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Fun Series to Keep You Reading

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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 the little ones reading strong through the next two weeks and after!

The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R. A. Spratt

The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow

Swindle by Gordon Korman

We Are not Eaten by Yaks (An Accidental Adventure) by C. Alexander London

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger


It's a Fact: Facts are Awesome!

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Did you know that in Oklahoma it is illegal to make faces at a dog? Or that finger-sized fish called wrasse nibble the gunk off a shark's teeth?  The world is full of interesting, awesome, and curious facts.  I've always wondered how an arena can be an ice rink one day and a basketball court the next.  Learn how it happens in the Time for Kids book, Big Book of Answers: 1001 Facts Kids Want to Know.  Browse through Animal Planet's book, Animals: a Visual Dictionary for the answer to how many eyes can a spider have.  Afraid of rats?  Discover how African giant pouched rats are helping to keep people safe in Friend or Foe: The Whole Truth about Animals that People Love to Hate by Etta Kaner.  Nod your head if you love fact books as much as I do. But not if you're from Bulgaria (as I learned from Adam Frost's book, The Awesome Book of Awesomeness).

Juvenile Fiction Selection: Audrey (cow)

Audrey is a Charolais cow living a happy and poetic life on Bittersweet farm, that is until the day they take her mother away. Confronted with her new reality, Audrey, with the help of many farm friends, devises an escape plan to avoid her “food cow” fate. Inspired by the true story of Charlene Mookin–aka “Cincinnati Freedom”–this story is a fun adventure for animals lovers of all ages.  

Juvenile Recommendation: Operation Bunny

Mystery, magic, and fairies meet in Wings & Co. When Emily, an orphaned foundling, inherits a mysterious shop, she is dropped into a world of talking cats, multiplying bunnies, missing fairy wings, living keys, and magic! It is up to her and her new friends to solve the many mysteries that surround them. (Recommended ages: 3rd-5th)

October is a Great Time for Ghosts!

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The nights are getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors, and pumpkins can be seen all around.  It's October and what better month is there for curling up with a spooky story?  Ghost stories, like carved pumpkins, come in all shapes and sizes: from funny to very, very, scary!  We have compiled a list of new ghost stories below that should have appeal to our readers who want a hauntingly good tale!


Stories of Celebrated American Women Graphic Novel Style

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bessie coleman

The month of March is dedicated to celebrating National Women's History. We have many famous American women in our 200+ year history. I have highlighted books from the series called Graphic Library that detail not only specific people, but also events in American and world history.

Below are some graphic novel biographies from the Graphic Library series that explores these women's lives and why they are important to our nation's history.  

New juvenile series books coming soon!

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A book cover for "Magnus Chase" #2 "The Gods of Asgard"The wait is almost over!  These 6 series will have new books released this fall.  These books are all on order in our catalog. Do not delay!  Put yourself on the reserve lists today!

On August 30th these will be released:

On September 13th you will find:

  • Ghosts The newest book from Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile, Sisters and Drama

In October:

On the first of November:

  • The newest Wimpy Kid (#11) by Jeff Kinney will be released! It is titled: Double Down

Juvenile Fiction Selection: The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale

Princess Magnolia is not your average princess.  She is sipping hot chocolate and enjoying some scones with the Duchess, but then the monster alarms sounds and she becomes The Princess in Black!  When the monsters start threatening the goats, it's up to the Princess to stop them, along with the help of her trusty stead, Frimpepants.  Princess Magnolia, disguised in black, sets off to save the kingdom.  Can she stop the monsters and keep the nosy duchess from discovering her secret identity?  This is a fun read for any child who loves princesses with a little less frill and a little more adventure!  (Grades K-3 School Library Journal)

Hold for Ransom

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Creepy…weird…disturbing…deranged…quirky…enchanting…spooky. These are all words that readers have used to describe Ransom Rigg's first novel, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Lucky for us, Mr.Rigg's has recently released the sequel, Hollow City, in which Jacob Portman journeys to London to save the magical world of all things peculiar…well, ya know, maybe you should just watch this book trailer. Be prepared to be totally creeped out!

If you'd like to more about Ranson Riggs, or just some random facts about him (like his favorite word), check out this interview:


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