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Tunnels

Tunnels

Tunnels

Will Burrows and his Dad like to dig. They head out to the outskirts of town and excavate sites in search of pieces of history.  One day, they discover a mysterious abandoned tunnel and are sure they are about to uncover something amazing. Then, something truly mysterious happens, Will’s father disappears without a trace.

Will and his best friend Chester return to the tunnel in search of clues and find themselves in not only a simple tunnel, but in a labyrinth of tunnels that make a hidden world deep beneath modern day London. This hidden world is dark and different and full of people who distrust, even hate “Topsoilers” like Will, Chester, and Will’s father.

Who are the people living underground? Why are they there and why do they choose to live a life in darkness avoiding the people and society above? And why won’t they let Will go?

If you like reading about Will and Chester you can follow there adventures underground in four more books in the Tunnels series. Those Rebeccahs just get creepier and creepier.
Tunnels Deeper Freefall Closer
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The Porcupine Year

The Porcupine Year

The Porcupine Year

It’s 1852, 12-year-old Omakayas and her family are setting out on a dangerous and uncertain journey.  Forced from their land by incoming white settlers, Omakayas and her people are travelling by canoe and by foot west along the shores of Lake Superior in search of a new home. They set out prepared for a long, hard winter but unexpected things happen that put their survival in question. There are unfriendly enemies to avoid, a forest fire and an evil traitor who puts all their lives in peril by stealing their food and other provisions. Near starvation, the group trudges forward bouyed by their attachment to each other and the way of life they cherish. Omakaya’s story shows how people can survive and overcome even the most perilous circumstances. Author: Louise Erdrich

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Alabama Moon

Alabama Moon

Alabama Moon

This action packed adventure set in rural Alabama revolves around Moon, a ten-year-old boy who has lived his entire life living off the land in the forest with his father, a Vietnam Veteran survivalist, who dislikes rules and distrusts the government. After his father dies from a broken leg, refusing to see a doctor, Moon is left on his own. Before his father died, he told Moon to go to Alaska so Moon sets out to do this, but folks have different ideas about what is right for Moon. When Moon makes his first friend, tastes his first sweet roll and begs to stay in jail saying it has the, “best bed he ever had”, he begins to wonder if everything his father told him was right. This first time novel by author Watt Key left a memorable character in Moon that will not easily be forgotten! Recommended by: Kimberly Andersen, West Indianapolis Library

You get a real sense of what it is to live off the land in this book. The author, Watt Key, lived for 14 days in an Alabama swamp as part of a school project so he knows what he’s talking about. This experience eventually lead to Mr. Key writing this story. Author: Watt Key

An Alabama Moon movie is coming, althought I don’t know when. Here is a video clip about the premiere on September 27, 2009.

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Staff Pick: Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot

Staff Pick: Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot

Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot

A true story. It’s 1948 during the Berlin Airlift. Pilots, who three years earlier were bombing Berlin, are now in the business of saving Berliners from a slow, wintry starvation. One of those pilots is Lt. Gail Halvorsen. In addition to his deliveries of flour and coal, he parachutes Hershey Bars to the watching children. These children have never tasted candy.  Halvorsen’s kindness is a hit.  He receives fan mail, and in one letter, a child named Mercedes asks the “Chocolate Pilot” to please drop some candy at her house.  A knock on Mercedes’ door begins a unique friendship. Author: Margot Raven Illustrator: Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

Recommended by: Mike Hylton – Irvington Library

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Waiting for Normal

Waiting for Normal

Waiting for NormalSixth grader Addison had a taste of “normal” while her mother and step-father Dwight were married.  She even had two younger half sisters to share her life with.  But after the divorce, Dwight got custody of her two half sisters and Addie began a new and different life with “Mommers”.

Addie’s mom sleeps most of the day and then leaves Addie alone at night to “go out” or follow her “business interests” with a new boyfriend.  It isn’t that Mommers doesn’t love Addie, it’s that she doesn’t take care of her.  Mommers is irresponsible, doesn’t tell the truth and often leaves Addie alone for days with very little food.  Mommers shows up with food and promises for the future just enough times to keep Addie believing that things will get better…get more normal…but things don’t get better.

Addie works hard in school, practices her flute and tries really hard to make it appear that her life is normal to her Grandpa, to Dwight, to her neighbors and to her teacher.  More than anything, Addie doesn’t want to get Mommers in trouble.  Addie loves Mommers, but deep down longs for the life her half sisters have with Dwight and his new wife.  A near tragedy when Addie is left alone brings out the truth. It’s time for Mommers to make a choice. Author: Leslie Connor

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