Holiday Books for Teens, 2016 edition!

Gift Books for Teens
Holiday Season 2016

Realistic Fiction

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The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian  Sherman Alexie

The Memory Book  Lara Avery

The Fault  in Our Stars   John Green

I’ll Give You the Sun Jandi Nelson

Holding Up the Universe  Jennifer Niven

Eleanor and Park  Rainbow Rowell

The Bitter Side of Sweet  Tara Sullivan

The Sun is Also a Star  Nicola Yoon

Fantasy and Science Fiction

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The Forgetting  Sharon Cameron

The Maze Runner  James Dashner

The Girl From Everywhere  Heidi Heilig

I am Number Four  Pittacus Lore

Heartless  Marissa Meyer

Tales of the Peculiar  Ransom Riggs

The Raven Boys  Maggie Stiefvater

The Serpent King  Jeff Zentner

Historical Fiction

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Fever 1793  Laura Halse Anderson

The Passion of Dolssa  Julie Berry

Revolution  Jennifer Donnelly

Black Duck  Janet Taylor Lisle

Under the Blood Red Sun Grahame Salisbury

Anna and the Swallow Man  Gavriel Savit

Salt to the Sea  Ruth Sepetys

The Hired Girl  Laura Amy Schlitz

Code Name Verity  Elizabeth Wein

Mystery and Adventure

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Stormbreaker  Anthony Horowitz

Alabama Moon  Watt Key

We Were Liars  E. Lockhart

The Mystery of Hollow Places  Rebecca Podos

The Westing Game  Ellen Raskin

Jackaby  William Ritter

Peak  Roland Smith

Wolf Hollow  Lauren Wolk

If you would like to read any of these books from our Library, just go to the Minuteman Catalog and enter the title and author to see if a book is available or to request it.

Weston Public Library
December 2016

Ideas for Holiday Giving – 2016 edition


New Children’s Books to share for 2016 Holiday giving:

                 (and maybe some potential winners for the 2017 Caldecott & Newbery Awards)

Picture Books:
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Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie; illustrated by Yuyi Morales
Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that’s all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn’t mean he wants to be Little Thunder!  He wants a name for something he’s done, like Touch the Clouds or Drums, Drums, More Drums!  But just when he’s about to give up, his Dad finds the perfect nickname.

The Airport Book by Lisa Brown
Follow a family on its way through the complexities of a modern-day airport. From checking bags and watching them disappear on the mysterious conveyor belt, to security clearance and a seemingly endless wait at the gate to finally being airborne. But have they lost something? Where is Sock Monkey?

Snappsy the Alligator by Julie Falatko; pictures by Tim Miller
Snappsy the alligator finds himself in a book he doesn’t want to be in.  He’s minding his own business when a pesky narrator jumps in an ruins everything by dramatically changing Snappsy’s ordinary day.  What’s an alligator to do? An irreverent look at storytelling, friendship, and creative differences, perfect for fans of Mo Willems.

The Night Gardener by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
Life is grim on Grimloch Lane, until a suddenly, someone is transforming trees and shrubs into animal masterpieces after dark.  The Night Gardener is a mystery until William, a lonely boy, spots the artist, follows him, and finds his life transformed with a special gift.

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Shy
by Deborah Freedman
Shy loves birds. He’d love to watch them fly and hear them sing, but he’s only ever read about them in books. . .until a real bird comes along. He’s dying to meet her, but there’s just one problem- Shy is so shy that he’s afraid to leave the gutter of the book. Can Shy overcome his fears and venture out onto the page?

It is Not Time for Sleeping  by Lisa Graff; illustrated by Lauren Castillo
As the day comes to an end, the little boy in this book is quite sure it is NOT time for sleeping. As each piece of his evening routine is completed he becomes a little more certain: it is definitely not time for sleeping. But as he draws out his bedtime routine, the question becomes when WILL it be time for sleeping? A rhythmic, cumulative text and lush twilit scenes come together to create a perfect bedtime book for even the most reluctant sleeper.

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers; illustrated by Sam Winston
A little girl sails her raft across a sea of words, arriving at the house of a small boy and calling him away on an adventure. Through forests of fairy tales and across mountains of make-believe, the two travel together on a fantastical journey that unlocks the boy’s imagination. Now a lifetime of magic and adventure lies ahead of him . . . but who will be next?

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen
Two turtles find a hat that looks good on both of them, but, with fairness in mind, they decide to leave it be, until night falls and one of the turtles changes its mind.  A longer picture book with the same quirky humor that will thrill the fans of Klassen’s other hat books.
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A bear cub finds something strange and wonderful in the forest. It makes a horrible noise when touched. He is drawn back again and again, eventually learning to play beautiful sounds. He longs to explore the world, and to play bigger and better than before. But he knows that if he leaves, the other bears will be sad . . .  This gorgeously illustrated tale of following one’s dreams reminds us of the value of friendship, wherever we go.

Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
Let’s face it: everyone knows that car rides can be boring. And when things get boring, time slows down. In this book, a boy feels time slowing down so much that it starts going backward–into the time of pirates! Of princesses! Of dinosaurs!  After reading this astonishingly inventive new book (that even turns upside down for several pages!), you’ll never look at being bored the same way again.

The Storyteller by Evan Turk
Long, long ago, like a pearl around a grain of sand, the Kingdom of Morocco formed at the edge of the great, dry Sahara. It had fountains to quench the thirst of the desert, and storytellers to bring the people together. But as the kingdom grew, the people forgot the dangers of the desert, and they forgot about the storytellers, too. Until one young boy came for a drink and found more. As he listened to the last storyteller recount the Endless Drought, and the Glorious Blue Water Bird, he discovered the power of a tale well told.

What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada; illustrated by Mae Besom
A nameless boy has a nameless problem. He ignores it, worries about it, avoids it, and wishes it would go away. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared. An optimistic book about facing up to things that scare you.

If you’re looking for something well-loved to give:

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
One small caterpillar, one week of food, an amazing transformation.

Duck & Goose by Tad Hills
After finding a mysterious egg, arguments turn to friendship.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
The original story of the Grinch, and how he was transformed.

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
Safety and friendship have never been so much fun.

If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen
What kind of  amazing accessories would you add to a car, if you could design it yourself?

 

Chapter Books:

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Lucy
by Randy Cecil
Lucy is a small dog without a home. She had one once, but she remembers it only in her dreams. Eleanor is a little girl who looks forward to feeding the stray dog that appears faithfully beneath her window each day. Eleanor’s father is a juggler with stage fright. The overlapping stories of three delightful characters, offering a slightly different perspective each time, come together in a truly original, beautifully illustrated book for dog (and underdog) lovers of all ages.

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but both love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.  A graphic novel about friendship and fun.

Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? By Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
Mercy Watson’s friend Baby Lincoln has her own adventure! Baby Lincoln’s older sister, Eugenia, is very fond of telling Baby what to do, and Baby usually responds by saying “Yes, Sister.” But one day Baby has had enough. She decides to depart on a Necessary Journey, even though she has never gone anywhere without Eugenia telling her what to take and where to go. Who might Baby meet as she strikes out on her own, and what could she discover about herself? Will her impulsive adventure take her away from Eugenia for good?

