Month: November 2019

Staff Picks 4 Kids Blog

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day Book CoverCombine Science Fiction with Realistic Fiction and you get The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge. The realistic portion features home-schooled science and math genius Maisie and the sometimes stormy relationship with her over-protective parents and angry older sister. The story begins on her 10thbirthday and Maisie can’t wait to hopefully receive materials to make her own nuclear reactor and to celebrate with her family. However, the sci-fi portion surfaces where she seems to be in an alternate universe complete with infinite stairways, missing family, broken things reassembling, and a black abyss. Chapters alternate between these “lives of Maisie” leaving the reader wondering what’s really going on and what will happen next!

Don’t get too confident in your predictions,  as this compact story takes you on some unexpected twists and turns keeping those pages turning until the very end…. and even then you can’t help but wonder!

I recommend this book for 5th grade and up, particularly for the science fans.

Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

Her Fearless Run: Kathrine Switzer’s Historic Boston Marathon by Kim Caffee

Her Fearless Run: Kathrine Switzer's Historic Boston Marathon Book CoverKathrine Switzer grew up in a time when people believed girls were too fragile and weak to participate in sports. So, whenever she would go run and sweat, people found it strange. Eventually, she gained attention of the running coach of a local school. He let her train with the men’s team. When she hears about the Boston Marathon for the first time, Kathrine knew that she had to run the 26.2 miles of the race. Many people doubted her ability to run that far, but Kathrine trained hard to show that women were capable of running a marathon. If you love hearing about people who work hard and have had an impact on the world: this book is for you!

Book reviewed by Katie D., Youth Outreach Liaison

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

The Night Diary book coverThis book made me hungry for Indian food. One of the things Nisha loves to do is prepare food, which she does with Kazi, who is her family’s cook. Kazi also happens to be Muslim, while Nisha’s family is Hindu. Nisha never thought about this before, until suddenly India is being split into two countries– a new India for Hindu people and Pakistan for Muslim people. Gandhi doesn’t think this is right, and neither does Nisha. The book is told through diary entries that Nisha addresses to her mother, whom she never knew. Her mother was Muslim, which also makes Nisha feel conflicted about her identity. This is a well-written and interesting historical fiction.  The narrator has an authentic voice and the story tells about a part of India’s history with which many kids may be unfamiliar.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator