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  1. The Invention of Wings

    Two young girls, growing up in Charleston, South Carolina during the early 1800s, struggle to find their wings along the divergent paths they have been allotted in life.  Sarah Grimke is the daughter of a wealthy Southern judge while Hetty "Handful" Grimke is the spunky slave presented to Sarah as a "gift" on her eleventh birthday by a domineering mother.  Sarah reluctantly welcomes Handful into her life.  Finding the practice of slavery distasteful, she uses the opportunity to teach the young black girl how to read and write.  Sarah also de

  2. Among others

    Among Others

    Morwenna , age 15, arrived at Arlinghurst with few possessions but a lot of mental baggage.  Her twin sister was killed and she was crippled in an accident after trying to peform magic to save the world from her wicked and possibly insane mother. 

    Fleeing her Welsh home she appealed to her father, who she barely knew.  He is controlled by his three spinster sisters, though his interest in science fiction is enough to form a bond between them. 

  3. Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year

    Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year

    Charlie Bumpers is sure he’s doomed!  It’s bad enough he’s the middle kid between a smart-aleck brother and a (sometimes) pesky little sister. But he’s starting his 4th grade year with all-white back-to-school shoes, he and his best friend Tommy are in separate classes for the first time ever, and—worst of all—he’s stuck with Teacher of the Year Mrs. Burke, the strictest in the whole school!  She’s the same teacher that Charlie accidentally beaned with a shoe the year before—and she hasn’t forgotten!

  4. Navigating Early

    This is a story about the intersecting lives of two boys living at a boarding school in Maine.  Jack’s father, a military man, enrolled thirteen-year-old Jack in boarding school after his mother died.  There, Jack meets Early Auden, a socially isolated numerical savant who has lost his entire family.  Jack is surpri

  5. No Strings Attached

    Professional beach volleyball player Dune Cates and his partner Mac are back in Dune’s hometown of Barefoot William for a volleyball tournament. The beaches of Barefoot William are crawling with bikini-clad groupies, all wanting Dune’s attention, so why can’t he stop thinking about the quiet, socially -challenged Sophie Saunders?

     

  6. Dot.

    Dot

     

    Dot is a young lady obsessed with electronic devices.  She taps, touches, tweets, tags, and so on.  And she talks and talks, using multiple devices.  Finally, Dot's mom sends her outside to "Reboot! Recharge! Restart!"  And Dot finds herself tapping, touching, tweeting, and tagging outside.  And she still could talk and talk and talk.  This is a fun story comparing electronic devices to outdoor play.  The illustrations were created using traditional media and Photoshop.  Recommended for early elementary age students. 

  7. The Aviator's Wife

    Melanie Benjamin has assigned Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh, the storyteller in her book "The Aviator's Wife."  The result is that Charles Lindbergh's co-pilot in the air, and in life, relates an interesting account of the couple's adventures amidst the clouds as well as on the ground.  The aviatrix exposes a marriage built upon dependence and high expectation rather than mutual love.  Though it is historical fiction, the imaginary and the true are blended together successfully to form a realistic ac

  8. My Name is Blessing

    My Name is Blessing

     

    Born with two fingers on his right hand and none on his left, his mother named him Muthini, which means suffering. He lives with his Grandmother and eight of his cousins. There are cruel taunts from the villagers and never enough food, but his Grandmother, his Nyanya, loves him very much. Still, nine is too many when food is scarce and Muthini is the youngest. So, one day, his Grandmother takes him to a school to see if there is a place for him there.

  9. Santa Claus and the Three Bears

    Santa Claus and the Three Bears

     In this clever, Christmassy take on a beloved fairytale, Papa, Mama and Baby are polar bears; when they are out walking, waiting for their Christmas pudding to cool, a certain special visitor comes to call, hungry and tired after finishing most of his holiday rounds.  Santa Claus thinks the pudding has been left for him, and thereby hangs the rest of the tale!  Santa, the bears, and their cozy house and surroundings are charmingly detailed in soft watercolors by mother-daughter duo Jane and Brooke Dyer.

     

  10. The House that Santa Built

    The House that Santa Built

    A traditional nursery rhyme is given a cute Christmas twist with a little help from Santa Claus, and a lot from de Las Casas and Stone-Barker.  Based on “The House that Jack Built,” and similar to the team's Halloween version, The House that Witchy Built, The House that Santa Built is a rollicking romp of rhythm, with elves and reindeer and snow  and—of course—children taking part of the arctic antics in and out of Santa’s castle.   The cut-paper collage illustrations are fun and fanciful.   There are plenty of sound effects that make this a p

  11. Me First

    Me First

     

    In this book, translated from the French, a duckling is determined to be first at everything in his day, from going outside, to fishing, to bathing, to lunch.  Until he hears humans at lunchtime discussing the lunchtime menu: duck.  He slinks away slyly, meowing all the way.  He has learned that being first is maybe not always the best option!  I love Di Giacomo's illustrations--bright and vibrant colors.  Highly recommended for preschool through grade 2.

  12. Tha Abandoned

    The Abandoned

    I was thrilled to see this has been reissued!  This is the first book I remember needing to own.  I was so worried someday I would not be able to find it at my library!  Peter Brown is a young boy who desperately wants to have a cat.  See why I was hooked right from the start?

