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

Monday, October 3, 2011

October Recommendations for Kids

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by CatherynneValente - Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.

With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when the author first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.

The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson - For excitement-hungry orphan Ivo, a mission to save Princess Mirella from the dreaded Ogre of Oglefort is a dream come true. Together with a hag, a wizard, and a troll, Ivo sets out, ready for adventure. But when they get to the ogre's castle, the rescuers are in for a surprise: the princess doesn't need saving, but the depressed ogre does! It's a warmhearted, hilarious romp in the tradition of Roald Dahl, with enough creepy magic, ghosts, and laughs to make even the saddest ogre smile.

Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin, Jr. - Ten little caterpillars are out and about in our big wild world—come join them! You never know what you might find....A butterfly, perhaps?

Readers of all ages have celebrated the work of Bill Martin Jr and Lois Ehlert ever since their first collaboration on Chicka Chicka Boom Boom more than twenty-five years ago. Now these two picture-book geniuses are together again in this dynamic and visually stunning counting-and-natural-history picture book that’s just perfect for reading aloud—and that comes complete with a glossary filled with intriguing information about all ten of the caterpillar stars.

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick - Playing with the form he created in his trailblazing debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick once again sails into uncharted territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey. Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother's room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.

Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories--Ben's told in words, Rose's in pictures--weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful--with over 460 pages of original artwork--Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.

Ghost Hunt: Chilling Tales of the Unknown by Jason Hawes - Why is Grandma Helen coming back from the dead? What is she looking for? Can ghosts become angry if their headstones are knocked over? Do ghosts get lonely? Can they leave pennies? These questions and more make for a good October read. There is also information about an organization called The Atlantic Paranormal Society, and a ghost hunt guide.

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure - A train rushing through the night, eleven year old twins who have just run away from the circus, a rescue performed by piecing together the exquisitive corpse, a top-secret robot, and an encounter with a black pig wearing a white eye patch are parts of this quirky and amusing novel. This book, written by nineteen authors, begins with “A very unusual and completely amazing story pieced together out of so many parts that it is not possible to describe them all here, so go ahead and just start reading”. How could you resist?

The Black by D.J. MacHale - Death isn’t what Cooper Foley expected, he doesn’t need sleep, or deodorant, and no one tells him what to do. The people he cares about are in danger, and he wants to help them, andnow he is in the midst of a war between the world of the living and the dead. This is book two in the Morpheus Road trilogy.

The Grave Robber’s Secret by Anna Myers - Robby Hare’s father forces him to help rob a grave on a moonless night, and sell the body to a nearby medical college. When Robby suspects his father of murder, and the dangerous Mr. Burke and his daughter come to live at his family’s boarding house, Robby has serious decisions to make.


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