Fizz! Boom! Read! Week Six!

It’s the sixth week of our Summer Reading Program, and we’re officially past the middle point.  It’s time to give you all those reminders about how much time you have to read!

Our SUMMER READING DEADLINE for entering all your reading into your online reading log is AUGUST 24th at MIDNIGHT!

Our SUMMER READING CELEBRATION to pick out a book and have an ice cream sundae is Wednesday, AUGUST 27th.  It will be a drop in between 4:00 and 7:00.  (Right before dinner, or after!)

On to what’s happening THIS WEEK:

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Our special program BLUE SKIES PLANETARIUM, is today.  We still have space available, and we have dropped the age on the 6:00 show from 6th grade to 4th grade, so if you’re interested, visit the library or give us a call!

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Here’s our Summer Reading Science Newsletter for Astronomy:

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Happy Reading!


Fizz! Boom! Read! Week Five!

We’re just past the middle of the summer, and our readers are still going strong!  What’s happening at the library this week?  Take a look:

14 This week 5As you can see, we’re signing up now for Blue Skies Planetarium on Monday, August 4th.  Because it’s a Monday, and a new month, we’re hoping people won’t forget!  There will be three sessions, each one limited to 30 people.  (there’s only so much space in an inflatable planetarium!)  See the details on the sign below, and visit the library soon to sign up!

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And, our last thing…this week’s newsletter!  There are some fun books featuring geology in the booklist, and a very fun craft and recipe.  Check it out!

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I hope everyone is reading up a storm this week!  😛  When August rolls around (at the end of the week!) we’ll start pushing the Summer Reading Deadline and the Summer Reading Celebration.  Don’t be caught by surprise!


Happy Reading!



Fizz! Boom! Read! Summer Reading WEEK FOUR!

It’s the fourth week of the summer reading program, and this week we’re featuring Zoology and Entomology.  (That’s animals and bugs, if you didn’t know!)  We have a really fun craft in the Craft Room, and a great display featuring our favorite books featuring animals. Or bugs.  Or both!

14 This week 4Our special program this week already happened…we had Mad Science visit us with their presentation on Egg-Bert and Ice, with Mad Scientist Leslie.  It was a great presentation…full of air molecules, floating spheres and bubbling potions.  Mad Science will return in August with a Rocket Demo, so watch for that and sign up!

Our newsletter this week features a fun craft that can be used for decoration or for a camping-out nightlight.  The best part is that it’s very easy to make, and you could fill a whole room with them for less than the cost of a bag of marshmallows!

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Summer Readers…if you’re looking for suggestions, stop in and talk to a librarian.  We have some new and old favorites we’d love to share.  Or, if you’re just running in and don’t have time, grab a Band of Books from under Bella.  Three books from the same genre, grouped by reading level.  It’s a great time-saver if you’re headed for the pool and don’t have time to chat.

See you soon!  Keep reading!


Book Display Newsletter: Birds!

Celebrate spring with this fun April newsletter featuring birds!  New books, a fun craft and a delicious recipe!  If you’re looking for some bird books the next time you visit, check out our display on the Picture Book window (as pictured on the Newsletter).  We have everything from realistic stories about robins to silly stories about grumpy birds.


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Happy Reading!


Booklist — Daring Girls! (in Honor of our Very Special Author Visit)

Booklist—Girls who Adventure!

In celebration of our visit from Caroline Carlson, author of Magic Marks the Spot, here’s a booklist of girls who leave society behind to do their own thing!

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magic marks the spotCarlson, Caroline.  Magic Marks the Spot
Pirates! Magic! Treasure! A gargoyle?   Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of being a pirate. She can tread water for thirty-seven minutes. She can tie a knot faster than a fleet of sailors, and she already owns a rather pointy sword. There’s only one problem: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates refuses to let any girl join their ranks of scourges and scallywags.  But Hilary is not the kind of girl to take no for answer. To escape a life of petticoats and politeness at her stuffy finishing school, Hilary sets out in search of her own seaworthy adventure, where she gets swept up in a madcap quest involving a map without an X, a magical treasure that likely doesn’t exist, a talking gargoyle, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous—and unexpected—villain on the High Seas.

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The Other Books:
          (Many of them have sequels or are the first book in a trilogy or a series, so make sure you look for the other titles!)

