Monthly Archives: October 2017

Howl’s Moving Castle

howlsFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.

Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.

Most people will recognize as the title as the name of a movie from 2004 directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The movie is one of the highest grossing anime movies and it is based on this novel by Diana Wynne Jones. The book, Howl’s Moving Castle, was published in 1986. This book has all the enjoyable quirky humor and events that you find in the movie. This was such a fun read! Recommended for fans of the movie, and fans of  fantasy novels.

This book can be found in Juvenile Fiction section at J JONES.

~aw

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Book Review: Motor Girls

motor girlsToday I recommend: Motor Girls: How Women Took the Wheel and Drove Boldly into the Twentieth Century by Sue Macy.

Presents the first generation of female motorists who drove cars for fun, profit, and to make a statement about the evolving role of women.

This books offers a deeper look at the first women to drive automobiles, including in races and throughout the World War. It also offers some fun facts along the way such as the most ridiculous rules of the road (certain mayors in Illinois authorized the police to put wire or throw logs in front of speeding cars). With lots of pictures and sidebars filled with quick facts this nonfiction book is a great read!

You can find this book in the Juvenile Nonfiction section at j629.283 MACY.

~aw

Phoebe and Her Unicorn

Looking for something fun to read?  Have you heard of Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson?

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Phoebe uses her one wish to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her best friend.  Marigold Heavenly Nostrils is a majestic unicorn who isn’t used to the problems Phoebe faces, like kids thinking she’s weird, piano lessons, and what it means to be a friend.  Somehow a funny awkward girl and a self-absorbed mythical creature are able to find common ground and become friends!  If you find yourself laughing as much as I did, you will be happy to know that this is just the first in the Heavenly Nostrils series!

You can find it in our Juvenile Graphic Novels collection under J GRAPHIC SIMPSON.

Book Review: Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

cactusToday I recommend: Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling.

Aven Green was born without arms. She has always been encouraged and supported by her parents that she can achieve anything she tries. However, when her family moves from Kansas she leaves her familiar life and friends and now she is in Arizona living at a dying western theme park where her parents become the new managers.

You can imagine it is challenging to meet friends in her new school. And there are many secrets she wants to solve. The tale of Stagecoach Pass is just as compelling as the story of Aven. You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J BOWLING.

~ra

Book Review: The Empty Grave

empty graveToday I recommend: The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud.

With the help of some unexpected, and rather ghostly, allies, Lockwood & Co. must battle their greatest enemy yet, as they move ever closer to the moment when the earth-shattering secret of ‘the problem’ will finally be revealed.

This is the fifth and final book in the Lockwood & Company series, and it was just as gripping as the rest of the books! This is a great book for kids who like some chills and ghosts in their books. Fast paced and full of action this was a quick page turner. I don’t want to give away any of the plot but this book has a satisfying ending that wraps up the series well.

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 this as well as the other books in the series in the Juvenile Fiction section at J STROUD.

~aw

Book Review: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

For this Throwback Thursday I recommend: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis.

In 1950, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C. S. Lewis was published and a children’s classic was born.  In this fantasy, four siblings are evacuated from London during WWII and sent to the country to live with a professor.  While exploring his house, they discover a magical wardrobe which is a portal to the land of Narnia.  Read this exciting adventure story and then watch the movie!

You can find the book and the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia series in the Juvenile Fiction section at J LEWIS and the movie in the Juvenile DVDs at jDVD FIC CHR.

~ps

Book Review: The Explorer

the explorerToday I recommend: The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

Left stranded in the Amazon jungle when their plane crashes on their way back to England from Manaus, Brazil, four children struggle to survive for days until one of them finds a map that leads them to a ruined city and a secret hidden among the vines.

This is a good book for kids craving a little adventure. It is fast-paced and I was hooked from the first few pages when the pilot passes away right at the controls of the plane. There are loads of descriptions of the kids getting creative to find food in the jungle (grub pancakes anyone?) and an adorable animal sidekick in the form of a sloth that they adopt. This is historical fiction but the closest read-alike would be Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.

You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J RUNDELL.

~aw