New Books for Girls

The Great Trouble: a Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson

Reading Level: Ages 9 - 12

In 1854 there was a cholera outbreak in London. Hundreds died. There was no cure and no one knew the cause of cholera.   Hopkinson 's hero is a thirteen-year-old orphan, Eel,  who scavenges the filthy Thames River and works odd jobs.  One job brings him in contact with Dr. Snow, a real historical figure who was an early epidemiologist.  The fast-paced novel combines a medical mystery, a race against the clock, evil child snatchers, and an assortment of characters.  You'll love Eel and his friends and want to them to triumph.

 

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Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog by Tom Watson

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 7

Stick Dog is at it again!   This time Stick Dog and friends are determined to help themselves to the hot dogs in the frankfurther cart, but they have competition from a  gang of hungry racoons.  The friends devise various ridiculous schemes to steal the hot dogs that test practical Stick dog's patience.  Then there's an added problem when Karen, the dachshund, gets trapped in a human's house.  Once again, readers will love the the many funny "bad" drawings of Tom Watson.

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Rump: The Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 7

This is Rumpelstilton as never before.  Instead of the nasty, baby stealing gnome, Rump is a young boy, small for his age, malnourished, and picked on by village bullies. His mother died when he was born and the last thing she uttered was his name.  In a kingdom where your name is your fate, how much worse could it get than to be named Rump?  But is it his full name?

The orginal story is here.  There's the greedy miller, his beautiful daughter, a gold loving king, and a boy who can spin straw into gold.  Add in messanger gnomes, gold crazed biting pixies, witchesin woods, and smelly trolls and readers will agree that Shurtliff can spin some tale.

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Inhuman by Kat Falls

Reading Level: Grades 7 & up

Set in a dystopian American, years ago before the story begins a new virus killed millions of people and turned others into half-human, half-animal mutants.  The rest of humanity fled and built a wall along the Mississippi River to separate themselves from the "Feral Zone."

When 16-year-old Lane McEvoy learns her father has gone missing, she must enter the forbidden "Feral Zone" to complete a mission that could save his life.  Everson, a handsome border guard, and bad boy Rafe accompany Lane her astonishing journey.  The characters are multi-faceted and, like all good science fiction, Inhuman raises important questions, namely, what it is to be human or humane.  Readers will eagerly await the next two books in the trilogy.

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