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Staff Picks 4 Kids

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 Missing: Book 1, Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Found I rarely read past the first book in a series, so it says a lot that I can’t wait to read book 2 of “The Missing” series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Book 1, Found, is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller.  It begins when 13-year-old Jonah gets a letter in the mail with just six words: “YOU ARE ONE OF THE MISSING.”  The plot thickens as Jonah, his friend Chip, and his sister Katherine gather clues about disappearing airplanes, stolen babies, and the FBI.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator


By MPPL on January 5, 2010 Categories: Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Erin E., Science Fiction

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

syndetics-lc The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.  Just the title makes me want to find out more.  I don’t like being left out of a good secret, and neither does gifted orphan Renyie Muldoon, the hero of this post’s book.  He takes a test at the urgings  of his tutor only to find out that he has been recruited by a narcoleptic genius to infiltrate an isolated school.  He, along with three other talented children, must attend the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened and find the cause of hidden messages being broadcast around the world by its strange founder, Mr. Curtain, all without anyone catching onto their secret mission or being brainwashed.

Book reviewed by Keary D., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

By MPPL on April 10, 2008 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Keary B., Science Fiction