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
Killer Pizza is a pizza shop that serves really tasty pizza pies…and it’s a whole lot more. Killer Pizza is the front for a top-secret monster fighting organization that recruits and trains top notch monster hunters.
High School students Toby, Strobe and Annabel were recruited in Killer Pizza. In this new adventure, Killer Pizza:The Slice, they are official Monster Combat Officers. A monster has defected and is seeking asylym in the monster protection program.
Toby, Strobe and Annabel are assigned the task of helping this monster learn about human culture while keeping it safe from it’s pursuers who want it back, really bad. The kids are perfect teachers because the defecting monster can take two forms: a giant snake with poisonous spit…or a drop-dead gorgeous teenage girl. As always, these Monster Combat Officers are ready for action. Author: Greg Taylor
This book is laid out like a comic book – it’s full of drawings, pictures and all kinds of freaky facts about the things that usually scare us: monsters, UFOs, vampires, mummies, ghosts, haunted houses, and lots more scary stuff. For each freaky thing you get an explanation of the science behind it – either why the thing appears the way it does or why the thing is impossible. There’s nothing like a little bit of hard science to take the chill out of scary stuff. Of course some of the stuff remains gross…even if it isn’t scary anymore. So beware! Author: Steven O’Meara
The Last Apprentice series is about Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, who is an apprentice to the village spook. The spook’s job is to protect the village from ghouls, boggarts, witches and all kinds of nasty, scary creatures. Tom has all kinds of adventures with creepy creatures he has to outsmart and out-conjure. The author relishes the descriptions of creepiness that will give you goosebumps. These are great Halloween reading.
A Coven of Witches is a companion to the series. It includes three short stories: “Meg Skelton,” “Dirty Dora,” “Alice and the Brain Guzzler,” & “The Banshee Witch.” Who can resist a story about a brain guzzler!! These are sort of like R.L. Stine Goosebumps books…but without the silliness. These are much, much better. Author: Joseph Delaney; Series: The Last Apprentice
Mary Hahn always delivers creepy. In this tale Florence is headed to her Uncle’s estate. She’s been in an orphanage and has high hopes for a new life in the country. What she gets is a dead cousin who is determined to recreate the circumstances of her death and substitute someone else in her place.