Tag Archives: Orphans

Book Review: Beyond the Bright Sea

beyond the bright sea.jpgToday I recommend: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk.

A baby girl washes ashore in a tiny skiff.  She is found and given the name Crow.  As Crow grows, she becomes increasingly curious about many things.  Where did she come from?  Why is there a light burning on a supposedly deserted island?  Is a famed pirate treasure hidden nearby?  If you are interested in finding the answers to these questions and more, read Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk.

You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J WOLK.



Throwback Thursday: The BFG

the bfg.jpgFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend: The BFG by Roald Dahl.

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.


Throwback Thursday: Maniac Magee

Maniac MageeThis week for Throwback Thursday we recommend: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.

After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee’s life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.

Published in 1990, this book by Jerry Spinelli was an American Library Association Children’s Notable Book in 1991 and won the Illinois Reader’s Choice – Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award in 1993. Readers who enjoy realistic fiction will love this classic!

You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J SPINELLI.


Throwback Thursday: Anne of Avonlea

anne of.jpgHappy Throwback Thursday! Today I recommend: Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery.

Anne is half past 16 and she’s ready to begin a new life teaching in her old school. She’s as feisty as ever and is determined to inspire young hearts with her own ambitions. But some of her pupils are as boisterous and high-spirited as Anne, and so life in her Avonlea classroom becomes a lesson in discovery and adventure.

If you enjoyed Anne Shirley’s adventures as a young child in Anne of Green Gables, this book is for you!  In Anne of Avonlea, you will discover a heart-warming tale of a former orphan who is now a young lady as she realizes her dreams of going to college, becoming an author, and finding love. First published in 1909, this book has also been made into a movie available on DVD.

You can find Anne of Avonlea in the Juvenile Fiction section at J MONTGOMERY.



Pablo & Birdy

Today we’d like to recommend Pablo & Birdy by Alison McGheeImage result for pablo and birdy

In this new fiction book featuring magical realism, we read about Pablo, a boy with a mysterious early start in life – floating to shore on the tropical island of Isla as a baby tied inside an inflatable swimming pool with a colorful bird, later named Birdy, by his side. Where did Pablo and Birdy come from and does Birdy know about Pablo’s origin? Throughout the story, Pablo wonders who were his mother and father and what happened to them. He questions Emmanuel, his supportive adoptive father, his closest friends and even Birdy who doesn’t speak like the other birds roaming the island. Now approaching is 10th birthday, Pablo must make a difficult decision when he discovers that the legend of the Seafaring Parrot might be true.

You can find this in our Juvenile Fiction collection under the call number J MCGHEE.


Throwback Thursday: The Secret Garden

It’s Throwback Thursday! Today I recommend: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.secret garden

Ten-year-old orphan Mary Lennox, sent from India to England to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors with her unpleasant uncle, discovers an abandoned and unusual garden on the north country estate and invalid cousin.

First published in 1909, this is a charming tale about an orphan girl who while originally unpleasant due to being alone and abandoned slowly grows to realize that she does not have to be alone and tries to help both her cousin and the abandoned garden. This story has also been adapted in a movie released in 2009. Librarian Mrs. Rose recommends this book!

You can find The Secret Garden in the Juvenile Fiction section at J BURNETT.



Book Review: Thornhill

thornill.jpgToday I recommend: Thornhill by Pam Smy.

Parallel plot-lines set in different times, one told in text and one in art, inform each other as a young girl unravels the mystery of a ghost next door.

If you like to read horror stories, this one’s for you! Set in different time periods, two girls meet in an abandoned building. One girl’s story is told through diary entries and the other girl’s story through black and white drawings. This is a quick read with a message that will stay with you.

You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J SMY.



Book Review: NewsPrints


Today I recommend: NewsPrints by Ru Xu.

Blue is an orphan who disguises herself as a newsboy. There’s a war going on, and girls are expected to help the struggling economy by selling cookies. But Blue loves living and working at the Bugle, the only paper in town that tells the truth. Blue struggles with her secret, and worries that if her friends and adopted family at the Bugle find out, she’ll lose everything and everyone she cares about.

This is a great graphic novel for anyone who enjoyed Compass South by Hope Larson. The setting is steampunk, which makes for a very interesting read. I really enjoyed the art style which reminded me a little of manga. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger as it sets the scene for a sequel but this is still an enjoyable story. You can find this graphic novel in the Juvenile Graphic Novel section under J GRAPHIC XU.



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.


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.