Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Read This! Nonfiction for Kids Grades 4-6

The Giant and How He Humbugged America
by Jim Murphy



Jim Murphy always writes really interesting non-fiction books, including An American Plague, about the yellow fever epidemic, and The Real Benedict Arnold.  This particular true life story is about some farmers who discovered a petrified giant on their property in upstate New York in the late 1800s.  Enter in town tours, freak shows and the great P.T. Barnum -- and a questionable "scientific discussion" with lots of differing opinions from businessmen, professors and scientists.

Anyone who enjoys archaeology, hoaxes, science and a great story will like this book.  It's long, but the author tries to really tell the reader about the personalities and background of the people involved.  Jim Murphy paints a picture of what was going on in America at the time of this story, and there are plenty of photographs and illustrations that go along with different aspects of the tale.  There are a few other archaeological hoaxes discussed in the back.  There is also a bit of information throughout the story that involves the Onondaga Native Americans.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Make Something! Adults

by Kathy Strahs

This book boasts that it has more than 200 Perfect-Every-Time Recipes for Making Panini - and lots of other things - on your panini press or other countertop grill. We're pretty sure there is something for everyone in here! The first chapter covers paninis and other grills, citing great ways to clean them, opportunities to encorperate veggies and fruits, and what kinds of breads to use. Here's what recipes are first on our list:
Chicken bacon Melt Panini
Grilled Shrimp Panini with Pesto, Feta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Lemon-Basil Grilled Cheese Panini
For dessert: PB &J POUNDCAKE Panini

There are a lot more recipes to choose from - fish, vegetarian, beef, pork and more. This is chock full of great ideas! The recipes and directions are clear and concise.

Maybe you wouldn't buy a cookbook with such a honed subject matter for your kitchen, so you should take it out of the library! We have tons of specialty cookbooks to help you go WILD with inspiration for dinner (and breakfast and lunch too!)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Read This! Grades 5-6

Doll Bones
by Holly Black



Doll Bones was a contender for the Newbery Award this year, and became a Newbery Honor book.  The title evokes something creepy and scary and the story does not disappoint.  Three friends, Alice, Poppy and Zach, have always played a game together where they used their imagination and went on grand adventures.  Now that they are in middle school, Zach must quit the game to be on the basketball team to please his father.  Poppy gets them together for one last adventure -- a real one this time, because one of the dolls, who they call "The Queen," has been coming to her in a dream and telling her that they must help a wandering spirit of a young girl rest eternally. Creepy, creepy, creepy.

This is NOT for everyone.  This is NOT for every kid.  But there are some 5th and 6th and even 7th graders that this story is perfect for.  If you liked Coraline or The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, or The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright, you might really dig this story.  It is a quest for the main characters, but there is a lot of super creepy images and things that give you the chills.  If you aren't into the potential doll-being-possessed story, this is not for you.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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