Collects tales of Norse mythology featuring the powerful Odin, Thor and his hammer Mjolnir, Loki, the final battle of Ragnarok, and power struggles among the figures.
This is a gorgeous nonfiction book about Norse mythology full of striking mostly black and white illustrations that add a sense of tension throughout the book. It’s long, 225 pages, but with 20 different tales included there is a lot to read. Some of the tales can get a little gruesome but this book is perfect for middle schoolers who are curious about the myths that have inspired Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series.
This book can be found in the Juvenile Nonfiction section at j398.209 CROSSLEY-HOLLAND.
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.
A collection of poems recounts the efforts of Esquire magazine graphic designer Art Kane to photograph a group of famous jazz artists in front of a Harlem brownstone.
This is an interesting book of poetry, where all of the poems relate to the people and events that were a part of the photograph that inspired Roxane Orgill’s poetry. The author’s notes at the end include biographies of the musicians, and a set of foldout pages include a reproduction of the photograph. I recommend this for anyone interested in jazz music, as well as anyone who wants to read nonfiction without just reading a list of facts.
You can find Jazz Day in the Juvenile Nonfiction section at j811.54 ORGILL.
Today I recommend: Motor Girls: How Women Took the Wheel and Drove Boldly into the Twentieth Century by Sue Macy.
Presents the first generation of female motorists who drove cars for fun, profit, and to make a statement about the evolving role of women.
This books offers a deeper look at the first women to drive automobiles, including in races and throughout the World War. It also offers some fun facts along the way such as the most ridiculous rules of the road (certain mayors in Illinois authorized the police to put wire or throw logs in front of speeding cars). With lots of pictures and sidebars filled with quick facts this nonfiction book is a great read!
You can find this book in the Juvenile Nonfiction section at j629.283 MACY.
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.
Because this week is National Garden Week, 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 example, 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.
On this day in 1869 the transcontinental railroad was completed. Two railroad companies, Union Pacific and Central Pacific, connected their railways in Promontory, Utah. This made it possible to travel by train across the United States!
You can learn more about the transcontinental railroad at http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/transcontinental-railroad-completed or by checking out books at the library such as:
Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation by Martin W. Sandler: (Juvenile Nonfiction j385.097 SANDLER) In one great race between iron men with iron wills, tens of thousands of workers blasted the longest tunnels that had ever been constructed, built the highest bridges that had ever been created, and finally linked the nation by two bands of steel, changing America forever.
Today we recommend: Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H. L. Hunley by Sally M. Walker.
When the Union blockade of all ports in the South stopped supplies from reaching the Confederate Army, Horace L. Hunley decided to create a submarine that would be able to sneak up on enemy ships and blow them up. After many years of trial and error, the H. L. Hunley actually succeeded in sinking the USS Housatonic in February of 1864. But the submarine never returned to port, and her crew perished in the Charleston Harbor. This book presents the history of the Civil War submarine the H.L. Hunley, including the construction, mysterious sinking, recovery, and restoration.
This book was the 2006 winner for the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal. This book hooked me right from the start, and the numerous pictures, sketches, and maps made it easy to picture the submarine. This book is perfect for those interested in the Civil War or archaelogy. It is a great nonfiction book packed with information that avoids being dry or dull. You can find it in the Juvenile Nonfiction section at j973.757 WALKER or as an audiobook in the Juvenile Audiobook section j973.757 WAL.