Children

Railroad Hank

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Lisa Moser
Railroad Hank
On his way to visit Granny Bett, who is feeling blue, Railroad Hank stops at the farms of several friends and, misunderstanding their offers to help, winds up with a trainload of crazy cargo.  If you have a preschool-age child in your life, they might enjoy this picture book as much as my preschooler and I have been!  During the story silly Hank misunderstands things and wonders where things like milk & apples come from – a great opportunity for your preschooler to share that they know these things!  Check our catalog
 
Janice H., Youth Services

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Kate DeCamillo
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Edward is a china rabbit with fine clothing and an attitude that he is better than any other toy. He is the favorite and loved by Abilene. Yet his heart matches that of his china body. When he is lost at sea and partakes on a journey of discovering what it feels like to feel with your heart. Along the way he falls into various owners and each time becomes a different toy(person).  Check our catalog
 
Jen R., Youth Services/Reference

Brown Girl Dreaming

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Jaqueline Woodson
Brown Girl Dreaming
 I chose to listen to this book instead of reading it because I wanted to hear it in the authors’ voice. I am so glad I did! The story would not have had the same impact if I had read it in my voice in my head. The story is about an African American girl growing up in the 60's and 70’s.
I usually stick to the Fairy Tale Retelling or Fantasy genres so I was a bit worried that I would not "get into it." Happily, I was wrong! Jaqueline and I had some similar experiences growing up in the south although we had very different childhoods. The way she wrote the story and her voice was very soothing, almost lyrical. Every page is a gift of innocence and discovery as she matures into the great author she is today. If you are looking for a break from your usual genre or want to read a beautifully written book that takes you back in time, this is the book for you.  Check our Catalog
 
Sara D., Youth Services

Inside out and Back Again

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Thanhha Lai
Inside out and Back Again
It is 1975 and the Vietnam War has reached the home of 10 years old Hà, in Saigon. She and her family flee their home by boat and end up in Alabama, USA. This is a story about family, perseverance and hope. The story is captivating and the writing style compelling.
 
This is the first verse novel I have ever read. A verse novel is a novel-length narrative in which the story is told through poetry rather than prose. The blank space on the page creates time to reflect on Hà and her experiences.
 
I could envision her and her family sleeping on grass mats while the boat rocked back and forth. I could feel the sense of loss she must have felt to learn her country had fallen. I could sense her culture shock upon meeting “The Cowboy” and his wife for the first time.  If you like history, personal diaries, poetry, or unusual perspectives you will enjoy this book.  Check our Catalog
 
Psara(h) Dee  - Youth Services

Poison is not polite

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Robin Stevens
Poison is not polite

This is a sequel to Murder is Bad Manners

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong part of the Wells and Wong Detective Society have another murder to solve. This time it is at Daisy sprawling countryside estate in England.  The cast of characters in this mystery have quite the flair for high drama. It’s a fast paced mystery which keeps you guessing whodunit. Enjoyable for readers young and old. 

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Kate D., Youth Services

J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Movie Magic

Monday, November 14, 2016
Jody Revenson
J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Movie Magic

Volume 1: Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places

 

Are you a Potterhead of the first order? Did you come to our library’s Harry Potter Day this past Saturday, November 12, 2016? Are you ready to see more of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World in the upcoming new film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, opening this Friday? Then this book is for you!

In it, you'll get brief, fun look at the production of the movies Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the Harry Potter films full of tidbits about set design, costume design, art design, and other behind-the-scenes info with lots of full-color photos and illustrations. A quick read recommended for fans of the Harry Potter films and his magical world.

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Brandi T., Reference

National Geographic Kids: Everything Robotics

Friday, May 13, 2016
Jennifer Swanson
National Geographic Kids: Everything Robotics

All the Robotic Photos, Facts, and Fun!

 

Who doesn't love robots?! Take a tech trip with this highly engaging and interactive book. Readers of all ages will get excited about the fascinating science behind these bots and let their imagination soar!

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Kate D., Youth Services

Crazy Horse: Sioux War Chief

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Peter Guttmacher
Crazy Horse: Sioux War Chief

Since I am going to South Dakota next August, I wanted to study some history of the region. This is a youth book but certainly not a little kids' book. I learned so much about the issues between the Indian tribes and the soldiers who were there to protect the settlers. The life of Crazy Horse is fascinating as is the description of the tribes' way of life. I plan to see the giant sculpture of Crazy Horse in South Dakota which was begun years ago and is still being worked on. This book is something we should all read since we missed this information in our high school history classes.

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Sue N., Youth Services

Truck Tunes (DVD)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Twenty Trucks
Truck Tunes (DVD)

If you know a child that loves trucks, he/she will love this DVD! The DVD features ten different trucks (bulldozer, grader, impact hammer, front-end loader, forklift, etc.); each truck has its own song that includes facts about that truck and shows corresponding video of that truck doing its job and working on a job site. Each song sounds different so you don't feel like you're listening to the same tune throughout the DVD. While you can find individual Twenty Trucks videos on YouTube, I appreciate the DVD for car trips and for the longer duration.

 

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Janice H., Youth Services

Mary Jemison: Native American Captive

Friday, March 18, 2016
E. F. Abbott
Mary Jemison: Native American Captive

At age 15 Mary Jemison was captured in Pennsylvania by the Shawnee Indians during the French and Indian War. Her whole family was killed. After treking across the country with the Shawnee, she was traded to the Seneca tribe and taken in by two kind sisters. She eventually married and had a child with a chief.

The book shows the good side of the Indians'  life of that time when most books give only the savage side of them. I hurried to finish the book to see if Mary was ever able to get back home to the white community but I won't spoil the ending. A very interesting book.

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Sue N., Youth Services

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