Category Archives: Books

Worlds Collide

world's collideAre you as excited as we are that Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer has arrived at the library?

In the highly anticipated conclusion to the Land of Stories series, Conner and Alex must brave the impossible. All of the Land of Stories fairy tale characters–heroes and villains–are no longer confined within their world!

With mayhem brewing in the Big Apple, Conner and Alex will have to win their biggest battle yet. Can the twins restore order between the human and fairy tale world?

Book Review: Mr. Popper’s Penguins

poppers penguinsIt’s Throwback Thursday! Today I recommend: Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater.

The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.

Originally published in 1938, this is a humorous story about a family whose whole lives are upturned by the addition of a penguin to their household. This book was also adapted into a movie in 2011 starring Jim Carrey. You can find the book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J ATWATER, as an audiobook in the Juvenile Audiobooks at J CD FIC ATW, or as a movie in the Juvenile DVDs at JDVD FIC MR.

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Book Review: Enchantment Lake

enchantment lakeToday I recommend: Enchantment Lake: A Northwoods mystery by Margi Preus.

Francie, seventeen, leaves summer school and auditions in New York City for Enchantment Lake in the woods of northern Minnesota when her great-aunts call and ask for her help investigating a mystery that centers on a road no one wants built, and on the legendary treasure said to be under enchantment.

Lovers of the Nancy Drew mysteries will enjoy this Northwoods mystery entitled Enchantment Lake by award-winning Margi Preus.  Francie, a seventeen-year-old actress living in New York City, briefly played a detective on TV. When her elderly aunts call for assistance in the Northwoods of Minnesota, they mislead the residents into believing that Francie is a real detective. Now she finds herself unwillingly drawn into the role of sleuth to protect her aunts from a possible serial killer. The multiple twists and turns keep the suspense alive and readers will be anxious to discover who is the real killer before Francie becomes the next victim. You can find this book in the Young Adult section at YA PREUS.

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Book Review: The Wizard of Oz

It’s Throwback Thursday! Today I recommend: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum.

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After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy and her dog Toto are befriended by a scarecrow, a tin man, and a lion, who accompany her to the Emerald City to look for a wizard who can help her return home to Kansas.

Did you know that the Wizard of Oz movie was based on this book? Frank Baum wrote and published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900. The Library of Congress describes The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as “America’s greatest and best-loved homegrown fairy-tale,” (https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/oz/) This book would lead to numerous sequels beginning with The Marvelous Land of Oz. You can check out this classic and the other books in the Oz series in the Juvenile Fiction section at J BAUM.

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Book Review: Jack and the Geniuses

Today I recommend: Jack and the Geniuses at the Bottom of the World by Bill Nye the Science Guy and Gregory Mone.

Traveling to Antarctica for a prestigious science competition, twelve-year-old Jack and his genius foster siblings, Ava and Matt, become caught up in a mystery involving a bill nye bookmissing scientist. (This is the first book in a series.)

You read that right! Bill Nye the Science Guy was one of the author’s for this book so as you might expect there is lots of science information, and inventions all throughout this book. It never feels slow or overwhelming, and the end-notes add even more interesting explanations. This is a fast paced mystery, and Jack is a humorous narrator. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series. You can find Jack and the Geniuses at the Bottom of the World in the Juvenile Fiction section at J NYE.

Twenty Years Ago…

HPOn June 26, 1997 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (also known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US) was published in the United Kingdom. Can you believe that the Harry Potter books are twenty years old?

You can now enjoy the whole world of Harry Potter including books, movies, and the website Pottermore, https://www.pottermore.com/, where you can learn what house you would be sorted into and what your wand would be made of!

Book Review: Short

Today we recommend: Short by Holly Sloan.

Very short for her age, Julia grows into her sense of self while playing a munchkin in a summer regional theater production of The Wizard of Oz.

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As you might imagine, being short has influenced Julie’s outlook on life, especially as a middle school student when she realizes she is several inches shorter than her classmates. Resisting her parents’ suggestion to participate in community theater, she reluctantly attends an audition and wins a role as a Munchkin in the summer production of The Wizard of Oz. As she befriends many people involved with the show, she gains confidence and self-acceptance and “grows” in unexpected ways. For those interested in theater and the “drama” associated with trying new things, this humorous tale will be inspiring. You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J SLOAN.

 

 

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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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