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Princess Tales and Nursery Stories from Around the World

Princess Tales and Nursery Stories from Around the World

Princess Stories from Around the World

You may know Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty, but have you ever read about The Lemon Princess, Kate Crackernuts, or Mirabella?  There are retellings of some familiar tales, and some brand new stories that will delight and amaze readers of all ages in Princess Stories From Around the World.  The beautiful, soft illustrations only add to the wonder of these stories, and of course, the cover sparkles!

Nursery Tales Around the World

Nursery Tales Around the World includes small stories from all corners of the world!  Runaway food from Norway, incredible eaters from India and Zaire, big bad wolves from the US, and slowpokes from China and Greece.  This fun collection also includes Native American tales, as well as some familiar stories from Aesop and Mother Goose.  A fun read for all ages!

Recommended by: Beth Pintel, Nora Branch

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The SOS File

The SOS File

The SOS File

The students in Mr. Magro’s class submit stories for the SOS file about their biggest emergencies, and then they read them aloud for extra credit. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2008-2009, 4-6 Nominee

Children looking for humors short stories to take a break from rigorous homework will find The SOS File by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers the answer. Throughout the school year teacher, Mr. Margo asked his students to write a short story about an emergency to receive extra credit in the class. Twelve students take him up on his offer and all but one receives extra credit.

Children will love the twelve wonderfully written funny stories. My favorite is the ¬Chocolate SOS were the writer must sale candy bars for his baseball team only to have to borrow forty dollars from his mother because he eat the candy bars. Find out if his mother loans him the money and read the one story that the student did not receive extra credit for writing. Sit back and enjoy these humors stories, you will sure have a belly ache from laughing so hard.

Recommended by: Denyce Malone, Flanner House Branch

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Robot Dreams

Robot Dreams

Robot Dreams

The enduring friendship between a dog and a robot is portrayed in this wordless graphic novel.

Dog builds a robot from a kit and after visiting the library to find out where dog beaches are, they go to the beach. Robot jumps into the water and then rests on a towel. Oh no, he rusts solid! Dog doesn’t know what to do. He goes home alone and when he comes back, the beach is closed. Dog can’t get robot out. Over the winter, robot has dreams about better times while Dog looks for other friends. There are no words in this book. Check out ROBOT DREAMS to find out what happens to Dog and Robot.

Recommended by: Mary Sullivan, Decatur Branch

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I Am a Taxi

I Am a Taxi

I Am a Taxi

Living with his family in a prison in Bolivia due to his parents’ convictions for drug trafficking, twelve-year-old Diego does his best to live a normal life, but when his mother receives additional fines, Diego risks everything to earn quick money.

I read this novel because of the odd title. Diego, age 12, lives in a prison in Cochabamba, Bolivia. His parents, falsely accused of smuggling drugs, must serve out a 16 year sentence. Diego, however, can come and go; he attends school and earns money as a “taxi,” running errands for other inmates. After a stroke of bad luck, Diego is forced to look for additional ways to make money. His friend, Mando, convinces him “big money” will come from working for foreign men deep in the jungle. The men turn out to be cocaine smugglers and the boys become slaves in the coca pits, stomping coca leaves into a paste that will become cocaine. Attempting escape, Mando dies and Diego barely escapes with his life. The ending of the book is as odd as the title, but the fast pace will keep readers glued to the text, eager to find out if Diego ever sees his family again. I learned a great deal about prison life, “taxi” work and the production of cocaine and plan to read the sequel, Sacred Leaf, very soon.

Recommended by: Nancy Poppleton, Glendale Branch

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.

Kyle Keeley loves, loves, LOVES games. But books? Uh…not so much. Still, he is excited when he wins a chance to be in an overnight lock-in at his town’s brand new library because it has been designed by the world’s most famous game maker. Once he is there, he is even MORE excited to accept a challenge to win his way out of the library by playing a game designed by that same person. What is not so exciting is the realization that most of the clues he needs to solve to win the game are based on his knowledge of…books! Everything he needs to win his escape from the library is IN the library, and this is the first library he’s ever been in.

Recommended by: Doriene Smither – Pike Branch Library

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