Book Buzz Blog

11/03/2016 - 11:27am
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

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.

Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
Charlie Bone's life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking. (catalog summary)

If you like Midnight for Charlie Bone  here are some more suggestions.

 



Beswitched
by Kate Saunders
On her way, reluctantly, to a boarding school in present-day England, Flora suddenly finds herself in 1935, the new girl at St. Winifred's, having been summoned via a magic spell by her new dormitory mates. (catalog summary)

 

 




The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner
The story of twelve-year-old Alice, a misfit who is ignored by her own family and shipped off to boarding school. She'd love a friend, and one day she rescues mysterious Millie Maximus from drowning in a lake. Millie, it turns out, is a Bigfoot, part of a clan that lives deep in the woods. Alice swears to protect Millie and her tribe, and the two girls try to find a place where they both fit in. (catalog summary)

11/03/2016 - 10:19am
If you like The Thief Lord by Cornelia Caroline Funke

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 Thief Lord by Cornelia Caroline Funke
Two brothers, having run away from the aunt who plans to adopt the younger one, are sought by a detective hired by their aunt, but they have found shelter with—and protection from—Venice's "Thief Lord."

If you like The Thief Lord, check out these other titles:
 



Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes: A Story
by Jonathan Auxier
Raised to be a thief, blind orphan Peter Nimble, age ten, steals from a mysterious stranger three pairs of magical eyes, that lead him to a hidden island where he must decide to become a hero or resume his life of crime. (catalog summary)




 



The Real Thief
by William Steig
When Gawain the goose is deserted by his friends after being unjustly convicted of stealing from his beloved king, the real thief is tortured by his conscience. (catalog summary)

 


11/03/2016 - 9:41am
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi

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 Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi (Book #1 in the series)
When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences. (catalog summary)

If you enjoy The Spiderwick Chronicles, check out these other titles as well:




Gregor the Overlander
by Suzanne Collins
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy. (catalog summary)



 



The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
by Chris Colfer
Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. (catalog summary)
 

 


11/03/2016 - 9:13am
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Book #1 in the 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 other book matches here

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Book #1 in the series)
The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather. (catalog summary)

If you like The Boxcar Children, check out these other titles as well:



Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her. (catalog summary)

 






Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl
Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way. (catalog summary)

 

 

11/02/2016 - 1:06pm
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Book #1 in the series)

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The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Book #1 in the series)
Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship. (catalog summary)

If you like The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, you may also like these selections:



The Adventures of Captain Underpants
 by Dav Pilkey (Book #1 in the series)
When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen. (catalog summary)


 

 



Big Nate: In a Class By Himself
 by Lincoln Peirce (Book #1 in the series)
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)

 

 

11/07/2016 - 1:36pm
Thanksgiving

Gobble! Gobble! Gobble! Thanksgiving is known for parades, football, turkey, and, here at CRRL, special Grow A Reader classes. This year, join CRRL’s Youth Services as we give thanks to our awesome customers, young and old, with singing, dancing, and reading Thanksgiving stories. Make sure you bring your best turkey call! For children ages 0-5. 

Porter Branch, Wednesday, November 16, 7:00-7:30

Headquarters Library, Saturday, November 19, 1:30-2:00

Salem Church Branch, Tuesday, November 22, 7:00-7:30

11/02/2016 - 12:42pm
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

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 Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance. (catalog summary)

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Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal. (catalog summary)

 

 





Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Myster
y by Peter Abrahams
Like her idol Sherlock Holmes, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill uses her intellect to solve a murder case in her home town of Echo Falls. (catalog summary)

 

 

11/01/2016 - 12:51am

I knew the perfect column to appear in today’s paper would be one that focused on scary books. Just one problem: I don’t read very many scary books. I have some guilt over this because, as a librarian, I feel like I should read all types of books. And I try. I really do. But the truth is, I don’t enjoy scary books, and, while I advocate reading widely to stretch your mind and to be exposed to all the wonderful literature out there, I also think there are so many good books available that you shouldn’t spend time reading a book you really aren’t enjoying. So, I don’t read scary books unless I have to, like when I need to prepare for a book discussion group.

10/27/2016 - 12:48am
Cover to Wild Child by Lynn Plourde, illustrated by Greg Couch

There are some books that beg to be a part of autumn storytimes, and Lynn Plourde’s Wild Child is one of them. Large, glowing, flowing pictures by Greg Couch accompany the playful words that tell of Mother Nature putting her little one to bed.

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