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Double Identity

Double Identity

Double Identity

Thirteen-year-old Bethany’s parents have always been overprotective, but when they suddenly drop out of sight with no explanation, leaving her with an aunt she never knew existed, Bethany uncovers shocking secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew about herself and her family. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2009-2010, 6-8 Nominee.

“Bethany’s near perfect world is shattered just prior to her thirteenth birthday.  Her parents flee their home and drive to a strange town arriving in the middle of the night.  They abandon Bethany with an aunt she never even knew existed.  Dad tells her he will call when he can, but she is not to contact them.  Bethany overhears him tell Aunt Myrlie, “She doesn’t know about Elizabeth”.  “Who is Elizabeth?” Beth wonders.  To add to the mystery the townspeople who meet Bethany react like they have seen a ghost.  Eventually Bethany learns she looks identical to this Elizabeth, right down to the seven freckles on her nose.  As she struggles to unravel the mystery of her past, she discovers a strange man is stalking her and asking questions about her father.  This gripping science fiction story will keep you in suspense until the very end.”

Recommended by: Linda Tegmeyer, Brightwood Library

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Doll Bones

Doll Bones

Doll Bones

Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

“A simple coin stamped with the image of an angel doesn’t really have super powers but somehow this little talisman brings together four students from a performing arts magnet middle school in a magical way. The Broadway musical, “The Big River,” an adaptation of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, is the backdrop for this delightful novel. Bette is grieving over the death of her mother, her sister has gone away to college and her father is so involved in his new nightclub he’s never home. Joe is a bully; angry at his absent father, trying to be a loving and supportive son to his divorced mother, while preying on weaker kids at school. Andy is small for his age, plays the violin and is the victim of Joe’s abuse. Viv is Andy’s twin sister, an accomplished pianist, trying to grow up with severe asthma and transitioning from being home-schooled back to a regular classroom. Ilene Cooper takes these diverse personalities and weaves their stories into an engrossing story about finding friendship in unexpected places.”

Recommended by: Emilie Lynn, East 38th Street Branch Library

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I Feel Better With a Frog in My Throat: History’s Strangest Cures

I Feel Better With a Frog in My Throat: History’s Strangest Cures

I Feel Better With a Frog in My Throat

It wasn’t too long ago that people tried all sorts of things to help sick people feel better. They tried wild things like drinking a glass full of millipedes or putting some mustard on one’s head. Some of the cures worked, and some of them…well, let’s just say that millipedes, living or dead, are not meant to be ingested.

This is a funny medical mystery tour to discover that while times may have changed, many of today’s most reliable cure-alls have their roots in some very peculiar practices, and so relevant connections can be drawn from what they did then to what we do now.

Feeling sick? Look up remedies in this book but beware! Have a sore throat? Put a necklace made of earthworms around your neck. Have a cough? Eat frog soup. Does honey help a wound? For more cures read: I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat, History’s Strangest Cures. Will you enjoy or be grossed out?

Recommended by: Jackie Hill, Franklin Road Branch Library

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Chapter Books Written in the 1960s

Chapter Books Written in the 1960s

A Wrinkle in Time

The 1960s was a great decade for chapter books – look how many of these books are still widely read and loved today…fifty years later! Plus, several of them were Newbery Medal and Newbery Medal Honor books…the kind that are still favorites. Read these together…right NOW! Because you can’t get much better than A Wrinkle in Time, From the Crazy Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basel E. Frankweiler and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. All three all-time favorites.

jFIC AIK Aiken, Joan The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (1962)

jFIC ALE Alexander, Lloyd The High King (1968; Newbery Medal)

jFIC ALE Alexander, Lloyd Time Cat (1963)

jFIC ARM Armstrong, William Sounder (1969)

jE BRO Brown, Jeff Flat Stanley (1964)

jFIC BUR Burnford, Sheila The Incredible Journey (1961)

jE CLE Cleary, Beverly The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1965)

jE CLE Cleary, Beverly Ramona the Pest (1968)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

jFIC COO Cooper, Susan Over Sea, Under Stone (1965)

jFIC DAH Dahl, Roald  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)

jFIC DAH Dahl, Roald James and the Giant Peach (1961)

jFIC FIT Fitzhugh, Louise Harriet the Spy (1964)

jFIC FLE Fleming, Ian Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1964)

jFIC HAM Hamilton, Virginia The House of Dies Drear (1968)

jFIC HUN Hunt, Irene Across Five Aprils (1964; Newbery Honor)

jFIC HUN Hunt, Irene Up a Road Slowly (1966; Newbery Medal)

jFIC JUS Juster, Norman The Phantom Tollbooth (1961)

jFIC KON Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1967; Newbery Medal)

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

jFIC LEG Le Guin, Ursula The Wizard of Earthsea (1968)

jFIC LEN L’Engle, Madeleine A Wrinkle in Time (1962; Newbery Medal)

jFIC NEV Neville, Emily Cheney It’s Like This, Cat (1963; Newbery Medal)

jFIC ODE O’Dell, Scott Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960; Newbery Medal)

jFIC RAW Rawls, Wilson Where the Red Fern Grows (1961)

jFIC SEL Seldon, George The Cricket in Times Square (1960; Newbery Honor)

jFIC SNY Snyder, Zilpha Keatley The Egypt Game (1967; Newbery Honor)

jE SOB Sobol, Donald Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective (1963)

jFIC SPE Speare, Elizabeth George The Bronze Bow (1961; Newbery Medal)

jFIC TAY Taylor, Theodore The Cay (1969)

jE WAR Warner, Gertrude Chandler Boxcar Children: The Lighthouse Mystery (1963)

~Recommended by: Emily Chandler, Lawrence Branch Library & Janet Spaulding, Selection Services


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Dog Diaries – Secrets of the WOOF Society – Pike

Dog Diaries – Secrets of the WOOF Society – Pike

Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the WOOF Society

At the first annual meeting of WOOF–Words of Our Friends–assorted dogs preserve their heritage by sharing tales of canines throughout history, including Abu, who ruled all of Egypt except for one pesky cat, and Zippy, who simply must find the squeaky toy.

Have you ever noticed how many dog books are sad? I decided to sniff out one that wasn’t, and dug up a dog story about dogs telling stories. The WOOF Society (Words of our Friends) have gotten together to share stories about dogs AND prove that they more much more than “sit” and “stay.” They begin their first meeting by reciting their motto, “Woof! Woof! Woof!” Then dogs begin to tell stories of other dogs. Jack, whose person is an archaeologist, tells the story of Abu, the dog who was the king of Egypt. Einstein, who is very smart, explains why dog names are so important. Mimi just gives dog tips (to get table food without begging, sit beside the baby). I cannot promise that nothing sad happens, but the dogs are all OK! Woof! Woof! Woof!

Recommended By: Doriene Smither – Pike Branch

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