Saturday, May 31, 2008


Primrose Squarp's parents are supposed to be lost at sea. A memorial service has taken place in honor of her parents and yet she still doesn't believe that she is an orphan.
Primrose believes that her parents are stuck on a remote island and are waiting to be rescued. This gives her the hope and the strength to deal with all the craziness in her small hometown.
If you want to read something really entertaining, than this is the book for you. One of the coolest things is each chapter is followed by an easy recipe that will not only satisfy your stomach, but also your appetite for some good reading. This is a laugh-out-loud, funny story about Primrose’s adventures and misadventures. EVERYTHING ON A WAFFLE by POLLY HORVATH is everything a funny book should be, and you should definitely try to read it while eating waffles.

For fourth grade and older. This title is also available as a sound recording.

Monday, May 26, 2008


Three girls are sent off to a boarding school in New England after their fathers marry for the second time. They find their lives and relationships with their fathers changed drastically from the pre-stepmother period. Slowly the girls realize the situation they have in common and form a club to empower themselves and seek revenge on their stepmothers. The plan was simple, destroy what is most important to the stepmothers. But the plan doesn't quite work out as the girls had hoped and they begin to see their stepmothers in a different light.

Poison Apples by Lily Archer is for middle school readers and older.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Seikei can now return to his family as a samurai, but how will they treat him after all these years? In A Samurai Never Fears Death, the third book in the series, Seikei returns to his hometown but instead of a warm family reception, he finds his brother and sister at the center of several murders and a smuggling ring.

An intricate historical murder mystery for middle school readers and older.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Mother's Day just was celebrated last weekend but don't you think that we should tell our moms just how special they are every day. Why not make a just because card for her. It woudl be super cute if you were to include a poem in your card since it might be unexpected. And... if you are having hard time writing your own poem than you can always check out the poetry selection at the library for inspiration. DEAR MOTHER, DEAR DAUGHTER by JANE YOLEN and the illustrations by GIL ASHBY is one of the books that is just perfect for this. The poetry is simple and easy to read with the simple message that mothers will always try to discipline no matter what. the poems are very insightful and the message is clear and simple. We love our mothers and so do they :-)

For grades four and older.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


I'm sure you've all heard of the classic story about 101 spotted canines that were almost made into a fur coat. Disney made a movie about it. But in case you didn't know, before the movie came out, there was a book. THE 101 DALMATIONS by Dodie Smith is the REAL story behind the film. Pongo really had a wife named Missis, and Perdita was the nurse dog they had help take care of the original fifteen puppies. Cruella de Vil had a husband who was just as evil as she, and the real twist was that there were only 97 puppies in total when Pongo and Missis came to the rescue. So make sure you get the REAL story and read this book! For 3rd-8th grades.

Friday, May 09, 2008


The hot summer days are almost here and what is a great way to escape from the heat than go camping. This particular book was such a fun and motivating book that after reading it I just wanted to take off right away and go camping.

There are a lot of interesting ideas in the book, and one of them was the solar oven pizza, one would think that it would be a bit difficult to make pizza while camping, but apparently it's not. This is definitely the ultimate kids guide with activities and ideas ranging from how to make s'mores to making your own moon. ( you need to read the book to find out if possible) CAMPOUT! THE ULTIMATE KID'S GUIDE by LYNN BRUNELLE is one to check out as soon as possible.

For grades fifth and older.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008


In this beginning chapter book, the main character is very determined. HOT FUDGE HERO by Pat Brisson, Bertie learns many life lessons from experiences he has in every day life. The book is divided into three stories. The first story, “Bertie and Mr. Muckleberg,” transforms a mean old neighbor and his mean old pets into new friends. In “Sax Magic,” Bertie’s fairy godfather Stan gives him a magic hat that helps Bertie play the saxophone like a pro as long as he keeps practicing. It turns out to be a lucky day for Bertie in “Turkey Day.” Even though Bertie doesn’t get to bowl with his favorite bowling ball, he still gets a strike. For 2nd-4th grades.

Thursday, May 01, 2008


I usually don't read a lot of graphic novels... But all that will probably change because of this awesome book.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang teaches us once again that we as humans are not different from one another after all. The plot of the book is emotionally driven and the characters are very identifiable.

The illustrations are as expressive as the story but yet have a beautiful subtlety. Once you grab this book, you will not want to put down until you have read the very last page.

For grades 7 and up.