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Monday, March 27, 2017

Ten Ways To Make My Sister Disappear by Norma Fox Mazer

Ten Ways to Make My Sister Disappear
Meet Grace, aka "Sprig", a typical ten year old who loves the number ten and really dislikes boys.   She and her twelve year old sister, Dakota, are totally different.  She cries just thinking about sad things.  Only Bliss, her best friend, keeps her happy by making a list of ten ways that Dakota could disappear.  

Lately, she has had a lot to deal with.  Her dad, a well known architect, has been hired to build schools for children in Afghanistan.  She worries about his safety in a war torn country.  She really misses his hugs. 

Dakota, her sister does not cry about a thing.  Dakota's life is all about boys, her best friend, Krystee, and doing whatever Sprig wants to do first.   Sisters! They are the worst.  Will Sprig and Dakota ever get along?

If you have another way to make your brother or sister disappear, we will talk about this title in the Books N' Popcorn program on Monday, April 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Please bring your ideas and your appetite.   Registration begins on Monday, April 10. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2017 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award Winner Announced!

"And the award goes to..." 

Crossover by Kwame Alexander

16,779 Illinois readers in 4th -8th grades voted for their favorite book from among the 20 titles nominated for the 2017 Rebecca Caudill Award. Alexander Kwame's book received almost 2,300 votes.

Did you get a chance to vote?

Ask your school librarian how you can participate!

Click here to see the current 2018 list of nominees. Which one will be your favorite?

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Monday, March 20, 2017

The Wolf Keepers by Elise Broach

The Wolf KeepersIt's summer vacation time and Lizzie Durango is enjoying her time at the zoo where she lives with her dad, one of the head zookeepers.  The zoo is near Yosemite National Park.  Lizzie spends her days watching the newer wolves exhibit and writing and drawing about them in her notebook.  She sees a boy steal a family's lunch, she becomes curious about him and tries to track him down.  She finds Tyler living outside the elephants' exhibit and discovers he has run away from his foster family.  Lizzie invites him to stay at the small apartment over her garage and the two begin to investigate the strange illness the zoo wolves are coming down with.  They begin to question the involvement of the zoo vet.  The two also become interested in finding John Muir's "lost cabin" which is reported somewhere in Yosemite.  One night they follow Karen, who is taking two of the wolves away in the dark of night.  They end up in Yosemite where they try to find the cabin of Muir before they go home to deal with the consequences of  their actions.  

To be truthful, I didn't really think I was going to like this book.  However, when I started to read it and found out the setting was at the zoo, I began to like it more because I am a fan of Keatings "How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied" series.  Plus it is about wolves, something that is not typically written about in fiction (besides the topic of werewolves).  I think this may be a book you might want to pick up and read.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Book 'n' Popcorn Book Discussion meets next Monday

Do you like books? Do you like popcorn? Are you (or your child) in 2nd to 5th grade? WE WANT YOU! ... to join us for the Books 'n' Popcorn book discussion group next Monday, March 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

This month we are reading Hello Nebulon, book 1 of the Galaxy Zack series by Ray O'Ryan. Stop by the Ask Me Desk to register and pick up a copy of the book.

The group is limited to 10 participants, so register now! Register online, by phone (630-529-1641, x *351), or at the Library's Ask Me Desk.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Compass South by Hope Larson

Compass SouthThis graphic novel starts in New York City in 1860, where twins Cleopatra and Alexander Dodge join up with the Black Hook Gang after their father disappears. After Alex gets caught stealing, Cleo disguises herself as a boy and the twins run away to California. On the way over, they meet new friends (and foes) and get separated, pursued by gangsters and pirates. With one twin stowed away on a boat and the other pressed into service as a cabin boy on a ship, it's a race against the clock for the twins to find one another again, and maybe locate some pirate treasure before the villains!

This is the first book in a series, and I can't wait for the next one to come out! It's full of adventure, swashbuckling, sword fighting, and friendship, not to mention pirates and secret treasure. This was very fun and exciting, and I really liked Alex and Cleo. They were clever in different ways, and I was definitely rooting for them. Go read this if you like adventure stories or the Pirates of the Caribbean movies!

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Monday, March 06, 2017

School Ship Tobermory by Alexander McCall Smith

School Ship Tobermory Land ho! While this author is known for adult mysteries, he also writes a children's series in which Ben and Fiona McTavish have a sea faring kind of education. Firstly, these teen twins have been homeschooled inside a submarine with their parents. Mom and dad, famous marine biologists, look at many different locations for Ben and Fiona to attend boarding school. After rejecting a school on a jagged mountain top, they chose the School Ship Tobermory, a floating school under the charge Captain MacBeth. They meet Badger, Thomas, and Poppy on the first day and quickly discover that life on the boat can be just like any other school. The ship bullies, William, Geoffrey, and Maximillian, are a problem right away. However, they are a much smaller problem when there is suspicious activity on another ship, the Albatross. The ship is supposed to be filming a movie but the actors seem just a little bit different. And, why doesn't the camera have film in the camera when the director is shooting the scenes?

     For fans of The Initiation by Ridley Pearson and Harry Potter titles, this will give readers a quick introduction to life at sea and another view of boarding school. Ben and Fiona continue their ocean adventure in The Sands of Shark Island in July 2017.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Initiation by Ridley Pearson

The InitiationIn the new series by Ridley Pearson, Sherlock Holmes along with James and Moira Moriarty are attending Baskerville Academy near Boston (Sherlock is still from London).  It is a Moriarty family tradition that all males attend Baskerville and Moira can go as well because the school now has a middle school.  James gets paired up to room with Sherlock Holmes and the two do not hit if off (foreshadowing their future good vs. evil rival).  However, Sherlock and Moira do get along and their friendship grows.

The Moriarty family Bible is stolen from the Baskerville and James finds himself on a treasure hunt leading him on a quest to recover the Bible.  During this hunt, Mr. Moriarty dies in a suspicious accident.  Sherlock is determined to help James on this quest, but James wants no part of him.  Moira and Sherlock partner up to see if they can find the missing family heirloom.

This story is told through the perspective of Moria for the majority of the story.  It switches to third person when the chapter is just about James or Sherlock.  James is supposed to be very smart, but I thought Moria comes out looking smarter than him.  Everything happens in present day but it still has that old "secret society" feel to it.

One of my favorite genres is mysteries.  I have also enjoyed the other series Ridley Pearson has written, Peter and the Starcatchers and The Kingdom Keepers so when I saw he was the author and that the book was about Sherlock Holmes (one of my beloved detectives), I knew this was a book for me to read. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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