Monday, May 2, 2016

Have You Read the Series?

Series books are always popular.  We love to read stories that just keep on going.  Here are some of my favorite series for teens . . .

(First book in series is listed.)

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, a learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure.

Elemental by Antony John
In a dystopian colony of the United States where everyone is born with powers of the elements, water, wind, earth, and fire, sixteen-year-old Thomas, the first and only child born without an element seems powerless, but is he?

Freakling by Lana Krumwiede
After a traumatic accident removes his telekinetic ability, or psy, twelve-year-old Taemon is exiled to the "dud farm," where he is surprised to find kind, open people who enjoy using their hands but there are also mysteries at the colony and when Taemon unwittingly leaks one of the secrets he must find the courage to repair the damage, even if it means returning to the city from which he was banished.

Legacies by Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Thornhill
Spirit is shocked to discover that she is a Legacy -- a child of a former student at Whitehall Academy.  Even more shocking is that the school is for those who have magical powers.

Abandon by Meg Cabot
A near-death experience, a horrible incident at school, and a move from Connecticut to Florida have turned seventeen-year-old Pierce's life upside-down, but when she needs him most John Hayden is always there, helping but reminding her of her visit to the Underworld.


More Teen Series --
Crash by Lisa McMann
Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
The Enemy by Charlie Higson
Half Bad by Sally Green
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Redwall by Brian Jacques
Slathbog's Gold by M.L. Forman
William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher
Wolf Tower by Tanith Lee
Zom-B by Darren Shan


Check out these books on display at the Arnold Branch through May 20, 2016.



Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill

Fred loves school.  Unfortunately, they can't keep a teacher at their small Alaskan school for more than two months.

Then Miss Agnes comes.

Miss Agnes loves to teach.  She makes learning fun.  She wins over the parents who don't see the need for their kids to attend school when they could be working with their family.  She makes Fred's sister attend school even though she is deaf.

Then Miss Agnes says she is homesick for England.  Will she stay more than just the one year?


This was a wonderful historical novel of growing up in Alaska.  It is a simple story focusing on Fred's time at school while still giving a lot of information about living in Alaska in 1948.  I would recommend this book for those who liked The Little House on the Prairie series and the Sarah, Plain and Tall books.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Travels Through Time with a Good Book

This week, I'm highlighting books that include time travel in the story.  Here are some of my favorite time travel chapter books . . . .

The Magic Half by Annie Barrows
Eleven-year-old Miri Gill feels left out in her family, which has two sets of twins and her, until she travels back in time to 1935 and discovers Molly, her own lost twin, and brings her back to the present day.

Archer's Quest by Linda Sue Park
Twelve-year-old Kevin Kim helps Chu-mong, a legendary king of ancient Korea, return to his own time.

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time.

Beswitched by Kate Saunders
On her way, reluctantly, to a boarding school in present-day England, Flora suddenly finds herself in 1935, the new girl at St. Winifred's, having been summoned via a magic spell by her new dormitory mates.

The Transall Saga by Gary Paulsen
While backpacking in the desert, thirteen-year-old Mark falls into a tube of blue light and is transported into a more primitive world, where he must use his knowledge and skills to survive.


More Time Travel Stories --
15 Minutes by Steve Young
11,000 Years Lost by Peni R. Griffin
Herbert's Wormhole by Peter Nelson
The Homeward Bounders by Diane Wynne Jones
Jumpeman Rule #1: Don't Touch Anything by James Valentine
The Lost Children by Carolyn Cohagan
Mickey & Me by Dan Gutman
The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand by Jen Swann Downey
Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson
Walking with the Dead by L.M. Falcone


Check out these books on display at the Arnold Branch through May 13, 2016.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Bunny Drop by Yumi Unita

Daikichi travels back home for his grandfather's funeral and discovers he had a secret.  His grandfather had a young daughter that nobody knew about.  When the family starts to make excuses about not being able to take care of the little girl Ren, Daikichi impusively decides to raise her himself.

Now Daikichi must learn how to raise a child while dealing with work and day care.  Will they be able to manage together?


This is a great family drama manga series for teens.  The first few volumes tell the story from Daikichi's point of view.  Later volumes switch to Ren's point of view as she grows older and becomes a teen.  I would suggest this to girls who like everyday stories about life.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Wacky Weather

Spring is known for its wacky weather.  Just this past weekend, there was massive flooding in Texas, a snowstorm that dropped four feet of snow in Colorado, and beautiful 80 degree sunshine in Missouri.  You never know from one day to the next what the weather will be.  So, here are some of my favorite weather books for your children . . . .

Bear in Sunshine by Stella Blackstone
Bear likes to play in all kinds of weather.

Hello, Sun! by Dayle Ann Doods
A young child must change clothes many times as the weather goes from sunny to cloudy to rainy to snowy.

Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse
A young girl eagerly awaits a coming rainstorm to bring relief from the oppresive summer heat.

Snow Day! by Lester Laminack
Two siblings imagine all the fun things they will do the next day when the big predicted snowfall cancels school, but when the morning comes, no snow has fallen, and it turns out someone else wanted a snow day even more than they did.

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
A man made of leaves blows away, traveling wherever the wind may take him.


More Weather Picture Books --
Blizzard by John Rocco
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Dinosaur Thunder by Marion Dane Bauer
Grandmother Winter by Phyllis Root
Heat Wave at Mud Flat by James Stevenson
Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand
Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia McKissack
One Rainy Day by Valeria Gorbachev
Rainstorm by Barbara Lehman
Snow by Uri Shulevitz
The Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats
The Storm Book by Charlotte Zolotow
Straight to the Pole by Kevin O'Malley
Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle
When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan
Winter Woes by Marty Kelley


Check out these and more weather picture books on display at the Arnold Branch through May 6, 2016.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

President Squid by Aaron Reynolds

Squid would like to be your president.

Obviously, he would make a great president.  Let him tell you all the ways he would make the best president ever.


President Squid is a wonderfully fun book to read during this election cycle.  Kids of all ages will enjoy the reasons why he should be president.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Crime Scene!

This week, I'm highlighting teen books featuring crime stories.  These might be stories of teen criminals, teen detectives, and teen mysteries.  Here are some of my favorites . . .

Nothing to Lose by Alex Flinn
A year after running away with a traveling carnival to escape his unbearable home life, sixteen-year-old Michael returns to Miami, Florida, to find that his mother is going on trial for the murder of his abusive stepfather.

Invisible by  Mats Wahl
A Swedish teenager is assaulted and killed, but returns as a ghost to find his killer.

Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn
Narrated from several different perspectives, tells the story of the 1956 murder of two teenaged girls in suburban Baltimore, Maryland.

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.

After by Amy Efaw
In complete denial that she is pregnant, straight-A student and star athlete Devon Davenport leaves her baby in the trash to die, and after the baby is discovered, Devon is accused of attempted murder.


More Books --
Blood With Tell by April Henry
Exposed by Kimberly Marcus
Gentlemen by  Michael Northrop
Jude by Kate Morgenroth
The Killer's Cousin by Nancy Werlin
The Knife That Killed Me by Anthony McGowan
Looking for Normal by Betty Monthei
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford
Playing in Traffic by Gail Giles
The Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier
Right Behind You by Gail Giles
Rucker Park Setup by Paul Volponi
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
Shine by Lauren Myracle


Check out these books on display at the Arnold Branch through April 30, 2016.