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Staff Picks 4 Kids

Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn

syndetics-lcFlorence thought her life was going to get better when she left the orphanage for her family’s ancestral home. She would have a younger cousin, James, to play with and her great aunt and uncle could look after her. However, her other cousin and ghost, Sophia, has a murderous plan for her cousin and brother. Not knowing who to turn to in her new surroundings, Florence must try to resist Sophia, but can she? Whether read or listened to, the Ghost of Crutchfield Hall is a great ghost story worthy of any camp fire storytelling.

 Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

 

By lbos on April 8, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Laura B.

Sophia’s War by Avi

syndetics-lcSophia believes that the United States of America should be free from British rule. While her brother fights for freedom with General Washington, she lives with her parents in British occupied New York City. When her parents are forced to house a British soldier, Lieutenant John Andre, Sophia finds him quite interesting. However, when her brother ends up captured and later dies, she blames Andre for his inaction to help her family. Wanting to avenge her brother and fight for freedom, she becomes an American spy, and uncovers a betrayal and plan that could end the American Revolution with the British winning. Will she be able to let the American troops know about the plan in time? Read Sophia’s War to find out!

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By lbos on March 11, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Historical Fiction, Picks by Laura B.

The Blackhope Enigma by Teresa Flavin

syndetics-lcHave you ever had to babysit someone who wants constant attention? Dean is really bored and doesn’t understand why his stepsister Sunni must constantly work on her art project in the Blackhope Tower when they could be somewhere much cooler. However, Sunni is interested in the Renaissance painting she is looking at; that is until Dean suddenly disappears into the painting. Sunni and her friend Blaise must go in the painting after Dean to save him. Can the trio survive the paintings labyrinths, monsters, and pirates? Will they ever get out of the painting or are they stuck in there forever? Read The Blackhope Enigma to see what happens!

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By lbos on February 18, 2013 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Laura B.