Stink and the Attack of the Slime Mold by Megan McDonald; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Stink may be a super science geek, but even Dr. Stinkelstein is feeling freaked out about having a slime mold living and growing in his very own room. At Saturday Science Club, Stink learns that these one-celled organisms are smart enough to find their way out of mazes and gang up on food sources — so who says they aren’t smart enough to take over Stink’s pets, Stink’s room, Stink himself, and . . . the world? Vintage horror flicks meet classic Star Trek episodes as a wary Stink comes to know and love an unusual new pet in a hilarious adventure that sneaks in factoids and comics at each chapter’s end.

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Skunked!
by Jacqueline Kelly; illustrations by Jennifer L. Meyer
When Travis discovers an abandoned baby skunk, he brings him home to take care of him. Stinky settles in pretty well. But when Travis discovers Stinky’s litter-mate, Winky, who is in need of some help, things get complicated. One skunk is a piece of cake; two is just asking for trouble. Will Travis and Callie be able to keep the critters away from Mother’s careful eyes—and nose? A family story full of character.

Life According to Dani by Rose Lagercrantz, illustrated by Eva Eriksson
It’s Dani’s first summer vacation-and the best ever! She is staying on an island with Ella, her best friend in the world. Dad is still in hospital but he calls every day, and Ella and Dani stay busy building huts, fishing, exploring and swimming. Then Dad turns up, but with his nurse too! This is not the visit anyone had imagined.

Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina
Juana loves many things — drawing, eating Brussels sprouts, living in Colombia, and especially her dog, Lucas, the best amigo ever. She does not love wearing her itchy school uniform, solving math problems, or learning the English. But when Juana’s abuelos tell her about a special trip they are planning—one that Juana will need to speak English to go on—Juana begins to wonder whether learning the English might be a good use of her time after all.  Fans of Ivy + Bean will enjoy this book.

Great Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat
Four friends. Three cookies. One problem.  Hippo, Croc, and the Squirrels are determined to have equal cookies for all! But how? There are only three cookies . . . and four of them! They need to act fast before nervous Hippo breaks all the cookies into crumbs!  With a fun introduction by Elephant and Piggie!

 

Early Chapter Books not to miss at any age:

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My Father’s Dragon
, by Ruth Stiles Gannett; illustrations by Ruth Chrisman Gannett
A boy is determined to rescue a baby dragon from the lazy animals mistreating him on Wild Island.

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
The youngest in her family, Dory has a vivid imagination which she uses playing with her imaginary friend, pretending to be a dog, battling monsters, and generally driving her family nuts.

The Holly Joliday by Megan MacDonald
Judy Moody and her brother Stink celebrate in their own unique way!

 

Fiction:

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Barnhill
Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch. But Xan (the witch) actually rescues them and delivers them to new families, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. When Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight, filling her with magic, she decides she must raise this girl, Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge–with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions gather, a volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles, and the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . .   A epic coming of age adventure.

Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Robot Roz has no idea why she is on a remote island or what her purpose is–but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a fierce storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island’s unwelcoming animals. As Roz slowly befriends them, the island starts to feel like home–until, one day, Roz’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her. A heartwarming adventure!

The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz
On a dark night, travelers cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children and a dog:  William, an oblate on a mission; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning villa; Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions; and Jeanne’s loyal greyhound, Gwenforte, recently brought back from the dead.  On the run to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious holy texts from being burned, their adventures take them on a chase through France. They are taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon.  Their quest drives them to a final showdown, where all will come to question if these children can perform miracles.  With style and humor, this story is richly researched and full of adventure.

When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin
Ben Coffin has never been one for making friends. As a former foster kid, he knows people can up and leave without so much as a goodbye. Ben prefers to spend his time with the characters in his favorite books…until he rescues an abandoned mutt. Scruffy little Flip leads Ben to befriend a fellow book-lover named Halley; who Ben nicknames “Rainbow Girl” because of her crazy-colored clothes and her magic laugh, which makes you smile away the stormiest day. Rainbow Girl convinces Ben to write a novel with her.  But as their story unfolds Ben’s life begins to unravel, and Ben must discover for himself the truth about friendship and the meaning of home.  A story that will warm your heart as much as it breaks it.

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Full of Beans by Jennifer Holm
Grown-ups lie. That’s one truth Beans knows for sure. He and his gang know how to spot a whopper a mile away, because they are the savviest bunch of barefoot conchs (that means “locals”) in all of Key West. But it’s 1934, the middle of the Great Depression, and with no jobs on the island, and no money anywhere, so who can really blame the grown-ups for telling a few tales? Besides, Beans isn’t anyone’s fool. In fact, he has plans. Big plans. And the consequences might surprise even Beans himself.  Filled with humor, heart, and warmth this return to the award winning world of Turtle in Paradise will find more devoted readers.

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
Pinmei’s gentle, loving grandmother always has exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers; until she’s kidnapped by the Emperor, who thinks her tales can help him find something called the Luminous Stone. Determined to have her grandmother returned, Pinmei embarks on a journey to find it first with her mysterious friend Yishan. Together, they face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Stone and save Pinmei’s grandmother–before it’s too late. A masterpiece companion novel to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky.

School Ship Tobermory by Alexander McCall Smith
Twins Ben and Fee MacTavish have been homeschooled on a submarine. Now they’re heading to the School Ship Tobermory. This is no ordinary school–it’s a sailing ship where kids from around the world train to be sailors and learn about all things nautical. Ben and Fee make friends as they adjust to life aboard the Tobermory. When a film crew arrives on a nearby ship, Ben is one of the lucky kids chosen as a movie extra. But after a day’s filming, his suspicions are aroused. Are the director and crew really shooting a film? Or are they protecting a secret on the lower decks of the Albatross? Ben, Fee, and their friends set out to investigate. Are they prepared for what they might find?

Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities who are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.  A  gritty coming of age look at a boy overcoming obstacles.

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Evil Wizard Smallbone
by Delia Sherman
When Nick runs away from his uncle’s in the middle of a blizzard, he stumbles onto a very opinionated bookstore and its guardian, the self-proclaimed Evil Wizard Smallbone, who calls Nick his apprentice and won’t let him leave, but won’t teach him magic, either. It’s a good thing the bookstore takes Nick’s magical education in hand, because Smallbone’s nemesis–the Evil Wizard Fidelou–and his pack of shape-shifting bikers are howling at the borders. Smallbone might call himself evil, but compared to Fidelou, he’s practically a puppy. And he can’t handle Fidelou alone.  Wildly funny and cozily heartfelt, this is an eccentric fantasy adventure featuring dueling wizards, enchanted animals, and one stray boy.

Secret Keepers  by Trenton Lee Stewart
When Reuben discovers an extraordinary antique watch, he soon learns it has a secret power and his life takes an intriguing turn. Now he is on a dangerous adventure–full of curious characters, treacherous traps, and hairsbreadth escapes–as he races to solve the mystery before it is too late. From the author of the popular Mysterious Benedict Society.

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in their new home. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake -and her own.  A moving and insightful graphic novel about the power of family and friendship, and how it gives us the courage to do what we never thought possible.

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount.  A haunting tale of America at a crossroads and a time when one girl’s resilience, strength, and compassion help to illuminate the darkest corners of our history.

 

Classic Fiction Books for Holiday Reading:

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The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Four sisters go on a summer adventure, where they change the life of one boy.

Half Magic by Edgar Eager
What would you wish for if you found a magic talisman…that grants half a wish?

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
Turtle learns about love and belonging after being foisted on an unsuspecting aunt during the Depression.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Brian learns survive alone in the wilderness after a plane crash.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
The Horrible Herdmans take over the school’s Christmas Pageant in an hilarious story of friendship, faith and understanding.

All-of-a-Kind Family by Sidney Taylor
Five Jewish sisters experience the ups and downs of life in early 1900’s New York City.

 

If you would like other suggestions for Holiday gift-giving ideas, ask our librarians!  The Library does own all of these books, so if you would like to read one and just want to know if it’s available, check our Library Catalog and enter the title of the book to see if it is available or place a hold.

Happy Holidays!

::Kelly::
Weston Public Library
December 2016

 

The Magicians of Caprona Audio Book Review–Fantasy!

Looking for something to listen to on the family car trip to Grandma’s?  Try one of these!

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The Magicians of Caprona, by Diana Wynne Jonesmagicians-of-caprona-2
Narrated by Gerard Doyle
7 CDs, 8 hours

The Montanas and the Petrocchis are the two most famous spell-casting families in the great city of Caprona.  The crests of the Montana winged horse and the Petrocchi leopard top the best spells and  grace all the magical (and non-magical) buildings and bridges across the city, and have for hundreds of years.  It’s unfortunate that the families have been at war for generations.  The Montana children are warned away from the Petrocchis starting practically at birth.  When the two families are forced to work together on a project, like mending the New Bridge that has started losing it’s magic, they stay as far away from each other as possible.

magicians-of-capronaTonino Montana looks at all the enchantments surrounding him, and wishes he was  better at magic.  But he doesn’t seem to be able to learn spells as quickly as his older brother Paolo, or even his dashing cousin Rinaldo.  Of course,  Tonino can talk to Benvenuto and all the other Montana cats;  Old Niccolo, the head of the Casa Montana,is the only other person who can do that.  But it takes Tonino forever to memorize a spell, and although it works, nothing spectacular ever happens.  At least he’s not like Angelica, the littlest Petrocci girl, who is said to have no control over her magic, and even turned her father bright green.  Tonino would much rather be reading a book than making a spell.

magicians-of-caprona-1But something is not right in Caprona.  The magic is disappearing, and both families blame each other for causing it.  When the Duke of Caprona brings two delegations to the Palace to talk about it, Tonino and Paolo are drafted to be part of it.  Across the room, they see Angelica and her sister Renata as part of the Petrocci delegation–the first Petroccis they have ever seen!  The girls look normal though, not like the monsters the Petroccis are supposed to be.  The boys’ attention is pulled away from the girls when both families are tasked  to find the true words to The Angel of Caprona, a powerful spell that should save their city.  But no one knows quite where to look.  Even the famous enchanter Chrestomanci, called from England to help, cannot fathom where the words might be.

magicians-of-caprona-originalWhen Tonino and Angelica are kidnapped to force the Montanas and the Petroccis to stop using spells, it seems like someone must think someone at one of the Casas is close to a solution. That doesn’t help Tonino and Angelica though, who find themselves stuck in a spell with only each other to rely on.   Can they work together to escape and get back home?

At the two Casas, even with the missing children, the Montanas and Petroccis won’t work together; blaming each other for their missing child.  They’re having a hard time not working spells too.   Paolo and Renata are determined to find their siblings.

As the countdown continues, the youngest members of the Montana and Petrocci families find themselves relying on each other.  Can they work together to find The Angel of Caprona and rescue their city?

magicians-of-caprona-3I love Diana Wynne Jones, and I’ve always loved The Magicians of Caprona.  (It’s also a bit of an Old Favorite.)  In this parallel world, Caprona is one of the city states that make up Italy.  Most of the cities are at war with each other, trying to take over the country.  Florence and Venice want Caprona and it’s spells for themselves.   The Magicians of Caprona originally came out in 1980, and is one of the Chrestomanci books.  The nine-lived enchanter Chrestomanci has a very brief appearance in this one though, although his sense of style and his demeanor make as much of a splash as they usually do.

Gerald Doyle narrates this title; he does most of the Diana Wynne Jones books.  I love his voice, it’s very smooth, and his accent is quite enjoyable.  He does a wonderful job making characters sound different, without changing his voice too much.  I would recommend any of the books he narrates–I’ve never been disappointed with his performances.

I would highly recommend The Magicians of Caprona, both as a book to read and an audio book for kids ages 8 and up.  With it’s subtle humor and intriguing setting, it would be as accessible for adults  listening in the car on a family trip as well as kids and teens.

Booklist: Branches

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Branches is a unique line of books specifically designed for newly independent readers who are ready to make the exciting leap from leveled readers, but not quite prepared for a traditional chapter book.

 

With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Chabert, Jack Eerie Elementary (books 1-4) JCHP Chabert

The school is alive!

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Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is alive and plotting against the students, and,as hall monitor, it is his job to protect them–but he will need some help from his friends.

 

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Only a week into his job as hall monitor and class protector, Sam Graves and his friends Lucy and Antonio are trying to uncover the secrets of Eerie Elementary, their living and malevolent school–and then Lucy gets eaten by her locker.

 Cummings, Troy Notebook of doom series ( books 1-10) JCHP Cummings

Rise of the balloon goons

Alexander has just moved into Stermont, but the elementary school is being torn down, his new classroom is located in the hospital morgue, a notebook he finds is full of information about monsters–and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him.

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Alexander and his new friend, Rip, are worried that the worms the rain has brought out are really the megaworms that Notebook of Doom describes but they soon discover that the night crawlers are trying to warn them about the monster tunnel fish that are threatening Stermont Elementary.

Elliott, Rebecca Owl Diaries series (books 1-5) JCHP

Eva’s treetop festival

 

Havinpx-5g a Bloomtastic Festival at school to celebrate spring is a great idea–but Eva Wingdale, a young owl, discovers that it is also a lot of work, and there is nothing wrong with asking her friends for help.

 

 

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When Eva Wingdale sees something large and white flying above her she is convinced that it is a ghost, although most of the other owls just laugh at her–until something large and heavy and white lands on the school roof.

A woodland wedding

Eva’s teachpx-7er, Miss Featherbottom, is getting married, but when her special necklace disappears, Eva and her friends set out to track down the thief and return the necklace before the wedding.

 

 

Green, D.L  Silver Pony Ranch Series (books 1-2) JCHP Green

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Nine-year-old Tori is thrilled to be spending the summer at her grandmother’s ranch, even if she has to share a room with her younger sister Miranda, who is eight–there is a beautiful, but very nervous, new pony called Jewel that she would love to ride, but her grandmother feels that this pony is just too much for a child.

Sweet Buttercup

px-9While staying at their grandmother’s ranch, sisters Tori and Miranda are practicing to compete in different events at the local horse show–but Ashley, a rude and conceited girl who is stabling her pony at the ranch, is constantly criticizing everthing, their costumes, their ponies, Jewel and Buttercup, and generally draining the fun out of the summer.

 

Jones Z. Noah Princess Pink and the Land of fake-believe series JCHP Jones

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After falling through the refrigerator into the Land of Fake Believe, Princess meets a girl named Moldylocks who takes her to the home of the Three Beards for chili–but when the Beards capture her friend, Princess must come up with a plan to save her.

