September 2009

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in September 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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Yosemite National Park

  • by David Petersen
  • Call number: JNF 979.4 PETERSEN
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  • Recommended for ages: 4-8 years

This book takes an extremely approachable look at Yosemite National Park. Although most people cringe at the thought of nonfiction, the creators of this book did an excellent job of combining a ton of factual information with breathtaking photography to lessen the sting of a laundry list of facts. I think that this is a great choice for younger readers who are curious about the United States’ diverse topography, or families who are looking to prepare their young ones for a family vacation. However, it is not advisable for those who have wanted to go for a while, but can't convince anyone to join them, to read this book.

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Football Genius

Tim Green, who once played as Defensive End for the Atlanta Falcons, has written his first novel for young readers and gives you an insider's look at professional football. This Georgia Children's Book Award nominee is an inspiring account of a young football player’s struggle to be appreciated for his talent, both as a player and for his skill in predicting the next play. Don't miss the fun as Troy and his best friends Tate and Nathan scheme to help Troy get the attention of the players, coaches, and even the owner of the Falcons to help them have a winning season. You'll be biting your fingernails and laughing out loud. "He was dizzy. It was louder than the lunchroom and happier than Christmas morning. It was a light-headed excitement unlike anything Troy had ever felt before."

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Leepike Ridge

Tom Hammond and his mother live next to Leepike Ridge in a house that is chained atop an enormous rock. Leepike Ridge sits above a beautiful valley with a winding river that holds many secrets. Tom and his mother have lived alone since his father died. However, one day, Tom's former teacher, Jeffrey Veatch, appears on the scene. Jeffrey seems to be very interested in courting Tom's mother. As the story develops, Tom steals away to the river to be alone and float on his raft. But the current quickly carries him to an underground stream. Although he is trapped in the underground caves and rivers, Tom is determined to find his way out. During his search, Tom encounters some very interesting surprises. For example, there is a man who has been living underground for three years after being trapped just like Tom. He also discovers many other surprises, all of which manage to change his future.

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My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

Patricia's brother Richard was four years older than her. He always had been and he always would be. He could throw farther, get dirtier and burp louder than Patricia. Patricia wished she could do something, anything, better than her brother. My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother is a fun story about being a kid sister. It is beautifully illustrated and written as a lovely memoir of the author's childhood.

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