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Hokey Pokey

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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Staff Pick: The Secret of the Ginger Mice

Staff Pick: The Secret of the Ginger Mice

The Secret of the Ginger Mice

Alex, Alice and Alistair think they are just three ordinary mice, until Alistair mysteriously vanishes. Then Alex and Alice learn a secret about their family: a secret which means Alistair’s life is in danger – unless Alex and Alice can find him first. So begins a hair-raising journey. Author: Frances Watts

Alistair, with his ginger fur, might not look like Alex and Alice, but these mice triplets stick together.  When Alistair mysteriously disappears, his siblings are determined to find their brother and rescue him.  As the story alternates between the siblings’ journeys, they discover secrets about their parents and who they really are that could put them in harm’s way.  Their journey brings them into contact with a variety of characters as they stumble into a secret resistance movement.  Can Alistair, Alex, and Alice make wise decisions about who to trust?  And will they uncover the truth about ginger-furred mice?

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection

More Staff Picks

More stories about adventuring mice:
The Tale of Despereaux Redwall Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh Stuart Little
The Cricket in Times Square Tumtum & Nutmeg The Wind in the Willows
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Kid Review: The Giver & Son

Kid Review: The Giver & Son

Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone hold the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now it’s time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back. Author: Lois Lowry

“Once I started to read this book I did not want to put it down. My teachers haad to make me stop reading it throghout school. This is the best book ever.”

Review by: Deanna

The Giver Series:

#1: The Giver on: eBook, eAudio, Large Print, CD, Español
#2: Gathering Blue on: eBook, eAudio, Large Print, CD, Español
#3: Messenger on:
eBook, eAudio, CD
#4: Son
on: eAudio, CD

More books like The Giver:

The City of Ember Airborn Among the Hidden The House of the Scorpion
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