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Archive for January, 2011

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

Everything on a Waffle Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath is about a little girl, Primrose, whose parents are lost at sea—everyone keeps telling Primrose that her parents are surely dead and trying to figure out what to do with her.  But she believes in her heart that they are still alive, which gets her through some tough times.  If this sounds like a serious book, let me tell you it is NOT!  This book is hilarious from start to finish.  Not just funny, but inspiring, touching, and in many ways wonderful—also, there is a lot of food, and the recipes are included.  You could call this realistic fiction—except that the things that happen probably wouldn’t really happen in a million years—but the way the story is told is so completely real and believable.  You’ll feel like you’ve lived in Coal Harbor with Primrose and her friends your whole life.


By MPPL on January 24, 2011 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Realistic Stories

True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet by Kim McKay

True Green Kids Ever wondered what a kid can do to do save the planet? Well True Green Kids has 100 different projects, activities, and actions any kid can do to help preserve the environment.  If you have an MP3 player, cell phone, or any toy that uses batteries, then you can make use of thing 8: use rechargeable batteries! They may cost more, but they can be reused thousands of times.  When you don’t dispose of regular batteries correctly, the metal can soak into the ground and pollute water supplies. If you like crafts, then things 81-90 are for you! They offer different ways you can be creative and green like making art out of found objects or using natural elements in your masterpieces.  If you’re ready to be an activist for the Earth, then come in the Library and grab True Green Kids. Soon you’ll be greening up your room, shopping habits, school, and even vacations!

By MPPL on January 17, 2011 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Moon Over ManifestIf you like mysteries and old-fashioned stories, then this Newbery-award-winning book is for you. In Moon Over Manifest, Abilene Tucker’s father, Gideon,sends her to live with his friend Pastor Shady in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up. Abilene hopes to find out more about her father from the people who live there. Abilene finds an old box of treasures and some letters from World War I between two people named Ned and Jinx. With help from Miss Sadie, the town fortuneteller, Abilene discovers why these objects and letters are important. The story jumps between Abilene’s time in 1936 and Ned and Jinx’s time in 1917. Who is Jinx? Will Abilene solve the mystery of who the Rattler is? Read more to find out!

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

We the Children by Andrew Clements

We the Children Jill and Ben’s school is going to be torn down so an amusement park can be built! What could be better news than that? So why do the two children begin to search out school secrets in the hopes of keeping their school open? And why are their efforts a concern to the new custodian? Author Andrew Clements gives us We the Children, the first book of his new series Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School, with a promise of five more books to come. Don’t miss this exciting beginning!

Book reviewed by Loreen S., Youth Services Assistant


By MPPL on January 4, 2011 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Loreen S.