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
Reading Level: Grades 4-6
No one had ever linked the bizzare incidents before Theophilus Nero Hercuke Sherlock Wimsey Father Brown Marlowe Spade Christie Edgar Allen Brain showed up in Sheldon's 6th grade classroom.
Sheldon McGlone has pretty much been on autopilot ever since his father was killed in the whale attack. But the Brain was sure that the whale attack, the bird poop incident and the possum car theft ring were all connected. The Brain is also certain that he is a greater slueth that all the detectives he was named for. Since all great detectives he needs a sidekick. He picks Sheldon.
When Sheldon encounters a serverd human leg and an enormous salt water crocodile barking like a dog in the Brain's bedroom, he should have run. Instead he finds himself drawn into a mad cap adventure to thwart an international villian.
If you enjoy this zany adventure try:
We Are Not Eaten By Yaks by C. Alexander London
Reading Level: Grades 7 - 9
In this sequel to Numbers Adam has inherited his mother's ability to see people's death dates when he looks in their eyes. To make matters worse, when he and his grandmother move to London he discovers that most people he meets have the same date, 01/01/2027, and the girl he likes has been having nightmares about him, her baby and fire for months.
Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8
Nigel is about to turn 100 and he has yet to have a girlfriend. His problem is that, although he is a vampire, he does not have super strength, preternatural speed, or hypnotizing beauty. In fact he is weaker and slower than most of his classmates, and sunlight gives him a bad case of acne. In short, he is forever trapped in the body of a geeky 15 year old boy. How will he ever be able to impress the beautiful new girl and maybe, someday, get to bite someone?
Reading Level: Grades 4-7
Julia and Eliza are best friends. They are also family. Even though they are the same age, Julia is Eliza's aunt. Of course, Eliza doesn't call her best friend "Aunt Julia" but still...they are more tied together in ways most friends are. That was never a problem...until the summer they turned twelve
Eliza still likes to pretend, just the way she and Julia have done all their lives. But Julia finds it harder and harder to enter that make-believe world. There are too many distractions in the real world. Some are terrible, like worrying about whether or not her mother will survive her tour of duty in Iraq. Others are much more pleasant, like a certain very cute boy named Michael.
Where do your loyalties lie when you find yourself changing, pulling away from a best friend who is so much more than just a friend?
For other tales of changing friendships try:
Reading Level: Grade 6+
Attention all Tortall lovers! This collection of short stories is an offering of further adventures in Pierce's world of Tortall
Other engrossing series set in fantasy worlds include:
The Damar series by Robin McKinley
The Ranger's Apprentice Series by John Flanghan and
The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix
Reading Level: Grade 8+
He was the father of one of the younger kids on her gymnastics team. How was 16-year-old Lark supposed to know that he was a predator? Lark died of exposure after he assaulted her and left her tied to a tree in the winter woods.
Lark's ghost begins visiting Nyetta soon after. Lark needs Nyetta to do something for her, something Nyetta is afraid to do. If Nyetta does not do it, Lark will be condemned to a horrible fate for eternity.
Other ghostly tales include
Reading Level: K-5
The second book in the wonderfully adventrous Dolittle series starts off by introducing us to Tommy Stubbins, future naturalist. To sate his curiosity about animals and their nature, Tommy asks Dr. Dolittle to apprentice him and teach him all he knows about animals and their languages - and so Dolittle, Stubbins and a few old friends set sail, hoping to learn the language of the Shellfish.
Reading Level: Ages 4 - 6
Have you ever seen a slug in your backyard or garden? If so, you may have wondered -- "how on earth would I go about teaching this slug to read, if it asked me? I don't know the first thing about teaching a slug to read!" Well, never fear -- this wonderful, instructional book will tell you everything you need to know about teaching slugs the wonderful art of reading. You might even learn some good tips for yourself!
Other great books about reading:
Reading Level: Grades 4-6
Because of Hitler's unrelenting bombing of London, many families chose to move their children away from the city. When her parents decide to bring 11-year-old Felicity across the ocean to live with her father's extended family in Maine, Felicity finds herself thrust into the middle of a dark family secret.
Other stories of children torn from their homes by war include: