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Costa Rica
West, Tracey, 1965-
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations (some color), 1 color map ; 24 cm.
An overview of Costa Rica emphasizing its cultural aspects.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.0 1.0 4351.
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Bringing culture studies to the middle grades, each book in Carolrhoda's Globe-trotters Club series gives readers fun and factual information on a country's most important aspects. Each title also examines its landforms and major ethnic groups. Each two-page spread -- supported by full-color photographs and eye-catching sidebars -- is self-contained for easy reading and reporting.

Author Notes

Tracey West grew up in a small town in New Jersey. After high school, West attended Rutgers University and studied English and Journalism. She worked on the college newspaper and as a reporter before graduating and getting a job as an editorial assistant at a small publishing company.

From there West moved to a company that packaged children's books and sold them to other publishers. She started submitting ideas for books that other writers would then turn into stories. Finally, she wrote her first book, a Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Supermystery called Spies and Lies.

At the same time, she and two friends came up with an idea for a children's book called Great Uncle Dracula. They wrote the book under the pseudonym Jayne Harvey. West then went to work for Scholastic, and when she left in 1996, she decided to try writing books full time. In 1997 she started Pure West Productions and began writing, editing, and packaging books and magazines. Although writing Pokémon kept her busy, Scholastic picked up her original series, Pixie Tricks. She went on to write eight books in the Pixie Tricks series and continued to write new stories for the popular Pixie Tricks website, In August 2003, Grosset & Dunlap published West's new series, Scream Shop, a Pick Your Path series that lets readers choose what will happen in the story.

West also writes many books based on cartoon characters such as Samurai Jack, SpongeBob Squarepants, the Looney Tunes, the Powerpuff Girls, Sailor Moon, Cardcaptors, Cubix, and Scooby Doo.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-These visually appealing texts are welcome additions. The colorful and diverse photos and illustrations draw readers in and capture the spirit of the countries. Poland offers a little bit of history, but the majority of the book looks at modern life and includes such topics as the importance of Catholicism, Polish food, education, and family life. Costa Rica also includes a short history section that details the landing of Columbus in 1502 and the indigenous population and culture. The rest of the book discusses such subjects as the rain forest, soccer, and life in the city. Useful glossaries and pronunciation guides will help students with unfamiliar foreign words.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.