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Archive for May, 2011

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

A Tale Dark and GrimmYou’ll recognize Hansel and Gretel as the heroes of A Tale Dark & Grimm, which is a collection of fractured fairy tales.  But it’s not just their familiar story.  They take you on a tour of nine other lesser know Grimm tales, too.  Be warned, however, and don’t expect all sweetness and light …no sir!  You’ll get big doses of gore, gruesomeness, and dark humor, along with the usual adventure.  If you don’t mind a little bit of horror in your “happily ever after,” you will like this book.

Book reviewed by Mary Ann S., Assistant Head of Youth Services

By MPPL on May 24, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Mary Ann S.

The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis

Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat CrookIf you like mysteries, science, and graphic novels, you will love The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis. Three middle school students, who call themselves “The Secret Science Alliance” and work in a secret lab, have their gadget blueprints stolen by an evil scientist who wants to use them to steal artifacts from the local museum. You’ll love the comic book pages and the gadgets they use to try and capture the evil scientist before it’s too late. (Bluestem Award 2011 nominee.)

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

By MPPL on May 9, 2011 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Graphic Novels, Picks by Barb M.

Zora and Me by Victoria Bond

Zora and MeZora Neale Hurston was a famous author who loved to tell stories from the time she was a child. Zora and Me is a  fictionalized story of Zora and her best friend Carrie growing up in Eatonville, Florida (a town with only African-Americans in it). Will the Gator Man get Zora and Carrie? Will Zora and Carrie be able to learn the differences between truth, lies, and storytelling? Read this book to find out!

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant


By MPPL on May 2, 2011 Categories: Award Winners, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Anne W., Realistic Stories