Kids Recommendations

Written by Published on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 4:39pm

Sophia comes from a family of explorers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World - a world changed by the Great Disruption, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Then her Uncle is kidnapped. Sophia is the only one who can search for him. With her new friend Theo, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on Shadrack's maps, common sense, and her own powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack's life, they are in danger of losing their own.

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Written by Published on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 11:54am

Squirrel lovers will enjoy this humorous story about Squirrel and a dog named Cuddles.  One winter night, Squirrel gets cold and decides to visit Cuddles's house.  The two get into mischief and end up leaving the holiday decorations in shambles.  A young human is blamed and as a result, he runs outside where he hurts himself.  There's a blizzard coming and it is up to Squirrel and Cuddles to save the boy and make amends.  This funny story is told in short chapters and will be enjoyed by young readers.  Recommended for grades 2-4.

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Written by Published on Sat, 12/17/2016 - 4:18pm

This WWII story traces the friendship between 11-year old Annabelle and her family and a local  WWI veteran named Toby.  Toby has lived in the town for many years and keeps to himself.  Life is mostly peaceful in the rural town in Pennsylvania where they live, until Betty Glengarry arrives.  Betty is mean and cruel and does everything she can to inflict pain on others. When Betty goes missing, Toby becomes the main suspect.  Annabelle knows that he is innocent and is determined to prove it.  This is a compelling story about prejudice and unjust persecution.  Recommended for grades 5-8

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