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.
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 Read: Funny Business
Guys Read: Terrifying Tales
Guys Read: Thriller
Guys Read: The Sports Pages
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 Tales – Bone-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.
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-VI. Juvenile 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.
I loved Awkward and Brave by Svetlana Chmakova (J GRAPHIC CHMAKOVA) and I can’t wait until the third in the series, Crush, is published in the fall of 2018.
While we wait here are some other middle school graphic novels:
Real Friends by Shannon Hale (J GRAPHIC HALE): When her best friend Adrienne starts hanging out with the most popular girl in class, Shannon questions with whether she and Adrienne will stay friends, and if she is part of the clique.
All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jaimeson (J GRAPHIC JAIMESON): Homeschooled by Renaissance Fair enthusiasts, eleven-year-old Imogene has a hard time fitting in when her wish to enroll in public school is granted.
Image from Yen Press.
If You Liked Wonder by R.J. Palacio… you might also like:
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff: (J GRAFF) Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos: (J GANTOS) To the constant disappointment of his mother and teacher, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his perscription medicine wears off and he starts acting wired.
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper: (J DRAPER and YA DRAPER) Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks: (J WEEKS) Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems–but when their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade they are brought together by a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and the need to take control of their lives.
On this somber day, we have a couple of suggestions for books about the events of, and in remembrance of 9/11:
Saved by the Boats: the Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11 by Julie Gassman (Juvenile Nonfiction j974.71 GASSMAN): Presents the heroic sea evacuation of September 11, 2001 with narrative text and vivid illustrations.
Cause and Effect: The September 11 Attacks by Robert Green (Juvenile Nonfiction j973.931 GREEN): Examines the September 11 terrorist attacks, discussing the events leading up to the attack, the impact on American society, and its lasting effect around America and the globe.
14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy (Juvenile Nonfiction j327.676 DEEDY): Maasai tribal members, after hearing the story of the September 11th attacks from a young Massai, who was in New York on that day, decide to present the American people with fourteen sacred cows as a healing gift.
Nine, Ten: A September 11 story by Nora Raleigh Baskin (Juvenile Fiction J BASKIN): Relates how the lives of four children living in different parts of the country intersect and are affected by the events of September 11, 2001.
Somewhere Among by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu (Juvenile Fiction J DONWERTH): Eleven-year-old Emma’s life in Tokyo changes for the worse when she and her American mother, who is pregnant, must move in with her Japanese grandmother the summer before 9/11 changes the world.
I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis (Juvenile Fiction J TARSHIS): When Lucas decides to skip school because he wants to discuss football with a firefighter friend of his father, he finds himself caught up in the terrorist attacks on New York City.
The Illinois School Library Media Association’s Bluestem award is designed for students in grades 3-5 who are ready for longer titles than found on the Monarch list, but not quite ready for the sophistication of some of the Rebecca Caudill titles.
The Bluestem list of nominees is available online: https://www.islma.org/pdf/Bluestem%202018%20Master%20List-1.pdf
You can also check out the Bluestem titles here at the library, and kids in grades 4 – 6 can join the Bluestem Book Club at the library and enjoy book-talks, games, and activities.
(Logo credit: Illinois School Library Media Association)
In honor of the start of the school year, we’re highlighting some of the characters in our book collection who are studying to be spies!
Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullen (Juvenile Fiction – J MCMULLEN): Twelve-year-old Abigail is shocked to discover her elite boarding school is really a cover for a huge spy ring, and must undergo Spy Training 101 in order to save her mother, who happens to be the spy ring’s top agent.
Spy School by Stuart Gibbs, Book 1 of the Spy School Series (Juvenile Fiction – J GIBBS): Twelve-year-old Ben Ripley leaves his public middle school to attend the CIA’s highly secretive Espionage Academy, which everyone is told is an elite science school.
Clayton Stone, at your service by Ena Jones (Juvenile Fiction – J JONES): Twelve-year-old Clayton Stone gets a taste of life as a special agent when he goes undercover as a decoy in a high-stakes kidnapping operation.
Bridget Wilder, Spy in Training by Jonathan Bernstein (Juvenile Fiction – J BERNSTEIN): An adopted middle child receives an unexpected package on an otherwise unremarkable birthday inviting her to join a super-secret division of the CIA.
You can now cast your vote for this year’s Teens’ Top Ten. You can vote for up to 3 books. Voting is open through Teen Read Week, October 9-15 and the top ten will be announced on October 17th.
Read a great book this year (that was published in 2016) that you think should be on next year’s list? Nominate it here!