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Book Buzz

Our Book Buzz Blog features the latest picks for kids selected by library staff and volunteers.
Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:31am
All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle

"We have a gift, and we have a cake, and today we're going to drive all the way to the big city to see my new baby cousin on his zero-year birthday!"

So begins Margarita Engle's joyful picture book, All the Way to Havana. The narrator, a young boy who lives in Cuba, and his family are preparing to go see his new cousin in Havana. They take "Cara Cara," their 1954 blue Chevy that is supposed to purr like a kitten. But Cara Cara is so tired, she just chatters away like a baby chicken: "Pío, pío, pío, pío, pffft." The narrator's father fixes Cara Cara with each clunk clunk, something he does often to the old vintage vehicle.

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 9:47am
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form, and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.

The Bad Beginning (Book One in A Series of Unfortunate Events) 
This series chronicles the unfortunate lives of the Baudelaire children: Violet, 14; Klaus, The Bad Beginning 12; and the infant, Sunny. In Bad Beginning, their parents and possessions perish in a fire, and the orphans must use their talents to survive as their lives move from one disastrous event to another. Surrounded by dim-witted though well-meaning adults, the Baudelaires find themselves in the care of their evil relative, Count Olaf, a disreputable actor whose main concern is getting his hands on the children's fortune. (Library Journal)

A Series of Unfortunate Events is an American black comedy-drama television series from Netflix, developed by Mark Hudis and Barry Sonnenfeld, based on the children's novel series of the same name by Lemony Snicket. It stars Neil Patrick HarrisPatrick WarburtonMalina WeissmanLouis HynesK. Todd Freeman, and Presley Smith. The first season, which premiered on January 13, 2017, consists of eight episodes and adapts the first four books of the series. The series was renewed for a second season in March 2017, intended to consist of ten episodes that adapt books five through nine of the novel series, and was renewed for a third season a month later, which is expected to adapt the remaining four books. The second season is scheduled to be released on March 30, 2018. See the trailer below.

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:28am
Valensteins (A Love Story) by Ethan Long

Something strange is in the air . . . and it could just be love.

The members of the Fright Club are planning a frightful scare. It will be a good one—like always. But Fran K. Stein has something (or someone) else on his mind. He's busy making something, and of course, the others want to know what it is.

Pink paper . . . scissors . . . glue . . . in the shape of . . . something. "Are you making a mask? With fangs?" Vladimir asks.

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 2:42pm
2018 Youth Media Awards

The 2018 Youth Media Awards were announced February 12 during the American Library Association's (ALA) Midwinter Meeting by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA. Read about the winning and honored books below:

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:52am
If you like A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Meg Murry learns that her astrophysicist father Dr. Alex Murry has exceeded time and space, and is now being held captive on a distant planet. She, her young brother Charles, and classmate Calvin join three astral travelers on a mission to save him and the planet from the utmost evil. (from the list Books on the Big Screen, Winter-Spring 2018)

There are four other books in L'Engle's Time Quintet series:

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 12:18am
Mice Skating by Annie Silvestro

Like most animals during the winter months, field mice take cover underground. They stay warm in tiny burrows built into farmhouse walls or hollow logs. But not Lucy. Lucy the field mouse LOVES winter. She loves the feeling of the snow beneath her paws, the frosty air that makes her whiskers freeze. Most of all, Lucy loves her fluffy wool hat that keeps her head—and heart—warm.

It makes her brave. It makes her bold. It makes her bloom!

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