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Reading Snapshot #27

This snapshot includes lots of spooky titles.  We got carried away during the Halloween season.  But don't worry.  There are plenty of titles for people who do not enjoy being scared.  Like me.

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
The Badger Knight by Kathryn Erskine
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (#5)
The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken by Doreen Cronin (#2)
Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn
The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki
The Graham Cracker Plot by Shelley Tougas
Listening for Lucca by Suzanne M. LaFleur
The Map Trap by Andrew Clements
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
Nest by Esther Ehrlich
Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Shouldn't You Be in School? by Lemony Snicket (#3)
Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
The Whispering House by Rebecca Wade
The Witch's Boy by Kelly Barnhill

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tuchoikealso (#1)
Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tuchoikealso (#2)
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride (#1)
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (#1)
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (#3)
Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (#1)
Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine
Scowler by Daniel Kraus
The Spiritglass Charade: A Stoker & Holmes Novel by Colleen Gleason
Three Quarters Dead by Richard Peck

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Dog Tags -- A Series About Military Canines

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day.  The Hoover Public Library has been celebrating for the last week.  Did you get a chance to see the uniforms, the posters, and the Wall of Honor?  There's still time if you haven't.  Have you made a thumbprint flag to send to a local veteran?  You can stop by the Kid Zone anytime before 9 p.m. to make one.  Have you read any of the books in C. Alexander London's Dog Tags series?  Each explores the bond between soldier and dog in times of war.  Perfect for fans of animal, historical, or military fiction!

  1. Semper Fido (Marines, Black Labrador, Afghanistan)
  2. Strays (Army, German Shepherd, Vietnam)
  3. Prisoners of War (Army, Doberman, World War II)
  4. Divided We Fall (Confederate Army, Bloodhound, American Civil War)

C. Alexander London has started a new series called Tides of War.  It's based on the Navy Marine Mammal Program.  In the first book, Blood in the Water, a soldier is partnered with a search-and-recovery dolphin.  In the second book, Navy SEALS, Marines, and a sea lion will make a big splash.  Watch for Honor Bound in January 2015.

The theme for Summer Reading 2015 is Every Hero Has a Story.  We'll include lots of animal heroes in our book lists and blogs.

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A Magic Tree House Adventure

First, second, and third graders have another chance to experience A Magic Tree House Adventure at the Hoover Public Library on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.  Jack and Annie will be there, plus special guest party animal Junie B. Jones!  Hmmm, it may not be the best idea to let Junie B. anywhere near a magical time-traveling tree house.  Hopefully Philip Johnny Bob will keep her from getting into too much mischief.  Register online or by phone (444-7830).

You can find both book series in the section with light purple stickers.

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Read S'more Camping Books

This is the best time of year for camping.  Not too hot, not too cold, not too wet.  Campfires and s'mores are especially satisfying in this weather.  But if you can't make it to the great outdoors this weekend, you can do the next best thing.  Read one of these books!
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters by Lenore Look
Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping by Peggy Parrish
Camp Out!: The Ultimate Kids' Guide, from the Backyard to the Back Woods by Lynn Brunelle 
Camp Rex by Molly Idle
Camping by Sara Green
Camping by Nancy Hundal
Camping Day by Patricia Lakin
A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
The Case of the Marshmallow Monster by James Preller
Duck Tents by Lynne Berry
Follow the Trail: A Young Person's Guide to the Great Outdoors by Jessica Loy
Fred and Ted Go Camping by Peter Eastman
The Girls' Guide to Campfire Activities by Elizabeth Encarnacion
Let's Go Camping by Suzanne Slade
Let's Go Camping with Mr. Sillypants by M. K. Brown
Oh Yeah! by Tom Birdseye
Piper Reed, Campfire Girl by Kimberly Willis Holt
S Is for S'Mores: A Camping Alphabet by Helen Foster James
Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Mélanie Watt
Sleeping in a Sack: Camping Activities for Kids by Linda White
Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O'Connell George
A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements

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The Sounds of Food

November is the month of delicious food.  Think about it.  There's football tailgate paties.  There's Thanksgiving.  There's Thanksgiving leftovers.  And there are plenty of yummy treats in the Kid Zone music collection, too!  

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