April 2009

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in April 2009. Click on the "check the catalog" link to see if the book is available. If it isn't, ask a librarian to put it on hold for you.

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The Graveyard Book

Bod does not find a graveyard to be a scary place to spend the night. It's his home! Ghosts and other beings of the night are Bod's family and friends. They keep him safe from the danger that seeks him in the world of the living. Eventually, Bod will have to face the danger from the living. He will not, however, face it unprepared.

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Amulet: The Stonekeeper Book 1

After losing their father in a tragic automobile accident two years ago, Emily and Navin are less than enthusiastic about having to leave their home in the city and move into their deceased great-grandfather's house in the middle of nowhere. However, Emily’s unexpected discovery of a mysterious necklace arouses the interest of some malevolent "houseguests," and catapults the family into an underground world inhabited by the strangest of creatures. This graphic novel by Kabuishi appears to be a good beginning to what I am sure will be an exciting adventure.

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Willow Run

This is the story of Margaret "Meggie" Dillon, a charming young girl whose life gets turned upside down by World War II. We first meet Meggie in her hometown of Rockaway, New York where she lives with her parents just down the road from her grandpa's house. Grandpa, although a loyal American citizen who fought in World War I, was born and raised in Germany and still mixes up his v's and his f's. Meggie's older brother Eddie is off fighting in the war. As if there isn't enough to worry about with Grandpa and Eddie, her father decides to pack up the family and move to Willow Run, Michigan, to work in a factory building planes to help with the war effort! This is a memorable story of friendship, family, and hope. Patricia Reilly Giff also wrote the Newberry Honor-Winning books, Lily's Crossing and Picture of Hollis Woods.

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Shhh!

Among the noise of the city, its workers, bands playing, people talking, cars zooming, vrooming and aka-akaing there is a little shrew who had wonderful news! But with all the noise that everyone (and everything) was making no one could hear his news. He wanted so badly to tell the whole world, but nobody heard him. The world was too noisy. He never gave up, and finally he gets a chance to tell everyone his most wonderful news. This story has an important message for us all today if we would just count one, two, three...You have to read the story to find out what you must do to hear the news of the shrew.

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