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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.
Entertainer Jim Gill is responsible for this funny little tale about a man who CAN NOT eat his soup! A great conversation starter about the fundamentals of oprea, but not too serious as to bore the audience. The preschool crowd will appreciate the simplicity of the storyline and enjoy the musical presentation, while the K-5 set will appreciate the subtle humor, such as the "Fat Lady" delivering the last lines of the production. Don't miss this title!
Joy is a typical suburban teen who finds herself in an abusive relationship with her "boyfriend" Asher. In order to escape the relationship, she runs away from home and starts a new life with a group of homeless teens. Joy is rather unprepared for the realities of life on the streets, and she begins a journey of self discovery in an attempt to overcome the obstacles she is facing. Along the way, she makes some unlikely friends, and learns more from them than anyone could have imagined.
I attended college in Texas, where "Texas State Government" was a required course, so I am all too familiar with Sam Houston and his famous "Remember the Alamo!" quote. However, if you need a history refresher, or you are just looking for an entertaining biography, "A Picture Book of Sam Houston" just might do.
Houston was a teacher, a soldier, a lawyer, a governor, and even president of the Republic of Texas. Information about his diverse career choices coupled with vivid illustrations make this biography an interesting read.
This is a new Historical Fiction title, and part of the Boys of Wartime series. The main character is twelve-year-old Michael, who lives with his family in Paris during World War II. Michael wants to help with the war efforts, but he has to decide how much he is willing to risk to defend his country's freedom.
Elephant and Piggie are back in a fantastic new tale of friendship and honesty! Piggie has a new trumpet, and she is very eager to share her musical talents with Gerald, but ...her talent is..nonexistent. When Piggie starts fishing for compliments, poor Gerald has to decide if he should tell the truth, even if it means hurting his friends feelings.
This book is considered an easy reader, and would be a great springboard for discussions about honesty and friendship.
Maisy mouse is back, and she is more active than ever before! Young readers will enjoy following Maisy as she skips, jumps and somersaults through a typical day. With colorful illustrations and text that encourages active participation, this book is sure to be a hit with toddlers!
Chopsticks provides a funny look at what happens when an always together couple is suddenly forced apart. Readers learn the joy of sticking together as well as the power of individual skills. This is a must read for parents who have experience with clingy children as well as anyone who has ever been separated from the person that they love most.
There are some strange people in this world, and sixteen year old Jacob is one of them. So is his grandfather. The two men have always been close. When a tragedy strikes the family, Jacob decides it is his responsibility to seek answers to some long buried family mysteries and restore honor to the family name. He wants to learn more about his grandfather, and who he was as a child. Unfortunately, his visit to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children leaves him with more questions than answers. What kind of a man was Jacob's grandfather, and how did he become involved with children whose behaviors seem extremely odd?
This book features several vintage photographs that add an extra dimension to the story and leave readers scrambling to turn the pages!
Have you ever wished that you could relive a moment in your life? What if you had the chance to say the right words, wear the right shoes, and kiss the right boy? What if you knew today was your last day on Earth? Would you rewrite your personal history to make yourself cooler, cuter or more popular?
Samantha is a typical teenage girl who is killed in a tragic accident. Following her death, she is given a chance to relive the last day of her life, from her breakfast, to cutting class, to attending a party with her boyfriend. Each time the day starts, readers are given slightly different information about Samantha, her choices, and her relationships with her friends, parents and boyfriend. Readers soon become aware that there is way more to the story of Samantha’s life and her death than anyone could have imagined.
I loved this book! I rooted for Samantha from the very beginning. She is a character that most high school girls can relate to, because she is experiencing the typical longings for love, popularity and acceptance. This book gives readers a reason to reflect on the things that teens think are so important, and the realities of these experiences.
Seventeen-year-old Jill is still grieving for her father when her mother decides to adopt a baby from Mandy, an unwed teen who moves into their home to live until the birth. Mandy knows what it's like to grow up with a mother who never intended to have a child, so she wants a better life for her baby. But she still needs someone to care for her, too. The story is told from each girl’s viewpoint, as they struggle to cope with their pasts, each other, and the future. How to Save a Life has many starred reviews and 4 stars on Goodreads. Sara Zarr is the author of three other award winning Young Adult titles: Sweethearts (Y Fic), Once Was Lost (eAudiobook), and Story of a Girl (available on Kindle from Amazon.com).
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