May 28, 2017

It’s a bittersweet week in the library…the last week of book check-outs this school year. I’d much rather be putting books into children’s hands. However, I also have a professional responsibility to maintain our collection. I’ll need the last three weeks of school to do inventory and attempt to get back all those books! I’ll spend these weeks showing students how to access the public library online catalog and how to access eBooks.

Here are a few titles you might enjoy.  But before that, I need to share the Wonder official movie trailer because our students have been waiting for it.

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Wonder official movie trailer coming to theaters in November 2017. #choosekind

In honor of Memorial Day, here is a delightful new picture book.

Rolling Thunder, (2017)

words by Kate Messner and pictures by Greg Ruth

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Goodreads summary: 

Lines of bikes are miles long,
shining, half a million strong.
Rumbling, grumbling, engines roar.
Peace signs. High fives. Spirits soar.

Every Memorial Day in Washington, DC, more than a million veterans and their supporters gather for the Rolling Thunder® Ride for Freedom, a demonstration that pays tribute to the men and women of the US armed forces. This lyrical story honors the bravery and sacrifice of those American heroes — the ones who have returned home, and the ones who haven’t.

Check out author Kate Messner’s website.

A library volunteer shared with me that her family has recently discovered the Templeton Twins which gave me the nudge to let everyone else know about these two hybrids by Ellis Weiner.

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea (Templeton Twins #1), (2012)

words by Ellis Weiner and words by Jeremy Holmes

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Goodreads summary: Suppose there were 12-year-old twins, a boy and girl named John and Abigail Templeton. Let’s say John was pragmatic and played the drums, and Abigail was theoretical and solved cryptic crosswords. Now suppose their father was a brilliant, if sometimes confused, inventor. And suppose that another set of twins-adults-named Dean D. Dean and Dan D. Dean, kidnapped the Templeton twins and their ridiculous dog in order to get their father to turn over one of his genius (sort of) inventions. Yes, I said kidnapped. Wouldn’t it be fun to read about that? Oh please. It would so. Luckily for you, this is just the first in a series perfect for boys and girls who are smart, clever, and funny (just like the twins), and enjoy reading adventurous stories (who doesn’t? ).

Watch the The Templeton Twins Have an Idea book trailer.

The next two books are for our action/adventure readers.

The Door in the Alley (The Explorers #1), (2017)

by Adrienne Kress

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Goodreads summary: Featuring a mysterious society, a secretive past, and a pig in a teeny hat, The Explorers: The Door in the Alley is the first book in a new series for fans of The Name of This Book Is a Secret and The Mysterious Benedict Society. Knock once if you can find it—but only members are allowed inside.

This is one of those stories that start with a pig in a teeny hat. It’s not the one you’re thinking about. (This story is way better than that one.)

This pig-in-a-teeny-hat story starts when a very uninquisitive boy stumbles upon a very mysterious society. After that, there is danger and adventure; there are missing persons, hired thugs, a hidden box, a lost map, and famous explorers; and also a girl on a rescue mission.

The Explorers: The Door in the Alley is the first book in a series that is sure to hit young readers right in the funny bone.

Watch an interview with author Adrienne Kress talk about The Explorers: The Door in the Alley.

I haven’t read this first book in the upcoming trilogy yet but I’m hearing rave reviews. My pal Melissa Guerrette created the educator’s guide for this book. Check out her blog.

The Shadow Cipher (York #1), (2017)

by Laura Ruby

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Goodreads summary: It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.

Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment house—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long-held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.

From National Book Award Finalist Laura Ruby comes a visionary epic set in a New York City at once familiar and wholly unexpected.

Check out author Laura Ruby’s website.

I’m almost finished reading this next book. I am enjoying learning about Amina and her family and their Muslim religion.

Amina’s Voice, (2017)

by Hena Khan

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Goodreads summary: A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community in this sweet and moving middle grade novel from the award-winning author of It’s Ramadan, Curious George and Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns.

Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she’s in middle school everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the “cool” girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something more “American.” Does Amina need to start changing too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina grapples with these questions, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized.

Amina’s Voice brings to life the joys and challenges of a young Pakistani American and highlights the many ways in which one girl’s voice can help bring a diverse community together to love and support each other.

Check out author Hena Khan’s website.

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