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Archive for October, 2010

The Fizzy Whiz Kid by Maiya Williams

The Fizzy Whiz Kid Mitchell Mathis moved often because his dad, an entomologist, changed jobs frequently.  His family had no TV, and he never watched any movies.  So when he moves to Los Angeles and enrolls at Cecil B. DeMille Elementary, where students have moms and dads who are actors, agents, and directors, he is considered a freak!   In The Fizzy Whiz Kid by Maiya Williams, Mitch decides to do something to belong, so he auditions and gets a part in a commercial for Fizzy Whiz soda.  He becomes a hit on TV–until something happens to make people turn against him!  Will he continue to be a TV star or turn back to being a regular kid?

Book reviewed by Mary Lou H., Youth Services Assistant


By MPPL on October 25, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Mary Lou H.

How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

How Rocket Learned to Read Can dogs learn how to read?  In How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills Rocket, a lovable dog, happens upon a tree that little bird has chosen for her school.  Since Rocket is sleeping under the sign that says, “Class Starts Today,” the little bird figures he is there to learn how to read.  Rocket is not interested in the least until the bird starts to read him a story, and he can’t wait to hear how it ends. Read this book and find out if Rocket learns to read!

Book reviewed by Barb M., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant

By MPPL on October 19, 2010 Categories: Picks by Barb M., Picture Books

The Truth About Stacey by Ann M. Martin

The Truth About StacyThe Baby-sitters Club: The Truth About Stacey by Ann M. Martin–a graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier. Fans of the original Baby-Sitters Club series are going to love these new books in graphic novel format. Kids who like graphic novels but have never read The Baby-Sitters Club are going to love them, too (especially girls and fans of Babymouse).  Artist Raina Telgemeier takes the original stories about friendship, responsibility, dating, school, and family and turns them into good, comic fun.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator


By MPPL on October 11, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Erin E., Realistic Stories

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Flipped In Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen, Julianna has been crazy about Bryce since they were seven years old–and Bryce has been avoiding her from the first day they met.  But after what happens with Juli’s sycamore tree–not to mention all the eggs that came from the chickens that grew from the chicks that Juli hatched as her sixth grade science project–things start to turn upside down!  Soon Bryce isn’t so sure about anything anymore, except that he can’t stop thinking about Juli.  And Juli is absolutely sure of one thing–she is through with Bryce!  This is a funny and moving story you won’t be able to put down about love, families, and choosing to be the kind of person you really want to be.  (It’s also a movie.)



By MPPL on October 4, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Realistic Stories