Monday, July 16, 2018

Time for a Summer Vacation


This week, I'm sharing chapter books about going on vacation . . .

The Vacation by Polly Horvath
When his parents go to Africa to work as missionaries, twelve-year-old Henry's eccentric aunts, Pigg and Mag, take him on a cross-country car trip, allowing him to gain insight into his family and himself.

The Merman by Dick King-Smith
While on vacation in Scotland on her tenth birthday, Zeta meets a wise, kindly old merman who teaches her not only to swim, but also many, many more fascinating things.

This Would Make a Good Story Someday by Dana Alison Levy
Although not thrilled when her summer plans are upended for a surprise cross-country train trip with her family and embarrassed because one of her moms is writing a tell-all book about the trip, twelve-year-old Sara Johnston-Fischer finds herself changing along with the landscape outside the train windows.

Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea by Lynne Rae Perkins
When her parents take the family to the beach for a vacation, Alix is nervous about leaving home.


More Books --
Abigail Iris: The One and Only by Lisa Glatt
Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith
Calvin Coconut: Man Trip by Graham Salisbury
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Summer Vacation by Tommy Greenwald
Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret
Lexie by Audrey Couloumbis
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman
Paddington Abroad by Michael Bond
Roxie and the Hooligans at Buzzard's Point by Phyllis Naylor Reynolds
The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda
Summer with Elisa by Joanna Hurwitz

Check these books out on display at the Arnold Branch through August 3, 2018.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Release by Patrick Ness

Adam Thorn is having a bad day . . . .

He has to hide his relationship with his boyfriend from his religious family.
He's dealing with sexual harassment at work.
His best friend is moving away in a few weeks.
He's trying to figure out his love life and his feelings for his former boyfriend.

And then the spirit of a murdered girl emerges from the local lake looking for retribution.

It all just might lead to the end of the world.



This book tells two different stories.  The main story is about Adam and how he will get through his day.  The second story is about the ghost and the supernatural spirit it ensnares in its pursuit of answers.  While it takes a while to merge the stories together, it does come to a satisfying and marged conclusion.  This would be a great book for teens looking for LGBT+ stories.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Sun, Sand, Surf & Stories

For most people, summer brings images of the beach -- sun, sand, and surf.  This week, I'm sharing stories about the beach and ocean.  Here's a few of my favorites . . .

Six Sandy Sheep by Judith Ross Enderle
Six sheep can't seem to stay out of trouble when they go to the beach.

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
A tiny fish wearing a blue hat hopes not to wake up the trouble that might be following close behind.

Sea Monkey & Bob by Aaron Reynolds
A sea monkey who is afraid of sinking and a pufferfish afraid of floating to the surface conquer their fears by sticking together.

Turtle Island by Kevin Sherry
A giant turtle's loneliness ends when a boatload of animals is shipwrecked and makes a temporary home on his shell. But when they decide to sail for home, will the turtle be alone once more?

Surfer Chick by Kristy Dempsey
The story of a little chick and her dad who take to the beach where he teaches her how to surf.


More Books --
Ahoy There, Little Polar Bear by Hans DeBeer
At the Boardwalk by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman
Beach by Elisha Cooper
Beach Feet by Kiyoi Konagaya
A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams
The Blobfish Book by Jessica Olien
Blue Boat by Kersten Hamilton
Chu's Day at the Beach by Neil Gaiman
Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale
The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino
The Friend by Sarah Stewart
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
How to Spy on a Shark by Lori Haskins Houran
I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
Ladybug Girl at the Beach by David Soman
Little Tug by Stephen Savage
Nugget & Fang by Tammi Sauer
Ocean Counting by Janet Lawlor
One Lonely Seahorse by Saxton Freymann
Pigs Ahoy! by David McPhail
Pirate Girl by Cornelia Funke
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
Rescue Squad No. 9 by Mike Austin
Scuba Bunnies by Christine Loomis
Sea Rex by Molly Idle
Three By Sea by Mini Grey
To the Beach! by Linda Ashman
Turtle Tug to the Rescue by Michael Slack
The Uncorker of Bottles by Michelle Cuevas
The Voyage of Turtle Rex by Kurt Cyrus
Wave by Suzy Lee
Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck




Check these and more books out on display at the Arnold Branch through July 27, 2018.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Good Vs. Evil: Who Will Win?

This week, I'm sharing teen books featuring battles between good and evil.  Here are a few of my favorites . . .

Legacies by Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill
After her family is killed, Spirit White is taken to Oakhurst Academy, a combination orphanage and school for those with magical powers, where she and her new friends investigate when students start mysteriously disappearing.

