Monday, July 21, 2014

TURNING TWELVE IS NOT EASY


It all starts the summer Suzy is going to turn twelve. First, her mother leaves to take care of her sick grandmother. Then, her little brother Parker saves the life of their neighbor by calling 911 after she collapses at home. Now Parker is a neighborhood hero and he is letting it go to his head. To add to her woes, Suzy is starting to think of her friend Gilbert as a little more than a friend, and her best friend is chosen for a play while she is rejected. When her brother’s hero antics ruin her twelfth birthday, it is the last straw for Suzy.  

After deciding that she has had enough of being Suzy Quinn, she tries to be like her favorite poet, the reclusive Emily Dickinson. But there is a chance that she might be taking it too far when she decides to only communicate with her friends via letters and refuses to do anything that Emily could not do.

This breezy verse novel by Eileen Spinelli is a perfect book for those leisurely summer afternoons, at home or on the beach. 

For grades 4-6.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

IS THIS OUR WORLD’S FUTURE?


The year is not certain but the story is set in the future where the world has become a very different one than ours. It is hot, very hot and has been that way as long as Devin can remember. He is one of the lucky ones as he and his grandfather live on a farm in a hidden idyllic oasis. While they had to work hard to keep up with the chores, life was good for them. When the grandfather suddenly dies, Devin must leave the safety of the hidden valley to find help to keep the farm going. What he finds instead is a nightmare of a society where children are left to their own devices and everyone has to lie, steal and cheat to survive. After a chance encounter with an older boy named Kit, the opportunity to escape the dark reality of the city to what sounds like paradise is offer him and he readily accepts. 

Devin soon finds out that Paradise is not all that it was promised to be in Tania Unsworth’s, The One Safe Place a thrilling adventure story for readers in grades 5-8.

Monday, July 14, 2014

THE POSSIBILITY OF CHANGING THE PAST

Thirteen-year-old Margaret O’Malley’s world is turned upside down when the corrupt Judge Biggs sentences her father to death for burning down a Victory Fuels building and killing a person trapped inside. Margaret knows that her father did not do it, and that his sentencing was in retaliation for uncovering a secret that Victory Fuels wanted to keep hidden at any cost. Desperate to save his life, Margaret decides to do the thing that she knows she shouldn’t – use the O’Malley gift to go back in time to change the events that made Lucas Biggs into the man who sentenced an innocent man to die. But Margaret will discover that changing the past means more than changing history, and that no one is beyond saving - from themselves or others.

Saving Lucas Biggs is a page-turner with lots of mystery, action, history, and a touch of science fiction, and will appeal to boys and girls in grades 5 and up.

Friday, July 11, 2014

GHOSTLY HAPPENINGS


Mo, Dale, Miss Lana, The Colonel, and the whole wacky southern town of Tupelo Landing are back in this follow up to 2012 Newbery Honor book Three Times Lucky. Rising sixth graders, Mo and Dale, fresh off their last case with the Desperado Detective Agency, have a new mystery to solve and this one has a paranormal twist. When Mo’s guardian, Miss Lana, accidently buys an inn that is home to a ghostly presence Mo and Dale take it upon themselves to uncover the mystery behind the haunting and hopefully interview the ghost for their history project.


Ghost hunting isn’t as easy as Mo and Dale hope it will be and they soon discover that the ghost isn’t the only mystery at the inn. Long-buried pasts are uncovered and secrets are revealed as Mo and Dale investigate the inn’s tragic history. Who is the ghost and what is she trying to tell them? What’s the connection between the new kid in town and the mysterious happenings? The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage is a fun and slightly spooky read.  

For grades 4 and up

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

GIRLS ARE SO MEAN SOMETIMES


It's summer vacation on Darcy Lane, and Julia is looking forward to a season of swimming, sitting around with her best friend Taylor, and thinking about the neighbor boy Peter. Lo and behold, the new neighbors move in with a girl Julia's age named Alyssa, and that changes everything. For some reason, Alyssa is rude to Julia from day one, steals best friend Taylor (is she such a good friend after all?), and basically makes Julia's life miserable - until the day of the great battle of Russia! 

THE BATTLE OF DARCY LANE by Tara Altebrando is your typical, tween angst novel, but is original enough to keep you reading to the very end. Questions like "will Peter and Julia become more than friends?" and "who is the mystery prank caller" intermingle throughout the story, with everything tied up in a nice neat bow at the very end.

 For 4th - 6th grades.

JUNE 2014

Monday, July 07, 2014

HURRY, SLOTH!

What happens when a sloth needs to hurry? Sloth receives a phone call informing him that he’s won a shopping spree at a store downtown. While he’s not exactly sure what a “spree” is, Sloth is very excited and knows he will have to hurry to make it to the store to claim his prize. The problem, however, is that sloths are not known for their speed. He tries various methods of getting to the store- zip-lining down the clothesline, riding an ice cream truck, and even hang gliding. Will sloth make it to the store in time? Will he have enough energy to race through the store for his shopping spree or will he need to take a nap?

