Monthly Archives: December 2017

Book Review: Slider

Slider.jpgToday I recommend Slider by Pete Hautman.

Hoping to win a cash prize in a pizza eating contest after racking up a tab on his mother’s credit card, David must juggle his competitive eating training with the responsibility of looking after his autistic younger brother.

This book has it all – suspense, friendship, and horrifyingly gross descriptions of competitive eating. It addresses David’s feelings of being the ‘forgotten’ middle child in his family without ever losing the humor that is necessarily part the book as David works to stretch his stomach and win a competitive eating contest in order to pay back his mom. I winced a little every time he decided to hide his mistake and lie a little more but that situation certainly added to the suspense of the story – you’ll want to know whether or not David can win right from the beginning!

You can find Slider in the Juvenile Fiction section at J HAUTMAN.

~aw

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If You Liked Jumanji (2017)…

You might have heard about the new Jumanji movie, and if you have then you probably know that it is about four teens getting sucked into a video game where they can’t go home until they beat the game! We love the “trapped in a video game” trope and have rounded up some books to share:

Click Here to Start by Denis Markell: Juvenile Fiction J MARKELL – When Ted inherits his uncle’s apartment “and all the treasure within,” he realizes the apartment is set up like a real-life video game and must solve the puzzles with his friends to discover the treasure.

Insert Coin to Continue by John David Anderson: Juvenile Fiction J ANDERSON – Middle-schooler Bryan wakes up to find that his life has become a video game, with bullies to beat, races to run, puzzles to solve, and much more at stake.

Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde: While playing a total immersion virtual reality game of kings and intrigue, fourteen-year-old Giannine learns that demonstrators have damaged the equipment to which she is connected, and she must win the game quickly or be damaged herself.

~aw

Throwback Thursday: Holes

Holes.jpgFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend: Holes by Louis Sachar.

As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

I read the book well before the movie was released but I am always happy to recommend this book and the movie! This is a fun adventure story that focuses on a friendship that grows to include all of the boys who are prisoners of a terrible correctional camp in Texas. This book is also quite the award winner – Newbery Medal, Illinois’ Rebecca Caudill Award in 2002, and an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book in 1999. Published in 1998, this book is not as old as some that I recommend but it is certainly a classic.

You can find it in the Juvenile Fiction section at J SACHAR.

~aw

 

Throwback Thursday: The Hundred Dresses

the hundred dresses.jpgFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend: The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes.

None of her classmates pay much attention to Wanda Petronski, a Polish-American girl, until she announces she has 100 dresses in her closet. Everyone laughs and teases her so much that she stops coming to school. Then, her classmates discover she really does have 100 dresses and discover something about teasing and themselves.

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes is the tale of a young girl, Wanda,  who is bullied by her classmates for wearing the same dress each day to school. Wanda tells her peers that she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows that it is not true.  As a result, Wanda is bullied even more.  One day, Wanda is pulled out of the school and the class begins to feel terrible for their behavior toward her.  Maddie, a student from Wanda’s class, decides that she needs to take a stand so no classmate is bullied ever again.  If you like stories that are heart-felt and teach a lesson, then The Hundred Dresses is for you!

This classic story first published in 1944 was a Newbery Honor Book in 1945, and can be found in the Juvenile Fiction section at J ESTES.

~kf

Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor, and Loki

norse mythsToday I recommend: Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor, and Loki by Kevin Crossley-Holland.

Collects tales of Norse mythology featuring the powerful Odin, Thor and his hammer Mjolnir, Loki, the final battle of Ragnarok, and power struggles among the figures.

This is a gorgeous nonfiction book about Norse mythology full of striking mostly black and white illustrations that add a sense of tension throughout the book. It’s long, 225 pages, but with 20 different tales included there is a lot to read. Some of the tales can get a little gruesome but this book is perfect for middle schoolers who are curious about the myths that have inspired Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series.

This book can be found in the Juvenile Nonfiction section at j398.209 CROSSLEY-HOLLAND.

~aw

Guys Read!

