Saturday, September 20, 2014

Go On an Adventure with a Book

Books are the ultimate adventure.  You can go anywhere and do anything in the pages of a book.  Here are some great adventure books for kids . . .

The Death-Defying Pepper Roux by Geraldine McCaughrean
Having been raised believing he will die before he reaches the age of fourteen, Pepper Roux runs away on his fourteenth birthday in an attempt to elude his fate, assumes another identity, and continues to try to outrun death, no matter the consequences.

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
Odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.

The Abernathy Boys by Laura Hunt
A fictionalized account of the adventurous 1909 journey of nine-year-old Bud Abernathy and his five-year-old brother, Temp, who traveled alone, mostly on horseback, from their home in Oklahoma to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and back again, crossing t he vast, desertlike no-man's-land in the Texas Panhandle known as the caprock.

Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson
hen Hilary Westfield escapes Miss Pim's finishing school to join a misfit pirate crew, she embarks on an unexpectedly magical swashbuckling, plank-walking, searfaring journey.

The Tunnel of Hugsy Goode by Eleanor Estes
Following a prophecy of a former resident of their Brooklyn alley, two boys discover an underground passage behind their houses.

More Adventure Stories --
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Big Book of Adventure by Alyssa Heyman
Island of Thieves by Josh Lacey
The Misadventures of Maude March by Audrey Couloumbis
Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew by Ursula Vernon
The Privateer's Apprentice by Susan Verrico

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Talk Like a Pirate Day - Friday, September 19

Pirate stories are just for younger kids.  There are an abundance of great pirate stories for teens . . .

The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
Cursed to live the lives of 100 dogs, a seventeenth-century pirate finally returns to life as a human being and has only one thing on her mind--to recover the treasure she had buried in Jamaica three hundred years before.

The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Clarke
When her parents try to marry her off to a member of another pirate clan, Ananna flees her ship and is chased by an assassin from the jilted clan.

Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper
When twins Connor and Grace's ship is wrecked in a storm and Connor is rescued by pirates, he believes that Grace has been taken aboard the mythical Vampirate's ship, and he is determined to find her.

Terry and the Pirates by Julian Thompson
When sixteen-year-old Terry Talley stows away on a yacht, she doesn't expect to encounter another runaway and end up shipwrecked on a tiny island with a bunch of oddball pirates who are looking for some buried treasure.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Aaargh! Pirate Stories for Children

Young children love stories about pirates.  So in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day coming up, here are some of my favorite pirate picture books . . . 

Pirate Nap: A Book of Colors by Danna Smith
Two brothers use their imaginations to turn their surroundings--from a white bandana and yellow coins to a red blanket and even their baby sister--into a colorful pirate adventure before naptime.

The Night Pirates by Peter Harris
Despite the fact that he is "only a boy," Tom convinces the band of rough, tough, little girl pirates who have come to steal the front of his house to let him join in their adventures.

Henry & the Buccaneer Bunnies by Carolyn Crimi
Captain Barnacle Black Ear, baddest of the Buccaneer Bunnies, is ashamed of his book-loving son, Henry, until the day a great storm approaches.

Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrett Krosoczka
When pirate mommy announces bath time, it is yo ho ho and to the bath we go for her little pirates.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Help Wanted! Stories About Teens and Jobs

A basic ritual for teens is looking for their first job.  Whether it is babysitting in the neighborhood, working at the local amusement park or getting a job at the fast food restaurant -- most get their first job as a teen.  Here are some great books about teens working . . . .

Full Service by Will Weaver
In the summer of 1965, teenager Paul Sutton, a northern Minnesota farm boy, takes a job at a gas station in town, where his strict religious upbringing is challenged by new people and experiences.

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
In 1906, sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiance, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest. Based on a true story.

The Big Game of Everything by Chris Lynch
Jock and his eccentric family spend the summer working at Grampus's golf complex, where they end up learning the rules of "The Big Game of Everything."

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
New York high school student Elizabeth gets an after-school job as a page at the "New-York Circulating Material Repository," and when she gains coveted access to its Grimm Collection of magical objects, she and the other pages are drawn into a series of frightening adventures involving mythical creatures and stolen goods.

