Thursday, November 12, 2009

Finn plans to spend the summer reading and talking to as few people as possible. He plans to speak to no more than 12 people all summer. Then Johanna moves in next door and after three days he's spoken to 6 people - 3 of them people he didn't even know when summer began. This summer is going all wrong, but it seems right. Read this book for a laugh and a cry. Grades 4 - 7 check availablity of Notes from the Dog by Gary Paulsen.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Owen is out running on a trail with his best and only friend Josie, his dog. Josie chases down and picks up a bloody rag, gross. They follow the trail which leads them to an injured girl with sparkling green eyes. She asks Owen for help to get back to her planet before it's too late. Find out if Owen can help by reading Signal by Cynthia DeFelice. For grades 4 and up.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

I just finished reading the The Blue Shoe by Roderick Townley. I was intrigued within the first five pages to find out more about the beautiful blue shoe created by the town cobbler Grel, for a very mysterious stranger. This is a tale of thievery, villainy, sorcery, friendship and of course one magical blue shoe.
Great read for grades 4 and up.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
by Barbara O'Connor

Ignore the cover art, open the book, and read!
Popeye, so named because his Uncle Dooley shot him in the eye with a BB gun, has resigned himself to a long boring summer. But things in his boring town get awfully interesting when the big, silver motor home gets stuck in the mud, and therefore stuck in town, for who knows how long. Popeye meets Elvis, and the two boys go looking for adventure. They find it.
Grades 4-6

Monday, October 26, 2009

Did you know that librarians are a group of people that not only help you find the information you need, but help the government keep the world safe from international spies and other mean people. Steve Brixton learned this the hard way, when a group of librarians suspect that he's one of the bad guys. Read all about it in The Case of the Case of the Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett. Grades 3 - 5. Check availability.

A Taste for Red by Lewis Harris, tells the story of a girl who thinks she's a vampire. She's not. Unfortunately her teacher is, and somebody has to stop her before she sucks the life out of every student in the school. Grades 4 and up. Check availability.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children by Keith McGowan

Did you ever wonder if that child eating witch in Hansel and Gretel had relatives who were still out there? Well she does. And, with the destruction of forests, they've moved to the suburbs. One could live next door to you. Sol and Connie discovered that one lived next door to them and she still loved a roasted child. Grades 4 and up.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Unknowns
by Benedict Carey

Adjacent is a place where nothing happens. It's an island with a bunch of delapidated trailers between a nuclear power plant and a dump. Then three people disappear. The first two nobody really noticed, but when Mrs Clarke disappears Diaphanta (Lady Di) and Tamir al-Khwarizmi (Tom Jones)decide they have to do something. In her trailer they find a clue 3 + 4 = 5. Mrs Clarke tutored them in math so they know it's not what it seems. Recommended for grades 5 and up.
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Forget Me Not
by Coleen Murtagh Paratore

This book is a perfect mix of friends, family, and romance. It's part of a series, the first book is The Wedding Planner's Daughter , but I jumped in at this book, no problem. I'm looking forward to reading the first three I missed!
Recommended for grades 5 and up.

Monday, July 20, 2009

The realtor didn't tell them that the former owner had been accused of embezzling a large sum of money and had been murdered in the home, or that the case was still unsolved, or that the kid living next door was a total loser. So, Logan and his family move in and now the summer is one mystery after another. For mystery fans ages 9 and up. Check availability

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Calling all comic book superhero fans! Here is a book for you. Sixth grader Josh has one cool secret, but it soon could be his demise. You see everything that happens to Mascot, superhero sidekick to Captain Major in the comic book happens to Josh. Will he be able to save Mascot and in turn save himself? Find out by reading Mascot to the Rescue by Peter David with illustrations by famed comic book artist Collen Doran. For superhero fans ages 8 and up. Check availability

Thursday, April 02, 2009

The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry

Orphaned Lucinda has toiled her life away in her Uncle's jewelry shop, with nothing extraordinary happening. Then one day a mysterious women enters the shop with a unusual gem and her whole life changes forever. Definitely a great read for fans of fairy tales and magical moments. Grades 5 and up.Check availability

Friday, March 27, 2009

How to Scratch a Wombat: Where to Find It . . . What to Feed It . . . Why It Sleeps All Day by Jackie French, illustrated by Bruce Whatley

The author and illustrator of the charming Diary of a Wombat return with this fascinating and hilarious non-fiction account of living with wombats. Jackie French has been a wombat rehabilitator in her native Australia for many years and has included countless anecdotes about her charges, from the wombat that could count to the wombat who learned how to make a lever. You'll start dreaming of a trip to Australia just to observe these fascinating marsupials! Recommended for Grades 2-6.
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Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest: Where Birds Begin by Irene Kelly

Did you know that after a Gila Woodpecker pecks a hole in a saguaro cactus for her nest, she sometimes takes in roommates--an elf owl and a Western Blind Snake?! Or how about that a tailorbird sews up a leaf with spider silk to create her nest? No? Well, get ready for some real surprises. From super simple to suprisingly complex, bird homes are just about as varied as human homes. Recommended for grades 1-4.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Always in Trouble by Corinne Demas.

