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Staff Picks 4 Kids

The Missing: Book 1, Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Found I rarely read past the first book in a series, so it says a lot that I can’t wait to read book 2 of “The Missing” series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Book 1, Found, is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller.  It begins when 13-year-old Jonah gets a letter in the mail with just six words: “YOU ARE ONE OF THE MISSING.”  The plot thickens as Jonah, his friend Chip, and his sister Katherine gather clues about disappearing airplanes, stolen babies, and the FBI.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

 

By MPPL on January 5, 2010 Categories: Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Erin E., Science Fiction

Hannah’s Winter by Kierin Meehan

Hannah's Winter

If you like mysteries, ghosts, and international travel, then you have to read Hannah’sWinter by Kierin Meehan! Hannah is staying in Japan while her mom is working. When she and her friends find an ancient clue in a stationery shop, the mystery begins. Will Hannah and her friends solve the mystery? Is the ghost friendly or evil? Read more to find out!

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Assistant.

By MPPL on September 23, 2009 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Anne W.

Hannah’s Winter by Kierin Meehan

Hannah's Winter

If you like mysteries, ghosts, and international travel, then you have to read Hannah’sWinter by Kierin Meehan! Hannah is staying in Japan while her mom is working. When she and her friends find an ancient clue in a stationery shop, the mystery begins. Will Hannah and her friends solve the mystery? Is the ghost friendly or evil? Read more to find out!

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Assistant.

Masterpiece by Elise Broach

Masterpiece I just finished Masterpiece by Elise Broach. Do you like mysteries, art, or beetles? Then you will enjoy reading about James and Marvin. Marvin is a beetle that lives in James’ house, and he has the ability to draw beautiful delicate pictures. Marvin’s drawing ability comes in handy when an art thief tries to steal art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Will the art thief succeed? Will Marvin and his family be discovered by the rest of James’ family? Read and find out!

 

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Assistant

By MPPL on June 22, 2009 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Anne W.

Masterpiece by Elise Broach

Masterpiece I just finished Masterpiece by Elise Broach. Do you like mysteries, art, or beetles? Then you will enjoy reading about James and Marvin. Marvin is a beetle that lives in James’ house, and he has the ability to draw beautiful delicate pictures. Marvin’s drawing ability comes in handy when an art thief tries to steal art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Will the art thief succeed? Will Marvin and his family be discovered by the rest of James’ family? Read and find out!

 

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Assistant

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book Bod Owens is just like any other boy except he is being raised by ghosts, lives in a graveyard, and is being hunted by a vicious killer.  Okay, so he’s not quite like everyone else.  Bod’s unusual childhood lets him have thrilling adventures such as meeting the Indigo Man, being chased by ghouls, and learning to fade.  I was so excited when The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman won the Newbery award.  Gaiman is one of my favorite authors and his new book does not disappoint!  If you like a good ghost story, this book is for you.  (For grades 5 and up)  

Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head


By MPPL on April 27, 2009 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Mary S.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book Bod Owens is just like any other boy except he is being raised by ghosts, lives in a graveyard, and is being hunted by a vicious killer.  Okay, so he’s not quite like everyone else.  Bod’s unusual childhood lets him have thrilling adventures such as meeting the Indigo Man, being chased by ghouls, and learning to fade.  I was so excited when The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman won the Newbery award.  Gaiman is one of my favorite authors and his new book does not disappoint!  If you like a good ghost story, this book is for you.  (For grades 5 and up)  

Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head


The Name of This Book is… Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

syndetics-lcAre you able to keep a secret? Perhaps a secret about your very best friend? Or a secret concerning an extraordinary discovery?  Or about how many Twinkies you really ate after dinner last night?  The Name of the Book Is… Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch is an amazing book is all about secret, potions, smells, hidden places and secret identities……  Is the dead magician Pietro really dead? What about those missing pages from that mysterious book? And why does Ms. Mauvais always wear gloves?  Follow Cass and Max-Ernst into the world of hidden rooms, creepy pyramids and a place that could happen even in your own hometown.

 

It’s a secret that will drive you mad…..

 

Shhh! Just keep the secret……

 

Book read by Darice Castino, Library Assistant

By MPPL on February 16, 2009 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Darice C.

The Name of This Book is… Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

syndetics-lcAre you able to keep a secret? Perhaps a secret about your very best friend? Or a secret concerning an extraordinary discovery?  Or about how many Twinkies you really ate after dinner last night?  The Name of the Book Is… Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch is an amazing book is all about secret, potions, smells, hidden places and secret identities……  Is the dead magician Pietro really dead? What about those missing pages from that mysterious book? And why does Ms. Mauvais always wear gloves?  Follow Cass and Max-Ernst into the world of hidden rooms, creepy pyramids and a place that could happen even in your own hometown.

 

It’s a secret that will drive you mad…..

 

Shhh! Just keep the secret……

 

Book read by Darice Castino, Library Assistant

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

syndetics-lcI listened to The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke on CD and I think Simon Jones does a really good job reading it.  This is a tale of two runaway brothers who find a home with the “Thief Lord” of Venice, and it turns into an adventure beyond their wildest dreams.  Between the author choosing every word just perfectly and Simon Jones having a different voice for each character, I felt like I was in the middle of the story.  Chase scenes, surprises, mystery, villains, fantasy…this story has it all so check it out!

By MPPL on January 27, 2009 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense