Wyatt Palmer is an eighth-grader at Culver Middle School in Miami, Florida and along with all his classmates is on his way to Washington, DC. This trip is supposed to be full of museum and monument tours but turns into an adventure that they could never have imagined, and not in a good way. On the plane from Miami to DC Wyatt's best friend Matt becomes suspicious of the strange men sitting in the seat behind them. Determined to find out what they are up to Matt gets a hold of one of their bags and steals a small box that he thinks might be a detonator. The boys draw way too much attention to themselves and the strange men, and end up almost getting kicked off the trip and that's just the beginning. Soon the strange men are in pursuit of them and what they stole. The boys, with the help of Wyatt's crush Suzana, are in a race to keep themselves from getting caught and stop the two men before they can follow through with their presumed attack on the White House, all while trying to slip under the radar of their teachers. This is a laugh-out-loud story and will be sure to please even the most reluctant of readers. (Grades 5-7 School Library Journal)
Dash and his family live on the moon. They are part of the first group of humans to live on Moon Base Alpha and famous on Earth for it. Sounds exciting right? Not according to Dash, who is bored out of his mind. Dash is trapped inside the tiny moon base since kids are not allowed on the surface, and the only thing to do to occupy his time is play virtual reality games. When Moon Base Alpha's top scientist turns up dead, Dash believes that it might not have been an accident. Along with new supplies, the supply ship brings some new residents to the base including a new girl Dash's age who he eventually befriends. Dash becomes convinced Dr. Holtz's death was foul play and begins an investigation into many suspects to solve the mystery. Each chapter opens with an excerpt from “The Official Residents' Guide to Moon Base Alpha” NASA's instructional guide to living on the moon. Dash is very clever and the mystery in this story is not only complex but often funny too. (Grades 3-7 School Library Journal)
It is late at night and everyone is sleeping. Sylvie the cat persuades her boy to go outside into the darkness, where they are greeted by the shadows of flowers, and by nocturnal animals who want them to explore the night world. Perfect bedtime reading for ages 3 and up.
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Summer Library Club is in full swing and we are well underway looking at super power books. So far we have looked at What's Your Power? and Juvenile Graphic Novels - All Kinds of Powers! This week we will highlight books about Middle School Powers. There are a lot of great books out there about all the unique powers...Read more
Welcome back everyone! This is the last post in the Super Power Saturdays blog series. We have covered a lot of different books this summer – super powers in fiction, graphic novels, middle school reads, and more. If you missed any of these posts, or just want to re-read them, links to them are at the end of this blog post. Now, after all these great stories, it’s time to take that super powered inspiration and channel it into creating our own stories. So, to wrap things up we will look at books that can help you create your own stories, graphic novels, and characters, and even...Read more
The end of Summer Reading Club 2014 is fast approaching, August 2nd to be exact. Here in the youth department we spend a great deal of our time helping young readers find the next great book. Because as we all know, finding the right book makes all the difference. In the summer I like to recommend funny and entertaining series that make you want to keep reading and give you the opportunity to stay with characters you have come to enjoy. Here are some first books in my favorite series for middle-readers. Hopefully, with these titles, you can keep...Read more
Feeling lazy this summer? Consider these fun facts about the world's slowest animal – the sloth.
- 1. Sloths can sleep from 15-20 hours per day.
- 2. Sloths only go to the bathroom about once a week.
- 3. Some sloths can turn their heads almost all the way around.
- 4. Sloths might not run, but they are very good swimmers.
- 5. Two-Toed sloths actually have 3 toes on each back ...Read more
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We love our community heroes. Join us to make a variety of crafts related to some of our favorite community workers. For ages 2 and up.... (full entry)When?08/06/2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pmWhere?Lane Road Branch Library
Bring a blanket to sit on the lawn and enjoy some fun tunes as we say goodbye to summer with this closing concert. We’ll have... (full entry)When?08/08/2015 - 1:30pm to 3:00pmWhere?Tremont Road - Main Library
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