Books & DVDs

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
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
Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound
Andrea Davis Pinkney
Grades 5 & up

If you love Motown music (and who doesn't?), you'll find Rhythm Ride is a captivating history of the Detroit-born production company. Read about Berry Gordy's early years and how he picked and groomed local teens for big-time stardom.  Peruse fascinating details about the origins of groups such as the Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and Diana Ross and the Supremes.  Ms. Pinkney's text has a rhythm of its own and you'll want to listen to some golden oldie Motown hits after reading this! 

Oct 10, 2015
Boom Snot Twitty: this way that way
Doreen Cronin
Ages 3-5

Three unlikely friends are trying to find the perfect spot to spend the day.  Boom the Bear would like to spend the day at the beach, but Twitty the Robin would like to go to the mountains.  Can Snot the Snail come up with a solution that will make them all happy?

This simple, adorably illustrated story is perfect for lap reading. To enjoy more books illustrated by Renata Liwska, check out The Quiet Book and The Loud Book! by Deborah Underwood.

Oct 10, 2015
Monsters Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
Ages 4-8

Have you read Dinosaurs Love Underpants, Pirates Love Underpants, and Aliens Love Underpants?  Well, the latest book in "The Underpants Books" series, Monsters Love Underpants, is wonderfully fun, and a great addition to the series.  The author and illustrator team of Claire Freedman and Ben Cort have found a way to make monsters so silly that "scary" can't even be used to describe them anymore!  This monster book, along with many others here at the library, would make for a great lap read or classroom read-aloud.  Stop by the library and check them out!

Oct 10, 2015
Mrs Fry
Dictionary of 1000 Rooms
Michael Dahl
3rd thru 6th grade

The Librarian tries to save his friends, the Pages, from the Wordsmith and his melting Dictionary of 1000 Rooms in this fast-paced thriller from author, Michael Dahl. This book has pages of comic book illustrations that help tell the story, along with Dahl's own textual touches (like pieces falling from the bolded word "crushed"). It's a fun and fast read for the adventure reader in your family and part of the Return to the Library of Doom, 10 book series. JFIC Dah

Oct 10, 2015
Mountain Dog
Mountain Dog
Margarita Engle
Ages 8-12

After his mother is arrested for dog fighting, 11-year-old Tony is sent to live with his Great Uncle Tio in the Sierra Nevada.  Tio is a forest ranger who participates in serarch-and-rescue missions with his dog, Gabe.  Tony and Gabe form a fast friendship, and Gabe's unconditional love helps Tony cope with his personal problems that are the result of living with an unstable mother.  Tony quickly becomes accustom to his new life and family, but will his mother be released from prison and want to take him back to his old life in Los Angeles?

Written in free verse, this a good choice for both reluctant readers and dog lovers.



Sep 9, 2015
Ms. Rapscott's Girls
Elise Primavera
Ages 8-12

Bea, Mildred, Fay, Annabelle and Dahlia are all daughters of extremely busy parents – in fact, they are some of the busiest parents in the entire world! Each girl has been shipped (as in mailed – because their parents are far too busy to bring them) to Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents which is run by the eccentric Ms. Rapscott. This zany headmistress takes the girls on a variety of harrowing adventures in hopes of teaching them life lessons about courage, adventure, friendship and the value of getting lost on purpose. A great read for lovers of Mary Poppins and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. For an extra special treat, check out the audio book and listen to the story as only Katherine Kellgren can perform it! It will have you laughing out loud and hoping for a sequel.

Sep 9, 2015
The Fog Diver
Joel Ross
Ages 8-12

Over a hundred years ago, nanites built to clean the Earth decided that humans were a threat and created a deadly fog that covered most of the planet. Humanity retreated to the very tops of mountains, with the rich at the luscious top and the slums at the bottom, right above the deadly fog.

Chess and his adopted family of slum kids survive by diving into the fog and collecting treasures from the “old world” to sell to the rich. Their lives take a turn for the worst when Mrs. E, the lady who took them in, falls ill with fog sickness. Now his crew is on a deadline; they must find a large haul to make enough money to smuggle Mrs. E to another mountain where it is rumored that there is a cure. Will they be able to succeed before the government finds them and takes Chess away to use his special abilities? 

The Fog Diver was an exciting sci/fi steampunk adventure with just enough humor. The world was interesting and although there wasn’t a ton of character development, the kids especially were enjoyable to read about. Keep an eye out for sequels. J FIC Ros

Aug 8, 2015
The Whale in My Swimming Pool
Joyce Wan
Ages 2-5

Can you imagine finding a WHALE in your swimming pool?!  How do you think you'd get him out?

A fun summer read for the preschool crowd.

Jul 7, 2015

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