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

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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)
 

 

 

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.

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

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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)



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

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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)

 

 

 

 

11/16/2016 - 10:20am
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie. (catalog summary)
 

Do you like Because of Winn Dixie? Here are a few other titles you might enjoy. 

 

Arf by Quinn Spencer
Birdie Gaux's dog, Bowser, considers himself in charge of security at 19 Gentilly Lane, so when the house is broken into Bowser wants to find the man with the limeade aftershave (and the cat) responsible—but nobody seems to know what the culprits were looking for, or why a strange girl is asking questions about Birdie's father, a policeman who was killed in the line of duty years before Bowser was adopted. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

11/16/2016 - 9:55am
Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary

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Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary
Six-year-old Ramona tries to cope with an unsympathetic first-grade teacher. (catalog summary)
 

If you like books like Ramona the Brave, check these titles out:
 



Amelia Bedelia on the Job
by Herman Parish
Amelia Bedelia and her friends at school explore different jobs and careers and think about what they want to be when they grow up! Amelia Bedelia is especially curious about her own father's line of work. If he spends the day pitching to a client, does that mean he plays a lot of baseball? (catalog summary)



 

11/15/2016 - 12:28pm
The Stranger (Animorphs series) by Katherine Applegate

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The Stranger (Book #1 of the Animorphs series) by Katherine Applegate
Sometimes weird things happen. Just ask Cassie, Jake, Marco, Rachel, and Tobias. One night they spot a strange light in the sky. Soon they are face to face with an alien from another planet who informs them that the Earth is being invaded by evil Yeerks, and gives them a special power to fight back: the ability to morph into any animal they desire. It is now up to them to save the planet! (catalog summary)

If you like the Animorphs series, you may like the following titles:




Artemis Fowl (Book #1 in the Artemis Fowl series)
by Eoin Colfer
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

11/15/2016 - 11:50am
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman

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If you like books about frontier life, here are some titles you might enjoy.

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman
California Morning Whipple describes her family's six-year stay in a small mining town during the Gold Rush. Her mother, a restless widow with an acid tongue, has uprooted her children from their home in Massachusetts to make a new life in Lucky Diggins. California rebels by renaming herself Lucy and by hoarding the gold dust and money she earns baking dried apple and vinegar pies, saving up for a journey home. Over years of toil and hardship, Lucy realizes, somewhat predictably, that home is wherever she makes one. (catalog summary)

 




The Boy Who Saved Cleveland: Based on A True Story
by James Cross Giblin
During a malaria epidemic in late eighteenth-century Cleveland, Ohio, ten-year-old Seth Doan surprises his family, his neighbors, and himself by having the strength to carry and grind enough corn to feed everyone. (catalog summary)




 

11/15/2016 - 11:20am
Before the Creeks Ran Red by Carolyn Reeder

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We are so lucky to live in a state with such a rich and long history! We have a number of books on Virginia including its history. 

Before the Creeks Ran Red by Carolyn Reeder
Through the eyes of three different boys, three linked novellas explore the tumultuous times beginning with the secession of South Carolina and leading up to the first major battle of the Civil War. (catalog summary)
 

 



Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 by Elisa Lynn Carbone
Traveling to the New World in 1606 as the page to Captain John Smith, twelve-year-old orphan Samuel Collier settles in the new colony of Jamestown, where he must quickly learn to distinguish between friend and foe. (catalog summary)

 

 

11/15/2016 - 10:46am
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

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Are you looking for classic children tales? Check these titles out.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experience with both good and bad masters. (catalog summary)
 




Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car by Ian Fleming
Two children persuade their inventor father to purchase and restore an old car which turns out to have magical powers. (catalog summary)

 

 

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