Staff Recommendations - Kids' Titles

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780062257246
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books, 5/2014

"It all starts when Kara is woken up in the night and taken to the village square where she witnesses her mother being sentenced for the worse crime of all...witchcraft! Seven years later, the villagers are still wary and cruel to Kara and her family. They fear Kara is a witch just like her mother. On the outskirts of the village is The Thickety, a magical forest that is home to strange and ferocious beasts and full of secrets, like the book Kara finds there, which may or may not be her mother's grimoire. This book had me in its grips from the very beginning. I can't wait for the sequel!"

--Jen


$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781616202842
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 10/2014
"Well, Sara Farizan has done it again! Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel has everything I loved from If You Could Be Mine: a completely original and round protagonist, realistic (and dangerous!) social situations she navigates as best an unsure teenage girl can, and a relationship plot that keeps me guessing. Leila struggles as the dorky, upper-middle class Iranian American in her small New England private school--but what challenges her most is whether or not to come out to her family and friends. When the brazen, sexy Saskia arrives on campus, Leila soon finds her personal boundaries wrecked and her privacy in jeopardy. Leila is conflicted when she realizes that her perceptions about most people are inaccurate--including Saskia, who is as socipathic as she is gorgeous. Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel is a familiar yet original tale that you'll want to read all in one sitting. Farizan is two for two--I'm a fan for life and will happily read anything she writes!"

--Mel


Like No Other (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781595146748
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Published: Razorbill, 7/2014

"Devorah and Jax both live in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn but come from entirely different worlds. Devorah is a Hasidic Jew who lives within the strict confines of her religion. Jax is an outgoing and funny African-American who lives with his sisters and West Indian immigrant parents. The two meet accidentally one night in an elevator when the power goes out during a storm. At first Devorah is terrified, as she's not supposed to speak to boys or men without adults around. But a spark is set off between the two of them and they can't stop thinking about one another. Jax and Devorah try everything possible to see each other but eventually the odds are stacked against them. Devorah is a strong-willed and smart young woman chaffing against the confines of her strict community. She loves her family and her religion but not the path that is set out for her. The story is told in alternating chapters over the course of a few weeks. This is a satisfying young adult romance."

--Jannis


The Glass Sentence (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780670785025
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Published: Viking Juvenile, 6/2014
"The whole world has gone through the Great Disruption, with different geographical areas shifted into varying time periods, prehistoric to the far future. Almost one hundred years after the Great Disruption we meet Sophia, who is living with her Uncle Shadrack, a master cartologer. When her Uncle is kidnapped, seemingly for his knowledge, she and her friend Theo set off on a dangerous and amazing adventure to rescue him and find out secrets of the time rift. A bit of magic, mystery, adventure, through a wonderfully crafted world-this is one of my favorite books this year."

 

--Amie


I Got the Rhythm (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781619631786
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 5/2014
"Nothing captures joyous noise like this new picture book about a little girl in the park with her mom. Every one of her senses speaks to the rhythm that she hears from the neighborhood drummers and a nearby boom box. Her infectious happiness leads to a diverse group of neighborhood kids, and even the adults, breaking out in dance. This is a great book for read aloud, both because of its song-like cadence, and because kids can chime along with our young heroine as she blinks, sniffs, claps, and shakes to the music. Oh, and the illustrations are just as happy!"

--Daniel


$17.95
ISBN-13: 9781467710664
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Published: Carolrhoda Books, 3/2014
"Nope, not Trondheim, Norway, but fictitious Trondheim, Canada: land of the bland. Here is the modern world, as it is, but with one glaring exception: dragons are real and always have been. And, there have always been heroes and heroines, in equal measure, to fight them. The dragons are not smart. They do not speak. They have no preference for maidens (virginal or otherwise). They have no love of gold (well, not most). Owen is a dragon-slayer in training. He is a high school student who has recently transferred to the prosaic Trondeim. His family is famous and slaying dragons is what they have always done. Kara is a nerdish classmate who loves music, and is chosen to be his bard. And, no, they do not fall in love; and, no, the popular girl is not a mean girl (at least, not really). Johnston has no use for stereotypical characters or settings, and that makes this book special."

