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Staff Pick: Carbonel the King of the Cats

Staff Pick: Carbonel the King of the Cats

Carbonel King of the Cats

Rosemary’s plan to clean houses during her summer break and surprise her mother with the money she earns hits a snag when an old lady at the market talks her into buying a second-rate broom and a cat she can’t even afford to keep.

Inquisitive and adventurous children, talking cats, and flying rocking chairs and brooms = an endearing jFiction comfort series, which also includes The Kingdom of Carbonel (2009); and Carbonel and Calidor (2009). Yes, magic and witchcraft are involved. Author Barbara Sleigh (1906-1982) worked for the BBC Children’s Hour, so it’s not surprising that meanness is vanquished in this New York Review Children’s Collection trio. The illustrations are charming in this 1955 book that was reissued in 2004 and in the sequels that the New York Review Collection added five years later.

Recommended by: Diane Palguta, College Avenue Branch

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Sidekicked

Sidekicked

Sidekicked

Thirteen-year-old Andrew Bean goes to school, attends after school meetings, does his homework and appears at the dinner table on time. He’s probably a lot like you and a lot like the kid sitting next to you in Math and the girl a couple rows over in English. Drew’s not super smart  – no ribbons for knowing the most answers. He’s not super athletic – no trophies for being fast or strong.

What Drew is…is sensitive. In fact, you might say he is super sensitive. He feels and sees and hears things other people don’t. He also smells things other people don’t…from like, a couple miles away. Because Drew is not ordinary. Drew is extraordinary. He  is not just super sensitive. He is SUPER sensitive…Drew is “The Sensationalist”…Sidekick to the Superhero “The Titan” and owner of the most acute set of five senses on the planet.

The club Drew goes to after school is the Highview Environmental Revitalization Organization (H.E.R.O.), which is top secret and no ordinary club. Drew and the other five members are all Sidekicks, each one matched with a Superhero mentor. Drew’s friends all have super powers too and can do something to help their Super save the day when trouble comes calling. What can Drew do? He can SENSE trouble coming. Which is cool. But not quite as cool as taking care of business once trouble arrives! It’s hard to take on an arch nemesis with super powered tastebuds.

If you could have a super power what would you pick? Great eyesight? Bionic hearing? A super sense of smell? Huh. No. Those are supposed to be EXTRAS to go along with super strength or invisibility or flying! But Drew does his best with what he’s got. He’s got a pretty good utility belt that comes in handy when he doesn’t forget it in his locker. He also has his Super, of course, which is cool…well, it WOULD be cool having a Super except “The Titan” never shows up. Ever. If your Super never shows up…do you really have one?

When a long thought dead super villain returns and Supers begin disappearing, Drew has to pull his middle school self together and figure out what to do. “The Code” says he is a Sidekick with clearly defined rules about how to be hero support for his Super. But his Super has decided to do nothing. If the people who are SUPPOSED to step up when things go wrong…people like “The Titan,”…what if those people can’t or won’t do the work? What should a kid do? Stand around and wait for someone else to show up and save the day?

No. What you can do is try to figure out what the villain is up to as well as what a hero is supposed to do about it. Sound easy? It isn’t. Even if you are a Super. You can’t make somebody else a hero, but you can choose to be one.

If you liked how Drew has to figure out how to step up when it seems like the people in charge are letting him down, try one of these books about other kids in the same situation. They might not have super powers but they know how step up and take care of business.

Waiting for Normal Also Known as Harper Adam Canfield of the Slash

If you like books about superhero – try one of these, or try to draw a hero. Make up your own. What kind of powers would your superhero have?

Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy The Hero Revealed Sidekicks NERDS HIVE
Sky High Heroes Draw Your Own Superheroes How to Draw Justice League How to Draw Comic Book Heroes
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Talk Like a Pirate Day

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Today, September 19, 2013 is Talk Like a Pirate Day! Argh! To celebrate, you can read Pirates of the Caribbean Stories Right Now! All you need is your IndyPL Library Card. Still wanting pirate adventure? – Deadweather and Sunrise is great for that!

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Read Pirates of the Caribbean Movie Storybook – The mysterious broken-hearted spirit called Davy Jones has a score to settle with Captain Jack Sparrow. Years ago, Jack promised his soul to Davy, and now the sad and angry spirit is going to force Jack to make good on his promise. As if things weren’t bad enough, Jack has once again dragged Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann into his mess. Can they possibly escape a force as dark and terrible as Davy Jones? Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card. Also available to Read Right Now:

Deadweather & Sunrise

Egg’s Cinderella-like (the servant part, not the princess part) life is changed overnight when his family disappears and he is taken in by the wealthy Mr. Pembroke. Egg thinks life in the Pembroke mansion is pretty sweet. Does he miss his family? Kinda. He doesn’t miss being the family servant at all. Doesn’t miss doing extra chores. Doesn’t miss getting spit on.

But when he discovers that Mr. Pembroke is up to something involving a map of his family’s plantation, Egg starts to suspect that there’s something fishy about the reason Mr. Pembroke suddenly wants to adopt him. And besides, he doesn’t want Millicent Pembroke to be his SISTER. He wants her to be his WIFE.

With the help of Guts, a one-handed cabin boy and Millicent, Egg sets sail on a small boat to return to Deadweather, the pirate-infested island that is home to the plantation and a small army of pirate field hands.

Mr. Pembroke thinks there is a treasure there. Egg’s father thought there was a treasure there. If there is a treasure there, Egg is going to find it and his band of misfit pirate friends have his back. A funny, smashbuckling, treasure hunting adventure in the spirit of Pirates of the Caribbean. Looking forward to book 2. Author: Geoff Rodkey

 

Non-Fiction:

Pirates Pirates’ Tools for Life at Sea Life Under the Pirate Code The Most Famous Pirates
Pirate Ships Ahoy! John Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America

Easy Chapter Books (jE):

Pirates Past Noon The Pirate with the Golden Tooth Pirate Queen The Haunting of Pirate Cove
Ghost Pirate Treasure Curse of the Pirate Mist The Big Book of Pirates Uncle Pirate
Swashbuckle School Treasure Trouble Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt Curse of Snake Island

Chapter Books (j):

Treasure Island Peter Pan Missee Lee Swiss Family Robinson
Sargasso Skies Worse Things Happen at Sea! Deadweather and Sunrise Captain Hannah Pritchard
Voyage of the Sea Wolf The Ship of Lost Souls High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate The Pirate Captain’s Daughter
Blackbeard Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Lily and the Pirates The Outcasts

eBooks:

PiratesMagic PiratesNoon PirateHighSky PiratesBoxcar

Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Read Right Now! Pirates of the Caribbean Books

Read Right Now! Pirates of the Caribbean Books
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Read Pirates of the Caribbean Movie Storybook – The mysterious broken-hearted spirit called Davy Jones has a score to settle with Captain Jack Sparrow. Years ago, Jack promised his soul to Davy, and now the sad and angry spirit is going to force Jack to make good on his promise. As if things weren’t bad enough, Jack has once again dragged Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann into his mess. Can they possibly escape a force as dark and terrible as Davy Jones? Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.

More Pirates of the Caribbean ALWAYS AVAILABLE Disney Digital Books:

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Read Right Now! John Henry & Front Porch Tales

Read Right Now! John Henry & Front Porch Tales
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Watch John Henry – Retells the life of the legendary African American who races against a steam drill to cut through a mountain. Try these activities at home:

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Read Front Porch Tales – These laugh-out-loud stories from New Hampshire and Vermont are set during the four seasons of the year. Included are: “Mothah Skunk” and the night she had to move out with her kits because Sherman Curtis smelled so bad; the escapades of Big Gertie Benson, the lumberjack’s cook and a cousin of the Bunyans in the Midwest; and George Petty, who delivered the mail even during mud season by standing on the back of his horse with only his head sticking out.

 

 

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