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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.   

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.  

 

Youth Poetry Contest Winner!

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UAPL Youth Poetry Contest Winner, K-4 Division

For the last three year, the last week of March leading up to April our Teen Advisory Group has sponsored a poetry contest. This year the winner for the K-4 Division was Phoebe E. with her poem, “Moonlight Dance”. Congratulations, Phoebe and thank you to all our entrants!

“Moonlight Dance”

When comes the darkness

In the world

Fairies creep out

From the ground

 

Dressed in moss with

Hair so curled

Twirling, dancing

All around

 

Come the goblins

Heavy boots

Dragons flap their 

Wings and roar

 

Mermaids swim and

Play the flute

Unicorns come

From the moor

 

Fairies dancing

In the night

Dancing all a

Round till dawn

 

But when comes the

Morning light

you will see that

They are gone

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: 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 

Bedtime Math Book Give-Away!

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Stories at bedtime are such a wonderful part of many childhoods. I miss those days now that I have a teenager! Bedtime Math cover Bedtime Math problems is a new organization hoping to make math at bedtime a similar cherished ritual for families.  Bedtime Math has a book and we have a copy to give away!  Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to enter a random drawing to take place on Dec. 2, 2013; we'll contact the winner that same day. 

It's simple to sign-up online for Bedtime Math and receive a daily math problem presented for three different math levels: Wee Ones (preschool), Little Kids (K-2), and/or Big Kids (grade 2+).  Users are encouraged to explore and use all levels as fit their family situation.  The site has lots to explore including an app for phones and a blog for parents.  

No worries if you can't wait or don't win, you can request a copy of Bedtime Math from our catalog.    

Winner must be able to pick up the book at the Tremont location of the Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio  43221; we will not deliver or mail the item.

Super Power Saturdays - What's Your Super Power?

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Book Cover for Bog Book of SuperHeroes by Bart KingWelcome to Super Power Saturdays! Throughout the summer I will be posting a blog the first and third Saturdays in June and July that will feature juvenile books about all things super-powered. I will highlight fiction books that feature super powers in their many unique forms, great graphic novels that expand the meaning of super powers every day, middle school powers, books that help you create your own superheroes and graphic novels, and nonfiction books that look at real life superheroes.

To start us off I am featuring super powers in fiction. There are a lot of great superheroes and super powers hidden inside the pages of fiction novels, even super-powered animals! But, before we get to those, don’t forget to check out The Big Book of Superheroes by Bart King. This book welcomes you into the world of superheroes - giving you tips on becoming a superhero, superhero training, finding your superhero name, as well as facts, quizzes, and more.  So…if you had a super power, what would your power be? Not sure? For some inspiration read some of these picks to see what power you’d like to have.

 

Book Covers for the Sister 8 series by Lauren Baratz-LogstedFor some fun with the Sisters 8 series check out the Sister 8 website. There you will find information about the books, how to start a Sisters 8 book club, Sisters 8 crafts, a Sisters 8 picture gallery, a quiz to see which sister you are most like, and more. Also, a fun fact: This series was a family collaboration, written by a mom, dad, and their young daughter!

 

For a list of these, and other great superhero books, see our Juvenile Super Powered Fiction book list in our catalog.

And don’t forget to check back the first Saturday in June (June 6th) for a look at Graphic Novels – All Kinds of Powers! and the third Saturday in June (June 20th) for a post featuring Middle School Powers!

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

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)

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