Monday Children’s Book Reviews for January 9, 2012

Some brand-new books for a brand-new year! I hope you find them as interesting as I do.

Hound Dog True by Linda Urban

“Mattie, a shy fifth-grader, wants to hide at her new school by acting as an apprentice to her Uncle Potluck, the custodian, but only when her plan falls apart does she begin to see how one small, brave act can lead to finding a friend who is “hound dog true.” From the author of A Crooked Kind of Perfect.               [J URBAN, L.]

How Tia Lola Ended Up Starting Over by Julia Alvarez

A final installment in the Tia Lola series. “Welcome to Tia Lola’s bed and breakfast! With the help of her niece and nephew and the three Sword Sisters, Tía Lola is opening the doors of Colonel Charlebois’ grand old Vermont house to visitors from all over. But Tía Lola and the children soon realize that running a B & B isn’t as easy they had initially thought–especially when it appears that someone is out to sabotage them! Will Tía Lola and the kids discover who’s behind the plot to make their B & B fail? And will Tía Lola’s family and friends be able to plan her a surprise birthday party in her own B & B without her finding out?”         [J ALVAREZ]

Mousenet by Prudence Breitrose

“When ten-year-old Megan helps her uncle invent the Thumbtop, the world’s smallest computer, mice are overjoyed, and they want one for every mouse hole.

“The Big Cheese, leader of the Mouse Nation, has orders: follow that girl — even if it means high-tailing it to Megan’s new home on the other side of the country. While Megan struggles as the new girl, the mice watch, waiting for their chance. But when they tell Megan the biggest secret in the history of the world – -mice have evolved, and they need her help — she isn’t sure anyone will believe her. With all of Mouse Nation behind her, Megan could become the most powerful girl alive, but just how will she create a Thumptop for every mouse?”                     [J BREITROSE]

Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck

“In the beloved tradition of The Borrowers, The Tale of Desperaux, and The Cricket in Times Square, here is an irresistible adventure story of the tiny individuals who secretly live among us humans.

“Helena is the oldest of four mouse siblings who live in the walls of the Cranston estate. It is 1887 when the nouveau riche Cranstons decide to take a cruise ship to England in search of a husband for their awkward older daughter. The Cranston mice stow away in the luggage . . . and so begins the time of their lives, as they meet intriguing, cosmopolitan mice onboard and take it upon themselves to help the human Cranston daughters find love. They might just find perfect futures for themselves as well!”                 [J PECK]

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