Winter is here, and with it comes some great mysteries to read on a chilly day – including those stories which take place during the winter season. Today’s selection is from popular Tween author Patricia Reilly Giff: Winter Sky.
Sirens! A scary sound, especially to Siria, whose brave father is a firefighter. Siria loves everyone at Pop’s city firehouse. She also loves to study the stars. Her mother named her after the brightest start in the winter sky. When Siria hears sirens, she sneaks out to chase the trucks, to bring Pop and the other firefighters luck. She’d be in big trouble if she ever got caught. Good thing her best friend, Douglas, is always by her side. As Christmas approaches, Siria suspects that someone in the neighborhood is setting fires. She has to find out who’s doing it. When clues point to a surprising suspect, she realizes that solving this mystery will take all kinds of courage. Patricia Reilly Giff, the author of many beloved and award-winning books, is at her best in this action-packed story. In Winter Sky, friends, family, and a very special dog help Siria see how brave she really is. Nominated to the Arkansas Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction Section at J GIFF.
With Christmas coming in less than two weeks, some of you might enjoy reading a mystery and detective story which takes place this time of year: Tru & Nelle: A Christmas Tale by Greg Neri. When they were younger, Tru and Nelle were best friends, sharing adventures and solving mysteries in Monroeville, Alabama. But then Tru moved to New York City to live with his mother and their friendship slowly faded away. Life in the big city wasn’t as fun as Tru had hoped it would be. In fact, he ran away, and now he’s back and hoping he and Nelle can be friends again.Unfortunately, thing’s aren’t so great in Munroeville, either. Maybe he should have run away to somewhere else.
But Christmas is just around the corner, and there’s nothing like the holidays to bring everyone back together. Based on true events, Tru & Nelle: A Christmas Tale is the continuing story of one of the greatest literary friendships of the 20th century.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J NERI.
For those who enjoy traveling back in time, I recommend: The Safest Lie by Angela Cerrito. Anna Bauman, a Polish Jew lives in the Warsaw ghetto. She is smuggled out of the ghetto and into a Catholic orphanage where she is trained to be a Christian so that she can hide in plain sight. Eventually she is adopted by a Polish family who have secrets of their own. Told from Anna’s perspective, this is a harrowing tale of secrets and survival. Anna must become a whole new person, Anna Korwolska a Catholic girl, in order to fool the Germans. At the same time, Anna desperately tries to hold onto her Jewish past, a past that keeps her connected to the loving parents, grandparents, and family members she so desperately refuses to forget.
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Basketball season is well under way! For those guys and girls who like sports stories, today’s recommendation is: Hot Hand: a Comeback Kids Novel. #1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica scores from downtown with his Comeback Kids series for middle-grade readers. It’s simple. All Billy Raynor wants to do is shoot. After all, he is one of the best shooters in the league. But with his dad as his coach, and his parents newly separated, somehow everything has become complicated. His brother Ben, a piano prodigy, hardly speaks anymore. His mom is always traveling on business. And his dad is always on his case about not being a team player. But when Ben’s piano recital falls on the same day as the championship game, it is Billy who teaches his dad the true meaning of being a team player.
You can find this title in the Juvenile Fiction section at J LUPICA.