Looking for something fun to read? Have you heard of Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson?
Phoebe uses her one wish to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her best friend. Marigold Heavenly Nostrils is a majestic unicorn who isn’t used to the problems Phoebe faces, like kids thinking she’s weird, piano lessons, and what it means to be a friend. Somehow a funny awkward girl and a self-absorbed mythical creature are able to find common ground and become friends! If you find yourself laughing as much as I did, you will be happy to know that this is just the first in the Heavenly Nostrils series!
You can find it in our Juvenile Graphic Novels collection under J GRAPHIC SIMPSON.
What a timely story with all that is going on in North Korea. This fast paced book gives a good inside peek at how North Koreans today are
living under the world’s most repressive regime. Mia, her brother Simon and their father, an aide worker, are on a five day tour of North Korea. Then their father is arrested for spying and Mia accidentally comes across photographs of North Korean slave-labor camps. Mia and her brother realize that the only way to save their father is to get the pictures out of the country. Now she and her brother must escape on foot through the forests of North Korea and into China before they are caught with the pictures. An unforgettable story of courage, survival, and love for family.
Find this in our Juvenile Fiction collection under the call number J O’BRIEN.
With the new school year approaching, I recommend reading It Ain’t So Awful Falafel, by Firoozeh Dumas.
Zomorod Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for thefourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name–Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can’t distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home.
I picked this book up because I saw that it took place in the 1970’s which I thought would make for a fun setting. Zomorod, or Cindy’s, family is from Iran but they love living in America. Even though Cindy is from Iran, she’s just a kid trying to fit in and make friends, like a lot of us. The historical events, like revolts taking place at that time in Iran, made me want to do a little research on Iran and American relations. A little bit of humor and a little bit of history make this an appealing read!
Find it in our Juvenile Fiction collection under J DUMAS.
It’s Throwback Thursday! Today I recommend, Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary.
Ramona likes that she’s old enough to be counted on, but must everything depend on her? Mrs. Quimby has gone back to work so that Mr. Quimby can return to school, and Ramona is expected to be good for Mrs. Kemp while her parents are away, to be brave enough to ride the school bus by herself, and to put up with being teased by Danny the Yard Ape. In Ramona’s world, being eight isn’t easy, but it’s never dull!
Ramona is a third grader, but I can still relate to so much of what she feels! I remember listening to one of my favorite teachers read Ramona Quimby, Age 8 to my class in the third grade. I always think of her when I read this book. If you need a laugh, I recommend checking it out, if you haven’t already read it. When I need a feel-good book to lift my spirits, I like any of the books about Ramona.
Find it in our Juvenile Fiction collection under J CLEARY.
On 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!
On this day, June 20th in 1975 the movie Jaws was released in theaters!
“The story of a great white shark that terrorizes a New England resort town became an instant blockbuster and the highest-grossing film in movie history until it was bested by 1977’s Star Wars. Jaws was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category and took home three Oscars, for Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Sound. The film, a breakthrough for director Spielberg, then 27 years old, spawned three sequels.” http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/jaws-released-2
You can borrow Jaws from the library, or learn more about sharks with books from the Juvenile Nonfiction section at j597.3.
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
You 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.
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 …
On 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.