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Juvenile Fiction Selection: Space Taxi

Eight-year-old Archie Morningstar discovers the family secret that his father is a space taxi driver.  His Dad picks up a talking cat named Pockets and they travel to a planet that closely resembles medieval Earth in order to rescue a princess from the clutches of the intergalactic criminal organization B.U.R.P.  Be sure to check out the other 3 books in the series.  

Teacher Recommendation: Where Do President's Come From?

The election season is almost upon us so it might be a good time to have your students brush up on some presidential history.  Michael Townsend has created a hilarious, yet very informative graphic novel about our presidents.  Students will love the sometimes weird, but always interesting fun facts that range from presidential pets to what the president does all day.  (Grades 4-9 School Library Journal)

Teen Recommendation: The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Ashamed of his nation's leaders, Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys' exploits and imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance.

"The Last Runaway" by Tracy Chevalier

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In the early 1850’s Quaker sisters, Honor and Grace Bright, set sail for America. They begin a journey to Ohio where Grace will marry Adam Cox, a Quaker, who has settled near Oberlin, Ohio. In Pennsylvania Grace contacts Yellow Fever and dies. With the help of strangers, Honor continues to Ohio. Her arrival, instead of her sister Grace, is an unwelcome surprise to the small Cox household. While Honor struggles to adapt to the Quaker Community in America, she, unwittingly, becomes involved with the Underground Railroad. Once again, Tracy Chevalier has written an informative and compelling historical novel.

The Knitted Slipper book: Slippers and House Shoes for the Entire Family by Katie Startzman

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I am always looking for a last minute knitted project I can use as a gift.  The beauty of this book is half the patterns are felted making the knitting part fast and the felting part a cover up for any mistakes, perfect!

Fun, functional, and an offering of slipper & shoe options with patterns ranging from whimsical to practical.  Get out that leftover skein of wool, grab your needles, and whip up a quick gift.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondō

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Your home should only contain things that bring you joy. Everything else—well-intentioned but unused gifts, uncomfortable clothes, old records, back issues of magazines that you intend to read “someday”—should be thanked for its contribution to your life and sent on to its next destination. That’s the philosophy of Japanese professional organizer Marie Kondō, and judging by her three-month waiting list, her clients agree. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and been translated into almost a dozen languages. Written in an approachable, positive style, this little book will make a big impact on the way you think about your possessions.

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