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Staff Picks 4 Kids

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.

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

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.

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.

The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester

syndetics-lcWhat makes you special and unique? Piper McCloud is the heroine of The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester, and Piper can fly!  She’s excited when Dr. Hellion comes to take her to a school to learn more about her abilities. Will she learn new things? Will she ever return to her parents? I really enjoyed this book, and I hope you try it out too!

 

Book read by Anne W., Youth Library Assistant

By MPPL on February 4, 2009 Categories: Fantasy, Picks by Anne W.

Fearless by Tim Lott

syndetics-lcI just finished reading Fearless by Tim Lott. One girl, Fearless, has the courage to stand up for herself and the other girls at her “school.” (It’s really a prison, and the girls are treated horribly!) Will the girls escape? Will anyone on the outside believe them if they escape? I enjoyed this book, and I hope you do too!

Book read by Anne W., Library Assistant

By MPPL on October 21, 2008 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Anne W.

The Buffalo Storm by Katherine Applegate

syndetics-lcI read The Buffalo Storm by Katherine Applegate.  Ever wonder what it was like for kids to live during Westward Expansion? One girl is moving with her family to Oregon in a covered wagon. She is unsure about leaving her grandmother behind, but feels better when she is able to share a memory that her grandmother had of the buffalo stampeding. She helps her dad to build their new house and to welcome the new baby to their family.

Read by Anne W., Youth Library Assistant

By MPPL on June 18, 2008 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Picks by Anne W., Picture Books

The Theft and the Miracle by Rebecca Wade

The Theft and the Miracle Do you like Christmas stories that are also mysteries?  I hope so because you’re going to enjoy reading The Theft and the Miracle by Rebecca Wade! Overweight, suffering from acne, and feeling insecure, Hannah Price does not have many friends.  But what she does have is talent.  She’s a wonderful artist. When a wooden statue of baby Jesus is stolen from the cathedral after she sketches it, Hannah becomes a suspect. This wasn’t just any statue but one that people felt had a special power.   When a terrible illness travels throughout the city, people are sure that this is because of Hannah. No, the illness isn’t the Bubonic Plague, it’s more like colds, but it spreads like a plague!  Will people stop getting sick? Will Hannah find the statue?  Will she make more friends? And who exactly was the thief?  This is a mystery that will thrill you!

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Library Assistant

By MPPL on December 18, 2007 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Anne W.