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GET CLUED IN TO JUVENILE FICTION

18 May

Posted by Children’s Librarian, Nancy Novak

Summer is fast approaching, and kids will be out of school, ready for fun.  I invite you to make SUMMER READING part of that fun!  School aged kids can join our Summer Reading Club and read as much as they want about anything they want to know.  Check out all the details here, to get your kids started.

Here is just a sample of the fabulous fiction books available for your children to check out:

Darth Paper Strikes Back, by Tom Angleberger  J FIC ANGLEBERGER

Angleberger first captivated young readers with his The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (chosen by young readers for the Bluebonnet Award of 2012), and continues the “saga” with this new edition.  A funny look at the trials and tribulation of middle school, which is why kids, especially boys, have embraced this series.  Put it into kids’ hands and watch them smile as they read.

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate   J FIC APPLEGATE in New Arrivals

A lovely, poignant story about a gorilla and an elephant kept at a mall and how the gorilla finds a way to broadcast their plight, resulting in their transfer to a zoo. Based on a true story. Ivan’s narration will tug at your heart as he speaks about his imprisonment, at the same time acknowledging that humans can be good at times.

It is a well written work that allows the reader to think about the issue from more than one angle. The chapters, sometimes, are only one sentence long.  But that sentence really invites the reader to PONDER.  I think it is so well written that it could be a candidate for the Newbery Medal.

Wildwood, by Colin Meloy   J FIC MELOY

A captivating fantasy about the age old forces of good and evil, set right outside modern Portland, Oregon and drawn with excruciating detail. Meloy clearly knows how to tell a good yarn; he kept me interested in his world building throughout the whole novel, and I was always eager to get back to it. He also inserts biblical, mythological, and historical references, and is very unapologetic about using big words. Readers can understand some of them from context, some from actually consulting a dictionary! In the tradition of Lemony Snicket, Meloy every so often uses the dialogue to define a word, and does a decent job of it. So kids learn as they are having fun reading. And isn’t that as it should be?

I loved the characters, a combination of humans and animals. There’s just about every species represented here, including the flora a la Avatar. I had no trouble visualizing the landscape. Carson Ellis’ illustrations are wonderful – very detailed and folk arty. As an aside, Meloy is the lead singer of the band, The Decemberists.  You can tell that he loves storytelling, and I think many readers will like this particular story of his.

Earwig and the Witch, by Dianne Wynne Jones  J FIC JONES in New Arrivals

This is a quick and easy read for kids that introduces them to Diana Wynne Jones’ fabulous fantasy writing. Magic and witches are no match for Earwig, whose expertise in making authority figures do her bidding is renowned. The bad guys are stereotypically bad, and Paul O. Zelinsky’s illustrations are wonderful. Fun all around.

And of course we have all the popular series, like Hank the Cowdog, Diary of Wimpy Kid, Ramona, Babymouse, Ranger’s Apprentice, Magic Tree House, Judy Moody, Stink, Pendragon, Redwall, Dragonbreath, and more. Much, much more!

So bring your kids to the library so they can READ TO GO FAR!!

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