--Conrad


Ava and Pip (Hardcover)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781402288708
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 3/2014

"The Wren Family are word nerds! Ava loves to write & is far from shy. Her older sister loves to draw & is very quiet & shy. Read along in Ava's diary and find out how Ava plans to help her sister make new friends and learn some palindromes while you're at it!"

--Jen


$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781442497443
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Published: Beach Lane Books, 9/2014
"As a farmer works in his field he watches a circus train going by. Just as the train hits a bump he sees someone fly off the back. When the farmer goes to investigate he finds a small child dressed as a clown sitting in the field. In this beautifully illustrated wordless picture book, Frazee tells the touching story of friendship and kindness as the farmer welcomes the boy into his home to feed and bathe him. All ends well as the boy rejoins his clown family, but not before someone else from the circus is left behind to follow the farmer home!"

 

--Jannis


$22.99
ISBN-13: 9780763650797
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Published: Candlewick, 7/2013

"Inspired by Buster Keaton's summer holidays during his childhood. Told in graphic novel form with beautiful watercolor illustrations!!! This book is sweet & charming for people of all ages!"

--Jen


Roller Derby Rivals (Hardcover)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780823429233
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Published: Holiday House, 7/2014

"From the author of Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (with a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) comes Roller Derby Rivals, a classic roller derby story starring babyface Gerry Murray and heel Toughie Brasuhn. It's 1948 and the New York 69th Regiment Armory is packed with people excited to see how the feud between Murray and Toughie will pan out before them in the banked track's circular confines. It's all textbook until Toughie goes for her final point pass against Murray, who sends Toughie sailing over the rail. This upbeat historic picture book is great for kids of all ages and will make you want to lace up your skates and hit the track with your favorite rival!"

--Mel


We Were Liars (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780385741262
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Published: Delacorte Press, 5/2014
"The Sinclairs are a family who have much; wealth, beauty, and dysfunction. Cadence, granddaughter and heir of the patriarch, is trying to piece together her memory after an accident in her fifteenth summer that took place on her families private island. A well told tale that will keep you guessing until the end. A great summer read!"

 

--Amie


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780803736719
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Published: Kathy Dawson Books, 2/2014
"I wasn’t surprised that I absolutely loved The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing because Sheila Turnage’s companion mystery novel, Three Times Lucky was my favorite book for intermediate readers when it was published. Mo LoBeau, its spunky 12 year old heroine, is one of the most engaging characters I have met in modern YA literature, and the wacky and endearing residents that inhabit the fictional Southern town of Tupelo Landing are colorful and fun. This compulsively readable mystery should appeal to reluctant readers of either sex and makes a perfect read-aloud for home or classroom. If you haven’t read a book by this talented author, do yourself a favor and pick up one of these novels."

--Pam


$17.95
ISBN-13: 9781576876800
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Published: POW!, 4/2014
"1 to 20, Animals Aplenty is the followup to Animal Alphabet. Viggers takes it up a notch filling the pages with humor 7 pigs in 7 wigs, 16 chickens reading Dickens! Rich illustrations and lots of animals, this book is a treat!"

--Jannis


$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780307978486
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2/2014
"Wasily Kandinsky (nicknamed Vasya) is considered one of the first abstract painters of the 20th century. Before he achieved fame as a painter, he was a boy who loved to paint the colors he heard in his head. Although he loved to paint, he followed a career into the law, but the sounds of the colors never left. Kandinsky left the law and followed his dream as a painter and eventually went on to join the Bauhaus and form the Blue Rider group of painters. Barb Rosenstock's language and Mary GrandPre's illustrations bring Kandinsky's story alive with gorgeous sweeps of words and colors that swirl around the artists. This book makes a beautiful introduction to one of the 20th century's most fascinating artists."

