News from Youth Services Category: For Grades 4-6

Measuring Up

measuring up book cover

by Lily LaMotte

J GRAPH LAMOTTE, L.

Cici has just moved from Taiwan to Seattle. She is learning about American customs and really misses her A-ma. She decides to try something new and enters a cooking contest so she can win and get the money for a plane ticket for her A-ma. Along the way, she makes new friends and figures out what is important to her. I empathized with Cici being in a different culture than her own, and was cheering for her to win the contest. The recipes also sounded very tasty! 

Jukebox

jukebox book cover

by Nidhi Chanani

J GRAPH CHANANI, N.

Shahi thinks her dad is missing, so she goes looking for him with her cousin Naz. Her dad loves music and vinyl records, so Shahi and Naz go to the record store where they usually find her dad. They discover a secret jukebox that will take you to different time periods, so Shahi figures out that she needs to find her dad in a specific time. This story was really cool, I would like to try this jukebox myself! 

Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic

chef Yasmina and the potato panic book cover

by Wauter Manneart

J GRAPH MANNEART, W.

Yasmina is a great chef who makes wonderful lunches and dinners for her dad. She gets fresh grown vegetables from her neighbors, until a big company takes away the land they grow their vegetables on. Yasmina and her neighbors have to figure out the secret ingredient the big company is using to make everyone addicted to its food products. Will Yasmina and her friends solve this mystery? Can they get everyone to eat healthy food again? Read the story to find out! 

Big Apple Diaries

big apple diaries book cover

by Alyssa Bermudez

J GRAPH B BERMUDEZ, A.

Alyssa loves to draw and has a crush on Alejandro. She is in middle school and everything is changing, it is a confusing time. I can not imagine what it was like to be a child in New York city when 9/11 happened, but Alyssa describes everything she is feeling so wonderfully. My parents are divorced too and I remember the struggle of making sure I had what I needed at each parent’s house. Alyssa captures growing up in a really universal way.