 Little Red Quacking Hood

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In the Land of Fake-Believe the Three Little Pugs’ used car business has sold Scaredy-Pants Wolf a lemon (literally) instead of a delivery van, so Princess Pink gets an opportunity to use her karate moves to get Wolf’s money back–and set the Pugs on the straight-and-narrow path to business success.

 Joyner, Andrew Boris series (books 1-6) JABC Joyner

Boris on the move

px (1).gifBoris lives in Hogg Bay, in an old bus that used to travel all over the world, but now just sits there–until one day when his parents take him on an adventure.

 

 

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Boris has a lot of pets, but what he really wants is a Komodo dragon, so he comes up with a plan–and invites his class to come and see his lizard.

Boris for the win

Schpx (14).jpgool field day is coming up and Boris and his friends are practicing hard because they are determined not to let Eddie win again, but on race day Boris is forced to choose between winning and friendship.

 

 

Lubar, David Looniverse (books 1-4) JCHPLubar

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When ordinary third-grader Ed finds a coin with the words “strange” and “stranger” on both sides, weird things start happening around him–but when his friends start blaming him for all the weirdness Ed wonders if this coin is not too strange for comfort.

Meltdown madness 

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Marko, Cyndi Kung Pow Chicken series (books 1-4) JCHP Marko

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Gordon Blue and his brother Benny, unlikely superheroes, must save Fowladelphia from Granny Goosebumps, who has filled the city with cookies that cause innocent chickens’ feathers to fall off.

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Supepx-18rheroes Gordon Blue and his brother Benny must rescue an opera star from the evil Dr. Screech before he turns her super high voice into a supersonic weapon.

 

 

May, Kyla Lotus Lane Series (books 1-4) JCHP May

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Kiki and her best friends, Coco and Lulu, all live on Lotus Lane, attend Amber Acres Elementary School, and have their own club, so when a when a Japanese girl named Mika moves in next door and also chooses fashion design for her art project, Kiki is seriously annoyed.

Coco : my delicious life

Coco, on519OO9uDxdL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpge of the Lotus Lane Girls, loves cooking and animals, so when the club decides to plant a vegetable garden to help save snails, organizing a cupcake sale is an obvious idea–but Mika, the new girl next door, is still an unresolved problem. Includes cupcake recipe.

 

 

Nees, Susan Missy’s Super Duper Royal Deluxe (books 1-4) JCHP Nees

Picture day

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Missy wants to take home the class pets, but another girl, Tiffany, has already asked their teacher so Missy and her friend Oscar need to come up with a plan to make Tiffany change her mind.

Stadelmann, Amy Olive and Beatrix (book 1-2) JCHP Stadelmann

The not-so itty-bitty spiders

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The super-smelly moldy blob

Beatrix wins the school science fair every year because she uses magic to cheat, but this year her un-magical twin Olive is convinced that her own project on molds will win–until a fight over space upsets both projects and turns Olive’s mold into a stinky, moldy blob monster which is alive, growing, and threatening to overwhelm the school.

West, Tracey Dragon Masters series (books 1-4) JCHPWest

Rise of the earth dragon
Eight5195psvhgfl-_sx340_bo1204203200_-year-old Drake is snatched up by the King’s soldiers and taken to the castle where he is told by the wizard Griffith that he has been chosen to be a Dragon Master like Ana, Rori,  and Bo–and his first task will be to discover whether his dragon, Worm, has any special powers

 

 

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Saving the sun dragon
The dark magic the dragons encountered in their first adventure has made Ana’s sun dragon, Kepri, sick and Drake’s earth dragon, Worm, teleports the himself, Kepri, and the four young dragon masters far away from the castle in search of a cure–but the threat of the dark magic still remains.

 Young, Jessica  Haggis Tank unleashed series (books 1-2) JCHP Young 

All paws on deck

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Haggis, the Scottie, and Tank, the Great Dane, two dogs with active imaginations, set out to search their neighborhood for dinosaurs to play with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Booklist: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage!

It’s almost the end of Hispanic Heritage month, but there’s still time to  celebrate, with a book!  If you get a chance, check out our display, on the shelves when you first come into the library.

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PICTURE BOOKS (J PIC)

Aardema, Verna. Pedro and the Padre.
In this Mexican folktale, a lazy boy learns a lesson about lying.

Alvarez, Julia. The Secret Footprints.
A story based on Dominican folklore about the ciguapas, a tribe of beautiful underwater people whose feet are attached backwards, with their toes pointing in the direction from which they have come.

Andrews-Goebel, Nancy. The Pot That Juan Built.
Juan Quezada is the premier potter in Mexico. Using local materials and the primitive methods of the Casas Grandes people, Juan creates stunning pots in the traditional style, each a work of art unlike any other.

Brown, Monica. Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match.
Try as she might, in a world where everyone tries to put this biracial, Peruvian-Scottish-American girl into a box, Marisol McDonald doesn’t match. And that’s just fine with her.

Dorros, Arthur. Isla.
A young girl and her grandmother take an imaginary journey to the Caribbean island where her mother grew up and where some of her family still lives.

Elya, Susan Middleton. Little Roja Riding Hood.
While Roja picks flowers on the way to her grandma’s, a mean wolf sneaks away with her cape to surprise Abuelita. But Grandma’s no fool and Roja’s no ordinary chica. They send that hungry lobo packing with a caliente surprise!

Engle, Margarita. Drum Dream Girl.
Follows a young Cuban girl in the 1930s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there’s never been a female drummer in Cuba.

Flora, James. The Fabulous Firework Family.
A Mexican family prepares a grand fireworks display for the festival of the village’s patron saint. With illustrations labeled in Spanish.

Johnston, Tony. The Iguana Brothers.
Dom and Tom, the iguana brothers, eat flowers, pretend to be dinosaurs, and discover that they can be best friends.

—. Isabel’s House of Butterflies.
Eight-year-old Isabel hopes that her plan will spare her favorite tree, keep the butterflies coming, and provide an income for her poor family in Mexico.

—. My Abuelita.
With great gusto, a child’s grandmother performs deep knee bends, consumes a breakfast of “huevos estrellados,” and practices vocal exercises before going to work as a storyteller.

Keats, Ezra Jack. Roberto Walks Home.
Roberto is thrilled that his older brother Miguel is going to walk him home from school. But when Miguel forgets and shoots hoops with his friends instead, Roberto is mad and has to walk alone. How will Miguel make it up to Roberto?

Kimmel, Eric. The Runaway Tortilla.
In Texas, Tia Lupe and Tio Jose make the best tortillas — so light that the cowboys say they just might jump right off the griddle. One day, a tortilla does just that.

—. The Three Cabritos.
Once upon a time three cabritos (little goats) decide to go to a Mexican fiesta. But their mother is worried. She warns them about Chupacabra, the goat-sucker who lives beneath the bridge. And sure enough, as the goats cross the bridge, he jumps out!

Lattimore, Deborah. The Flame of Peace. (PB)
To prevent the outbreak of war, a young Aztec boy must outwit nine evil lords of the night to obtain the flame of peace from Lord Morning Star.

