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June 2022

Little Man

by Dionne Warwick

This inspirational tale is based on David Freeman Wooley’s childhood story of his love of drumming and his neighborhood. A young boy nicknamed Little Man embarks on a quest to find his passion and purpose in life. With his father’s guidance and a lot of determination, he finds success at mastering the drums and bringing joy to his community. His perseverance also pays off when he’s finally able to afford a new bike. The realistic illustrations are captivating and reflect the vibrant community of Little Man’s neighborhood.  This read-along includes a CD delightfully narrated by Warwick, as well as a wonderful drumming demonstration by Wooley himself. A great pick for Audiobook month.

Recommended by: Fanny Camargo, Youth Services Reference Librarian

Posted in: Youth Fiction


Lifeling

by Kirsty Applebaum

Twelve-year-old Lonny, his younger brother Midge, and their father have lived in the forest away from the town of Farstoke all of his life. They do that to protect Lonny because he is a lifeling, one who has the power to save dying things. The price of being able to do that though takes years off his own life. Because of the need for food and money, the brothers venture into Farstoke where the townspeople act as if they treasure a lifeling. Is he willing to bet his or his brother’s life on that? A face paced fantasy story.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Fiction


Little Blue Bunny

by Erin Guendelsberger

A beautiful, simply written story with the big theme of love and togetherness. A young boy and his favorite toy have many adventures together as the years go by. Unlike in the Velveteen Rabbit where the rabbit is disposed of, when this bunny gets old and tattered, the Mom patches him up and they are off for more adventures. In time, the blue bunny is excited to see a new baby arrive to continue the love and togetherness.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Fiction


The Woman in the Woods and Other North American Stories

by Kate Ashwin

Several indigenous authors and illustrators, who identify as trans, binary or other, have created a collection of stories based on folklore from Indigenous North American Nations, such as Navajo or Odawa. These short stories are in a graphic novel format with panels of black and white illustrations. This is the fifth book in the Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales series.

Posted in: Youth Nonfiction


Turtle Boy

by M. Evan Wolkenstein

Will is tired of being the subject of bullying at school. He especially despises the nickname ‘Turtle Boy’. When his rabbi introduces him to a terminally ill boy, Will begins to appreciate things and opens himself up to new things as he hadn’t before. While preparing for his bar mitzvah, Will encounters helpers all along the way that he hadn’t realized were there.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Fiction


The School for Whatnots

by Margaret Haddix Patterson

In this middle grade science fiction thriller, Margaret Haddix Patterson does what she does best: create an alternate reality. Fifth grade just ended for Max and his best friend Josie. It is summer and Max is ready to relax before middle school starts. Max’s life flips upside down when he finds an ominous note from Josie. The strange note has him questioning his reality. It seems that everything he thought he knew about his school and classmates was a lie. Max is unsure who to trust but he knows he must find Josie and the truth fast. The School for Whatnots will keep you guessing until the last page.

Recommended by: Malorie Carpenter, Youth Services Assistant

Posted in: Youth Fiction


Alphabreaths: The ABCs of Mindful Breathing

by Christopher Willard

Do you and your little one need a short break to recharge or calm down? Practice your ABCs while doing super simple and adorable breathing exercises. Each page presents a letter and a beautiful illustration with an exercise evoking playful visual imagery. Have your child pick their favorite letters or do them all if they are enjoying the mindfulness connection. A great resource to take a moment to be present and enjoy a book together.

Recommended by: Fanny Camargo, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Nonfiction


May 2022

Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls

by Kaela Rivera

When Cece’s sister, Juana, is kidnapped by a powerful dark criatura (creature), Cece is determined to get her back. In order to accomplish this, she must become a bruja (witch) and fight in Devil’s Alley with a criatura whose soul she owns. Cece needs to establish her own loyalties as what she’s learned in the past is constantly challenged.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Fiction


The Wild Huntsboys

by Martin Stewart

When Luka’s sister, Elena, gets sent away to protect her from the air raids, she asks Luka to continue her practice of feeding the faeries. He promises but then flings the food away causing the faeries to seek revenge upon both him and his sister. Luka ends up with 3 accomplices as he fights for his and his sister’s lives. This book is filled with action and adventure. 

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Fiction


Bob

by Rebecca Stead

Livy is once again visiting her grandma in Australia. Unfortunately, she does not remember anything about her grandma’s farm, from when she visited five years ago. That quickly changes when Livy finds a small green creature, named Bob, in the upstairs closet of her grandma’s house. Bob remembers everything from the last time Livy visited. Using magic and imagination, Livy helps Bob remember his way home. Not only does Livy save Bob, but Bob saves Livy too. Like many of Rebecca Stead’s stories, Bob is a magical one.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Malorie Carpenter, Youth Services Assistant

Posted in: Youth Fiction


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