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Juvenile Fiction Selection: Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington

Mysti Murphy is starting seventh grade and so far nothing is turning out as expected.  Her best friend Anibal Gomez has blown her off to become a “hipster” and gain the attention of a pretty girl at school.  Meanwhile, Mysti has plenty of problems at home.  Her family has a secret; her mother is agoraphobic which means she never leaves the house.  Mysti and her sister keep this secret and their father takes care of everything that needs to be done outside of the house.  Things take a bad turn when her father falls and suffers an injury that lands him in the hospital for a long stay.  Now it is up to Mysti to move beyond her mother's projected fears and find the courage to help herself and her family.  With the loss of her best friend Mysti ends up at the “loser island” lunch table and eventually befriends a strong and sassy Rama Khan who helps her find that courage.  Mysti is a character that you'll be rooting for from beginning to end!  (Grades 5-8 School Library Journal)

Curious?

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Ever wonder what the smelliest fruit on the planet might be? Do you know what country serves fried grasshoppers as a common snack? Did you know that the eye muscle is the strongest muscle in the body? You can find even more curiosities in books such as That's Awesome! The World's Most Amazing Facts & Records.  Inquisitive minds (or reluctant readers) can satisfy their curious cravings for the strange, mysterious, outrageous, weird, freaky or just plain gross with some of these book suggestion from the Youth Department at UAPL

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

 

Young Adult selection: Recreated

In this sequel to Reawakened by Colleen Houck, Lily, a high-school senior, continues her adventure and romance with Amon,an Egyptian mummy, who was reawakened in the first book in order to protect humanity.  In the opening of this sequel, Anon has hidden himself in the netherworld and Lily must save him.  In order to save him, she has to become a sphinx.  In order to do this, she melds both mind and body with a lioness named Tia.  She faces countless other trials throughout the journey, including wonderfully awful creatures such as giant grubs and wasp-esque reapers. The final battle with the demon Devourer is thrilling.  Grades 9-12.

Picture Perfect Science

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With the implementation of the new Common Core standards, educators and parents are realizing the importance of integrating literature and science.  Picture books are a wonderfully interactive way to introduce young children to the many diverse fields of scientific inquiry.

In Counting on Frank by Rod Clement, a boy and his dog ask questions about the ordinary things all around us.  Lisa Wheeler’s book, The Pet Project: cute and cuddly vicious verses, illustrates the value of the scientific method as a problem-solver. 

Picture books investigate specific scientific principles too.  Ever wonder why some things float and some things sink?  Archie the goat and his friend Skinny the hen use Archimedes’ principle to find out what floats in a moat

Visit either of these websites for more picture perfect stories.

Audiobooks Read by the Author

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Living on the east side, my commute gives me plenty of time in the car to listen to music, the news, and, most enjoyably, audiobooks!  I have found that I particularly like audiobooks that are read by the author.  Below are some youth and young adult titles that are on my read or to-read lists:

Picture Books & Easy Readers:

Juvenile Chapter Books:

Teen Books:

Calling all Poets!

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This week we are gearing up for April (which is National Poetry Month after all!) by hosting a poetry contest! Aspiring writers are welcome to submit original poems this week (March 28th-April 1st) to any UAPL Youth department; poem length limited to 500 words, but no limitations on your creativity! 

Poetry will be judged anonymously by our Teen Advisory Board, made up of local teens who volunteer here at the library. Poems will be grouped by ages: K-4th, 5th-8th, and 9th-12th. Winners from each age category will recieve a blue ribbon, and the winning poem will be featured on our ualibrary.org website. 

Get writing! 

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