Emma's dog Toby, was always in trouble. Emma tried giving him more attention. Emma tried dog school. Can Toby learn to behave? A fun read for everyone who's ever had a dog who misbehaved. Ages 3 and up. Check availability

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm

Conveying how a complex system works in simple language is no mean feat, but the authors have done it. The luminous artwork doesn't hurt, either! The story describes how plants transform sunlight into food and how that in turn powers all life on this planet--including us! Cool science. Recommended for Grades 2 and up. Check availability

Who's Haunting the White House? The President's Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There by Jeff Belanger, illustrated by Rick Powell

It's no suprise that a building as storied as the White House has been the site of many, many ghostly encounters through the centuries. This straightforward reporting of spectres and eerie, time-twisting occurrences uses real testimony--from presidents to butlers. Are there really ghosts in the White House? You'll have to read and decide for yourself! Recommended for Grades 3 and up. Check availability

Monday, February 09, 2009

Home on the Range: John A. Lomax and His Cowboy Songs by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by S.D. Schindler

When John Lomax was growing up in Texas back in the 1800s, he loved to listen to the songs sung by local cowboys. He loved them so much, he started collecting them. Little did he know that his boyhood collection would turn into his life's work! This picture book biography of America's premiere folklorist is both one man's story about persevering over the naysayers and an engaging introduction to the history of history--specifically the idea that telling the stories of everyday people is just as important as telling about kings and battles. Recommended for grades 3-6. Check availability

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
Amanda and Leo are best friends no longer. Born on the same day, they've celebrated their birthdays together every year until Leo said something unforgivable at their 10th. Now their 11th birthday has come and it's the worst night of Amanda's life. Only something curious happens, when she wakes up it's her 11th birthday AGAIN. And AGAIN. What do all these re-dos mean? And can she figure out how to re-do things right? A funny and magical read for kids in grades 4-6. Check availability

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Little Beauty by Anthony Browne

A warm story of a gentle giant who knew he needed a friend.
Family read for ages 2-6.
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Monday, January 12, 2009

Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
Picture book author Jan Thomas has done it again (A Birthday for Cow!). Simple, adorable humor. Three dust bunnies are trying to show us their rhyming abilities, while a fourth is trying to show us his survival instincts. What are the dust bunnies in your house up to? Fun family read ages 2-8.
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Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash by Wendelin Van Draanen.

As Sammy is sneaking into our grandmother's apartment in the senior's only building where she lives, a stranger is on his way out. Really out, but before his last breath he gives Sammy a bundle of money and tells her to throw it away. But, how can Sammy throw away money, but then how is she going to explain her sudden wealth? And who is this guy and where did the money come from? For mystery lovers in grades 4 and up. Check availability

Friday, January 09, 2009

The Leanin' Dog by K.A. Nuzum

This story is about the power of friendship. An unlikely friendship between a young girl who is afraid to step off her porch into the wintery Colorado world, and an injured dog who is not ready to trust, or to come in out of the cold. Together they figure out a way to take care of each other. This story will tug at your heart and leave you wanting to pass it on to another lucky reader.
Grades 4-6

Thursday, January 08, 2009

The Kids Have Spoken . . .

On January 26 the winner of the 2009 Caldecott Medal will be announced. The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually "to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children".

Now the committee that decides who gets the award is generally made up of librarians, and they usually pick well, but we at the WPL also like to see who the children would have picked. To that end, our Stories and More crew, all in kindergarten through third grade, took a look at some 30 or so of the potential nominees. Looking carefully at the pictures, the kids selected their favorites and voted. Here are this year's picks:

Winners (it was a tie!):
Tadpole Rex by Kurt Cyrus
Night of the Veggie Monster by George McClements

Honor Books (aka the runners up):
Swing! by Rufus Butler Seder
We Are the Ship: the Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

I'll Pass For Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War by Anita Silvey

Long before women were officially allowed to serve in the armed forces of this country, they did anyway! During the Civil War, there were dozens of examples of girls and women who donned soldier's gear to join the fight--on both the Union and Confederate sides. This short history looks at the female soldiers we know about: why they did it, their battle experience, and how they managed to conceal their gender from their comrades in arms. Recommended for grades 5 and up. Check availability

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States; illustrations and foreward by David Catrow

David Catrow, who specializes in illustration of the hilarious variety, makes the Preamble of the Constitution accessible to everyone, except perhaps people with no appreciation for freedom, happiness or humor. He has plenty and it shows in the riotous depiction of a backyard camping trip that also underscores the deeper meaning of the words. Recommended for all ages! Check availability

The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Bruce Ingman

A lonely Pencil creates some friends--a whole world, in fact. Everything goes swimmingly until the complaints start rolling in, someone wants different ears, someone else wants better sneakers. So Pencil creates ERASER. Then things really start to wipe out! Recommended for grades K-3.Check availability