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Staff Pick: Far Out Fairy Tales

Staff Pick: Far Out Fairy Tales

Far Out Fairy Tales

A compilation of five previously published fairy tales, twisted, turned inside out, and reworked for the graphic novel format.

Sean Tulien delivers five far out takes in this colorful and fun book that breathes new life into classic fairy tales. Classic Tales with Modern Twists presents Far Out Fairy Tales. Sneak along with Ninja-rella as she protects the Prince! Red Riding Hood Superhero takes on the Big Bad Wolf to save President Grandma from the destructive Big Bad Wolf-Bot! A splash of Sci-Fi brings you Snow White and the Seven Robots. Inspire young kids to read with this colorful book of tales that takes them on wonderful adventures. Each story has a summary after it with interesting facts and history about the fairy tale. It also compares the differences between the original and the new story. Help kids that don’t care for fairy tales to discover how much fun they can be.

Recommended by: Jayne Walters – Brightwood Branch

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Staff Pick: Roller Girl

Staff Pick: Roller Girl

Roller Girl

A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.

Astrid and Nicole always do everything together, including going on sometimes odd outings with Astrid’s mother. One evening, they go to a roller derby bout, and Astrid is instantly fascinated with the idea of going to roller derby camp that summer. Nicole, however, would rather go to ballet camp, and is already making friends with the same interest. When Nicole seems to betray her, the whole world spins out of control.

Astrid has to deal with roller derby camp without Nicole, the looming start of middle school at the end of the summer, and learning how to get along with a new group of friends. She turns to her idol, Rainbow Bite, for advice. Can Astrid make the transition from “Rose Dud” to Roller Girl, and keep her new friends, while still hanging on to Nicole?

Recommended by: Beth Pintal – Nora Branch

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Staff Pick: Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective: the Case of the Time Capsule Bandit

Staff Pick: Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective: the Case of the Time Capsule Bandit

The Case of the Time Capsule Bandit

Twelve-year-old Randi, unhappy about moving from Brooklyn to Deer Creek, Tennessee, after her mother’s death, soon finds new friends and a case to solve surrounding a stolen time capsule and rumors of a centuries-old treasure.

Twelve-year-old Randi Rhodes the main character in Octavia Spencer’s Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit loves all things ninja and she also enjoys detective work. Just like her father enjoys writing the detective series Glenn Street. With the passing of Randi’s mother her father moves the family from New York City to a small town named Deer Creek. Randi is not happy at all with this plan. But she meets a friend, DJ, who also loves all things ninja; with the help of another friend they take on finding the town’s missing time capsule. Readers will enjoy going on an adventure with Randi Rhodes as she tries to solve this case. Also readers will have fun learning ninja tasks like how to conduct a stakeout and how to get rid of skunk stink.

Recommended by: Denyce Malone – Flanner House Branch

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Staff Pick: Nancy Drew Mysteries The Hidden Staircase

Staff Pick: Nancy Drew Mysteries The Hidden Staircase

The Hidden Staircase

Strange things happen when Nancy investigates threats against her father and an old house said to be haunted.

In the second Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series, Nancy helps her friend Helen Corning’s relatives find out what’s behind a ghost seemingly haunting their old mansion, Twin Elms. On the day she hears about the new mystery, a man comes to the Drew home and warns Nancy that she must stay near her father, lawyer Carson Drew, who is in danger. This starts a search for Willie Wharton; a missing land owner who is connected to Mr. Drew’s most recent case. Nancy must solve the mysterious thefts and incidences at Twin Elms while looking for her father who has disappeared during his search to find Wharton.

The Nancy Drew mysteries are a long time favorite of mine because Nancy is worldly, intelligent, and brave-all things I hoped to be as I got older. The book is detailed and moves quickly, making it an exciting title for readers who look for action. While the book may have some dated terms, Nancy is still a great role model during any age. When her father disappears, Nancy is more motivated than ever to solve the mystery at Twin Oaks and find him. This is a classic story for anyone interested in an adventurous mystery.

Recommended by: Stephanie Roell – Haughville Branch

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March: Indiana Disability Awareness Month

March: Indiana Disability Awareness Month

March is Indiana Disability Awareness Month organized by the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. The Indiana Disability Awareness website has a lot of information including a free awareness kit and a recommended reading list for children.

Listed below are some selections from your own IndyPL Children’s Librarians of their favorite titles that feature characters with disabilities.

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Wonder Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.Wonder by RJ Palacio~Barb Obergfell, Outreach Services
Cool Midnight Nine-year-old Lila, born with xeroderma pigmentosum, a skin disease that make her sensitive to sunlight, makes secret plans to feel the sun’s rays on her tenth birthday. And so, she plays at night with her friends – who might or might not be real.Cool Moonlight by Angela JohnsonBarb Obergfell, Outreach Services
Spider Sparrow Spider, a baby abandoned on an English farm, grows up to be mentally slower than other children but manifests a remarkable talent for communicating with animals as he comes of age during World War II, a slower child whose quiet, calm, kind nature is a gift to everyone.Spider Sparrow by Dick King-Smith~Barb Obergfell, Outreach Services
Wonderstruck Wonderful! Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben’s story is told in words; Rose’s in pictures.Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick~Erin Moehring, Southport Branch Library and Janet Spaulding, Selection Services
A Dog Called Homeless Fifth-grader Cally Louise Fisher stops talking, partly because her father and brother never speak of her mother who died a year earlier, but visions of her mother, friendships with a homeless man and a disabled boy, and a huge dog ensure that she still communicates.A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean~Janet Spaulding, Selection Services
For the older boys and girls I highly recommend Sharon Draper’s Out Of My Mind( jFIC). It’s also a Young Hoosier Book – very well written and thought provoking. It’s about a young girl who’s body is deformed (wheelchair bound), she can’t speak and her body spasms uncontrollably at the most inopportune times. She is very bright and knows the answers to the questions teachers ask, but has no way to express her knowledge. Everyone, except her family thinks she is retarded or dumb. How frustrating that must be. Finally with the help of a special computer she is able to communicate. I couldn’t wait to read what happened next!Out of My Mind by Sharon DraperConsidered by many to be mentally disabled, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2012-2013, 6-8 Nominee.~Linda Tegmeyer, Brightwood Branch Library
I recommend:The Kaleidoscope Kid by Elaine LarsonPresents a collection of poems pointing out the variety of intellectual strengths and personality traits possessed by children with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism.~Joseph Fox, Wayne Branch Library
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