Category Archives: Adventure

Staff Pick: City of Fire

Staff Pick: City of Fire

City of Fire

Twelve-year-old Scirye and her companions travel to Houlani, a new Hawaiian island created by magic, where they enlist the help of volcano goddess Pele in an attempt to stop an evil dragon and a mysterious man from altering the universe.

Scirye’s sister died preventing the theft of a great treasure. Now Scirye must go after the thieves, Mr. Roland and the evil dragon, Badik, to recover the treasure and avenge her sister’s death. Her companions are Bayang- a dragon, Leech- a boy with mysterious powers, and the secretive Koko. Together they find the thieves on a magical new Hawaiian island, and meet the volcano goddess Pele. This is the first book in the City trilogy.

Recommended by: Karen Perry – Franklin Road

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Staff Pick – The Screaming Staircase

Staff Pick – The Screaming Staircase

The Screaming Staircase

Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.

Could you spend the night in a haunted house? London, England has a problem – unfriendly ghosts come out at night – and only kids have the psychic ability to see and get rid of them. Lucy Carlyle joins the only “ghost-busting” business run by another kid: Anthony Lockwood. With their third partner, George, they take on the biggest case in town. Will they solve the case and get the money, or will the Screaming Staircase get them?

Recommended by: Melissa Wooten – Glendale

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Listen Right Now! African Tales

Listen Right Now! African Tales

Mufaro Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (Africa) Mufaro’s two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife. Caldecott Honor Book; Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner, 1988

Mosquitoes Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears (West Africa) A mosquito’s lie sets off a series of reactions in the jungle that results in the owl’s refusal to wake the sun and the lion’s decision to call a meeting of the animals. Caldecott Medal.

Village Village of Round and Square Houses (Cameroon, Africa) A grandmother explains to her listeners why in their village on the side of a volcano the men live insquare houses and the women in round ones. Caldecott Honor Book.

AStory A Story, A Story: an African Tale (Africa) Many African stories, whether or not they are about Kwaku Ananse the “spider man,” are called, “Spider Stories.” This book is about how that came to be. Caldecott Medal, 1971.

Anansi Anansi Goes to Lunch (Africa) When three friends invite Anansi the Spider to lunch on the same day, he learns a lesson about greed.
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Kid Review: Dog Tags #3 Prisoners of War

Kid Review: Dog Tags #3 Prisoners of War

Newly arrived on the Western front and assigned as a medic, Rivera finds himself in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge, cut off behind enemy lines–and his only companion is a Nazi trained Doberman pinscher.

Kid Review:

“I like this book” ~David

I know that isn’t much to go on, but David liked it, and I’d never noticed this book series before. The summary sounds really good and The Battle of the Bulge is interesting learn about – let alone imagining actually being there.

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Books:

There come a soldier Pure Grit World War II: the Final Years
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Kid Review: The Magic Cake Shop

Kid Review: The Magic Cake Shop

The Magic Cake Shop

When ten-year-old Emma Burblee’s beautiful but snobbish parents banish her to Nummington for the summer with her loathsome Uncle Simon, she is befriended by the seemingly magical town baker, Mr. Crackle, who soon becomes a target of Simon and his associate.

I loved this book because it was about baking. Even though it was fiction, it had a wonderful storyline to it. I hope that people can read it all the time and it gets put in my school library!! Girls and boys, request and read this book. Yes, it was that good!!

Recommended by: Erica

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