Category Archives: Books

Book Review: The Best Man

the best manToday I recommend: The Best Man by Richard Peck.

Archer has four important role models in his life–his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer’s sixth-grade year becomes one he’ll never forget.

This book is an award winner! It was an American Library Association Notable for Middle Readers 2017, School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2016, and a Booklist Editor’s Choice for Middle Readers 2016. For readers that have enjoyed other works by Richard Peck, this book has the same focus on family and navigating childhood that many of his novels have. You’ll cheer for Archer as he grows up with help from all of his role models. You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J PECK or as an audiobook in the Juvenile Audiobook section at jCD FIC PECK.

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Book Review: A Whisper of Horses

Today I recommend: A Whisper of Horses by Zillah Bethell.

whisper of horsesIn a post-apocalyptic Great Britain, after her mother’s death Serendipity, about twelve, leaves Lahn Dan and teams up with an orphan, Tab, hoping to find horses surviving somewhere.

Although the start is rather slow, it is easy to become attached to determined Serendipity and her scrappy friend Tab as they journey to try and find horses. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dystopian books. This is a nice option for the younger crowd who are not ready for YA dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games but who still enjoy the danger and adventure of those books. You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J BETHELL.

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June 16th

On June 16th, 1963 Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel into space. She spent 71 hours in space and completed 48 orbits before returning to earth. History.com notes that:

“The United States screened a group of female pilots in 1959 and 1960 for possible astronaut training but later decided to restrict astronaut qualification to men. The first American woman in space was astronaut and physicist Sally Ride, who served as mission specialist on a flight of the space shuttle Challenger in 1983.” http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-woman-in-space

 

almost astronautsYou can learn more about the women who almost became astronauts in Almost Astronauts: the Story of the Mercury 13 Women by Tanya Lee Stone. You can find this book in the Juvenile Nonfiction section at j629.45 STO.

If you like Captain Underpants:

We’ve had a lot of requests for Captain Underpants books since the movie was released! The books are as popular as ever and are constantly being borrowed and returned. If you’re looking for something to read while you wait then you should consider some of these similarly wacky, gross, and humorous books:

Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist series by Jim Benton (Juvenile Fiction J BENTON): The first book is Lunch Walks Among Us. Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school she experiments with fitting in–which works until a monster erupts from the trashcan.

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett Krosoczka is the first graphic novel in the Lunch Lady series, and can be found in our Juvenile Graphic Novel section at J GRAPHIC KRO. As if slinging hash in the school cafeteria isn’t exciting enough, Lunch Lady has a secret life as a crime-fighting superhero! And she’s noticed that something about the new substitute teacher, Mr. Pasteur, just doesn’t seem right. But while Lunch Lady is busy investigating Mr. Pasteur, students Hector, Terrence, and Dee are investigating her.

Pilot and Huxley by Dan McGuiness is another humorous graphic novel that can be found in our Juvenile Graphic Novel section at J GRAPHIC MCG. Best buddies Pilot & Huxley get zapped to another dimension by aliens seeking to enslave the planet Earth, which totally ruins their day! That’s when things get weird …

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June 12th

anne frankOn this day in 1942, Anne Frank received a diary for her thirteenth birthday. Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl living in Amsterdam during World War II. One month later, she and her family would go into hiding. Unfortunately, Anne Frank and her family would be discovered by the Gestapo in 1944 and sent to concentration camps.

Anne’s father survived Auschwitz and published Anne’s diary in 1947 as The Diary of a Young Girl. The book has been translated into more than 60 languages. (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/anne-frank-receives-a-diary)

You can learn more about Anne Frank as well as read her diary here at the library. You can find biographies in the Juvenile Nonfiction section at jBiog. Frank.

Book Review: The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Because this week is National Garden Week,51bdrofa1pl-_sx336_bo1204203200_ I would like to recommend
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: Young Readers
Edition
 by Michael Pollan.

“What’s for dinner?” seemed like a simple question—until journalist and supermarket detective Michael Pollan delved behind the scenes. From fast food and big organic to small farms and old-fashioned hunting and gathering, this young readers’ adaptation of Pollan’s famous food-chain exploration encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices.
I like learning about food and gardening so this book really had me thinking about what kind of food decisions I may make in the future.  I really like food, but I want to make good choices about what I eat.  What I like about this book is that author doesn’t try to tell you what you should eat, but he gives you a lot of information that you may not know about the food you find at the grocery store or at a restaurant.  For spreadpicexample, did you know that the corn we find at the store once looked very different!  I also like that the author uses a lot of photos and graphs to explain his research.   If you like learning about food or about how food gets to your grocery store, this is a very interesting book

Look for this book in our juvenile nonfiction section under the call number j394.12 CHEVAT.

Book Review: Real Friends

Today I recommend: Real Friends by Shannon Hale.

Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jenreal friends, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen’s #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top . . . even if it means bullying others.

This is a graphic novel that has really nice artwork with bright colors. If you’re looking for a book about friendship this is a great option. It deals with the difficulties of cliques as well as the difficulties Shannon has with Obsessive compulsive disorder and adjusting to her friend Adrienne moving away.  This is a memoir and the author’s note at the end from Shannon Hale really enriches the story. For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile and Cece Bell’s El Deafo this is a good read-alike for those novels! You can find this graphic novel in the Juvenile Graphic Novel section at J GRAPHIC HALE.

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Book Review: When Mischief Came to Town

when mischiefToday we recommend: When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad.

In 1911, when orphaned ten-year-old Inge comes to live with her stern grandmother in a remote island village in Bornholm, Denmark, she ends up changing the climate of the town, bringing joy and laughter to her grandmother’s life and finding a new family for herself to help assuage her grief over losing her mother.

This is a really sweet book, a little bit funny, and also just a little sad. Much of the focus of the book is exploring the relationship between Inge and her grandmother as they get to know one another. Also enjoyable are the fairy tales and folk stories woven throughout the book. You’ll cheer for Inge as she introduces pranks and mischief into the lives of the villagers and her grandmother. You can find this book on our Battle of the Books shelf at J NANNESTAD.

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Book Review: Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice

Today we recommend: Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice by Philip M. Hoose.

claudettePresents the life of the Alabama teenager who played an integral but little-known role in the Montgomery bus strike of 1955-1956, once by refusing to give up a bus seat, and again, by becoming a plaintiff in the landmark civil rights case against the bus company.
This book offers an engaging look at an almost unknown figure from the Civil Rights movement. This is a fairly long book but there are loads of pictures. Particularly nice are the sections of the books that are told from Claudette’s point of view. This book can be found in the Juvenile Nonfiction section at j323.09 HOO.
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Book Review: Aliens on Vacation

Today we recommend: Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith.

Unhappaliensy at being sent to stay with his grandmother at the inn she operates, The Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast, Scrub discovers that each room is actually a portal to space and the inn’s visitors are aliens who are vacationing on Earth.

At first middle-schooler Scrub is irritated that he has been sent to the gloomy state of Washington from his home in Florida to stay with his grandmother for the summer but he quickly figures out that everything is not as it seems at the quirky inn. Scrub is eventually enlisted to create disguises so the alien vacationers can pretend to be human and the real fun begins. This book is full of shenanigans and all sorts of tricky situations for Scrubb and the visiting aliens. If you’re looking for a humorous science fiction story this is the book for you! You can find it in the Juvenile Fiction section at J SMITH.

If you love Science Fiction, there are more science fiction books available at the library and you can look at our science fiction bibliography at http://www.bartlettlibrary.org/greatreadskids/ScienceFiction.shtml

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