Staff Picks

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There’s no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again. Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and he’s imaginary. He has come back into Jackson’s life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything? Beloved author Katherine Applegate proves in unexpected ways that…

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We Are Made Of Molecules by Susan Nielsen

Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless. Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed It Girl in her class, but her grades stink. Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. The Brady Bunch it isn’t. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy, but Ashley is 110 percent mortified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; “Spewart” could further threaten her position at the top…

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Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins

It’s never easy when your magic goes wonky. For Nory, this means that instead of being able to turn into a dragon or a kitten, she turns into both of them at the same time – a dritten. For Elliott, the simple act of conjuring fire from his fingertips turns in a fully frozen failure. For Andres, wonky magic means he’s always floating in the air, bouncing off the walls, or floating on the ceiling. For Bax, a bad moment…

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Zac And Mia by A. J. Betts

The last person Zac expects to meet in the hospital room next to his is a girl like Mia – beautiful, angry, and feisty, with questionable taste in music. In the real world he could never be friends with a girl like her. But when a knock on the wall leads to a note, it turns into a friendship that surprises them both. Does Mia need Zac? Does Zac need Mia? Or do they both need each other, always? Told…

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Drama by Raina Telgemeier, reviewed by Ian Hidalgo

Drama is a great book if you are into graphic novels. The main character Callie is stage crew with her good friend Liz for the school play of Moon Over Mississippi. When she was pinning the flyer for Moon Over Mississippi on the flyer board two brothers named Justin and Jesse came over to look at the flyer. With Callie, Justin and Jesse becoming friends now and Justin in the play, Jesse joins stage crew. A long time later….It’s the…

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The Day The Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers

Brilliant! Duncan finds a stack of letters next to his crayon box, each one from a different crayon, explaining why they quit. Red feels over-worked, with his all-year-long task of coloring things red – fire engines, valentines, Santas, strawberries, apples…he’s exhausted! Beige feels invisible, with the most boring task of coloring turkey dinners 9yawn) and wheat (seriously??). Green’s happy, but asks Duncan to settle an argument between orange and yellow, who each think they should be the color of the…

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Millie Fierce Sleeps Out By Jane Manning

Millie has a couple of fierce bones in her body – they show themselves when she needs to stand up to bullies, but unfortunately they also emerge when it’s inappropriate – like when things aren’t going her way. Now that she’s getting more control over herself, she decides to invite some friends over for a sleepover. She has everything planned. (Uh-oh. That doesn’t always work out so well.) Will her fierceness spoil the fun and ruin her friendships? Millie Fierce…

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Toot and Puddle

Toot and Puddle by Holly Hobbie Toot And Puddle is one of my personal Top Ten Favorite Picture Books of all time! Toot and Puddle are two pigs who live in Woodcock Pocket. Toot wants to travel the world, while Puddle wants to stay home in their idyllic cabin in the woods of New England. Toot sends postcards to “Puds” from around the globe – swimming off the Solomon Islands, making friends with hippos in Africa, riding a camel in…

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Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea Goat is a regular guy. He’s pretty confident about himself, but he knows he has his faults. The Unicorn comes along all  hoity-toity with his ability to make it rain cupcakes, his talent for flying, his beautiful  horn. Goat is jealous until he hears Unicorn’s side of the story and finds out that Unicorn is just as jealous of Goat! This a very funny book and an  important lesson on friendship! (Great…

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