Children

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Margaret McNamara and Mark Fearing
The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot

“Little Alien! Little Alien!” bleeped the Robot.” PULL over! PULL OVER!”

“Not by the wheels of my trusty space rover!” cried Bork bravely (the first little alien).

“Then I’ll crack and smack and whack your house down!” meeped the Robot.

A science fiction spin on the classic Three Little Pigs tale. What a clever idea. The book was packed with action, humor, space exploration, courage, and a touch of science. Step aside The Martian.  This book will surely captivate and be enjoyed by children even with the Big Bad Robot.

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Kate D., Youth Services

Trapped Behind Nazi Lines: The Story of the U.S. Army Air Force 807th Medical Evacuation Squadron

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Peter Braun
Trapped Behind Nazi Lines

This is a fascinating story of an incident during World War II. A group of  men and women, Army Air Force medical workers whose work was to care for wounded soldiers, were on a mission when their plane crashed in Albania.

For 6 months they evaded the German troops, climbed mountains, trudged through waist deep snow, and stayed with partisan families in a lot of small towns. They suffered cold and hunger and fear but did finally get to the coast and on a boat going to Italy. Some great photos and illustrations add to the interesting parts of the book. I strongly recommend it.

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Sue N., Youth Services

Hoot

Monday, February 15, 2016
Carl Hiaasen
Hoot

I read this book (and then saw the movie) about miniature burrowing owls. Cousins had showed them to me in their Florida neighborhood. They are so cute.

In the book, middle school children help a new boy try to save the endangered animals from the construction of a new Pancake House. It’s a hoot, er, hit for middle school kids.

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Sue N., Youth Services

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie the Pooh

Monday, November 16, 2015
Lindsay Mattick
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie the Pooh

We all know Winnie the Pooh. However, not many of us know “Winnie” the beloved real bear of Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian going off to war in 1914. Harry Colebourn’s great -granddaughter is sharing the story of Winnie the bear with her son Cole before going to bed.  Beautifully written and illustrated with a family album shared at the end of the book. Loved it! It will touch your heart and soul.  Check our Catalog

Kate D., Youth Services

Merida, Legend of the Emeralds

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Ellie O'Ryan
Merida, Legend of the Emeralds

My granddaughter who is 3 doesn't see much TV or many movies but she has seen Brave and likes the character Merida.  We have a new children's fiction called Merida, Legend of the Emeralds by Ellie O'Ryan. It is short and has some Disney illustrations and  think girls from grade 1 through 5 will enjoy reading it or have it read to them.  I really enjoyed it.

Sue N., Youth Services     Check our Catalog

Esperanza Rising

Monday, October 5, 2015
Pam Munoz Ryan
Esperanza Rising

While working one evening at the library in youth services a young patron about eleven years old recommended to me Esperanza Rising.  What a great read. The story begins with Esperanza, a young girl about to turn 13 years old. Her parents own a very successful ranch called “El Rancho de las Rosas” in Aguascalientes, Mexico.   Esperanza leads a very carefree life. She had fancy clothes, a magnificent home, and servants to provide whatever she needed.  She had parents and a grandmother who adored her.  It was close to the big celebration of her thirteenth birthday when life for Esperanza changed from a fairytale to a nightmare.  The tragic death of her father, force Esperanza and her mother and some dedicated servants to leave their beloved El Rancho de las Rosas and seek refuge in California.  What they face in this new land of opportunity is poverty, sickness, grueling work, and prejudice.  How do they overcome all this… hope and faith.   Esperanza surely does rise!  Great book.  Check our Catalog

Kate D., Youth Services

Crocodile or Alligator?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Susan Holt Kralovansky
Crocodile or Alligator?

Crocodile or alligator?

If you ever wondered how to tell two similar animals apart, you’ll love this series!  In “Crocodile or alligator?” readers are shown great pictures of real animals and the differences between the two are pointed out very simply.  It was great to go to the zoo after reading this book and some others in the series (such as “Monkey or ape?”) and being able to easily see and understand the differences between them.   A great book/series for multiple ages! Check our Catalog

 

Janice H., Youth Services

 

Touch the brightest star

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Christie Matheson
Touch the brightest star

The pictures and text take you on an interactive journey on the magic that happens at night.  A young child will be engaged and mesmerized  by a  gentle pat to the deer, a touch to the brightest star and a whisper  to the moon.  There isn’t an electronic device that can replace the connection the reader and listener experience with this book.  The last page of the book tells you how the magic happens.  I loved the book!

Another great book by this author is Tap the Magic tree.   Check our Catalog

Kate D., Youth Services

The Island of Dr. Libris

Monday, July 6, 2015
Chris Grabenstein

After reading the highly entertaining Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, I was excited to read Grabenstein’s latest book The Island of Dr. Libris.  This story takes place in current times with Billy spending the summer in a cabin with his mother, who is working to earn her PhD.  Billy discovers Dr. Libris’s library where books literally come to life on a nearby island.  Billy meets Hercules, Robin Hood, The Three Musketeers and other famous literary characters.  It is his hope that he is able to find a great treasure on the island that will solve his parent’s financial troubles that seem to be getting in the way of keeping his parents in a happy marriage.  This story was filled with wonderful imagination and would be enjoyed by upper elementary and early middle school students.   

Because all of the print copies of this book were currently checked out, I enjoyed listening to the audio version that was available.  The narrator had a pleasant voice and read at a good tempo.

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The Green Glass Sea

Monday, July 6, 2015
Elle Klages
The Green Glass Sea

"It's 1943, and eleven-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is en route to New Mexico to live with her mathematician father. Soon she arrives at a town that, officially, doesn't exist. It is called Los Alamos, and it is abuzz with activity, as scientists and mathematicians from all over America and Europe work on the biggest secret of all--"the gadget." None of them--not J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project; not the mathematicians and scientists; and least of all, Dewey--know how much "the gadget" is about to change their lives."

My 11 year old daughter and I read this together - we both enjoyed the story immensely and had a lot to talk about - especially with MY mom who would have been Dewey Kerrigan's age in 1943!  It was so interesting to read about an aspect of World War II that I knew so little about - the secretiveness of the project, the scientists involved, the idea of a whole "town" that nobody can talk about.  Ellen Klages also includes several real life scientists and other personnel who were involved in the Manhattan Project.  So many interesting aspects to this story and nice to be able to share and discuss with the young people in your life.

I ordered this title through MelCat.

Peggy G. - circulation 

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