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Staff Picks 4 Kids

The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand New Colors by Chris Barton

syndetics-lcWere neon colors created? The answer is yes, and this book will tell you how two brothers having fun and experimenting turned into the invention of these colors. This quick nonfiction read is filled with these neon colors and is fun to read.

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By lbos on May 26, 2014 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Laura B.

Seaglass Summer by Anjali Banerjee

syndetics-lcPoppy has never owned a pet, but she wants to be a veterinarian. This summer, while her parents are visiting her family in India, she is going to get first-hand experience working at her Uncle Sanjay’s animal clinic on an island in Washington. While it sounds like it would be great playing with puppies and making sure they are healthy, she also has all the hard jobs like cleaning the floor when the animals have an accident. Suddenly, Poppy isn’t sure she wants to work with animals anymore, but maybe if she can find a lucky charm, a piece of seaglass, to help her through her days, she will find that working with animals is fun and just what she likes.

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By lbos on May 12, 2014 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Laura B., Realistic Stories

Beyond Lucky by Sarah Aronson

syndetics-lcAccording to Ari Fish, a super-rare Wayne Timcoe trading card is the best lucky charm a soccer player can have and Ari is the lucky finder of one at the beginning of soccer season. Soon everything is going great for Ari, but bad stuff is coming. His card is stolen, his best friend is acting weird, and his soccer superstar/ forest firefighter brother is in a horrible forest fire. Can Ari and his soccer team win without the card for luck? Will his brother be okay? Find out if Ari’s luck continues in this sports novel, Beyond Lucky.

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By lbos on April 7, 2014 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Laura B., Realistic Stories

Odette’s Secrets by MaryAnn MacDonald

syndetics-lcOdette lives in Paris with her father and mother, and the only thing that could make her life better is if she could have a cat, but that is about to change when the Nazi army invades Paris. In this historical fiction novel in verse, Odette’s Secret by Mary Ann MacDonald, Odette and her family face the challenge of surviving World War Two. This is an even harder challenge for them, because Odette’s family has Polish Jewish heritage. Odette’s mother, fearing for her daughter’s safety when her father is taken as a prisoner of war, sends Odette to the countryside to stay safe. In the country, Odette must act like any other child that is not Jewish. If she can do this, she could be safe, but will the rest of her family be safe too? This novel is based on the true story of Odette Meyer and is written in free verse, which is like poetry, but tells a story like a regular novel. If you are interested in the courageous journey Odette and her family took in World War Two, I would check out Odette’s Secret.

 

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By lbos on February 24, 2014 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Historical Fiction, Picks by Laura B.

Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School by Kimberly Baker

syndetics-lcPickle making is serious business. Just ask Ben Diaz, the president of the League of Pickle Makers, a new Fountain Point Middle School club. The club began when Ben created an epic prank by filling his classroom with ball-pit balls. Now, all they need to do is keep it a secret from the principal of the school. However, when the new girl, Sienna, joins the group, her love of bugs may be the undoing of the whole group. Hopefully their pickled eggs will win over the principal and teachers to show that they are a serious pickle making club. That is, if they can find them in time for the big event, or maybe they should let their secret identities create the prank of all pranks…

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By lbos on February 3, 2014 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Laura B.

The Ugly One by Leanne Statland Ellis

syndetics-lcMicay thinks that she will be bullied forever because of the large scar on her face. In her ancient Incan village, boys constantly call her the ugly one. However, one day a stranger comes to their mountain village on his way to the Sacred Sun City of Machu Picchu. He gives Micay a baby macaw as a gift. Will this new friend help Micay find her voice against her bullies or will she be destined to be the ugly one forever?

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

 

By lbos on December 23, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Historical Fiction, Picks by Laura B.

Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis

syndetics-lcThis true story is amazing! Nubs was the leader of a pack of dogs in Iraq when he met Major Brian Dennis at one of the United States Marine bases. Although Marines weren’t allowed to have dogs, Major Dennis treated Nubs as if he was part of his family. He fed part of his meals to Nubs, let him sleep next to his bed, and took care of his wounds. However, soon Major Dennis had to leave for a different base 70 miles across the freezing desert and leave Nubs behind. Nubs decided that he wanted to stay with his new family though, and travelled 70 miles across the desert, but what will happen when Major Dennis goes back to the United States? Check out this true animal story that is also a 2014 Bluestem Nominee.

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By lbos on October 21, 2013 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Laura B.

Tales for Very Picky Eaters by John Schneider

syndetics-lcJames is a very picky eater. He finds broccoli disgusting and milk repulsive. There are also many other foods he does not like, but Dad knows that James need to eat and drink these things. After all, we wouldn’t want to hurt the troll’s feelings that lives in the basement and makes the family’s food. This 2014 Monarch nominee book is great if you are just starting to read chapter books. The chapters are short and there are some really funny pictures. Also, James’s dad comes up with some great ideas for why James needs to eat his food.

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By lbos on September 30, 2013 Categories: Early Readers, For Grades 2-4, Funny, Picks by Laura B.

Mimi and Maty to the Rescue, Book 1: Roger the Rat is on the Loose! by Brooke Smith

syndetics-lcMimi loves to rescue animals, She has rescued birds, butterflies, and even her dog, Maty.  When Mimi’s Aunt Bee sends her a notebook and Maty a new bandana, Mimi and Maty decide to be the best animal rescuers in town. They get their first case when George calls and tells them that he was rat sitting Roger, the pet rat of his friend, Otto, but Roger has disappeared. Also, Otto is coming home tomorrow! How will they find Roger before Otto gets home? Never fear, its Mimi and Maty to the rescue!

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By lbos on September 2, 2013 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Picks by Laura B., Realistic Stories

I, Emma Freke by Elizabeth Atkinson

syndetics-lcEmma Freke, spelled f-r-e-k-e, is tired of feeling like a real freak. After all, have you ever met an almost six foot tall, too pale twelve year old? Her mother, Donatella, is always on another date leaving Emma to take care of the family bead shop. Maybe she would feel normal if only she knew her dad and he was around. Her wish is granted one summer when she is invited to the Freke Family Reunion. However, from the moment Emma leaves for the reunion, nothing goes as planned, and she starts to see that maybe her life isn’t as bad as she once thought. Will Emma meet her father? Will she find a place to fit in and feel normal? Check out I, Emma Freke to find out.

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By lbos on July 29, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Laura B., Realistic Stories