October 2010

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in October 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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Go Big or Go Home

A seriously extreme adventure begins for Brady Steele as he watches a meteor shower in the wee hours one morning, and a meteorite crashes through his roof and into his bed! "You lie like a rug," says Quinn after hearing the news, but nothing would keep him from visiting his cousin and seeing it with his own two eyes. So the two adventurous cousins end up spending a wild week together during summer break - extreme bicycling, caving, fishing, and even a little buffalo vaulting - all while trying to discover the truth behind Brady's strange, new abilities and battling their rivals, including Attila the Turkish war dog, for possession of the rare meteorite.

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Big Plans

A fun and energetic read, Big Plans is a young boy's declaration to the world of his BIG PLANS. With a cry of "I got big plans! Big plans, I say!" he moves up in the world from the time-out corner of his classroom to the moon. This book makes a great read-aloud and will have parents and kids alike laughing out loud at the boy's big plans.

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The Hoboken Chicken Emergency

Arthur Bobowicz's mother sends him out to buy a Thanksgiving turkey. However, there are none to be found, so, he comes home with a 266-pound, live chicken on a leash named Henrietta. Arthur wants to keep her for a pet in his New Jersey apartment, but his parents are not so sure... and Henrietta has a mind of her own. Will Henrietta cause a town panic? Will the Mayor lose his election over a chicken? Will the World's Deadliest Chicken Catcher sweep into town and trap her? Will Hoboken ever be the same? Check out this hilariously fun book and find out!

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Railroad John and the Red Rock Run

Yeehaw! "Railroad John and the Red Rock Run" is a tall tale set in the Wild West. It's quite a ride on the Red Rock Run for Lonesome Bob and Granny Apple Fritter. Lonesome Bob has to make it to Red Rock by 2:00 to marry Wildcat Annie. Rail Road John has never been late. So, they set off on a trip with not a worry until... They have a run in with Bad Bill, and if that's not enough, there is a colossal storm approaching. How will Lonesome Bob ever make it in time to marry Wild Cat Annie? Read Railroad John and the Red Rock run for a whalloping good time and find out.

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Magic Trixie

Looking for a fun Halloween read? Consider Jill Thompson's graphic novel Magic Trixie. Trixie and her classmates (who just happen to be vampires, mummies, werewolves, and monsters) are preparing for show-and-tell. Everyone has something awesome to show except Trixie, who is not allowed to play with the big wand, cauldron, or spell book. What then will Trixie do for show-and-tell? Perhaps she'll make her baby sister disappear forever.

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