The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford
Eighteen-year-old Christopher, who plans to be a spy, learns of a murder cover-up through his summer job as a morgue assistant and teams up with Tina, a gorgeous newspaper reporter, to investigate, despite great danger.

More Stories of Teens on the Job --
Acceleration by Graham McNamee
Alice on Board by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Double Helix by Nancy Werlin
Enchanted, Inc by Shanna Swendson
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
Must Love Black by Kelly McClymer
My Lost and Found Life by Melodie Bowsher
Od Magic by Patricia McKillip
Project Sweet Life by Brent Hartinger
Runner by Carl Deuker
Sarah's Ground by Ann Rinaldi
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Bounty of Books

Talk Like a Pirate Day is coming up next week.  To celebrate, I will be sharing some of my favorite pirate books for all ages.  Today we'll be looking at some great chapter books for kids . . .

Uncle Pirate by Douglas Rees
Wilson is one of the most bullied fourth-graders at the chaotic Very Elementary School until his long-lost uncle, Desperate Evil Wicked Bob--a pirate--and his talking penguin arrive and begin making everything ship-shape, one classroom at a time.

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.

Dragon's Plunder by Brad Strickland
Having been kidnapped by former pirates because of his ability to whistle up the wind, fifteen-year-old Jamie agrees to help their leader, a living corpse, find the dragon of Windrose Island.

Alex and the Ironic Gentleman by Adrienne Kress
When the pirates of the Ironic Gentleman kidnap Alex Morningside's beloved new teacher, Mr. Underwood, Alex sets off on a journey to rescue him and tries to enlist the help of Captain Magnanimous, Coriander the Conjurer, and the Extremely Ginormous Octopus along the way.

Raider's Ransom by Emily Diamond
In 22nd-century Great Britain, where climate change has caused vast flooding, piratical raiders kidnap the Prime Minister's daughter and thirteen-year-old Lilly Melkun, an English fisher-girl, takes her seacat on a daring rescue attempt, with a mysterious talking jewel from a past computer age tucked in her belt as ransom.

More Pirate Stories --
The 13th Floor: A Ghost Story by Sid Fleischman
Fergus Crane by Paul Stewart
Fish by Gergory Mone
Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates by Kim Kennedy
The Mousehunter by Alex Milway
Nick of Time by Ted Bell
Pirate Curse by Kai Meyer
The Pirates of Turtle Rock by Richard W. Jennings
Remarkable by Lizzie Foley
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Treasure of Savage Island by Lenore Hart

Oink! Oink! Let's Hear It for Pigs!

This week I thought I would share some great picture books featuring pigs . . . .

Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! by David McPhail
Pigs galore invade a house and have a wonderful party.

Pigs to the Rescue by John Himmelman
All week long the pigs help out around the farm in unexpected ways.

Leon and Albertine by Christine Davenier
Leon the pig follows the advice of the other barnyard animals in trying to get the attention of Albertine the chicken, with whom he has fallen in love.

If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Joffe Numeroff
One thing leads to another when you give a pig a party.

Princess Pig by Eileen Spinelli
A pig believes herself to be a princess and behaves accordingly, but soon learns that being royalty has a price.

More Pig Stories --
Crispin, the Pig Who Had It All by Ted Dewan
Desert Rose and Her Highfalutin' Hog by Alison Jackson
Dumpy La Rue by Elizabeth Winthrop
The Great Pig Escape by Eileen Christelow
Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
Olivia by Ian Falconer
A Pig Is Big by Douglas Florian
Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch by Mary Peterson
Piggy Pie Po by Audrey Wood
Pigsty by Mark Teague
The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
Yum! by Colin McNaughton

Saturday, September 6, 2014

From Book to Movie

There is an abundance of movies lately that are based on books for children and teens.  Here are four great books that have been made into wonderful movies . . .

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.

Dairy of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

Stuart Little by E.B. White
The adventures of the debonair mouse Stuart Little as he sets out in the world to seek out his dearest friend, a little bird who stayed a few days in his family's garden.

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DeCamillo
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.