Manning, Maurie. Kitchen Dance.
Two sleepy children sneak out of their beds to watch as their parents, who love each other very much, break into a dance while washing the dishes.

Markun, Patricia Maloney. The Little Painter of Sabana Grande.
Lacking paper, a young Panamanian artist paints the outside of his adobe home.

Medina, Meg. Mango, Abuela, and Me.
The night she arrives, Mia tries to share her favorite book with Abuela before they go to sleep and discovers that Abuela can’t read the words inside. So while they cook, Mia helps Abuela learn English (“Dough. Masa“), and Mia learns some Spanish too, but it’s still hard for Abuela to learn the words she needs to tell Mia all her stories.

Montes, Marisa. Los Gatos Black on Halloween.
Under October’s luna, full and bright, the monsters are throwing a ball in the Haunted Hall. Las brujas come on their broomsticks. Los muertos rise from their coffins to join in the fun. Los esqueletos rattle their bones as they dance through the door. And the scariest creatures of all aren’t even there yet!

—. Juan Bobo Goes to Work.
Although he tries to do exactly as his mother tells him, foolish Juan Bobo keeps getting things all wrong.

Mora, Pat. Abuelos.
Young Ray and Amelia move to a new village and experience the fright and fun of “los abuelos” for the first time, a tradition from northern New Mexico. In the cold months of midwinter, village men disappear to disguise themselves as scary old men and then descend on the children, teasing them and asking if they’ve been good.

—. Book Fiesta!
Children read aloud in various settings to celebrate of El día de los niños, or Children’s Day, in this bilingual story. Includes facts about Mexico’s annual celebration of children and the book fiestas that are often included.

—. Gracias.
A young multiracial boy celebrates family, friendship, and fun by telling about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful.

Morales, Yuyi. Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book.
As Senor Calavera prepares for Grandma Beetle’s birthday he finds an alphabetical assortment of unusual presents, but with the help of Zelmiro the Ghost, he finds the best gift of all.

—. Niño Wrestles the World.
Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills.

Soto, Gary. Too Many Tamales.
Maria tries on her mother’s wedding ring while helping make tamales for a Christmas family get-together. Panic ensues when hours later, she realizes the ring is missing.

Tafolla, Carmen. Fiesta Babies.
These Fiesta Babies dance, march on parade, and sing along to mariachi songs in their spirited celebration of fiestas.  From piñatas to flower coronas, little ones are introduced to the many colorful aspects of an important and lively Latino cultural tradition.

Thong, Roseanne Greenfield. Green is a Chile Pepper.
Children discover a world of colors all around them. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, but all are universal in appeal.

Tonatiuh, Duncan. Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin.
Two cousins, one in Mexico and one in New York City, write to each other and learn that even though their daily lives differ, at heart the boys are very similar.

—. Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale.
When Papa Rabbit does not return home as expected from many seasons of working in the great carrot and lettuce fields of El Norte, his son Pancho sets out on a dangerous trek to find him, guided by a coyote.

Vamos, Samantha. The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred.
A cumulative tale of a farm maiden who, aided by a group of animals, prepares “arroz con Leche,” or rice pudding.

Velasquez, Eric. Grandma’s Gift.
After they prepare their traditional Puerto Rican celebration, Eric and Grandma visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a school project, where he sees a painting by Diego Velasquez and realizes for the first time that he could be an artist when he grows up.

—. Looking for Bongo.
When a boy’s abuela accuses him of being careless with his beloved Bongo, he devises a trap and catches the toy thief red-handed.

Yacowitz, Caryn.  Pumpkin Fiesta.
Hoping to win a prize for the best pumpkin at the fiesta, Foolish Fernando tries to copy Old Juana’s successful gardening techniques, but without really watching to see how much effort and love she puts into her work. Includes a recipe for pumpkin soup.

FAIRY & FOLK TALES

Aardema, Verna. Borreguita and the Coyote. (J 398.2 AAR)
What’s a little lamb to do about a fierce coyote that wants to eat her? Why, trick him, of course… and trick him again…and trick him one more time!

Gerson, Mary-Joan.  Fiesta Femenina. (J 398.2 GER)
A collection of folktales from various cultures in Mexico, all focusing on the important roles of women, such as Rosha, a young girl who rescues the sun; the goddess Tangu Yuh; Kesne, a Zapotec princess; and the Virgin Mary.

—. People of Corn. (J 398.2 GER)
After several unsuccessful attempts to create grateful creatures, the Mayan gods use sacred corn to fashion a people who will thank and praise their creators.

Hayes, Joe. Juan Verdades: The Man Who Couldn’t Tell a Lie. (J 398.2 HAY)
A wealthy rancher is so certain of the honesty of his foreman that he wagers his ranch.

Hayes, Joe. La Llorona: The Weeping Woman. (J 398.2097 MOR)
Retells, in parallel English and Spanish text, the traditional Hispanic American tale of a proud and beautiful woman who, in a fit of jealousy, commits a terrible act and then cannot stop weeping for it, even after she is dead.

Kimmel, Eric. The Lady in the Blue Cloak. (J 398.2 KIM)
A collection of stories depicting the history of seven Texas missions from the 17th century to the 19th century.

—. The Two Mountains: An Aztec Legend. (J 398.2089 KIM)
Two married gods disobey their orders and visit Earth. They are turned into mortals as punishment and eventually become mountains so that they will always stand side by side.

Lamadrid, Enrique. Juan the Bear and the Water of Life. (J 398.2 LAM)
Although treated as outcasts, three superhuman friends, including Juan del Oso, whose father was a bear, create an irrigation system for New Mexico’s Mora Valley.

Lilly, Melinda. The Moon People. (J 398.208 LIL)
The moon people use a cloud bridge to travel to the Earth, a messy but beautiful world of incredible variety that becomes their new home.

—.  The Snake’s Toothache. (J 398.208 LIL)
An old witch who lives in a cave in a volcano with a fiery snake uses her wits to keep the serpent from destroying her village.

—. Song of the Sun. (J 398.209 LIL)
Eagle Warrior tries to find a way to free his fellow musicians who have been captured by the jealous Sun because they have only honored the Spirit of Night.

Mora, Pat. The Night the Moon Fell. (J 398.2 MOR)
When a gust from her grandfather’s blowgun causes Luna to tumble from the sky and fall into the ocean, the little fishes help her rise once again, in an updated retelling of a traditional Mopan Maya myth from Belize.

Palacios, Argentina. The Llama’s Secret. (J 398.21 P)
A Peruvian rendition of the Great Flood story, in which a llama warns the people and animals to seek shelter on Huillcacato to avoid the rising sea, Mamacocha.

Parker, Robert Andrew.  The Monkey’s Haircut. (J 398.2 BIE)
A collection of twenty-two traditional tales from the Mayas, including “How Christ Was Chased” and “The Corn in the Rock.”

Philip, Neil. Horse Hooves and Chicken Feet. (J 398.2 HOR)
This unique collection of fifteen folktales draws on the rich storytelling tradition of Mexico’s people and culture. Lively retellings and vibrant, whimsical paintings, based on Mexican folk art, make these spirited tales a perfect introduction to this little-known body of folk literature.

Storace, Patricia. Sugar Cane: A Caribbean Rapunzel. (J 398.2 STO)
You live in a tower without a stair, Sugar Cane, Sugar Cane, let down your hair. Stolen away from her parents on her first birthday by island sorceress Madam Fate, beautiful Sugar Cane grows up in a tower overlooking the sea.

