New Book Reviews for Kids

Below are staff reviews of select new books in the Youth Services Department.
For a list of all the new and forthcoming Youth books, click here.

New Book Reviews

Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred)

by Josh Schneider

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.

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Class Dismissed

by Allan Woodrow

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.

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Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade Location: J Fiction
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Green Thumbs Up!

by Jenny Meyerhoff

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.

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Reading Level: 2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade Location: J Fiction
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The Copper Gauntlet

by Holly Black

Reading Level: Grades 4-6

Despite his best attempts NOT to attend the Magisterium, Callum has managed to complete his first year and acquire a pet, Havoc a Chaos-ridden wolf.  Call tries to enjoy his summer at home with his father but finds it difficult because 1) His father hates the Magisterium; 2) His father despises Havoc and 3) His father seems to be afraid of Call.  When Call uncovers his father's plan to kill both Call and Havoc, Call flees back to the Magisterium.  He isn't happy or safe there either because Call knows a secret about himself.  A secret that will probably end in the death of Call or his best friend.

Be sure to read book #1 in the Magisterium series The Iron Trial.

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Stories set in schools of magic include:

Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones

The Hound of Rowan by Henry Neff

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and

Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Fantasy, School Location: J Fiction
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The Copper Gauntlet

by Cassandra Clare

Reading Level: Grades 4-6

Despite his best attempts NOT to attend the Magisterium, Callum has managed to complete his first year and acquire a pet, Havoc a Chaos-ridden wolf.  Call tries to enjoy his summer at home with his father but finds it difficult because 1) His father hates the Magisterium; 2) His father despises Havoc and 3) His father seems to be afraid of Call.  When Call uncovers his father's plan to kill both Call and Havoc, Call flees back to the Magisterium.  He isn't happy or safe there either because Call knows a secret about himself.  A secret that will probably end in the death of Call or his best friend.

Be sure to read book #1 in the Magisterium series The Iron Trial.

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Other books by Holly Black

Other books by Cassandra Clare

Stories set in schools of magic include:

Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones

The Hound of Rowan by Henry Neff

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and

Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Fantasy, School Location: J Fiction
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Escape to the World's Fair

by Wendy McClure

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 7

The orphans are on the run again in this third book of the Wanderville series.  Their dream is to make a permanent, safe home in California, but how will they get there?  Fortune brings them a chance to earn a huge reward that would finance their journey if they can deliver a strange medallion to someone at the 1904 World's Fair in St.Louis.  Can they make the trip without being found by the evil Miss DeHaven from the Children's Aid Society?  Will everyone stay together in the new "family" they have found?  Who can they trust?  McClure has written another fast paced page turner.

Meet author Wendy McClure at the library on January 9th.

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Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade Location: J Fiction
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The Tournament at Gorlan

by John Flanagan

Reading Level: Grades  5-8

Attention Ranger's Apprentice fans!  Adventures in the Kingdom of Araluen are back with this first volume of the Early Years prequel series which trace the adventures of two young rangers, Halt and Crowley, during one of the most dangerous times in the Kingdom of Araluen.   Brilliant, lethal Baron Morgarath  has isolated King Oswald and discredited the crown prince.  As part of his plan Morgarath has corrupted the King's staunchest allies, the Ranger corps. Determined to save the kingdom Crowley and Halt embark on a desperate race to find and recruit the scattered loyal Rangers before it is too late.

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Other books for action-lovers include:

The Merchant of Death by D. J. MacHale

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman and

Fall of a Kingdom by Hilari Bell

Reading Level: 5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Fantasy Location: J Fiction
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Cakes in Space

by Philip Reeve

Reading Level: Grades 2-5

Astra and her family are migrating to Nova Mundi.  The trip will take 199 years.  But Astra won't see any scenery because all the humans will be put in a deep, deep frozen sleep until the ship reaches their new home.  Everything WOULD have gone as planned if Astra hadn't slipped off to the dining hall and asked the Num-O-Tron to make a cake that "is so delicious it is scary."  Astra doesn't get her cake because the Num-O-Tron is still computing when she is put in her pod.  When she wakes up she discovers the ship is infested with giant, ferocious cupcakes.  Worse Pibeam, a friendly robot, tells her there are still ninety-nine years left before anyone else wakes up.  Can Astra evade the sharp toothed cupcakes long enough to save the ship??

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If you liked this wacky science fiction tale try:

Can of Worms by Kathy Mackel

Archie Takes Flight by Wendy Mass

Space Rocks! by Tom O'Donnell and

Escape from Planet Yastol by Pamela Service

Reading Level: 2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Humor, Science Fiction Location: J Fiction
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Cakes in Space

by Sarah McIntyre

Reading Level: Grades 2-5

Astra and her family are migrating to Nova Mundi.  The trip will take 199 years.  But Astra won't see any scenery because all the humans will be put in a deep, deep frozen sleep until the ship reaches their new home.  Everything WOULD have gone as planned if Astra hadn't slipped off to the dining hall and asked the Num-O-Tron to make a cake that "is so delicious it is scary."  Astra doesn't get her cake because the Num-O-Tron is still computing when she is put in her pod.  When she wakes up she discovers the ship is infested with giant, ferocious cupcakes.  Worse Pibeam, a friendly robot, tells her there are still ninety-nine years left before anyone else wakes up.  Can Astra evade the sharp toothed cupcakes long enough to save the ship??

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Other books by Philip Reeve

If you liked this wacky science fiction tale try:

Can of Worms by Kathy Mackel

Archie Takes Flight by Wendy Mass

Space Rocks! by Tom O'Donnell and

Escape from Planet Yastol by Pamela Service

Reading Level: 2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Humor, Science Fiction Location: J Fiction
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Summer Showers

by Kate Hannigan

Reading level: Grades 3 - 4

The entire Bumpus family is together again for their annual summer vacation.  Cousins Delia and Willow are determined to carry on as chefs despite Willow's broken hand.  There's lots to do.  They hope to drum up business for the new Arts and Eats cafe with a winning entry at the county fair.  They also plan to cater Aunt Rosie's baby shower and Delia really hopes she'll be able to find the heirloom ring that grandma gave her.  Could it have fallen into some batter?  The second entry in the Cupcake Cousins series has new Kate Hannigan tested recipes.  Readers will relish this lively, sweet celebration of family.

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

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Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade Subjects: Realistic Fiction Location: J Fiction
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