Books & DVDs

Another Kind of Hurricane
Tamara Ellis Smith
Ages 9-12

Two separate storms wreak havoc on the emotions of two boys from very different backgrounds.  With chapters alternating between the voices of Zavion and Henry, we are planted right in the midst of the compelling tragedy of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the wave of grief coming from a singular loss on the opposite end of the country.  But, there is joy in the sadness and a series of intertwining events propels these two characters together and begins to alleviate the pain for both of them in this bittersweet tale of loss and healing.

J FIC Smi

Feb 2, 2016
Claire
Last in a Long Line of Rebels
Last in a Long Line of Rebels
Lisa Lewis Tyre
Ages 9-12

Twelve-year-old Louise Mayhew and her friend, Benzer, are determined to have an exciting summer in their small town of Zollicoffer, Tennessee.  But when Louise discovers that her historic 175-year-old home is in danger of being demolished, she regrets wishing for excitement.  After finding a diary belonging to her great-great-great-grandmother, Louise learns that one of her ancestors may have stolen a great deal of gold during the Civil War.  Convinced that the gold may still be hidden in her house, Louise is determined to find it.  Will Louise be able to locate the gold in time to save her family's house?

A nice choice for Mystery readers.

Feb 2, 2016
StaceyQ
Breakthrough! How Three People Saved "Blue Babies" and Changed Medicine Forever
Jim Murphy
Ages 8-12

"Blue Baby Syndrome", a medical condition that led to a lack of oxygen in a child's blood, was common up through the mid-1940s in the U.S.  At Johns Hopkins University, in 1944, the chief of surgery, his African American research assistant, and a woman pediatric physician all collaborated to design and successfully perform a groundbreaking surgery to give these children a new chance at life.  Read this fascinating account of the individuals who overcame significant workplace and cultural obstacles to achieve their goals and save generations of children born with this syndrome!

J 617.023 Mur

Jan 1, 2016
Claire
Blue Bottle Mystery: An Asperger Adventure
Kathy Hoopmann
Ages 8-14

This short graphic novel provides a great visual for depicting the emotions and challenges of middle-schooler Ben, who is coping with Asperger's syndrome.  He and his friend, Andy, discover a mysterious blue bottle and start randomly wishing for things.  Some of their wishes seem to be coming true--is the bottle really magic or is it a coincidence?  The story provides an engaging plot along with some insights into how a child with Asperger's may be perceiving the world around him/her.

J GN Asperger

Jan 1, 2016
Claire
A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy
Alexandra Bracken
Ages 9-12

Calling all Star Wars fans!

Author Alexandra Bracken further examines the lives of Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker in this retelling of the film Star Wars, Episode IV:  A New Hope.  Fans will recognize familiar scenes and classic lines from the movie, but will also enjoy the added "off camera" scenes Bracken has created. Staying true to the original storyline, Bracken successfully delivers this well-loved story in a fresh manner to young readers.

This is the first of three books in this fascinating new series. Authors Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grimm series) and Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda series) are the creators of the next two books, The Empire Stirkes Back:  So You Want to Be a Jedi?  and Return of the Jedi:  Beware the Power of the Dark Side!

Dec 12, 2015
StaceyQ
Strange But True!
DK Publishing
Ages 8-12

From amazing features of Earth like the “Door to Hell” in Turkmenistan, to human wonders like the secret city in the Cappadocia caves in Turkey, to crazy plants that look like lips, monkeys, or skulls, to dancing lemurs in Madagascar, and forces of nature that can cause rocks to mysteriously move or start firenadoes, the wonders on Earth will take you by surprise! 

Each phenomenon is briefly explained and accompanied by beautiful photographs that spread across two pages. Prepare to be amazed!

J 001.94 Mil

Dec 12, 2015
TamieB
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
Lindsay Mattick
Ages 3-9

Have you ever wondered about the real Winnie-the-Pooh?  This book recounts the surprisingly true beginnings of the bear beloved by generations.  You'll read how Winnie, a real bear cub, was adopted and loved before she became a household name. The story will find special relevance and sweetness for everyone familiar with A.A. Milne's original poems and stories.  The tale is enhanced by beautiful watercolor illustrations and vintage photographs.  J EASY Mat

Dec 12, 2015
Claire
Dear Yeti
Dear Yeti
James Kwan
Ages 4-7

Two young hikers decide to trek into the woods to seach for Yeti.  They soon realize, however, that they are lost and unprepared for the extensive hike.  Will someone -or something- be able to help the hikers find their way home? A cute winter read.

Dec 12, 2015
StaceyQ
Circus Mirandus
Cassie Beasley
Ages 9-12

For the past six years, Micha has loved living with Grandpa Ephraim. But when his grandfather falls ill, Micha's Great-Aunt Gertrudis comes to live with them.  Despite being his grandfather's sister, Great-Aunt Gertrudis is nothing like Grandpa Ephraim; she's crabby, controlling, and does not believe in magic.  Most importantly, Great-Aunt Gertrudis does not approve of Grandpa's stories of Circus Mirandus, a magical place Grandpa claimed to have visited as a boy.

When Micha discovers that his Grandpa has secretly sent a message to The
Lightbender, a magician from Circus Mirandus, Micha begins to wonder if Circus
Mirandus is more than just a story.  If the circus actually exists, will
someone there be able to help cure Grandpa Ephraim?  Micha and his friend,
Jenny, set out to find out.  An engaging Fantasy read.

Nov 11, 2015
StaceyQ
The Story of Diva and Flea
Mo Willems
6-8 yrs.

This story is about a gentrified little dog, Diva, who is careful not to leave the safety and comfort of her elegant Parisian courtyard.  You'll find out what happens when Diva meets up with Flea, a cat who takes delight in wandering the streets of the French capital on a daily basis!  The ink and watercolor pictures by illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi give the book a special charm and add personality to the characters in the story.  Great choice for readers venturing into chapter books or for a cozy parent/child read aloud.  J FIC Wil

 

 

Nov 11, 2015
Claire

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