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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: Mockingbird

Caitlin has lost her older brother Devon to a tragic incident at the local middle school and she's having a hard time understanding how to feel.  Caitlin has Asperger's and things typically seem black and white, but now she is at a loss and her grieving dad isn't any help.  When Caitlin reads the definition of closure she decides that is what she needs, but finding it is harder than she expected. (Grades 4-6 School Library Journal)

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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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

Clover's Luck by Kallie George

Clover's Luck is the first book in The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series.  Clover has always considered herself unlucky and especially with pets.  Her most recent one, a pet bird, flies off into the forest and when she goes chasing after her Clover stumbles upon a flyer advertising a job at an animal adoption agency.  When Clover goes to ask about the job she is hired on the spot and soon learns the secret of M.A.A.A.; it's full of magical animals.  Fairy horses, magic toads, witch kittens, unicorns, and even a baby dragon are among the animals available to adopt. Just as Clover is feeling her luck might be changing she gets left in charge of the agency and a sneaky witch shows up causing all sorts of trouble.  Can Clover overcome her bad luck and help the animals find good homes?   (Grades 2-4 School Library Journal)

Juvenile Fiction Selection: Digby O'Day in the Fast Lane

Digby O'Day and Percy are best friends. This daring canine duo can find adventure anywhere, even entering an All-Day Race! Digby is sure he and his co-driver Percy can win. When the race starts, Digby and Percy are quickly left in the dust. They meet many perils on the road, including Digby's archenemy, Lou Ella, who is also in the race and will stop at nothing to win. In a day full of twists, turns, thrills, and surprises, anything can happen. A fun, early chapter book adventure for readers in grades K-2.  

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