Fun Summer Read #6

A mystery series, for any observant kids!

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Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective, by Donald J. Sobolencyclopedia brown 1

Mr. and Mrs. Brown had one child, they called him Leroy.  To everyone else in Idaville, he’s known as Encyclopedia.  Why Encyclopedia?  Because this unassuming boy has more knowledge in his head than a whole set of encyclopedias!  But Encyclopedia Brown uses this knowledge for good; for solving crimes and figuring out mysteries.

Encyclopedia’s father is the Chief of Police in Idaville, and because of his ten year old son, no criminal has escaped arrest, nor has there has been a single boy or girl who’s gotten away with breaking a single law in their town.  Some of the crimes come to his attention from other kids in the neighborhood, some of them Chief Brown brings to the dinner table.  Encyclopedia doesn’t do it all on his own.  His best friend Sally is his muscle, and lots of other kids in town like to help, if they can.

See if you’re as smart as Encyclopedia Brown!  Each mysterious crime is presented with all the clues that encyclopedia brown seriesthe boy detective uses to solve the case.  Can you figure them out along with Encyclopedia Brown?

A fun series that will challenge your skills of observation and your ability to read carefully for clues!  Read with a parent, sibling or friend, and see who figures out the mystery first…before you turn to the back to look at the solution.  With 29 books (the list goes up to 28, but there’s a 15 1/2) with at least 8  chapters in each, you will have plenty of chances!

Happy Reading!

::Kelly::

 

Fun Summer Reads #4 and #5

Tuesday is Two-for-One Fun Reads!

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The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, Written by Eugene Trivizas, Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Three little wolves and the big bad pigEveryone knows the story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf.  But how many people know about the three little wolves and the big bad pig?

This story starts off the same as the three little pigs story does, but wolves are apparently a little smarter than pigs, because these three little siblings START with a house of brick.  Unfortunately for the wolves, big bad pigs are also a little smarter than big bad wolves.  This big bad pig brings a sledgehammer in his bag of tools.  What can three little wolves do when a big bad pig can destroy something made of concrete?  Think again, and this time, go for smarter.

A fun reversal of the fairy tale.  Kids in the know will appreciate the changes, and kids still finding out about fairy tales will enjoy the plot.  And everyone will enjoy the humor!

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Somebody and the Three Blairs, Written by Marilyn Tolhurst, Illustrations by Simone Abel

One Sunday morning,somebody and the three blairs Mr. Blair, Mrs. Blair and Baby Blair were just sitting down to breakfast when they decided to take a walk before eating.  That’s what most families do on a nice day, right?  Mr. and Mrs. Blair want some fresh air, while Baby Blair just wants to “feeda ducks!”

While they were gone, Somebody came to the door. Somebody knocked, and when no one answered, Somebody tiptoed in…

Another fun fairy tale reversal, this time with the humans living in the house going out, and a friendly-looking bear coming in.  And if you thought that Goldilocks caused some destruction?  Wait until you see what Somebody is capable of!  Parents will laugh, kids will giggle at the mayhem Somebody causes, and everyone will enjoy.  This story is meant to be read aloud, so make sure you share it with your favorite listener!

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As always, ask one of our librarians if you need help looking for these books, or if you want our help with finding other great titles for the summer.

Happy Reading!

::Kelly::

Fun Summer Reads #3

A mystery, this time!

Key to the Treasure, by Peggy Parishkey  to the treasure, illustrated by Paul Frame

Liza, Bill and Jed are spending their summer vacation with their grandparents.  They have no problem keeping busy and finding fun things to do.  But one day, a thunderstorm rolls in and the kids are stuck in the house.  While they listen to the rain drumming on the roof and the thunder rolling, their grandfather tells them a story about the house, and his grandfather who lived in it during the Civil War, and the clues to a lost treasure he had left for his children.  Grandfather’s story ends sadly, for his grandfather died in the Civil War, and his children were never able to find the treasure, only the first clue.  And Grandfather shows them the first clue…four sketches, preserved in a photo frame beside the fireplace.

