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Youth Services Staff Picks

July 2014 Staff Picks 


Happy Fourth of July!  If you’re not too busy watching fireworks, come grab some of this month’s staff picks.  Remember, one more month to work on your Summer Reading Logs, due Aug. 2nd!


Llama Llama YS Staff

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Darlene’s Pick:     

Kylie Jean Craft

Kylie Jean Rodeo Queen Crafts by Mary Meinking– J 745.5 MEI

 For 2 – 3; Published 2014 

Synopsis: Crafts to go along with the Kylie Jean series. 

Darlene says: I chose this book because it is a way to get the reader hands on projects that relate to the book.  Plus it is fun to read in a Southern accent. 

Darlene also suggests:

Kylie Jean Party Craft Queen by Marne Ventura – J 745.5 VEN 

Kylie Jean Craft Queen by M. Peschke – J 745.5 VEN






 Debbie's Pick:  

Go Home

Go Home! The True Story of James the Cat by Libby Phillips Meggs – E MEG

For grades K – 3; published 2000

Synopsis: James can't remember when he lived with the people who put the now-too-tight collar on him so many years ago. He is too busy trying to survive on his own. When a kind family gives him a little attention, he thinks that maybe he has found a new home. However, the family members believe that the cat must belong to someone and shoo him away.

Debbie says: James would go home but he can’t quite remember where home is.


Debbie also suggests:

No Cats Allowed by Lois Simmie – E SIM

Excuse me…Are you a witch? by Emily Horn – E HOR






Jenn's Pick:  


Tuesday by David Weisner – J CALD WIE

For grades K – 3; Published 1991

  • Synopsis:  Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.


Jenn says: In this nearly wordless book David Weisner creates a fantastic story of flying frogs through his amazing illustrations.  The fact that there are practically no words allows the reader to discover a new story with each reading.  Wordless books are great for beginning or nervous readers or anyone with a wonderful imagination!


Jenn also suggests:

Sidewalk Circus by Paul Fleischman – E FLE

Rainstorm by Barbara Lehman– E LEH







Kelsey’s Pick:  

Dear America

Dear America Seriesby various authors– J SER DEA

For grades 5 – 8; Published 1996

Synopsis: Each Dear America book is written in the form of a diary of a young man or woman's life during an important event or time period in American history. The Dear America series covers a wide range of topics, including: the Pilgrims' journey to the New World, the Salem Witch Trials, the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the American Civil War, World War I and World War II, slavery, immigration, and more. The breadth of historical topics covered in these books through fiction makes the Dear America series a favorite teaching device of history schoolteachers around the country.


Kelsey says: I loved the Dear America books when I was younger. I have always loved history, and for the longest time I was convinced that all of these characters in these books had been real people and lived out these stories. Of course, there were men and women very much like them, but the characters were much more immediate and real to me when I was little. They’re an easy and engrossing way to learn about real and important events in history.


Kelsey also suggests:

The Royal Diaries series by various authors – J SER ROY

The American Girl series by various authors – J SER AME

Lynn's Pick:

Gerald McBoing

Gerald McBoing Boing by Dr. Seuss– E SEU

For grades K – 2; Published 1950

  • Synopsis:  Gerald McCloy is a little boy who doesn't speak words but only weird sounds and who doesn't fit in until his uniqueness is recognized and affirmed.


Lynn says: Gerald pays too much attention to those who tell him his limitations. When someone finally sees his strengths, everything changes! It's a good lesson for us all.

Lynn also suggests:

Horton hears a who by Dr. Seuss- E SEU




Ofilia’s Pick:    


Weasels by Elys Dolan– E DOL

For grades 1 – 4; Published 2014

Synopsis:  When a group of weasels plot to take over the world, they encounter some technical difficulties.

Ofilia says: How can you resist weasels that are trying to take over the world? You can’t. Don’t even try. Be sure to take an extra look at the detailed illustrations and read the dialogue the working weasels are having on the side. Hilarious and clever!

Ofilia also suggests:

Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace by James Proimos – E PRO

Big Plans by Bob Shea– E SHE




Veronica’s Pick:    

Island of thieves


Island of Thieves by Josh Lacey– J F Adventure LAC


For grades 4 – 7; Published 2012


Synopsis:  "Only boring people get bored…Interesting people can always find something to be interested in." That’s what Tom Trelawney’s father says, anyway. Tom shouldn’t have been interested in playing with matches but he was...bored. Now the shed is in ashes and strange Uncle Harvey is the only one willing to have him stay while his parents’ vacation. Tom soon discovers Harvey is going to South America on a treasure hunt and though nephews aren’t invited, he manages to tag along. Before it’s over he’ll drive a car, fire a gun and run for his life. Tom realizes that life may be about following the rules, but survival may be about breaking them.

Veronica says: I liked this book because the uncle was very funny and entertaining. I also liked the action packed adventure that Tom went on even though some of it was a bit unbelievable. I can’t wait for the sequel.       


Veronica also suggests:

 The Adventures of Tin-TIn by Alexander Irvine – J Adventure IRV

The Case of the Deadly Desperados by Caroline Lawrence – J Mystery LAW          



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