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Reading Snapshot 28

This will be our final Reading Snapshot post.  This blog series did what I hoped it would do -- help our staff increase their reading.  Now, we're focusing on broadening our reading horizons with a new initiative called Reading Wildly.  You can follow our progress on Pinterest.
Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko (#3)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney (#9)
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
Gabriel Finley & the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen
The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes
The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims by Rush Limbaugh (#1)
Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon G. Flake
Vietnam: Walking Wounded by Chris Lynch (#5)

Annexed by Sharon Dogar
The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
Dangerous Deceptions by Sarah Zettel (#2)
Death Cloud by Andrew Lane (#1)
Halley: A Novel by Faye Gibbons
Playing for the Commandant by Suzy Zail

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Perfect Pair #5

This month focuses on world travel -- the good, the bad, and the funny.  Now let's meet December's Perfect Pair.  

  • Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions by Lenore Look (2014)
    Alvin, an Asian American second grader who’s afraid of everything, is taking his fears to a whole new level—or should we say, continent. On a Winter Break trip to introduce brand-new baby Ho to relatives in China, Alvin’s anxiety is at fever pitch. First there’s the harrowing 16-hour plane ride; then there’s a whole slew of cultural differences to contend with: eating lunch food for breakfast, kung fu lessons, and acupuncture treatment (yikes!). Not to mention the crowds that make it easy for a small boy to get lost.
  • Not-for-Parents China: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know by Scott Forbes (2012)
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    In this book you'll hear fascinating tales about ancient empires, martial arts, the discovery of gunpowder and the first cup of tea. Check out cool stories about ice sculptures, dust storms, bloodthirsty warriors and dragons. You'll find acrobats, fighting crickets, futuristic buildings and some seriously weird snacks.
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Bo at Iditarod Creek

One of my favorite books of 2013 was Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill.  It's reminiscent of the Little House on the Prairie series but with a more rough-and-tumble feel.  The story is set in a 1920s Alaskan gold mining community after all.  And the less-traditional family unit (two dads with an adopted daughter) and the community's multicultural mix resonates strongly with the modern reader.  The sequel, Bo at Iditarod Creek, comes out today.  Change is coming.  The family is moving upriver . . . and possibly growing.  I can't wait to see what happens next!

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The Sounds of Movies

I love going to the movies.  And, during the holiday season, I seem to go to a lot of them.  Last year, I saw a little movie you may have heard of -- Frozen.  And during the opening song, my sister and I turned to each other and said, "This is going to be good."  During the second song (what I call the Ice Lumberjack Song), we turned to each other and said, "We need to go buy the soundtrack."  Most movies feature fantastic music.  And we have quite a collection of soundtracks in the Kid Zone.  Here's just a few of the titles available.

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My True Love Gave to Me

I am a sucker for a good holiday movie.  Actually, I'm a sucker for a bad holiday movie too.  Especially a romance.  The only thing I like more is a good holiday romance book written by one of my favorite authors.  The only thing I like even more than THAT is a good holiday romance book written by twelve of my favorite authors.

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

  • "Midnights" by Rainbow Rowell
  • "The Lady and the Fox" by Kelly Link
  • "Angels in the Snow" by Matt de la Peña
  • "Polaris Is Where You'll Find Me" by Jenny Han
  • "It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown" by Stephanie Perkins
  • "Your Temporary Santa" by David Levithan
  • "Krampuslauf" by Holly Black
  • "What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth?" by Gayle Forman
  • "Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus" by Myra McEntire
  • "Welcome to Christmas, CA" by Kiersten White
  • "Star of Bethlehem" by Ally Carter
  • "The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer" by Laini Taylor

Also available in ebook and downloadable audiobook

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War of the World Records

As long as I have worked here at Hoover Public Library, The Guinness Book of World Records has been super-popular with young readers.  It's filled with mind-blowing facts and fascinating trivia.  And it's all true!  If you're one of the kids that are obsessed with record holders AND like an entertaining fictional story, you will definitely want to grab these two books by Matthew Ward.

  1. The Fantastic Family Whipple
    Most Crème Brulée Eaten in One Minute.  Highest Number of Matching Outfits Worn by a Stuffed Toy and Its Owner.  Youngest Person to Summit the Third-Highest Mountain in the World.  These are just three of the 49,521 records won by Arthur’s twelve brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, unlike his siblings, Arthur hasn’t broken a single, solitary world record! But when the Whipples suffer a spate of catastrophes and a curious amount of attention from a pair of irregularly sized and unusually menacing clowns, Arthur might be the only one who can save his family from losing their collective crown . . . or worse.
  2. War of the World Records
    The rivalry between the Whipples and the Goldwins escalates to an all-out war as the World Record World Championships draw near. When sinister clowns Overkill and Undercut cause a regulation game of hide-and-seek to go horrifically wrong, recordless Arthur Whipple and his unlikely ally, Ruby Goldwin, set out to catch the clowns’ mysterious boss, known only as “the Treasurer.” The young detectives follow the clues through darkened alleyways, dingy nightclubs, and the gothic halls of the World Record Archives, where they unravel the mystery of the Lyon’s Curse and the secrets of their fathers’ shared past. In the end, Arthur must fight to save his family as he struggles to earn his first world record and prove himself worthy of the Whipple name.
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Soar with Pegasus

