Book of the Week: The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly

The Land of Forgotten Girls, Erin Entrada Kelly
Realistic fiction

Sol and Ming are sisters, and five years ago, after their other sister drowned and their mother died, they moved from the Philippines to Louisiana with their father and wicked stepmother. And then their father abandoned them too, leaving the girls all alone with evil Vea, who never wanted them at all. Continue reading “Book of the Week: The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly”

Book of the Week: Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart

Some Kind of Courage, Dan Gemeinhart
Historical fiction

After his mom and sister die of typhoid and his father is killed by a runaway covered wagon, Joseph is all alone in the world – except for his horse, Sarah. Sarah has been with his family since he was only five years old, and now she is the only family he has left. So when Joseph’s guardian, Mr. Grissom, sells Sarah to a passing horse trader, Joseph has no choice but to go after her – even if it means risking his own life. Continue reading “Book of the Week: Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart”

looking back on stuffed animal storytime

One of my favorite-ever public library programs is Stuffed Animal Storytime. The last time I did this was back in June 2012 – my last year (so far) of public librarianship – and it was a huge hit. Kids ages 2-6 brought their favorite stuffed friend to a late-afternoon storytime. We had snacks and made blankies for the stuffed animals (using cheap fabric, pre-cut into appropriate sizes, that kids decorated with fabric markers). Then the kids said goodbye to their creatures, and the adventures began! Continue reading “looking back on stuffed animal storytime”

Book of the Week: Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Awkward, Svetlana Chmakova
Realistic fiction/Graphic novel

On Penelope’s very first day at her new school, she just wants to blend in and maybe make a friend. Instead, she trips in the hallway and spills all her stuff, and when a boy stops to help her, the school bullies — you can always spot ’em — start calling her his nerd girlfriend. She gets flustered and pushes the boy away, and even though she feels bad, she can’t find a way to say she’s sorry. Continue reading “Book of the Week: Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova”

Book of the Week: Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

Fuzzy Mud, Louis Sachar
Action/Adventure

Tamaya and Marshall already have enough problems. Tamaya’s life is split between her mom’s house and her dad’s two hundred miles apart, so she misses out on half of both her lives. Marshall made an enemy of new kid Chad during the first month of school, and now he spends his days in silence because no one – not even his best friends – will talk to him. Continue reading “Book of the Week: Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar”

Book of the Week: Menace from the Deep by Michael P. Spradlin

Menace from the Deep, Michael P. Spradlin
Science fiction

Emmet Doyle has already had enough change. He’s moved four times in the last six years, and last year his mom passed away. And now he’s being uprooted yet again to Florida, near the Everglades, where his biologist dad will be studying endangered species. Florida smells weird and is hot and rainy, which is bad enough, but Emmet has no idea what dangers are really in store. Deep in the Everglades, something terrible lurks. Continue reading “Book of the Week: Menace from the Deep by Michael P. Spradlin”

Book of the Week: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly Barnhill
Fantasy

Newbery Medal winner!

Every year, the people of the Protectorate – a walled gray city surrounded by a dangerous magical forest – sacrifice a baby to the Witch. They believe this sacrifice allows them to live in the city without the Witch’s interference, and so no one ever fights back against this cruel tradition. Continue reading “Book of the Week: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill”

Book of the Week: Threads by Ami Polonsky

Threads, Ami Polonsky
Realistic fiction

Clara is thirteen and lives in Evanston with her parents – and, until she passed away six weeks ago, her sister Lola. Since Lola’s death, Clara has seen her ghost everywhere. She can’t even begin to accept that her best friend is gone. Continue reading “Book of the Week: Threads by Ami Polonsky”

Book of the Week: Scar by J. Albert Mann

Scar, J. Albert Mann
Historical fiction

Growing up in the midst of the American revolution, 16-year-old Noah wants desperately to follow his dead father’s ideals and join the Revolutionary Army, but Noah has a bad foot and is unable to join the fighting. He finally gets his chance when a group of British and Iroquois soldiers come to his settlement and burn all of the houses to the ground, killing several colonists in the process. A group of men decide to attack the troops in revenge and they head north, planning to surprise the enemy soldiers. Noah tags along without telling his mother. Continue reading “Book of the Week: Scar by J. Albert Mann”

Book of the Week: The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo

The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo, Drew Weing
Fantasy/Graphic novel

Charles just moved to the big city, away from all his friends and his big house, into an old creepy apartment building that his dad wants to renovate. If that weren’t bad enough, it turns out that there are monsters in the closets – like, literal monsters. Like goblins and trolls and ghosts. Continue reading “Book of the Week: The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo”