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Staff Recommends East 38th St. – The Wikkeling

Staff Recommends East 38th St. – The Wikkeling

The Wikkeling

 ”Imagine if you will, a world defined by safety.  School busses can’t start until you strap yourself in, you’re not allowed to exercise because you might fall down, you live in molded plastic houses with no interesting corners, and your parents track where you are by cell phone.  This is the Addition.

Henrietta Gad-fly isn’t a particularly remarkable girl (at least according to her class ranking), and she lives in one of the few remaining old houses on the very edge of the Addition.  When she finds a Wild Housecat and a bunch of old books in her attic, things in her predictably safe world start going frighteningly (and excitingly) wrong.  All the strange events point to a mysterious creature called the Wikkeling that only Henrietta and her friends can see.  Will they solve the mystery of the Wikkeling before it’s too late?  Read the book and find out!”  Author: Steven Arntson

Recommended by: Emilie Lynn, East 38th Street Branch

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If you liked The Wikkeling try The Museum of Thieves – another fantasy/mystery about kids who live in a town where adults go to strange lengths to protect them:

The Museum of Thieves
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Staff Recommend Spades Park – Dragon Slayer’s Academy #1: The New Kid at School

Staff Recommend Spades Park – Dragon Slayer’s Academy #1: The New Kid at School

The New Kid at SchoolWiglaf is off to Dragon Slayers’ Academy and in for a first day of school he will never forget.

Author: Kate McMullan

“In the time of dragons, castles, and wizards a young boy named Wiglaf seems just a bit out of place at home with his rowdy brothers and medieval parents. A strange prophet comes along and lets Wiglaf know he is destined for more than being the family wimp.

With dreams of being a hero Wiglaf heads to the Dragon Slayers Academy to become The New Kid at School. With fun twists and turns Wiglaf discovers he may not have what it takes to be a hero all alone, but with a little bit of team work he may just be able to slay a dragon.”

Recommended by: Kamara McKinney, Spades Park Library

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If you liked Dragon Slayers Academy try some of these other series about kids that go to very special boarding schools:

Character Series/School Specialty
Harry Potter Series: Harry Potter School: Hogwarts Witches & Wizards
Connwaer Series: The Magic Thief School: Academicos Potential Wizards
Wiglaf Series: Dragon Slayer’s Academy School: Dragon Slayer’s Academy Dragon Slayers
Charlie Bone Series: Charlie Bone School: Bloor’s Academy Gifted Children
Max McDaniels Series: The Tapestry Series: Rowan Academy Secret Mystics
Will Treaty Series: The Ranger’s Apprentice School: Halt’s Apprentice Rangers
Charlie Series: Nightmare Academy School: Nightmare Academy Monster Fighters
Cody Mack Series: Splurch Academy School: Splurch Academy Kids into Monsters
Otto Malpense Series: H.I.V.E. School: Higher Institue of Villainous Education Evil Geniuses
Percy Jackson Series: Percy Jackson & the Olympians School: Camp Halfblood Demigods

 

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Staff Recommend Eagle – One Handed Catch

Staff Recommend Eagle – One Handed Catch

One Handed Catch

After losing his hand in an accident in his father’s butcher shop in 1946, sixth-grader Norman uses hard work and humor to learn to live with his disability and to succeed at baseball, art, and other activities.

“Growing up just after the end of World War II promises to be a time of peace and hope.  All of this ends for Norman when he is severely injured and finds himself permanently disabled.  Yet Norm faces the future not in terms of what cannot be accomplished but instead, how much can be achieved with the love and supports of family and friends. While not a true story, it is loosely based on the life of the husband of author M.J. Auch.  This is a great read for families.”

Recommended by Roberta Ash, Children’s Librarian – Eagle Branch

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More books that feature kids playing baseball while living lives that are unpredictable and sometimes scary…just like real life:
The Girl Who Threw Butterflies My 13th Season Out at Second The Aurora County All-Stars

 

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Staff Recommend – My Side of the Mountain

Staff Recommend – My Side of the Mountain

My Side of the Mountain

A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.

“I picked MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN in honor of the author, Jean Craighead George, who passed away recently at the age of 92. This is the story of Sam Gribley, one of eleven children, who is tired of living with his large family. He decides to live on his own in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York for a year. He finds a hollowed out tree and makes it his home. His only company is a falcon and a weasel. It is a great story of Sam’s courage and his struggle to survive. This is the first in a trilogy that includes On the Far Side of the Mountain and Frightful’s Mountain.”

Recommended by Karen Perry, Franklin Road Library

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Staff Recommend – Circle of Cranes

Staff Recommend – Circle of Cranes

Circle of Cranes

Taken from her small, impoverished Chinese village and forced to sew in a New York City sweatshop, thirteen-year-old Suyin is visited by the cranes with which she has a strange connection and learns she is the daughter of the Crane Queen, who needs her help.
Circle of Cranes by Annette Lebox

“A traditional Asian tale of “The Crane Wife” set in modern times, “Circle of Cranes” chronicles the captivating tale of Suyin, a young teenager who is sent to work as a seamstress in New York in the hopes she will garner riches for her impoverished Chinese village.  Quickly disillusioned when she instead finds herself working for pennies in a sweatshop, Suyon receives unexpected help from a flock of cranes that hold the key in discovering her heritage and her destiny.  With vivid prose and a moving plot, Lebox crafts a compelling read that brilliantly weaves the past with the present and creates a world that still finds hope and magic even in the bleakest of times.”

Recommended by Emily Chandler, Lawrence Library

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