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Staff Picks 4 Kids

Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech

syndetics-lcJack from Love That Dog by Sharon Creech is back! Only this time the book is called Hate That Cat.  Jack hates that cat! Or does he, really? Jack says one thing, but his poems tell another story. See what you think!

 

Book read by Loreen S., Youth Services Library Assistant

 

By MPPL on January 19, 2009 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Loreen S., Realistic Stories

Dumbstruck by Sara Pennypacker


There are shades of Lemony Snicket’s Boudelaires in Sara Pennypacker’s Dumbstruck - again parents gone missing!  This book has too many characters, and the main character Ivy is just annoying. Worse yet, the mystery of the dark, moonless nights is never solved!  Don’t read this book!   

Book read by Loreen S., Youth Services Library Assistant

By MPPL on October 7, 2008 Categories: Funny, Picks by Loreen S.

A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz

syndetics-lcIn A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz, eleven-year-old Maud was thrilled when the Hawthorne sisters chose her to adopt over all the other little girls in the orphanage. She was given new clothes, her own books and her own room – so what did it matter that she was supposed to be a “secret child,” never to be seen by anyone outside the family, never to go out of the house? When eventually Maud learns what her role in the “family business” is, she eagerly joins in. Until she understands how she’s part of a scam, and actually hurting people she cares about. How much does Maud owe the Hawthorne sisters? And what will it cost Maud to do what she knows is right?

Book reviewed by Loreen S., Youth Services Library Assistant

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

syndetics-lcLoreen’s parting thoughts about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling . . .

Spoiler alert:  If you haven’t already finished the last of the Harry Potter books, this next post has some plot elements you might not want to know about yet.

Excellent, satisfying finish to this wonderful series! Just one small critique: I wish so many of the “loose ends” had not been tied up in the long conversation between Dumbledore and Harry in the Hallows. I think it would have been a better book (though much longer!) if Rowling had not depended on this literary technique so much.  However, I loved Dumbledore’s reply to Harry’s question on whether their meeting was real or just happening in his mind. “Of course this is happening in your mind, Harry. But why would you think that means it isn’t real?” Also the epilogue was on the trite side (maybe written with a future movie in mind?)

Review posted by Loreen S., Library Assistant

By MPPL on January 29, 2008 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Loreen S.

Gregor and the Marks of Secret by Suzanne Collins

syndetics-lc Gregor and the Marks of Secret is the fourth book in the Gregor series by Suzanne Collins. It begins a little slowly, as Collins brings her readers up to scratch on previous events in the series, but the pace quickly reverts to the excitement readers have come to expect from this author. Once again Gregor returns to the Underworld, for the purpose of visiting his ailing mother (who is still recuperating from the plague of book three), and is soon carried into Underworld events as the Gnawers attempt to eliminate the Nibblers. There are allusions to yet more prophecies, so the Gregor series will be continuing!
Posted by Loreen S., Library Assistant
By MPPL on October 15, 2007 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Loreen S.