The Bad Guys, by Aaron Blabey, is a story about an unexpected bond between some of the baddest animal guys on the face of the planet, a shark, a snake, a piranha, and their gang leader, a big bad wolf. Mr. Wolf wants this group to stop being known as the bad guys, and to turn their awful reputation around to be good unto others. For instance, like by rescuing animals instead of eating them. It’s a fun book to read, filled with silly jokes and and quirky dialog between these guys. It’s definitely a laugh out loud both bad guys and good.
Twelve-year-old Amal’s dreams of becoming a teacher are crushed when she accidentally insults a member of her Pakistani village’s ruling family. Her punishment is to become a servant for the insulted family. As Amal navigates this new, harsh life, her unwavering courage keep her going. Amal’s sense of hope makes this ultimately an uplifting story. Anyone moved by Malala Yousafzai will love this beautifully written, suspenseful and empowering story.
For Grades 4 and up.
This book is available as an ebook and e-audio in OverDrive’s Digital Library.
Book reviewed by Amy S., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant
Charlie & Mouse is a fun early reader book about two brothers who also happen to be great friends. They go to a neighborhood party that has a surprise twist, come up with a plan to make money, and invent a new bedtime ritual that just might get better with time. They are good at detecting “lumps” and waking them up early in the morning. If you enjoy Charlie & Mouse, there’s another book, too. Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy is all about the weekend of fun the brothers spend with their grandpa.
Alvin’s family is going on vacation to China! That sounds great, but Alvin is terrified, no, not terrified, allergic to scary things like this. He’s pretty sure they will all be standing upside down, in the future, and who isn’t afraid of that? Since he has to go, he packs his Personal Disaster Kit and prepares for all the scary things he will run into. On his journey, Alvin will be naked and questioned at the airport, climb 28 flights of stairs many times, ride a cable car to the top of the Great Wall, and search for souvenir candy. It’s also Christmas, and Alvin decides to get a gift for a girl in an orphanage. But she wants a friend, and how do you give someone that? Alvin manages to figure it out, and maybe, just maybe, he will have fun along the way. This book will make you laugh out loud! I especially loved how Alvin refers to baby Claire, who he says is the size of a fish, as a different fish each time.
The whole series is available as ebooksand e-audio on Overdrive Digital Library.
Book reviewed by Claire B., Youth Outreach Librarian