News from Youth Services Category: Picks by Anne W.

The Tryout

by Christina Soontornvat


Christina and her best friend Megan are in middle school and decide to try out for the cheerleading squad. Christina and Megan have parents who come from other countries, and they have always felt like outsiders among their classmates in Texas. As Christina and Megan practice and get ready for the tryout, they realize they are starting to like different things and that’s ok. This is a great story about growing up and figuring out what is important to you, and what makes you who you are.

Garlic and the Witch

by Bree Paulsen

Garlic and the Witch book cover

Garlic is back in another adventure with Count! Witch Agnes needs more ingredients from the magic market to make her remedies, so Garlic and Count go to get them for her. Garlic learns that she and the other vegetables were all grown by magic, and eventually they will all turn human. Garlic is not so sure about change, but she decides to keep moving forward. Garlic and Count have to fly to the magic market (Count turns into a bat and Garlic uses a magic broom), but Garlic falls out of the sky and has to figure out how to get to the magic market on land. Will Garlic find Count? Will they make it back to Witch Agnes? Read on to find out!

The Way of the Hive: A Honeybee’s Story

by Jay Hosler

the way of the hive: a honey bee's story book cover

Bees are not my favorite (since I have been stung many times) but I know they are important. The author makes the reader care about honey bees by describing their growth and development. He personalizes it by telling us about one bee, Nyuki. I learned why honey bees are so important and I also care about what happens to them because Mr. Hosler told the story in a beautiful way. 

Apple of My Pie

by Mika Song

apple of my pie book cover

Apple of My Pie is a cute story about how Grandpa Squirrel falls into an apple truck and is driven away to an apple orchard. His squirrel family wants to save him, so they use their friends, a bird and a man with a food truck who can read, to figure out where Grandpa has been taken. The family makes it to the apple orchard and fall into the assembly line that makes apple pies to be sold in stores. Will Grandpa and his family get eaten? Will they make it back to their city home? Read this story to find out.