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Kiki Strike and the Darkness Dwellers

Kiki Strike and the Darkness Dwellers

Kiki Strike and the Darkness DwellersThe Irregulars, those delinquent mystery solving, justice fighting Girl Scouts: Kiki, Ananka, Oona, , Dee Dee, Betty & Iris, have a two-continent adventure in this third installment. Kiki is in Paris, in hot pursuit of the evil relatives who murdered her parents and have now set their sights on HER. Betty is in Paris to keep on eye on Kiki. Ananka is in New York uncovering a city-wide girl rebellion while trying to keep her thoughts about Betty’s boyfriend TOTALLY UNDERCOVER. But you know who she can’t keep a secret from? Oona and Iris, of course. The Irregulars are tight though. Here is one group you can’t divide and conquer. They might be separated by an ocean but their friendship and loyalty is a bridge that will always span whatever might come between them…even boys!

This one has love, secrets uncovered, rebellion, betrayal, the truth and you guessed, the underground…this time the catacombs of Paris. Catacombs=lots of bones. I’ve heard it said that dead men tell no tales…but in this case that is very not true. Like The Irregulars, you might not see dead people, but you CAN listen to the stories they tell.

  • Official Website of Kiki Strike
  • Bank St. Irregular “For Those Who Live Dangerously” Blog by Kirsten Miller
  • Meet the Irregulars, and then take the Quiz to see if you have what it takes to be an Irregular.
  • Kiki Strike Wiki
  • Google Preview: Kiki Strike and the Darkness Dwellers
  • Amazon Look Inside: Kiki Strike and the Darkness Dwellers
  • GoodReads: Kiki Strike and the Darkness Dwellers

Kiki Strike Series:

#1 Kiki Strike and the Empress’s Tomb
#2 Kiki Strike Inside the Shadow City
#3 Kiki Strike and the Darkness Dwellers

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Staff Pick: Hokey Pokey

Staff Pick: Hokey Pokey

 

 

Ever since they were Snotsippers, Jack and the girl have fought, until one day she steals his bike and as he and the Amigos try to recover it, Jack realizes that he is growing up and must eventually leave the “goodlands and badlands of Hokey Pokey.”

“Readers who love the classic  Peter  Pan, will be fascinated by Newbery Medalist, Jerry Spinelli’s  latest book, Hokey Pokey. 

Only children live in Hokey Pokey.  Here Newbies, Snotsippers,  Gapper  Gums and Big kids spend endless days playing at what they like most. There’s the Doll Farm, Trucks, Playground,  watching  cartoons on the Big Screen  and riding bikes.   Jack, the oldest, smartest, and fastest bike rider is their leader.  He can answer any question, settle disputes and rescue the helpless.  One day Jack’s beloved bike, Scramjet  is stolen and something is different.  He discovers an unexpected outcome. “

Recommended by Beverly Elrod, Haughville Branch Library

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Staff Pick: Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

Staff Pick: Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

The four princes erroneously dubbed Prince Charming and rudely marginalized in their respective fairy tales form an unlikely team when a witch threatens the whole kingdom Author: Christopher Healy

We’ve all heard of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. But what about the princes who saved them? Healy introduces us to these “Prince Charmings” – Duncan, Frederic, Gustav, and Liam – who are far from being heroes in the eyes of their princesses. With humor, the princes encounter bandits, dragons, dwarves, trolls, and others straight out of the fairytales as they learn to work together. Can the princes save the kingdoms and prove that they can be the princes that princesses are looking for?

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection

More Staff Picks

If you like The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, try:
Ella Enchanted The Frog Princes Beauty" Half Upon a Time
Rapunzel: The One with All the Hair The Rumpelstiltskin Problem The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell Fairest of All
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Splendors & Glooms

Splendors & Glooms

Clara is a lonely only child growing up in a grief-filled house. Her parents are overwhelmed with sadness after the deaths of all of  brothers and sisters. Not just one. ALL of them. Every holiday, every Sunday even, the family walks to the cemetery and remembers “the Others”. It’s very hard for Clara to have so many days of her life taken up with mourning. And it isn’t that she doesn’t miss her brothers and sisters. She does. But she is having trouble figuring out how to LIVE now that they are gone.

For her 12th birthday Clara begs to have a puppet show. She longs for something fun because there is just so much sadness in her house. She pleads. She cries. She gets her way! And when Grisini and his assistants, two orphans named Lizzie Rose and Parsefall, come to perform they are SO good the show seems like MAGIC! It’s like the marionettes have no strings. They move just like people!

When Clara disappears after the puppet show Grisini is suspect #1, but no one can find him. Lizzie Rose and Parsefal can’t even find him…but they do notice a new puppet, one that looks really, really familiar. Can you guess where this is going? Lizzie Rose and Parsefal are tough and street wise and know how to take care of business, even when the business gets a little creepy. And in this book, it sure DOES.

Lizzie Rose and Parsefal follow this mystery to a creepy old country house as well as the creepy old lady who lives there. Again, I mean CREEPY. They need to be brave and smart and resourceful. They also have to know how to be a good friend. Author: Laura Amy Schlitz

This is a great read for lovers of Coraline or The Graveyard Book. Spooky. Spooky wonderful! It has a creepy old mansion like The Secret Garden, and ghostly characters like The Aviary and The Shadows. If you like to read stories with just a little bit of shiver in them…try Splendors & Glooms or one of these:

Coraline The Graveyard Book The Secret Garden The Aviary
Books of Elsewhere The Shadows
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Here Come the Girl Scouts! – National Girl Scout Cookie Day!

Here Come the Girl Scouts! – National Girl Scout Cookie Day!

Today, February 8, 2013 is National Girl Scout Cookie Day. Girl Scouts selling cookies are all over town. Find one and stock up on some thin mints. The best kind. Obviously.

In honor of this day, here is a new biography of Juliette Gordon Low (otherwise known as “Daisy”). Juliette knew how to make things happen.

Daisy is ready for adventure and when she grows up she goes and gets it. She rides an elephant. She rides in an airplane. And when she’s done she goes home and teaches girls how to have adventures too. Daisy is Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts. She held the first meeting of the Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912 and together they discovered they could do anything!

GirlScoutKit When Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts in 1912, the first uniforms were blue and their handbook was “How Girls Can Help Their Country.” The Girl Scouts were organized around a set of principles known as the “Girl Scout Law”: honor, loyalty, friendliness, courtesy, befriending animals, obeying orders, cheerfulness, thriftiness and cleanliness. This first aid kit and game handbook was used in 1929 one year after the group adopted a green uniform. IndyPL Digital Collections: Artifacts from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

GirlScoutUniformJuliette Gordon Low began the Girl Scouts based upon Sir Robert Baden-Powell’s Boy Scouts and Girl Guides program in England. Now in 90 countries, 3.6 million Girl Scouts explore the world around them developing important life skills. Beginning in 1935 any Senior Scout troop could choose to be a Mariner troop. These troops devoted time to outdoor activities including boating and camping to explore recreational and vocational activities. Much like the Boy Scout’s Sea Scouts, the program ended when girls could join the coed Sea Scouts in 1971. Instead of wearing the traditional green uniform, Mariners wore this blue uniform worn by Peoria, Illinois scout Colleen Cowan in the 1960s. IndyPL Digital Collections: Artifacts from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Books:

First Girl Scout: the life of Juliette Gordon Low Junior Girl Scouts Badge Book Brownie Girl Scout Handbook
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