Amaranth EnchantmentBerry, Julie.  The Amaranth Enchantment
When a mysterious piece of jewelry and a strange visitor arrive within minutes of each other  in the jewelry shop where she works for her evil aunt, Lucinda’s course takes a surprising turn. With the help of the Amaranth Witch, a young (and harmless) con-artist, and a prince, Lucinda uncovers secrets about her own royal past.

wrappedBradbury, Jennifer.  Wrapped
Agnes Wilkins dreams of adventures that reach beyond the garden walls, but reality for a debutante in 1815 London does not allow for camels—or dust, even. No, Agnes can only see a mummy when she is wearing a new silk gown on the lawns of Lord Showalter’s estate, with chaperones fussing about and strolling sitar players straining to create an exotic “atmosphere” for the first party of the season.  This is the start of it all, Agnes’s debut season, the pretty girl parade that offers only ever-shrinking options. It’s also the start of something else, because the mummy Agnes unwraps isn’t just a mummy; it’s a host for a secret unleashing mystery, international intrigue, and possibly a curse in the bargain.

kat incorrigibleBurgis, Stephanie.  Kat, Incorrigible
Katherine Ann Stephenson has just discovered that she’s inherited her late mother’s magical talents, and despite Stepmama’s stern objections, she’s determined to learn how to use them. But with her eldest sister Elissa’s intended fiancé, the sinister Sir Neville, showing a dangerous interest in Kat’s magical potential; her other sister, Angeline, wreaking romantic havoc with her own witchcraft; and a highwayman lurking in the forest, Kat’s reckless heroism will be tested to the utmost. If she can learn to control her new powers, will Kat be able to rescue her family and win her sisters their true loves?

runaway princessCoombs, Kate.  The Runaway Princess
King Stromgard offers his daughter’s hand in marriage and half his kingdom to the prince who can rid the kingdom of evil and restore peace and prosperity to our realm.  But Princess Margaret is not your traditional princess. Meg firmly objects to her parents’ giving her away, and she certainly has no intention of remaining in the tower where she is sequestered. Instead, she sets out to win the contest herself by enlisting the help of her good friend, her loyal maid, an eager guardsman, a young wizard, and a tenacious witch. Does Meg find her distinct place in the kingdom, or is she doomed to fulfill her royal duties?

bewtching seasonDoyle, Marissa.  Bewitching Season
In 1837 London, young daughters of viscounts pined for handsome, titled husbands, not careers. And certainly not careers in magic. At least, most of them didn’t. Shy, studious Persephone Leland would far rather devote herself to her secret magic studies than enter society and look for a suitable husband. But right as the inevitable season for “coming out” is about to begin, Persy and her twin sister discover that their governess in magic has been kidnapped as part of a plot to gain control of the soon-to-be Queen Victoria. Racing through Mayfair ballrooms and royal palaces, the sisters overcome bad millinery, shady royal spinsters, and a mysterious Irish wizard. And along the way, Persy learns that husband hunting isn’t such an odious task after all, if you can find the right quarry.  YA

howls-moving-castleJones, Diana Wynne.  Howl’s Moving Castle
Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl–and herself–than first meets the eye.

alex and the ironic gentlemanKress, Adrienne.  Alex and the Ironic Gentleman 
A student at the prestigious Wigpowder-Steele Academy, Alex is often mistaken for a boy because of her haircut, but that’s okay—she has an excellent sense of humor.  As much as she enjoys learning, she doesn’t enjoy anything else about school. Luckily for Alex, the new school year brings an exciting new teacher. Mr. Underwood makes lessons fun and teaches her how to fence. But Mr. Underwood has a mysterious family secret and not everyone is glad he has come to school. When the pirates of a ship called The Ironic Gentleman kidnap him, Alex sets off on a journey to rescue him, along the way encountering a steady stream of hilarious and colorful characters!

piraticaLee, Tanith.  Piratica 
Artemesia is the daughter of a pirate queen, and she’s sick of practicing deportment. Escaping from her school, she hunts up her mother’s crew and breezily commands them out to sea in a leaky boat. Unfortunately, Art’s memories of her early life may not be accurate-her seasick crew are actors, and Art’s infamous mother was the darling of the stage in a pirate drama. But fiery Art soon shapes her men into the cleverest pirate crew afloat. And when they meet the dread ship Enemy and her beautiful, treacherous captain, Goldie Girl, Art is certain that the Seven Seas aren’t large enough for two pirate queens!  Art will have the battle of her life and the race for the most fabulous treasure in pirate lore. YA

flora segundaWilce, Ysabeau.  Flora Segunda
Flora knows better than to take shortcuts in her family home, Crackpot Hall–the house has eleven thousand rooms, and ever since her mother banished the magickal butler, those rooms move around at random. But Flora is late for school, so she takes the unpredictable elevator anyway. Huge mistake. Lost in her own house, she stumbles upon the long-banished butler–and into a mind-blowing muddle of intrigue and betrayal that changes her world forever. Flora has to deal with soldiers, Dainty Pirates, amazing hounds, magical potions and a magical butler who may be her undoing.

