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Staff Picks 4 Kids

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

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Moon Over ManifestIf you like mysteries and old-fashioned stories, then this Newbery-award-winning book is for you. In Moon Over Manifest, Abilene Tucker’s father, Gideon,sends her to live with his friend Pastor Shady in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up. Abilene hopes to find out more about her father from the people who live there. Abilene finds an old box of treasures and some letters from World War I between two people named Ned and Jinx. With help from Miss Sadie, the town fortuneteller, Abilene discovers why these objects and letters are important. The story jumps between Abilene’s time in 1936 and Ned and Jinx’s time in 1917. Who is Jinx? Will Abilene solve the mystery of who the Rattler is? Read more to find out!

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton

Splat the Cat Do you like cats? Do you like going to school? If you do, then you should read Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton. Splat is nervous about his first day of school. He is not sure he will like it. He makes lots of friends and learns stuff from his teacher, Mrs. Wimpydimple. He even teaches his class something new! If you want to find out what Splat teaches his class, get this book!

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

 

By MPPL on June 21, 2010 Categories: Picks by Anne W., Picture Books

Wishing for Tomorrow: The Sequel to A Little Princess by Hilary McKay

Wishing for Tomorrow If you enjoyed reading A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, you will probably like Wishing for Tomorrow: The Sequel to A Little Princess by Hilary McKay also! I always wondered what happened to the girls in Miss Minchin’s School after Sara Crewe left. Now you can find out too! Lavinia, Ermengarde, and Lottie all have numerous adventures. Good for third grade and up.

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

 

By MPPL on April 26, 2010 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Historical Fiction, Picks by Anne W.

Wishing for Tomorrow: The Sequel to A Little Princess by Hilary McKay

Wishing for Tomorrow If you enjoyed reading A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, you will probably like Wishing for Tomorrow: The Sequel to A Little Princess by Hilary McKay also! I always wondered what happened to the girls in Miss Minchin’s School after Sara Crewe left. Now you can find out too! Lavinia, Ermengarde, and Lottie all have numerous adventures. Good for third grade and up.

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

 

Jane in Bloom by Deborah Lytton

Jane in Bloom Have you ever wondered if you are strong enough to overcome a great challenge? Jane lives in her older sister’s Lizzie’s shadow. In Jane in Bloom by Deborah Lytton, Jane gets a chance to discover who she is and what her talents are after her sister Lizzie dies. Will Jane ever feel happy again? Will she be able to go on? Read more to find out. 5th grade and up.

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

 

By MPPL on January 20, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Anne W., Realistic Stories

Jane in Bloom by Deborah Lytton

Jane in Bloom Have you ever wondered if you are strong enough to overcome a great challenge? Jane lives in her older sister’s Lizzie’s shadow. In Jane in Bloom by Deborah Lytton, Jane gets a chance to discover who she is and what her talents are after her sister Lizzie dies. Will Jane ever feel happy again? Will she be able to go on? Read more to find out. 5th grade and up.

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant