Big Kids

Juvenile Fiction Selection: Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff

Trent is about to start middle school and is looking for a fresh start. Less than a year ago there was an accident at Cedar Lake when a hockey puck Trent hits causes the death of another boy. Filled with guilt and sure everyone else hates him, Trent starts to really mess things up by making everyone around him angry with him, which is what he believes he deserves. Afraid to play sports again and in a place where his fears turn to rage, Trent is drowning in his thoughts. Tensions grow at home and in school when he refuses to participate in class and gym, and he stops wanting to visit his father and step-mother who have just started a family of their own. Then comes Fallon Little, fellow sixth-grader with a mysterious scar across one side of her face. Fallon has always been on the outside socially and Trent finds himself slowly becoming friends with this strange girl. When an event seems like it will come between him and Fallon forever, Trent has to make the choice to change and to learn to control his anger and maybe even get his fresh start.  (Grades 4-8 School Library Journal)

What Are You Thankful For??

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It's that time again, kids. Time to hug smelly old Aunt Matilda (why does she have to wear SO MUCH perfume?), time for your mom to harp at you in front of everyone, to eat your brussels sprouts, time to fill your stomach to almost bursting, time to fight your little brother for the last piece of pumpkin pie, time to let Great Grandma squeeze your cheeks and drone on about how much you've grown, time for the wish bone to be broken (what are you wishing for?), and time for turkey!!

IT'S TIME TO GET THANKFUL!!

No, really…seriously… we really do have a lot to be thankful for. Here at the UAPL, you can fill out a feather for our bulletin board turkey, and tell us what you are thankful for. Some of the things our patrons are thankful for are dinosaur books, ice cream, mommy & daddy, food and love. The answers are as varied as our wonderful patrons. At the UAPL, we are thankful for you. We are thankful that you allow us to help you find books that you love, thankful that you love to read and use our services and facilities. Have a great Thanksgiving! If you are in the mood to read books about Thanksgiving, give these a try:

Summer Library Club coming soon!

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Our traditional Summer Reading Club is getting an extreme makeover! Here are the details:

Summer Library Club begins earlier than in years past; it will begin on May 26th. 

In addition to the literacy focus, we have added experiential learning “activities” to explore. Participants can choose from 60 activities; activities can be found on the Summer Library Club website, www.summerlibraryclub.org. There is also a shorter list on the back of the reading log, which will be available on the website and can also be picked up here at the library. 

Summer Library Club is for all ages! The program works the same for all ages:

  • Simply sign up either online at www.summerlibraryclub.org, or in person at any UA library. 
  • Log reading hours on your Summer Library Club account online, or in person at any UA library. 
  • After reading 10 hours and completing 10 activities, you have earned your first prize: a stack of great coupons. (Examples of some coupons: $8 off library fines! Free Chipotle meal for teens or kids! And more…)
  • After reading a total of 20 hours and completing a total of 20 activities, you have completed Summer Library Club; you can grab your final prize at any UA library (a free book! We will have a variety of favorite titles, for all ages). You are also automatically entered into the Grand Prize Drawing for your age group. 
  • Summer Library Club ends on Aug 2nd. All hours must be logged by 5 pm on Aug. 2nd to be eligible for the Grand Prize. 

Grand Prizes (winners will be notified by phone on Aug. 3rd):

It's going to be a great summer! See ya soon!

Picture Book Selection: Earth to Clunk

What do you do when your homework is to write to your penpal named Clunk from another planet?  You write a letter and then send your annoying sister along as a present to show how much you love this assignment.  The exchange of funny letters back and forth in the galaxy will tickle your funny bone.  For ages 4 and up.    

Amazing Butterflies

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Looking for an idea for a family outing that is fun and educational? Check out the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden's newest interactive family exhibit “Amazing Butterflies” which opened May 17th. To help prepare for your visit check out some of our books about the life cycle of a butterfly.

If You Like Adventures With...Griffins, Unicorns, Dragons, Merpeople, and Other Mythical Creatures

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What would you do if you came home from school and found a baby griffin in your room?

Book Cover for The Menagerie by Tui SutherlandDo you want to communicate with griffins, befriend people of the sea, protect dragons, and care for unicorns? If so, check out The Menagerie by Tui Sutherland. Hidden in this book's world there exists griffins, dragons, unicorns, merpeople, and other mythical and fantastic creatures that have needs. They need to be protected so that they are not exploited, misunderstood, or worse. For centuries sanctuaries have existed to protect them. When Logan’s mom disappears and his father moves him to a small town in Wisconsin, he finds himself drawn into this world.

Uniquely able to talk with baby griffins (who have run away from home, one of which has hidden in his bedroom!) he finds his way to his classmate Zoe’s house. She tells him her house is really a secret sanctuary for mythical creatures called The Menagerie. This begins their adventures. As not only must they find the runaway griffins before anyone sees them, but someone, or something, seems to be threatening the Menagerie itself and if they don’t find out who, and stop them, The Menagerie could be closed forever!

If you can't wait to join this amazing secret adventure take a sneak peek at the fan-made The Menagerie book trailer.

For other stories about mythical creatures and fantastical adventures check out these books:

Happy Reading!

Juvenile Fiction Selection: Masterminds by Gordon Korman

Serenity, New Mexico is an idyllic town where everyone has everything that they need, the lawns are perfectly manicured, and there is no crime.  Serenity is small and there are only thirty kids living in it, including Eli Frieden.  Eli has never left Serenity and why would he ever want to?  All the kids have pools, he has his friends, and his father is the mayor and principal of the school. This town seems perfect and Eli is perfectly happy to live there.  Everything changes the day his best friend Randy convinces him to ride their bikes to the edge of town.  Something strange happens to Eli when he hits the town limits; he gets terribly sick and has to be rescued.  The next thing he knows Randy is getting sent away to live with his grandparent's in Colorado.  Things are changing in Serenity, especially when Eli discovers a secret letter Randy has left him that leads to even more surprises.  Eli teams up with two other kids, Tori and Malik, and together they discover that Serenity is not at all what it seems, and neither are they!  (Grades 4-6 School Library Journal)

Captivating Storytelling You Can Check Out With Your Library Card

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Are you ready for your car trip?  Are you trying to get a vacation in before school (already!!) starts Aug 20th?  Family car trips are easier with a well told story for everyone to enjoy.  We are featuring audio books from master storyteller Jim Dale who has become well known for performing the Harry Potter saga.  He has also narrated many fine classics and other fantasy titles. 

Classics!

Harry Potter!

More great Adventures!

  • The Emerald Atlas  Orphans on an adventure to save their family and the world.
  • Liesl and Po A magical mix-up brings together orphaned Liesl, Will an alchemist apprentice, and Po a ghost on an extraordinary journey.
  • Peter and the Starcatchers  A “pre-quel” to Peter Pan

Native American Stories and Storytellers

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The falling leaves remind me of Thanksgiving and also of stories of long ago when people lived and worked within the natural world.  There are a great number of Native American stories that are still being told today.  

Joseph Bruchac of Abenaki Indian heritage has been writing, singing and telling stories that reflect his heritage and other Native American traditions for over 30 years.

Louise Erdrich of Ojibwe descent is a poet and writer of books for both kids and adults.  Her books feature stories on Native Americans from the past and the present.   

Paul Goble is an English born artist and storyteller that moved to South Dakota and became friends with Chief Edgar Red Cloud of the Lakota Indian tribe.  He won the Caldecott Medal, the award for the most distinguished American picture books, in 1979 with his book The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.  

Please check our folktale section 398.27 Native American for more stories about Native American peoples and also our Native American history section starting with call number 970.  

 

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