dealing with dragons (2)Wrede, Patricia.  Dealing with Dragons
The youngest of seven beautiful princesses in the kingdom of Lindenwall, Princess Cimorene wants more out of life than to be the wife of a boring, proper prince. Tired of her sedate existence, she takes up fencing, cooking, Latin, even magic. But each endeavor is ended with the admonition that “princesses just don’t do that.” Faced with marriage, she decides it’s time to find some adventures of her own and runs away, ending up as the dragon Kazul’s princess, and finding adventure, danger, and challenges galore.  It turns out that the life of a dragon’s princess is exactly what Cimorene needed!

mairelon the magicianWrede, Patricia.  Mairelon the Magician
Kim doesn’t hesitate when a stranger offers her a small fortune to break into the travelling magician’s wagon in search of a silver bowl. Kim isn’t above a bit of breaking-and-entering. Growing up a waif in the dirty streets of London has schooled her in one hard lesson: steal from them before they steal from you. But there is something odd about this magician. He isn’t like the other hucksters and swindlers that Kim is used to. When he catches her in the act, Kim thinks she’s done for–until he suggests she become his apprentice. Kim wonders how tough it could be faking a bit of hocus pocus. But Mairelon isn’t an act. His magic is real.

sorcery and cecelia (2)Wrede, Patrica & Stevermer, Caroline.  Sorcery & Cecelia
A great deal is happening in London and the country this season. For starters, there’s the witch who tried to poison Kate at the Royal College of Wizards. There’s also the man who seems to be spying on Cecelia. (Though he’s not doing a very good job of it–so just what are his intentions?) And then there’s Oliver. Ever since he was turned into a tree, he hasn’t bothered to tell anyone where he is. Clearly, magic is a deadly and dangerous business. Strange forces are convening to destroy a beloved wizard, and only Kate and Cecelia can stop the plot. And the girls might be in fear for their lives . . .if only they weren’t having so much fun!

Weston Public Library
March 2014
Kelly Wood

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And there you have it–a list of some remarkably determined young women!  After reading Caroline’s book, try one of these others and get lost in a magical adventure!

And don’t forget to join us tonight and hear Caroline talking about her writing experience.caroline magic marks the spot3

Booklist: Winter Survival!

It’s awfully cold out there!  Every time I take my dog outside and see the thermometer, with the temperatures in the single digits, I think about how anyone could have possibly survived the cold before central heating, fleece and down comforters!  Because I think other people might just be thinking the same thing, here’s a booklist featuring survival stories in the middle of Arctic cold…sometimes literally.  🙂

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Winter Survival !

morenaCohen, Peter. Morena (J )
When his  Boy Scout campout is cancelled because of coming snow, Alex is accidentally left behind. Lost in the hills and wearing nothing but the clothes for a bus ride, he finds a horse, abandoned in her summer pasture.  Together, boy and horse must depend on each other for survival during a heavy snow storm and the freezing weather that follows.

ice-cream-heroesCorbalis, Judy.  The Ice-Cream Heroes (J )
Oskar and his friend Henrietta (who wears a gorilla suit throughout the book because of her job delivering gorillagrams) set off for the Himalayas to deliver an ice pick to Oskar’s mountaineering mother. Along the way they meet a tribe of abominable snowmen; are held captive in a palace made of ice cream by the henchmen of The Controller, a demonic thief with a cohort of mad scientists; and meet the Great Khone, an ice cream maker searching for the world’s stolen ice cream supply.

after the snowCrockett, S.D.  After the Snow (YA)
The oceans stopped working before Willo was born, so the world of ice and snow is all he’s ever known. Willo’s survival skills are put to the test when he returns to his remote home one day to find his family gone.  It could be the government; it could be scavengers — all Willo knows is he has to find refuge and his family. It is a journey that will take him into the city he’s always avoided, with a girl who needs his help more than he knows.

