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Staff Picks 4 Kids

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.

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.

The Cabinet of Wonders by Maria Rutkoski

The Cabinet of Wonders In The Cabinet of Wonders  by Maria Rutkoski, Petra goes on a quest to get back her father’s eyes from the cruel prince.  A magical mechanical spider and a gypsy boy help her along the way.  I enjoyed this fantasy that mixed magic and technology together.  Other fans of fantasy should enjoy this one, too.

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

 

By MPPL on September 27, 2010 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Keary B.

The Mud Fairy by Amy Young

Mud Fairy The Mud Fairy by Amy Young.  Did you ever want to be a fairy? Well it’s not as easy as you might think. Little Emmalina loved playing in the swamp with the frogs instead of doing something important like opening a flower to get her wings.  She felt like she wasn’t good at anything until she snuck off to the swamp to help the frogs with their new tadpoles. Would this help her earn her wings?

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

By MPPL on August 18, 2010 Categories: Fantasy, Picks by Barb M., Picture Books

The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

Magician's Elephant Imagine.  You are at a magic show.  The magician promises to produce a bouquet of lilies, but instead he makes an elephant fall through the ceiling—that elephant lands on a woman’s lap, crippling her legs.  And so begins The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo.  Unfortunately, that is the most exciting part of the book.  Although I love Because of Winn Dixie and am a fan of anything involving elephants, I just couldn’t get into this book.  After the elephant falls on page 15, nothing much exciting happens until the book ends 200 pages later.  I give this book a thumbs down.  (For ages 8 and up)

Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

 

By MPPL on March 17, 2010 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Mary S.

The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

Magician's Elephant Imagine.  You are at a magic show.  The magician promises to produce a bouquet of lilies, but instead he makes an elephant fall through the ceiling—that elephant lands on a woman’s lap, crippling her legs.  And so begins The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo.  Unfortunately, that is the most exciting part of the book.  Although I love Because of Winn Dixie and am a fan of anything involving elephants, I just couldn’t get into this book.  After the elephant falls on page 15, nothing much exciting happens until the book ends 200 pages later.  I give this book a thumbs down.  (For ages 8 and up)

Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

 

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

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Savvy Savvy by Ingrid Law.  For most people, turning 13 might mean getting a cool present, but for Mibs, it means receiving her special power.  Being special can be fun, but it can also be scary.  Her brother Rocket’s power makes light bulbs explode, and her brother Fish can cause hurricanes.  To make matters worse, Mib’s father is in a terrible car accident right before her birthday.  Now Mibs desperately wants her power to be something that can save her father.  If you secretly wish you had a super power, this book is for you!
Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

 

By MPPL on July 6, 2009 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Mary S.

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Savvy Savvy by Ingrid Law.  For most people, turning 13 might mean getting a cool present, but for Mibs, it means receiving her special power.  Being special can be fun, but it can also be scary.  Her brother Rocket’s power makes light bulbs explode, and her brother Fish can cause hurricanes.  To make matters worse, Mib’s father is in a terrible car accident right before her birthday.  Now Mibs desperately wants her power to be something that can save her father.  If you secretly wish you had a super power, this book is for you!
Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

 

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

Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister by Liz Kessler

Phlippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister Calling all fans of Liz Kessler’s Emily Windsnap series!  Here’s her new book which may not have mermaids, but has plenty of magic and surprises of its own. Imagine for a moment that you could have anything you wanted – well, at least 3 wishes worth!  Would you wish for money, friends, fame, or world peace?  In Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister, Philippa is granted 3 wishes and finds it is not as easy as she thought.  From troubles with her parents, friends, and even her very own godsister, Philippa is faced with problems and BIG decisions.  I enjoyed this story about friendship and believing in yourself and was happily surprised by the ending!

Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By MPPL on June 8, 2009 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Carol C.

Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister by Liz Kessler

Phlippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister Calling all fans of Liz Kessler’s Emily Windsnap series!  Here’s her new book which may not have mermaids, but has plenty of magic and surprises of its own. Imagine for a moment that you could have anything you wanted – well, at least 3 wishes worth!  Would you wish for money, friends, fame, or world peace?  In Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister, Philippa is granted 3 wishes and finds it is not as easy as she thought.  From troubles with her parents, friends, and even her very own godsister, Philippa is faced with problems and BIG decisions.  I enjoyed this story about friendship and believing in yourself and was happily surprised by the ending!

Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By MPPL on Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Carol C.