  13. Rose Under Fire

    companion novel to Code Name Verity

    "Izabela, Aniela, Alicia, Eugenia, Stefania, Rozalia, Pelagia, Irena, Alfreda, Apolonia, Janina, Leonarda, Czeslava, Stanislava, Vladyslava, Barbara..." and so starts the counting-out rhyme of Rose Justice, 19 year old American ATA pilot and poet, ferrying Allied fighter planes for the British during World War II.

  14. Margot

    The year is 1959 and in Philadelphia, as in most cities around the U.S., people are swarming to theaters to see the new film, The Diary of Anne Frank. Everyone that is, except Margie Franklin. Margie leads a unassuming life as a secretary at a local Jewish law firm. She is a quiet, hard-working woman, eager to be a good secretary, but even more eager remain unnoticed. The reason behind her seclusion is that she is living a lie.

  15. Orphan Train: A Novel

    Every once in a while a book comes along that you say to yourself when finished reading, what a story.  After reading this book, I felt this way.  The story is about a family that immigrates to the United States from Ireland.  The family lives in New York City encountering many hardships.  One night a tragedy happens, and one little girl's life changes forever.  She becomes an orphan in New York City.  She is put on a train with many other orphans and travels to the Midwest with having a chance to be adopted.  Vivian tells her story to a gal that has been

  16. The Birchbark House

    The Birchbark House

    November has been designated National Native American Heritage Month.  Even if it weren’t, I would still sing the praises of this wonderful book and its sequels.  The Birchbark House introduces the reader to Omakayas (“Little Frog”), a young Ojibwa girl living on what is now known as Madeline Island, Wisconsin, on Lake Superior in the 1840’s.

  17. Defending Jacob

    Expectations of trust, loyalty, and unconditional love between parent and child are put to the ultimate test in William Landay's "Defending Jacob." The comfortable, suburban lives enjoyed by Assistant District Attorney Andy Barber, his wife Laurie, and 14 year old son Jacob are shattered when the lifeless body of Jacob's middle school classmate Ben Rifkin is discovered in a Newton, Massachusetts park.  Evidence implicating Jacob Barber as the suspected killer continues to mount, and it isn't long before his father is removed from his role as prosecuto

  18. Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    Where'd you go, Bernadette

    My attention caught by the retro cover, I read the first few pages and was hooked.

  19. Double Vision

    Bookcover for Double Vision

    This story is about a boy named Linc, who becomes a spy because his look-alike was a missing agent from a top secret operation team named “Pandora”.  Lincoln Baker, a 12-year-old, is one of those kids who means well but is constantly in trouble.  On a field trip to a chicken farm, Linc feels bad for the chickens all cooped up so he decides to let them loose.  Now the school wants to expel him, the farmer wants to sue his family for damages, and his best friend puts his picture with bird poop on his head on YouTube.  This is how he is noticed

  20. Who is AC?

    Who is AC?

    Is your best never good enough? Do you keep trying and trying and still the people you are trying to help trash your efforts? Then you might find accidental superhero Lin fascinating as she brings her writings to life with the push of a button when she becomes the hero from her books. With flash photography as her superhero weakness, Lin a.k.a. AC makes an interesting if unsure teen champion whose cell phone uses binary code to transform her into a superhero.

     

  21. Fortunately, the Milk

    Fortunately, the Milk

     

      Milk is good for me. I know this and I try to drink it once in awhile, but I can’t say that I really enjoy it.   The only time I find milk indispensable is when I am eating breakfast cereal. Once, being out of milk, I tried water. In case you were wondering, water is not a good substitute for milk on cereal.

  22. Eleanor & Park

    Eleanor & Park

    Eleanor & Park are two high school misfits living in 1986, Omaha, Nebraska. Park is half-Asian, his mom is Korean and his dad American, and looks just different enough to stand out in his white bread community. Eleanor has long, frizzy red hair, is full-figured and lives in one of the saddest situations you can possibly imagine. She has recently come home to her 4 siblings, mother and no-good stepfather after having been away for over a year.

  23. This is the Rope

    This is the Rope

     

    I learned from the author's note of this book that the time period between the early 1900s until the mid 1970s was considered "the Great Migration" where more than 6 million African Americans moved from the south to Northern cities such as New York City.  The book is dedicated to those who left the South to move to the North.

     

  24. Only a Witch Can Fly

    Only a Witch Can Fly

    No tricks, just treats!  There are many great books with Halloween stories and poems, and many are currently on display at the library.  One of my favorites is Alison McGhee’s Only a Witch Can Fly.  The author uses a beautiful old form of poetry with a mesmerizing rhythm, to relate the feelings of a young girl who longs to fly on a chilly but enchanted Halloween night, even if it means leaving the warmth of home, familiar things, and doubts and fears behind.

  25. Gideon Smith & the Mechanical Girl

    Gideon Smith & the Mechanical Girl

    This book was far outside my normal reading, and that novelty may be a large contributing factor towards how much I enjoyed it.  Gideon Smith & the Mechanical Girl is a Steampunk novel, set, of course, in Victorian England – specifically 1890.  The author, David Barnett, presents an alternate history that includes Pulp-Adventurers, Bram Stoker, Elizabeth Bathory, Frog-man M

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