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12/12/2016 - 1:48pm

Why not learn to juggle? It’s a fun way to impress your friends even if you are just a beginner. Like sports? Juggling is said to increase your hand-eye reflexes and your coordination. Like to be in the spotlight? It’s a great way to show off in a talent show, andk if you get really good at it, you can do it professionally at festivals or parties.

12/08/2016 - 2:42am
Cover to Best in Snow

April Pulley Sayre’s Best in Snow can be enjoyed by both younger and older children. The crisp, composed, and glowing photographs envelop readers and listeners very much as a nature walk in the snow would do. With only a word or a few to a page, listeners can be caught up in the Zen of a perfect wintry moment.

12/06/2016 - 2:41am
Before Morning by Joyce Sidman

In this gift-giving season, I’m sure it is no surprise that my favorite gift to give is books. It gives me great pleasure to have a recipient come back to me later and say, “I loved that book!” Some of my friends and family receive books I know they want (a frequent request is for the next book in their favorite series), but the gifts I most enjoy giving are books they didn’t know about at all but that turn out to be perfect fits. Columns in the coming weeks will have lists of books published in the last year that I think would make great gifts for teens and elementary-aged children, but I’m starting this week with picture book suggestions for young children. Because these are newer books, published in 2016, I’m hoping they will help me accomplish that goal of giving gifts people didn’t even know they wanted.

11/24/2016 - 2:32am
Cover to Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen

It’s the early 20th century, and Molly and her family have moved to the small town of Winter Hill from New York City. In the city, there were many immigrants like themselves, but, in Winter Hill, Molly is constantly teased by her classmates for the way she looks, talks, and dresses.

Everything is new to her, and some days are very hard. When the teacher gives the class an assignment to make a pilgrim doll from a clothespin, Molly’s mother helps her make it, but it doesn’t look like the others. The doll looks like a member of Molly’s family because Molly’s mother knows they are pilgrims, too. As Jews, they faced danger when they were no longer allowed to live peacefully in Russia because of their faith—much like the pilgrims leaving England for the New World.

12/28/2016 - 10:44am
Into the Wild by Erin Hunter (Book #1 in The Warriors series)

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 the book matches here.

Into the Wild by Erin Hunter (Book #1 in The Warriors series)
For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest. When their warrior code is threatened by mysterious deaths, a house cat named Rusty may turn out to be the bravest warrior of all. (catalog summary)
 

If you like Warriors and fantasy stories, here are some titles you might enjoy:




Darkwing by Kenneth Oppel
Dusk, the world's first bat, must lead his colony to safety in a time of changing species. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

 

11/21/2016 - 2:10pm
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett

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 the book matches here.
 

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett
When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks, but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen. (catalog summary)

If you like The Terrible Two, check out these other titles:



The Bad Apple by T.R. Burns
After accidentally killing a substitute teacher with an apple, twelve-year-old Seamus Hinkle is sent to Kilter Academy where, in order to excel as he always has, he must behave badly and pull pranks on his teachers, but along with new friends Lemon and Elinor he discovers that there is more to the Academy than meets the eye. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

11/21/2016 - 1:42pm
Big Nate: In A Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce

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 the book matches here.

Big Nate: In A Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce
Supremely confident middle school student Nate Wright manages to make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement. (catalog summary)

If you like the Big Nate book series, check out these other titles too:




Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit
by Tom Greenwald
Bright but unenthusiastic middle school student Charlie Joe Jackson signs up for the school play in an attempt to get straight As on his last quarter report card in order to avoid having to go to Camp Rituhbukkee over the summer. (catalog summary)

 


 

11/21/2016 - 11:34am
Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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 the book matches here
 

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods. (catalog summary)

If you like the Percy Jackson series, check out these other titles as well:



Gods of Manhattan
by Scott Mebus
Thirteen-year-old Rory discovers a spirit world that thrives alongside his contemporary New York City, filled with fantastical creatures and people from the city's colorful past who have become gods and goddesses and who have chosen Rory to perform a dangerous mission. (catalog summary)




 

11/21/2016 - 10:36am
Wings of Fire: The Lost Heir by Tui Sutherland

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 the book matches here.

Wings of Fire: The Lost Heir by Tui Sutherland
Overjoyed to be reunited with her fellow ocean-dwelling dragons, Tsunami the SeaWing continues efforts to end the war for Pyrrhia in spite of a dangerous assassin who is threatening all their lives. (catalog summary)

If you like the Wings of Fire series, check out these other titles as well:

 



Adventures in Flatfrost
by Jordan Quinn
Mischief-makers Prince Lucas, his best friend Clara, and Ruskin the scarlet dragon learn to respect the hard work of others when they are sent to Flatfrost to fetch more ice from the giants who live there. (catalog summary)

 

 

11/21/2016 - 10:02am
The Adventures Of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Novel by Dav Pilkey

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 the book matches here.

 

The Adventures Of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Novel by Dav Pilkey
The first book in Dav Pilkey's mega-bestselling Captain Underpants series - now with super-cool foil covers! Shiny! Fun! George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school—and now they're going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret, even HE doesn't know who he is! (catalog summary)

If you like the Captain Underpants series, check out these other titles:

 


The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby: The First Graphic Novel by Dav Pilkey
Irrepressible friends George and Harold create a new comic book superhero, Super Diaper Baby. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

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