Youth Services Staff Picks
December 2018 Staff Picks
Sheets by Brenda Thummler- J GN SHE
For grades 6and up; published 2018
Synopsis: When Marjorie, a practical teen in charge of her family's laundry business, encounters Wendell, a ghost seeking purpose in the forbidden human world, the pair must find a solution to Wendell's hauntings that are causing chaos in Marjorie's life.
Anna says: If you enjoyed Ghosts, you will love this story. Marjorie is going through a very rough time in life and Wendell, the ghost, just doesn’t make things easier…at first! You will love to hate the “bad guy” and Wendell is adorably funny.
Anna also suggests:
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier- J GN GHO
Smile by Raina Telgemeier- J GN SMI
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds – J F REY
For grades 5th – 8th; published 2016
Synopsis: When Genie and his older brother spend their summer in the country with their grandparents, he learns a secret about his grandfather and what it means to be brave.
Chelsea says: I had to read this book for a project, and I could not have been happier that this is the book I had been assigned. The reveal of the secret is amazing; I laughed out loud several times, and I teared up a couple of times, too. You’ll love Genie and Ernie and the shenanigans they get up to!
Chelsea also suggests:
Restart by Gordon Korman – J F KOR
Rules by Cynthia Lord – J F LOR
Ocean: the Definitive Visual Guide by Fabian Cousteau – J 551.46 OCE
For grades 5th – 8th; published 2014
Synopsis: This ... visual guide reveals the power and majesty of the seas and oceans, which cover more than two-thirds of the earth's surface. Navigate the mysteries and marvels of the deep, using a combination of ... photography and expertly researched text.
Crystal Says: This book has amazing pictures of the ocean and all its wonders. Prepare to be fascinated!
Crystal also suggests:
About Habitats: Oceans by Cathryn P. Sill – J 578.77 SIL
Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean by Maris Wicks – J GN SCI
Islandborn by Junot Diaz– E DIA
For grades K – 3rd, published 2018
Synopsis: Lola’s assignment is to draw a picture of the country where she was born. But how can you do that when you don’t remember because you were so little when you left?
Debbie says: Lola asks her family and neighbors for their stories and the picture begins to emerge.
Debbie also suggests:
Welcome by Barroux– E BAR
A Different Pond by Bao Phi- E PHI
Fuku Fuku 1: Kitten Talesby Konami Kanata – J GN FUK
For grades 3 and up; published 2016
Synopsis: Vignettes in the life of a kitten and her doting owner, wherein even the most mundane things appear exciting and fresh.
Kelsey says: As a cat owner, I absolutely love Fuku Fuku and all of the kitty hijinks portrayed in this graphic novel series. The illustrations are adorable, and the storylines are fun and easy to follow. Both boys and girls will get a kick out of the adventures of Fuku Fuku has with her new owner.
Kelsey also suggests:
Fuku Fuku 2 by Kanata Konami – J GN FUK
Chi’s Sweet Home series by Kanata Konami – J GN CHI
Dude! by Aaron Reynolds – E REY
For Grades Pre K – 2; published 2018
Synopsis: Dude. You have to read this book. It's totally about this platypus and this beaver who are friends. They want to go surfing but dude, there's this shark who's in the ocean, too. But don't worry. This shark approaches and you'll never guess what happens.
Ofilia says: Dude! Never has one word held so many meanings. Laugh out loud and try all of the different ways to express yourself with just this single word. Santat’s illustrations are vibrant and expressive matching the silliness of the story expertly.
Ofilia also suggests:
Moo! by David LaRochelle – E LAR
Quack!: There’s a Duck on the Moon! by Arthur Yorinks – E YOR
The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock – J F MUR (Way Back When)
For grades 4th – 6th; published 2018
Synopsis: In 1350, a boy with a large hump on his back becomes the servant of a shadowy pilgrim on his way to Rome who pulls the boy into a dangerous expedition across Europe to gather the seven precious relics of Saint Peter.
Roben says: Historical fantasy adventure with a touch of mystery – something for almost everyone.
Roben also suggests:
Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman – J F CUS (Way Back When)
The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli – J NEWB DEA
Totally Amazing Facts about Dogs by Nikki Potts – J 636.7 POT
For grades: 1st – 3rd; published 2018
Synopsis: Ever wondered how many words dogs can learn? Want to know how many bones a dog has? Curious to find out what kind of dog yodels? Check out all the mind-bending, amazing facts about dogs!
Stephanie says: These fact books are TOTALLY AMAZING! I thought I knew a lot about dogs, but I did not know most of these facts!
Stephanie also suggests:
Totally Amazing Facts about Geography by Cari Meister – J 910.2 MEI
Totally Amazing Facts about Weather by Jaclyn Jaycox – J 551.6 JAY
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket – J SER SER
For grades 3rd – 6th; published 1999
Synopsis: After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.
Whitney says: With the Netflix adaptation and the movie both putting their own twist on The Series of Unfortunate Events, it’s nice to get to the original story from the beginning – the bad beginning. The unique take the author brings to this series makes it unforgettable and each book seems to take you deeper into the strange and terrible world the three orphans live in. Just when you think it can’t get any better, it proves you wrong in the most unfortunate of ways.
Whitney also suggests:
The Last of the Sky Pirates by Paul Stewart – J SER EDG
No Passengers Beyond This Point by Gennifer Choldenko – J F CHO
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm – J GN SUN
For grades 3rd – 7th; published 2015
Synopsis: Sunny Lewin is sent to live with her grandfather for the summer in Florida, where she befriends Buzz, a boy completely obsessed with comic books, and faces the secret behind why she is in Florida in the first place.
Yentl says: I really liked these two semi-autobiographical books by Jennifer and Matthew Holm. They deal with a serious subject in a way that is relatable to children. Sunny is a funny and likeable character. She goes through some tough times, but she proves to be brave despite them.
Yentl also suggests:
Swing It, Sunny by Jennifer Holm – J GN SUN
Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk – J GN MAK