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Staff Picks 4 Kids

This is the Game by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander

This is the GameThis is the Game by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander. “Let’s play ball!” Baseball is what this new poetry book is all about.  Each poem highlights a different aspect of the game and makes you feel like you are there experiencing it in person.  It definitely “hits a home run”!

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

By bjones on April 16, 2012 Categories: Early Readers, For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

Trouble-maker by Andrew Clements

Trouble-makerSixth-grader Clay Hensley has been a trouble-maker in school since the middle of kindergarten, following right in his older brother’s footsteps. His most recent trip to the principal’s office involved a picture he drew in art class of a donkey with an amazing resemblance to Principal Kelling. When Clay’s older brother makes him promise to change his ways, Clay learns that it is much easier to get into trouble than it is to stay out of trouble. Trouble-maker is another great book you’ll love from favorite author Andrew Clements.

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

By MPPL on September 12, 2011 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Barb M., Realistic Stories

The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis

Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat CrookIf you like mysteries, science, and graphic novels, you will love The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis. Three middle school students, who call themselves “The Secret Science Alliance” and work in a secret lab, have their gadget blueprints stolen by an evil scientist who wants to use them to steal artifacts from the local museum. You’ll love the comic book pages and the gadgets they use to try and capture the evil scientist before it’s too late. (Bluestem Award 2011 nominee.)

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

By MPPL on May 9, 2011 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Graphic Novels, Picks by Barb M.

How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

How Rocket Learned to Read Can dogs learn how to read?  In How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills Rocket, a lovable dog, happens upon a tree that little bird has chosen for her school.  Since Rocket is sleeping under the sign that says, “Class Starts Today,” the little bird figures he is there to learn how to read.  Rocket is not interested in the least until the bird starts to read him a story, and he can’t wait to hear how it ends. Read this book and find out if Rocket learns to read!

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

By MPPL on October 19, 2010 Categories: Picks by Barb M., Picture Books

The Mud Fairy by Amy Young

Mud Fairy The Mud Fairy by Amy Young.  Did you ever want to be a fairy? Well it’s not as easy as you might think. Little Emmalina loved playing in the swamp with the frogs instead of doing something important like opening a flower to get her wings.  She felt like she wasn’t good at anything until she snuck off to the swamp to help the frogs with their new tadpoles. Would this help her earn her wings?

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

By MPPL on August 18, 2010 Categories: Fantasy, Picks by Barb M., Picture Books

My Hippo Has the Hiccups and Other Poems I Totally Made Up by Kenn Nesbitt

My Hippo Has the HiccupsMy Hippo Has the Hiccups and Other Poems I Totally Made Up by Kenn Nesbitt.  This new poetry book is filled with funny poems that you will enjoy like, My Dog Likes to Disco and My Elephant is Missing! It also includes a DVD with the author reading many of the poems and a web address for more fun activities.

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

 

By MPPL on May 26, 2010 Categories: Funny, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

My Hippo Has the Hiccups and Other Poems I Totally Made Up by Kenn Nesbitt

My Hippo Has the HiccupsMy Hippo Has the Hiccups and Other Poems I Totally Made Up by Kenn Nesbitt.  This new poetry book is filled with funny poems that you will enjoy like, My Dog Likes to Disco and My Elephant is Missing! It also includes a DVD with the author reading many of the poems and a web address for more fun activities.

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

 

By MPPL on Categories: Funny, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

A Small White Scar by K. A. Nuzum

Small White Scar In A Small White Scar by K. A. Nuzum, Will wants to win a rodeo competition, but his father won’t allow him to compete because he needs to care for his twin brother who is disabled.  His mother died when they were younger, and his father is still struggling with her being gone.  Will decides to run away to fulfill his dream of winning a rodeo, and his brother Denny follows him. They run into many adventures along the way.

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

 

By MPPL on April 20, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Barb M., Realistic Stories

A Small White Scar by K. A. Nuzum

Small White Scar In A Small White Scar by K. A. Nuzum, Will wants to win a rodeo competition, but his father won’t allow him to compete because he needs to care for his twin brother who is disabled.  His mother died when they were younger, and his father is still struggling with her being gone.  Will decides to run away to fulfill his dream of winning a rodeo, and his brother Denny follows him. They run into many adventures along the way.

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

 

Dish: Stirring it Up by Diane Muldrow

Dish: Stirring it Up If you like middle school drama and cooking, then Dish: Stirring It Up by Diane Muldrow is for you.  Twins Molly and Amanda Moore along with their friends decide to take a cooking class because they are tired of eating “carry out.” Everything was great until nasty Natasha showed up at the cooking class.  The book in this series have great cooking tips and recipes!

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

 

By MPPL on March 22, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Barb M., Realistic Stories