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Staff Picks 4 Kids

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

syndetics-lcWhat do you do when you’re bored? Milo, who is tired of everything he owns, perks up when he notices that the large package in his room is really a tollbooth! Milo gets in his toy car, points to a random place on the map, pulls up to the tollbooth, and is instantly transported to the Kingdom of Wisdom! He travels around with a watchdog named Tock and a grumpy Humbug meeting some strange and amusing characters, like King Azaz and the Mathemagician, who rule the Kingdom of Wisdom but can’t decide whether words or numbers are more important. They’ve banished Princesses Rhyme and Reason, but the kingdom needs them back to restore balance! Can Milo and his companions find the princesses and convince them to come back? Will the rulers of Wisdom finally be able to agree on something? This is a funny and clever adventure that has been loved by children and adults for many years. Pick up a copy today and be transported to another world.

Book reviewed by Claire B., Youth Outreach Coordinator and Volunteen Coordinator

By lbos on June 9, 2014 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Claire B

Monkey and Robot by Peter Catalanotto

syndetics-lcWhat should you do if you are afraid of scary movies, but your friend wants to watch them? If you are Monkey, you cover your head and hum through all the scary music. How do you play hide and seek for the first time? If you are Robot, you hide right behind Monkey so that he will find you right away and you can laugh and hug and jump up and down. Meet Monkey and Robot, who met at work on a space ship, and have silly adventures together. I laughed and had a lot of fun reading these stories, and I bet you will too!

Book reviewed by Claire B., Outreach Coordinator

By lbos on October 28, 2013 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Picks by Claire B

A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke

syndetics-lcGet ready for a cuteness overload! No, this book isn’t about kittens or puppies, it’s about sloths! I never thought they were cute, until I saw “A Little Book of Sloth”. This book is full of puns, interesting facts about sloths, and a ton of pictures. You’ll learn about the two kinds of sloths—the “Muppet” variety and the “cross between a Wookie and a pig” variety—, what they like to do all day (Hint: Rest and hug. But mostly rest), and meet the superstar sloths at a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica. Plus, this book will remind you that sometimes, the best thing to do is “just chill” and relax.

Book reviewed by Claire B., Outreach Coordinator

By lbos on September 9, 2013 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Claire B

Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller by Xavier Garza

syndetics-lcHave you ever heard of Lucha Libre, the style of wrestling from Mexico? Max is obsessed with lucha libre, and with his favorite luchador, el Ángel de la Guarda, or the Guardian Angel. Max thought he was in for a boring summer of truth or dare and driving around in Old Ironsides, his dad’s ancient car. Then the luchadores come to town, and he discovers that he has a surprise connection to el Ángel de la Guarda which will change his life forever. Read this funny and exciting book to find out what happens!

¿Has escuchado de lucha libre, que viene de México? Max está obsesionado con lucha libre, y con su luchador favorito, el Ángel de la Guarda. Max piensa que será un verano aburrido de verdad o atrevemiento y andando en el carro anciano de su padre, Vieja Locomotora. Bueno hasta que los luchadores vienen a su pueblo, y el descubre que tiene una conexión sorprendente al Ángel de la Guarda, que cambiara su vida para siempre. ¡Lea a este libro chistoso e interesante para ver lo que pasa!

Book reviewed by Claire B., Outreach Coordinator

By lbos on July 15, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Claire B, Spanish

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

syndetics-lcRosa Evelyn Serrano doesn’t like living in Spanish Harlem. Everyone is named Rosa, so she goes by Evelyn. It smells all the time, because the city doesn’t clean up the garbage. And she can’t understand her mother, with her ugly decorations and how she’s practically a slave to her husband and the bodega. Then Evelyn’s grandmother comes to town, with her brightly dyed hair, too high heels, and radical ideas that Evelyn’s mother can’t stand. When some college kids start cleaning up the streets and demanding food and shelter for the neighborhood’s poor, everyone takes a side. Abuela is reminded of the protests she went to in Puerto Rico for its independence, and Evelyn is inspired by the promise of change. But can they convince Evelyn’s mom and the rest of the neighborhood that this is a good change? And will it make a difference? Read this book for a heartfelt, but fun story about growing up, learning where you come from, and standing up for what you believe in.

