?
This story takes place in Ada, Minnesota, and Fargo, North Dakota, during the devastating flood of 1997. The story is fiction, but it is based on real events that impacted thousands of people in the Red River Valley of the North. Click here to see news footage of the flood.
Book Review: Fargo Forum
5.0 out of 5 stars "Great historical fiction for preteens and teens!" (reviewed on August 13, 2021)
"As a teacher, I'm always on the lookout for books that entice readers. This book would be great for any teacher or parent looking to discuss themes of cooperation, family relationships and dynamics, and problem-solving. The story is a fictionalization of true events that happened in Minnesota in the winter of 1996-1997, when historically high amounts of snow and a tragic storm in early April brought flooding to western Minnesota and eastern North Dakota. Because the main character is male, it will appeal to boy readers; girl readers will also find it enjoyable. Younger children could easily understand the story if it is read to them, so it would make a great bedtime read. Teachers, this book would likely appeal to your reluctant readers who will enjoy a high-interest story with humor and suspense."
With over 175 questions, this nonfiction book will provide young readers with fascinating facts about the U.S. Constitution. Lots of graphic make the book even more fun as readers learn how the Constitution came to be and what it means for us today.
Imagine you were in the Holy Land when Jesus was born and began his ministry. That's exactly where these interactive novels take readers ages 7-10. Readers must make a decision every few pages that determine what who they meet and what they see, hear, and do. They can journey with Jesus, listen to Him preach, meet believers and those who doubt.
The books include notes for parents and teachers designed to help them answer questions children may raise about lesser known Bible characters and events.
Teacher Anitra Ollison writes: "I love how Ms. Raum allows the reader the choice of choosing different story plots based on the three characters' perspectives. Even a reluctant reader would enjoy reading a story adventure!"
Teacher Sheila Burkett writes: "Wonderful book for younger readers. It was an interactive book that kept my 5 year old engaged as well as my 9 year old. A great way to inform younger children about the times and lives of characters during the early centuries."
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Lavinia Warren never let her height—or the lack of it—prevent her from leading a full and adventurous life. Although she never grew more than three feet tall, she became a beloved teacher, a world traveler, an entertainer and the friend of many powerful figures. Contains additional material on Tom Thumb Weddings, readers' questions, time line, and notes and bibliography, this is sure to be a valuable title for adventurous middle-grade readers.
Chosen by the Children's Book Council as a Notable Social Studies Book, 2018.
8/1/18—Kirkus Reviews, "[An] engaging tale of an unusual and spirited woman."
9/1/18 -- Midwest Book Review, "The Big, Bold, Adventurous Life of Lavinia Warren by Elizabeth Raum is an unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library biography collections for young readers ages 8 to 12.
Change Maker Biographies
Every one of these women helped to change the world in ways that made life better, not only for other women, but for everyone. They came from different backgrounds and lived different times and places, but shared a determination to open new opportunities for others. These books, written for children in grades 2-3, provide an introduction to Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Marie Curie, Sally Ride, Ruby Bridges, and MalalaYousafzai.
THE ANIMAL BUILDER SERIES
Amicus Publishing, 2018
These illustrated nonfiction picture books describe how various animals build their homes. Titles include: Bears Make Dens, Beavers Build Lodges, Bees Build Beehives, Birds Build Nests, Orangutans Build Tree Nests, and Rabbits Dig Burrows.
Available in English, Spanish, and French editions.
Fighting to Survive Being Lost at Sea
Imagine being lost at sea. You'd be miles from land and far too close to sharks. How would you survive without food or water? How would you signal help? In these five nonfiction stories, you'll read about the courage and determination of the survivors during five different ocean disasters, including the sinking of the Titanic, a World War II sailor whose ship was sunk by a torpedo, and a young girl who tried to sail around the world alone. Could you survive being lost at sea? Read Fighing to Survive Being Lost at Sea to find out how others did it.
Fighting to Survive Space Disasters
Being lost in space is terrifying. One astronaut almost drowned during a space walk. Drowned? Yes. His helmet filled with water. Another nearly drowned in the ocean on landing. Space capsules and the space station have experienced near disasters. But clever thinking helped the astronauts survive. Read all about it in Fighting to Survive Space Disasters: Terrifying True Stories.
Cedric and the Dragon
The unlikely hero in this story is young Prince Cedric, who was slow to walk, has a tough time with reading and math, and fails miserably at dragon-slaying school. But with kindness and his love of hugs, Cedric saves the kingdom.
This cheerful picture book reminds us there is more than one way to solve a problem and reinforces the idea that everyone has something special to offer. A gentle message about kindness with delightful watercolors and a lovable dragon.
Mom's Choice Awards® Gold Recipient
Christian Century Magazine Notable Books List
Pro Sports Biographies
The Pro Sports Biographies series is designed for beginning readers who love sports. These biographies include:
- J. J. Watt, football player
- Chloe Kim, snowboarder
- Lebron James, basketball player
- Maya Moore, basketball player
- Cam Newton, football players
- Serena Williams, tennis player
- Byrce Harper, baseball player
- Carli Loyd, soccer player
Colonial America Series
All three of these books explore life in Colonial America. You may be surprised to learn about the daily lives of the colonists from their lack of doctors and medicines to their uncomfortable clothing to the animals running wild in the streets. Did you know that colonial people believed that the smellier the medicine, the more it helped cure what might be wrong -- or not!