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Staff Recommend – Snow in Summer

Staff Recommend – Snow in Summer

Snow in Summer

Recasts the tale of Snow White, setting it in West Virginia in the 1940s with a stepmother who is a snake-handler.

“Are you looking for a different version of Snow White than Disney? Snow in Summer: Fairest of Them All is set in the 1940`s in West Virginia. Snow in Summer is a young girl who has lost her mother. Her father is in the pits of despair until he falls under the spell of an evil woman. When they are wed the stepmother controls Snow and subdues her father so he is completely catatonic and cannot protect her. Yolen`s tale is an accurate depiction of the landscape of Appalachia and has well developed characters.”

Recommended by Lindsay Haddix, Nora Library

 

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Staff Recommend – One Dog and His Boy

Staff Recommend – One Dog and His Boy

One Dog and His Boy

When lonely, ten-year-old Hal learns that his wealthy but neglectful parents only rented Fleck, the dog he always wanted, he and new friend Pippa take Fleck and four other dogs from the rental agency on a trek from London to Scotland, where Hal’s grandparents live. Author: Eva Ibbotson

“Fleck and Hal know at first sight they are one dog and his boy. The adventure begins when parents, then criminals, and even tracker dogs named Darth and Terminator conspire to keep them apart. Four other dogs and an assortment of humans, including a circus, come to the aid of Fleck and Hal. There are miles and miles of surprising and funny adventures as Hal and Fleck go ‘on the run’ away from their pursuers and toward their happy ending and the happy endings of each of their protectors, human and canine.”

Recommended by Barbara Obergfell – Outreach

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More great books if you love dogs::
Everything for a Dog A Dog's Life Shiloh The Incredible Journey
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Staff Recommend East Washington – Whatever After: Fairest of All

Staff Recommend East Washington – Whatever After: Fairest of All

Fairest of All“Abby and Jonah expected their lives to change when they moved to a new town, but they couldn’t have predicted that the mirror hanging in the basement would transport them to the world of Snow White.  Being totally familiar with her tale, it makes sense to Jonah to prevent Snow from eating the poisoned apple.  But, if Snow doesn’t die, she won’t meet her Prince and live happily ever after.  Before they can go home, Abby and Jonah must fix Snow’s story, even if that means breaking into a castle and facing an evil queen.”

Recommended by: Fiona Duke, East Washington Library

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Here are some more stories about kids who get involved in the lives of fairy tale characters through magic, mirrors or enchanted glass.
Fairy Tale Detectives Reckless Breadcrumbs Enchanted Glass
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Staff Recommend – What Color Is My World?

Staff Recommend – What Color Is My World?

What Color is My World?“Have you ever wondered who invented some of the items we use and depend on each day?  Well take a look at this title What Color is My World?:  the Lost History of African-American Inventors.  Twins Ella and Herbie have just moved into an older home with their parents.  The home is in need of much repair.  Handy Man, Mr. Mital, is able to restore the home and pass on history to Ella and Herbie about famous inventors.  Herbie gets so excited about the information that he pulls out his notebook and writes notes so that he won’t forget anything.  This is an excellent source for children of all ages to learn about great inventions and inventors.”

Recommended by Denyce Malone – Flanner House Library

And to make the book even more interesting, note that it is written by the basketball legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

 

 

 

 

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Staff Recommend Warren – Freedom Song The Story of Henry Box Brown

Staff Recommend Warren – Freedom Song The Story of Henry Box Brown

Henry's Freedom BoxA fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry “Box” Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.

“This is the story of Henry “Box” Brown, the slave that mailed himself to freedom. Henry was born into slavery. He loved his family, sang with them and wanted them to always stay together. After he grew up and married, his family was sold away from him. Left with nothing but music, this story tells how he took that music about “freedom-land” and created and carried out a risky escape by mailing himself in a box to Pennsylvania. The book includes a note from the author and the words from an actual letter from the man who received Henry in the box at the end of his unusual journey.”

Michael Perry, Warren Branch Library

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More dramatic stories about the U.S. Postal Service::
Mailing May Calico Dorsey Mule Train Off Like the Wind
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