Emily and her family are moving again, this time to San Francisco. Emily loves to play Book Scavenger, an online game with complex puzzles leading to discovering books hidden in places all over the world. She teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find. They want to figure out the secrets before the men who attacked Emily's hero, Book Scavenger publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends.
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:
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!)
Adele and her brother Simon are coming to America from France to visit their Aunt Cecile, who takes them on a train trip to see the United States! Simon is more interested in seeing all of the sights than in keeping track of his belongings, which become lost from New York City to San Francisco. See if you can find what Simon lost in each picture. The detailed drawings and sweet story will delight readers of all ages, but particularly those ages 4-8.
A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty and fun in everyday things. You never know what you might see or hear throughout the town! Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Samantha Mather, a descendent of the Puritan minister Cotton Mather, has had her life turned upside down by the mysterious illness of her father. When Sam and her stepmother move into her father's house in Salem, MA, she finds herself shunned by most of the townspeople, including a group of girls who call themselves The Descendents. As strange and unexplainable events start to occur, Samantha realizes there are dark forces at work in Salem. Help comes from an unlikely source, a 324-year-old ghost named Elijah. Recommended for grades 9 up.
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.
Pink isn’t just the color of pretty princess dresses and cotton candy. There are many interesting (and weird) pink animals. Don’t believe me? Check out Pink is for Blobfish by Jess Keating to investigate amazing creatures like pinktoe tarantulas, pink fairy armadillos, dragon millepedes, and more.
This picture book is based on the true story of the gorilla Umande. Umande's mom was too young to know how to care for him, she saw him as a playmate. Umande ended up in our Columbus Zoo gorilla habitat and found a Mom in Lulu. A sweet story for animal lovers of all ages.
Willa and Ben are back again in Runaway Pony, the 3rd book in a series called Marguerite Henry's Misty Inn. Fully Moon Fancy is a pony with a knack for getting in mischief and also helps Starbuck, Willa and Ben's favorite pony get into trouble! When Starbuck gets out at night, a nighttime adventure begins. Fans of Marguerite Henry will enjoy this series. And, by the way, the author, Kristin Earhart, grew up in Worthington, Ohio!