Wood, Nancy. The Girl Who Loved Coyotes: Stories of the Southwest. (J 398.2 WOO)
Contains twelve original tales based on folklore that combine elements from Native American, Spanish, and Anglo cultures and focus on the Southwest, coyotes, and magic.

NONFICTION

 Ada, Alma Flor. Pio Peep! (J 461 PIO)
A collection of more than two dozen nursery rhymes in Spanish, from Spain and Latin America, with English translations.

Alarcon, Francisco X. Iguanas in the Snow. (J 811.54 ALA)
This collection of poems invites young readers to celebrate winter at the seashore, in San Francisco and in the redwood forests of the Sierras.

Ancona, George. ¡Olé flamenco! (J 793.3 ANC)
Flamenco: it’s dancing, it’s singing, it’s guitar playing! It’s a way of expressing oneself that has evolved from many influences over hundreds of years. In Santa Fe, New Mexico, we meet Janira Cordova, the youngest member of a company studying to perform flamenco.

Brown, Monica. My Name is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. (J 468 BRO)
As a boy, Gabito had the ability to imagine many things. He lived in a small house with a large family. He would grow up to become a writer known as Gabriel García Márquez.

Engle, Margarita. The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom.       (J 811.54 ENG)
Cuba has fought three wars for independence, and still she is not free. This history in verse creates a lyrical portrait of Cuba.

Gonzalez, Lucia. The Storyteller’s Candle. (J 468 GON)
During the early days of the Great Depression, New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, Pura Belpré, introduces the public library to immigrants living in El Barrio and hosts the neighborhood’s first Three Kings’ Day fiesta.

Morales, Yuyi. Viva Frida. (J 468 MOR)
Frida Kahlo, one of the world’s most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Her life was filled with laughter, love, and tragedy, all of which influenced what she painted on her canvases.

Petrillo, Valerie. A Kid’s Guide to Latino History. (J 973.0468 PET)
Features more than 50 hands-on activities, games, and crafts that explore the diversity of Latino culture and teach children about the people, experiences, and events that have shaped Hispanic American history.

Rosario, Idalia. Idalia’s Project ABC. (J 468.6 ROS)
Introduces the alphabet by means of brief bilingual descriptions of city life.

Schmidt, Gary D. Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert. (J 282.092 SCH)
As the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a former slave, Martin de Porres was born into extreme poverty. Even so, his mother begged the church fathers to allow him into the priesthood. Instead, Martin was accepted as a servant boy. But soon, the young man was performing miracles.

Tafolla, Carmen. What Can You Do With a Rebozo? (J 468 TAF)
A spunky young girl explains the many uses of her mother’s red rebozo, a traditional Mexican woven shawl.

Tonatiuh, Duncan. Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation. (J 379.2 TON)
Years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eight-year-old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 in California.

Zepeda, Gwendolyn. Growing Up with Tamales. (J 468 ZEP)
Six-year-old Ana looks forward to growing older and being allowed more responsibility in making the tamales for the family’s Christmas celebrations.

CHAPTER BOOKS and FICTION

 Agosin, Marjorie. I Lived on Butterfly Hill. (J FIC)
Eleven-year-old Celeste Marconi is a dreamer, a writer, a collector of words. But then a new whispered word trickles into her life: “Subversives.” Her beloved country of Chile has been taken over by a military dictatorship, and subversives — people considered a threat to the new government — are in increasing danger.

American Girl series. Josefina. (J SERIES)
Nine-year-old Josefina, the youngest of four sisters living in New Mexico in 1824, tries to help run the household after her mother dies.

 Bulla, Clyde Robert. The Paint Brush Kid. (J CHP)
Nine-year-old Gregory paints pictures representing the life of the Mexican American old man known as Uncle Pancho and attempts to save him from losing his house.

Cameron, Ann. The Most Beautiful Place in the World. (J FIC)
Growing up with his grandmother in a small Guatemalan town, seven-year-old Juan discovers the value of hard work, the joy of learning, and the location of the most beautiful place in the world.

Fleischman, Sid. Bandit’s Moon. (J FIC)
Twelve-year-old Annyrose relates her adventures with Joaquín Murieta and his band of outlaws in the California gold-mining region during the mid-1800s.

Flood, Pansie Hart. It’s Test Day, Tiger Turcotte. (J CHP)
Already so worried about the big second grade test that his stomach is upset, seven-year-old Tiger Turcotte, whose parents are African American, Meherrin Indian, and Hispanic, gets stuck on the question about race.

Jennings, Patrick. Faith and the Electric Dogs. (J PBK)
Because Faith hates her new life in Mexico, she and her faithful mutt, Edison, flee by rocket and find adventures which cause her to have a change of heart.

Jules, Jacqueline. Zapato Power series (J CHP)
Freddie finds a mysterious package outside his apartment containing sneakers that allow him to run faster than a train, and inspire him to perform heroic deeds.

Lord, Cynthia. A Handful of Stars. (J FIC)
When her blind dog slips his collar, twelve-year old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family are in Maine for the blueberry-picking season, and, based partly on their mutual love of dogs, the two forge a friendship while painting bee boxes for Lily’s grandfather–but as the Blueberry Queen pageant approaches Lily and Selma are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life.

Mikaelson, Ben.  Sparrow Hawk Red. (J FIC & J PBK)
Thirteen-year-old Ricky, the Mexican American son of a former Drug Enforcement Agency man, tries to avenge his mother’s murder by crossing over into Mexico to steal a high-tech radar plane from drug smugglers.

Ryan, Pam Munoz.  Becoming Naomi Leon. (J FIC)
When Naomi’s absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.

 —. The Dreamer. (J FIC)
A fictionalized biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who grew up a painfully shy child, ridiculed by his overbearing father, but who became one of the most widely-read poets in the world.

—.  Esperanza Rising. (J PBK)
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

—.  Riding Freedom. (J FIC & J PBK)
A fictionalized account of Charley (Charlotte) Parkhurst who ran away from an orphanage, posed as a boy, moved to California, and fooled everyone by her appearance.

Stanley, Diane.  Elena. (J FIC)
A Mexican American girl recounts how her mother moved the family to America during the Mexican Revolution.

Wojciechowska, Maia. Shadow of a Bull. (J FIC)
Manolo Olivar has to make a decision: to follow in his famous father’s shadow and become a bullfighter, or to follow his heart and become a doctor.

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Thanks to Casey, for helping prepare this list!

Booklist: If you Like Ivy + Bean!

Do we have a booklist for you!  All the books on this list feature girls who, when they put their minds to it, can do anything!  Solve mysteries, care for animals, even do magic!  If you like  Ivy and Bean, you sure to love these titles too.

(You’ll find these titles in the Beginning Chapter Books section unless noted).

Atinuke. Anna Hibiscus
AAnna Hibiscusnna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa. She lives with her whole family in a wonderful house. There is always somebody to laugh and play with. Anna Hibiscus loves to splash in the sea with her cousins and have parties with her aunties. But more than anything else in the world, Anna Hibiscus would love to see snow. Featuring warm, loving multi-generational family relationships, this Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor winner showcases daily life in modern, urban Africa.