When the storm is over, Liza, Bill and Jed help clear up some of the mess; everything from broken key to the treasure 1branches to a broken tree limb.  Because of the broken limb, their plans for building a treehouse have to be put on hold…so while they’re waiting, they examine the items left behind by Grandfather’s grandfather…and Liza discovers a worn clue hidden in a headdress!   But it’s in code!  Can Liza and her brothers uncover the code that will let them decipher the clues and find the treasure?

Key to the Treasure is the  first book in a fun mystery series for second and third grade readers, written by the author of the popular Amelia Bedelia books!

 

Open Book: June 26, 2015

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.

Here are the picks for this week…

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Saint Anything  Boys Who Challenged Hitler   Mosquitoland   Every Last Word   I Will Always Write Back   Go Set a Watchman

Realistic Fiction

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Sydney’s charismatic older brother Peyton has always been the center of attention in the family, but when he’s sent to jail, Sydney struggles to find her place at home and the world until she meets the Chathams, including gentle, protective Mac, who makes her feel seen for the first time.

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Historical Fiction / Nonfiction

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pederson and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose

At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation’s leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys‘ exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance. Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, here is Phil Hoose’s inspiring story of these young war heroes

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Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

When she learns that her mother is sick in Ohio, Mim confronts her demons on a thousand-mile odyssey from Mississippi that redefines her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

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Romance

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

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Buzz: Middle School

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda

Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda met as pen pals in 1997 and are still best friends today.

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Buzz:  High School

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.

 

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Go Set a Watchman comes out on July 14.  Request a copy today!

Fun Summer Reads #2

Looking for something fun to read this summer?  Try one of our Fun Summer suggestions!

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The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain, Book One)
by Lloyd Alexander

Say you were a lowly assistant pig keeper in a castle, but you wanted to be something grander, something more important.  Might you–perhaps–neglect your charge?  Even if she was Hen Wen, the only oracular pig in all of Prydain? And instead try to learn sword making, sword-fighting, and other skills that befit a true warrior?

Because that’s what Taran does.  He longs to become an expert swordsman and have adventures.  But book of three 70instead, he’s watching a pig.  It’s true, she’s the most special pig in the kingdom, but wallowing in the mud isn’t Taran’s idea of an adventure.  But when Taran’s on duty and all of the animals in Caer Dallben react to an approaching danger with terror, Hen Wen is so frightened she digs under her fence and escapes into the forest.  Taran follows her.  His plan is to rescue her and bring her back, but instead he manages to fall into the adventure he always craved.

With the dreaded Horned King on the loose and King Arawn gathering the forces of evil, Taran is soon book of three 80in the middle of an adventure.  But it’s not as easy being a hero as it might sound, and adventures are not as exciting when you’re in the middle of them as they are when you’re hearing them as legends.  Taran’s bravery, cunning and, yes his swordsmanship, is put to the test…along with his connection to Hen Wen and his ability to think on his feet.

The Book of Three is the first book in an award-winning Chronicles of Prydain series, partially based on Welsh legends, with some of the best characters in children’s literature.  A book that I read and re-read as a kid, with a quest that keeps its thrilling life or death drama.

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Fun Summer Reads, #1

Looking for something fun to read this summer?  Try one of our Fun Summer suggestions!

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If I Built a Car, by Chris van Dusen

If you were building a car from scratch, what would you add?  Three headlights?  Jet engines?  A swimming pool, complete with a snack machine and robot driver?

In this fun book, young Jack tells his father exactly what he’d put in a new car.

Filled with a bouncy narration that’s fun to read out loud and illustrations reminiscent of colorful 50s style of cartoons like The Jetsons, this book is wonderful from top to bottom. Make sure to check out the details in the illustrations, as well as Jack’s designs on the endpapers.

If you liked this, don’t miss If I Built a House, where Jack designs his dream home and shares it with his mom!  And really, check out everything by Chris Van Dusen.  They’re all great books for kids of all ages.

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Enjoy!

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::Kelly::