Staff Review - Jeanette

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses

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By Ian Falconer, Ian Falconer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442450271
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 28th, 2012

Olivia is having an identity crises. She is tired of all the girls (and some of the boys) in the pink tutu and fairy princess wands. After all why not be an Indian princess? Or an African princess? There are so many choices. As we journey through the world of Olivia we see that there are many options beyond the sparkles and uniformity! And, of course, Olivia always does it her way! ~ Reviewed by Jeaentte

Malcolm at Midnight

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By W. H. Beck, Brian Lies (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547681009
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2012

Malcolm is often mistaken for a mouse, but is a rat. However, just because he is physically a rat does that mean he has to act like a rat? Or worse, a rat fink? When Malcolm (formerly a pet-shop rat and now a 5th grade pet at a local elementary school) is accused of being just that, can he solve the many mysteries that seem to keep happening? Can Malcolm clear his name, make friends with not only the other school pets (who keep their beloved school safe after the lankies (adults) and nutters (children) leave) but the nutters of his classroom (even though that is strictly forbidden)? A fantastic mix of fantasy, mystery and even a little romance! The twists and turns in are as many as the corridors of Malcolm’s new home! Fun illustrations by Brian Lies add to the adventure. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Guys Read: The Sports Pages

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ISBN: 9780061963773
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Published: Walden Pond Press - July 10th, 2012

Ten stories that will have you cheering, wrestling with questions and opponents, running and finding home plate (among other sports) from such authors (and a few surprise quests) Joseph Bruchac, Chris Crutcher, Gordon Korman and Jacqueline Woodson. Each story has hints of humor, love and trying to understand who you are and where you are going. Fun illustrations by Dan Santat. And don't forget Guys Read: Thriller and Guys Read: Funny Business. Ages 10 up. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Dumpling Days

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ISBN: 9780316125895
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2013

When Pacy and her family go to Taiwan to celebrate Grandma's 60th birthday, she is convinced that even though her mom says that they’ll have fun, Pacy will hate it. After all, moms are known for their ideas of fun being a lot different than their children’s idea of fun! When Pacy stars to really look at Taiwan she starts seeing herself in a new light. Back home she is too “Chinese” and not fitting in with her white friends and classmates, but here, she is too American. She cannot read the signs or talk with her cousins! Can she ever find a place where she can fit in? A wonderful look about balancing the “two selves” mixed in with the culture, memories and thoughts of Taiwan. Companion to The Year of the Dog and The Year of the Rat. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Tuesdays at the Castle

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ISBN: 9781599909172
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - October 30th, 2012

Every Tuesday the castle cleans house. Or more likely, magically creates new rooms, hallways and passageways. Or, will take away the same. Or edit what is already there. Princess Celie (or CeCe) has the foresight to map out the twists and turns of her beloved castle. And when danger threatens her, her siblings and her family’s claim to the throne, it is a good thing she has! Because it is up to CeCe to use this knowledge to stop an evil foreign prince from trying to take over! ~Reviewed by Jeanette

All Creatures Great And Small

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By Naoko Stoop (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781402785818
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - March 6th, 2012

The classic poem is beautifully illustrated with unique and fun illustrations. Soft tones accent the adventures of a little girl and her monkey friend as they experience the adventures told by the text. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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