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The Kidzone has programs galore as well as books, movies, and other cool stuff. Read our blog below for more information and check out our upcoming events to get an idea of what's happening at the Kidzone! Our main phone number is 205.444.7830.

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Recent Book Reviews

Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure
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A Mutiny in Time
Starry River of the Sky
Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School
Iron Hearted Violet
Jake and Lily
Paris Pan Takes the Dare
Me and the Pumpkin Queen
Read All About It!
The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Nerd Camp
The Classroom
Smells Like Dog
Mission Unstoppable
On the Road to Mr. Mineo's
The Mark of Athena
A Whole Lot of Lucky
Alien on a Rampage
One for the Murphys

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Kidzone Blog

The Final Pals in Peril Tale

M.T. Anderson is finally publishing the sixth and final Pals in Peril adventure!  This series is wildly entertaining and filled with tongue-in-cheek humor about children's book genres.  Plus, they have the best titles.  

  1. Whales on Stilts
  2. The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen
  3. Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware
  4. Agent Q, or The Smell of Danger!
  5. Zombie Mommy
  6. He Laughed with His Other Mouths

Here's a sneak peek at the plot for He Laughed with His Other Mouths:
Jasper Dash, Boy Technonaut, has built a matter transporter.  He can finally go into the deepest regions of space in search of his long-lost "father-like thing".

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This Just In!: Our New-Books Book Club Returns

I have news.  Good news!  It's almost time for another year of This Just In!, our new-books book club for Grades 4-6.  It meets one Monday night a month (September-April) at 6:30 p.m.   Read any book you want that has been published in the last six months, then bring it to the meeting.  We'll do a quick discussion of each person's book then make commercials to share with the rest of the reading world!  Sometimes these commercials involve photography and video, sometimes they are more craft based.  We like to mix it up.  We will always post our booklists and commercials to this blog after each meeting.  Registration is required because we have to keep the group small.  You can register online by clicking on the blue date.  You can also register by phone at 444-7830.

Monday, September 15, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014 

We have an entire section dedicated to new juvenile fiction books!  Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone.  Before the starred carpeting takes a left-hand turn down the hallway, you'll see a bookcase on your right.  The books have pink stickers on their spine label.  Remember, when looking for new books, THINK PINK!

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A.B.C. #9: Dewey's 500s

This is the final August Book Challenge for 2014!  It is also the trickiest of the three.  How well do you know Dewey's 500s?  Click on the blue question marks to see if you can match the Dewey Decimal number to the right science subject.

August 16, 2014 is National Honey Bee Day.  Why do these little guys get their own holiday?  Why wouldn't they?!?!  Do you know how much work they do?  Do you understand how important they are to the natural world?  If you don't, I highly recommend you read one of these books to find out the truth.  I've also included storybooks about bees.  After all, all work and no play makes for a very dull bee.

Lois Lowry has written many wonderful books, but the most popular (and controversial) is The Giver.  This quinntessential dystopian novel won the 1994 Newbery Medal.  Since then, it has sparked numerous classroom discussions and debates.  The movie adaptation, which hits theaters on August 15, 2014, is sure to do the same . . . and not just because of the subject matter.  Hollywood made some changes.  While participating in a panel at Comic-Con, Lowry addressed some of the differences between the book and the movie.  If she's satisfied, I'm satisfied.  If you haven't read the book yet (or if, like me, you need a refresher course), the Hoover Public Library can help.  We have the book in many formats.