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Staff Pick: Landed

Staff Pick: Landed

Landed

This story is about a little boy who is from China and will be joining his father and two oldest brothers in America. In order to be “landed”, leaving for the desired state to join their families, immigrants must pass a series of questions to prove that they are who they say they are and that they are a part of the family that they claim. The story tells what the boy does to prepare for the process and how he passes the test. Author: Milly Lee

By: Lauren Freeman – Pike Library

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Here are some more books about kids coming to America and finding their way:
The Dragon's Child Inside Out and Back Again The Day of the Pelican
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Staff Pick: Hooper Finds a Family: a Hurricane Katrina Dog’s Survival Tale

Staff Pick: Hooper Finds a Family: a Hurricane Katrina Dog’s Survival Tale

Hooper Finds a Family

Hi, I’m Hooper a yellow Labrador puppy.  I lived with my family in Louisiana before I got lost during Hurricane Katrina. My life before Katrina was the best.  After Katrina I was scared and tired and hungry until someone rescued me.  Now I live in New York City with a new family.  Will I like my new family?  Will I be happy living in a big city?  Read my story and find out. Author: Jane Paley

By: Jackie Hill – Franklin Road Library

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Here are some more books that tell more Hurricane Katrina stories:
Ninth Ward A Storm Called Katrina A Place Where Hurricanes Happen Saint Louis Armstrong Beach
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Staff Pick: Zita the Spacegirl

Staff Pick: Zita the Spacegirl

Zita the Spacegirl

It’s just a normal day for Zita and Joseph, until they come upon a crashed meteor. Zita decides to investigate, discovering a strange button. She presses it, and Joseph is pulled through a portal. At first frightened, Zita becomes determined to save her friend. She presses the button again, finding herself pulled onto an amazing planet, full of alien creatures and alien ways. In her quest, she meets many interesting new friends. This is a wonderful story about friendship. Beautifully drawn, this is hopefully the first of many adventures for the feisty, smart, and resourceful Zita the Spacegirl.

(by: Beth Pintal, Nora Library)

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If you like Zita here are some more space adventures full of action and friendship. Missile Mouse is impulsive and takes action, just like Zita. Wondla has a lot of space action too but will make you laugh and cry both. If you like Zita’s robots try Amulet: The Stonekeepr, very cool tranformer-like robots. Smekday is especially funny with a sassy main character who takes on the aliens without flinching a bit.
Missile Mouse the Star Crusher The Search for Wondla The Stonekeeper The True Meaning of Smekday

 

 

 

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Piper Reed Navy Brat

Piper Reed Navy Brat

Piper Reed Navy Brat

Piper Reed is a great character to read about on Veteran’s Day – today – the day our country honors the men and women who serve or have served in the military.

Piper Reed is proud of her Navy Dad and her Navy family. Piper calls her father Chief and loves to salute. She has never minded the moves the family must make because of the military but then again she has never had to move in the middle of the school year before. In Piper Reed Navy Brat, Piper’s father announces they are moving from a very comfortable home in San Diego to military housing in Pensacola, Florida. Piper feels her life has come undone. But change can bring surprises as Piper finds out. Piper is an adventurous fourth grader never lacking in excitement. -Recommended by Laura Dixon, Outreach Service Section

Piper Reed The Great GypsyIn Piper Reed The Great Gypsy, Piper’s Dad ships out for six months leaving Piper, her Mom and her sisters to face many months — even Christmas — all alone. Dad’s girls make the best of it and try as hard as they can to keep their Dad in the loop of family news and activities. Two good stories about a proud girl doing her part to keep the home fires burning for her Navy Dad. Author Kimberly Willis Holt Illustrator: Christine Davenier

#1: Piper Reed Navy Brat on CD
#2: Piper Reed the Great Gypsy on CD
#3: Piper Reed Gets a Job on CD

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Staff Pick: The Eye of the Crow

Staff Pick: The Eye of the Crow

The Eye of the Crow

If you like Sherlock Holmes, you will be excited by this Canadian author’s exploration of Holmes’s life as a 12-year old.  It is 1867 in London.  A terrible murder has been committed and an Arab immigrant has been arrested for it.  Young Sherlock Holmes, with his odd ways, gets sucked into the mystery and is accused of being an accomplice.  He must find the real killer or face the gallows himself.  In this tense and well-written mystery, we meet Holmes’s parents and understand the circumstances of racism (Sherlock is half-Jewish) and poverty that led him to be the moody, brilliant detective he became as an adult.  We also meet the younger versions of the mysterious Professor Moriarity and even Irene Adler (the only woman Sherlock Holmes ever loved).  An attention-grabbing and creative book. Author: Shane Peacock

Recommended by: Steve Bridge – Irvington Library

Series: The Boy Sherlock Holmes

#1 The Eye of the Crow on Downloadable eBook
#2 Death in the Air
#3 The Vanishing Girl
#4 The Secret Friend
#5 The Dragon Turn

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