November 2010

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in November 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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A Tugging String : A Novel about Growing Up During the Civil Rights Era

A Tugging String : A Novel about Growing Up During the Civil Rights Era, by David Greenberg, is historical fiction that does not veer far from actual fact. In fact, David Greenburg is the son of Jack Greenburg, a lawyer who played a major role in the civil rights movement. David Greenburg tells the history of the civil rights movement starting with the march called Bloody Sunday through the march from Selma to Montgomery led byDr. Martin Luther King. Along the way David paints a picture for us of his childhood with all of its humor and innocence. A Tugging String is a great read for anyone interested in the civil rights movement. It is also a great read for someone who enjoys a good story about growing up in the turbulent sixties.

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Christopher Robin Leads an Expotition

This was my very favorite Winnie the Pooh story when I was little. It features E.H. Shepard's lovely illustrations from the original Pooh books published in the 1920's. The story of Christopher Robin's quest for the North Pole with the help of his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood is sure to make readers of all ages laugh and either plan or remember their own backyard adventures.

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The City of Gold and Lead

The second book in the Tripod Trilogy is as enjoyable as the first (The White Mountains). After arriving at the home of the last free humans, Will, Henry, and Beanpole begin training to compete in the Games and be taken into the Tripod city, where they will serve as slaves to their alien masters. Will the information they gather be worth risking their lives? And, more importantly, will they be able to find a way to get the information back to the resistance leaders? This fast-paced trilogy is a great book series for reluctant readers or for readers looking to explore the realm of science fiction.

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Little Pea

Little Pea is like many other peas. He loves his Mama Pea and Papa Pea. He loves to play with his pea pals and roll down hills super fast! But, Little Pea also suffers from a horrible circumstance; he has to eat something awful for dinner every night: CANDY. Sometimes it's red candy, sometimes it's swirly candy, and sometimes it's purple and pink polka-dotted candy. Yuck. BLECH. What will Little Pea do? How will he ever be allowed to eat his favorite FAVORITE dessert?!? Kids and adults alike will love reading about Little Pea and laugh along with his little pea problem. The illustrations are similarly fun and funny. I absolutely love this book!

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