Despereaux is a lovable big-eared underdog, um, mouse. When he’s born, he’s too small and his ears are too big and his eyes are weird. He’s so puny no one thinks he will even live. Even his own mother describes him as a disappointment. Now that’s sad. And as he grows, he’s just not good at being a mouse, but he’s got dreams, big ones. Go see the movie (opens Dec. 19), sure, but don’t miss the book, Despereaux might be tiny but he’s one mighty mouse. Author: Kate DiCamillo
Since Warner Bros. delayed the release of the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie until July, 2009, (rats!) we can at least look forward to this little piece of Harry Potter’s World. The Tales of Beedle the Bard, the book Dumbledore gave Hermonie in his will, is available today! Don’t wait – if you want to a read a copy from the library, place that hold right now! The book has six tales in it: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and the one we all remember, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” It even includes some notes by Dumbledore. (sniff.) Author: J.K. Rowling
FYI if you decide to buy it: From every sale of this book, Scholastic (the publisher) will give its net proceeds to the CHILDREN’S HIGH LEVEL GROUP, a charity cofounded in 2005 by J.K. Rowling and Baroness Nicholson. This group works to promote children’s rights and make their lives better. Very nice.
Mibs Beaumont is almost ready to turn thirteen and waiting to finally find out what her special talent is going to be. In Mibs’ family, turning 13 is more than just growing into your natural talents, like playing the violin or scoring soccer goals or being good at listening to other people’s troubles. In Mibs’ family turning thirteen means growing into your savvy. Mibs’ Great-aunt Jules could step back twenty minutes in time every time she sneezed. Her cousin Olive can melt ice with a single red-hot stare. Mibs’ can’t wait to figure out what she’ll get..but she’s kind of scared too. Because these talents, however magical, are also dangerous. Her savvy could be something cool, like x-ray vision. It could be something dangerous, like fire, or worse, something boring!
When Mibs’ Dad is in a terrible accident all she really wants is the savvy power of healing. She’s so sure that this is her destiny, she manages to highjack a bus in an attempt to get to the hospital and prove her talents before it’s too late. As if she isn’t in trouble enough, her brothers and the preacher’s kids are all stowaways! On the bus, Mibs’ savvy starts to show, and it isn’t at all what she had in mind! If Mibs’ can finally get the bus to the hospital, will her savvy make any difference at all? Author: Ingrid Law
This one is optioned for a movie by the same people who made the Narnia movies, Holes, The Bridge to Terabithia and Because of Winn-Dixie. If I could, I’d buy my ticket today.
This Rapunzel is no princess in distress waiting to be rescued, in fact, she’s an Old West cowgirl ready for action. She can handle those braids like Indiana Jones and his whip. When Rapunzel discovers that she is indeed strandard in the tower until death, she makes a daring escape and discovers the truth about her stay in the tower and about what lies behind the wall that encircles her kingdom. She sets out to right the many wrongs that have been done against her and the people she cares about. This one is a graphic novel – it looks like a comic book inside. Take a look at the excerpt to see what I mean – it is action packed and a lot of fun! Author: Shannon Hale Illustrator: Nathan Hale
Franny, Pru, and Cat all live on Gumm Street in the town of Sherbet. Three girls with three different personalities. The fact is, they don’t even like each other. But then some weird things begin to happen on their street…about the time a girl named Ivy moves in. First, a man claiming to be 122 years-old gives Ivy some familiar looking red slippers and then disappears. Then, a once in a lifetime storm blows through bringing with it a mysterious women who won’t give up until the red slippers are hers. The four girls put aside their differences to face off against the wicked witc…I mean woman. If you like The Wizard of Oz you’ll like visiting Sherbet and the adventure that happens to four girls there. Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow & the Lion all learned a lot in Oz – these four girls do too – especially about what it is to be a good friend. Author & Illustrator: Elise Primavera