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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for January 19, 2015

coming homeComing Home by Greg Ruth

“Every day, soldiers leave their families to protect others.
We love them. We miss them when they’re gone.
And we want them all to come home.
They are our heroes.

“An uplifting, relatable story combines sparse text with evocative illustrations that follow a young boy and his dog as they wait for a beloved military parent to return home.”                                             [JPB RUTH]

watcherThe Watcher by Joan Hiatt Harlow

“1942. Berlin, Germany. How did Wendy end up in such a place? Just a few months ago, she was enjoying her time in Maine, supporting the American war effort.

“But she was kidnapped, then betrayed by her own mother, who is actually a Nazi spy. As a new Berliner—and now a German—Wendy is expected to speak in a language she’s never known and support a cause she doesn’t believe in.

“There are allies, though, among the Germans. Allies who have been watching over Wendy since she arrived. And Wendy, along with her new German shepherd puppy, must confront them. If only she can find them.

“Her life depends on it.”                                    [J HARLOW]

malala a brave girlMalala: A Brave Girl from Pakistan\Iqbal: A Brave Boy from Pakistan by Jeanette Winter

“Meet two heroes of Pakistan who stood up for the rights to freedom and education in these inspirational nonfiction tales from acclaimed author-illustrator Jeanette Winter. Two stories of bravery in one beautiful book—including the story of Malala Yousafzai, a winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize!

“One country: Pakistan. Two children: Iqbal Masih and Malala Yousafzai. Each was unafraid to speak out. He, against inhumane child slavery in the carpet trade. She, for the right of girls to attend school. Both were shot by those who disagreed with them—he in 1995, she in 2012. Iqbal was killed instantly; Malala miraculously survived and continues to speak out around the world. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her work.

“The stories of these two courageous children whose bravery transcended their youth, beautifully written and illustrated by celebrated author Jeanette Winter, are an inspiration to all.”    [J311.31092 WINTER]

bat cannot batA Bat Cannot Bat, a Stair Cannot Stare: More About Homonyms and Homophones by Brian P. Cleary

A Bat Cannot Bat, a Stair Cannot Stare: More about Homonyms and Homophones turns traditional grammar lessons on end! Read and reread this book aloud and delight in the sense—and nonsense—of words.”               [J428.1 CLEARY]


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 4, 2013

Booksale Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Join the Friends of the Union City Library for their November book sale!  Gently used hardback and paperback books, children’s books, DVDs and music CDs.  All proceeds support library programs.

Monster Needs a Costume by Paul Czajak

“As Halloween nears, Monster tries out a variety of costumes, including a cowboy, a ballerina, and a ninja, but finally comes up with the perfect idea.”                        [JPB CZAJAK]

United We Spy by Ally Carter

“Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie – and her country – forever.”       [J CARTER]

Is This Panama? A Migration Story by Jan Thornhill

“When Sammy, a young Wilson’s warbler, wakes up one frosty August morning near the Arctic Circle, he instinctively knows that it’s time to make his first migratory journey south to Panama. But there’s one problem — where’s Panama? All the other warblers having left without him, Sammy sets off on his journey by himself, stopping to ask the same question of each of the different animals that he meets along the way: ‘Is this Panama?’

“From the caribou heading to his winter forest to the monarch butterflies flitting to Mexico, every animal has a different destination and different advice for Sammy on how to find his way. Finally, a flock of his warbler cousins shows Sammy that finding Panama is as easy as following the stars.”  [J591.568 THORNHILL]

Art Lab For Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media by Susan Schwake

“A refreshing source of ideas for creating fine art with children, Art Lab for Kids encourages the artist’s own voice, marks, and style. This fun and creative book features 52 fine art projects set into weekly lessons, beginning with drawing, moving through painting and printmaking, and then building to paper collage and mixed media. Each lesson features and relates to the work and style of a contemporary artist.”          [J702.8 SCHWAKE]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 29, 2013

20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street by Mark Lee

“One ice-cream truck selling everything sweet breaks down and blocks the middle of our street.
If you’re a little boy on a bike, an ice-cream truck on your street is always a welcome sight. But what if the truck breaks down and blocks the mail truck behind it (now there are two), not to mention a third truck carrying hay? One by one, trucks of all types and sizes and functions are sure to pile up behind, offering ample opportunity for ogling — and counting. And maybe the boy’s idea for putting one of the trucks to good use might even save the day!”                      [JPB LEE]

The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher

Fans of the humor and clever clues in the Sammy Keyes books will enjoy The Wig in the Window, first in Kristen Kittscher’s funny middle-grade mystery series. Best friends and seventh graders Sophie Young and Grace Yang have made a game out of spying on their neighbors. On one of their midnight stakeouts, they witness a terrifying, bloody scene at the home of their bizarre middle-school counselor Dr. Charlotte Agford (also known as Dr. Awkward). At least, they think they do. The truth is that Dr. Agford was only making her famous pickled beets. But when Dr. Agford begins acting even weirder than usual, Sophie and Grace become convinced that she’s hiding something—and they’re determined to find out what it is. Soon the girls are breaking secret codes, being followed by a strange blue car, and tailing strangers with unibrows and Texas accents. But as their investigation heats up, Sophie and Grace start to crack under the pressure. Will solving the case destroy their friendship?                       [J KITTSCHER]

Pedal It! How Bicycles Are Changing the World by Michelle Mulder

“Pedal It! celebrates the humble bicycle—from the very first boneshakers to the sleek racing bikes of today, from handlebars to spokes to gear sprockets—and shows you why and how bikes can make the world a better place. Not only can bikes be used to power computers and generators, they can also reduce pollution, promote wellness and get a package across a crowded city—fast! Pedal It! encourages young readers to be part of the joy of cycling.”         [J629.2272 MULDER]


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