Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Dragon's of Silk by Laurence Yep
Harper Collins Children's Books
Four generations of Chinese and Chinese-American girls, beginning in 1835, are tied together by the tradition of raising silkworms and the legacy of the legendary Weaving Maid.
Monday, September 26, 2011
The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Chris Moriarty
Harcourt Children's Books
In early twentieth-century New York, Sacha Kessler's ability to see
witches earns him an apprenticeship to the police department's star
Inquisitor, Maximillian Wolf, to help stop magical crime and, with
fellow apprentice Lily Astral, Sacha investigates who is trying to kill
Thomas Edison, whose mechanical witch detector that could unleash the
worst witch-hunt in American history.
Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver
Harper Collin's Children's Books
A mix-up involving the greatest magic in the world has tremendous
consequences for Liesl, an orphan who has been locked in an attic, Will,
an alchemist's runaway apprentice, and Po, a ghost, as they are pursued
by friend and foe while making an important journey.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Circle of Secrets by Kimberley Griffiths Litlle
A year after her mother has deserted the family, eleven-year-old
Shelby goes to stay with her, deep in the Louisiana bayou, where they
both confront old hurts and regrets.
Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
Princess Solveig and her siblings are trapped in a hidden fortress
tucked between towering mountains and a frozen fjord, along with her
best friend and an army of restless soldiers, all awaiting news of the
king's victory in battle, but as they wait for winter's end and the
all-encompassing ice to break, acts of treachery make it clear that a
traitor lurks in their midst.
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
Walden Pond Press
A stunning modern-day fairy tale from acclaimed author Anne Ursu Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. But that was before he stopped talking to her and disappeared into a forest with a mysterious woman made of ice. Now it's up to Hazel to go in after him. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," "Breadcrumbs" is a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Ten Rules for Living With My Sister by Ann M. Martin
Feiwel and Friends
Nine-year-old Pearl and her popular, thirteen-year-old sister, Lexie, do not get along very well, but when their grandfather moves in and the girls have to share a room, they must find common ground
Saturday, September 17, 2011
City of Orphans by Avi
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
In 1893 New York, thirteen-year-old Maks, a newsboy, teams up with Willa, a homeless girl, to clear his older sister, Emma, from charges that she stole from the brand new Waldorf Hotel, where she works. Includes historical notes.
The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer
Dutton Children's Books
Twelve-year-olds Duncan Dorfman, April Blunt, and Nate Saviano meet at the Youth Scrabble Tournament where, although each has a different reason for attending and for needing to win, they realize that something more important is at stake than the grand prize.
Jefferson's Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Dial Books for Young Readers
A fictionalized look at the last twenty years of Thomas Jefferson's life at Monticello through the eyes of three of his slaves, two of whom were his sons by his slave, Sally Hemings.
Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Harper Collins Children's Books
A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.
The Aviary by Kathleen O'Dell
Alfred A. Knopf
In late nineteenth-century Maine, isolated, eleven-year-old Clara Dooley gains a friend and uncovers a magical secret that changes her life when she learns to care for the once-feared birds in the aviary attached to the Glendoveer mansion where she lives.
Paintings From The Cave : Three Novellas by Gary Paulsen
Wendy Lamb Books
"In these three novellas, Gary Paulsen explores how children can survive the most difficult circumstances through art and the love of dogs"--Provided by publisher.
Toys Come Home: Being the Early Experiences of an Intelligent Stingray, a Brave Buffalo, and a Brand-New Someone Called Plastic by Emily Jenkins
Random House Children's Books
When a little girl gets a plush stingray for her birthday, it makes friends with some of her other toys as they all try to navigate in the world of real people.
Hound Dog True by Linda Urban
Mattie, a shy fifth-grader, wants to hide out at her new school by acting as apprentice to her Uncle Potluck, the custodian, but her plan falls apart when she summons the courage to speak about what matters most and finds a true friend.
Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods
Penguin /Nancy Paulsen Books
Saint Louis Armstrong Beach is enjoying life in New Orleans, playing clarinet for the tourists in his spare time, accompanied by Shadow, a local stray dog. When Hurricane Katrina approaches, Saint faces unexpected challenges in trying to rescue Shadow
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Forced to flee a small North Carolina town when the neighbors suspect they are aliens, sixth-grader Meggie Blue and her family leave Earth and arrive in Fashion City, where individuality is punished and the greatest crime is being "grossly unique."
Dragon Castle by Joseph Bruchac
Dial Books for Young Readers
Young prince Rashko, aided by wise old Georgi, must channel the power of his ancestor, Pavol the great, and harness a magical dragon to face the evil Baron Temny after the foolish King and Queen go missing.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
In 1919, independent-minded fifteen-year-old Rosalind lives in India with her English parents, and when they fear she has fallen in with some rebellious types who believe in Indian self-government, she is sent "home" to London, where she has never been before and where her older brother died, to stay with her two aunts.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier
Alfred A. Knopf
The adventures of two teenaged cousins who live in a place called The Floating Islands, one of whom is studying to become a mage and the other one of the legendary island flyers.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Here's our first list of the year!
Make sure you read at least these 10 titles because we will for sure discuss these at our Adult Mock Newbery meeting in January. Click on each link to add your voice to the discussion!
The Adult Mock Newbery Club meeting will be held on January 21, 2012 from 10:00am - 5:00pm in the Children's Services Storytime Room at the Main Library. Register HERE, if you haven't already done so!
- Amelia Lost by Candice Fleming
- Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
- Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Hidden by Helen Frost
- Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
- Junonia by Kevin Henkes
- Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
- Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall
- Sidekicks by Jack Ferraiolo
Can't wait to hear from you!
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Water Balloon by Audrey Vernick
With her best friends pulling away from her, her newly-separated parents deciding she should spend the summer at her father's new home, and a babysitting job she does not want, Marley's life is already as precarious as an overfull water balloon when a cute boy enters the picture.
Floors by Patrick Carman
A handyman's son explores the mysteries of a very odd, very colorful hotel in the newest adventure from bestselling author Patrick Carman. The Whippet Hotel is a strange place full of strange and mysterious people. Each floor has its own quirks and secrets. Leo should know most of them - he is the maintenance man's son, after all. But a whole lot more mystery gets thrown his way when a series of cryptic boxes are left for him... boxes that lead him to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances. Leo had better be quick on his feet, because the fate of the building he loves is at stake... and so is Leo's own future!
13 Gifts by Wendy Mass
Shortly before her thirteenth birthday, shy and withdrawn Tara is sent to stay with her aunt, uncle, and cousin in her parents' hometown of Willow Falls, where she makes friends and becomes involved with an elderly buyer and seller of collectibles, who seems to be trying to give Tara some kind of mysterious message.
Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 miners from 2,000 ft below the Chilean Desert by Marc Aronson
"The amazing story of the Chilean miners and their incredible rescue!"-- Provided by publisher.
"A middle grade nonfiction title about thirty-three miners trapped in a copper-gold mine in San Jose, Chile and how experts from around the world, from drillers, to astronauts, to submarine specialists, came together to make their remarkable rescue possible"-- Provided by publisher.
Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri
Twelve-year-old Cole's behavior causes his mother to drive him from Detroit to Philadelphia to live with a father he has never known, but who soon has Cole involved with a group of African-American "cowboys" who rescue horses and use them to steer youths away from drugs and gangs.
Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill
Jack is practically invisible at home, but when his parents send him to Hazelwood, Iowa, to spend a summer with his odd aunt and uncle, he suddenly makes friends, is beaten up by the town bully, and is plotted against by the richest man in town.
Wildwood by Colin Meloy
Balzer + Bray
When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness--a dangerous and magical forest in the middle of Portland, Oregon--and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants.
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.
Mo Wren, Lost and Found by Tricia Springstubb
Balzer + Bray
When eleven-year-old Mo's mother dies in an accident and Mo's devastated father deals with the loss by moving the family to a new town and starting a new life as the owner of a sports bar, Mo must leave her much loved neighborhood on Fox Street to live in an apartment above the "cursed" Corky's Tavern.