Dash and his family live on the moon. They are part of the first group of humans to live on Moon Base Alpha and famous on Earth for it. Sounds exciting right? Not according to Dash, who is bored out of his mind. Dash is trapped inside the tiny moon base since kids are not allowed on the surface, and the only thing to do to occupy his time is play virtual reality games. When Moon Base Alpha's top scientist turns up dead, Dash believes that it might not have been an accident. Along with new supplies, the supply ship brings some new residents to the base including a new girl Dash's age who he eventually befriends. Dash becomes convinced Dr. Holtz's death was foul play and begins an investigation into many suspects to solve the mystery. Each chapter opens with an excerpt from “The Official Residents' Guide to Moon Base Alpha” NASA's instructional guide to living on the moon. Dash is very clever and the mystery in this story is not only complex but often funny too. (Grades 3-7 School Library Journal)
This book received a starred review by two children's book review journals. Set in Russia in 1891, this historical fantasy centers around 12-year old Prince Lev Lyov's return to St. Petersburg after receiving a mysterious invitation. He leaves his country home, his cat, and his mother behind. He arrives at the dark and decrepit manor where he finds strange things underfoot. Lev must use his special gift to rid the house of a ghost.
It is time to celebrate all things chess! Sunday, July 20th, is International Chess Day and it’s time to play! And read! Not only do we have lots of strategy guides, from beginner to advanced, but we also have lots of great chapter books about kids who love chess. And if that is not enough check out the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer. See the trailer below for a sneak peek.
And if chess is only one among many games that you love to play and can barely stop playing in order to do anything else – do not despair! We have some great books about games that incorporate games and puzzles for you to solve right into the story! My favorite so far is Gollywhopper Games and Gollywhopper Games: New Champion. Both are about a toy company who puts on a nationwide competition where participants must solve several rounds of puzzles and games, narrowing the completion down bit by bit, until there is one winner – who wins 1 million dollars! The book’s website gollywhoppergames.com has games, puzzles, and contests.
For links to these books, other books about games and puzzles, and/or chess books in the library catalog, see the links below.
Happy Chess Playing!
“The Force is strong with this one”
In case you have not heard, Star Wars Episode VII was released to theaters this past week.. And I've heard it's AMAZING. But SHHH! Let's not spoil it for those of us who have not seen it yet! Instead, take a look at these books that have been inspired by this iconic film series. From nonfiction to graphic novels to retellings, you may find the Force hidden in its pages.
- The strange case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
- Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
- The princess, the scoundrel, and the farm boy: an original retelling of Star Wars: a new hope by Alexandra Bracken
- Star Wars mania crafts, activities, facts, and fun! by Amanda Formaro
- Star Wars: the original trilogy stories
- The art of Star Wars, The force awakens by Phil Szostak
The parents of a bandit family split up. The Dad bandit marries a princess and brings all of her royal children into the hideaway, which makes the bandit kids unhappy. Can they all get along and live together? This is a fun story about blending families of bandits, prince and princesses, and even dragons for ages 4 and up.
Bruce is a grumpy old bear that lives alone and likes to eat eggs. He finds a nest in the woods and when the eggs suddenly hatch, Bruce finds himself with goslings that are convinced he is their mother. Rollicking fun for ages 3 and up.
When a blue spirit possess sweet-natured Marybeth, Lionel - who hasn't spoken to anyone except the animals since he arrived at children's house - becomes determined to save her from a terrible fate. Together, Marybeth and Lionel discover a dark and dangerous secret. Grades 5-7.
Apple season is just around the corner and with it comes wonderful opportunities for family fun. After a day of picking delicious apples head home for some toasty (and tasty) indoor activities. How does apple sauce, apple dip, apple crumble, caramel apple muffins or apple cake sound? This season you can make your own yummy apple treats with your kids. Stop in the UAPL Youth Services department and check out some of the following books for awesome recipes using apples that are scrumptious, simple and kid friendly.
The movie My Neighbor Totoro is over 25 years old! This enduring classic from the imagination of Hayao Miyazaki takes place in the Japanese countryside. Two sisters move to the country in the summer with their father and discover the Totoros, furry caretakers of the forests, who can only be seen by children. The many wonderful characters and creatures make this a film for all ages to enjoy!
Summer Library Club is in full swing. This year’s theme promotes books, programs, and activities that highlight health, exercise, and general well-being. Let’s not forget about the well-being of our PETS!! Kids in grades 4-12 can join us this Saturday, July 16 at 2 pm at Tremont to make a toy for a pet! Sign-up required. Click here to go to our events calendar.
Check out these non-fiction books in the series Caring for my pet:
And, these new fiction books
- Strudel's forever home by Martha Freeman
- Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe
- The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs by Cylin Busby
- Stick Cat: a Tail of Two Kitties by Tom Watson
- Cody Harmon, King of Pets by Claudia Mills