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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: Beth's Story, 1914 by Adele Whitby

Beth's Story, 1914 is the first installment in the series Secrets of the Manor. Beth is excited for her twelfth birthday when she will receive her great-grandmother's heirloom necklace as a gift, but when the necklace goes missing Beth must learn the secrets of her manor house in order to clear the name of her maid and friend. While searching for answers Beth finds a hidden diary with clues to a much larger family mystery that dates back generations. Historical fiction and mystery collide in this fun new series. (Grades 4-7 School Library Journal)

Juvenile Book Selection: Awkward

On her first day in a new middle school, Peppi tries to remember all of those rules for fitting in and/or trying not to be obviously new. She ends up not following the rules and is entangled in an awkward situation that just becomes more and more difficult.  Peppi realizes that sometimes you need to break the rules to survive middle school.   

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.  

Juvenile Fiction Selection: The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry

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)

Juvenile Book Selection: Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle

This first book in a new fantasy series by N.D. Wilson revolves around Sam Miracle, whose life is made up of dreams that come to him when he is wide awake.  In these dreams, he is transported to another place and time where he can be a courageous hero instead of a foster kid with two bad arms.  Things are about to change, though, when he and his friend meet the mysterious Father Tiempo, who helps him become a “time walker” and discover the truth about his past.  Recommended for grades 

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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