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Archive for November, 2010

The Ring of Rocamadour By Michael Beil

Ring of RocamadourThis first book in the Red Blazer Girls series by Michael Beil involves a group of smart school girls who aren’t about to give up the chance to solve a 20-year-old mystery, no matter what it takes or how much homework they have.  Working together, the girls race to finish a scavenger hunt and find a mysterious ring before a strange man gets it.  See if you can solve the puzzles with the gang and test your own knowledge! And stay tuned for the next exciting adventure in the series–The Vanishing Violin!

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist


By MPPL on November 29, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Keary B.

I Am Going! by Mo Willems

I Am Going! Piggie is going and Elephant does NOT want him to! But, Piggie is going any way.  “Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?” asks Elephant.  Elephant begs Piggie to stay because who will he play ping-pong with in his silly hat if Piggie leaves? Does Piggie leave Elephant on his own? Grab Mo Willem’s I Am Going! to find out!


By MPPL on November 22, 2010 Categories: Early Readers, Funny

Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke

Igraine the BraveWhat’s a girl to do?  Your parents have accidentally turned themselves into pigs, your evil next-door neighbor is trying to steal your magic books, and your older brother’s magical cooking can only produce blue eggs and dry biscuits (yuck).  Go on a quest, of course.  Igraine sets off to find the giant hairs that will free her parents from their magical spell and save the day.   Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke is another great book from my favorite author!

Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head



By MPPL on November 16, 2010 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Mary S.

Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth

Boys Without Names In Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth, eleven-year-old Gopal and his family have just had to flee their rural village in India and now must adjust to the mean streets of the city of Mumbai, where they have gone to live with his uncle.  The conditions they are living in are crowded and filthy. Gopal is determined to get a job and help contribute money to support his family. Unfortunately, he is tricked by a charming teenager into working as basically a slave in a sweatshop and not at a job in a factory as he was promised.  Now Gopal must get to know and win over the other boys held captive there as well if he ever wants even the slightest hope of escaping.

I thought that this book was really well written, but parts of it were hard to read about and imagine.  Even though this was a fictional story, there is a section at the end of the book that talks about the unfortunate fact that there really are children in situations like this in India every day.



By MPPL on November 9, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Realistic Stories