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Staff Picks 4 Kids

No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou by Rhonda Gowler Greene

syndetics-lcHey kids! Do you like to look for treasure? Join Big Pirate Pete and his crew when they look for treasure at the Seebreezy Library. They have no idea how to act in a library, so Library Lou shows them what they are supposed to do. She also helps them find the treasure, which is a different one than they expected. Funny!

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

By lbos on April 14, 2014 Categories: Picks by Anne W., Picture Books

Calli Be Gold by Michele Weber Hurwitz

syndetics-lcDo you ever feel pressured to achieve great things? If so, you will probably know what Calli Gold feels like. In Calli Be Gold by Michele Weber Hurwitz, Calli tried to please her family and find the one thing she can achieve in. She is exhausted by the effort, and just wants to be an 11 year old girl. When she has an opportunity to be a Peer Helper to second grader Noah, Calli discovers that she can help others and that being herself is just fine. Those of you who have brothers and sisters and have to compete for your parents’ attention, I think you will enjoy this book! There are funny parts, and some sad parts, just like real life. This is also a 2014 Bluestem Award nominee.

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

By lbos on March 3, 2014 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Anne W., Realistic Stories

The Time Warp Trio: Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka

syndetics-lcIf you like funny adventures, you should read The Time Warp Trio: Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka. While Joe, Fred, and Sam are eating lunch, they decide to read, THE BOOK, Joe’s last present from his magician uncle. The boys think they are just going to read a story about King Arthur and his knights, but when they open THE BOOK, they are magically thrown into the story! They are confronted by the Black Knight and have to figure out how to get back home. Funny, thrilling, and a quick read. First in the series. Suggested for grades 3-5.

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

By lbos on July 8, 2013 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Anne W.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

syndetics-lcDo you ever feel like you are living in a soap opera? In the graphic novel, Drama by Raina Telgemeier, Callie is dealing with all the “drama” in her life, while also working on the school play. Callie has a crush on Greg, who is going out with Bonnie. Greg’s younger brother Matt has a crush on Callie, although Callie does not realize it. Funny things happen as Callie continues to build the sets for the play and two twin brothers, Justin and Jesse, join the play. Drama is an enjoyable, funny story about growing up, making friends, having your first crush on someone, and being in a play. The graphic format is ideal for this story.

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

By lbos on April 29, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Graphic Novels, Picks by Anne W.

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.

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

CountdownIn Countdown by Deborah Wiles, Franny and her brother have to practice what to do if a nuclear bomb falls on their city. It is 1962, and President Kennedy is trying to manage the Cuban Missile Crisis. There are pictures, songs, and actual news stories interspersed in the story to give a feel for what it was like to live in 1962. Franny is growing up and having a hard time keeping her friendships going. Uncle Ott is having war flashbacks and is trying to get the whole neighborhood ready to build their own bomb shelter. Franny’s older sister keeps getting mysterious letters that she locks in her trunk and won’t let anyone see. Will Franny find out what her older sister is hiding? Will Uncle Ott destroy the front yard to build his bomb shelter? Will Franny and her best friend get to save their friendship? Read more to find out!

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

By bjones on September 17, 2012 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Historical Fiction, Picks by Anne W.

With A Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo

With a Name Like LoveWhat would it be like to not have a permanent home? In With A Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo, you can find out. Ollie is the oldest in her family, and her dad is a traveling preacher. Normally the family puts up fliers, invites the people of the town to hear the sermons in the evenings, and then they move on. When Ollie and her family get to Binder, Arkansas, however, they encounter Jimmy Koppel, who is living by himself on the outskirts of town because his mom is in jail for murdering his dad. Jimmy insists his mom did not do it, but no one will believe him. Will Jimmy and Ollie be able to save Jimmy’s mom? Will Ollie and her family leave before they find out who murdered Jimmy’s dad? Read more to find out!

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

By bjones on June 25, 2012 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Anne W., Realistic Stories

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Out of My MindWhat would it be like if you could not walk, talk, or write? What if you had so many ideas and words you wanted to express but could not communicate with other people? In Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, Melody is an 11 year old girl who wants to have the same experiences as other people. She wants to be a part of the things her classmates are doing. She is very smart, but she is also in a wheelchair and can’t walk, talk, or write. She figures out a way to communicate with her class and the other people around her, and enters a competition for her school. Will her team win? Will she get to make friends with her classmates? Read this book and find out!

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

By bjones on May 29, 2012 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Anne W., Realistic Stories

Thriller (Guys Read series v. 2) edited by Jon Scieszka

ThrillerWant to read about a wish-granting machine, ghosts, the world’s worst private detective, or a pudding that grants superpowers? Check out Thriller, a collection of short stories from the Guys Read series, edited by Jon Scieszka.

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

By bjones on March 19, 2012 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Anne W., Short Stories

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