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Staff Pick: Roller Girl

Staff Pick: Roller Girl

Roller Girl

A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.

Astrid and Nicole always do everything together, including going on sometimes odd outings with Astrid’s mother. One evening, they go to a roller derby bout, and Astrid is instantly fascinated with the idea of going to roller derby camp that summer. Nicole, however, would rather go to ballet camp, and is already making friends with the same interest. When Nicole seems to betray her, the whole world spins out of control.

Astrid has to deal with roller derby camp without Nicole, the looming start of middle school at the end of the summer, and learning how to get along with a new group of friends. She turns to her idol, Rainbow Bite, for advice. Can Astrid make the transition from “Rose Dud” to Roller Girl, and keep her new friends, while still hanging on to Nicole?

Recommended by: Beth Pintal – Nora Branch

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Staff Pick: Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective: the Case of the Time Capsule Bandit

Staff Pick: Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective: the Case of the Time Capsule Bandit

The Case of the Time Capsule Bandit

Twelve-year-old Randi, unhappy about moving from Brooklyn to Deer Creek, Tennessee, after her mother’s death, soon finds new friends and a case to solve surrounding a stolen time capsule and rumors of a centuries-old treasure.

Twelve-year-old Randi Rhodes the main character in Octavia Spencer’s Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit loves all things ninja and she also enjoys detective work. Just like her father enjoys writing the detective series Glenn Street. With the passing of Randi’s mother her father moves the family from New York City to a small town named Deer Creek. Randi is not happy at all with this plan. But she meets a friend, DJ, who also loves all things ninja; with the help of another friend they take on finding the town’s missing time capsule. Readers will enjoy going on an adventure with Randi Rhodes as she tries to solve this case. Also readers will have fun learning ninja tasks like how to conduct a stakeout and how to get rid of skunk stink.

Recommended by: Denyce Malone – Flanner House Branch

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Staff Pick: Nancy Drew Mysteries The Hidden Staircase

Staff Pick: Nancy Drew Mysteries The Hidden Staircase

The Hidden Staircase

Strange things happen when Nancy investigates threats against her father and an old house said to be haunted.

In the second Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series, Nancy helps her friend Helen Corning’s relatives find out what’s behind a ghost seemingly haunting their old mansion, Twin Elms. On the day she hears about the new mystery, a man comes to the Drew home and warns Nancy that she must stay near her father, lawyer Carson Drew, who is in danger. This starts a search for Willie Wharton; a missing land owner who is connected to Mr. Drew’s most recent case. Nancy must solve the mysterious thefts and incidences at Twin Elms while looking for her father who has disappeared during his search to find Wharton.

The Nancy Drew mysteries are a long time favorite of mine because Nancy is worldly, intelligent, and brave-all things I hoped to be as I got older. The book is detailed and moves quickly, making it an exciting title for readers who look for action. While the book may have some dated terms, Nancy is still a great role model during any age. When her father disappears, Nancy is more motivated than ever to solve the mystery at Twin Oaks and find him. This is a classic story for anyone interested in an adventurous mystery.

Recommended by: Stephanie Roell – Haughville Branch

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Staff Pick: enormous SMALLNESS

Staff Pick: enormous SMALLNESS

Enormous Smallness

Enormous Smallness is a nonfiction picture book about the poet E. E. Cummings. Here E.E.’s life is presented in a way that will make children curious about him and will lead them to play with words and ask plenty of questions as well. Lively and informative, the book also presents some of Cummings’s most wonderful poems, integrating them seamlessly into the story to give the reader the music of his voice and a spirited, sensitive introduction to his poetry.

“This book proves that the old saying “Good things come in small packages” is true. Edward Estlin Cummings became one of the great poets of our country by writing small, short poems which celebrate the everyday pleasures in life – birds, snowflakes, and even grasshoppers. His ability to write poetry showed at an early age as his mother wrote down his first poem when he was only three! Later he chose to use only small letters when writing poetry and signing his name. Even if you aren’t a reader of biographies, you will find this small biography enjoyable, fascinating, and candy for the eyes. Nonfiction with ZING!”

Recommended by: Cindy Childers – Garfield Park Branch Library

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Staff Pick: A Time To Be Brave

Staff Pick: A Time To Be Brave

A Time To Be Brave

David and his family live in Denmark during the Nazi occupation, until September 1943 when their neighbors help smuggle them to Sweden to escape Hitler’s orders to send the Danish Jews to concentration camps. Includes honey cake recipe, World War II timeline, and “the story behind the story.”

“History’s lessons are often dark. How do we introduce children to them sensitively? Books like A Time to Be Brave come to the rescue. Young David is a baker’s son in Copenhagen in 1943. As blackout drapes replace his curtains and chicory replaces coffee, David learns that the goose-stepping soldiers occupying his town are to be feared. David witnesses bravery and strength in everyone from King Christian X to his sister, his teacher and ultimately, himself.”

Recommended by: Daniell Wilkins, College Avenue Library

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