Snatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannibal giants.
Roald Dahl has written a lot of wonderful books for children such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or James and the Giant Peach but this one is my personal favorite. Sophie is an amusing main character, and the idea of the BFG creating happy dreams for children seemed like the perfect kind of magic to me. Originally published in 1982 this book has been adapted into a movie several times most recently by Disney in 2016. Fans of fantasy fiction should check out this classic!
You can find The BFG in the Juvenile Fiction section at J DAHL.
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.
Two children persuade their father, an inventor, to purchase and restore an old car which turns out to have magical powers and leads its owners on a series of adventures.
Do you like going on adventures? Did you ever wish that you had an object with magical powers? If you answered yes to these questions, then Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming is the classic novel for you! First published in 1964, this book has been adapted in a movie and has sequels written by another author who was inspired by this classic. In this book, you will learn how children convince their father to restore an old car. During the restoration process, the family discovers that the old car has magical powers. So, jump on into this book and go on a series of adventures with this fun family and their magical car!
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J FLEMING.
The Goodreads Choice Award Winner for the Middle Grade and Children’s Category is The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan! You can find this book at the library in the Juvenile Fiction section at J RIORDAN.
A titan in the Middle Grade & Children’s category, Rick Riordan claims another victory for The Ship of the Dead. No stranger to mythological reimaginings, Riordan continues the story of a once-homeless teen and his epic transformation into one of Odin’s chosen warriors. This is the second time this series has been nominated, and it marks the seventh consecutive Goodreads Choice Award win for Riordan.
If you’re a fan of Rick Riordan’s series, Magnus Chase, you may already know (or have read!) the third book, The Ship of the Dead, which was released this October. For those of you who haven’t heard of Magnus Chase yet, here’s a quick synopsis: Magnus Chase is a kid living on the streets of Boston. A strange man finds him and reveals that he is the son of a Norse god! Adventure ensues.
If you like Norse mythology or the Thor movies, you may be interested in reading the Magnus Chase Trilogy.
Here’s a book trailer for the latest book, The Ship of the Dead.
Today I recommend: The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill.
After discovering a lost TeaDragon in the marketplace, apprentice blacksmith Greta learns about the dying art form of TeaDragon caretaking from the kind tea shop owners.
First of all, the art in this graphic novel is stunning. It feels a little manga-like as an art style but everything is a soothing pastel color scheme. This is a sweet fantasy story about the importance of patience and friendship. The book also has a lovely cast of characters and tea dragons with an array of different skin colors, orientations, and abilities. The whole graphic novel is whimsical and drama free – a sweet happy story! Also charming is the section at the end that gives tips for raising a tea dragon and information about the different types of tea dragons.
You can find The Tea Dragon Society in the Juvenile Graphic Novel section at J Graphic O’Neill.
In a constant struggle against oppression, a group of rabbits search for peaceful co-existence. Chronicles the adventures of a group of rabbits searching for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace.
A winner of the Carnegie Medal and published in 1972, this tale centered around rabbits is not as lighthearted as it might seem from the cover. This book is recommended for those in grades 6 and above. This book is another classic that was adapted into a movie (in 1978)!
Tucker is a streetwise city mouse. He thought he’d seen it all. But he’s never met a cricket before, which really isn’t surprising, because, along with his friend Harry Cat, Tucker lives in the very heart of New York City–the Times Square subway station. Chester Cricket never intended to leave his Connecticut meadow. He’d be there still if he hadn’t followed the entrancing aroma of liverwurst right into someone’s picnic basket. Now, like any tourist in the city, he wants to look around. He could not have found two better guides–and friends–than Tucker and Harry. The trio have many adventures–from taking in the sights and sounds of Broadway to escaping a smoky fire.
The Cricket in Times Square was first published in 1960 and is a 1961 Newbery Honor Book. This book is recommended for children who like fantasy and stories told by animals. You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J SELDEN.
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.
With the help of some unexpected, and rather ghostly, allies, Lockwood & Co. must battle their greatest enemy yet, as they move ever closer to the moment when the earth-shattering secret of ‘the problem’ will finally be revealed.
This is the fifth and final book in the Lockwood & Company series, and it was just as gripping as the rest of the books! This is a great book for kids who like some chills and ghosts in their books. Fast paced and full of action this was a quick page turner. I don’t want to give away any of the plot but this book has a satisfying ending that wraps up the series well.
If you’re looking for a fast paced adventure or if you enjoyed Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus trilogy you should give this series a shot! You can find this as well as the other books in the series in the Juvenile Fiction section at J STROUD.