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Archive for February, 2011

The Wide-awake Princess by E.D. Baker

The Wide-awake Princess Did you know that Sleeping Beauty had a younger sister? Well, Wide-awake Princess by E.D. Baker is her story.  Instead of falling asleep like everyone else in the castle when Princess Gwendolyn, otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty, pricks her finger, Annie stayed awake.  It’s up to her to break the spell and save the day.  Only true-love’s kiss will wake Princess Gwendolyn. So, Annie sets of to find all the princes she can and bring them back to the castle in hopes that one of the kisses will lift the curse.  Along the way she’ll meet familiar characters from other fairy tales and maybe even find her own happily ever after.

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By MPPL on February 21, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Keary B.

The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

The Mysterious Howling In The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, Miss Penelope Lumley is the new governess at Ashton Place.  Penelope has never been a governess before, but she’s pretty sure it isn’t supposed to be like this. Do all children howl, chase squirrels, and try to climb bookcases? Maybe these children do because they had been raised by wolves until recently found by her employer! Penelope manages to teach the three children how to speak, dance, and hold their knife properly– just in time for the winter dance! But who sets a squirrel loose in the ballroom? Is someone trying to sabotage the children? And how did they come under the care of wild wolves in the first place?  (For grades 5 and up)

Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head


By MPPL on February 14, 2011 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Mary S.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness & Edgar Allen Poe’s Tales of Death and Dementia


Gris Grimly is the perfect illustrator for Edgar Allan Poe’s dark and creepy stories. The pictures range from somewhat silly to very grotesque, but they always perfect in bringing the words to life. And how wonderful Poe is with words! His terrifying tales are meant for reading aloud. Listeners are sure to get chills from the classics “The Tell-Tale Heart” in Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Death and Dementia and “Black Cat” in Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness.  Both books are totally twisted!


Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

By MPPL on February 7, 2011 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Erin E., Short Stories