Ladies (and gentlemen too), are you a fan of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series?  Do you love stories that are equal parts myth and action?  Are you familiar with Kate O'Hearn's Pegasus series?  Trust me, you'll love it.  A normal thirteen-year-old girl is thrust into a battle between Roman gods and stone warriors.  Why?  Because Pegasus crashed onto her Manhattan roof during a storm.  Their latest adventures were published yesterday.  Find all four books at the Hoover Public Library.

  1. The Flame of Olympus
  2. Olympus at War
  3. The New Olympians
  4. Origins of Olympus
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Ice Ice Baby

There's twice the ice in today's blog post.  That's because there are two wintry fiction books coming out tomorrow, November 25, 2014. 

  1. Whatever After: Cold as Ice by Sarah Mlynowski (#6)
    Brrrrrrrr. This fairy tale is FREEZING!  Even though my brother and I had decided to stay away from the magic mirror, our puppy had other plans — he bounded right in. What choice did we have but to go in after him?  When we land in a winter wonderland, we realize we must be in the story of The Snow Queen. And this fairy tale is nothing like the movie. This Snow Queen is super-mean, and she turns our dog into an ice sculpture!
    To get home we'll have to:  

    - Defrost our furry friend
    - Ride a very chatty reindeer
    - Learn to ice-skate
    - Escape from a band of robbers

    And if we're not careful . . . we could end up frozen ourselves!

  2. Recon Team Angel: Ice War by Brian Falkner (#3)
    February 2033. Things are not good. Recon Team Angel has been shut down, and if the alien forces manage to cross the frozen Bering Strait from Russia into Alaska, then humanity has lost the war. So far the aliens seem to be marshaling their resources, preparing for their invasion. But something isn’t right—at the control center, two Navy Seal teams have vanished without a trace. Did they lose their way on the ice? Or is something terrible happening? Recon Team Angel is secretly reinstated and authorized to investigate. What will they find in the frozen tundra? This could be their most chilling mission yet.

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Your Life as a . . .

You may have noticed that the Kid Zone at the Hoover Public Library has a lot of books.  A LOT.  I've been here almost 15 years, and even I don't know every single title we have.  Proof?  The other day, while helping a teacher find books for her students, I stumbled upon an amazing nonfiction series that I had never seen before.  It's so stellar I decided to blog about it.  And here we are.  Each title in The Way It Was series starts with "Your Life as a" and focuses on the adventure and hardships of specific moments from history.  The premise is that the reader has been assigned a part in the school play.  The reader (that's YOU!) assumes the role and learns along the way.  There are seven books in the series.

  1. Your Life as a Cabin Attendant on the Titanic
  2. Your Life as a Cabin Boy on a Pirate Ship
  3. Your Life as a Pharaoh in Ancient Egypt
  4. Your Life as a Pioneer on the Oregon Trail
  5. Your Life as a Private on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  6. Your Life as a Settler in Colonial America
  7. Your Life as an Explorer on a Viking Ship
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TJI: Talk Turkey Tweets

This Just In! book clubbers turned into bird brains last night.  After we talked about all the great new books we'd been reading, we challenged ourselves to create Talk Turkey Tweets.  Limiting your enthusiasm to only 140 characters?  Definitely a challenge.  But take a look at our creations.  And keep your eye on the library's Twitter feed.  You might spot a few of them amongst the tweets.

Aidan = Treasure Hunters by James Patterson
Austin = Big Nate: Mr. Popularity by Lincoln Peirce / Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
Carlie = Spirit Animals: Against the Tide by Tui T. Sutherland
Carson =Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild! by Lincoln Peirce
Diallo = Chemistry: Getting a Big Reaction by Dan Green
Faith = Spy Force by Deborah Abela
Jessica =Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
J.P. = The Incomplete Book of Dragons: A Guide to Dragon Species by Cressida Cowell
Miss Katie Jane = The Map Trap by Andrew Clements
Kira = Everyday Angel: New Beginnings by Victoria Schwab
Liam = Pie by Sarah Weeks
Olivia = Ballet Shoes by Noel Streetfeild
Sawyer = Goddess Girls: Cassandra the Lucky by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
Will = Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy by S. F. Guerra

Our next book club for grades 4-6 will meet on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.  Simply read a book published in the last six months, then register online or by phone (444-7830) to be part of the fun.  This Just In! will Get Cinematic with our commercials in December.  We'll create a video using iMovie.  You won't want to miss that!

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