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Youth Services Staff Picks

November 2014 Staff Picks 


Time to be thankful for some new staff picks.  We have everything from spooky ghost stories to dog stories to biographies of famous artists
so sit back and enjoy!

 Halloween 2014

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



Debbie's Pick:     

Storybook of LegendsThe Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale – J SER EVE

For grades 5 – 8; published 2013

Synopsis: Children of all the fairy tale characters attend Ever After High during their sophomore year. Each student must sign the Storybook of Legends and agree to live their life according to the story of their parents or risk oblivion.

Debbie says: What does a fairy tale teen do when their story is evil but they are not.


Debbie also suggests:

The Unfairest of Them All by Shannon Hale – J SER EVE

A Wonderlandiful World by Shannon Hale – J SER EVE





 Jenn's Pick:  

Night GardenerThe Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier– J F Scary/Spooky AUX

For grades 4 – 6; Published 2014

Synopsis:  Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house. 

Jenn says: Jonathan Auxier is a great storyteller.  The Night Gardener is a creepy, slow-building story.  It is engrossing and definitely made my spine tingle!  There are also wonderful lessons taught by the characters but in a natural, not after school special sort of way. 

Jenn also suggests:

The Seer of Shadows by Avi – J F Scary/Spooky AVI

All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn– J F Scary/Spooky HAH







Kelsey's Pick:  

ExpeditionersThe Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyonby Sarah Stewart Taylor– J F TAY

For grades 4 – 9; Published 2014

Synopsis: Brilliant explorer Alexander West's just died under mysterious circumstances, but not before smuggling half of a strange map to his intrepid children. It's up to Alexander's children, the Expeditioners, to get to the bottom of things, and fast.

Kelsey says: It’s hard to describe this one. It’s a blend of steampunk, cartography, and alternate history. It’s very, very interesting. And a lot of fun! I was happy to learn that there are plans for it to be a series in the works. It actually leaves a lot of the backstory shrouded in mystery, so we still have quite a bit to learn about the West family. A great new adventure!


Kelsey also suggests:

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall – J SER PEN
Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket – J SER SER






Lindsay’s Pick:  

Stand TallStand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell – E LOV

For grades K – 2; Published 2001

Synopsis: Even when the class bully at her new school makes fun of her, Molly remembers what her grandmother told her and she feels good about herself. 



Lindsay says: Molly Lou Melon is an adorable little girl who marches to the beat of her own drum and is proud of it! She’s not afraid to show off her talents, however quirky or unique they may be, and she isn’t worried about what anyone will think of her. She does what makes her happy and does it joyfully!  


Lindsay also suggests: 

Odd Velvet by Mary W. Whitcomb – E WHI
Oddrey by DAve Whamond-E WHA





Lynn’s Pick:


Football HeroFootball Hero by Tim Green – J SER FOO 

For grades 5 – 8; Published 2008 

Synopsis: When twelve-year-old Ty's brother, Thane, is recruited out of college to play for the New York Jets, their Uncle Gus uses Ty to get insider information for his gambling ring, landing Ty and Thane in trouble with the Mafia. 

Lynn says: It’s football season!  Why not read about football.  This book makes me wonder if this is what really happens in the world of sports.  What do you think?


Lynn also suggests: 

Football Genius by Tim Green – J SER FOO
Deep Zone by Time Green- J SER FOO





Ofilia's Pick:

Viva FridaViva Frida by Yuyi Morales– J SPA E MOR

For grades 1 and up; Published 2014

Synopsis:  Frida Kahlo, one of the world's most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Distinguished author/illustrator Morales illuminates Kahlo's life and work in this elegant and fascinating picture-book biography. 

Ofilia says: Simple text in both English and Spanish gives a very basic overview of the famous Mexican artist. What shines here are the illustrations. Unique, bold and unforgettable, much like Frida’s own work. Morales’ talent is fantastic and fun.

Ofilia also suggests:

Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales – E MOR

Frida by Jonah Winter– J B KAH




Veronica’s Pick:    

Mister BudMister Bud Wears the Cone by Carter Goodrich– E GOD

For grades K – 2; Published 2014

Synopsis:  This time Mister Bud has to wear a dreaded cone to keep him from scratching an itch on his back. It blocks his view and makes it difficult for him to eat, drink, and play with Zorro, the precocious pug with whom he shares a household. Zorro teases and taunts Mister Bud and delights in getting into all kinds of doggie mischief, thinking that his companion will be blamed. In a satisfying ending, the dogs resume their friendship, and peace is restored.

Veronica says: The author does a great job in portraying Mister Bud’s shame, embarrassment and frustrations when wearing the dreaded cone. I found Zorro’s antics in teasing Mister Bud very funny and the illustrations just add to the story. You can’t help but love these two completely opposite canine personalities.

Veronica also suggests:

Say Hello to Zorro by Carter Goodrich – E GOD

I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow– E LIT


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