book talks: spring 2009
Favorite books from our librarians. Listen to raves about each book. Many new titles from 2008 included. more book talks
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Our White House : Looking In, Looking Out|
Well-known children's authors and illustrators contribute poems, stories, cartoons and more to tell the stories of the famous White House and the people who lived there. Perfect for those who love presidential trivia, historical facts, and old stories. Book talk by Pat B. at Excelsior Library.
Children's Nonfiction Book 975.3 O
The Seer of Shadows
In New York City in 1872, fourteen-year-old Horace, a photographer's apprentice, becomes entangled in a plot to create fraudulent spirit photographs, but when Horace accidentally frees the real ghost of a dead girl bent on revenge, his life takes a frightening turn. Book talk by Margaret H. at Central Library.
Children's Fiction Book AVI
Bouwman, H. M.|
The Remarkable Very True Story of Lucy Snowcap
In 1788, thirteen years after English convicts are shipwrecked on the magical islands of Tathenland, two twelve-year-old girls, one a native Colay, the other the child-governor of the English, set out on a journey to stop the treachery from which both peoples are suffering. Book talk by Stella R. at Maple Grove Library.
Children's Fiction Book BOUWMAN
The Stories Huey Tells
Episodes in the life of Huey and his older brother Julian, which include bad dreams, mealtime rules, cooking, and tracking animals. Book talk by Cathy B. at North Regional Library.
Children's Fiction Book CAMERON
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with Prince Po, another young fighter, to save their land from a corrupt king. Book talk by Laura K. at Southdale Library.
Teen Fiction Book CASHORE
Deem, James M.|
Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past
In 1991, mountain climbers on the Niederjoch Glacier on the Italian-Austrian border came across something unexpected: a body. It had been a very warm summer, and five bodies had already turned up in the area. But something here was different. The materials found with the body suggested it might be very old, perhaps from the 1800s. But radiocarbon dating proved the iceman was 5,300 years older, from the Copper Age. He was named Ötzi and he is the oldest human mummy preserved in ice ever found. Book talk by Pat P. at Maple Grove Library.
Children's Nonfiction Book 599.9 D
When twelve-year-old George accidentally decapitates a stone statue in London, England, he falls into a parallel dimension where he must battle ancient live statues and solve a dangerous riddle. Book talk by Lisa H. at Augsburg Park Library.
Children's Fiction Book FLETCHE
Into the Woods
Pursued by the sinister Dr. DeWilde and his ravenous wolves, three sisters--Storm, the inheritor of a special musical pipe, the elder Aurora, and the baby Any--flee into the woods and begin a treacherous journey filled with many dangers as they try to find a way to defeat their pursuer and keep him from taking the pipe and control of the entire land. Book talk by Jackie C. at Eden Prairie Library.
Children's Fiction Book GARDNER
Haddix, Margaret Peterson|
When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time. Book talk by Anne J. at Penn Lake Library.
Children's Fiction Book HADDIX
Hahn, Mary Downing|
All the Lovely Bad Ones : A Ghost Story
While spending the summer at their grandmother's Vermont inn, two prankster siblings awaken young ghosts from the inn's distant past who refuse to rest in peace. Book talk by Mary S. at Eden Prairie Library.
Children's Fiction Book HAHN
Three friends fall prey to the demands of the Well Witch when they trespass in her wishing well and steal some coins. Book talk by Angie S. at Rockford Road Library.
Children's Fiction Book HARDING
Everything On a Waffle
Eleven-year-old Primrose, living in the small fishing village of Coal Harbour, British Columbia, recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea. Eventually the village authorities locate an uncle of Primrose's, Jack, who becomes her guardian. Book talk by Caron C. at Edina Library.
Children's Fiction Book HORVATH
Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls
Ten-year-old Emmy wants to be an ordinary girl, but the evil nanny Miss Barmy, now a rat, has trapped five of her former charges and when she uses them to steal jewels belonging to Emmy's parents, it is up to Emmy, Joe, and their rodent friends to stop her. Book talk by Lisa S. at Roosevelt Library.
Children's Fiction Book JONELL
Ways to Live Forever
Eleven-year-old Sam McQueen, who has leukemia, writes a book during the last three months of his life, in which he tells about what he would like to accomplish, how he feels, and things that have happened to him. Book talk by Carol W. at Southdale Library.
Children's Fiction Book NICHOLL
Dragon Sword and Wind Child
Raised in the ancient Japanese village of Hashiba, fifteen-year-old Saya discovers that she is the reincarnation of the Water Maiden, princess of the underworld, who must try to reconcile the powers of heaven and earth. Book talk by Stephanie W. at Champlin Library.
Teen Fiction Book OGIWARA
In her Bangladesh village, ten-year-old Naimi excels at painting designs called alpanas, but to help her impoverished family financially she would have to be a boy -- or disguise herself as one. Book talk by Susan W. at Northeast Library.
Children's Fiction Book PERKINS
Pinkwater, Daniel Manus|
Fat Camp Commandos
Ralph and Sylvia Nebula and their friend Mavis Goldfarb are bitter at being sent to a bogus weight-loss camp, so they decide to escape and find a way to take revenge on those responsible for promoting the idea that thin is better. Book talk by Johannah G. at Franklin Library.
Children's Fiction Book PINKWATER
The Mystery of the Third Lucretia
While traveling in London, Paris, and Amsterdam, fourteen-year-old best friends Kari and Lucas solve an international art forgery mystery. Book talk by Susan B. in Collection Management.
Children's Fiction Book RUNHOLT
The Pig Scrolls
A translation of an ancient Greek manuscript written by Gryllus, a talking pig who was once a man, which describes the many adventures that he and his companions--a junior prophetess named Sybil and a bumbling goatherd--experience while traveling to Delphi to try to prevent the universe from coming to an end. Book talk by Heather P. at Eden Prairie Library.
Teen Fiction Book SHIPTON
I'll Pass for Your Comrade : Women Soldiers in the Civil War
Sarah Emma Edmonds enlisted because she believed in the Union cause; Melverina Peppercorn joined to stay near her twin brother. Although women were not allowed to enlist as soldiers in the Civil War, many disguised themselves as men and fought anyway. Book talk by Caron C. at Edina Library.
Children's Nonfiction Book 973.74082 S
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