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Archive for January, 2013

Crow by Barbara Wright

syndetics-lcMoses is an African American boy, living in North Carolina 30 years after slavery ended. He’s having a lazy summer, finding shells at the beach, going swimming in the watering hole, and listening to the stories his boo nanny (grandmother) tells. But then his father’s boss publishes an article in the paper that makes a lot of people angry and everything changes. That’s when militia men start taking over the city, and it becomes clear that it is not safe to be African American anymore. Moses has to decide whether to be brave and stand up for what’s right, or keep quiet to avoid trouble.

If you like historical fiction and want to learn more about the time after slavery, check out this book. The story does deal with some tough topics, but it will give you a better idea of a time that isn’t covered in a lot of history books. It moves a little slow at the beginning, but once the story really gets going, you’ll be glad you stuck around. The characters are well developed and there is a sense of place that makes you feel like a part of the action, and makes it hard to put the book down.

Book reviewed by Claire B., Outreach Coordinator

By lbos on January 28, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Historical Fiction, Picks by Claire B

Two Little Monkeys by Mem Fox

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This is a cute book for preschoolers about two monkeys named Cheeky and Chee.  You will love this rhyming story of two monkeys at play while trying to stay out of trouble.  Oh no! Something is prowling about!  Little monkeys need to watch out!

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

By lbos on January 21, 2013 Categories: Picks by Barb M., Picture Books

Black Radishes by Susan Lynn Meyer

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Gustave and his family are Jewish, and they live in Paris, France. During World War II, Gustave and his family leave Paris as the Nazis are getting closer to France. Ultimately, the Nazis do invade France, and a group of French citizens start the French Resistance to help Jewish people get to safer places. If you are interested in historical fiction, Black Radishes by Susan Lynn Meyer is a great example, really giving the reader a glimpse of what it was like to be Jewish in France during World War II. There are multiple viewpoints, with some characters supporting the Jews, and some characters against the Jews. Caudill Nominee. Appropriate for fifth grade and up.

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

By lbos on January 14, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Historical Fiction, Picks by Anne W.

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner

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The Templeton Twins Have an Idea is the first book in a new series by Ellis Weiner, in which the Narrator tells the story of Professor Templeton, the famous inventor of such products as the Adjust-O-Matic Diving Board and the Battery-Operated Toothpick. He is also the father of 12-year-old twins, Abigail and John, who have recently lost their mother. When the family relocates to a new University, the Professor is met with accusations by a former student who claims that Mr. Templeton’s latest invention—the Personal One-Man Helicopter—was actually his idea. This conflict leads to (among other things): one injured Nanny, two kidnapped children, and several very complicated escape plans. How did this all happen? Read this hilarious adventure to find out!

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

By lbos on January 7, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Erin E.