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Youth Services Staff Picks

March 2015 Staff Picks 


We have books to keep you entertained during these snowy, rainy, gross days.  Come grab a staff pick and stay inside reading!

 Halloween 2014

The Youth Services Team dresses up as Goodnight Moon for Halloween.



Audrey's Pick:

How I ghost

How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle – J F TIN 

For grades 4 – 8; published 2013 

Synopsis: Issac, a Choctaw boy tells the story of his tribe's removal from the only land its people had ever known, their journey on the Trail of Tears, and what led him to become a ghost. 

Audrey says: This book is best read late at night, or around a camp fire. Tingle is an exceptional storyteller who weaves Choctaw myth and folklore in with historical accuracy.  

Audrey also suggests:
The Birchbark House series by Louise Eldrich – J SER BIR
A Boy Called Slow: The True Story of Sitting Bull by Joseph Bruchac – J B SIT


Debbie's Pick:


The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud – J F Scary/Spooky STR 

For grades 6 – 9; published 2013 

Synopsis: For fifty years malicious ghosts have plagued London. The ghosts can be seen and heard only by children and in an attempt to contain the ghosts and destroy their Source adults have formed agencies and companies to exploit the children’s abilities. The only ghost hunting agency run solely by kids, Lockwood & Co., fights to stem the growing tide of ghosts before they devour London completely. 

Debbie says: Lockwood & Co., Lucy Carlyle, Anthony Lockwood and George Cubbins, are a powerful trio. George researches, Lockwood sees and Lucy hears the ghosts. Together they use these talents to track down the ghosts, destroy their Source - and survive. Really scary!  

Debbie also suggests:
The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud – J F Scary/Spooky STR
Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn – J F Scary/Spooky HAH




Jenn's Pick: 

Talkin Bessie

Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes– J B COL

For grades Pre-K – 3; Published 2002

Synopsis:  Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was always being told what she could & couldn't do. In an era when Jim Crow laws and segregation were a way of life, it was not easy to survive. Bessie didn't let that stop her. Although she was only 11 when the Wright brothers took their historic flight, she vowed to become the first African -American female pilot. Her sturdy faith and determination helped her overcome obstacles of poverty, racism, and gender discrimination. Innovatively told through a series of monologues.

Jenn says: I had never heard of Elizabeth Coleman before this, which is unfortunate as she was awesome!  I love how this book is set up with her life being told through anecdotes relayed by family and friends.

Jenn also suggests:
Amelia to Zora: 26 Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee – J B AME
Count on Us: American Woman in the Military by Amy Nathan – J 355.008 NAT






Kelsey's Pick:  

My Sdie

My Side of the Mountainby Jean Craighead George – J SER MYS

For grades 3 – 7; Published 1959

Synopsis: Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in his family's crowded New York City apartment. So, armed with just the bare necessities -- a penknife, a ball of cord, some flint and steel, and the clothes on his back -- he runs away to the mountains. There, Sam must rely on his own ingenuity and the resources of the great outdoors to survive -- and he discovers a side of himself he never knew existed.


Kelsey says: I remember loving this book when I was younger. However, looking back on it, Sam seems to make some very poor life choices. However, I was thoroughly convinced that I was also going to run away to the woods and live in a tree and train a falcon to hunt for me. Thankfully, I did not do that, but this book certainly fuels the imagination.

Kelsey also suggests:
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen – J SER HAT
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George – J NEWB GEO






Lindsay’s Pick:  

Emily Post

Thanks a LOT, Emily Post! by Jennifer LaRue Huget – E HUG

For grades Pre-K – 3; Published 2009

Synopsis: Based on Emily Post’s bestselling etiquette book, published in 1922, here’s an uproarious picture book that takes rules about behavior and turns them upside down. When Mother brings home Post’s big blue book—it’s all about minding your manners—there sure are a lot of new rules to follow: No slumping in chairs, no leaning on your elbows at the table, no shouting at the top of your lungs. Mother is delighted, but the kids are not. What they need is a clever plan to get rid of that pesky book once and for all. But how? Turns out the answer’s easy—they just have to play by the rules.

Lindsay says: Thanks a LOT, Emily Post is a beautifully illustrated, delightful journey of children who are stuck learning every teeny, tiny rule of etiquette once their mother gets Emily Post’s book of manners. The main character is so believable as an irritated child who hates having to mind their manners. The pictures whimsically show the fun integration of Post’s actual characters and quotes. A fun way to look at manners and their true purpose. 

Lindsay also suggests:
Mary Wrightly, So Politely by Shirin Yim Bridges – E BRI
Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra – E SIE



Lynn’s Pick: 

Jack Stalwart

Super Agent Jack Stalwart: The Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur by Elizabeth Singer Hunt – J SER SEC

For grades 1 – 4; Published 2007

Synopsis: An eager young scientist has brought to life a dangerous flesh-eating dinosaur by crossing its DNA with his pet dog's DNA. Can Secret Agent Jack Stalwart capture the creature before it destroys New York City? 

Lynn says: Being a secret agent at age 9 would be awesome!  Especially when you get to save the world from horrible things … and use the cool gadgets every secret agent seems to have.   

Lynn also suggests:
Secret Agent Jack Stalwart series by Elizabeth Singer Hunt – J SER SEC




Ofilia's Pick:

Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson–J 921 WOO 

For grades 4 – 7; Published 2014 

Synopsis:  Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. 

Ofilia says: These poems read like a story and the imagery is so vivid you can picture it all. She describes her family with just a few well-chosen words and it tells you everything you need to know about them so skillfully. Woodson depicts so many of her memories and feelings as a child and filters very complicated themes through these thoughts. The verse is magical as Woodson recalls the smallest details that have such large impacts throughout her life. 

Ofilia also suggests:
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia – J F Way Back When WIL
Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford– J 811.6 WEA 



Veronica’s Pick:    


Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans –E BEM

For grades K – 2; Published 1939

Synopsis:  Madeline, smallest and naughtiest of the twelve little charges of Miss Clavel, wakes up one night with an attack of appendicitis. 

Veronica says: I never read this book until my daughter found it on her book shelf and read it to me.We had fun looking at the sparsely colored illustrations that were such a huge part of the story and we loved brave, outspoken Madeline. There is a tranquility to the way the words flow on the page. It is a book that is fun to discuss and re-read over and over.

Veronica also suggests:
Madeline and the Bad Hat by Ludwig Bemelmans – E BEM
Madeline and the Cats of Rome by Ludwig Bemelmans – E BEM


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