I Am the Ice WormEasley, MaryAnn.  I Am the Ice Worm (J )
California girl Allison Atwood is radically out of her element when an airplane crash leaves her stranded in Alaska. Rescued by an Inupiat passing on his dogsled and taken to a local village, Allison learns the meaning of hardship and survival when she is taken in by an Inupiat family.

7 professorsFardell, John.  The 7 Professors of the Far North (J )
Sam finds himself involved in a dangerous adventure when he and his new friends, siblings Ben and Zara, set off for the Arctic to try and rescue the siblings’ great-uncle and five other professors from the mad scientist holding them prisoner.

wolf storm Garretson, Dee.  Wolf Storm (YA)
This is Stefan’s big break. He’s on location in the mountains far from home for his first movie role. It  should be  a dream job, but acting turns out to be much tougher than he ever imagined, and he feels like his inner loser is all that’s showing through. Worst of all, no one will believe his claim that there are wild wolves haunting the forest around the set. When a blizzard strikes, isolating the young co-stars and bringing hungry feral wolves into the open, Stefan must take on his biggest role yet–working together with his co-stars to survive. With no second takes, they only have one chance to get it right.

julie of the wolvesGeorge, Jean.  Julie of the Wolves (J & YA)
To her small Eskimo village, she is known as Miyax; to friends in San Francisco, she is Julie. When her village is no longer safe, Miyax runs away. She finds herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness, without food, without even a compass to guide her. Slowly she is accepted by a pack of Arctic wolves and grows to love them as though they were family. With their help, and drawing on her father’s teachings, Miyax struggles day by clay to survive. But the time comes when she must leave the wilderness and choose between the old ways and the new. Which will she choose?

the wildGolden, Christopher.  The Wild (J)
Jack London is 17, following thousands of men and women into the Yukon Territory in search of gold. For Jack, the journey holds the promise of another kind of fortune: challenge and adventure. But what he finds in the wild north is something far more sinister than he could have ever imagined: kidnapping and slavery, the murderous nature of desperate men, and, amidst it all, supernatural beasts of the wilderness that prey upon the weakness in men’s hearts. Jack’s survival will depend on his ability to quell the demons within himself as much as those without. The first book in The Secret Journeys of Jack London series.

annas blizzardHart, Alison. Anna’s Blizzard (J )
Anna loves life on the Nebraska prairie where she lives with her parents and four-year-old brother in a simple sod house. When a fierce blizzard suddenly kicks up on a mild winter day, Anna, her schoolmates, and young teacher, Miss Simmons, become trapped in the one-room schoolhouse. The kerosene is gone and the wood for the stove is low. Then the wind tears away the roof and door. Anna knows they must escape before it is too late. Does she have the courage and strength to lead the others through the whiteout to safety?

winter campHill, Kirkpatrick.  Winter Camp (J)
Toughboy and Sister live with Natasha, an elderly, cantankerous Athabascan Indian. John (Toughboy) and Annie Laurie (Sister) respect Natasha but find her clinging to the old ways and her disparaging remarks about the pair’s softness hard to swallow. In late fall she abruptly has them all flown to camp in a bush plane to teach the children how to trap and deal with the Alaskan winter. They are awed by Natasha’s stamina and knowledge of the wilderness. Things gradually become almost routine, then an old miner friend is seriously injured by a moose. When Natasha sets off by dogsled for help, the children find their spirit pushed to the limit.

far northHobbs, Will.  Far North (J & YA)
When the engine of their  plane fails during a water landing near the head of Canada’s monumental Virginia Falls, what began as a sightseeing detour turns into a survival mission for two high-school students and their elderly companion.  With the brutal sub arctic winter about to fall like a hammer, Gabe Rogers, his boarding-school roommate, Raymond Providence, and Raymond’s great-uncle, Johnny Raven, are trapped in a deadly wilderness. Braving icy rapids and desperately hunting for moose in their struggle to fend off starvation, all three travelers must rely on the others’ knowledge and courage, or survival is out of the question.

ghost canoeHobbs, Will.  Ghost Canoe (J & YA)
Nathan MacAllister helps his father tend a lighthouse off the northwest coast of Washington State. When his mother’s health fails, he moves with her to the Makah village on the mainland, hoping the slightly drier climate will speed her recovery. From the moment he arrives, it’s clear that something strange is going on: the captain of a wrecked ship has been murdered, someone is hiding in the caves around the coast, money and supplies have been stolen, and there’s a mysterious stranger around. As Nathan unravels the puzzling goings-on, he discovers that he has endangered himself.

frozenfireHouston, James.  Frozen Fire (J)
Matthew and his friend, Kayak brave the harsh winter environment in a determined effort to find Matthew’s father,  who has been lost in a storm.  They must battle wind storms, starvation, wild animals, and wild men during their search in the Canadian Arctic. This desperate struggle is based upon a true incident.

ice dogsJohnson, Terry Lynn.  Ice Dogs (J)
Victoria Secord, a fourteen-year-old Alaskan dogsled racer, loses her way on a routine outing with her dogs. With food gone and temperatures dropping, her survival and that of her dogs and the mysterious boy she meets in the woods is entirely up to her.  Together, Victoria and Chris experience setbacks, mistakes, and small triumphs in their wilderness adventure.

cold riverJudson, William.  Cold River (YA)
When on a camping trip with her father, Fourteen-year-old Lizzy Allison and her younger step brother Timothy are stranded in the frozen Adirondacks during one of the worst snowstorms of the century. Battling the untamed perils of nature, they embark on a heart-stopping journey of courage, strength, and endurance against all odds.

troubling a starL’Engle, Madeleine.  Troubling a Star (J & YA)
Vicky is overjoyed when given the opportunity to travel to Antarctica to visit good friend Adam Eddington, a college student majoring in marine biology. Her enthusiasm wanes only slightly after she receives mysterious notes warning her to stay home. When she embarks on her journey, danger indeed seems to lurk around every corner.  As Vickystruggles to stay alive after being left on an iceberg in the Antarctic, she recalls the series of events that brought her to the bottom of the world and involved her in a dangerous mystery.

blizzardMaddox, Jake.  Blizzard (CHP)
They were supposed to be attending a volunteer dinner in their honor, but instead, Owen and Gray have been stranded in the middle of a raging blizzard. Once the storm subsides, the boys decide to try to find their way back to civilization. But with no food or water, freezing temperatures, and no help in sight, both boys begin to lose hope. Can they make it safely home, or will the frozen elements become too much for them to handle?

white darknessMcCaughrean, Geraldine.  The White Darkness (YA)
Sym is not your average teenage girl. She is obsessed with the Antarctic and the brave, romantic figure of Captain Oates from Scott’s doomed expedition to the South Pole. In fact, Oates is the secret confidant to whom she spills all her hopes and fears. But Sym’s uncle Victor is even more obsessed-and when he takes her on a dream trip into the bleak Antarctic wilderness, it turns into a nightmarish struggle for survival that will challenge everything she knows and loves.

LostInBarrensMowat, FarleyLost in the Barrens (J)
Awasin, a Cree Indian boy, and Jamie, a Canadian orphan living with his uncle, trapper Angus Macnair, are enchanted by the magic of the great Arctic wastes.   When they get permission to go on a hunting trip and get separated from the adults of the party at the onset of winter, they find themselves on an adventure that proves longer and more dangerous than they could ever have imagined.

climb or dieMyers, Edward.  Climb or Die (J)
When their  car careens off a slippery Rocky Mountain road in a blinding snowstorm, injuring both parents, it’s up to Danielle and Jake to get help.  Their only chance for survival is to scale the mountain, where they know there is a staffed weather station.  To save their parents and themselves, athletic Danielle and Brainy Jake must rely on their individual skills and each other to survive.

HimalayaNeale, Jonathan . Himalaya (J)
Orrie is so mad at her dad and his girlfriend, Libby, that she can’t see straight. Orrie’s brother Jack is trying to prove he’s a real man, so the girls back at school won’t laugh at him. Their little brother, Andy, is talking to a dead yak, who is listening very carefully. Disaster strikes when Orrie decides to pursue her dad and Jack and a storm hits. The entire family is freezing to death at 20,000 feet.  Can they survive?

snowstormNetherclift, Beryl.  The Snow Ghosts (J)
Caroline, Kit, and Richard have gone to stay in the country with their Aunt Amethyst at Farthingdales while their parents are on a cruise. While there they discover a snow globe that moves them through time to when the house was in its hey-day. They meet and befriend Michael who lived there. When a blizzard strikes and the kids are left alone, will the ghosts help them find their missing aunt and solve the mystery of the lost family fortune…or will they stop them forever?

trappedNorthup, Michael.  Trapped (J & YA)
Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn’t seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision….

