Month: September 2019

Staff Picks For Kids Blog

The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta

The Serpents Secret book coverKiranmala comes home from school on her 12th birthday to discover that her parents have disappeared from their New Jersey home, there’s a rakkosh demon on her front lawn, and all those stories her parents have always told her about being an Indian princess from another dimension full of demons and magic– well, it turns out it was all true! In order to bring her parents back, Kiranmala and two princes must travel to the Kingdom Beyond, where Kiranmala uncovers surprising facts in her family tree, and comes into her own as a strong young woman.  What sets this novel apart from the rest is the playful tone. I mean, how would YOU react if you’re living a normal boring life and are suddenly meeting talking birds and half-demons? Fans of Rick Riordan will love this action-packed new series!

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

Checked by Cynthia Kadohata

Checked Book CoverConor is a typical 11-year-old boy who eats and breathes hockey. After Conor, his dad, and his Doberman, Sinbad, temporarily relocate due to wildfires near their home, he discovers his dog is suffering from cancer and his dad is struggling with his stressful job as a police officer. Because hockey can be an expensive sport, he decides to take some time off to fund his dog’s cancer treatments. With that time off, Conor tries to answer a few questions: will he go back to playing hockey? What can he do to help his dad? What if Sinbad doesn’t recover? Conor’s relatable and thoughtful outlook on life will keep you turning the pages.

Book reviewed by Amy M., Youth Services Assistant

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code  by Laurie Wallmark

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code Book CoverGrace likes to think outside of the box. She takes apart clocks, and figures how to put them back together. She is always finding new ways of doing things. When Grace was older, one of her jobs was to write programs for one of the first computers ever built ! She worked on new computers, and continued to write new coding, so even other programmers could more easily read and follow these codes. Grace earned many well-deserved honors during her lifetime. She graduated with high honors, taught as a professor of mathematics, and served in the United States Navy. There were so many more accomplishments, that we just invite you to come by the Youth department and check out this book for yourself. Think of all the possibilities that you could do, with all your talent. You just have to think outside of the box!

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly by Rebecca K.S. Ansari

The Missing Piece of Charlie O'Reilly Book CoverCharlie O’Reilly’s younger brother Liam does things to bother Charlie just like many other younger brothers. One year for his birthday, Charlie wishes that his brother Liam would disappear. When he wakes up the next morning, Charlie realizes that his wish came true, and he is the only person who remembers Liam exists. Charlie’s best friend Ana is the only person who believes Liam ever existed even though she doesn’t remember him either. The two friends are willing to do anything, including some things that seem impossible, to bring Liam back. With many twists and turns along the way, this novel is great for 4th-6th graders who like fantasy, adventure, and mystery.

Book reviewed by Katie D., Youth Outreach Liaison