Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Picks by Anne W.

E-Book – Operatic by Kyo Maclear and Byron Eggenschwiler 

Operatic OverDrive BookHave you ever had a hard time making friends? Charlie is more of a shy, quiet person, but she is able to connect with people through music. She discovers opera music and Maria Callas specifically, and is able to be more empathetic to her friends Luka and Emile. Charlie sees that she is not the only person who struggles or feels unsure. She also has a wonderful teacher, Mr. K, who is just the understanding adult you need who will listen to you and not laugh at you. I feel like Charlie could be my best friend if she were a real person. 

This book is also available as an ebook in Overdrive’s Digital Library. 

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant 

Magic on the Map! Let’s Mooove! by Courtney Sheinmel and Bianca Turetsky  

Magic on the Map! Let’s Mooove!Would you like to ride in a magic camper that talks to you? Finn and Molly decide to check out the camper their dad has brought home while their parents are asleep. When they go inside, they find out that the camper can talk to them and take them places very quickly! The camper takes them to a cattle ranch, and tells them they have some work to do. What will Finn and Molly find? How will they get back home? Read more to find out! First in a series. 

Appropriate for third grade and up. 

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant 

Zenobia by Morten Dürr

Zenobia Book CoverAmina is fleeing Syria in a boat with a lot of other people. The boat capsizes, and the people fall into the Mediterranean Sea. As Amina sinks in the water, she remembers her family and the ancient hero Zenobia, Queen of ancient Syria. Zenobia gives her courage not to panic in the water.

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

Ruby and Olivia by Rachel Hawkins

Ruby and Olivia by Rachel Hawkins book coverEeeeewwww, an old, abandoned, probably haunted house! Why would you want to go inside? Ruby and Olivia have to because they have gotten into trouble and are completing community service at a summer day camp. Live Oak House needs to be cleaned up so it can be turned into a museum. As Ruby and Olivia start their duties, they hear mysterious noises and see things. Are there ghosts in the house? If so, what do they want? Find out along with Ruby and Olivia, who learn to become friends.

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Cover image for Ghost boysJerome is shot by a police officer who thinks he has a gun. Jerome’s ghost tells us the story of how it happened. Jerome is a brave boy trying to protect his sister and be safe in their dangerous neighborhood. He deals with bullies and sees drug dealers near his home regularly. Jerome decides to reach out to a new student at his school (which he normally would not do) and makes a real, actual friend. This story was heartbreaking, and so well told that I wanted to enter the book and help the characters myself.

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant