Book Buzz

Our Book Buzz Blog features the latest picks for kids selected by library staff and volunteers.
Fri, 09/04/2009 - 11:52am

We're delighted you're using the Book Match service and, like you, I enjoyed The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.
Did you know it's the first in Pullman's trilogy, His Dark Materials?  The other two titles are The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.  Meanwhile, here are three other titles I'd like to recommend.

King of Shadows by Susan Cooper
While in London to perform with a theatre group, Nat suddenly finds
himself transported back to 1599 and performing under the direction of Shakespeare himself.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Fri, 09/04/2009 - 10:47am

I'm so glad to know you enjoyed The Count of Monte Cristo!
Although it's been a long time since I read it, I agree it's very
exciting reading. So, here are three titles I'd like to recommend.

Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson.
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

Mon, 12/13/2010 - 11:49am

If you enjoy both humorous and mystery books, here are some recommendations:

Beanpole / by Barbara Park.
Thirteen-year-old Lillian, miserable about being a "beanpole" and a
loser, stops feeling sorry for herself when she learns the difference
between a loser and a winner.

The dark stairs : a Herculeah Jones mystery / by Betsy Byars.
The intrepid Herculeah Jones helps her mother, a private investigator, solve a puzzling and frightening case.

Hey, new kid! / by Betsy Duffey

Mon, 12/13/2010 - 11:55am

 Here are three titles I hope you'll find deliciously spine-chilling.

The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn
Tired of the rules that have bound them ever since "the bad thing happened," twelve-year-old Diana ignores her brother's warnings and befriends the daughter of the new caretaker, setting in motion events that lead to the release of the spirit of an evil, crazy woman who once ruled the old Willis place.

Undercurrents by Willo Davis Roberts

Thu, 12/09/2010 - 12:28pm

Thank you again for your Book Match request. I have included a few
beginning mystery titles and series that you might enjoy. Since you liked Puppy in a Puddle by Ben M. Baglio, I would suggest that you might also enjoy some of the other titles in the Animal Ark series. Here are some book titles I hope you enjoy:

Dog at the door by Ben M. Baglio
This book is in our Juvenile paper back collection - the Animal Ark series

Encyclopedia Brown and the case of the two spies / Donald J. Sobol ;
illustrated by Eric Velasquez

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 2:07pm

If you like books by Kate DiCamillo, here are some suggestions for books I think she might enjoy:

First, if you enjoyed Kate DiCamillo's writing style, you could always try more by the same author. Arguably, DiCamillo's most famous novel is Because of Winn Dixie.

Another great book to try is Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.
It's a story of friendship and loss revolving around two friends who
create their own magical land, Terabithia, and are pretty much
inseparable until the day one of them is left to rule the land alone.