Title: One White Dolphin by Gill Lewis
Recommended for: Ages 8-12
Genre: Eealistic fiction, environmental protection, wildlife rescue
Awards: Green Earth Book Award Winner 2013
Reviewed by: Miss Joanne
Living in a small English coastal town, Kara Wood faces many challenges. School is frustrating because she is dyslexic and the target of bullies. She and her fisherman father must live with relatives because money is scarce. Her father may even have to sell their lovingly restored fishing boat. Worst of all, her marine biologist mother, who spearheaded a ban on the harmful practice of dredging the area’s coral reef, disappeared a year ago leaving Kara and her father baffled and heartbroken. The ban is now just weeks from expiring and Kara does not know which way to turn.
One day she spots an albino dolphin calf frolicking in the ocean with its mother and her whole life changes. Days later Kara finds the calf injured as a result of unsafe fishing methods and her efforts to save it become a catalyst for change in a community that is torn between economic need and the long-term protection of the coral reef.
An unexpected friendship, the perils of an ocean storm, and Kara’s courage and willingness to do what must be done bring the story to a heart pounding yet satisfying conclusion.
Title: Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George
Recommended for: Grades 4-7
Reviewed by: Ms.Tery, Chief Novel Detective
Celie, the youngest child of the King and Queen of Sleyne, rides a griffin named Rufus. Her home, Castle Glower, unexpectedly travels to an unknown country with Celie and her siblings inside. The children meet the King and Queen Griffin and two unexpected wizards who may, or may not, help them get back home. This third book in the Castle series continues the adventures of Celie, Pogue, Rolf, Lulath, Lilah and the Castle Glower.
- Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
- Shattering by Kathryn Lasky
- Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris
- The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
- Other books by Jessica Day George.
Title: Almost Home by Joan Bauer
Recommended for: Grades 4-8
Genre: Realistic Fiction; Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award Nominee (2015)
Reviewed by: Mrs. Crabtree
Sugar was named “to bring sweetness into people’s lives.” That’s a tough assignment when you’re newly homeless, your father takes off, and you need to care for your sick mother. But Sugar Mae Cole is a strong, spunky twelve year old who finds ways to bring sweetness to others with the help of her rescue dog “Shush,” a caring teacher, and a foster family. As she records her thoughts and dreams in her journal, she realizes that “ home is something you can carry around like a dream.”
This book deals with homelessness, alcoholism, drug abuse and other life issues through the eyes of Sugar, a young girl moved from her familiar home and school in Missouri, to the new world of Chicago.
Title: Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Recommended for: Grades 4-7
Reviewed by: Miss Lindsy
Theodora Tenpenny has mastered the art of frugality. At thirteen years of age, she knows that she can stretch the meager dollars she has by growing and canning her own beets, altering old clothes she finds in her attic or on the street, and collecting eggs from the chickens in the backyard. Housing is not an issue for her; Theodora and her mother reside in the Greenwich Village townhouse that has belonged to her once-affluent family for decades. But Theo knows that time and money are not on her side. Her grandfather only left $463 dollars when he died two months ago, and her mother, an absentminded genius, spends her days working on equations and theorems that come to nothing.
One day Theo has an accident with some rubbing alcohol and finds that the painting that has hung above the mantelpiece for so many years hides a different painting underneath. It appears to be the authentic (and possibly priceless) work of an Old Master, Raphael. This seems like a great discovery, except…Theo’s grandfather, Jack, used to be a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Could the painting be stolen?
So the mystery begins. Theo patches together a sleuthing team as she tries to discover the origin of the painting without incriminating her grandfather. Bodhi, the daughter of celebrity parents, has just moved in down the street and is more than happy to partner with Theo in the investigation. Along the way they find that information can come from the most likely places (the hipster librarian Eddie) to the most unlikely (the chestnut vendor they see every day). With smile-inducing characters and a brilliant Manhattan setting, Laura Marx Fitzgerald crafts a masterful mystery not to be missed.
From the Mixed-up FIles of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Masterpiece by Elise Braoch
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Today’s Baby Play storytime consisted of the following:
A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy
Baby Cakes by Karma Wilson
Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
The Cuddle Book by Guido van Genechten
“Open, Shut Them”
“Little Red Valentine”
“Yo Te Amo”
“Up Up Up”
“I’m Toast in the Toaster”
“This is Big Big Big”
The early fall storytime session begins on September 8th. Mark your calendars and be sure to sign up if you’d like to attend a program that requires registration. You can sign up here, by calling 847.223.5313, or by visiting us at the Youth Services Desk. Hope to see you soon!
Even though the weather would have you believing otherwise, summer is almost upon us! And that means something else is coming up: the summer reading program! This year’s theme is Paws to Read, and we will be “pawsing” quite a bit!
This year’s program will follow the same guidelines as the last year, in 2013. We will be counting reading days, not just minutes read or books read. To cross off a reading day, you must have read or been read to for at least twenty minutes that day. Prizes are given when signing up and at ten, twenty, and thirty reading days. We will also have activities on the back of the reading log that can be completed for small prizes.
So mark your calendars – summer reading signup begins on Monday, June 2nd and the program will end on July 31st. See you soon!