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 6+
Every morning, before she can go to school, Camille has to walk the puppy (which happens to be a werewolf) and clean out the garage (which houses a dragon.) In addition to her high school homework, she also has to memorize spells. Her “mother” (the evil witch who kidnapped Camilla from her parents) insists on it. But Camille has no magic. And she has no desire to be a witch.
That all changes when her “mother’s” spell backfires and Camille’s crush Devon is possessed by a demon. Camille has one week to figure out how to banish the demon before Devon is lost to her forever!
Didn’t know I was magical!
The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones
Hold Me Closer Necromancer by Lish McBride
The Iron Trial by Holly Black
Other demon tales include:
Possess by Gretchen McNeil
The Devil’s Intern by Donna Hosie
Reading Level: Grades 8 and older
Sonia Manzano, otherwise known as Maria on Sesame Street, tells the story of her childhood in the Bronx. Detailing everything from her mysteriously appearing older sister, through her father's drunken rages, to her first roll on Broadway, Sonia's story is not for younger, or more sensitive readers.
Reading Level: Ages 2 - 6
Coco, a crocodile, and Pio, a bird, consider themselves brothers. Born next to each other at the same time, out of identical eggs, the two are inseparable. That is, until Pio finds a group of other birds and Coco finds a group of other crocodiles.
Coco, un cocodrilo, y Pio, un pajaro, se sienten como hermanos. Ellos nacieron juntos al mismo tiempo, de huevos identicos, y ahora los dos son inseparables. Eso es, hasta que Pio encuentre a un grupo de pajaros y Coco encuentra un grupo de otros cocodrilos.
Reading Level: Grades 4 - 7
These fourteen short stories, written when Terry Pratchett when he was a junior reporter for a local paper, were dug up and re-edited by the author and put into this fun collection of satirical fantasy which has truly stood the test of time.
Reading Level: Grades K - 5
Ella Mae needs new shoes so her mother takes her to the town shoe store. After waiting while a white girl tries on pair after pair of shoes Ella May is shocked to learn that she is not allowed to touch any shoes until after she buys them. Although she likes her new shoes, the humiliation of the shopping trip gnaws at her until she and her sister come up with a plan to bring a true shoe store experience to all her neighbors.
Reading Level: Ages 3 - 7
Este libro pinta niños de todo el mundo y lleva al lector en un viaje a paises diferentes del mundo. Se ve sitios conocidos del mundo como los Piramides y la Estatua de la Libertad. This Spanish picture book depicts children from all around the world and takes the reader on a journey through different countries. One sees famous landmarks along the way, like the Pyramids and the Statue of Liberty.
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.
Reading Level: Ages 3 - 7
A chicken is excited to discover that a new neighbor has moved in next door, but no matter how many times he knocks on the door to introduce himself the neighbor doesn't seem to be home.