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Staff Picks 4 Kids

How to Be a World Explorer by Joel Levy

syndetics-lcReading this book might save your life – for real! A kid in Australia read this book and when he and his friend got stuck in quicksand, he was able to get free, go for help, and save his friend. Some other tips in the book include how to survive an elephant attack and what to do if you are lost at sea.  Who knows when reading this book could come in handy!

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

 

By lbos on November 25, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Keary B.

Face Bug Poems by J. Patrick Lewis

syndetics-lcWelcome to the grand opening of the Bug Face Museum. This book combines close up photographs of different bugs with funny poems and comic book type pencil drawings for each bug in the “museum”! You will learn lots of new facts about these amazing bugs and have fun doing it.

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

By lbos on November 18, 2013 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

The Secret of Laurel Oaks by Lois Ruby

syndetics-lcThe Secret of Laurel Oaks by Lois Ruby is an intriguing mystery. I loved that this story and ghost are based on a real southern plantation that is said to be one of the most haunted places in America and a “real” ghost that is said to haunt the plantation. I didn’t find it particularly scary, but it was a very well-written and engrossing story. I would recommend this to children who enjoy ghost stories. But although it’s not particularly scary, it does allude to some serious topics within the issue of slavery.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

By lbos on November 11, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Erin E.

As Simple as It Seems by Sarah Weeks

syndetics-lcWhat would you do if you discovered everything you thought you knew about yourself was a lie? Feisty Verbena Colter gets mad. Then she goes supernatural. Since she doesn’t like who she is, she pretends she is a ghost. When she meets Pooch, a boy from New York City, she tricks him into believing she is the spirit of a drowned girl. This quickly complicates their budding friendship. Did you know that ghosts can only eat white food, get wrinkled when they are wet, and can only fly when they are well rested? The lies keep coming as Verbena struggles to stop Pooch from learning the truth. Then one day Verbena and Pooch get themselves into a mess and need her ghostly powers to save them. What will a very human girl do to save her friend?

Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

By lbos on November 4, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Mary S., Realistic Stories

Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis

syndetics-lcThis true story is amazing! Nubs was the leader of a pack of dogs in Iraq when he met Major Brian Dennis at one of the United States Marine bases. Although Marines weren’t allowed to have dogs, Major Dennis treated Nubs as if he was part of his family. He fed part of his meals to Nubs, let him sleep next to his bed, and took care of his wounds. However, soon Major Dennis had to leave for a different base 70 miles across the freezing desert and leave Nubs behind. Nubs decided that he wanted to stay with his new family though, and travelled 70 miles across the desert, but what will happen when Major Dennis goes back to the United States? Check out this true animal story that is also a 2014 Bluestem Nominee.

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By lbos on October 21, 2013 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Laura B.

Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure by Jim Murphy and Alison Blank

syndetics-lcI really enjoyed this real-life medical mystery.  Tuberculosis (TB) has been around for centuries, attacking its victims with horrible, painful symptons, and — truth be told — some of the so-called “cures” have been just as bad.  So why is it so hard to cure TB?  That’s the mystery, and that’s what this book is about.  Dive into the medical twists and turns, and decide for yourself if there is any hope of ridding the world forever of this devastating disease.

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

By lbos on October 7, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Mary Ann S.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

syndetics-lcGregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins is a quick and exciting read, and the ending definitely left me hanging so I might need to read the sequels. Fantasy isn’t my favorite genre, but I do like the idea of other worlds existing that we do not even know about. Gregor doesn’t see himself as a warrior in the beginning, but grows and changes as he faces numerous challenges in the Underland. Parts of the story were a little gross, other parts a little scary, and some parts sad. This would make a good discussion book because there is a lot of adventure, imagination, and many metaphorical themes.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

By lbos on September 23, 2013 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Erin E.

Follow Follow: A book of Reverso Poems by Marilyn Singer

syndetics-lcThis poetry book is so fun.  It  is a sequel to the popular Mirror, Mirror  poetry book.  Each page has two poems. The second one is written with the same lines of poetry but in the reverse order with the last line being first and so on.  It is fun to see how the meaning changes.

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

By lbos on September 16, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke

syndetics-lcGet ready for a cuteness overload! No, this book isn’t about kittens or puppies, it’s about sloths! I never thought they were cute, until I saw “A Little Book of Sloth”. This book is full of puns, interesting facts about sloths, and a ton of pictures. You’ll learn about the two kinds of sloths—the “Muppet” variety and the “cross between a Wookie and a pig” variety—, what they like to do all day (Hint: Rest and hug. But mostly rest), and meet the superstar sloths at a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica. Plus, this book will remind you that sometimes, the best thing to do is “just chill” and relax.

Book reviewed by Claire B., Outreach Coordinator

By lbos on September 9, 2013 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Claire B

I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History’s Strangest Cures by Carlyn Beccia

syndetics-lcIn the 2014 Bluestem nominee entitled I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History’s Strangest Cures by Carlyn Beccia, many unusual health remedies are discussed. Take a nasty sore throat for example: Should you put a frog in your mouth, rub skunk oil on your chest, wear a necklace made from earthworms, or tie a dirty sock around your neck? I bet you are wondering where these remedies came from and if they actually work. For the answers to these questions, you’ll have to read this fun yet informative book! But I will tell you that while one of these remedies might actually help your throat, they will all give you a stomach ache!

Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By lbos on August 26, 2013 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Carol C.