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Boys Should Be Boys

Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Meg Meeker M.D.
Boys Should Be Boys

 

I didn't expect to cry, but there I was reading various passages and getting all emotional.  My boys are pre-teen and the book is definitely geared towards parents of teenagers.  Though, I think being prepared ahead of time, maybe we can avoid some of the pitfalls.  The book is very loosely structured, it actually rambles through anecdotes to keep reiterating it's point.  If you need to be reminded why you should let the boys in your life be themselves read this book.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circulation

Lunch Money

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Andrew Clements
Lunch Money
I think Andrew Clements is one of those must read authors for kids.  Lunch Money doesn't disappoint.  This is a hilarious look at money and friendship from sixth grader Greg's perspective.  He wants to sell comic books that he writes and illustrates at school.  You can imagine the pitfalls.  I love how Greg is determined and finds solutions to his problems with classmates, school staff and a school board.  An added joy is that Lunch Money is illustrated by Brian Selznick.  This is a great read aloud, especially a this time of year when kids are anxious to make more spending cash.  Check our catalog
 
Cindy A., Circ.

Sarah’s Key

Friday, December 2, 2011
Tatiana de Rosnay
Sarah's Key

Historical Fiction at its best, this story is gripping, tragic and completely unforgettable. The horrors that millions of people faced during World War II have been told through numerous stories allowing the voice of so many that were lost to still be heard. The story of Sarah Starzynski is told in conjunction with the life of Julia Jarmond, a reporter that lives 60years after Sarah’s story. Beginning on a hot summer night in Paris, 1942, Parisian police officers come to the Starzynki’s apartment and tell the family they are to leave immediately. 10-year-old Sarah believes that they will return in just a short period of time, so she locks her brother in a cupboard, their secret hiding place to keep him safe. She takes with her the only key that can set him free. As Julie researches the Paris roundup of 1942 she uncovers the life and struggles of Sarah. As a result, Julia is forever changed by the ties that her life has with Sarah Starzynski.

Emily D., Circulation

This is a truly poignant story. It tells the story of  a journalist researching and writing about the events surrounding July 16, 1942 at the Velodrome d'Hiver in Paris.  Over 13,000 Jewish men, women, and children were taken there and then transported onto other camps. The journalist's story is the present-how do we remember atrocities, how do we atone, how do we honor the memory of those we've wronged individually and as a society. The more moving story is that of a little girl, Sarah. One out of thousands. Sarah, while fictional, gives shape and voice for the thousands whose voices were silenced whose stories may never be heard. Sarah's Key will stay with you.

Cindy A., Circulation

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Shadow Children series

Friday, December 2, 2011
Margaret Paterson Haddix
Among the Hidden

The Shadow Children series is extremely thought provoking.  You'll want to read this with someone so you can discuss it.  Droughts have come and as a solution the government has forbidden more than two children per family.  Each book is narrated by a different third child so you gain perspective and viewpoints from their experience.  Resisting government, questioning policies, quality of life, trust, being submissive, food distribution and allocation, the discussion topics are endless.  Check our catalog for the series  or Check our catalog for Among the Hidden, the first book

Cindy A., Circ

The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Bruce Hale
The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse

This is the first in a series that is hilarious.  I'm always looking for good reads for my young boys.  The style is the old time gum shoe calling women (in this case- classmate girls) dames.  Our P.I. is a fourth grade gecko that solves school mysteries.  If your children loved the Nate the Great series they will get a kick out of this one.  If they like reptiles they will love the details of the characteristics used to enhance the story.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circ.

Never Knowing

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Chevy Stevens
Never Knowing
Various psychological thrillers get suggested to me and I'm disappointed-NOT this one!  Wow!  It's structure is unique in that the main character is telling the story to her psychiatrist.  But, truly it's the story that is gripping.  A grown woman seeks out her birth paretns, only to discover the grass isn't always greener on the other side. She is born to a rape victim, her father being a serial rapist and killer.  He now wants a relationship with her.  Check our catalog
 
Cindy A., Circ. 

Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean

Monday, October 31, 2011
Justin Somper
Demons of the Ocean

This is a fun read! Twins are lost at sea after the death of their lightkeeper father.  They are each rescued by different ships.  Conner, by pirates that take him in and make him one of their own.  Grace, by the pirate ship that is crewed by vampires.  She is befirended and protected by the Captain and the midshipman.  Throughout the story is the sea shanty their father sang to them as a lullaby-all about the vampirates.  I can't wait to read about the adventures these twins will have in the rest of the series.  Very addictive.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circulation

Faith

Monday, October 31, 2011
Jennifer Haigh
Faith

Growing up Catholic their are a lot of mysteries and things we take on faith.  A lot is weighted by tradition.  This is an interesting and thoughtful story as told by the sister of a priest.  He is accused, as many were in the last couple decades, of a horrific act with a young boy in his charge.  The sister in the telling is able to provide a great back-story to the young men who became priests in the recent past and what their experience was like as young priests in this ceremonilaized tradition.  She speaks for all involved as she interviews them and puts together the story from everything they share.  The story is set in the Irish Catholic east coast. It is well told.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circulation

Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: what is an adjective

Monday, October 31, 2011
Brian Cleary
Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: what is an adjective?

What a fun and entertaining series!  Verbs, Nouns, Adjectives, Pronouns, Adverbs, Prepositions, Synonyms, Antonyms. Homonyms, and Homophones all receive hilarious illustration!  Within each book the part of speech being focused on gets highlighted to make it easy for the reader to know which words fit the bill.  "Adjectives help tell us more, Like narrow street or favorite store, Hilly, chilly, fast, and fun, undercooked and overdone.".  My young authors at home really enjoyed this series. It helped clarify, in a fun way, when I asked for more detail-add an adjective or adverb.  Great for getting back to school or even once school starts to reiterate what they are learning.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circulation

The Bone Yard

Sunday, August 7, 2011
Jefferson Bass

This is a disturbing story, as you might imagine as the main character is a forensic anthropologist. I didn't feel like the main character was fleshed out, probably because it is series. This particular story is gruesome in that it tells a fictionalized version of a boys reform school in Florida where the boys were tortured and killed. The forensic detail in the book is incredible and well written. Jefferson Bass is actually two men that have teamed up to write, Bass is actually a real life forensic anthropologist. I look forward to reading more of their work if it is similar-bringing attention to real life situations.

Cindy A. Circulation

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