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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:

Animal Heroes

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Every hero has a story, including many special and remarkable animals. Do you know the story of Balto, a Siberian husky who carried medicine through an Alaskan snowstorm to a town full of sick people? How about Lulu, the kangaroo who saved her human friend after a car accident? Do you like horses? Check out Horse Heroes to learn about some famous horses in history. If you want a book with a little bit of everything, from dramatic rescues to wild and wacky animal adventures, try 125 True Stories of Amazing Animals.  Looking for more stories about furry heroes? Just ask a UAPL staff member for a recommendation (and complete a Summer Library Club activity at the same time!)

 

Picture Book Selection: I Have a Dream

A good book to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day is I Have a Dream illustrated by Kadir Nelson.  The words are from Martin Luther King Jr's speech delivered over 50 years ago.  Kadir Nelson is an amazing artist that has brought to life Mr. King and others that believe in equality for all peoples.  Recommended for ages 5 and up.  

Juvenile Fiction Selection: The Not-So Itty-Bitty Spiders by Amy Marie Stadelmann

This is the first book of the new Scholastic Branches series Olive and Beatrix.  Olive and Beatrix are twins sisters but while Olive is “normal” her sister just happens to be a witch!  Beatrix loves to use her magic powers to play tricks on her science-loving twin and Olive's best friend Eddie.  When one of Beatrix's pranks ruins Olive and Eddie's science project they decide to play a trick on her and rig up a bucket of spiders to fall on her head.  Unfortunately their plan goes all wrong when the spiders get into one of Beatrix's potions and become giants spiders on the loose. Now Beatrix and Olive need to work together, along with the help of Eddie, to save their town from the giant creatures.  Perfect first chapter book for emerging readers who want a little magic in their stories.

Juvenile Book Recommendation: The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman

Duncan has the power to see things with his fingers, which helps him choose needed tiles after he joins the school Scrabble club. Eventually, Duncan ’s skills bring him to the national Scrabble tournament, where he meets two other young Scrabble players - April and Nate.  As the kids get to know each other they take a side trip to a crumbling amusement park, which launches them into an unexpected adventure and reveals a surprise about Duncan's family secret. (Recommended Ages: 5th - 8th)

Summer Sloth

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Feeling lazy this summer?  Consider these fun facts about the world's slowest animal – the sloth.

  • 1. Sloths can sleep from 15-20 hours per day.
  • 2. Sloths only go to the bathroom about once a week.
  • 3. Some sloths can turn their heads almost all the way around.
  • 4. Sloths might not run, but they are very good swimmers.
  • 5. Two-Toed sloths actually have 3 toes on each back leg.

Learn more fun facts or read some wonderful stories about these curious (but extremely cute) creatures.

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)

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