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The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

The Night Diary book coverThis book made me hungry for Indian food. One of the things Nisha loves to do is prepare food, which she does with Kazi, who is her family’s cook. Kazi also happens to be Muslim, while Nisha’s family is Hindu. Nisha never thought about this before, until suddenly India is being split into two countries– a new India for Hindu people and Pakistan for Muslim people. Gandhi doesn’t think this is right, and neither does Nisha. The book is told through diary entries that Nisha addresses to her mother, whom she never knew. Her mother was Muslim, which also makes Nisha feel conflicted about her identity. This is a well-written and interesting historical fiction.  The narrator has an authentic voice and the story tells about a part of India’s history with which many kids may be unfamiliar.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

When the Stars Come Out by Nicola Edwards

When The Stars Come Out Book CoverWhen the Stars Come Out by Nicola Edwards, and illustrated by Lucy Cartwright is a celebration of night time. This fact filled book is full of so much fascinating information. Ever wonder about the history and formation of the night sky? Looking for more information about habitats at night and the nocturnal animals that live in them? Have you ever wondered about what happens when we sleep? This book is a joy to read and will surely satisfy curious minds. The illustrations in this engaging book perfectly capture the magic and stillness of our night time world.

A great book to share or enjoy alone!

Book reviewed by Amy S., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright Book CoverWhat if an infinite number of universes with an infinite number of possibilities exist? What if you’re the person you love the most? After Albie Bright’s mother dies, his famous scientist father tries to comfort him by telling him about parallel universes. He tells Albie that according to this theory, there is a universe where his mother is alive, healthy, and happy. Since his father seems to be too busy to spend time with him, Albie makes the decision to use his mom’s laptop and what he knows about quantum physics to create a way to transfer between universes. He’s not prepared for many of the differences he encounters, and he realizes things aren’t always better in these different universes. Albie learns a lot about himself and his family as he travels through space and time.

Book reviewed by Katie D., Youth Outreach Liaison

Because by Mo Willems

Because Book CoverBecause, by Mo Willems, is a thoughtful journey that takes the reader back to a small moment in time, that at that time, seems to be very ordinary. It is about a piece of paper, a wee little ticket, a terrible cold. And an opportunity. This wee little ticket, and saying yes to this small opportunity, was an instance that sparked a series of other events, that would change the course of a little girl’s future. I guess you’ll have to take a journey to the Mount Prospect Public Library and read this wonderful book yourself to discover what its really all about.

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta

The Serpents Secret book coverKiranmala comes home from school on her 12th birthday to discover that her parents have disappeared from their New Jersey home, there’s a rakkosh demon on her front lawn, and all those stories her parents have always told her about being an Indian princess from another dimension full of demons and magic– well, it turns out it was all true! In order to bring her parents back, Kiranmala and two princes must travel to the Kingdom Beyond, where Kiranmala uncovers surprising facts in her family tree, and comes into her own as a strong young woman.  What sets this novel apart from the rest is the playful tone. I mean, how would YOU react if you’re living a normal boring life and are suddenly meeting talking birds and half-demons? Fans of Rick Riordan will love this action-packed new series!

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator