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Throwback Thursday: The Secret of the Old Clock

secret of the old clockFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend: The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene.

Nancy Drew’s keen mind is tested when she searches for a missing will.

This is the first of the Nancy Drew mysteries! Mildred Wirt Benson who was from Iowa wrote this story in 1930 under the pseudnym Carolyn Keene. She would write nearly two dozen stories featuring Nancy Drew. The Nancy Drew mysteries have sold over 200 million copies and have been translated into 25 languages (UI Press release 2007)! This classic mysteries series is great for those who enjoy the Boxcar Children or the Hardy Boy mysteries.

You can find this book in the Juvenile Mystery section at J KEENE.

~aw

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Book Review: Pashmina

pashmina.jpgToday I recommend: Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani.

Pashmina is a graphic novel about a high-school aged girl in America named Priyanka. Her mother immigrated from India to America before Priyanka was born. Priyanka asks her mother many questions about her family and India and why she left, but her mother always tries to change the subject. Priyanka’s “uncle” usually spends time with Priyanka, but now he has  a baby to take with so Priyanka feels lonely. In her mother’s old suitcase, she finds a beautiful Pashmina that takes her to a fantasy India. In the real world, Priyanka wants to visit India, but her mother says no.

This graphic novel was beautifully drawn. I really enjoyed reading it. In the reality parts of the book, it is in black and white. But when she wears the Pashmina, Priyanka is transported to a fantasy India with loads of colors. I thought this was really interesting. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a graphic novel full of culture, with a really great story.

-Elizabeth, Teen blogger

You can find Pashmina in the Juvenile Graphic Novel Section at J GRAPHIC CHANANI.

Book Review: Smile

smile.jpgToday I recommend Smile, by Raina Telgemeier.

Smile is a popular graphic novel about a girl’s story of dealing with the craziness of teeth. The main character, Raina, is actually the author of the book, so it is a true story! Her two front teeth fall out, and she gets braces, so now she has to deal with a lot of pain at the dentist. Plus, her friends make fun of her looks and her teeth at school.

I really enjoyed this book. I have read it twice, and I have read many of Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novels. They are all funny, interesting and I love the art styles. I loved Smile so much, I read the book in only one day. I suggest this book to anyone who has lost adult teeth, who wears braces, or just wants to read a very awesome graphic novel.

-Elizabeth, teen blogger

You can find Smile in the Juvenile Graphic Novel section at J GRAPHIC TELGEMEIER.

The Man Who Invented Christmas

With the holiday season around the corner, you’re probably looking to add a new movie to your holiday lineup.  It brings to mind the popular holiday book, A Christmas Carol.  This spooky classic is so popular, there are at least NINETEEN different movies that have been made :

   

Well now you can see The Man Who Invented Christmas, which is about the author, Charles Dickens, and how he came to write the story.  Charles Dickens is played by Dan Stevens (whom you may recognize from The Beast in Beauty and the Beast).  Check it out this weekend!