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Reading Snapshot #25

We're entering our third year of Reading Snapshots!  If you're just joining us, Reading Snapshots is a monthly blog post featuring the books our Kid Zone/Teen Spot staff have been reading.  Take a look and find your new favorite book!

Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions by Lenore Look (#6)
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money by Tommy Greenwald (#4)
Class B.U.R.P. by Jenny Meyerhoff (#2)
The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone by Tony Abbott (#1)
Elvis and the Underdogs: Secrets, Secret Service, and Room Service by Jenny Lee (#2)
The Flint Heart by Katherine Paterson & John Paterson
Good Crooks: Missing Monkey! by Mary Amato (#1)
The Great Cheese Conspiracy by Jean Van Leeuwen
A Hundred Horses by Sarah Lean
The Julian Chapter by R. J. Palacio
Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay (#1)
Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey by Alex Milway
Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific by Mary Cronk Farrell
Revolution by Deborah Wiles (#2)
Ship of Dolls by Shirley Paranteau
Star Wars Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown (#2)
Stella Batts: A Case of the Meanies by Courtney Sheinmel (#4)
Stick Dog Chases a Pizza by Tom Watson (#3)
Thrones & Bones: Frostborn by Lou Anders
Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge
What the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengren

Asylum by Madeleine Roux
Boston Jacky by L. A. Meyer (#11)
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Girls Like Us by Gail Giles
Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Red Glove by Holly Black (#2)
Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard (#3)
There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
White Cat by Holly Black (#1)

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Perfect Pair #2

It's time for the second installment in our new blog series Perfect Pair.  This dynamic duo takes a subject that is generally not considered exciting and makes it totally fun.   Let's meet September's pair!

  • The Map Trap by Andrew Clements (2014)
    Sixth-grader Alton Barnes loves maps, and when his portfolio of secret maps is stolen, he begins getting notes with orders that he must obey to get the maps back.  With the help of a popular classmate, he just might succeed before his teacher, principal, or someone else learns he has been studying and mapping things about them.
  • Ways to Find Your Way: Types of Maps by Kay Jackson (2008)
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    Picture this -- Top secret map information -- Round map? -- Our hero, the city map -- Tour guide: Road maps -- Bumpy, lumpy physical maps -- Topo-rific maps -- Counting on a map: Distribution maps -- Amazing but true! -- Hands on: Your neighborhood
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Let's Learn #6

This blog will make you happy instead of sad.  It will leave your brain full instead of empty.  If you guessed that it deals with OPPOSITES, you're right instead of wrong.

Animal Opposites: A Pop-Up Book by Petr Horácek
Baby High, Baby Low by Stella Blackstone
Back and Front by Jane Katirgis (in a series)
Big Bug by Henry Cole
Dot by Patricia Intriago
The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
A Garden of Opposites by Nancy Davis
Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper
Hippopposites by Janik Coat
Hot or Cold? by Barbara L. Webb
In and Out by Joy Frisch
Kangaroo and Cricket by Lorianne Siomades
My Book of Opposites by Britta Teckentrup
Opposites by Xavier Deneux
Opposites by Ingrid & Dieter Schubert
Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood
Quick, Slow, Mango! by Anik McGrory
The Quiet Book / The Loud Book by Deborah Underwood
Quiet, Loud by Leslie Patricelli
Skippyjon Jones Up & Down by Judith Schachner
Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright
Swing High, Swing Low: A Day of Opposites by Fiona Coward
To & Fro, Fast & Slow by Durga Bernhard
What's Opposite? by Stephen R. Swinburne
What's Up, Bear?: A Book About Opposites by Frieda Wishinsky
Whoosh and Chug! by Sebastien Braun
You and Me: We're Opposites by Harriet Ziefert

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Yes, it's true.  Wendelin Van Draanen's Sammy Keyes mystery series has been declared CASE CLOSED with the final (and 18th!) book, Sammy Keyes and the Kiss Goodbye.

Sammy doesn’t go looking for trouble, but she seems to find it everywhere. She’s forever sniffing out clues and chasing down bad guys—and driving her friends a little nuts. She’s gone up against thieves and counterfeiters and gangsters and blackmailers and murderers, and always stayed one step ahead. Until now. Last night, one of the bad guys caught up. Last night, someone followed Sammy up the fire escape and pushed her from the third story. Now she’s in the hospital, out cold. And her friends are left with the questions Sammy’s always been so good at answering: Why? How? But most of all . . . WHO? In this emotional conclusion to her beloved long-running series, Wendelin Van Draanen shows just how many lives one nosy girl can touch and pays tribute to a life well sleuthed.

It's easy to find all of Sammy's cases in the Kid Zone.  Look for the call number J  VAN.

Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is celebrating a major anniversary.  It has charmed children (and adults!) with its most amazing, most fantastic, most extraordinary tale of a candy/contest maker for 50 years!  The book continues to sell over a half million copies annually.  The two movies remain very popular (and people are very vehement about which one they prefer).  And our library is still hosting parties in its honor.

The Kid Zone will be transformed into Wonka World on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.  Kids in grades 1-3 can join Charlie and the Oompa-Loompas for fun and games in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.  You don't need a golden ticket to enter, but you do need to make a reservation.  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830) beginning today.