--Jannis


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780763662295
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Published: Candlewick, 10/2014
"Sam and Dave decide to dig a hole with their dog alongside them. They won't stop digging until they find "something spectacular." Needless to say they tire themselves out and run out of food before they find anything. But their trusty dog doesn't stop digging and therein lies the adventure. Caldecott award winners Barnett and Klassen have created a deceptively simple book filled with clever clues that children will enjoy discovering as they read this unique adventure story."

 

--Jannis


$9.99
ISBN-13: 9781449446208
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 9/2014
"Odd Phoebe wants a friend to think she's awesome. Arrogant Marigold Heavenly Nostrils wants someone to bask in her unicorn awesomeness. Can a quirky fourth grader and a snooty unicorn become best friends? You'll have to read to find out! This middle grade comic will make you laugh and will charm you, and you'll want to share it with all the fourth graders, unicorns, and best friends in your life."

--Mel


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780763666484
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Published: Candlewick, 4/2014

"This picture book has it all. A boy and his dragon! Beautiful splashes of color among black and white pages! Hidden pictures! Counting different items on each page! Follow along and help find the lost dragon. Great fun for everyone! A book to be shared!"

--Jen


Twerp (Paperback)

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780375971457
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Published: Yearling, 5/2014
"Julian Twerski opts for writing a journal of his sixth grade year instead of a report on Shakespeare but, avoids mention of the incident that got him and his friends suspended for a week from school. That’s the story his teacher most wants him to recount and so do we. Julian isn’t proud of the incident that resulted in a “slow” kid on their block getting injured but, he doesn’t consider himself a bully either. What we get, in his journal, is a series stories that contain a lots of humor along with a good measure of heart that reminded me somewhat of Twain’s Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Finally, we learn about that incident that got him in trouble. This book, based on the author’s experiences growing up in a 1960’s neighborhood of Queens, sparkles with crisp true to life dialogue that perfectly captures the awkward antics of adolescent boys."

--Pam


Noggin (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781442458727
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 4/2014

"Have you heard of cryonics? That’s when instead of someone completely dying, science freezes the head and hopes for a cure for whatever ails you, and also hopes to figure out a way to do something with a head. That’s what happened to leukemia patient Travis Coates, only they came up with a solution, attaching his head to the body of another deceased fellow, this one with a brain tumor. It’s only been five years, but a lot has changed. His best friend is in college now, but still hiding a secret. His family, overwhelmed to see him, has their own secret. When it comes to his girlfriend Cate, it’s no secret she’s engaged to another guy. To Travis, it all just happened yesterday, so how is someone expected to grow up in that period of time? Don’t expect a lot of science talk in this follow up to Printz and Morris award winner, Where Things Come Back, as Noggin is more teen angst than tech, but it’s also good natured, funny, and ponders some interesting philosophical questions."

--Daniel


$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780062290366
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Published: Harper, 7/2014
"This book opens with Kelsea, 19 year old Princess, raised in isolation for her protection, as she journeys to ascend her throne, trailed by many who wish her killed. Her only protection is the Tearling Sapphire, a powerful magical jewel and the loyal Queen’s guard headed by stoic Lazarus. During her exile, she was educated but, kept in the dark about the state of her kingdom and the devil’s bargain her ineffectual mother, the Queen made with the neighboring Mortmesne. Upon her arrival, she sets in motion an act that will bring down the wrath of the powerful Sorceress, the Red Queen of Mortmesne. I really enjoyed this novel featuring a young but determined female character who doesn’t know whom she can trust. It is filled with political intrigue, magic and adventure."

--Pam


Blue on Blue (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781442412675
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Published: Beach Lane Books, 9/2014
"The story opens with a beautiful sunny sky over a house by a lake. But soon a thunderstorm rolls in that doesn't seem as if it's ever going to stop until just as suddenly it does, and the sun come beaming out from the clouds. Beth Krommes’ rich, woodcut-like illustrations are a perfect match for the simple rhyming text. This gorgeous book is a great addition for storytime or the classroom."