Dark Lord, the Early Years by Jamie Thomson
Evil Dark Lord tries to recover his dignity, his power, and his lands when an arch-foe transports him to a small town, into the body of a thirteen-year-old boy.

Od Magic by Patricia McKillip
Brenden Vetch's gift for connecting with the agricultural world helps him land a job as the gardener for the wizard Od at her school in the city of Kelior, where Od uncovers Brenden's true powers and helps him save the school from evil rulers.

Prom Dates from Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore
High school senior and yearbook photographer Maggie thought she would rather die than go to prom, but when a classmate summons a revenge-seeking demon, she has no choice but to buy herself a dress and prepare to face jocks, cheerleaders, and Evil Incarnate.

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin
A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.


More Books --
Abarat by Clive Barker
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Tucholke
Defy by Sara B. Larson
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike
Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
Geek: A Fantasy Novel by E. Archer
The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman
Half Bad by Sally Green
Itch by Simon Mayo
Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough
The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin
Playing in Traffic by Gail Giles
Raven's Gate by Anthony Horowitz
Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly
Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
Towering by Alex Flinn
The Vindico by Wesley King
Wax by Gina Damico
William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher


Check these books out on display at the Arnold Branch through July 20, 2018.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Royal Tutor series by Higasa Akai

Heine Wittgenstein has just accepted the prestigious position of royal tutor to the young princes of Granzreich.  Meet the four princes as Heine attempts to get them to accept him as their tutor.


This manga series is beautifully drawn.  The characters are all distinct in their personalities.  This is a great series for those who enjoy history or tales of royalty.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Royal Readings

This week, I'm sharing chapter books for kids featuring royalty.  Here are a few of my favorites . . .

Up and Down Scratchy Mountains by Laurel
Lucy, a milkmaid, and her best friend Wynston, a reluctant prince, go in search of information about Lucy's missing mother--even though Wynston is supposed to be searching for a proper princess to marry.

Prince Puggly of Spud: and Kingdom of Spiff by Robert Paul Weston
When Prince Puggly attends a ball in the Kingdom of Spiff, he is laughed at by all the Spiffs, except for the Princess of Spiff who helps him teach her fellow Spiffian citizens a lesson.

The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry
When a bored Princess Patricia Priscilla makes her chambermaid switch identities with her so she can attend the village school, her attitude changes and she plans a new way to celebrate her sixteenth birthday.

The Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool by Margaret Gray
When plain-looking Princess Rose longs for the beauty to snare handsome Prince Parsley, and the wise fool Jasper longs to restore wisdom to the kingdom, they end up working together and find they must face the magical Godmother Board of Trustees.


More Royal Stories --
Castle of Shadows by Ellen Renner
Crown Me! by Kathryn Lay
Girl in a Cage by Jane Yolen
Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
Lady Lollipop by Dick King-Smith
The Little Lame Prince by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson
The Player King by Avi
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz
The Princess Imposter by Vivian Vande Velde



Check these books out on display at the Arnold Branch through July 13, 2018.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star: Books for Night Time

This week, I'm sharing some of my favorite night-time stories for kids.  Here are a few of my favorite picture books . . . .

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jane Cabrera
A version of the well-known song featuring animals from around the world as they wonder about the twinkling star.

Slow Loris by Alexis Deacon
All the animals at the zoo think Slow Loris is very slow, until one night when they see something a little unusual.

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
Snowmen play games at night when no one is watching.

Bears in Beds by Shirley Parenteau
Big Brown Bear gets his four fellow bears into their cozy, warm beds without much trouble, but in the middle of the night a strange sound frightens them awake.

Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta
Late at night, when all is quiet and everyone is asleep, a ninja creeps silently through the house in search of treasure.


More Books --
10 Little Ninjas by Miranda Paul
All Through the Night by John Hughes
At Night by Jonathan Bean
Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox
Beautiful Moon: A Child's Prayer by Tonya Bolden
Dusk by Uri Shulevitz
Flashlight by Liz Boyd
Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli
Good Night, Pillow Fight by Sally Cook
Henry's Night by D.B. Johnson
How to Catch a Star by Olivier Jeffers
I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed by Lauren Child
Imagine a Night by Rob Gonzales
Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas
Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara
Musical Beds by Mara Bergman
Naamah and the Ark at Night: A Lullaby by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
The Night Pirates by Peter Harris
The Night World by Mordecai Gerstein
No Go Sleep! by Kate Feiffer
The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House by Eric Litwin
Peekaboo Bedtime by Rachel Isadora
Sleep Train by Jonathan London
Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy by Denise Fleming
Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson
Who Will Tuck Me In Tonight? by Carol Roth
Wynken, Blynken & Nod by Eugene Field

Check these and more night-time books out at the Arnold Branch on display through July 6, 2018.