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A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

A Big Mooncake for Little StarAward-winning author and illustrator Grace Lin’s newest picture book is a delicious way to learn about the phases of the moon. Mama makes a mooncake but instructs Little Star not to touch it until Mama tells her to. Little Star remembers for a while… but then she falls asleep, and when she wakes up in the middle of the night she wants to peek at the mooncake. And boy does it look delicious! Mama won’t notice if she takes a tiny nibble, will she?

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

The Manic Panic by Richa Jha

The Manic PanicWhen the internet breaks, what do you do? You can’t watch TV or play video games or stare at your phone…this is what happens for one family, and the parents are freaking out. It turns out to be their daughter who saves the day, with the help of an amused grandma, forcing her parents to do other things, like go for a walk in the park and play board games. They grumble and drag their feet, but ultimately have a great time. I really enjoyed reading this funny story with a twist, and I bet you will too!

Book reviewed by Claire B., Youth Outreach Librarian

Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued A Bald Eagle by Deborah Lee Rose

Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued A Bald EagleBeauty is an amazing bald eagle and was born in the wild. She learned to fly, hunt and use her beak to break up food, and live on her own. However, one day that all changed when she was hurt by a bullet. It took most of her upper beak and hurt her face as well. Without her beak, she couldn’t hunt anymore or take care of herself. Luckily, a policeman found her and brought her to a wildlife center where they helped her heal. However, she was still missing her beak and that is when an engineer became interested in helping Beauty. Could they 3D print a beak for her to wear? Would it work the same way her original beak worked? It had never been done before, but maybe this was a way to help Beauty. In this incredible true story, learn how using a 3D printer helped Beauty.

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood

Lifeboat 12No one can know the difference that is made by making one choice instead of another. Rarely, though, do our decisions mean the difference between life and death.

It did for Ken.

It was 1940 and WW II was at its peak. Britain prepared for the invasion they were expecting from Hitler and his armies. The decision was made to send as many British children as possible to other British dominions like Canada and New Zealand, where they would be safe from the bombing or an invasion by troops. Not every child could go, so a lottery was set up, and names drawn got to go by ship to a new, temporary home in Canada.

And Ken won the lottery! He was especially excited because the children would be sailing overseas in a luxury liner! Everything was as fantastic as he had expected – until the liner was hit by a German torpedo! Little did he realize that his choice of a lifeboat was going to be critical to his survival. (Based on a true experience)

Book reviewed by Loreen S., Youth Services Assistant

How to Feed Your Parents by Ryan Miller

How to feed your parents / by Ryan Miller ; illustrated by Hatem AlyMatilda Macaroni’s food fussy parents will only eat six things that are either take-out, frozen, or prepackaged.  After tasting Grandma Macaroni’s jambalaya, Matilda is willing to sample sushi and pork paprikash.  Matilda’s newly opened palate will no longer allow her to eat only nuggets and noodles at home. With the help of grandma, she begins to learn the art of cooking and kitchen safety.

The big twist to this story comes with Matilda’s ability to teach her parents to eat healthier and with more variety in their diet.  This is a fun read-a-loud that will be enjoyed by all.  Be sure not to miss the recipe on the back cover.

Book reviewed by Marsha D., Youth Library Assistant