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Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary by Gail Jarrow

I really enjoy reading about different diseases, but I like to get the books from the Youth Department. They have just enough information with out being too technical for my interest. Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary by Gail Jarrow was a very interesting read. I’m sure most people know that Typhoid Mary was exiled [...]

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Eleven-year-old Calpurnia Tate has six brothers. As the only girl in the bunch, Calpurnia is just beginning to realize that her parents’ expectations for her are much different than for her brothers. It is 1899, and she is expected to learn to cook, sew, knit, and generally be domestic so that she can take care [...]

Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb

Our adventure begins with 11-year-old Joey moving to the city. He didn’t want to, but Mom got a better job. As they are unpacking, Uncle Patrick arrives with a pet rat for him. This isn’t an ordinary rat, but Gondorff the Gray, a ragician from the low realm (man = magician, rat = ragician). Gondorff [...]

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Astrid is twelve. It’s the summer before entering middle school. Everything starts with the latest “Evening of Cultural Enlightenment,” (there had been other not so successful outings, poetry readings, the opera, and to the modern art gallery) this line was full of strange-looking people, the building was huge, then the lights went out , ”Ladies [...]

Circus Mirandus, by Cassie Beasley

It is a rare event when I read a book and know it will be an award winner, but Circus Mirandus by debut author Cassie Beasley is going to win awards. The last book I was so certain of winning acclaim was “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman, and of course, it won the Newbery. [...]

Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce

Pip Bartlett is a girl who can talk to magical creatures, and they can talk to her. The problem is that no one believes Pip has this wonderful talent. On career day at school, when Marisol Barrera’s family brings their unicorns as part of their career day display, Pip gets a chance to use her [...]

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

Isabel was the best bunjitsu artist in her school. She could kick higher than anyone. She could hit harder than anyone. She could throw her classmates farther than anyone. “But,” said Isabel, “Bunjitsu is not just about hitting and kicking and throwing. It is about finding ways to NOT hit, kick, or throw.” And so, [...]

Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman

I was in TCPL’s youth room searching for a missing Hansel and Gretel book when I came across a newer version: Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman. It looked much darker and scarier than the versions I am used to so I took it home to read. I wish this book had been around back [...]

El Deafo by Cece Bell

When Cece was four, she became very sick. She had meningitis, which meant her brain was sick, too. Cece got better and was able to go home, but her hearing was affected; Cece had to wear hearing aids in order to hear, and even those did not work well all the time. She really didn’t [...]

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Rose Howard loves two things: homonyms and her dog, Rain. Homonyms are words that sound alike but are spelled differently. /Rose/ and /rows/ are homonyms, and Rain has two homonyms, /reign/ and /rein/. Rain, a yellow dog with seven white toes, is a gift from Rose’s father, Wesley Howard, who found the dog wandering lost [...]

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