Joey and Jet

Book 1 of Their Adventures

Author: James Yang

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9781442459304

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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Joey has a dog. And a ball. And a great throwing arm. Jet has Joey. And a job to do. And do. And do. And do. They make a fine pair. If you were Joey's ball -- the one with the blue stripe -- you would keep moving among the birds through the trees on the water down the hill up the hill across the street between the tables over the roofs into a hole and out of a hole along with Jet, Joey's dog.

Joey and Jet in Space

Author: James Yang

Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books

ISBN: 9780689869273

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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Jet! Where IS that dog? No one has seen him... not the space pilots, nor the robots, nor the multi-armed thingamabob. Maybe YOU will be the one to help Joey find him!

The Pirate of Kindergarten

Author: George Ella Lyon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781442440722

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

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Doubles are good for lots of things—double scoops of ice cream, double features at the movies. But double vision is NOT a good kind of double. In fact, it can make kindergarten kind of hard. Ginny sees double chairs at reading circle and double words in her books. She knows that only half of what she sees is real, but which half? The solution to her problem is wondrously simple: an eye patch! Ginny becomes the pirate of kindergarten.With the help of her pirate patch, Ginny can read, run, and even snip her scissors with double the speed! Vibrant illustrations from Lynne Avril capture the realities of what Ginny sees both before and after.

Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies

Author: James Everett Katz

Publisher: Mit Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 472

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Mobile communication has become mainstream and even omnipresent. It is arguably the most successful and certainly the most rapidly adopted new technology in the world: more than one of every three people worldwide possesses a mobile phone. This volume offers a comprehensive view of the cultural, family, and interpersonal consequences of mobile communication across the globe. Leading scholars analyze the effect of mobile communication on all parts of life, from the relationship between literacy and the textual features of mobile phones to the use of ringtones as a form of social exchange, from the "aspirational consumption" of middle class families in India to the belief in parts of Africa and Asia that mobile phones can communicate with the dead. The contributors explore the ways mobile communication profoundly affects the tempo, structure, and process of daily life around the world. They discuss the impact of mobile communication on social networks, other communication strategies, traditional forms of social organization, and political activities. They consider how quickly miraculous technologies come to seem ordinary and even necessary--and how ordinary technology comes to seem mysterious and even miraculous. The chapters cut across social issues and geographical regions; they highlight use by the elite and the masses, utilitarian and expressive functions, and political and operational consequences. Taken together, the chapters demonstrate how mobile communication has affected the quality of life in both exotic and humdrum settings, and how it increasingly occupies center stage in people's lives around the world.James E. Katz is Chair of the Department of Communication at Rutgers University and director of the Center for Mobile Communication Studies. He is the author of Magic in the Air: Mobile Communication and the Transformation of Social Life and coauthor of Social Consequences of Internet Use (MIT Press, 2002).

American Culture in the 1950s

Author: Martin Halliwell

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748628908

Category: History

Page: 336

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This book provides a stimulating account of the dominant cultural forms of 1950s America: fiction and poetry; theatre and performance; film and television; music and radio; and the visual arts. Through detailed commentary and focused case studies of influential texts and events - from Invisible Man to West Side Story, from Disneyland to the Seattle World's Fair, from Rear Window to The Americans - the book examines the way in which modernism and the cold war offer two frames of reference for understanding the trajectory of postwar culture. The two core aims of this volume are to chart the changing complexion of American culture in the years following World War II and to provide readers with a critical investigation of 'the 1950s'. The book provides an intellectual context for approaching 1950s American culture and considers the historical impact of the decade on recent social and cultural developments.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Author: Sherman Alexie

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0316219304

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 272

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Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.

Notable Sports Figures

Author: Dana R. Barnes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780787666286

Category: Athletes

Page: 1500

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This new title takes a close look at significant sports figures from around the globe and throughout history. Covering more than 600 individuals--both those famous for their accomplishments on the field as well as those infamous for their exploits off the field--"Notable Sports Figures includes biographical profiles of athletes, coaches, team executives and media figures from all sports. For each entrant, essays cover early life and personal information, including contact information where available; career in sport; and commentary on the enduring significance of the individual. Other features include an introductory essay discussing the importance of sport in society; a chronology of significant sporting events; an appendix of majot sports awards and championships; and sport, nationality, subject and name indexes.

Green Planets

Ecology and Science Fiction

Author: Gerry Canavan,Kim Stanley Robinson

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819574287

Category: Fiction

Page: 312

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Contemporary visions of the future have been shaped by hopes and fears about the effects of human technology and global capitalism on the natural world. In an era of climate change, mass extinction, and oil shortage, such visions have become increasingly catastrophic, even apocalyptic. Exploring the close relationship between science fiction, ecology, and environmentalism, the essays in Green Planets consider how science fiction writers have been working through this crisis. Beginning with H. G. Wells and passing through major twentieth-century writers like Ursula K. Le Guin, Stanislaw Lem, and Thomas Disch to contemporary authors like Margaret Atwood, China Miéville, and Paolo Bacigalupi—as well as recent blockbuster films like Avatar and District 9—the essays in Green Planets consider the important place for science fiction in a culture that now seems to have a very uncertain future. The book includes an extended interview with Kim Stanley Robinson and an annotated list for further exploration of “ecological SF” and related works of fiction, nonfiction, films, television, comics, children’s cartoons, anime, video games, music, and more. Contributors include Christina Alt, Brent Bellamy, Sabine Höhler, Adeline Johns-Putra, Melody Jue, Rob Latham, Andrew Milner, Timothy Morton, Eric C. Otto, Michael Page, Christopher Palmer, Gib Prettyman, Elzette Steenkamp, Imre Szeman.

Five Trucks

with audio recording

Author: Brian Floca

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1481405942

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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Trucks of different shapes and sizes share one important purpose in this classic picture book from the bestselling creator of Moonshot and Locomotive. You have hurried to be on time. You look now through a window and see five trucks. They are hurrying, too. Where are they going? Five drivers for five trucks— each has a job to do. They hurry to be on time. And then they see you! Originally published in 1999 by DK, Five Trucks features a new cover and plenty of exciting machines!

Trucks Roll!

Author: George Ella Lyon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416924353

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

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Illustrations and simple, rhyming text reveal many different--and sometimes silly--items that trucks can haul.

Finnikin of the Rock

Author: Melina Marchetta

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763651753

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 416

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Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an imposter, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere.

Little Black Crow

Author: Chris Raschka

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442440694

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

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Combining unfussy, gently rhyming language with vibrant, airy illustrations, Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka has created a book that will inspire in young readers the wonder of wondering. A little boy wonders about a crow’s life—from the simple “Where do you go in the cold white snow?” to the not-so-simple “Do you ever worry when you hop and you hurry? Are you ever afraid of mistakes you made? Are you never afraid?” All of life is touched on in simple words and spare, elegant artwork. Little Black Crow is not to be missed.

Question Boy Meets Little Miss Know-It-All

with audio recording

Author: Peter Catalanotto

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442449888

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

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It’s a factual face-off in this superhero picture book from all-star Peter Catalanotto, now with an audio recording. Question Boy wants answers. He lives for them. But none of the town’s action heroes—Oil Man, Paperboy, Police Woman—can satisfy Question Boy’s heroic need to know! Enter Little Miss Know-It-All. She has an answer for every who-what-where-when-and-how…and what she doesn’t know she simply makes up. And what about you? Ready for a wrangle? Keen on a quibble? Then come along to the town park to cheer the two of them on! Vibrant, rich illustrations merge fantasy with reality in this exploration of questions, answers, and what it means to be right.

