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Staff Pick: Dealing With Dragons

Staff Pick: Dealing With Dragons

Dealing With Dragons

Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons’ kingdom.

Cimorene is not your typical princess. In fact, she’s interested in everything a princess is not supposed to be: Magic, Juggling, Economics, Sword fighting, Latin and quite frankly anything that would make life more interesting than the mundane rituals of what is “proper.” And by proper, they mean: being a Princess waiting for some Prince to come and do everything for her. Cimorene is strong-minded, smart, stubborn and bored. She’s so bored that she runs away to live with a dragon – and finds the family and excitement she’s been looking for.

In Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede weaves a wonderful tail of action and adventure along with finding and being true to yourself. Readers young and old will enjoy this playful trip through a world full of fairy godmothers, dragons, wizards and witches that reflects on some of silliness of fairytales altogether. Read along as Cimorene discovers that you can decide your own future in a world that is constantly telling her, “It’s simply not done.”

With classes on how loudly it’s permissible to scream when being carried off by a giant to references of characters from other famous fairytales (King Author, Jack and the Beanstalk, etc), Wrede weaves a fantastically fun not your everyday fairytale that will leave you wanting more. Thankfully there is. Dealing with Dragons stands well enough on its own but it’s also the first book in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles.
All of which are available at the Indianapolis Public Library!

Recommended by: Jason Walters – Brightwood Branch Library

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Staff Pick: The Thickety a Path Begins

Staff Pick: The Thickety a Path Begins

The Thickety

When twelve-year-old Kara discovers her mother’s grimoire in the dangerous forest, she must decide if she’ll use it, even though such magic is forbidden.

When Kara is a child, she is accused of being a witch like her mother. Years later, Kara is an outsider in her village and has few friends. When a bird with one eye wants Kara to follow it into the Thickety (a dark foreboding woods that no one ventures into) it steals the necklace Kara’s mother gave her and flies into the terrible woods. In order to get the necklace back, Kara has no choice but to follow the bird into the Thickety. When she is in the Thickety she finds a strange book and later learns that she can communicate with the unusual creatures of the Thickety. Is Kara a witch like her mother after all?

Recommended by: Angi St. Clair – Lawrence Branch Library

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Staff Pick: Ghost Girl a Blue Ridge Mountain Story

Staff Pick: Ghost Girl a Blue Ridge Mountain Story

Ghost Girl

Eleven-year-old April is delighted when President and Mrs. Hoover build a school near her Madison County, Virginia, home but her family’s poverty, grief over the accidental death of her brother, and other problems may mean that April can never learn to read from the wonderful teacher, Miss Vest. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2006-2007, 6-8 Nominee.

Eleven year old April Sloane lives in an isolated area of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia in 1929. Her family has fallen on difficult times. Father lost his job. Mama suffers from depression and blames April for her brother’s death. Life is bleak for April, who can neither read nor write, until President Hoover builds a school on the mountain. The new teacher makes April feel special and introduces her to a whole new world that crashes suddenly when old secrets are revealed.
This work of historical fiction is based on information gleaned from a teacher’s letters and the author’s experiences growing up in the area. The time and setting might change, but the problems April encountered are the same as those faced by children today.

Recommended by: Linda Tegmeyer – Brightwood Branch

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Read & Listen Right Now!: Tchaikovsky

Read & Listen Right Now!: Tchaikovsky

Peter T 2 Classics for Kids eAudiobook: Classics for Kids: Learn about Tchaikovsky and his music. Listen to “The Nutcracker” and the story of his life in “About Piotr (Peter) Ilyich Tchaikovsky.”

sugar-plum-fairy-piano1 Making Music Fun Printable: Free Tchaikovsky Sheet Music


Free Tchaikovsky Downloads w/IndyPL Library Card:

Nutcracker

Using your IndyPL Library card you can download free songs from these albums featuring Tchaikovsky. Click on an album, login in to Freegal using your library card number and pin. 5 free songs a week! Freegal Directions


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Books:

Ballet Stories Duke Ellington's Nutcracker The Harlem Nutcracker Simply Fantastic Listen to the Birds an Introduction to Classical Music
Boys Who Rocked the World Usborne easy piano classics
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