Charlie’s family has just moved back to the town his father and step-father are from. It is where football is a way of life and boys chase rabbits through the sugar cane for fun. There’s something different about this town. It starts when Charlie’s cousin takes him out at night, and they see a man wearing a silver helmet and carrying a sword who is accompanied by a panther. Then there’s the awful smell that usually makes people unnaturally angry all of a sudden. Charlie is trying to move past the pain his father caused in the past, and adjust to a new happier life in a different place, but the secrets of the town are too much to ignore. He and his cousin find themselves right in the middle of a war between good and evil that threatens everyone in their town. This book has zombies and other fantastical elements, but paints a realistic place you can clearly imagine. It is a fast and exciting read that should appeal to readers in 4th-6th grade, especially those who like adventures and fantasy.
Book reviewed by Claire B., Youth Outreach Librarian
This is a cute craft book with ideas of art you can leave in different places to make life a little more interesting. For instance, you can make a little cork sail boat to leave in a public fountain or sink. Spruce up a chair by putting baby socks on the feet of the chair or a winter glove on a doorknob.
Tom Ward, the seventh son of a seventh son, has the disturbing ability to sense ghosts and other beasties that go bump in the night. He’d rather not have this “gift, but it is something from which he can’t escape. When Tom reluctantly begins an apprenticeship with the Spook, a person who rids the County of harmful beings like boggarts and witches, he thinks he might be in over his head. With mortal danger lurking behind every dark corner, Tom struggles to conquer his fear while protecting those he cares about. This book is only for those brave enough to stomach truly scary tales. Are you brave enough?
Book reviewed by Amy M., Youth Services Programming Assistant
This book is like a travel guide for visiting space and has all kinds of fun facts about what you need to know to have a good visit. It was fun to think about what I would take to space with me. Some things I think of taking don’t make sense because of the lack of gravity. Astronauts can only take 2 lbs. of personal items. Luckily they provide the toothpaste!
In Ann M. Martin’s newest novel entitled Rain Reign, we meet 5th grader Rose Howard who is diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. This beautiful novel is told through her voice. Rose is obsessed with homonyms (which are words that sound alike but are spelled differently; like the title of this book Rain Reign).
No one seems to understand her…not her teachers, the kids at school, or even her own father! They don’t get her obsession with homonyms, prime numbers, and following rules. This makes school and home quite a struggle.
When her town is hit by a super storm, Rose’s world is turned upside down. The power is out, schools are closed, her already stressed father loses his job, and the search for her missing dog, Rain, pushes her way out of her comfort zone.
From sadness to joy, this book takes you on a rewarding adventure filled with emotion and allows the reader to see things from the very different viewpoint of someone on the Autism spectrum.
I recommend this book for 4th-6th graders who enjoy a heartfelt read.
Book reviewed by Carol C.., Elementary School Liaison