» Archive for April, 2017

Vivian Vande Velde-Squirrel in the house

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Squirrel is a chief mischief maker who hates to miss a party-whether he is invited or not. So when the holiday festivities get under way at Cuddles the dog’s house, Squirrel heads down the chimney. Holiday festivities are soon in shambles. But a day of madcap mayhem turns serious when a young human gets into trouble.  It is suddenly up to Cuddles and Squirrel to work together to save the young boy. c. 2016

Callie Barkley-Ellie the flower girl

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

When Ellie learns that her cousin is getting married, she’s really excited! She has always wanted to go to a wedding. But then she gets even better news when her cousin asks her to be a flower girl!  c. 2016

Michelle Chalfoun-The treasure of Maria Mamoun

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Twelve-year-old Maria lives a lonely, latchkey-kid’s life in the Bronx.  Mom whisks them to an altogether different world on Martha’s Vineyard, where she’s found a job on a seaside estate. While the mysterious bedridden owner – a former film director – keeps her mother busy, Maria has the freedom to explore a place she thought could only exist in the movies. Making friends with a troublesome local character, Maria finds an old sailboat that could make a marvelous clubhouse. She also stumbles upon an old map that she is sure will lead to pirate’s plunder – but golden treasure may not be the most valuable thing she discovers for herself this special summer.  c.2016

D J MacHale-Curse of the Boggin

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

There’s a place beyond this world, beyond the land of the living, where ghosts go to write their unfinished stories – stories that ended too soon. It’s a place for unexplained phenomena: mysteries that have never been solved, spirits that have never been laid to rest. And there’s only one way in or out. It’s called the Library, and you can get there with a special key. But beware! Don’t start a story you can’t finish. Because in this library, the stories you can’t finish just might finish you.  c. 2016

Shutta Crum-William and the witch’s riddle

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

William and his little brother, Pinch, have been left alone at their home atop the mountain. When a witch named Morga shows up, William is forced to embark on a terrifying journey, the worst part of which is Morga herself. She has three riddles for William to solve, with only the help of an odd fellow who wakes up a different size every day and a tiny yellow dragon who can dream storms into reality.  c. 2016

Norah Olson-What the dead want

Monday, April 24th, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

A love of photography, an old camera, and countless questions – these are all that sixteen-year-old Gretchen has left of her mother, who mysteriously disappeared years ago.  Now she must return to the place where her mom vanished – a decaying mansion that Gretchen has suddenly inherited from her great-aunt Esther. However, Gretchen won’t find the answers she’s seeking without unraveling the secrets that lurk inside the house. There are stacks of photographs and letters from her ancestors that go back centuries, pointing to some kind of haunting past.  c. 2016

Kate Waters-Curious about worms

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Worms! They’re more than just the squiggly things on a fish hook. Worms live in the earth, in the sea, in other bodies of water, and even inside insects or animals. They can be round or flat, really long or microscopic, colorful or see-through, even glowing. Learn more about how these wigglers live, what they eat . . . and who eats them.  c. 2017

Janet Lawler-Scary plants!

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Cover image for Scary plants!Poison ivy, stinging nettles, Venus fly trap–their names alone say “watch out!” Plants can sting, prick, trap, even poison other living things. But why? Learn more about the tricky or deadly ways some plants protect themselves and capture food in this visually exciting book developed with Smithsonian Gardens.  c. 2017

Jerdine Nolen-Springtime blossoms

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Cover image for Springtime blossomsCHIRP! CHIRP! CHIRP! It’s springtime on Bradford Street. Jada and Jamal are searching for signs of spring. So are their best friends, Carlita Garcia and Josh Cornell. But the most surprising sign of spring awaits them at school the next day . . . a surprise that blossoms into a colorful plan to beautify the schoolyard just in time for Earth Day. Get set to dig in and join the neighborhood fun with the Bradford Street Buddies!  c. 2017

Margarita Engle-Enchanted air: two cultures, two winds: a memoir

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 by Susan Rowe, Library Director

Cover image for Enchanted air : two cultures, two wings : a memoirMargarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, her mother’s tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. Words and images are her constant companions, friendly and comforting when the children at school are not.  c. 2015