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Did you know that YP staff members read many of the materials found in our department? This allows us to offer recommendations and provide readers advisory services to our patrons, from toddlers to adults! YP Currently Reading lets you know what materials we are reviewing, and what we think about them.
What do you do when you are a plain vanilla cupcake in a world of wildly colorful confections? Cupcake and his candle friend both feel plain and boring compared to their fancy friends. They try topping Cupcake with spaghetti, stinky cheese, and even a squirrel before they realize that when they get together, they make a pretty special team. Check out this touching and funny book that shows us that we're all unique in our own way.
As an added bonus, Cupcake includes a recipe for vanilla cupcakes and vanilla buttercream in the back of the book. You too can make your own special cupcakes!
Cornelia Greene, daughter of Revolutionary War hero Nathaniel Greene, grows up with her four brothers and sisters in luxury in the 1780s and 90's. However, rumors swirl around her mother's habit of flirting with other powerful men. When a certain rumor hits far too close to home for Cornelia, how will she find out what is true and what is false? The bigger question is, does she really want to know the truth?
Ann Rinaldi is a master of historical fiction, and she certainly lives up to her reputation in this novel. The first part of the book is from Cornelia's mother's perspective as she grows up before the Revolution. The second is in Cornelia's own voice, allowing us to see the growth of an intelligent, headstrong, and loving young woman.
How many things do you need to take on a car trip? It seems like Elephant and Piggie will never be ready to go... and when they are finally packed they are still missing one very important item...a CAR! Another great adventure from Mo Willems!
Travis, a young Marine, is home on leave following a tour in Afghanistan. He is overwhelmed with emotions, struggling to adjust to civilian life and mourning the loss of a close friend in combat. More than anything, he just wants his life to return to normal. The people he is closest to, though, are not making that possible!
Ling is a girl living in China with her beloved parents. She always remembers her life being a happy one, getting English lessons from her father, and lessons in ladyship from her mother. This all changes when Mao Zedong's ruthless Red Guards turn their lives upside down. Anyone who is thought to be different is persecuted. Her parents are declared enemies of the state, her father is sent to a labor camp, and her friends abandon her. How will Ling face these hardships? Will she ever see her father again?
Ying Chang Compestine weaves a tale of the Cultural Revolution and the people who lived through it. Her own childhood inspired the novel, and it, in turn, will inspire you.
Mo Willems is back, and he has created another fantastic read! This book is loosely based on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but with several unique twists, including a Norwegian dinosaur! The moral of the story, " If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave." pretty much sums it up. Fun read aloud for children old enough to appreciate irony!
This is a fantastic debut novel from Nancy Grossman! It tells the story of Eliza Miller, a Amish teenager who is sent to work as a nanny for a family outside her community. While she is there, she must decide if she wants to wholly embrace the more modern lifestyle or return to her conservative roots. It is a big decision, and the answer can not be reached without experiencing typical teenage drama.
How can you possibly paint the sky if you don't have any blue paint? This is Marisol's dilemma as she helps her class paint a mural for their library. She shows us all that with a little observation and a lot of imagination, the sky can be everything but blue.
A fantastic picture book for all of your dreamers, young or just young at heart.
What can your peas do? Are they astronauts? Bakers? Construction workers? If they just sit on your plate, then they are not as talented as these peas. These peas even know their alphabet!
A Young Hoosier Book Award nominee for 2012-2013, LMNO Peas is not one you will want to miss!
Humans and dragons have maintained a peace for 40 years, but as the anniversary of the treaty approaches, tensions are rising. Seraphina is a uniquely talented musician and is quite unique herself. She has to hide the fact that she is half-human, half-dragon. If anyone found out, the consequences would be dire, but Seraphina may be the only person that can prevent war between the two worlds. Is she the only one of her kind?
Hartman has created a captivating story against one of the richest and most detailed worlds in fiction. Seraphina is a must-read for fans of fantasy, intrigue, and adventure.
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