Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Picks by Caitlin B.

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Cover image for FrindleNick Allen has mastered the art of making school a more entertaining place to be, whether that involves transforming his classroom into a tropical island, or making sure there is no homework assigned by asking his trademarked, thought-provoking, time-wasting questions.  When asking one of these questions in Mrs. Granger’s 5th grade language arts class, he finds himself instead assigned a report about words and their origins!  He later devises a plan to create a word of his own: frindle.  Soon everyone is using Nick’s new word, despite fierce opposition by Mrs. Granger.  Who will win the war of the words?

Book reviewed by Caitlin B., Youth Services Assistant

Remembering Vera by Patricia Polacco

Cover image for Remembering VeraWhen a young Coast Guard serviceman finds a dog while sweeping the dock, he can’t help but adopt the dog despite the strict rules of the coast guard’s Commander “Ol’ Man.”  The serviceman names the lovable dog Vera and she quickly becomes a treasured member of the Coast Guard team.  The men, however, continue to hide her from the Commander.   One day during an emergency rescue, the Ol’ Man spots Vera!  What Vera does next is both inspiring and courageous.  This book is a true story about Vera and her heroic actions.  If you enjoy reading books about brave animals, check this one out!

Book reviewed by Caitlin B., Youth Services Assistant

Roller Girl  by Victoria Jamieson    

Cover image for Roller girlOne night, Astrid’s mom takes her and her best friend to a roller derby, and this sets off a course of events that changes Astrid’s life.  Astrid becomes obsessed with everything roller derby and decides to join roller derby camp the summer before entering junior high.  This decision leads to some major problems with her best friend.  To add to her troubles, Astrid discovers that skating for the roller derbies is much harder than she ever imagined, and she can’t think of an awesome roller name like the other girls in the league.  How will she ever be as talented as her idol, Rainbow Bite?  Roller Girl is a fun, entertaining graphic novel with strong female role models.  It is a great choice for those who enjoyed reading Smile.

Book reviewed by Caitlin B., Youth Services Assistant