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

The Voyage of Turtle Rex

by Kurt Cyrus

Reading Level: Ages 4 - 8

This clever picture book puts the life of the sea turtle in perspective, both size and time wise.  The words and pictures are equally well done.  Try the companion volume Tadpole Rex too!

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade Location: Picture Books

Charlie the Ranch Dog

by Ree Drummond

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 7

Charlie the basset hound lives and works on a ranch. It is hard work especially since he has to make sure that Suzie the Jack Russell terrier holds up her end of the job too.

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More books illustrated by Diane deGroat

Illustrator: Diane deGroat Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade Subjects: Animals--Talking, Humor, Read-Alouds Location: Picture Books

School! Adventures at the Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School

by Kate NcMullan

Reading Level: Grade 2-4

Attention punsters! If puns make you snicker, read the adventures of Ron Faster, Viola Fuss, Izzy Normal, Iona Tricycle and many other punny characters in a school story that is long on groans!

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If you enjoyed this inane school story try;

Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sacher and

Miss Daisy is Crazy by Dan Gutmen

Reading Level: 2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade Subjects: Humor, School Location: J Fiction


by Meg Cabot

Reading Level: Grade 7-10

Nothing has ever been the same since Pierce died. When the 15-year-old opened her eyes she was no longer drowning in her backyard pool, she was in a cold, dank cavern where a frightening man directs her to a line. Then Pierce sees someone she knows, a man all in black astride a gigantic stallion. She had seen John many years ago when her grandfather died. Pierce runs to the man and asks him to take her away from the cavern. He does. To his luxurious lair. He announces she will stay with him forever and gives her a necklace to keep her safe. Pierce throws her hot tea in his face and runs down a passageway...she opens her eyes in the emergency room.

Pierce was revived, but she is not the same person. Nothing seems important to her, not with John hovering near. Every time John appears in her life, something horrible happens and Pierce gets blamed. When she is expelled from her latest school 17-year-old Pierce and her mother retreat to her mother's hometown Isla Huesos to live near family. Pierce would never have agreed to go if she had known who else lived there.

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If you enjoy this tale of a teens brush with the underworld you may also enjoy:

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter and

The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh

Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Books for Girls, Family, Fantasy, Mythological, Relationships, Supernatural Location: JY Fiction

Blue Chameleon

by Emily Gravett

Reading Level: Ages 4+

Poor, lonely blue chameleon. He can turn into anything, and blend in anywhere, but despite this wonderful ability, blue chameleon cannot find anyone who wants to be his friend.

Enchanting colored pencil drawings and excellent use of color, expression, and symmetry will delight readers as chameleon struggles to find a friend.

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If you liked Blue Chameleon, try these great picture books:

Art and Max by David Wiesner

Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit by Catherine Rayner

Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade Subjects: Animals--Talking, Fantasy, Friends, Misfits, Read-Alouds, Social Issues Location: Picture Books

Grave Robber's Secret

by Anna Myers

 Reading Level: Grades 5-9

 Robby Hare's father decides that he will rob graves and sell the corpses to the medical school. His father forces Robby to help him with his grisly new venture. Although sickened by the task, Robby becomes fascinated with the study of medicine itself and one doctor takes an interest in the bright boy. Life changes when Mr. Burke and his daughter, Martha, come to live in the Hare family boardinghouse. Robby finds a friend in Martha and does not have to rob graves, but something much worse may be taking place in his home.

 The story is based loosely on real-life killers, Hare and Burke who sold the corpses to medical schools in Scotland in the 1820s. This is an interesting historical glimpse into the beginning of medical education.

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Reading Level: 5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Historical Fiction Location: JY Fiction


by Cat Patrick

Reading Level: Ages 12 and up

Every night, 16-year-old London Lane's memory is erased. She needs her notebook and notes to enable her to prepare for the coming day. While she can't remember the past, she can "remember" the future. Once the events actually happen, they, too, are erased. Only her mom and her best friend know of her strange condition. London meets and begins to date the gorgeous new boy in school, but she's disturbed that she has no future memories of him. Then strange dreams begin to surface. Are they about the future or the past?

There are people who are unable to make new memories. The story combines that with the fantasy element of remembering the future. This is an engrossing pageturner that the reader won't want to put down.Yes, there are some inconsistencies in the storyline, but the book is so enjoyable that few will care.

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Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Books for Girls Location: JY Fiction

The Brave Cowboy

by Joan Walsh Anglund

Reading Level: Ages 3+

Originally published in 1959, this small book is sure to warm your heart. Stark black and white illustrations of a young cowboy contrast wonderfully with red drawings of imaginary wild animals, Indians, and outlaws that our hero must face. Great for any imaginative reader.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners Subjects: Adventure, Books for Boys, Don't Miss These, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Read-Alouds Location: Picture Books

Apple Pie ABC

by Alison Murray

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 5

Library Lady's dog here.  I saw this alphabet book today and it kept me on the edge of my dog bed! The poor little puppy in the book really wants some apple pie, but his mean human won't let him have any! He even gets scolded when he tries to have a lick of it, like that is something wrong to do. Luckily there is a happy ending.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners Subjects: Animals--Real, Humor Location: Picture Books

Dave the Potter

by Laban Carrick Hill

Reading Level: Ages 5-10

Get a simple, powerful glimpse of a skilled artisan creating pottery. This actual artist also happens to be a slave, Dave, who "belongs to Mr. Miles" in the early 1800s. Dave speaks directly to us with some of his words left behind as inscriptions on his work. Poetic text and lush illustrations further bring Dave to life.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade Subjects: Award Winners, Biographies, Non-Fiction Location: JP Non-Fiction