Lost Sloth by J. Otto Seibold really showcases Seibold’s signature offbeat illustration style and storytelling. This is a great choice for storytimes and listeners won’t be able to help chiming in with the recurring phrase “Hurry, Sloth” on each page.

For preschool and older.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

WHEN ELEPHANT MET GIRAFFE

When Elephant visits the water hole, he is excited to hang out and have a conversation with Giraffe.  But Giraffe never responds. Uncertain of his behavior, Elephant decides to read a book about giraffes.  As a result of his patience and curiosity, Elephant comes to understand why Giraffe doesn't say a word. 

In a series of episodes, Paul Gude's lovely picture book vibrantly illustrates how friends can still be friends even though there may be distinct differences between them.  

For all ages.

Monday, June 30, 2014

THE SWEETEST SUPERHERO

Gabby Gomez loves the sweet, pink, chewy treat called bubble gum! After blowing an over-sized bubble early one morning, Gabby is smothered with sticky sweetness. Her mother naturally rescues her with a jar of peanut butter in hand, and the gum runs easily out of her hair. But before Gabby sets off for school, her mother tells that she is not allowed to chew gum any more.  With an upside-down smile, slumped shoulders, and hands deep in her pockets, Gabby trudges off to school. What she soon discovers is a piece of gum that changes her and her life.  

Read this first book about Gabby Gomez and her sweet adventure in Chews Your Destiny by Rhode Montijo, Illustrator of the Melvin Beederman series.

For ages 8 and older.

Friday, June 27, 2014

FROM UPSTANDING CITIZEN TO SUPER HERO


Walter is a puzzle enthusiast.  He loves to piece puzzles together.  While visiting a museum, he discovers an ancient puzzle and can't help but put it together.  Upon placing the final piece, Walter is immersed in a great white light and gains super powers.  He could bend, stretch, shrink, and grow to great heights.  With his new abilities, he decides that superheroes need a special suit and unique name to save innocent citizens from villains. While citizens of Gotham City eagerly await Batman to come to their rescue, the town of Busyville has yet to meet their greatest hero, Mr. Puzzle.  

A rollicking collection of Mr. Puzzle's super adventures by Chris "Elio" Eliopoulas.  For puzzle enthusiasts, 3rd graders and above.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ANOTHER JUDY MOODY & STINK ADVENTURE

Judy Moody and her younger brother, Stink, are thrilled to be on a family vacation.  With so much to do and see, it's a wonder that they discover mystery on their trip.  After arriving on Ocracoke Island, they are quickly greeted by Captain Weevil, who promotes the island's annual treasure hunt.  At first, it seems like it would be easy to solve the clues before them, but they soon realize that there are others who want the grand prize as well.  They'll need to work hard to figure out each of the five clues and turn in sixteen pieces o' eight, or they'll leave the island empty-handed.  

A fun sister and brother adventure.  For more books by Megan McDonald, check out the Judy Moody series, Stink series, and other Judy Moody & Stink stories.  

For ages 7-9.

Monday, June 23, 2014

JUDY MOODY & STINK BOOK DISCUSSION ...

...is today at Central.  If you can't make it, come to Casa's on Wednesday.  Remember we moved the time to 5PM.  

Friday, June 20, 2014

MAKING FRIENDS OF RIVALS

Ariana thinks that things can't get much worse when her cousin, Laila, moves in with her family from Afghanistan.  Laila is the perfect daughter and a perfect lady while Ariana is... well, not.  To make it worse, their family spends a lot of time pointing out what Ariana can do to act more like Laila and when school starts, it feels like Laila is trying to steal Ariana's best friend.  

Living in the same room and working in the family store, Laila and Ariana act as rivals until a competing Afghan market opens in the same mall as their own family's store, and bad things start happening.  Is the new store undermining Kabul Corner and stealing their workers and business?  Or is there something bigger going on?  Find out in N.H. Senzai's novel for middle schoolers, Saving Kabul Corner.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

LISTEN TO AMAZING ANIMAL STORIES

MICHAEL MCCARTY storyteller extraordinaire will be here Saturday, June 21 at 2PM at the Central Library auditorium. Join us for some storytelling fun.  

For ages 4 and older (and/or be able to sit for 30-45 minute program). 

We validate for 3 hours of free parking in the structure across the library on the North side of Harvard St. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SOARING AND OTHER MATTERS


If you like a bit of adventure, magic and the possibility of people flying on their own in your stories, then The Art of Flying by Judy Hoffman is for you. 

It all starts when Fortuna Dalliance’s mother sends the eleven-year-old off to help the very old and strange pair of ladies who live down the street. Not your typical neighbors, the live not only in a very unusual and creepy house but also may possess magic powers. Though this encounter with the sisters, or should we say witches, Fortuna becomes involved in a fantastical adventure that includes birds that have been transformed into boys, cats that are not what they seem and a question of friendship.

For readers in 5th-8th grades.