Brian's WinterPaulsen, Gary.  Brian’s Winter (J & YA)
In the classic book Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed only with his hatchet. He was rescued at the end of the summer. Brian’s Winter begins where Hatchet might have ended: Brian is not rescued, but must build on his survival skills to face his deadliest enemy–a northern winter.

ice islandShahan, SherryIce Island (J)
What begins as a training run with sled dogs turns into a race against time for Tatum and her new friend Cole. When a freak blizzard hits this remote island off Alaska, they seek shelter overnight in a dilapidated hunting cabin. Stranded in the untamed wilderness, they must rely on each other—as well as their faithful huskies—to survive sub-zero temperatures and bone-numbing exhaustion with very little food. When the strongest dog runs away, they decide that one person must go for help, while one must stay behind. Either way, they’ll each be alone in the wild for an uncertain amount of time.

great deathSmelcer, John.  The Great Death (J)
The Great Death arrived with the man from downriver, the one who came with the light-colored strangers and had little red spots covering his body.Millie and her sister, Maura are fascinated by the guests, but soon sickness takes over their village. As they watch the people they know and love die, the sisters remain unaffected and begin to realize that they will have to find a new home. Alone in the cold Alaskan winter of 1917, struggling to overcome the obstacles nature throws their way, the girls discover that their true strength lies in their love for each other.

peakSmith, Roland.  Peak ( YA)
After Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, he’s left with two choices: wither away in Juvenile Detention or go live with his long-lost father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand. Peak quickly learns that his father’s renewed interest in him has strings attached. Big strings.  He wants his son to be the youngest person to reach the Everest summit–and his motives are selfish at best. Even so, for a climbing addict like Peak, tackling Everest is the challenge of a lifetime. But is it one that could cost Peak his life?

sign-of-the-beaver-coverSpeare, Elizabeth.  The Sign of the Beaver (J)
Matt must face serious challenges in the Maine wilderness while awaiting his father’s return to their cabin. When he is saved from a terrifying bee swarm attack by an Indian chief and his grandson Attean, Matt gains a valuable friend in the young Indian boy. As the boys become closer and learn new skills from each other, Matt must face a heart-wrenching decision when the tribe decides to move north. Is it time for Matt to move on with Attean’s tribe and give up hope of his family ever returning?

anna grandpa and the big stormStevens, Carla.  Anna, Grandpa and the Big Storm  (CHP)
The whole city of New York is blanketed by snow. But it’s the final day of the spelling bee, and snow or no snow, Anna has to get to school. It’s not as easy as she expected! Set during New York City’s great blizzard of 1888, this short novel portrays the new understanding that Anna and her grandfather find when they are stranded on a train platform.

wilderness winterThompson, Mary.  Wilderness Winter (J)
One day, Zeke and Tabitha found a footprint in the woods and soon they discovered they had neighbors. However, the Aikens’ pleasure as they made friends with the new family after so many months alone in the wilderness was marred when the fathers disagreed about how to build a mill for grinding corn they planned to construct jointly. How this quarrel was resolved and progress was thereby made possible toward the growth of a village winds up an interesting story about early pioneering in New England.

Kelly Wood  -Weston Public Library – Jan 2014

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So there you go.  If you’re freezing cold and want to read about kids who are having an even tougher time with the weather, try one of these books!

(Hmmm…maybe I should have done a Tropical Survival booklist to get our minds off the cold.  Maybe next time?)


January Book Display: Cooking!

Well, it’s probably more baking than cooking, but…

Check out our book displays this month!  We have a picture book Cook Up a Good Book! display on the shelves under the window in the Children’s area, with beautiful art by Karen.  Some of our favorite food stories are there: Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington,  Fannie in the Kitchen by Deborah Hopkinson and Cookie Store Cat by Cynthia Rylant!


On top of the juvenile paperbacks, we have some fun reads for fourth through sixth graders that feature cooking.  Books like The Teashop Girls by Laura Schafer and Sprinkles and Secrets by Laura Schroeder, as well as favorite series like The Cupcake Diaries and The Cupcake Club.

Many of the books featuring cooking–whether they’re in the picture book collection or the fiction collection– have a recipes in the back, so it could be a great way to share a new treat with families or friends. And you can always check out our cooking section in the non-fiction section at J 641.5.  We have recipes and treats for all levels of reading, and all ages of eating!

In the meantime, check out our Cook up a Good Book! Newsletter:

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Happy Cooking!