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Letters, Notes, and Messages...There is More Than One Way to Tell a Story!

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A lot of books are set up in a traditional novel style, but others use letters and notes to tell the story instead. This can be a really fun way to read and get to know the characters. It may even spur an interest in writing some letters yourself! I’m sure a friend would love to read the story of your days in a letter just for them!

Book Cover for 43 Old Cemetery RoadA fabulous example of this letter style (also called epistolary novels) is the book series 43 Old Cemetery Road by Kate Klise. It is told in letters, messages, and notes exchanged between a little boy, the ghost who haunts his house, and the very grumpy writer who moved in. They seem an unlikely trio, but are really kindred spirits who form a unique and wonderful relationship - all built around their beautiful, fun, sometimes grumpy, and often witty, letters! There is also lots of fun word play, and a big dose of mystery, in each novel. It’ll keep you guessing, and laughing, right to the end! For a sneak peek check out this fan made book trailer.

 

 

For more letter style books try one of these:

Happy Reading!

Lockwood & Co.

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Halloween is over, but if you are still looking for something scary, check out the Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathan Stroud.  I just finished listening to the third and newest book in the series, which follows Lucy Carlyle, Anthony Lockwood, and George Cubbins as they work together to hunt ghosts around London.  Thrilling, engaging, and humorous, I can't wait for book number four!

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!

Send a Postcard to Mars!

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NASA has a rover, called Curiosity, on Mars and you can send a postcard!  Follow this link and pick one of 9 different postcard images then add a message and send. The postcard will be sent to the Curiosity Rover, Gale Crater on Mars!

http://mars.nasa.gov/ is full of interesting facts, videos, activities and photos about the Mars Exploration Program. Curiosity, the rover, is part of this program which is trying to determine if the planet Mars was ever able to support any life. What do you think?

Still curious? Check out these titles or come on in. We’d love to help you find books and resources to feed your curiosity!

Boy,Were We Wrong About the Solar System

Cars on Mars

Out of This World: poems and facts about space

The Planet Hunter

 

Fractured Fairy Tales

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You probably know the storyline of a few fairy tales, like Cinderella, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Princess and the Pea. If you like those tales, you might want to try reading some fractured fairy tales.

What is a fractured fairy tale? It is a fairy tale that has been changed in some way from the original tale and given a twist:

  • It might be told from a different character’s point of view. In Nobody Asked the Pea by John Warren Stewig, we hear the tale of The Princess and the Pea through the eyes of various characters, including the pea.
  • The author might change the seting of the tale, like the story of Three Triceratops Tuff by Stephen Shaskan. Instead of taking place on a bridge, this version of The Three Billy Goats Gruff takes place in the Cretaceous period, where three dinosaur brothers must outsmart Tyrannosaurus Rex in order to get some food.
  • It might take a character from an original tale and put him or her in a new story. In I Thought This Was a Bear Book by Tara Lazar, Baby Bear has to help Prince Zilch from Planet Zero get back to his own book.  
  • The ending might be different from the original tale's ending, such as this version of Little Red Riding Hood -  Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf by Rachael Mortimer. Little Wolf, who doesn't want to be a Big Bad Wolf, is sent to catch dinner and meets Red Riding Hood along the way and together they come up with a solution
  • It might be a mash-up of various fairy tales, like The Great Fairy Tale Disaster by David Conway. The Big Bad Wolf is tired of blowing down houses and tries to find a relaxing fairy tale, but ends up making a big mess for Cinderella, Rapunzel, and other fairy tale characters.
  • They are often laugh-out loud funny, like Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella by Tony Johnston. A dashing Bigfoot prince searches for his Bigfoot princess. Rrrrrella would be a perfect match, but first she must get past her ugly stepsisters.

 

There are so many fairy tale adaptations to choose from! Click here for more fun (and usually hilarious) tales.

 

 

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