 

--Jannis


The Baby Tree (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780399257186
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books, 5/2014
"A nameless boy is told that a new baby is coming. He has hundreds of questions about where babies come from and is given varying answers from his babysitter, teacher, grandfather and even the mailman. He checks the doorstep every day, but no baby arrives. He finally asks his parents who give him the age appropriate answers. Sophie Blackall's humorous illustrations of the ideas the boy envisions are fabulous, especially the swaddled babies that leave the hospital on their own. Blackall also provides answers to further questions in the back of the book. There is always a need for picture books to help answer children's questions about reproduction, and this fits the bill for the preschool and kindergarten set."

--Jannis


Say What You Will (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780062271105
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Published: Harper Teen, 6/2014
"Amy and Matthew have known of each other since elementary school but have never really spoken to one another. That soon changes after Matthew becomes Amy's peer assistant. Amy has cerebral palsy and speaks through a computer. Matthew sees through her cheerful optimism and Amy sees Matthew's quirks for what they really are, OCD. Soon their friendship turns into something more. This is a well told story that gives voice to those not often heard from, teens with disabilities."

--Jannis


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780062104922
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Published: Harper Torch, 4/2014

"Just when they thought it was safe to live out their happily ever after, best friends Agatha and Sophie get sucked back into the magical world where the vanquished Evil Headmaster of the School for Good and Evil has been replaced by Dean Evelyn Sader in the brand new School for Girls and Boys. The princes live in squalor as refugees cast out of the castle, the male students and professors have turned Evil Hall into Lord of the Flies, the female students are training for war and learning how to rescue themselves, and the Storian has gone missing. Agatha and Sophie must find the Storian and rewrite their ending to undo the chaos one little wish has caused--a wish that threatens to divide boys from girls forever. Will Agatha and Sophie's friendship survive this dangerous new world where the lines between good and evil, boys and girls is hopelessly blurred? How will they choose between their friendship and the wish for happily ever after? This middle-grade fantasy takes the wonder of Chainani's The School for Good and Evil to new heights."

--Mel


$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781442459472
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1/2014
"The block is kind of boring for fifteen-year-old Allen “Ali” Brooks until two brothers move in next door: suddenly his stoop in Bed-Stuy is full of freestyle rap, comic book art, and really loud curse words. See, Needles—the oldest of the brothers—has Tourette's syndrome. Embarrassed of his brother, Noodles learns the hard way what it means to have someone’s back after the three boys find themselves in a heap of trouble with the local heavies. Ali’s Mom, Doris, and his little sister, Jazz, can’t bail them out. The only person they can turn to is Ali’s estranged father, but Ali doesn’t want to ruin his father’s chances to move back in with the family. Faced with difficult decisions, Ali has to think fast and grow up faster if he wants to keep himself, his family, and his friends intact. With tones of House Party, Jason Reynolds’s debut novel, When I Was the Greatest, is a well-written and easy to read slice of life novel that is tense and tender. "

--Mel


$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780385376709
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers, 9/2014
"In this charming follow up to 2013's Dream Animals, children find their imagination taking flight. A boy lies in the grass watching the clouds form into a dragon, only to find himself taking a ride on that very dragon on the next double-page spread. Two friends walk through the halls of a museum past a medieval tapestry of a unicorn, then chase each other on black and white unicorns through the forest. Day Dreamers is a richly illustrated children’s book, and a wonderful ode to the power of children's fantasies and dreams."

--Jannis


$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780062252067
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Published: Greenwillow Books, 4/2014
"I have always loved the beautiful graphic quality and bright primary colors of Michael Hall's artwork and this book is no exception. When five carpenter ants living in an old stump hear a loud noise, one of them is convinced it is an aardvark waiting to devour them. They discover different splashes of primary colors with each new hole drilled to investigate the situation. The suspicious ant comes up with increasingly elaborate and hilarious explanations about what the aardvark is doing. This book would make a delightful read-aloud for parents or educators of young children. Don't Miss Michael Hall coming to the Shorewood Library on Thursday, May 8th at 4:00 and make sure you check out some of his earlier books because they are all great."

--Pam