May 2010

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in May 2010. 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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Here Lies the Librarian

Richard Peck, Newberry Medal winner for A Year Down Yonder, does another great job in this historical novel depicting what life was like for children in another era. Peck tells a picture perfect and folksy story of early twentieth century America filled with quirky characters in a small Indiana town. Auto mechanics, classic cars, librarians and drag races...oh my! A fun read for both children and adults.

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Ghost Eye

Purrloom Popcorn is a show cat with one golden and one blue eye. And although he is perfectly content to live a papered life on the show circuit, he has a nagging memory of a past life in a loving home with a kindly old lady. Life is rather ordinary for Purloom until one day, he is mysteriously transported to an old house and becomes the pet of a family with a lonely little girl. If that's not shocking enough he discovers that he can see ghosts in the old house. Guided by the antics of his ghost friends, Purrloom Popcorn rediscovers the warmth and companionship he enjoyed as a young kitten, and he learns to accept love and affection from his new family.

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The Great Good Thing

Have you ever wondered what characters in a book do when no one is reading; or what happens if their book is destroyed? The Great Good Thing provides intriguing answers. Twelve year old Princess Sylvie finds her story boring, it always ends the same way; however when the book is destroyed, she and the other characters are forced to flee for their lives into the mind of the last reader, Claire. In Claire's mind Princess Sylvie finds her life to be much more exciting, maybe too exciting. To save herself and her family she has have to find a way to get her story back the way that it was.

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The Lacemaker and the Princess

  • by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Call number: J BRADLEY
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  • Recommended for ages: 9-12

Isabelle is an eleven year-old lacemaker in 1788 France who suddenly finds herself befriended by Marie Antoinette's daughter, Princess Therese. They ride royal ponies and dine with silver forks, but their different social classes, as well as political unrest, strain their friendship. This is a great novel for anyone interested in French royalty and the French Revolution.

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