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

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

May Recommendations for Kids


Is It Night or Day? by Fern Chapman - Inspired by the experiences of her mother, Chapman chronicles the life of twelve-year-old Edith who is sent to America as a participant in the "One Thousand Children" program which placed child refugees in foster families in America to escape the Holocaust.

My Unwilling Witch Gets a Makeover by Hiawyn Oram - What is a Rumblewick, Haggy Aggy’s right hand cat to do when Haggy Aggy, her witch, decides she does not want to attend the long awaited Fright Night? Why does her witch now adore all things pink, and refuse to wear her black hats?

The Fast and the Furriest by Andy Behrens - Kevin, a twelve-year boy, lives in the shadow of his father’s former football stardom. Cromwell, Kevin’s inert pet dog, becomes obsessed with competing in dog-agility competitions after accidentally viewing a televised competition. Can Cromwell overcome his lifetime of potato chip addiction to become a serious contender in the competitive arena?

Powerless by Matthew Cody - When Daniel moves to Noble’s Green, he learns his six new friends have superpowers and protect the town. They each have a superpower: invisibility, the ability to fly, strength, among others. The moment the young superheroes turn thirteen, their powers and memory fade, and it’s up to ordinary Daniel to discover why, and who is to blame.

Bedtime for Mommy by Amy Rosenthal - A little girl’s humorous struggles to put her mom to bed. A fun bedtime story to share.

Jacob O’Reilly Wants a Pet by Lynne Rickards - Jacob desperately wants a pet, so at his parent’s suggestion he opens a pet-sitting business which is far too successful.


If I Had a Hammer by David Rubel - Inspiring Habitat for Humanity stories and experiences, with a foreword by Jimmy Carter. Habitat for Humanity has committed itself to serving people who cannot otherwise find affordable housing. The homes, now in over 90 countries, are built with volunteer labor, including the labor of the partner families. The partner families pay the full cost of their new homes over time through no-profit loans from Habititat. Abundant illustrations complete this record of how working together builds bridges between people.

Out of Line: Growing Up Soviet by Tina Grimberg - The difficulties of growing up Soviet in the 60’s and 70’s in Kiev. With families wedged in small two rooms, the babushkas guarded every courtyard. Religion was forbidden, lines were long, and poverty prevalent. Soviet life was all about who you knew, and what connections you had.


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