The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough

 

  • If you love bike riding and bicycle racing this book is for you.  Twelve-year-old Marcel loves riding his bike, and dreams of competing in the Tour de France, but it is 1942 and the Nazis have occupied his homeland.  It is his job to deliver bread from his parents’ bakery around Aucoin, France.  One day while making deliveries, he discovers that it is more than just pastries and bread he is delivering.  Suddenly finding himself with a heavy and dangerous secret, one that could send many people to prison including his new friend Delphine, Marcel must skillfully maneuver between the world of ordinary citizens and the world of the French resistance.

 

Book Review: The Girl Who Drank the Moon

This week I finished reading The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.girl-who-drank-moon

An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her. Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest to keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle and rescues the babies. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon was 2016’s Newbery Award Winner, and is a good book for anyone who likes very detailed fantasy novels. This book has a slower pace but the question of who exactly is spreading the rumors about the evil witch will keep you reading to the end of the novel. You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J Barnhill.

Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day from all of us at the Bartlett Public Library! We celebrate today as Pi day since the pidate, March 14th, is the same as the first three digits of π (3.14).

You can learn more about the mathematical concept of Pi in Why Pi? by Johnny Ball, in our juvenile nonfiction section at j530.8 BALL.

You can celebrate Pi Day with challenges from NASA scientists and engineers as part of their Pi Day Challenge! Good luck!

Book Review: The Crystal Ribbon

This week I read The Crystal Ribbon jacket
by Celeste Lim.

Li Jing is an 11 year-old girl with a special connection to the village guardian, the Great Golden Huli Jing- a five-tailed fox.  The family farm isn’t doing well, so they sell her as a bride to the 3 year-old son of the Guo family in another city.  Sadly, her new life is not what her family thought it would be. As her situation worsens, she realizes that the only thing to do is escape.  

This magical story had me hooked right away and I was desperate to know what would happen to dear Li Jing!  It also had me wondering: could I be that brave?  Would I be able to leave my family for a new life I knew would be awful, to save them?  Look for this book in our New Juvenile Fiction collection under the call number J LIM.

 

 

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On This Day: March 10th

alexander-graham-bellOn this day March 10th in 1876, the very first understandable speech was transmitted over the telephone. Alexander Graham Bell spoke through the telephone and told his assistant, “Mr. Watson, come here. I want you.” Just three days before this, on March 7th, Bell had received a patent for his telephone system. In 1877, Bell would found the Bell Telephone Company, a company that would later be bought by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T). You can read more about Bell and his invention of the telephone by clicking on the link: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/speech-transmitted-by-telephone. You can also borrow books about Alexander Graham Bell or the telephone.

“Alexander Graham Bell” by City of Boston Archives is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Girl Scout Cookies!

We noticed that Girl Scout Cookies have been delivered, and it started a debate of which Girl Scout Cookie is the best! We couldn’t come to an agreement but it made us very curious about what cookie was the most popular. So we found a survey that was done to identify the most popular Girl Scout Cookies in the United States and in each state. The product discovery and review website Influenster conducted a survey and found that Thin Mints were the most popular, as you can see in their neat infographic! You can read more about the survey and the findings: https://www.influenster.com/article/top-girl-scouts-cookies-by-state. Do you agree or do you have a different favorite cookie?

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Book Review: Ungifted

This week we recommend: Ungifted by Gordon Korman.

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Here is an offbeat, humorous tale about Donovan, a student who finds himself in the most unexpected place.  After accidentally destroying the school gym, he is scared stiff to face the punishment. However, due to a mix-up in the school administration office, his name is placed on the list for the local school for gifted students.

Read Ungifted to discover how Donovan “might” just surprise everyone with his special talents. You can find Ungifted in the Juvenile Fiction section at J KORMAN or as a book on CD in our Audiobook section at jCD FIC KORMAN.

Book Review: The Screaming Staircase

This week I read: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud, which is the first book in the series Lockwood & Co.screaming-staircase

When London is overrun by malevolent spirits, a talented group of young psychic detectives compete against other ghostbusting agencies in the debut of a new series that finds three intrepid colleagues investigating one of England’s most haunted houses.

I enjoyed this book so much that I have already borrowed the second book in the series, The Whispering Skull. The ghost hunting adventure was fast paced and I was hooked from the beginning. It was everything you want from a thriller with some spooky ghosts and a great deal of suspense that keeps you turning the pages right through to the end. If you’re looking for a fast paced adventure or if you enjoyed Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus trilogy you should give this series a shot! You can find it in the Juvenile Fiction section at J STROUD.