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The Best in Historical Fiction for Young People   7 weeks 5 days ago

A new middle grade historical fiction series, Ancient Elements, recently published the third and final book of its series (October 2016). The series especially relates to the 6th grade social studies curriculum when students study ancient civilization. Written by Dr. Marie Sontag, a veteran middle school teacher for over 15 years, the series follows orphaned twelve-year-old Samsuluna (Sam), who, accompanied by his lucky bronze dagger, searches to find a place to call home in Babylonia. In book one, The Bronze Dagger, Sam and his new friends try to unravel the mystery of the stolen jewels.In book two, The Alabaster Jar, Sam's newly-adoptive father, a court physician in Babylon, is sent by Hammurabi to Egypt to gain more medical knowledge. While in Egypt, Sam and his adoptive sister work to solve the mystery of a hidden tomb and a plot to overthrow the pharaoh.

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In book three, The Silver Coin, Sam, now fifteen, grieves the death of his adoptive father who died in a tomb cave-in. Sam and a friend sail from Egypt to Tyre in search of Sam's uncle, his last living relative. On the way, Sam's ship is attacked by Mycenaean pirates. Rescued by Minoans, Sam and his friend later discover they must now escape the labyrinth of the Knossos Palace. Once in Tyre, Sam falls into the clutches of his vengeful father, recently released from a Babylonian prison. In order to save his uncle's life, as well as his own, Sam must solve the mystery of a bronze box that can only be opened by a special silver coin.

The Best in Historical Fiction for Young People   7 weeks 5 days ago

 A new middle grade historical fiction series, Ancient Elements, recently pubished the third and final book of its series (October 2016). The series especially relates to the 6th grade social studies curriculum when students study ancient civilization. Written by Dr. Marie Sontag, a veteran middle school teacher for over 15 years, the series folllows orphaned twelve-year-old Samsuluna (Sam), who, accompanied by his lucky bronze dagger, searches to find a place to call home in Babylonia. In book one, The Bronze Dagger, Sam and his new friends try to unravel the mystery of the stolen jewels. In book two, The Alabaster Jar, Sam's newly-adoptive father, a court physcian in Babylon, is sent by Hammurabi to Egypt to gain more medical knowlege. While in Egypt, Sam and his adoptive sister work to solve the mystery of a hidden tomb and a plot to overthrow the pharaoh. In book three, The Silver Coin, Sam, now fifteen, grieves the death of his adoptive father who died in a tomb cave-in. Sam and a friend sail from Egypt to Tyre in search of Sam's uncle, his last living relative. On the way, Sam's ship is attacked by Mycenaean pirates. Rescued by Minoans, Sam and his friend later discover they must now escape the labarynth of the Knossos Palace. Once in Tyre, Sam falls into the clutches of his vengeful father, recently released from a Babylonian prison. In order to save his uncle's life, as well as his own, Sam must solve the mystery of a bronze box that can only be opened by a special silver coin.

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"Upper Ashuelot"; a history of Keene New Hampshire   22 weeks 4 days ago

I tried to read part one of the book on line and I got an error that indicated the file might not display correctly. In fact it only displayed a black screen. Part two worked just fine.You may want to check it out.I was using Firefox on an IMac running OSX.Thanks

The Best in Historical Fiction for Young People   1 year 11 weeks ago

Hi! I would like to submit a book for your historical fiction list: Moon Tears. It is the story of an American girl's survival during World War II and is based on true events. More info can be found here: www.tenstorybooks.com. I do school visits with middle graders and would love to have it available to those looking for a good MG WWII book. Thanks so much for your consideration!

The Best in Historical Fiction for Young People   1 year 18 weeks ago

I'll add these books this weekend. Those are wonderful suggestons. I'm ashamed to have missed them. And, thank you for making me ponder how to add a place for suggestions in our lists. I'll think how I can work it in within the limits of our website. Perhaps the easiest way is through the comments.

The Best in Historical Fiction for Young People   1 year 20 weeks ago

Thank you.  I wanted to suggest two to consider for your list that we especially loved.  Icefall by Matthew Kirby and Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac.  Both were great in their audio versions (hearing the Navajo language in Code Talker really added another dimension to that one).Thanks again!

The Best in Historical Fiction for Young People   1 year 20 weeks ago

Yes, updating is on our to-do-list. Thanks for letting us know you appreciate the list. 

The Best in Historical Fiction for Young People   1 year 20 weeks ago

As a homeschooling parent, I wanted to let you know that I appreciate this list of great historical fiction and look forward to seeing it kept updated.

What do you want the Keene Public Library to look like?   1 year 23 weeks ago

And we appreciate our wonderful library visitors.

What do you want the Keene Public Library to look like?   1 year 24 weeks ago

I have visit it. It has a lot of books in the different categories. I really appreciate them for maintaining their collection.

Fun Things for Kids to Do at the Keene Public Library   1 year 51 weeks ago

Thanks you for the site suggestion.

Family Dances at the Keene Public Library   1 year 51 weeks ago

Our dances are really fun for everyone. Heberton Hall is a great place for dancing. We have dances once a month and other groups rent the hall for dances too. Library dances are always free. Other groups may have an admission charge.

Family Dances at the Keene Public Library   1 year 51 weeks ago

Wow it was great fun there. They have stoped us for dancing as it was not the right place for dancing but we can have fun with increasing litracy skills.

Lovable Dragons   2 years 1 week ago

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Fun Things for Kids to Do at the Keene Public Library   2 years 5 weeks ago

I found this article very useful regarding kids group games and icebreakers

Lovable Dragons   2 years 8 weeks ago

Really awesome post. It’s helpful for me.  

2010 Ladybug Award Nominations Announced   2 years 15 weeks ago

Happy to hear that the Ladybug Award Nominations Announced for the year. This article proved to a great source of information. 

Join the Library's Dungeons and Dragons Campaign   2 years 17 weeks ago

Yes, we would really appreciate donations. We do use version 3.5. Thanks so much!!!!

Yes, there's apps for kids but how do you know what’s best?   2 years 24 weeks ago

Great work. I am sure that this will help children to achieve their goals. I appreciate you for this great work. Keep sharing. This will help them to become skilled thinkers and learners. The activities you have conducted here are remarkable. Keep up the excellent work. 

Lovable Dragons   2 years 24 weeks ago

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Join the Library's Dungeons and Dragons Campaign   2 years 26 weeks ago

I don't have a lot of time to donate, but I do have a lot of 3.5 books. Would they be helpful for you guys?

Where The Mountain Meets the Moon Receives Newbery Honor   2 years 27 weeks ago

Thank you for the post. Keep posting.

Lovable Dragons   2 years 42 weeks ago

Kids always love to be surprised with what they are going to learn. I am so happy that your students loved it when you introduced the dragon's tale to them. It gives them new ideas to ponder about. 

Where The Mountain Meets the Moon Receives Newbery Honor   3 years 1 week ago

I am really excited to read the novel “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” after reading this post. I am sohappy that it received the Newbery Honor. I am sure that t is going to be a treat. Thanks a lot for the post aswell as the video. Keep sharing.