Aunque tenemos que quedarnos en casa, ¡todavía podemos viajar virtualmente a México! Éste es un cuento fantástico para los que se interesen por el misterio, el arte y los viajes. A Paloma le obligan a ir a México mientras su mama termina sus estudios. Su mamá decide que Paloma debería aprender español y le encuentra tutores de la misma edad pero ellos tienen un plan para ella que va más allá de la clase. Le piden que les ayuden a resolver el misterio de un anillo perdido en forma de pavo real que pertencía a Frida Kahlo, la famosa artista mexicana. Al mismo tiempo, Palmo conoce a Tavo, un niño lindo y un poco misterioso. La investigación revela hechos sobre Frida y México, pero también hace que Paloma se sienta recelosa de todos los que la rodean. Nadie le dice toda la verdad, y parece que todos están involucrados. ¿Por qué sus amigos están buscando el anillo de pavo real y quién puede estar buscando al mismo tiempo?
We might be stuck at home, but there is no reason we can’t travel virtually to Mexico! This is a great story for fans of mystery, art, and travel. Paloma gets dragged to Mexico with her mother while she finishes her studies. Her mother decides Paloma should learn Spanish, and finds tutors her age, but the tutors have a plan for Paloma beyond class. They ask her to help solve the mystery of a missing peacock ring that belonged to Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican artist. Around the same time, Paloma meets Tavo, a cute and slightly mysterious boy. The investigation reveals facts about Frida and Mexico, but it’s also making Paloma suspicious of everyone around her; no one is telling her the full story and everyone seems to be involved. Why are her friends really looking for the peacock ring, and who else might be looking at the same time?
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
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
Refugee by Alan Gratz, a captivating novel, is written with an interlacing of three different stories, following the lives of three disparate children, and their families. These emigrants are grappling to find the courage they need to escape from the country they have loved. All are fleeing from their oppressed, unstable homeland and searching for a new frontier. A brand-new beginning.
All these stories are set at various times and places in the 20th century.You will meet a Jewish boy named Josef, fleeing from his belovedGermany during WWII. Also, Isabel, escaping Cuba in the midst of rioting and turmoil, takes a makeshift boat fleeing to America. Finally, there is Mahmoud, a Syrian refugee, his home tornapart by violence and war, fleeing to wherever they will be welcomed.
These engaging stories, meant for more mature readers, are socaptivating, you won’t be able to set this book down.
This book is also available as an ebook and e-audiobook in Overdrive’s Digital Library. It is also available as an e-audiobook on Hoopla.
Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant
Who likes gooey slime, gummy candy, and foam that erupts like a volcano? Want to learn how to make these? This book is for you if you answered yes to any of that. This book has easy to follow recipes for your favorite goo and also shows you how to make even better by adding sparkles, magnetic pieces, and more. Check out this book or one of the others in the series to make a fun treat.
This book is also available as an ebook on Hoopla.
Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian