Staff Picks For Kids

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E-book- Restart by Gordon Korman 

RestartHave you ever wished you could have a “do over” for one day? How about a “do over” for your entire life? 

 This is what happens to Chase. He survives a fall from his roof, but he has loses all his memory. He doesn’t even recognize his mother or dad! And he doesn’t understand why some of the kids at school are afraid of him, and others just plain hate him. 

 Read this book to find out what he learns about himself- the good and the bad. This is Gordon Korman at his best! 

 Book reviewed by Loreen S., Youth Services Assistant 

Restart is available as an e-book on Libby/Overdrive.

E-book & E-audio- The Good Egg

It’s hard to be a good egg when everyone else is so rotten! A companion to The Bad Seed, this funny, thought provoking book will surely cause you and your family to laugh out loud, or at the very least, crack a smile.

The Good Egg book cover

Available from Hoopla as e-audio and from Libby/Overdrive as an e-book.

Book reviewed by Julie J., Assistant Head of Youth Services. 

E-book-How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

How Rocket Learned to Read

Can dogs learn how to read?  In How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills Rocket, a lovable dog, happens upon a tree that little bird has chosen for her school.  Since Rocket is sleeping under the sign that says, “Class Starts Today,” the little bird figures he is there to learn how to read.  Rocket is not interested in the least until the bird starts to read him a story, and he can’t wait to hear how it ends. Read this book and find out if Rocket learns to read!

How Rocket Learned to Read and other books in the Rocket series are available from Libby/Overdrive. 

E-book & E-audiobook Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors

Wedgie & Gizmo book cover

Gizmo is a diabolical evil genius. He is also a guinea pig and the pet of Elliot. However, Gizmo calls him his faithful servant. Wedgie is the energetic corgi dog that belongs to Jasmine, Jackson, and their Mom. He also believes that he is a super hero and wears a cape around that Jasmine put on him. When Elliot’s dad marries Jasmine and Jackson’s mom, everyone must now live together. Wedgie loves having more humans to protect, but Gizmo would rather not have to live in Jasmine’s Barbie playhouse or with an arch nemesis like Wedgie. This funny chapter book is written in the same style as Jedi Academy and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but instead of humans’ point of view, it is told from Wedgie and Gizmo’s.

This title is available as an e-book and an e-audio book from Hoopla digital.

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

E-Book & E-Audiobook – Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak SpanishEighth grade is hard. When you’re 180 pounds and six feet tall, it can be even harder. Most of the kids in Marcus Vega’s school are terrified of him. Marcus uses his intimidating size to help protect smaller kids from the real school bully, Stephen. He uses the money he earns at school to help his mom and his brother. When Stephen says something horrible about Marcus’ brother, Marcus gets into a fight with Stephen and finds himself suspended. Their family decides to take a break and visit Puerto Rico. On this trip, Marcus discovers new things about himself and his family. He realizes that things around him are not always what they seem. If you enjoy realistic fiction, I would highly recommend this for fifth and sixth graders. 

 This book is available as an ebook and e-audio in OverDrive’s Digital Library.  

 Book reviewed by Katie D., Youth Outreach Liaison