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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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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

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.

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

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!

Move over, Nancy Drew.  Make way for Agatha, Girl of Mystery.  This headstrong Londoner detective jets off on exotic international adventures with her bodyguard and loyal cat.  There are already six books in the series available here at Hoover Public Library.  Book 7 just came out yesterday and is on order.  Book 8 (which will be my favorite since it involves giraffes) will be published in May 2015.

  1. The Curse of the Pharaoh 
  2. The Pearl of Bengal
  3. The King of Scotland's Sword
  4. The Heist at Niagara Falls
  5. The Eiffel Tower Incident
  6. The Treasure of the Bermuda Triangle
  7. The Crown of Venice
  8. The Kenyan Expedition

This series by Sir Steve Stevenson was originally written in Italian.  The author's real name is Mario Pasqualotto.