Eleven-year-old Perry's home life is like that of most kids his age: morning ritual, school, dinner with his mom, and games with his extended family. Unlike most kids, Perry lives in a minimum security correctional facility, where he's stayed since birth with his mother, Jessica. Jessica is up for parole, and she and Perry are eager to start a new life on the outside. The county's ambitious district attorney is outraged that a child was raised in a prison and demands that Perry live with a foster family while the case is sorted out. Perry knows he has traded a prison that feels like home for a home that feels like a prison, and resolves to reunite with his mother.
Two worms fall in love and decide to get married. All of their friends have many ideas about all the things you are supposed to do at a wedding. After being a little overwhelmed, they decide that the only thing they need is love and to keep the wedding simple. Recommended for readers ages 4 and up.
We've got a pre-pub book and t-shirt to give away! Brandon Mull, author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series, is writing a new series called Five Kingdoms. We have an advanced copy of the first book titled Sky Raiders. Sky Raiders introduces Cole Randolph who along with his friends has been pulled into another place known as the Outskirts a state somewhere between dreaming and waking. Cole has to find his friends, correct the unbalance of magic in the five kingdoms and find a way to get everyone home to stay. Written for ages 8+. Danger and adventure abound!
Below is a video of Brandon Mull talking about the series. The clip is followed by the contest admission form.
Drawing will take place on January 21, 2014. We will contact the winner that day. Winner must be able to pick up the book and t-shirt at the Tremont location of the Upper Arlington Public Library 2800 Tremont Rd. Upper Arlington, OH 43221; we cannot deliver or mail the items.
Sky Raiders Give-Away Entry Form
Summer Library Club is in full swing and we are well underway looking at super power books. So far we have looked at What's Your Power? and Juvenile Graphic Novels - All Kinds of Powers! This week we will highlight books about Middle School Powers. There are a lot of great books out there about all the unique powers, abilities, and experiences of middle schoolers. For a few top picks check these out:
- Savvy by Ingrid Law
- Sidekicked by John Anderson
- The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Stan Lee and Stuart Moore
- NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley
- Chance Fortune and the Outlaws by Shane Berry
- A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
- Powerless by Matthew Cody
- Public School Superhero by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
- Kindling by Braden Bell
One of my favorites from this list is Savvy by Ingrid Law. It's about a girl who is about to turn 13 and everyone in her family gets a unique power on their 13th birthday - and she knows hers is going to be great. But, when her dad gets hurt and she and her siblings are left behind, she knows it's her power that will save him. And so begins an adventure across the state to reach her dad and find her power. If you have already read Savvy there is a companion book Scumble that tells the story of her cousin. And as a bit of news, coming soon is book 3 in the Savvy series! It is called Switch and will be available September 2015. Checkout Ingrid Law's website for more information. In the meantime here is a sneak peak at Savvy.
For a list of these and other great middle school reads check out the Middle School Powers book list in our catalog.
On July 4th we will look at real life heroes in NonFiction: All Kinds of Heroes. And we will wrap things up on July 15th where we explore how to make your own characters and graphic novels in Creating Your Own Superheroes and Graphic Novels.
Happy “Superpowered” Reading!
A child's simple note about cancelling bedtime ends up on the desk of a newspaper reporter, which then lands on the front page of the newspaper. Everyone reads this and bedtimes are stopped. What will happen to everyone with no bedtimes? A good sleepy-time read-aloud for ages 4-8.
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.
This guest blog was written by Eileen, one of our summer interns here at the UAPL.
Are you running out of fun things to do this summer (besides reading, of course)? If so, have no fear because science will save the day! As you all know, the theme of the summer reading program this year is science. So what better way to have fun this summer than doing two awesome science experiments? With your parents’ permission and guidance, gather these simple ingredients and have a blast experimenting!
Make Your Own Bubbles!!
What you need:
Pour equal amounts of water and dish soap into a container and stir gently.
Then, dip in the bubble wand and blow those bubbles!
Glow in the dark water!!
What you need:
Pour the water into the bowl
Cut the highlighter in half and pull the ink-soaked felt out of one half
Put the felt into the water, turn the lights off, and watch it glow!
For more fun science activities, check out these books!
Winter Reading Club began yesterday, and one of the BINGO activities for participants in grades K-2 and grades 3-5 is to watch/listen to a story on Tumblebooks.
TumbleBook Library is a UAPL database that houses a collection of books to watch, listen-to, and/or read-along with online. The collection includes picture books, easy readers, chapter books, non-fiction books, and more, including online copies of the books listed below. You will need your library card number and pin to access this database from home.
Interested in participating in the Winter Reading Club? Patrons of all ages can stop by any UAPL location to pick up a BINGO sheet.
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.