Guys Read is a web-based literacy program for boys founded by author Jon Scieszka in 2001. Its mission is “to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers”. Each of the books below was intended to help readers find their next favorite author by introducing them to authors through short stories from a specific genre.

Guys Write for Guys Read – There’s something for every guy in this collection of stories, mini-memoirs, advice, poems, comics and drawings chosen by readers on the Guys Read web site.

Guys Read: The Sports Pages – A collection of sports stories featuring everything from fighting to friendship, set everywhere from the tennis court to the hockey rink.

Guys Read: Thriller – This volume provides a collection of ghostly and mysterious stories.

Guys Read: Funny Business – A collection of humorous stories featuring a teenaged mummy, a homicidal turkey, and the world’s largest pool of chocolate milk.

Guys Read: Terrifying TalesBone-chilling collection of original ghost stories perfect for sharing around the campfire, reading under the covers with a flashlight, and scaring your friends’ pants off.

Guys Read: Heroes & Villians – Presents a collection of humorous stories featuring an array of characters with and without capes.

Guys Read: True Stories – True Stories is a mind-blowing collection of essays, biographies, how-to guides, and more, all proving that the truth is most definitely out there.

All of these books can be found at the Bartlett Public Library in the Juvenile Fiction section at J GUY.

~aw

If You Like Star Wars…

The movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, premieres today and once you see it you might find yourself wondering what else you might enjoy as much as Star Wars. Fear not, we have a list of Star Wars books, TV shows, and movies that you can find here at the library:

Star Wars, the Prequel Trilogy: a Graphic Novel – Relive the beginnings of the ultimate tale of good versus evil! Join Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, Yoda, Darth Maul, and the rest of the heroes and villains from the Star Wars universe in this graphic novel collection that retells the prequel trilogy. Juvenile Graphic Novels section J Graphic STAR.

Star Wars Rebels (TV Show) – Continue the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga. It is a dark time in the galaxy as the evil Galactic Empire rules with an iron fist. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruining the lives of its people. A ragtag band of rebels, Ezra, Hera, Kanan, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper, have taken a brave stand against the ruthless oppression of the Empire in a fight to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Juvenile DVD section jDVD STAR.

Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know by Adam Bray – This is crammed with weird and wonderful Star Wars trivia. Find out who cleans the floors of the Death Stars and what takes 1,000 years to digest its victims! From movie-making trivia to quirky facts you never knew, this guide will excite new and old fans alike of Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the Star Wars movies I-VIJuvenile Nonfiction section j791.437 BRAY.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side! by Tom Angleberger Presents a retelling of the third Star Wars movie, featuring Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia as they battle the Empire. Juvenile Fiction section J STAR.

~aw

Throwback Thursday: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car

chitty chitty bang bang.jpgFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming.

Two children persuade their father, an inventor, to purchase and restore an old car which turns out to have magical powers and leads its owners on a series of adventures.

Do you like going on adventures?  Did you ever wish that you had an object with magical powers?  If you answered yes to these questions, then Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming is the classic novel for you!  First published in 1964, this book has been adapted in a movie and has sequels written by another author who was inspired by this classic. In this book, you will learn how children convince their father to restore an old car.  During the restoration process, the family discovers that the old car has magical powers.  So, jump on into this book and go on a series of adventures with this fun family and their magical car!

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

~kf

Goodreads Choice Awards Winner!

magnus chase ship of the deadThe Goodreads Choice Award Winner for the Middle Grade and Children’s Category is The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan! You can find this book at the library in the Juvenile Fiction section at J RIORDAN.

From Goodreads:

WINNER 34,516 votes

The Ship of the Dead

by Rick Riordan (Goodreads Author)
A titan in the Middle Grade & Children’s category, Rick Riordan claims another victory for The Ship of the Dead. No stranger to mythological reimaginings, Riordan continues the story of a once-homeless teen and his epic transformation into one of Odin’s chosen warriors. This is the second time this series has been nominated, and it marks the seventh consecutive Goodreads Choice Award win for Riordan.

~aw