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Staff Picks 4 Kids

Watching Jimmy by Nancy Hartry

Watching Jimmy Carolyn has a secret. A big one. She knows that her friend Jimmy didn’t fall off a swing that day when his uncle came over. She saw. She saw what really happened. And now Jimmy’s not really like Jimmy anymore, and maybe he never will be. Jimmy needs a big expensive operation and even then his brain may not ever be right again. Should Carolyn tell what she saw? Would anyone believe her? And is she in trouble now that it seems his uncle has guessed that she knows? Watching Jimmy is a story of loyalty and of learning when to keep a secret, and when it’s important to tell.

Book reviewed by Loreen S., Youth Services Assistant

 

By MPPL on December 22, 2009 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Loreen S., Realistic Stories

Clementine by Sarah Pennypacker

Clementine Move over, Ramona, Junie B. Jones, and Gooney Bird Green! Clementine is here! Clementine, by Sarah Pennypacker, brings us into this 8 year old’s life, where she joins her father in fighting off pigeons, and “fixes” her friend’s hair by first cutting most of it off, and then coloring it using indelible pens (including little “squigglies” on her forehead for bangs). This is the first book of a new series sure to find popularity among young and older readers alike.

Book reviewed by Loreen  S., Youth Services Assistant

By MPPL on August 3, 2009 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Funny, Picks by Loreen S.

Clementine by Sarah Pennypacker

Clementine Move over, Ramona, Junie B. Jones, and Gooney Bird Green! Clementine is here! Clementine, by Sarah Pennypacker, brings us into this 8 year old’s life, where she joins her father in fighting off pigeons, and “fixes” her friend’s hair by first cutting most of it off, and then coloring it using indelible pens (including little “squigglies” on her forehead for bangs). This is the first book of a new series sure to find popularity among young and older readers alike.

Book reviewed by Loreen  S., Youth Services Assistant

By MPPL on Categories: For Grades 2-4, Funny, Picks by Loreen S.

How to Talk to Girls by Alec Greven

syndetics-lcEver had that assignment, to read a “how to” book? Real life nine year old Alec Greven took the assignment one step further and wrote How to Talk to Girls.  How do you get a girl to like you? You may be surprised at what impresses girls and what doesn’t. You may even have second thoughts on what to say and not to say. Alec has all the answers!

Book read by Loreen S., Youth Assistant

By MPPL on April 6, 2009 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Loreen S.

How to Talk to Girls by Alec Greven

syndetics-lcEver had that assignment, to read a “how to” book? Real life nine year old Alec Greven took the assignment one step further and wrote How to Talk to Girls.  How do you get a girl to like you? You may be surprised at what impresses girls and what doesn’t. You may even have second thoughts on what to say and not to say. Alec has all the answers!

Book read by Loreen S., Youth Assistant

By MPPL on Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Loreen S.

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

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

 

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.

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 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