Book Buzz

Our Book Buzz Blog features the latest picks for kids selected by library staff and volunteers.
Thu, 11/17/2016 - 2:10pm
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids. (catalog summary)
 

If you like Bud, Not Buddy, check out these other book titles:


Dave at Night
by Gail Carson Levine
When his father dies, Dave knows nothing will ever be thesame. And then it happens. Dave lands in an orphanage—the cold and strict Hebrew Home for Boys in Harlem—far from the life he knew on the Lower East Side. But he's not so worried. He knows he'll be okay. He always is. If it doesn't work out, he'll just leave, find a better place to stay. But it's not that simple. Outside the gates of the orphanage, the nighttime streets of Harlem buzz with jazz musicians and swindlers; exclusive parties and mystifying strangers. Inside, another world unfolds, thick with rare friendships and bitter enemies. Perhaps somewhere, among it all, Dave can find a place that feels like home. (catalog summary)

 

 

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 1:41pm
Giselle The Christmas Ballet Fairy by Daisy Meadows

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Giselle The Christmas Ballet Fairy by Daisy Meadows
The Rainbow Magic Fairies have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads—it's Christmastime in Fairyland! Jack Frost is on the naughty list! Every year, Giselle the Christmas Ballet Fairy's special magic helps every holiday ballet show run perfectly. But when Jack Frost crashes a performance and steals her magic objects, it looks like everything will be ruined! Rachel and Kirsty need to get the magic objects back in time for the Fairyland Christmas Eve ballet performance. They'll have to harness all the magic of the season to help Giselle. If they don't succeed, holiday shows everywhere will be ruined by Fairyland's biggest grinch! Find the magic objects in all three stories inside this Rainbow Magic Special Edition and help save the Christmas magic! (catalog summary)

If you're looking for books similar to The Rainbow Fairy books by Daisy Meadows, check out these titles:


 

The Candy Fairies: Rainbow Swirl by Helen Perelman
In Rainbow Swirl , Raina is a young Gummy Fairy getting ready for the annual candy contest at the castle. But a terrible storm swirls all the colors of the candies together the night before the event! Can Raina create a new candy in time for the contest? (catalog summary)

 


 

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 12:04pm
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North. (catalog summary)

The Golden Compass is part of His Dark Materials trilogy; The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

If you like The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, check out these other titles too:


 

Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker
Candy Quackenbush's adventures in the Abarat continue as she makes a startling realization as to who she is, and the forces of Night begin plans for war. (catalog summary)
 

 

 

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 2:27am
Cover to Before Morning

There are very few words in Joyce Sidman’s and Beth Krommes’ Before Morning, but more aren’t really needed. The story is simple, and the pictures work with the carefully chosen words to give all the emotional details about what is going on. A girl is sad one evening at bedtime because her mother, an airline pilot, is leaving very soon for work. While the rest of the family sleeps, a heavy snow blankets the town, making it so the planes are grounded. Mom comes home, and the family has a wonderful snow day together.

It is an uncomplicated plot, but there is much more to the story. The textured shapes of the scratchboard illustrations give a feeling of closeness and interconnectivity in each illustration. Before the snow, the people on the city sidewalks and on the streets in cars and on bikes are busy-busy. After the snowfall, everyone, including the squirrels in the trees, has slowed down and become playful as a holiday feeling settles over all.

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 11:40am
Horrible Harry in Room 2B by Suzy Kline

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

Horrible Harry in Room 2B by Suzy Kline
Harry might not be the most responsible kid in Miss Mackle's second grade class, but he sure is a lot of fun!
 

If you like the Horrible Harry book series, here are a few other titles to check out:

 

Charlie Bumpers Vs. the Really Nice Gnome by Bill Harley
Charlie has looked forward to being in the fourth-grade play, but is not at all happy when Mrs. Burke assigns him the role of the Nice Gnome. (catalog summary)



Wed, 11/16/2016 - 11:12am
Peter & The Starcatchers by Dave Barry

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here

Peter & The Starcatchers by Dave Barry
The young orphan Peter and his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They set sail aboard the Never Land, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious trunk in its cargo hold but the journey quickly becomes fraught with excitement and danger. Treacherous battles with pirates, foreboding thunderstorms at sea, and evocative writing immerse the reader in a story that slowly and finally reveals the secrets and mysteries of the beloved Peter Pan. (catalog summary)

Other books in the Starcatchers series include: Peter & the Shadow Thieves, Peter & the Secret of Rundoon, and Peter & the Sword of Mercy.

Some other adventure books that you might enjoy include:



The Boy Who Spoke Dog
by Clay Morgan
After being marooned on an island near New Zealand, Jack, an orphaned cabin boy from San Francisco, becomes allied with a group of dogs who protect the local sheep from wild dogs. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

 

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