Barkley, Callie. The Critter Club
Critter ClubIntroducing the Critter Club! Amy and her friends solve a canine caper in this start to a pet-friendly illustrated chapter book series. It’s Spring Break in Santa Vista, and everyone has big plans… everyone except for Amy, that is! As her best friends head out of town on exciting adventures, Amy resigns herself to helping out at her mom’s vet clinic. At least she’ll be around cute animals! But when Santa Vista’s cold and elusive millionaire, Marge Sullivan, brings her puppy Rufus for a check-up, Amy encounters an unexpected mystery. After her friends return home, the girls get to the bottom of what happened to Rufus—and discover a way to help other lost and lonely animals in their town.

Benton, Jim. Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist
Franny K Stein
Franny K. Stein is not your average girl — she’s a mad scientist. She prefers poison ivy to daisies, and when Franny jumps rope, she uses her pet snake. The kids in Franny’s class think she’s weird, wacky, and just plain creepy. Tired of being stared at, Franny decides to attempt her most dangerous experiment yet — she’s going to fit in. But when a giant Monstrous Fiend attacks the class, everyone knows it’s up to a mad scientist to save the day. But has Franny lost her creepy, crawly ways?

Pain and the Great OneBlume, Judy. The Pain and the Great One
When an eight-year-old girl and her six-year-old brother take turns describing each other, it’s no surprise that “The Pain” and “The Great One” are the nicknames that emerge. As this duo debates whom Mom and Dad love most, their competition becomes increasingly humorous—because when it comes to family affection, there’s no such thing as win or lose.

Branford, Anna. Violet Mackerel
Violet MackerelViolet is a seven-year-old with a knack for appreciating the smallest things in life: her “Theory of Finding Small Things” states that the moment of finding a tiny treasure usually coincides with the moment of having a genius idea. This creative little girl always strives to think outside the box, so when she spots a small china bird that she desperately wants, she forms an imaginative plan for getting it—and her methods are anything but ordinary!

Coven, Wanda. Heidi Heckelbeck
Heidi Heckelbeck seems like any other eight-year-old, but she has a secret: She’s a witch in disguise. Careful to keep her powers hidden (but excited to use them all the same), Heidi’s learningheidi heckelbeck to live like any other kid — who just happens to be a witch. Heidi and her brother Henry have always been homeschooled — until now. But Heidi is not happy about attending Brewster Elementary, especially not when meanie Melanie Maplethorpe turns Heidi’s first day of school into a nightmare by announcing that Heidi is smelly and ruining her art project. Heidi feels horrible and never wants to go back to school-but while sulking in her room at home, she remembers her special medallion and Book of Spells. With a little bit of carefully concealed magic, Heidi might be able to give Melanie a taste of her own medicine….

Friedman, Laurie. Mallory McDonald   *located in Fiction
Mallory
When eight-and-a-half-year-old Mallory McDonald’s parents tell her that they are moving, she’s mad–really mad! It’s not fair! How can they make her move away from Mary Ann, her best friend in the whole wide world? Who will she paint her toenails with, tell secrets to, and make scrapbooks with? When Mallory arrives at her new house on Wish Pond Road, things are terrible. Her room is too small and the girl next door is mean. But Joey lives next door, too. Even though he doesn’t paint his toes, he tells jokes, helps teach her cat to do tricks, and shows her how to skateboard. Mallory’s having so much fun she forgets the pact she made with Mary Ann never to make friends with a boy next door. But when Mary Ann comes to visit, what will Mallory do? Will she have to choose between her best friend and her new friend?

Greene, Stephanie. Princess Posey
Princess Posey
Posey is really nervous about starting first grade. Instead of getting walked to her classroom, her mom has to drop her off at the Kiss-and-Go Lane. Then she’ll have to walk into school and face the Monster of the Blue Hall all by herself. Worst of all, she has to do it without the one thing that always makes her feel brave and special: the tutu that turns her into the Pink Princess. But when Posey inspires her new teacher to throw a first-day parade in which all the kids are invited to wear whatever makes them feel the most comfortable, first grade starts to look a lot more promising.

Hale, Shannon and Dean. The Princess in Black
Princess in BlackPrincess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when… Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? From award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, here is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.

Dory FantasmagoryHanlon, Abby. Dory Fantasmagory
As the youngest in her family, Dory really wants attention, and more than anything, she wants her brother and sister to play with her. But she’s too much of a baby for them, so she’s left to her own devices—including her wild imagination and untiring energy. Her siblings may roll their eyes at her childish games, but Dory has lots of things to do: outsmarting the monsters all over the house, escaping from prison (aka time-out), and exacting revenge on her sister’s favorite doll. And when they really need her, daring Dory will prove her bravery, and finally get exactly what she has been looking for.

Harper, Charise Mericle. Just Grace  *located in Fiction
Just Grace
Grace loves cats. She also loves taking pictures of cats and drawing Not-So-Super comics. She doesn’t like Sammy Stringer, a boy in her class. She’s got lots and lots of ideas, and when her neighbor’s cat goes missing, Grace does her best to make Mrs. Luther feel less lonely. But as the mystery of the missing cat continues, Grace’s well-intentioned plan backfires, and she finds herself in a bit of trouble. Maybe, just maybe, Sammy Stringer will help her through.

Look, Lenore. Ruby Lu
Ruby LuMost days the best thing about being Ruby is everything. Like when she’s the star of her own backyard magic show. Or when she gives a talk at the school safety assembly on the benefits of reflective tape. Or when she rides the No. 3 bus all the way to Chinatown to visit GungGung and PohPoh. And then there are the days when it’s very hard to be Ruby. Like when her mom suggests Chinese school on Saturdays. Or when her little brother, Oscar, spills all of Ruby’s best magician secrets. Or when her parents don’t think she’s old enough to drive!

Lowry, Lois. Gooney Bird Greene
Gooney BirdFrom the moment Gooney Bird Greene arrives at Watertower Elementary School, her fellow second-graders are intrigued by her unique sense of style and her unusual lunches. So when story time arrives, the choice is unanimous: they want to hear about Gooney Bird Greene. And that suits her just fine, because, as it turns out, Gooney Bird has quite a few interesting and “absolutely true” stories to tell.

McDonald, Megan. Judy Moody   *located in Fiction
Judy Moody“Judy Moody was in a mood. Not a good mood. A bad mood. A mad-faced mood.” To start, Judy Moody doesn’t have high hopes for third grade. Her new desk won’t have an armadillo sticker with her name on it. Her new classroom will not have a porcupine named Roger. And with her luck, she’ll get stuck sitting in the first row, where Mr. Todd will notice every time she tries to pass a note to her best friend, Rocky. An aspiring doctor, Judy does have a little brother who comes in handy for practicing medicine, a cool new pet, and a huge Band-Aid collection. Judy also has an abundance of individuality and attitude, and when Mr. Todd assigns a very special class project, she really gets a chance to express herself!

