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09/28/2017 - 11:05am
Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds

Jasper the Rabbit isn't scared of much. After all, he defeated the creepy carrots the last time we saw him.

When his mom takes him underwear shopping, Jasper spots them. Creepy underwear! How cool is that? Immediately, Jasper asks his mom for a pair. Although she finds them very creepy, she buys him a pair.

08/07/2017 - 3:25pm
Great Lives Presents: Author and Superhero Investigator Marc Tyler Nobleman

Marc Tyler Nobleman likes comic books. Actually, he loves comic books. And, he loves the histories of his comic-book writers. On Saturday, September 9, from 3:00-4:00 at England Run Branch, Mr. Nobleman will be joining us as part of the University of Mary Washington's Great Lives series to talk about his beloved superheroes, the books he has written, and the inspiration he continues to receive from creators such as Bill FingerJerry Siegel, and Joe Shuster

01/31/2017 - 12:47pm
2017 Youth Media Award Winners

The ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) media awards are announced every January during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting. Read about the winners and honorable mentions below. The Youth Media Awards, announced in January include several awards for teen literature as well. 
 

2017 Newbery Medal Winner

The Newbery Medal is awarded for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature the previous year.
 

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
 by Kelly Barnhill 

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. The acclaimed author of The Witch's Boy has created another epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to become a modern classic.

 

02/21/2017 - 1:17pm
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)

In January 2017, the movie and television Internet streaming channel Netflix released A Series of Unfortunate Events, an eight-episode series, developed by Mark Hudis and Barry Sonnenfeld. It stars Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket, Malina Weissman as Violet Baudelaire, Louis Hynes as Klaus Baudelaire, K. Todd Freeman as Mr. Poe, and Presley Smith as Sunny Baudelaire. The first season follows the first four books in the series: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, and The Miserable Mill. The next season will continue with book five, The Austere Academy

11/08/2016 - 3:35pm
If you like Wait Til Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn

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Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
Twelve year-old Molly and her ten year-old brother, Michael, have never liked their seven year-old stepsister, Heather. Ever since their parents got married, she's made Molly and Michael's life miserable. Now their parents have moved them all to the country to live in a house that used to be a church, with a cemetery in the backyard. If that's not bad enough, Heather starts talking to a ghost named Helen and warning Molly and Michael that Helen is coming for them. Molly feels certain Heather is in some kind of danger, but every time she tries to help, Heather twists things around to get her into trouble. It seems as if things can't get any worse. (catalog summary)

If you like spooky, chilling tales for kids, check out these titles as well:

 

The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright 
With the help of her younger sister and a family of dolls, Amy solves an old and haunting mystery. (catalog summary)

 

 


 

 

Legend of the Ghost Dog by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
With her beagle Henry and her new friend Quin, twelve-year-old Tee is determined to solve the mystery of "the Shadow", the ghostly animal that is believed to haunt the Alaskan wilderness near her new home in Nome. (catalog summary)

 




 

11/03/2016 - 11:27am
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

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Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
Charlie Bone's life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking. (catalog summary)

If you like Midnight for Charlie Bone  here are some more suggestions.

 



Beswitched
by Kate Saunders
On her way, reluctantly, to a boarding school in present-day England, Flora suddenly finds herself in 1935, the new girl at St. Winifred's, having been summoned via a magic spell by her new dormitory mates. (catalog summary)

 

 




The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner
The story of twelve-year-old Alice, a misfit who is ignored by her own family and shipped off to boarding school. She'd love a friend, and one day she rescues mysterious Millie Maximus from drowning in a lake. Millie, it turns out, is a Bigfoot, part of a clan that lives deep in the woods. Alice swears to protect Millie and her tribe, and the two girls try to find a place where they both fit in. (catalog summary)

11/03/2016 - 10:19am
If you like The Thief Lord by Cornelia Caroline Funke

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The Thief Lord by Cornelia Caroline Funke
Two brothers, having run away from the aunt who plans to adopt the younger one, are sought by a detective hired by their aunt, but they have found shelter with—and protection from—Venice's "Thief Lord."

If you like The Thief Lord, check out these other titles:
 



Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes: A Story
by Jonathan Auxier
Raised to be a thief, blind orphan Peter Nimble, age ten, steals from a mysterious stranger three pairs of magical eyes, that lead him to a hidden island where he must decide to become a hero or resume his life of crime. (catalog summary)




 



The Real Thief
by William Steig
When Gawain the goose is deserted by his friends after being unjustly convicted of stealing from his beloved king, the real thief is tortured by his conscience. (catalog summary)

 


11/03/2016 - 9:41am
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi

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The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi (Book #1 in the series)
When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences. (catalog summary)

If you enjoy The Spiderwick Chronicles, check out these other titles as well:




Gregor the Overlander
by Suzanne Collins
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy. (catalog summary)



 



The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
by Chris Colfer
Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. (catalog summary)
 

 


11/03/2016 - 9:13am
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Book #1 in the series)

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The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Book #1 in the series)
The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather. (catalog summary)

If you like The Boxcar Children, check out these other titles as well:



Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her. (catalog summary)

 






Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl
Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way. (catalog summary)

 

 

10/11/2016 - 1:26pm
If you like Short Stories (for Kids)

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.

A few selected short story books for Kids:

Baseball Crazy: Ten Stories that Cover All the Bases
Ten stories about the love of baseball, the fear of baseball, and everything in between. (catalog summary)
 

 


Classic Western Stories: The Most Beloved Stories
Stories, folktales, and poems with a western setting, including stories of Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Indian legends, and tales of Lewis and Clark, among others. (catalog summary)

 





Dragons at the Crumbling Castle and Other Tales by Terry Pratchett
An illustrated collection of fourteen short stories featuring "dragons and wizards, councilors and mayors, an adventurous tortoise and a monster in a lake, along with plenty of pointy hats and a few magic spells" written when the author was a teenaged newspaper reporter. (catalog summary)

 

 

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