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Author: Human Blend
Publication Date: 2010-06-10
Human Blend is the perfect book for anyone between 12 and 18 years old who likes books about folklore. Laney has mysterious special abilities that keep her running away from men who want to harm her. She hides from them by changing her appearance and starts to live a normal life. She makes new friends and begins falling in love with a local boy, but her new friends are harboring secrets of their own that put her and the boy in danger.
Author: Mélanie Watt
Publication Date: 2008-03-01
The best thing about this book is the humor. Mélanie Watt writes this book with such humor that every one who reads it can’t help but laugh out loud. The story is about a squirrel who is afraid of the unknown, among other things, and does not ever leave his tree. One day, his whole routine is turned upside down in one fell swoop. His routine will be forever changed because he learns something new. This book is full of fun details to hold your child’s attention and it also teaches a lesson about trying new things. This book is best for kids ages 7 through 14. Mélanie Watt also has a number of other books, including a couple more about Scaredy Squirrel.
Author: Mo Willems
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
If your child has ever begged you for a puppy, this is an awesome book to read them. It won’t necessarily deter them from continuing to ask you for one, but it might make them rethink their request. This pigeon claims she wants a puppy and that she will water it once a month and take puppyback rides on it, but once she sees what she’s getting into, she rethinks getting a puppy. This is a great book for children ages 6 through 12. Mo Willem has more books about Pigeon and a number of books starring a pig and an elephant. Any of his books are great for kids who have just learned how to read.
Author: Gary Paulsen
Publication Date: 2000-05-01
Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his was in a tiny airplane to visit his father after his parents’ recent divorce. The airplane is carrying only Brian and the pilot, and during the flight, the pilot has a heart attack and dies. Brian crashes the plane into a lake and is injured and stranded, but believes he will be rescued. All he has to survive is his hatchet and a will to live. He attempts to find berries and other things to eat, but he is not always successful. He eventually becomes better at using his hatchet to find food, but also has some encounters with wild animals. Physically surviving is not his only concern. He must go through some very emotionally trying times. This book is awesome, but there is violence and at times some very scary incidents. I recommend reading this book with your child if there are under the age of 10. Otherwise, this book would be best for kids ages 11 through 16.
Author: Megan McDonald
Judy Moody is a spunky adventurous young girl. She loves to try new things! There are 8 books in the series and in each one, she tries something new (and sometimes wild) and learns something about herself as well. Some of the book titles are Judy Moody Saves the World, Judy Moody Declares Independence, and Doctor Judy Moody. Any young girl would enjoy these books and they are great for children ages 6 through 10
Author: Tony Johnston
Publication Date: 2011-09-13
Johnston’s “fairly fabricated” story of the invention of blue jeans is humorous, educational, and very cleverly illustrated by Stacy Innerst. The book is intended to be read by children ages 4 and up, but it is truly an entertaining book for adults as well. It begins by sharing a particular concern of individuals who came to California during the Gold Rush: disintegrating pants. Their pants are torn apart by the hard work. Many have to mine in rags, and some even have to mine naked (or “in the vanilla,” as Johnston hilariously puts it). This is when Levi Strauss appears with his nearly indestructible tent fabric that eventually becomes the fabric for blue jeans. The illustrations for the book are particularly unique; Innerst uses old Levi’s for her canvas, driving home the blue jeans theme on every page. The end of the book even provides a brief, more accurate telling of the invention of blue jeans for any curious readers. This book is inventive, hilarious, educational, and highly recommended.
Carc Schuster ~
Author: Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp
Publication Date: 2011-11-01
Though this book may appeal more to those who have seen the YouTube videos in which Marcel made his debut, Marcel himself is so wonderfully quirky that even those unfamiliar with the videos are bound to love this adorable little shell. The book is simple—nothing more than a walking, talking shell taking his readers through a day in his strange life. But being such a small shell in such a big world provides Marcel with challenges that most readers might not consider. For example, where does such a small individual sleep? Why, between two pieces of bread—his “breadroom,” as he hilariously refers to it. What does he do for fun? Sometimes, he climbs a sandal wearing a pistachio for a helmet. The book is filled with funny little quips like these that delight readers and make Marcel undeniably lovable. Nothing is lost in translation from videos to book; the paintings on each page have all of the liveliness of their YouTube counterparts. The book is recommended for ages 5-8, but it can certainly be appreciated by older and perhaps even younger readers, particularly if they have seen the YouTube videos, which are also highly recommended.
Author: Charles Todd
Publication Date: 2013-01-29
When the clues in a hit-and-run investigation lead him to two families famous for producing and selling the world's best Madeira wine, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge is pitted against his new supervisor, who has his own suspect.