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

Friday, October 31, 2008

November Recommendations for Kids


Philippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister by Liz Kessler - Philippa Fisher is an ordinary 11 ½ year old girl until she meets Daisy, who confesses she is Philippa's reluctant fairy godsister. Philippa's best friend has just moved away, so perhaps the requisite three wishes will transform Philippa into the most popular girl! Daisy and her attitude provide an amusing glimpse into the mysterious fairy realm.

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau - Before there was the movie, there was the book! In the perpetual night, illuminated only by floodlamps, Lina and Doon fret about the future of the City of Ember. Beyond the city, the pitch-black Unknown Regions have not been explored because the understanding of fire and electricity have been lost. The citizens of Ember have forgotten their past and lost their future direction. As the city storerooms become increasingly depleted, and the lights flicker, the people worry for their future. Twelve-year-old Doon and Lina hatch a plan to deal with the corruption they witness. Doon is a Pipeworker, who repairs the plumbing in the tunnels under the city where the river tears through the darkness, and Lina runs the length and breath of the city as a Messenger. When Lina finds an old paper with enigmatic "Instructions for Egress," they begin to solve the puzzle to find the dangerous way to the city of light.

Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett - Sassy Gingerbread Baby is lonely and sets out to find friends with nearly disasterous results. After a merry chase, Gingerbread Baby finds plenty of gingerbread friends. With Brett's detailed signature artwork and a sweet cookie recipe, children will request repeated readings of this fun tale.


Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem by Jack Prelutsky - Jack Prelutsky, an amusing and prolific poet, explains where he gets his inspiration for his poems, and provides poetry writing tips in his inimitable style. When he was a boy, he was not the best behaved, and he combines several of his exploits in the poem, "I wonder Why Dad Is So Thoroughly Mad". His meatball-and-spaghetti yo-yo inventions, which so horrified his mother, inspired the poem "My mother Says I'm Sickening." If you need to write a poem for homework and want some help, then this is the book for you!

Face to Face with Lions by Beverly and Dereck Joubert - From National Geographic photographers and researchers comes this exciting factual look at lions. Find out why lions have mans and how not to bet eaten by a lion.


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