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Books We Like

Here are our  home-grown booklists, developed by our staff in Youth Services.  Remember, reading levels and interests vary greatly.   Feel free to ask a librarian for guidance. We are happy to help!

 

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Posted January 24, 2014 | Posted in Kids Books

In a Victorian boarding school story, sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle’s unconventional upbringing in India leads her to the day she foresees her mother’s death. Her vision turns out to be true. With her mother gone, her father sends her back to England, and enrolls her at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. (read the rest…)

The Watsons Go Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Posted January 24, 2014 | Posted in Kids Books

This is a very fun, family read that boys or girls would enjoy. It is about a family with 3 children that live in Flint, Michigan. They go on a road trip to Birmingham, AL and learn several important life lessons along the way. Lots of funny anecdotes. It has a bit of a “Christmas (read the rest…)

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Posted January 24, 2014 | Posted in Kids Books

I really enjoyed this story. A bit of a tear jerker. I love the friendship between Pheobe and Sal. Their shared “loss” of a mother brings them close and Sal learns to accept her friends quirky behavior by trying to understand the sadness behind it. Discovering the storyline twist was sad and yet clarifying all (read the rest…)

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman

Posted January 10, 2014 | Posted in Kids Books

A sweet, lighthearted story of friendship with a touch of romance. Tara Bernstein, 12, is preparing for her Bat Mitzvah but, as she ponders her mixed Hindu and Jewish heritage (her Indian mother converted to Judaism), she wonders whether having a Bat Mitzvah is the right thing for her.  She is also reluctant to acknowledge (read the rest…)

Amy and the Missing Puppy by Callie Barkley

Posted January 10, 2014 | Posted in Kids Books

Introducing The Critter Club.  Amy and her friends solve a canine caper in this start to a pet-friendly illustrated chapter book series. It’s Spring Break in Santa Vista, and everyone has big plans…everyone except for Amy, as her best friends head out of town on exciting adventures, Amy resigns herself to helping out at her (read the rest…)

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