When Nelle and Tru first meet, they don’t seem to have much in common. Nelle’s a tomboy, and Tru likes fancy clothes. It’s their mutual love of mysteries that brings them together. Soon they have formed their own detective agency and are off solving cases and having adventures. One particularly funny scheme involves a plan to make money using a monster fish, a two-headed chicken, and pickled baby pig. Things don’t go quite as planned when the two-headed chicken escapes, knocking the dead piglet onto the minister’s wife’s feet, causing her to faint. Needless to say, no money was made that day.
Tru & Nelle is based on the childhood friendship of the famous writers Truman Capote and Harper Lee. I highly recommend this book for readers who like historical fiction, mysteries, and stories about friendship.
Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head
There are ten quintillion insects in the world and they have contributed to how this world has been shaped. For instance, did you know that the red color in some foods, drinks, and clothing is from crushed insects? Or that some bugs suck blood out of your body, eat dead people, or can make you very sick? This book will talk about all these gross things and more including how scientists used the Millennium Falcon from the Star Wars movies to figure out how locusts fly in swarms. If you enjoyed the books, How They Croaked or Poop Happened, check this book out.
Book reviewed by Laura B. Youth Technology Librarian
Eleven-year-old Kammie only wanted to be friends with the popular girls. When they say she has to pass an initiation to join their club, Kammie agrees and lets them cut off her hair. Next, she follows their demands to stand on top of some boards that cover a well, and she falls through. The girls try half-heartedly to help her, but then they run off. As it grows darker, Kammie doesn’t know whether they have gone to get help or if she’ll die alone in the well. Cold, hungry, thirsty, and scared, Kammie begins to imagine that a French-speaking coyote, goats, and all kinds of creepy-crawlies are in the well with her. During this time Kammie also reflects on her past: her dad, who is in prison for stealing money from a fund to help children with cancer; her older brother Robby, who used to be nice until he turned 14 and her former home and friends before moving to “Nowheresville, Texas.”
If you like stories about trying to fit in and finding your true friends—and with a little bit of suspense—check out The Girl in the Well is Me.
Morgan McCracken is a 13 year old genius who loves to invent, and his most recent discovery might mean a lot of money for his family. While working on a hair removal formula, a little bit of lightning turns his experiment into a miracle hair growth discovery which everyone wants to get their hands on for profit. By reading this humorous and heartwarming adventure, you’ll also learn a lot of amazing facts (or McFactoids as he calls them) that are interesting and fun. For example, did you know that the muscle that lets the human eye blink is the fastest muscle in your body? It allows you to blink five times a second! (I bet you’re trying it right now.)
Will he remember the formula? Will he become a millionaire? Will the girl across the street talk to him again? Can science answer every question? Will he ever learn to enjoy shaving?
The answer to these and other questions awaits you in this recommended book for 4th-6th graders who like science, trivia, adventure and friendship stories.
Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison
By day, he just collects the trash. But when the city is hit by a colossal snowstorm, this superhero on wheels will save the day. Toddler truck-fans will eat this up. The bold, clean graphics and simple story line make this an ideal choice for storytime. Though I would be sure to point out to children that collecting trash is actually a very important job!
Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator