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Dog-Gone School by Amy Schmidt with photographs by Ron Schmidt

syndetics-lcThis poetry book has short school related poems with beautiful real pictures of puppies….yes cute puppies in school poses. It is adorable.  I couldn’t put it down without looking at every single page.

Book reviewed by Barb M., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant

By lbos on January 13, 2014 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

Zoobreak! By Gordon Korman

syndetics-lcCalling all young adventure seekers everywhere! This book is for every warmhearted, courageous, animal-loving human being! Zoobreak! the second book in a series by Gordon Korman, is about a group of kids trying to instill order and honesty back to their community. After Cleo, Savannah’s pet monkey, goes missing, Griffin and his talented friends believe they found Cleo at a local zoo. Seeing all the animals badly neglected and mistreated, these spirited youngsters whip up a daring plot to rescue them…ALL of them! But trouble arises taking care of these rambunctious critters and these daring young rebels need to find these animals a better home. What do you think will become of these zoo animals? Will the critter-napping  kids ever get caught? Or will they help to bring justice to the real animal thieves?

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

By lbos on January 6, 2014 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Darice C.

Stay by Michaela Muntean

syndetics-lcIf you like dogs then this is the book for you. Stay is the true story of ten dogs that were rescued by Luciano Anastasini and became a part of his circus act. Luciano gave the dogs a home when no one else seemed to want them.  Even though he had no experience training dogs, Luciano was able to get the dogs to perform with him by just letting the dogs act like dogs and do things that they liked to do. After two years of working together, the dogs could do all kinds of funny tricks with Luciano.  Profiles of each dog as well as some really great photos of the circus act are included.

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

 

By lbos on December 30, 2013 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picks by Keary 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.

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett

syndetics-lcIn one short week, Early loses her father, her home, and her whole way of life. Her family is forced to stay in a homeless shelter while Sum, a stay-at home mom, looks for work. Early refuses to believe that her father abandoned his family and sets out to uncover the truth. Her detecting leads to unexpected twists and turns as she discovers what may be the answer to a years-old diamond theft mystery.  Will Early be able to find her father and save her family?

Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

By lbos on December 16, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Mary S.

The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone

syndetics-lcIn The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone, 6th-graders Jack and Ruthie take a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago and fall in love with the Thorne Rooms, a collection of very detailed and beautiful miniature rooms. They also find magic, which takes them on quite an adventure. The plot of this book is sort of a mixture of The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, The Indian in the Cupboard, and Chasing Vermeer. I would recommend it for 3-4th graders who liked those books.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

By lbos on December 9, 2013 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Erin E.

Darkbeast by Morgan Keyes

syndetics-lcIn the compelling fantasy, Darkbeast, Keara is a confident girl who lives in a world where her Darkbeast, Caw, is a constant companion.  When her twelfth nameday arrives, Keara runs away from her village rather than be forced to kill Caw, which is required by law. The dreaded Inquisitors hunt them as they race through strange towns to find safety. Keara finds a temporary safe haven with a mysterious group of actors called The Travelers, but it’s only a matter of time until the Inquisitors discover the two.  Will Keara and Caw ever be able to sleep safely again? Find out in Darkbeast! This fantastical tale is continued in Darkbeast:  Rebellion and is highly recommended for those who are fans of the His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman.

Book reviewed by Amy S., Youth Services Programming Assistant

By lbos on December 2, 2013 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Amy S.

How to Be a World Explorer by Joel Levy

syndetics-lcReading this book might save your life – for real! A kid in Australia read this book and when he and his friend got stuck in quicksand, he was able to get free, go for help, and save his friend. Some other tips in the book include how to survive an elephant attack and what to do if you are lost at sea.  Who knows when reading this book could come in handy!

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

 

By lbos on November 25, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Keary B.

Face Bug Poems by J. Patrick Lewis

syndetics-lcWelcome to the grand opening of the Bug Face Museum. This book combines close up photographs of different bugs with funny poems and comic book type pencil drawings for each bug in the “museum”! You will learn lots of new facts about these amazing bugs and have fun doing it.

Book reviewed by Barb M., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant

By lbos on November 18, 2013 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

The Secret of Laurel Oaks by Lois Ruby

syndetics-lcThe Secret of Laurel Oaks by Lois Ruby is an intriguing mystery. I loved that this story and ghost are based on a real southern plantation that is said to be one of the most haunted places in America and a “real” ghost that is said to haunt the plantation. I didn’t find it particularly scary, but it was a very well-written and engrossing story. I would recommend this to children who enjoy ghost stories. But although it’s not particularly scary, it does allude to some serious topics within the issue of slavery.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

By lbos on November 11, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense, Picks by Erin E.