Friday, December 06, 2013
The Banana muffins have gone missing from Ms. Chimpanzee's stand at the Mango Market. Murilla Gorilla has been hired to find out who stole the muffins? Was it Frog? Was it Okapi? Was it Hippo? Murilla Gorilla must follow the clues and work very hard to solve this case.
Murilla Gorilla Jungle Detective by Jennifer LLoyd is great or beginning readers and those who enjoy Dodsworth and similar stories.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Things seem to look up, however, when Gaby's class volunteers at the local animal shelter where she writes adoption ads in the hopes of finding families for the animals. What she doesn't expect, though, is that while waiting for her mother to come home and finding homes for the animals, she finds hope and belonging for herself.
Join Gaby on her journey towards acceptance and a loving family in Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes, for grades 5-7.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
For grades 5-8.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Riley Mack and his mostly middle-school team aren’t really troublemakers. They just try to help innocent kids who are in trouble and unable to defend themselves against bullies or confused adults. Like their Mission Impossible heroes, but with much more humor, Riley, Jake, Jamal (the brilliant fifth grader), Briana, and Mongo use their talents, disguises and electronic devices to make trouble for troublemakers.
It’s summer break, and the stream below the private golf course where the team likes to cool off is filled with dead fish. Riley usually shares his troubles with his soldier father in Afghanistan via Skype, but his father has been accused of procuring tainted food for the mess hall, and is in the brig. Meanwhile, Briana has entered a talent contest and is being bullied by another act. These seemingly unrelated events are in fact all part of a plot by real troublemakers - adult troublemakers, including the police.
Co-author of I Funny, Chris Grabenstein on his own spins a mission-impossible like mystery-adventure in Riley Mack Stirs Up More Trouble. While this book is part of a series, the series can be read in any order. Start with this one and you’ll want to read the others.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Kathleen O'Dell is coming tomorrow, Thursday at 7p.m., November 21 to talk about her book The Aviary and signing your copies. Once Upon a Time bookstore will also be selling her books at the event. Hope to see you all at the Central Library. Parking is free with validation for 3 hours in the structure.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Ditty loves dancing. She loves her parents. She does not love lying. But she does not want to study Jewish tradition and get married to another Orthodox Jewish boy. Her parents act like their beliefs must rule everything about their lives. But Ditty isn't quite so sure if she believes these things any more. I mean, her parents have a secret television! So Ditty decides to take ballet, and has to come up with some elaborate stories to do what she loves the most - dancing!
DANCING IN THE DARK by Robyn Bavati is about a girl who is transitioning from obedient child to daring teen, one who questions everything her parents ever taught her. How can dancing feel so right when her family thinks it is so wrong?! For grades 6 and up.
Monday, November 18, 2013
At 13, life is full of changes and challenges.
What started out as a one time deal to help out a guy as well as making a bit of money at the same time became a part time job unlike any other. Through word of mouth, Quentin became known as the the Heartbreak Messenger, whose job it was break tell some poor unfortunate high schooler that their relationship was over. Call the breakee scaredy cat, cowardly or whatever you want, but he figures he's serving a purpose and helping out his mom at the same time. Meanwhile his own relationship with his best friends, especially Abby is changing and he's having a hard time figuring out why.
Heartbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance is a fun fast-pace anti - romance from a guy's point of view.
For readers in 6th-8th grade.
Friday, November 15, 2013
The mac and cheese at the school cafeteria has gone missing and PJ McGee hopes to use his ninja moves and private eye skills to find out who stole it. PJ hopes to one day follow in his father’s footstep, who he assumes is on a secret mission. As PJ tries to solve the mystery, he comes across some problems, as he is clueless about his surroundings and tends to cause more problems than needed. With his sidekick beside him and a bully under suspicion, PJ attempts to solve this case.
Clueless McGee by Jeff Mack is a funny book. Readers will find PJ’s clueless character hilarious and he tells the story through letters to his dad, which allows readers to understand his character better. This book is great for children grades 3 and up.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Roxie Warbler was a fourth grade girl, who was bullied by a “Helvetia’s Hooligans.” One day when she tried escaping her bullies, they all were stuck in a garbage bin, and dumped into the ocean and landed on a stranded island. Soon they realized they were not the only ones on the island, there were two dangerous criminals who were also there. Will Roxie and her bullies get home safely or will their faith lie with the criminals.
Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds is a great story about a girl who overcomes the challenges of bulling at school. It also teaches students how important it is for teamwork. This quick-read is great for grades 3 and up.