Thursday, December 18, 2014

Read This! Easy Readers

by Cynthia Rylant

***Guest post by Miss Patricia***

Annie is the next door neighbor and cousin to Henry (from the Henry and Mudge series). They are also best friends. Annie lives in a not-so-pretty house with her dad and her bunny, Snowball. She thinks her house is plain and she wants pretty! Henry comes up with an idea, and with his help, Annie's house turns from a plain house to a pretty house! This is the second book of Annie and Snowball:Their Adventures series.
Young readers will enjoy this companion to the Henry and Mudge series. There are mini chapters and engaging illustrations. There are between ten and thirty words per page.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Read This! Grades 5-6

by Heather Vogel Frederick

Truly Lovejoy's dad moves her whole family from Austin, Texas to Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, after he returns from the war in Afghanistan. She is an almost six-foot-tall twelve year old, and she sticks out like a sore thumb in such a small town. And there is an awful lot of snow in New Hampshire in the middle of January. Truly's dad is running a bookstore, and recruits her to help with inventory in the store. Inside a used copy of Charlotte's Web, Truly finds a mysterious letter that starts a treasure hunt all through the town with her new friends, investigating lots of different community places and finding a lot of new clues! Truly finds out more about her family, about Pumpkin Falls, and about her new friends as she leads the hunt!
This is an interesting mystery, and Truly is a great narrator. The Lovejoy family has its issues, certainly, but at their core they are a warm and supportive family going through some rough transitions. This is a great book for many kids who love mysteries or realistic fiction - fans of Sharon Creech or Blue Baillet should also try this one!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Read This! Easy Readers NonFiction

We recently started adding some new books to our easy reader section - popular fact subjects for kids to browse! We have easy readers spread throughout the non-fiction section in their subject area still, but are now adding a smaller easy-to-look-through, beginning reader books on different awesome subjects!

by Alyse Sweeney

Mudpuppies are eel-looking slimy creatures that live in fresh water. This book contains a few facts with large, full color pictures. Each page has between 10 and 20 words, and the vocabulary is appropriate. At the end is a glossary with words and definitions, and a page with suggestions for further reading and exploration of the Mudpuppy world!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Read This! Adults

by Robert Galbraith

When famous British fashion model Lula Landry (nicknamed "the Cuckoo"by the paparazzi) falls to her death from her apartment balcony, the incident is deemed a suicide. The model's stepbrother hires Cormoran Strike, a down-and-out private investigator because he doesn't think that she committed suicide, but instead thinks that his sister was pushed. There are a few threads of evidence hanging to support his theory, but they are thin, and Cormoran doesn't have high hopes of giving his client the answers he is looking for. Although when the P.I. starts pulling at the threads, things become unraveled quickly, and the more he discovers, the more questions he has.
This is a noir-style investigative thriller that fans of British P.I.s will love. The author, Robert Galbraith, is really Harry Potter's author J.K. Rowling, and she does a superb job of writing something completely different than the magical stories of wizards. There is a second book featuring the same detective, Cormoran Strike and his "gal Friday," Robin, titled The Silkworm.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Read This! Picture Books

by Chris Monroe

This is a cumulative tale (think I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly or The House That Jack Built) about a bug on a bike and all of the different creatures (some living, some non-living like a nickel) he encounters who he invites on a bike ride to somewhere special. All of the participants know that they are pursuing something amazing and going someplace wonderful, but not one of them knows where. In the end, they find out they are going to the Bug on a Bike's Birthday Party and it is a ton of fun! The Bug on a Bike's favorite part is when he sees his friends enjoying his party.
The illustrations are bright and weird and hilarious. The rhyming is weird and funny and interesting. There is a pickle lifting weights, there are clams eating nachos, there is a frog wearing'll have to try it to find out the rest! This is an excellent read aloud, even for 2 or 3rd graders, because it is silly and funny and they will try (though they may not succeed it is so complicated ) to memorize the cumulative excitement!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Read This! Grades 4-6

by R.J. Palacio

Mr. Browne, the amazing teacher from Wonder, brings us a precept for every day of the year! A precept is "a command or principle intended especially as a general rule of action," or, as Mr. Browne explains it to his students, precepts are "words to live by." Some are submitted by his students, and some are famous quotes, fortune cookie fortunes, and recognizable catchphrases or taglines. Each gives the reader something to think about. At the end of every month, Mr. Browne writes a little musing or an anecdote from his life.
Anyone who is a fan of quotes will love this, and anyone who loved the book "Wonder" will really and truly love this. And since EVERYONE who has read Wonder has loved it, we can intimate that EVERYONE will love this collection!