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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: May Recommendations for Kids

Thursday, May 1, 2008

May Recommendations for Kids


Runemarks by Joanne Harris - Young Maddy Smith, who bears a mysterious mark of a rune on her hand, learns that she is destined to join the gods of Norse Mythology and plays a role in the fate of the world. The world of Runemark is rich with new and old ideas, and good and evil are not so easy to tell apart. This is a great book for the experienced fantasy reader that is looking for something new.

The Bakers: Babies and Kittens by Kyle Baker - This is a fantastic graphic novel that reads like a cartoon! All seems well with the average crazy family when a mouse causes chaos! This lease to a failed cartoon idea, secret adoption of a kitten, disappearing cake, and the baby seems to always end up in bed with mom and dad. A quick funny read with great cartoon illustrations.

The Highwayman's Footsteps by Nicola Morgan - This is an engaging story about Will and Bess, two people from different ends of society. Will is a highborn son on the run, and Bess is an orphan daughter of a highwayman. Soon events unfold and bring these two together for a common cause and a memorable ending. Based off the famous poem "The Highwayman," this is a fantastic work of historical fiction for all to enjoy.

Rex Zero, King of Nothing by Tim Wynne-Jones - Rex is wondering who is going to save him? He's stuck with the Substitute Teacher from hell, but there is something strange about her. Soon mystery after mystery builds up; who is the woman in white, a black book filled with names, and how does this relate to the mystery of love? Follow Rex and his friends as they unravel these mysteries in a fun and very enjoyable read.

The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin - Winston Breen loves puzzles and is always looking for the next one to stump him. Things get interesting when he accidentally gets his sister a strange puzzle piece for her birthday. Soon he is involved in a mystery that will rely on his ability to solve some of the toughest puzzles he has ever faced. Pick up this read for a good time and a mystery that will leave you guessing to the end. Also the book is filled with fantastic puzzles that you can attempt to solve yourself!

The Runaway Shopping Cart by Kathy Long - Soon an average trip to the grocery store turns into a wild adventure. Young Kaleb is whisked away in a runaway shopping cart and onto a wild trip through town. He attracts the attention of others in town as various people come to his aid. This is a fun story with simple pictures with a great memory game involved. A great story for young readers.

Whatley’s Quest: An Alphabet Adventure by Bruce Whatley - This is a great ABC book that is filled with action pictures that make it easy to create a new story every time you read it! Great for identifying different things belonging to different letters! There is even a mystery buried in the pages for the careful eye to find.

Robert Goes to Camp by Barbara Seuling - Robert is going off to camp with his best friend Paul. While there he meets Zach, who is a lot of fun to hang out with but discovers that doing so may get him in trouble. Robert is worried that he may not get to go on the special trip to the Seaport, and tries his best to stay out of trouble. Then there is his nosy classmate Lester who maybe is more trouble. How is Robert going to stay out of trouble and survive Camp? This is a great chapter book for the younger reader getting ready for summer!

Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff - Sam is having the strangest dreams that feel incredibly real, and what is up with the number eleven appearing in those dreams? Then there is Caroline, the new girl in class. Before he knows it he and Caroline are becoming friends and working together to unravel the mystery that is Sam and his dreams. This is a great story of friendship and mystery sure to be a good read.

Help! A Story of Friendship by Holly Keller - Mouse, Hedgehog, Rabbit, Squirrel and Snake are all great friends. All is well until rumor and gossip begin to cause problems among these friends. What do friends do when another is in trouble, or when one friend hurts another's feelings? Read this book to explore a well written story exploring friendship. Filled with great art work and a simple story that kids can relate to, this book is a great read.


Gibson Girls & Suffragists: Perceptions of Women from 1900 to 1918 by Catherine Gourley - The turn of the 20th century is an exciting time for women as they explore new roles in society. Fighting for the right to vote, taking on adventures, even playing sports. This book is full of great information, a complete index, and wonderful reproductions of art and pictures form this exciting time for women in American history.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It really wasn't that good.

May 2, 2008 at 1:17 PM  

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