McDonald, Megan. Stink
StinkShrink, shrank, shrunk! Every morning, Judy Moody measures Stink and it’s always the same: three feet, eight inches tall. Stink feels like even the class newt is growing faster than he is. Then, one day, the ruler reads — can it be? — three feet, seven and three quarters inches! Is Stink shrinking? He tries everything to look like he’s growing, but wearing up-and-down stripes and spiking his hair aren’t fooling anyone into thinking he’s taller. If only he could ask James Madison — Stink’s hero, and the shortest person ever to serve as President of the United States. In Stink’s first solo adventure, his special style comes through loud and strong — enhanced by a series of comic strips, drawn by Stink himself, which are sprinkled throughout the book.

lulu and the duck in the parkMcKay, Hilary. Lulu
When Lulu finds a duck egg that has rolled out of its nest, she takes it to class to keep it safe. Lulu isn’t allowed to bring pets to school. But she’s not really breaking the rules because it’s just an egg. Surely nothing bad will happen…will it?
In this series, Lulu loves all animals, and since her classmates know that, they come to her for advice, and sometimes to re-home a problem pet.  What’s a girl to do?

O’Connor, Jane. Nancy Clancy
Nancy ClancyKids who grew up with Jane O’Connor’s Fancy Nancy picture books can spend some quality time with their BFF because Nancy Clancy is now starring in her own chapter books!  Sassy Fancy Nancy is now a detective. When one of Nancy’s classmate’s most special possessions disappears from school, it’s up to her to save the day. With the help of her friend Bree, she follows the clues to an unexpected source. Fans of Nancy Drew’s Clue Crew will be happy to see a new Nancy join the ranks of super sleuths.

Parish, Herman. Amelia Bedelia Chapter Books
Amelia BedeliaYoung Amelia Bedelia will do almost anything for a shiny new bicycle. Amelia Bedelia’s parents say they’ll split the cost of a new bike with her, and that means Amelia Bedelia needs to put the pedal to the metal and earn some dough! With Amelia Bedelia anything can happen, and it usually does. Short, fast-paced chapters, tons of friends, silly situations, and funny wordplay and misunderstandings make the Amelia Bedelia chapter books an ideal choice for readers of the Ivy and Bean, Magic Tree House, and Judy Moody books. Look out! Here comes Amelia Bedelia, and she means business!

Park, Barbara. Junie B. Jones   *located in Series Section
Junie BMeet the World’s Funniest Kindergartner—Junie B. Jones! Remember when it was scary to go to school? In the first Junie B. Jones book, it’s Junie B.’s first day and she doesn’t know anything. She’s so scared of the school bus and the meanies on it that when it’s time to go home, she doesn’t.
Follow all of Junie B.’s  (that B. is Very Important to Junie!) adventures as she moves from kindergarten to first grade!

clementinePennypacker, Sara. Clementine   *located in Fiction
Clementine is having not so good of a week. On Monday she’s sent to the principal’s office for cutting off Margaret’s hair. Tuesday, Margaret’s mother is mad at her. Wednesday, she’s sent to the principal again. Thursday, Margaret stops speaking to her. Friday starts with yucky eggs and gets worse. And by Saturday, even her mother is mad at her. Okay, fine. Clementine is having a DISASTROUS week.

Peschke, Marci. Kylie Jean
kylie jean blueberryIn her first book, it’s time for the Blueberry Festival, and everyone in town is busy getting ready. Kylie Jean Carter’s momma is baking pies, her pa is picking berries, and Kylie is thinking about becoming the Blueberry Queen.
Kylie Jean lives in Jacksonville, Texas.  She has two brothers, T.J. and Ugly Brother (who is really a dog, but they don’t tell him that), she is surrounded by her whole family in Jacksonville, and she is the queen of everything!  (Well, everything that’s important, anyway.)

Rylant, Cynthia. Cobble Street Cousins
Cobble Street Cousins
Welcome to Cobble Street! Meet Lily, Rosie, and Tess. Lily wants to be a poet. Tess wants to act on Broadway. And Rosie wants a little cottage with flowers by the door. But for right now, the three cousins are happy staying with their Aunt Lucy on Cobble Street. It’s summer, school’s out, and the cousins have a project — a cookie company! They deliver fresh-baked cookies and meet a customer who has a crush on Aunt Lucy. But he’s too shy to tell her. How will these two ever get together? It’s up to the cousins to make romance bloom on Cobble Street!

Stern, A.J. Frankly Frannie
Frankly FrannieFrannie Miller cannot wait to grow up and work in an office with a swivel chair and her own assistant. She’s already got her resume, business cards, and mustard packets (which are so much more grown up than ketchup) ready. So why is it taking eleventeen hundred years? Frannie’s class is visiting the local radio station and the radio host is nowhere to be found. Should Frannie cover for him–after all, this could be her big break! But what happens when listeners call in with questions, and Frannie doesn’t know the answers?

Sternberg, Julie. Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie   (Eleanor series)
Like Pickle JuiceWhen Eleanor’s beloved babysitter, Bibi, has to move away to take care of her ailing father, Eleanor must try to bear the summer without Bibi and prepare for the upcoming school year. Her new, less-than-perfect babysitter just isn’t up to snuff, and she doesn’t take care of things like Bibi used to. But as the school year looms, it’s time for new beginnings. Eleanor soon realizes that she will always have Bibi, no matter how far away she is.

Viorst, Judith. Lulu
Lulu ViorstIt’s Lulu’s birthday and she’s decided she’d like a pet brontosaurus as a present. When Lulu’s parents tell her that’s not possible, Lulu gets very upset. She does not like it when things don’t go her way. So she takes matters into her own hands and storms off into the forest to find herself a new pet, where she encounters a number of animals; a snake, a tiger, a bear, all of whom don’t particularly impress her. And then she finds him…a beautiful, long-necked, gentle, graceful brontosaurus. And he completely agrees with Lulu that having a pet would be a wonderful thing, indeed! Lulu thinks she’s gotten her birthday wish at last. Until she realizes that Mr. Brontosaurus thinks that she would make an ideal pet for him!

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Do you have any other favorite books on this level?  Beginning Chapter Books are a fun place to meet new characters and see how they deal with situations.  If you’ve read all of these, just ask one of our librarians to help you find something else.  We love to help readers find the right book.

Coming soon…If You Like Horrible Harry–Beginning Chapter Books with main characters that are boys!

::Kelly::

Booklist prepared by Casey!

Open Book: January 15, 2016

OPEN BOOK: AN EMAIL NEWSLETTER FOR TEENS from the Weston Public Library

Open Book is an email newsletter of book recommendations for teens. It is sent once a month and includes book excerpts in six teen fiction categories (realistic fiction, historical fiction, action/ adventure/fantasy/science fiction, romance, the buzz: middle school, and the buzz: high school). If you wish to subscribe to Open Book, please email smitchill@minlib.net or sign up in person at the Youth Services desk at the Library. Open Book email newsletters are also archived here on our blog.

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Realistic Fiction

Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones

When Evan’s father dies suddenly, he finds the book his father had been reading, a diary of a Japanese soldier stranded on a Pacific Island during World War II. There was also an American soldier stranded there.

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Historical Fiction / Nonfiction

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans graphic novel by Don Brown

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina’s monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage — and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality. Don Brown’s kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history.

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Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship’s artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.

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Romance

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized. When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

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Buzz: Middle School

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle

In this poetic memoir Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. Her heart was in Cuba, her mother’s tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lived in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupted at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Engle’s worlds collided in the worst way possible. Would she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?

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Buzz:  High School

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

A teenage boy struggles with schizophrenia.

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