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Staff Pick: The Red-Hot Rattoons

Staff Pick: The Red-Hot Rattoons

The Red-Hot Rattoons“We’ve danced on the biggest stage in the world.” Five orphaned rats – Benny, Fletcher, Ella, Woody, and Monk – have dreams of following in their parents’ footsteps and making it big in show business. The adventures of the newly organized group, The Rattoons, take readers into the underground world of Rat Hallow, Big City, and the Crystal as they chase their biggest dream for a chance to perform at the legendary Boom Boom Room. Their story offers a ground up view of New York City and some important lessons that they learn along the way. Author: Elizabeth Winthrop Illustrator: Betsy Lewin

Recommended by Janet Spaulding, Glendale Branch Library

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Starcross

Starcross

Starcross

While their rambling space station home is being renovated, Art, Myrtle and their 4 million year-old space alien Mom accept an invitation to a vacation resort located out in the far reaches of the universe.  The resort, it’s guests and the resort’s owner are not at all what they first appear.  Creepy attack puppets, aliens disquised as hats that attach to your head and control your every Larklightthought, a maniac evil genius bent on dominating the universe…the usual for Art and Myrtle.  Luckily, their favorite space pirate Jack Havock is at the resort too, undercover and ready for action.  If you haven’t read Larklight, read it first, then read Starcross – you will be happy to know that a third book called Mothstorm is on the way (Oct. 14, 2008), and that the series has been optioned for a movie. Author: Philip Reeve Illustrator: David Wyatt

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Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Emmy is trying so hard to be good. Her parents are busy jet-setting all over the world in search of money and status while Emmy is left home alone with her cold and distant nanny Miss Barmy. Still, Emmy tries to be good. No one at school seems to like or care about Emmy either – not one person in the classroom seems to notice she exists at all. And yet Emmy STILL tries to be good. “She did her homework without being told. She ate all her vegetables, even the slimy ones. And she never talked back to her nanny, Miss Barmy, although it was almost impossible to keep quiet, some days. She really was a little too good. Which is why she liked to sit by the Rat. The Rat was not good at all . . .” The rat is Emmy’s classroom pet. He isn’t cute or cuddly, in fact, he’s a nasty little beast! Emmy can sometimes relate to the rat, because some days, she’d like to be a nasty little beast too!

One day, when the rat bites Emmy, she finds that she can actually hear what he is saying. As if the rat’s poor behavior isn’t bad enough, now she has to listen to his crabby complaining, pouting, bragging, and whining. His rotten attitude is hardly worth having this startling new power! Then the rat bites Joe, the class cool guy, who can now hear him speak too..and then he bites Joe again and shrinks him to the size of an action figure! What’s a good friend like Emmy to do but offer to get bitten a second time and shrink too? Now a few inches high, Joe and Emmy free the rat and begin an adventure to find out the source of the rat’s power and how to reverse it. Along the way, they get help from some new four legged friends and get on the trail of Emmy’s own Miss Barmy, who isn’t just cold and distant, she’s evil too!

The rat is definately the star in this one. His biting comments and sarcastic one-liners kept me laughing through the whole book. Emmy reminds me of Molly Moon from Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism. Both girls feel isolated, alone and unloved, yet they don’t give up on their search for friendship and happiness. Author: Lynne Jonell Illustrator: Jonathan Bean

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Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism

Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism

Molly Moon's Incredible Book of HypnotismMolly Moon is just plain miserable.  She lives in a dirty orphanage with a mean matron and kids that bully her.  She feels ugly and unloved and not in any way special.  That all changes the day she visits the library (great things always happen there!) and discovers a mysterious book about hypnotism.  After reading the book, Molly discovers that with a flash of her dazzling eyes, she can make people do anything she wants.  Molly’s life is about to get much, much better!  “So far in life, Molly had drawn a short straw. Now she was going to get what was due to her … She felt sure that with hypnotism under her belt, she’d never be short of money again. And as for people, Molly decided there and then that from now on, no one would push her or pinch her or boss her or bully her or ignore her. She was going to be somebody now and the world better watch out, because a new, shiny Molly Moon was about to burst through the ether and dazzle it.” Watch out world, here comes the new and improved Molly Moon! Author: Georgia Byng

#1: Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism
#2: Molly Moon Stops the World on CD
#3: Molly Moon’s Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure on CD
#4: Molly Moon Micky Minus and the Mind Machine
#5: Molly Moon & the Morphing Mystery

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H.I.V.E. Higher-Institute-of-Villainous-Education

H.I.V.E. Higher-Institute-of-Villainous-Education

H.I.V.E.13 year-old Otto finds himself spirited away to a secret school hidden inside a volcano. The school is designed to train supervillains, that’s right, a school for the bad guys. The kids at the school are the most athletic, the most computer savvy, and the smartest in the world. They are also the most daring young hackers, thieves and cons. Soon after arriving Otto realizes that leaving is not an option. Along with his new friends: a marital arts expert, a computer genius and a world famous jewel thief, can Otto achieve what has never been done before and break out of H.I.V.E.? Author: Mark Walden
 

Don’t miss H.I.V.E. #2, #3, and #4. Also try the kids of S.T.O.R.M. (Science and Technology to Over-Rule Misery) or The Trackers – all teams of highly intelligent kids with great gadgets.
The Overlord Protocol Escape Velocity Dreadnought STORM The Infinity Code
STORM The Ghost Machine STORM The Black Sphere Trackers Shantorian
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