 

Book reviewed by Claire B., Outreach Coordinator

By lbos on May 20, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Historical Fiction, Picks by Claire B

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

syndetics-lcClara Wintermute disappears on her twelfth birthday. Her parents are devastated, after having lost her three siblings to cholera. Everyone suspects the puppet master Grisini who performed at her birthday party. When he too disappears, his assistants, orphans Lizzie Rose and Parsefall, are left to figure out what happened to Clara. A mysterious letter from a faraway land adds to the mystery:  a rich older woman wants to leave all of her money to Lizzie Rose and Parsefall. But what she wants in return could change their lives forever. This is a pretty complex story, but it is also very exciting. Fans of historical fantasy and mystery may want to give Splendors and Glooms a chance. It’s also a 2013 Newberry Honor!

Book reviewed by Claire B., Outreach Coordinator

 

By lbos on April 15, 2013 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Claire B

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

syndetics-lcFrom the beginning, Georges can tell that Safer and his family are different. For one thing Safer and his sister are always home, and their parents let them choose their own names. But he’s happy to have a friend, especially since Georges father lost his job, they had to move from their house to an apartment, and his mother is never home. Georges becomes Safer’s first spy recruit and his mission is to uncover what their neighbor, the mysterious Mr. X is hiding. As Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder about the boundaries of friendship. How far should he take this new game?

Book reviewed by Claire B., Outreach Coordinator

By lbos on March 25, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Claire B, Realistic Stories

Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket

syndetics-lcFans of Lemony Snicket rejoice! He is back with the first book in a series about his strange childhood. When Lemony is 11, he goes to work as an apprentice for a detective. Their first job is to find a priceless sculpture that was stolen, but the mystery gets more complicated the more they find out. Lemony has to deal with a bully whose parents are the town police officers, a girl who seems like his friend, but keeps stealing from him, and a villain who seems to be behind it all. This book is written in the same style as the Series of Unfortunate Events, and is full of quirky humor and weird goings-on.  Just be prepared for a cliffhanger…don’t worry, there’s a sequel on the way!

Book reviewed by Claire B., Outreach Coordinator

 

 

By lbos on March 4, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Claire B, Uncategorized

Crow by Barbara Wright

syndetics-lcMoses is an African American boy, living in North Carolina 30 years after slavery ended. He’s having a lazy summer, finding shells at the beach, going swimming in the watering hole, and listening to the stories his boo nanny (grandmother) tells. But then his father’s boss publishes an article in the paper that makes a lot of people angry and everything changes. That’s when militia men start taking over the city, and it becomes clear that it is not safe to be African American anymore. Moses has to decide whether to be brave and stand up for what’s right, or keep quiet to avoid trouble.

If you like historical fiction and want to learn more about the time after slavery, check out this book. The story does deal with some tough topics, but it will give you a better idea of a time that isn’t covered in a lot of history books. It moves a little slow at the beginning, but once the story really gets going, you’ll be glad you stuck around. The characters are well developed and there is a sense of place that makes you feel like a part of the action, and makes it hard to put the book down.

Book reviewed by Claire B., Outreach Coordinator

By lbos on January 28, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Historical Fiction, Picks by Claire B

Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom by Susin Nielsen

Dear George ClooneyDear Reader,

Meet Violet, the funny and quirky main character of Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom by Susin Nielsen.  She’s a little bit angry these days because her father left her mother to live in a fancy house in LA with his new wife and adorable toddlers. Meanwhile, she’s still living in a falling-apart house in Vancouver, Canada, while her mother dates a series of losers. Also, the girls from school (Thing One and Thing Two) keep teasing her, and the boy she likes doesn’t seem to like her back. Things aren’t looking good for Violet, but that’s about to change because she has a plan. And it starts with getting rid of the newest boyfriend of her mother’s, Dudley Wiener, and finding a better one…like George Clooney! Along the way, Violet does some things she shouldn’t, visits the hospital twice, and makes some surprising friends. Get ready to cringe, laugh, and root for Violet!

Book reviewed by Claire B., Youth Outreach Coordinator

By bjones on November 12, 2012 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Claire B