Monday, April 21, 2014

Blue Wolf

Blue Wolf

by Catherine Creedon Life is lonely for Korean-American Jamie Park since the death of his mother. While he finds solace in running track – though a strange sensation nipping at his heels leaves him curiously confused – his busy scientist father’s absence only adds to the loneliness. When Aunt Louise, whom Jamie has never met, invites him to spend the summer at her isolated mountain... [Read more]

Little Kisses

Little Kisses

by Jolie Jones Meet Bejinhos. Bejinhos means “little kisses.” Little Kisses and Jolie like to go on walks up to the village and down to the bluffs so they can see all their friends. Jolie reminds Little Kisses never to accept treats from strangers, to cross the street carefully, and to stay in the yard. Can Little Kisses remember that those are the rules? Jolie Jones and Julie Downing... [Read more]

The Little Grey Men

The Little Grey Men

Introduction by Julie Andrews Edwards. By BB. Baldmoney, Sneezewort, Dodder, and Cloudberry are the last four gnomes existing in Britain. Until recently, the brothers have lived together in their oak tree home on the banks of the Folly brook. But several months ago, Cloudberry disappeared, and the others eventually decide they must try to find him. They build a little boat to take them upstream —... [Read more]

Pebble

Pebble

by Susan Milord There once was a pebble on a rocky shore. It was small and round and nearly smooth. Amid a seascape dotted with endless rocks, one pebble yearns to be special. Can you find the pebble? Susan Milord’s clear prose and exquisite collages offer a timeless message about finding one’s place in the world. By Susan Milord.  Read More →

Holly Claus: The Christmas Princess

Holly Claus: The Christmas Princess

by Brittney Ryan When young Christopher writes a letter to Santa Claus, he poses a question no one has ever thought to ask before: Dear Santa Claus, What do you wish for Christmas? Miraculously, Santa’s longtime wish comes true, and a baby girl is born—Princess Holly Claus. But just as the Land of Forever joyously celebrates her arrival, far away an evil is unleashed. A curse is placed on Holly,... [Read more]

The Legend of Holly Claus

The Legend of Holly Claus

by Brittney Ryan Grade 4-7–A letter written in 1878 to Santa Claus by a 10-year-old boy asking not for presents but to know what Santa himself wishes for allows the gent (aka Nicholas, King of Forever) and his wife to realize their greatest dream, the birth of a daughter named Holly. She is, however, cursed by an evil sorcerer, Herrikhan, who surrounds her infant heart with ice and promises to return... [Read more]

The Palace of Laughter: The Wednesday Tales No. 1

The Palace of Laughter: The Wednesday Tales No. 1

by Jon Berkeley Grade 4-7–When the mysterious Circus Oscuro arrives in the dead of night, Miles Wednesday, a runaway orphan living in a barrel, is the only person in the town of Larde to witness the event. Later that same night, he is approached by a tiger who claims he can smell the circus in Miles. Thus begins a chain of events that introduces the boy to a winged waif named Little, a captive of... [Read more]

The Tiger’s Egg: The Wednesday Tales No. 2

The Tiger’s Egg: The Wednesday Tales No. 2

by Jon Berkeley When the Circus Bolsillo lands in Larde, orphan Miles Wednesday and his angel-friend Little join its wondrous and chaotic show. They soon fall in with Doctor Tau-Tau, a mysterious and bumbling fortune-teller who once knew Miles’s parents and claims Miles’s father is very much alive. Miles sets out in secret with Doctor Tau-Tau, but to his surprise the search for his father... [Read more]

Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks

Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks

by John Bucchino PreSchool-Grade 4-This gentle song is sung by Art Garfunkel on an accompanying CD. It is a celebration of the beauty of the seasons, the wonder of nature, and the meaning of faith. Hakkarainen’s soft-focused, luminous illustrations grace each page. Some of the words and ideas are challenging for a young audience; for example, “In a world that can bring pain,/I will still... [Read more]

The Lightning Key: The Wednesday Tales No. 3

The Lightning Key: The Wednesday Tales No. 3

by Jon Berkeley Grade 4-7–The final volume of the series hits the ground running as Miles Wednesday is robbed of the rare and powerful Tiger’s Egg by the Great Cortado and his buffoonish sidekick. Accompanied by his friend Little and the blind explorer Baltinglass of Araby, Miles races the villains to the home of Nura, his mother’s twin sister, who may know the secret of unlocking the... [Read more]