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Shelter

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Frances Greeslade
Shelter

This was a powerfully aching tale about women in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest in the 1970's.  The story revolves around two young sisters that need to fend for themsleves after their mother abandons them after the death of their father.  It truly talks about women's choices and being self-sufficient rather than dependent on a man as it tells the story of the girls' mother and other women that act as surragetes to the girls.  The storytelling is as rich as the description of the landscape.  A great survival tale for any female.  This was a true pleasure to read.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circ. 

Ending the Homework Hassle

Monday, July 16, 2012
John Rosemond
Ending the Homework Hassle
I have HIGH expectations for my boys academically, just ask them.  I also work hard on using some of the Love & Logic principles- I want my boys to be able to think for themselves and pay low cost consequences so they don't pay high ones as they reach adulthood.  This book echoes that  philosophy-school work and behavior and homework are their responsibility NOT mine.  So, this summer I am determined to wean myself off of helping with elementary work, so come the fall my boys will be on their own.   I already got my A's, it's their turn.  Better they have some failures now, than in middle and high school when it starts to really count. This book provides some very specific advice.  Worth the read and the pain of implementing.  Check our catalog.
 
Cindy A., Circ.

The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll & Mademoiselle Odile

Monday, July 16, 2012
James Reese
The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll & Mademoiselle Odile
Paris, 1871, under siege and preparing for war.  Odile and her young orphan brother, Greluchon make their way to Paris.  They are taken in by Dr. Jekyll with hopes of healing Greluchon.  Though it is Odile that is the healer with her family salts and craft.  These salts become the healig and the undoing of her brother and Dr. Jekyll. This is a wonderfully grotesque read.  Odile, tells her story in a particularly unique voice.  Check our catalog.
 
Cindy A., Circ.

Theodosia series

Monday, June 11, 2012
R.L. LaFevers
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos

Theodosia is a wonderful character-she is an eleven year old living in the Museum of Legend and Antiquities in  1906 London.  Her parents work there, but Theodosia has the touch. She can sense curses and is skilled at removing them from the artifacts brought back to the museum by her mother from digs in Egypt.  Because of her gift she gets into the middle of very dangerous situations as the adults in the world fight for the powerful charmed artifacts. This series makes for great mysteryies, adventures, English humor, and you couldn't ask for better if you are fascinated with all things Egyptian.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circ. 

Anonymous

Monday, June 11, 2012
Anonymous

I am intrigued, I need to go digging in the 921 section to find out what we think we know about William Shakespeare. Anonymous poses the hypothesis that a nobleman, an earl, was actually the author of the works we attribute to William Shakespeare!!  Evidently, the evidence is lacking to support that an illiterate, who could not write his own name and would not have had the means to travel to Italy, coud have written works we have all come to love.  The movie is full of political intrigue and romantic scandal as one expects from the English Royal Court. Check our catalog

Cindy A.  Circ. 

A Donkey Reads

Monday, June 11, 2012
Muriel Mandell
A Donkey Reads

My family loves reading stories from other cultures and folktales make us laugh.  This one is delightful and was an added bonus as we are in the throes of reading month and the boys learning about market economics at school.  Poor Mustafo has to pay tribute to the conquering Mongol tyrant.  He is so poor he only has a donkey that does not even earn his keep, but he fearfully submits it.  Luckily, he is spared a beating as the village wise man steps in to say he can teach the donkey to read.  You'll have to read the book to see if he is successful.  The art work by Andre Letria is wonderful and accents the story beautifully.  This is a Junior Library Guild Selection winner.  Check our catalog

Cindy A. Circ. 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

The author pored through collections of peculiar, vintage photographs and incorporated them into a most unique story.  Jacob's grandfather told him fantastical stories of a girl who could fly, a boy that was home to bees, siblings that could lift boulders over their heads.  He told Jacob of fighting monsters.  As Jacob grew older he doubted the veracity of the stories, until his grandfather is killed.  He makes his way to the Welsh island where is grandfather grew up after escaping the monster Nazis.  Jacob discovers the peculiar children in the photographs that he heard about are real and alive. As are the monsters.  A haunting book in large part due to the blending of incredible photographs that tell the story.  Check our catalog

Cindy A. Circ. 

The Doll People series

Friday, April 27, 2012
Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin
Doll People

My youngest loves Brian Selznick, so we had to find more books that he was a part of.  We tumbled onto the Doll People series, what a treasure.  He loved it so much he read book two, The Meanest Doll in the World,  to grandma while she was visiting.  She loved it so much she checked book three out from her library in MN  The two of them read it and e-mailed each other their thoughts.  The doll house dolls have taken an oath that allows them to be alive, if they raise human suspicians they are reduced to doll state - the inability to move for 24 hours.  These little dolls have great big adventures.  The authors touch on childhood problems in a touching way, while Selznick shines yet again!  With so much illustration this would be a great series for kids that struggle with visualization.  Check our catalog

Cindy A.,  Circ. 

Ivy's Ever After

Friday, April 27, 2012
Dawn Lairamore
Ivy's Ever After

What a fun romp. Lairamore povides great new twists on a couple of old fairy tales.  ln the first book, Ivy, the 14 year old princess,  with the help of Elridge, the dragon, saves the kingdom from the terrible prince who would be king,   The young prince according to the treaty must slay the dragon guarding the princess to become king of the land.  With the help of  a magical mirror Ivy is able to see his horrible plans for after he becomes king.  She enlists the timid dragon's help to find her runaway  fairy godmother.  All the traditional fairy tale roles are flipped around in this enchanting story.   In the sequel, Ivy and the Meanstalk, Ivy must save her kingdom yet again from being destroyed, this time by a sleep deprived giant.  Years ago Jack climbed the beanstalk and stole the magical harp that soothed the giant's wife to sleep.  Ivy flies on Elrridge to the kingdom of Jackopia to retrieve the golden harp before Largessa smashes the kingdom with giant boulders.  Of course, the royal family has no desire to part with the precious harp.  What is a princess to do? You will have fun on these adventtures with Ivy and Elridge.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circ. 

Storm Runners

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Roland Smith
Storm Runners

Several different books by Roland Smith have been recommended to my boys by teachers and youth librarians, so I had to check him out.  The Storm Runners series is furiously  fast paced-perfect for my son who has been gobbling up graphic novles like popcorn!  Each book captures the exciting adventure of one day in less than160 pages.  The stories are literelly told minute by exhilerating minute.  In the first book, Chase Masters and his dad survive a hurricane while at a circus base camp in Florida. In the second they need to use all their skills to survive the surge from the hurricane while the circus animals are on the loose.  In the third, they travel to Mexico to save family that are trapped on an erupting volcano that just suffered an earthquake- oh yeah the circus anmals are on the loose on the mountain!  Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!  This was a fun fast paced read you will not want to put down.  Make sure you get the trilogy (Storm Runners, The Surge, Eruption)  you don't want to be waiting weeks to find out what happens next!  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circ. 

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