Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Reviews by Kids!

Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief.
Percy Jackson finds out that he is a god's son! Percy goes on a quest with his friends Grover and Annabeth to find Zeus's lightning bolt. A modern day greek mythology.

Submitted by Emily, 11
Lange, Karen E. (2007). 1607: A New Look at Jamestown. 48 pages. Grade 3-6.

In 1607 three ships sailed from England to the New World. 104 men and boys arrived in what would be Jamestown, but at the end of 1608 only 38 survived. New archaeological evidence has provided a fresh look at the history of Jamestown. Find out what really happened at Jamestown.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Staake, Bob (2006). The Red Lemon.
When Farmer McPhee goes out to collect his lemons, he finds a red one! What do you do with a red lemon? Rhyming text and bright illustrations will make this a fun read for young children.

Sans Souci, Daniel (2006). The Amazing Ghost Detectives. (PreS - Grade 2)
A mystery story for young listeners! Someone has broken into the clubhouse and made a big mess. A group of friends must find out who it was and what they were after. Young readers or listeners will enjoy following the clues and figuring out the mystery.

Mannis, Celeste Davidson (2006). Julia Morgan Built a Castle. (Gr. 1 and up)
A 19th century California girl, Julia Morgan, always dreamed of building homes and structures. She was the first woman to study architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France and became California's first female architect. Read about her fascinating life and how she made important strides for women in the field of architecture.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Book Reviews by Kids!

You can now send us your own review of a book that you've read and would like to recommend to others. We will only publish your first name for privacy issues. Please provide the author's name, title, and a short review of the book. Click here for the review form.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Join our Read-Aloud Book Club for 1st and 2nd Graders!

We will read Stuart's Cape by Sara Pennypacker (56 pages), do fun activities, and have a discussion about each chapter. You do not have to read the book ahead of time as we will be reading a chapter (or two) every week.

  • Date: Wednesdays May 7, 14, 21, and 28

  • Time: 4-5 pm

  • Place: Craft Room in the Children's Library

Registration is required and is limited to 10 children in grades 1-2. You must attend all 4 sessions. Questions? Call (781) 455-7559 ext. 204.

Funke, Cornelia (2007). Igraine the Brave. 212 pages. Grades 3-6.

Igraine, who has always wanted to be a knight, is turning twelve tomorrow! But, before the celebrations begin, a horrible knight from the neighboring kingdom attempts to steal her family's singing books and attack their castle. To make things worse, her parents have accidently turned themselves into pigs while using magic to create a present for Igraine. The only way that Igraine can help protect the castle is to turn her parents back to their human form, which means bringing back a giant's hair for the spell. Now Igraine will have to prove herself as a knight, help her parents, and save the castle! Find out if she can return in time to defend her home and celebrate her birthday.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Would you like to participate in a book club?

The Children's Library would like to hear from you if you are in grades 1 - 6 and interested in joining a book club!

Please fill out a survey at the Children's desk if you are interested.

Questions? Call (781) 455-7559 ext. 204 to speak to a Children's Librarian.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Lalicki, Tom (2006). Danger in the Dark (A Houdini & Nate Mystery). 186 pages. Grades 5-7.

It is the summer of 1911 and thirteen year old Nathaniel lives with his widowed mother and his great-aunt Alice in New York City. When he is woken up repeatedly by strange voices, Nate begins to suspect that something unusual is taking place at his aunt’s home. He soon realizes that his aunt is having spiritual gatherings that are led by Mr. Trane, a man that his aunt had just befriended. After meeting Houdini at his place of work, Bennett & Son, Gentleman’s Hatters, Nate asks for his help to uncover the mystery behind these gatherings and they find out that the phony man leading the séances is trying to get his hands on his aunt’s fortune rather than reach out to spirits. If you enjoyed reading about Houdini and would like to learn more about his life, try Spellbinder: The Life of Harry Houdini, also by Tom Lalicki.