Monthly Archives: July 2017

Book Review: NewsPrints

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Today I recommend: NewsPrints by Ru Xu.

Blue is an orphan who disguises herself as a newsboy. There’s a war going on, and girls are expected to help the struggling economy by selling cookies. But Blue loves living and working at the Bugle, the only paper in town that tells the truth. Blue struggles with her secret, and worries that if her friends and adopted family at the Bugle find out, she’ll lose everything and everyone she cares about.

This is a great graphic novel for anyone who enjoyed Compass South by Hope Larson. The setting is steampunk, which makes for a very interesting read. I really enjoyed the art style which reminded me a little of manga. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger as it sets the scene for a sequel but this is still an enjoyable story. You can find this graphic novel in the Juvenile Graphic Novel section under J GRAPHIC XU.

~aw

Solar Eclipse

augustsolareclipse_0On August 21st, there will be a total solar eclipse for parts of the United States. NASA reports:

Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk. (https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/)

You can use the link below to check out NASA’s interactive website. You can use the website to determine what time the eclipse will be visible from where you live.

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/interactive_map/index.html

Remember to wear special protective glasses when you observe the eclipse!

Book Review: The Lotterys Plus One

lotterys plus oneToday I recommend: The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue.

When Sumac Lottery’s estranged grandfather comes to live with her and her large family in their sprawling Victorian home, Sumac quickly realizes he’s not the easiest person to get along with. But can she help him find a home where he belongs?

Sumac has a large family, with six siblings, and two pairs of parents, PapaDam and PopCorn, and CardaMom and MaxiMom. When the estranged father of PopCorn comes to stay with the family, he struggles with the quirks and differences that the family celebrates. This is a touching story about the relationships between family members full of humorous word-play. There are also some nice illustrations throughout the text that help you keep track of the large and lively Lottery family. You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J DONOGHUE.

~aw

Worlds Collide

world's collideAre you as excited as we are that Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer has arrived at the library?

In the highly anticipated conclusion to the Land of Stories series, Conner and Alex must brave the impossible. All of the Land of Stories fairy tale characters–heroes and villains–are no longer confined within their world!

With mayhem brewing in the Big Apple, Conner and Alex will have to win their biggest battle yet. Can the twins restore order between the human and fairy tale world?

Harry Potter Fanfiction Contest Winner

Here at the Bartlett Library, we celebrated the anniversary of the first Harry Potter book all through the month of June.  One of the ways we asked you to celebrate with us was by submitting your Harry Potter fanfiction stories and we received some GREAT entries!  Without further ado, we’d like to congratulate Matea, whose submission, The Marauders, won first place in the 4th-6th grade category.  Thank you to everyone who submitted their work.  We have some budding authors in our midst!

Read the winning entry The Marauders!  Read about the winners in the teen categories HERE.

 

 

Book Review: Mr. Popper’s Penguins

poppers penguinsIt’s Throwback Thursday! Today I recommend: Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater.

The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.

Originally published in 1938, this is a humorous story about a family whose whole lives are upturned by the addition of a penguin to their household. This book was also adapted into a movie in 2011 starring Jim Carrey. You can find the book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J ATWATER, as an audiobook in the Juvenile Audiobooks at J CD FIC ATW, or as a movie in the Juvenile DVDs at JDVD FIC MR.

~aw

Wonder

In four months on November 17th, Wonder will be released in theaters. There’s still plenty of time to read the book by R. J. Palacio (Juvenile Fiction section J Palacio), and if you’ve already read the book then enjoy the trailer!

We can’t be the only ones excited for this right?

On This Day: July 14th

On July 14, 1968, Atlanta Braves slugger Henry “Hank” Aaron hits the 500th home run of his career in a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.

In 1976…after a career of remarkable offensive consistency, Aaron retired as the all-time leader in runs batted in, extra base hits and total bases. He was named to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/hank-aaron-hits-500th-homer)

You can learn more about this inspiring baseball player by checking out biographies in the Juvenile Biography section at jBiog. AARON.

Book Review: Enchantment Lake

enchantment lakeToday I recommend: Enchantment Lake: A Northwoods mystery by Margi Preus.

Francie, seventeen, leaves summer school and auditions in New York City for Enchantment Lake in the woods of northern Minnesota when her great-aunts call and ask for her help investigating a mystery that centers on a road no one wants built, and on the legendary treasure said to be under enchantment.

Lovers of the Nancy Drew mysteries will enjoy this Northwoods mystery entitled Enchantment Lake by award-winning Margi Preus.  Francie, a seventeen-year-old actress living in New York City, briefly played a detective on TV. When her elderly aunts call for assistance in the Northwoods of Minnesota, they mislead the residents into believing that Francie is a real detective. Now she finds herself unwillingly drawn into the role of sleuth to protect her aunts from a possible serial killer. The multiple twists and turns keep the suspense alive and readers will be anxious to discover who is the real killer before Francie becomes the next victim. You can find this book in the Young Adult section at YA PREUS.

~ra

Pinterest vs Reality: Fidget Spinner

diy fidget spinner

We’re jumping on the bandwagon and attempting to make our own fidget spinners. You can find the pin here (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/103934703883002122/) or the original video here (http://www.redtedart.com/easy-fidget-spinner-diy-free-template/)

  1. Trace and cut out fidget spinner pattern. I had to trace out a shape that is larger than the suggested template since I was using buttons rather than pennies.
  2. CAREFULLY attach one penny to each end of the spinner using a small dot of glue. Let dry.
  3. Trace a penny to make two circles on a new piece of cardboard. Cut out circles.
  4. CAREFULLY use a nail or needle to make a small hole in the center of the spinner. The hole should be big enough to fit the toothpick through.  The toothpick should be slightly loose within the circle so the spinner will spin easily.
  5. Use a nail or needle to make a small hole in the center of each of the small circles. These will be your holders.
  6. Cut the end of the toothpick off and push through a small circle until the end of the toothpick is flush with the circle. Add a tiny drop of glue to keep in place. Let dry.
  7. Push toothpick through the spinner. Push the toothpick through the second circle. Cut off extra toothpick and add a tiny drop of glue to keep in place. Let dry.

Note: Allow at least 2 minutes to make sure it’s COMPLETELY dry.  This will prevent things from sliding or moving.

Hot glue and buttons worked for us! We just had to make sure that the holes for the toothpick were wide enough in the spinning piece to allow the cardboard to turn. We also used heavy cardboard from a box, so we recommend being very careful when you cut through the thick cardboard.fidget spinner