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Stuart Gibbs Does It Again

Stuart Gibbs has written several excellent mystery series.  One of the series features Teddy Fitzroy, a young detective with a heart for animals.  He solves mysteries at an animal-focused tourist attraction called FunJungle.  In the first book, Belly Up, Teddy is trying to figure out who murdered their mascot Henry the Hippo.  In Poached, Teddy is trying to clear his own name when Kazoo the Koala goes missing. Now Teddy Fitzroy is facing his toughest case yet in Big Game.

When someone takes aim at Rhonda Rhino, FunJungle’s pregnant (and endangered) white rhinoceros, the zoo steps up security measures in order to protect this rare animal and her baby. But the extra security isn’t enough—someone is still getting too close for comfort. Teddy starts to suspect that whoever is after Rhonda is really after her horn, which is worth a lot of money on the black market. For the first time ever, the head of the zoo enlists Teddy for help—for once, he doesn’t have to sneak around in order to investigate—and the results are even more wacky, and even more dangerous, than ever before.

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Eric Carle Nonsense

Eric Carle is one of the most beloved picture book creators of all time.  For years, children have devoured The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  They've reached for Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me.  How will they react to his newest title, The Nonsense Show?   They'll laugh at the strange and the downright preposterous.  A mouse catching a cat?  Ducks growing out of bananas?!  And they'll be forced to think.  What's true?  What's impossible?  The Nonsense Show will spark creativity and imagination and prepare children for a lifetime of loving both words and art.

ART BONUS!
The Nonsense Show is a wonderful introduction to surrealism.  If you love it (and you will), you should look at The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Eric Carle's homage to expressionism and the artist Franz Marc.

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Family History Month

October is Family History Month, a time to remember our roots and explore our unique histories.  There are many ways you can celebrate, but I recommend reading and sharing this new nonfiction book.  It will help you get started talking with your children (or your students) about their family heritage.

In the New World: A Family in Two Centuries by Christa Holtei, illustrated by Gerda Raidt, translated from German by Susi Woofter

"This portrait of two generations of a family, separated by 150 years, provides a forthright account of the 19th-century German immigrant experience. Subheads break the text into brief blocks as Holtei details the particulars of the Peters family’s 1869 move from their small German farm to the United States, explaining the financial necessity for their relocation, the hardships of the move, and the strains and rewards of their two-month journey to Nebraska. Raidt’s crisp pictures, a mix of spot illustrations and dramatic wordless spreads, showcase a diversity of landscapes, from a bustling Hamburg port to the equally busy streets of post–Civil War New Orleans and the sweeping plains where the family builds its farm, thanks to the Homestead Act. A page turn brings readers to the present day, as the Peters’s descendants travel to Germany to explore their roots. While this reverse journey doesn’t get the same weight and attention as the first one, it draws a clear line between past and present that will likely leave children curious about their own family histories." (from Publisher's Weekly review)

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Perfect Pair #15

October's pair is perfect for people who want to read something seasonal . . . but not too spooky.

  • Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon by Kate DiCamillo (2015)
    J  DIC  FIRST CHAPTER BOOK / J  DIC  AB
    Francine Poulet is the greatest animal control officer in Gizzford County.  She's battled snakes, outwitted squirrels, and stared down a bear.  She is never scared--until, that is, she's faced with a screaming raccoon that may or may not be a ghost.  Maybe Francine isn't cut out to be an animal control officer after all!  But the raccoon is still on the loose, and the folks on Deckawoo Drive need Francine back.  Can she face her fears, round up the raccoon, and return to the ranks of Animal Control?
  • Raccoons in the Dark by Jean Claude O'Mara (2013)
    E  599.76  OMA  BEGINNING READER

    Raccoons are called "nature's bandits" for some very good reasons. The black "mask" over their eyes and their talent at stealing food are just two. These nocturnal animals can be found nearly everywhere, even your backyard.
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Carry On, Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell won us over with Eleanor & Park, the story of two star-crossed misfits who fall in love on a school bus in 1986.  She followed that stunner with the nerd power ballad, Fangirl.  Her latest endeavor to wow the world is called Carry On.  Remember Simon Snow, the fictional character that fuels Cath's fandom in Fangirl?  Well, Carry On tells his story.

"Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right. Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up. Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters."

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The Magnus Chase Is On!

Rick Riordan, the man who re-invigorated Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology for today's young readers, has turned his creative mind to Norse mythology for his latest series -- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.  The first book, The Sword of Summer, came out today, October 6, 2015.  Click on the title to add your name to the waiting list.

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . . .

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Full-Color Harry Potter

Muggles who love Harry Potter better watch out.  The new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is sure to [get out your wands] STUPEFY!  Artist Jim Kay has created over 100 full-color panels for the book.

"Seeing Jim Kay's illustrations moved me profoundly.  I love his interpretation of Harry Potter's world, and I feel honored and grateful that he has lent his talent to it."
- J.K. Rowling

This is a great way to re-visit a beloved series.  It's also good for readers who are just being introduced to the magic of Harry Potter.  The illustrated edition comes out tomorrow, October 6, 2015.
 

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Scooby's Kidz Kitchen

Scooby-Doo, where are you?  Chef Scooby and his assistant Shaggy will be whipping up some of their favorite spooky treats in Scooby's Kidz Kitchen on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.  The trouble is . . .  they are terrible cooks and are always forgetting their ingredients. They need your help to uncover the secret ingredient for each recipe.  Hand craft your own monster doughnut, crunchy spider, and a Halloween pizza.  Plus, decorate a chef hat and make your own Scooby-Dooby-Doo puppet.  You do not have to RSVP to be part of this tasty program.  Simpy follow the stars to the Kidz Kitchen.

BOOK BONUS!
Scooby stars in a brand-new math mystery series!
Scooby-Doo! A Numbers Comparison Mystery: The Case of the Lunchroom Gobbler
E  512.7  WEA
Scooby-Doo! A Subtraction Mystery: The Case of the Disappearing Doughnuts
E  513.2  WEA
Scooby-Doo! An Addition Mystery: The Case of the Angry Adder
E  513.2  WEA
Scooby-Doo! An Even or Odd Mystery: The Case of The Oddzilla
E  513  WEA

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Book Club & Pizza

All teens (grades 7-12) interested in being part of this school year's book club should come to the kick-off meeting this Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  It's called Book Club & Pizza, so you should have a pretty good idea about what's going to happen.  You'll eat pizza and decide what books the club wants to read.  You don't have to tell us ahead of time that you're coming.  Just show up!

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Breakfast Bonanaza with Storybook Brunch

Mr. Jeremy has taken over our once-a-month Saturday storytime.  His first Storybook Brunch will be this Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.  His theme will be Breakfast Bonanza, which means all the stories and songs and action-packed fun will feature breakfast foods.  And, as always, Storytime Brunch ends with a breakfast snack.

SOMETHING NEW!
Mr. Jeremy has added a fun new element to Storybook Brunch --  Spin a Story.  A spin of the wheel will determine one of the stories.  Keep your fingers crossed for one involving a shark! 

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