New Books for Girls

Detective's Assistant by Kate Hannigan

Reading Level: Ages 9 - 12

In 1859 an orphaned eleven-year-old girl arrives in Chicago hoping to stay with her only living relative, Aunt Kitty.  Her aunt prefers that Nell reside at the Chicago Home for the Friendless.  And no wonder.  There's bad blood between Kitty and Nell's family and Aunt Kitty is busy being the first woman detective for the Pinkerton Agency.  Her aunt uses elaborate disguises in her undercover work as she solves murders and thefts and attempts to thwart an assassination.  If Nell proves to be an able assistant perhaps her aunt will let her stay.  Hannigan's fast paced novel combines adventure, humor, and history along with codes for readers to solve.

Meet author Kate Hannigan at the library on January 9th.

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Rhyme Schemer by K. A. Holt

Reading Level: ages 10 - 14

In this novel in verse, Kevin, who feel he's "king of seventh grade" enjoys being a bully at school.  Home is a different matter.  His physician parents are too busy to pay attention to their five sons.  Kevin is himself bullied by his next oldest brother.  When one of the school victims finds a notebook of poetry that Kevin has written, he uses the discovery to humiliate and bully Kevin in turn.

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The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger: Class B.U.R.P. by Jenny Meyerhoff

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 7

Louie is a bit different from the other fifth-graders.  He wants to be a comedian like his idol Lou Lafferman.Class so he has a notebook of jokes and comedy routines. What he doesn't want to be is class B.U.R.P. (Boy Used to Ridicule and Put-Downs) and that's just what Louie was until a video of him was aired on T.V.  But the popularity bump didn't last, so Louie figures he needs something else even if that means upsetting his two best friends.  Kids will love this second Louie Burger book and maybe even learn a few new jokes like  "Why didn't anyone want to babysit the little vampire?"

Meet author Jenny Meyerhoff at the iRead kick-off on January 10th.

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Stick Dog Chases a Pizza by Tom Watson

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 7

Stick dog and the crew are back for a third adventure.  This time they have found something better than hamburgers and better than hotdogs!  It's pizza!  Before before they get they're hands (muzzles) on some pizza there's plans to be made and a kitten to rescue. Then there's one very messy game of frisbee.

Meet author Tom Watson at the iRead kick-off on January 10th.

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