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Parent Talk: How to Talk to Your Children in Language That Builds Self-Esteem and Encourages Responsibility

Friday, January 12, 2018
Chick Moorman
Parent Talk
If I could, I would give this book to every parent, grandparent, coach, teacher and caregiver I know. My favorite passage from the book is “You, the parent, are responsible for the discipline structure within your home. Your language can help children realize the choices and controls they have within that structure. As you continue to use the type of communication described in this book, your children will grow to understand that the choices they make impact what happens to them. They will gradually develop the internal controls necessary for independence and self-responsibility, both of which are ultimate goals of discipline.”
I cannot say enough about how helpful this book is. I have changed the language I use with my grandson and IT WORKS! Not only does it work but it also makes me stop to think about what I am going to say instead of reacting. The chapters are short and give practical ideas you can implement immediately.  Check our catalog
Sara D., YS

Strands of Bronze and Gold

Monday, August 28, 2017
Jane Nickerson
Strands of Bronze and Gold


Romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale. Sophie is a seventeen-year-old girl, in the late 1800’s, who just lost her father.  Sophie receives, an invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, the godfather she has never met. When Sophie first arrives at Wyndriven Abbey in Mississippi, she is enchanted by the generosity of Monsieur Bernard de Cressac. She begins to hear rumors about her godfathers past wives. She soon becomes alarmed by what she hears.

The story is told in the first person as Sophie unravels the plan Monsieur Bernard de Cressac has for her. The author takes great care to describe that house and the grounds with all of it’s locked doors, dark secrets and hidden objects. The scene is set. Can Sophie solve the mystery of the 4 wives and save herself?  Check our catalog

Sara D., Youth Services


Brown Girl Dreaming

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Jaqueline Woodson
Brown Girl Dreaming
 I chose to listen to this book instead of reading it because I wanted to hear it in the authors’ voice. I am so glad I did! The story would not have had the same impact if I had read it in my voice in my head. The story is about an African American girl growing up in the 60's and 70’s.
I usually stick to the Fairy Tale Retelling or Fantasy genres so I was a bit worried that I would not "get into it." Happily, I was wrong! Jaqueline and I had some similar experiences growing up in the south although we had very different childhoods. The way she wrote the story and her voice was very soothing, almost lyrical. Every page is a gift of innocence and discovery as she matures into the great author she is today. If you are looking for a break from your usual genre or want to read a beautifully written book that takes you back in time, this is the book for you.  Check our Catalog
Sara D., Youth Services

Inside out and Back Again

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Thanhha Lai
Inside out and Back Again
It is 1975 and the Vietnam War has reached the home of 10 years old Hà, in Saigon. She and her family flee their home by boat and end up in Alabama, USA. This is a story about family, perseverance and hope. The story is captivating and the writing style compelling.
This is the first verse novel I have ever read. A verse novel is a novel-length narrative in which the story is told through poetry rather than prose. The blank space on the page creates time to reflect on Hà and her experiences.
I could envision her and her family sleeping on grass mats while the boat rocked back and forth. I could feel the sense of loss she must have felt to learn her country had fallen. I could sense her culture shock upon meeting “The Cowboy” and his wife for the first time.  If you like history, personal diaries, poetry, or unusual perspectives you will enjoy this book.  Check our Catalog
Psara(h) Dee  - Youth Services


Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Stephanie Garber
The twists and turns in the adventures of sisters Scarlett and Tella at Caraval had me turning page after page, minute after minute.  Think magical theatre meets game show, directed by a mad maestro. The description of this fancifully dark world surrounded me and pulled me in. This book has it all – sisterhood, mystery, romance, masquerade, adventure, and magic.
Scarlett and Tella escape their cruel father and his tiny island, just to be tossed into a world more sinister then they could have imagine. Scarlett is a selfless young woman who thinks only of protecting her sister and escaping her father. Her younger sister, Tella, only thinks of herself and living life to its fullest. They find themselves trapped in Caraval playing for the ultimate prize of One Wish. It’s only a game but the lines between reality and fantasy are quickly blurred. 
Sara D., Youth Services


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