The Southpaw

Author: Mark Harris

Publisher: RosettaBooks

ISBN: 0795325347

Category: Fiction

Page: 350

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With The Southpaw, novelist Mark Harris begins the remarkable saga of a gifted baseball pitcher named Henry W. Wiggen, which would unfold in four novels over the course of some 27 years between the publication of The Southpaw (1952) and It Looked Like For Ever (1979). Harris frames The Southpaw in an irresistible way, letting the fictional hero Wiggen “tell” his own story in the vernacular--bad grammar, run-on sentences, the works. In fact, the title page tells the reader that The Southpaw is “by Henry W. Wiggen / Punctuation freely inserted and spelling greatly improved by Mark Harris.” Henry Wiggen is a beautiful athlete, but despite his talents and his natural grace, the unpretentious small-town boy reaches manhood by the same arduous route followed by most boys, complicated in his case by that very talent and grace, and the expectations they create in everyone. Wiggen is that rarest of fiction heroes, a certifiable good guy, without guile, who wants always to do the right thing. Even for him, the challenges posed by personal and professional needs sometimes seem to be too much, as the stakes in his career steadily rise. The Southpaw follows Wiggen from his early days all the way to the World Series, a winning story of a good man living an extraordinary life. “By far the best ‘serious’ baseball novel published,” the San Francisco Chronicle wrote of The Southpaw--a critical response that is frequently echoed in discussions of all four of Mark Harris’ novels about Henry Wiggen. The Southpaw defines Wiggen, and Harris wields his vivid, stream of conscious style with wizardly skill. The acid test is whether the experience of The Southpaw encourages the reader to follow Wiggen’s saga in Bang the Drum Slowly. Invariably, it does.

The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Culture

Author: C. W. E. Bigsby

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521841321

Category: History

Page: 496

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The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Culture offers a comprehensive, authoritative and accessible overview of the cultural themes and intellectual issues that drive the dominant culture of the twentieth century. The essays explore the social, political and economic forces that have made America what it is today. Varied, extensive and challenging, this Companion is essential reading for students and teachers of American studies around the world. It is the most accessible and useful introduction available to an exciting ...

Stars, Fans, and Consumption in the 1950s

Reading Photoplay

Author: Sumiko Higashi

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113743189X

Category: History

Page: 298

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As the leading fan magazine in the postwar era, Photoplay constructed female stars as social types who embodied a romantic and leisured California lifestyle. Addressing working- and lower-middle-class readers who were prospering in the first mass consumption society, the magazine published not only publicity stories but also beauty secrets, fashion layouts, interior design tips, recipes, advice columns, and vacation guides. Postwar femininity was constructed in terms of access to commodities in suburban houses as the site of family togetherness. As the decade progressed, however, changing social mores regarding female identity and behavior eroded the relationship between idolized stars and worshipful fans. When the magazine adopted tabloid conventions to report sex scandals like the Debbie-Eddie-Liz affair, stars were demystified and fans became scandalmongers. But the construction of female identity based on goods and performance that resulted in unstable, fragmented selves remains a legacy evident in postmodern culture today.

Emily's Art

with audio recording

Author: Peter Catalanotto

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 148143246X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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"What a gorgeous painting," exclaimed the judge of Ms. Fair's first-grade art contest. "What a beautiful rabbit!" For Emily, the words are a shock. Her painting is of her dog, Thor. Not a rabbit. But instead of thinking: What's wrong with this judge? Emily takes the words, and the judgment, to heart. Just as she takes her art. Not everyone, not Ms. Fair, or even Emily's best friend, Kelly, can see that. At first.

Five for a Little One

Author: Chris Raschka

Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books

ISBN: 9780689845994

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 48

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If you are a bunny, try a taste, take a gander, snuffle a sniff, relish a sound, and share a hug. Everything around is waiting. If you are a boy, or a girl, or a dog, or a kitty do like our friend Bunny. And enjoy.

The Castle of Iron

Author: L. Sprague deCamp,Fletcher Pratt

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0575103418

Category: Fiction

Page: 156

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The Mathematics of Magic was probably the greatest discovery of the ages - at least Professor Harold Shea thought so. With the proper equations, he could instantly transport himself back in time to all the wondrous lands of ancient legend. But slips in time were a hazard, and Shea's magic did not always work - at least, not quite as he expected . . . The Castle of Iron is the second in L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt's much-loved Compleat Enchanter series.