New Book Reviews
Reading Level: Grades 4 - 8
This book was 70 years in the making. It is the story of Michael Gruenbaum and his family, Jews who lived in Prague in 1939 when the Nazis marched in. Written by gifted writer, Todd Hasak-Lowry, it chronicles life for 10- year-old Michael under the Nazis and the family's relocation to Terezin. Told in the first person by a young Michael, it speaks volumes about courage, determination, and humanity.
Reading Level: Grades PreK - 2
This story in rhyme is classic Josh Schneider. It begins with Fred getting quickly ready for bed. There's sweet bedtime rhymes and we should have The Napping House. But no, Fred has things to do like jumping, shouting,blowing a horn, karate, and monster hunting. The illustrations are hilarious as Fred upsets everyone's plans to bed down. When the story ends, kids will want it repeated. No problem, there's so detail to the illustrations it's made for repeat readings. (Oh, and a few jokes thrown in just for adults.)
Meet author Josh Schneider at the library on January 9th.
Reading Level: Grades 3 - 5
Ms. Bryce has had it with Class 507. One day she calls the office and screams into the phone that she is retiring, effectively immediately; then hangs up. The catch is that no adults were in the office when she called. The phone was answered by a boy from Class 507 who had been sent to the office to see the principal. Now only the students in class 507 know they are without and teacher and they mean to keep it that way.
Meet author Allan Woodrow at the library on January 9th.
Reading Level: Grades 2 - 5
In the first book in The Friendship Garden series, third grader Anna Fincher has just moved to Chicago and she's not very happy about it. Her mother, the chef, is busy with a new important job, Chicago looks gray and drab to Anna, and worst of all, she left behind her best friends and doesn't know anyone. Things begin to change when a group assignment brings her together with Kaya and Reed. Can they convince other kids to help them with a plot in the community garden? Will they even ever have a plot of their own is they can't find a supervising adult?Will the Friendship Garden lead to real friendships? Thumbs up for delightful book complemented by black and white illustrations, gardening tips, and a zucchini fritter recipe.
Meet author Jenny Meyerhoff at the library on January 9th.