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Staff Pick: D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths

Staff Pick: D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths

D'Aulaires' book of Norse myths

A collection of Norse myths describing the exploits of the Aesir gods and goddesses, beginning with the creation of the world and ending with the day of reckoning.

“Marvel’s Avengers comics have been around since the 1960s, but in the past few years their popularity has skyrocketed. Everyone I meet has heard of Captain America, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and my favorite character Thor. Thor is from Asgard, a world based on the Norse mythology of my ancestors. D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths is a beautifully illustrated version of these epic stories. All the names you’ll recognize are there; Odin, Frigga, Thor, Heimdall, Loki, Sif, and many more you’ll meet for the first time. These are the stories from which Stan Lee took his inspiration. I promise there is nothing quite like reading the originals.”

Recommended by: Emilie Lynn – East 38th Street Branch Library

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Staff Pick: The Mystery of the Missing Lion

Staff Pick: The Mystery of the Missing Lion

The Mystery of the Missing Lion

Staying with Aunty Bee at a safari camp in the Botswana countryside where a film crew is making a movie about a lion, nine-year-old Precious Ramotswe and her resourceful new friend Khumo use their detective skills to find the movie star lion when he goes missing.

“Lions and hippos and gators! Oh my! Precious Ramotswe is no ordinary girl nor are her adventures. In The Mystery of the Missing Lion: A Precious Ramotswe Mystery for Young Readers, Precious finds herself visiting her Aunt B during a movie shoot in her aunt’s camp. When a lion goes missing from the set Precious must use her extraordinary skills to help find the animal. Will Precious be able to save the day? Or, will she run into more trouble than she can handle? Are you brave enough to find out?”

Recommended by: Kamara McKinney – Spades Park Branch Library

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Staff Pick: TodHunter Moon Book One – PathFinder

Staff Pick: TodHunter Moon Book One – PathFinder

Pathfinder

13-year-old Alice TodHunter Moon goes in search of her friend Ferdie, who has been kidnapped by the malevolent Lady, encountering Septimus Heap, ExtraOrdinary Wizard, and awakening her own Magykal potential.

“For those who enjoyed Magyk and the other books in the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, there is a companion fantasy series about Alice TodHunter Moon – who goes by Tod. The first book in the series is PathFinder.

Tod is part of the PathFinder tribe, and she is beginning to learn something about her heritage as well as the dangerous secret of the PathFinders. Also, Tod and her best friend, Oskar, need to discover what is causing mysterious disappearances among the PathFinders.

For those familiar with the world of Septimus Heap, several of the characters from the earlier books do make an appearance, including Septimus and Jenna. However, this is a fresh start to a new, fun series.”

Recommended by: Keith Dinnage – Haughville Branch Library

 

 

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Staff Pick: Papa’s Mark

Staff Pick: Papa’s Mark

Papa's Mark

After his son helps him learn to write his name, Samuel T. Blow goes to the courthouse in his Southern town to cast his ballot on the first election day ever on which African Americans were allowed to vote. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2006-2007, K-3 Nominee.

Papa’s Mark is a story of determination and history. It is set in in small town called Lamar County during the 1800’s. This would be the first election that the main character Simms father would be allowed to vote. But there is one problem, Simms dad cannot write. He can only mark his signature with an X. Simms is going to help his father learn to write his name by election time. Check out the story Papa’s Mark to see if Simms is successful.

Recommended by: Denyce Malone – Flanner House Branch Library

 

 

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Winnie : the true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie : the true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie : the true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

When Harry Colebourn saw a baby bear at a train station, he knew he could care for it. Harry was a veterinarian. But he was also a soldier in training during World War I. Harry named the bear Winnie, short for Winnipeg, his company’s home town, and he brought her along to the military camp in England. Winnie followed Harry everywhere and slept under his cot every night. Before long, she became the regiment’s much-loved mascot. But who could care for the bear when Harry went to battle? Harry found just the right place for Winnie–the London Zoo. There a boy named Christopher Robin played with Winnie–he could care for this bear too!

Do you love Winne-the-Pooh? Did you know Winnie was based on a real bear? Intrigued? If so you should check out this book. It tells the story of how Winnie, short for Winnipeg, touched the lives of many people.

Winnipeg was named after Winnipeg, Canada which is the town that the soldier who adopted her was stationed at. She became the mascot of a Canadian army company during World War I. Later she would find a home at the London Zoo where Christopher Robin would fall in love with her. Christopher`s relationship with Winnie inspired his father to write the Winnie-the-Pooh books.

This book is a heartwarming tale of a bear that touched many lives throughout history. It also features photographs and documents from Winnie`s life.

 

Recommended by: Linsday Haddix – Nora Branch Library

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