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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.
Great source for snake themed science activities!
Great story about worrying! Peanut the dog is concerned that his neighbor, Milo the dog, will get the best apple, and once he starts to worry, he just can't stop!
This title is a 2012-13 Young Hoosier Nominee for grades 4-6. Readers are introduced to Aubrey, a young girl in a strange situation, without any back story. It takes a bit of reading to finally understand the dynamics of the plot. Aubrey's family has suffered an enormous loss, and her mother is not handling the loss appropriately. As a result, Aubrey goes to live with her grandmother, where she begins to heal and look forward to the future.
Rosemary Goode is a 15 year old high school student who has always been chubby. She has a lot of issues in her life, and she deals with those issues by overeating. The more she eats, the more weight she gains. The more weight she gains, the more depressed she becomes. Finally, when even her sweatpants are too tight, Rosemary decides she must take control of her eating. But that is easier said than done.
I absolutely loved this book! I was rooting for Rosemary from the very beginning. I was drawn to her sense of humor, her frequent use of sarcasm, and her general disdain for the Bluebirds, the most popular girls in school. Anyone who has ever struggled with their weight or tried to avoid high school cliques will appreciate this book! Because, eventually, high school is over...
Reading this book was like taking a breath of fresh air! The main character, Gigi, is super smart and so are her friends! But high school is not always the best environment for smart kids, and Gigi and her friends find themselves in the usual conflicts with their prettier, more popular classmates. The difference is, in this book, nice girls do finish first!
It was nice to read a book about teens who study hard, get good grades, and consistently strive to do the right things.
This is a favorite story of mine because I can dream along with Sylvester about what I might wish for if I had a magic pebble. As the story moves along I can again identify with the feeling of being lost and unable to return home. I once was lost in a department store that in my five year old mind, “I knew so well”! I wondered how, would I find my family. I wanted to find my mother whom I had wandered away from but, would I be in trouble? When I read about how Sylvester’s parents searched for him when he did not come home as expected I can only imagine the pain of a parent looking for a lost child.
The outcome is the best. Readers are reminded what is most important in life. Read this book so you too can be reminded about what is most valuable to you.
This title is a 12-13 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee for grades 6-8.
Set in 1962, the book introduces us to Samantha, a fourteen year old former military brat, who is forced to start a new life at a new school after her father is killed in Vietnam. Because of her upbringing, Samantha is more open minded than her new Jackson, Mississippi classmates. As she struggles to find her place in the community, she experiences the turmoil that controls the South during this era. Samantha's quest for acceptance is further complicated by her new-age, artsy mother, who marches to the beat of her own drummer... and encourages her daughter to do the same. Eventually, Samantha comes to realize that doing what is right isn't always popular, and doing what is popular isn't always right.
Anyone who has ever been embarrassed of their mother or wished their mother was more like the "other mothers" will appreciate this story, as will anyone who enjoyed "The Help".
After a devastating hurricane turns her life upside down, Laurel Daneau is forced to start over. On the surface, Laurel seems to be doing well in her new school. She is a cheerleader and she has a popular boyfriend nicknamed T-Boom. Privately, though, she is struggling with the loss of her mother and her grandmother and she is hurting. When T-Boom introduces Laurel to meth, she believes that she has finally found a way to numb her pain. But a meth addiction proves to be more than she bargained for.
This is a new J Fiction title with a unique format. The story is presented like a video game, with the main character introduced in a brief biographical sketch."Heart of the Enemy" tells the story of LT. Commander Lester Donovan, a US Navy SEAL in serving in Iraq. At the end of each chapter, readers are given a debriefing of the events that have just unfolded.
I have to admit, the thought of "Blood and Guts" makes me a little squeamish! But maybe, just maybe, this book will appeal to those brave souls who are interested in Mixed Martial Arts! The rules and regulations of the sport are defined, and key moves are explained in detail. There is also a biography section that provides a glimpse into the lives of different professional fighters. Exposure to actual blood and guts throughout the story is limited, and the content is not nearly as graphic as the title might imply. If you're looking for the basics of MMA, or just trying to engage a reluctant reader, this book may be the ticket!
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