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Edgar Allan’s Official Crime Investigation Notebook by Mary Amato

syndetics-lcMystery comes to Edgar Allen’s classroom when the class goldfish get stolen. The only clue is a poem left behind by the thief. Edgar Allan is convinced this is his chance to become a famous detective, but will someone else solve the crime first?  It doesn’t take long for the thief to strike again. As Edgar Allan gathers clues and observes his fellow classmates, he notices some surprising things. Is one of them really the thief? Or should he team up with a classmate to find the culprit? Read the book and find out!

This was also a 2014 Bluestem Award Nominee.

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

By lbos on May 19, 2014 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Keary B.

Kickoff! by Tiki & Ronde Barber

syndetics-lcThe authors of Kickoff! are twins and former NFL players Tiki and Ronde Barber. Tiki was a running back for the New York Giants and three-time Pro Bowl selection. Ronde was a cornerback for the Tampa bay Buccaneers, four-time Pro Bowl selection, and Super Bowl winner.

This story is inspired by their childhood. The twins are starting Junior High and worried about the harder homework, making new friends, and not being in class with each other. But their biggest concern is making the football team. I bet they make the team since they did go on to be NFL players after all but read to book to hear more of their story!

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

By lbos on April 28, 2014 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Keary B., Realistic Stories

Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs

syndetics-lcTeddy Fitzroy is the only kid who lives in FunJungle, the world’s largest zoo. Action at the zoo picks up when Henry the Hippo, and mascot of the park, dies. Teddy is convinced some one killed Henry, but no one at the park believes him. The only one who will listen is Summer, the daughter of the Texas millionaire who owns FunJungle. Together, they have to track down the hippo killer, even though no one really liked the hippo that was killed. Henry was a pretty mean hippo afterall so the list of suspects is pretty long. Someone doesn’t want Teddy to investigate and strange accidents start happening that put him in danger. Will Teddy and Summer be able to solve this whodunit before someone gets hurt?

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

By lbos on March 17, 2014 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Keary B.

Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

syndetics-lcSiblings Evan and Jessie are both smart, just in different areas.  Evan is people smart and knows how to talk to others. His younger sister Jessie is math smart. So smart in fact that she’s skipping third grade and will be in the same grade as Evan. To make matters worse, Evan and Jessie will be in the same fourth grade class in the fall. This news starts the Lemonade War, a bet over which sibling will earn more money selling lemonade during the last week before school. Soon the competition heats up and the siblings use every trick in the book to try and win.  This is a great story about siblings and the competitions and friendships they can have.

This is also a 2014 Bluestem Award Nominee.

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

By lbos on February 10, 2014 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Keary B., Realistic Stories

Stay by Michaela Muntean

syndetics-lcIf you like dogs then this is the book for you. Stay is the true story of ten dogs that were rescued by Luciano Anastasini and became a part of his circus act. Luciano gave the dogs a home when no one else seemed to want them.  Even though he had no experience training dogs, Luciano was able to get the dogs to perform with him by just letting the dogs act like dogs and do things that they liked to do. After two years of working together, the dogs could do all kinds of funny tricks with Luciano.  Profiles of each dog as well as some really great photos of the circus act are included.

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

 

By lbos on December 30, 2013 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picks by Keary B.

How to Be a World Explorer by Joel Levy

syndetics-lcReading this book might save your life – for real! A kid in Australia read this book and when he and his friend got stuck in quicksand, he was able to get free, go for help, and save his friend. Some other tips in the book include how to survive an elephant attack and what to do if you are lost at sea.  Who knows when reading this book could come in handy!

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

 

By lbos on November 25, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Keary B.

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

syndetics-lcIt would sure take a lot to be luckier than Miss Moses LoBeau (Mo for short). As a baby, she was found washed ashore during a hurricane by the Colonel who took her in.  Mo now helps the Colonel and Miss Lana run the café in the small southern town they call home.  Mystery comes knocking there when a detective shows up asking all kinds of questions about a murder. The Colonel seems to be the prime suspect with his mysterious past. Mo tries to solve the crime first but will her luck hold out? Bank robbers, race car drivers, and best friends could all become suspects. Parents and kids alike will love the quirky southern charm of Mo as she cracks the case in the Newbery honor title.

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

By lbos on May 6, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Keary B.

Remarkable by Lizzie Foley

syndetics-lcHow can you go wrong when the title of the book is Remarkable? I was really looking forward to reading Remarkable by Lizzie Foley, a fun story about a town where all the residents have something that makes them truly remarkable, except for one girl, Jane Doe.  Throw in a mystery, some pirates, and a sea monster and the story must be something remarkable right?  Well, not entirely.  It was definitely enjoyable and fun to read, but I wanted it to be more remarkable than it actually was.  How remarkable do you think it is?

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

By lbos on March 18, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Keary B.

Behind the Gates: Book One in the Tomorrow Girls series by Eva Gray

syndetics-lcDo you ever think about the future? Well what if that future world isn’t so great?  The Tomorrow Girls series takes place in a not so distant future just like that.  Two girls, Maddie and Louisa, from Chicago get sent away to a boarding school for safety. The girls pretend to be twins so both can attend the school. Just when it looks like Maddie and Louisa will get caught, it turns out they have bigger problems. Their school is secretly a training camp for the enemy.  The girls run away with their roommates, Evelyn and Rosie, and try to make it back to Chicago. This is a suspense filled dystopian series where each of the four books is from a different girl’s point of view.  Give this series a try if you are too young for the Hunger Games or if you have already read them and want something new.

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

By lbos on February 4, 2013 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Keary B., Science Fiction

The Humming Room by Ellen Potter

Humming RoomThe Humming Room byEllen Potter was inspired by The Secret Garden, but is really more of a modern retelling of the story.  After her father dies, Roo moves in with her reclusive uncle on an island and discovers mysterious humming noises coming from a forbidden wing of the house.  Soon she discovers a dying, walled-up garden and tries to bring it back to life.  Fans of the classic will enjoy this new shorter tale, as well as those unfamiliar with or intimidated by the size of The Secret Garden.

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By bjones on October 29, 2012 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Keary B.