Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New books for children and teens

There have been a lot of great new books hitting the shelves in the kid and teen areas this month. Here are a few that caught my eye. To stay up-to-date on everything happening for youth at the Peter White Public Library, Like our new Youth Services Facebook page!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
Jeff Kinney returns to the hilarious, beloved world of young Greg Heffley in this 9th installment of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid. This book is full of laugh-out-loud moments as the Heffley family packs up for a family road trip-one without a destination (or electronics!) The adventure never stops as they encounter an aggressive seagull, win a piglet at the fair and more! Fans of the series will be clamoring for this book (and maybe hoping for a summer just as exciting!)

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel by Caryn Yacowitz
Hanukkah is approaching-so why not take a look at the holiday through the eyes (or stomach) of the Old Lady! In this imaginative take on the classic Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,  a family goes to visit their bubbe, who mistakes a dreidel for a bagel. You can guess at what follows! This is a great read for anyone looking to learn more about Hanukkah customs, as well as anyone who remembers the classic story and wants some new laughs as the Old Lady swallows more than she can handle.
Race from A to Z by Jon Scieszka
This is the perfect book for those who LOVE trucks! In this new ABC book, the trucks are racing from A-Z, abound with crashes, blunders and a surprise winner. With bright illustrations, and lots of sound effects this is the perfect read-aloud for your little truck lover- get ready for your ABC’s because this is guaranteed to be a book that will be requested for repeat reads!

Spider Sandwiches by Claire Freedman
Parents of children who will eat ANYTHING except what’s good for them will be able to relate to this adorable little monster! The bright illustrations will keep any child’s attention, while the crazy food combinations (and mild grossness) will have them giggling right up to the end! Another book that requires more than one read!

Clariel by Garth Nix
Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom with his newest Abhorsen book! Highly recommended for those who have read the other three books set in the Old Kingdom (Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen), Nix writes about a time 600 years prior to the events of his original trilogy. He again shows his mastery at writing phenomenal characters and creating a breathtaking world where magic and the “real” world do not mix, and shows what happens when good intentions combined with the wrong kind of magic results in consequences that span the centuries. If you love fantasy, give his works a try, you will not regret it.

Guys Read: True Stories edited by Jon Scieszka
This is the 5th book of the ever popular Guys Read series. High-interest, short stories make these books perfect for reluctant readers- and when those stories are about wrestling with grizzly bears, spending the night in the jungle with tarantulas or going to the dentist in Egypt, they are certain to keep your young reader interested right up to the end.

The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde
In this 3rd book of the Chronicles of Kazam, 16-year old Jennifer Strange has already done, and survived, an awful lot. She has stopped a war, stood up to a king, saved some dragons-all while wrangling the quarrelsome magicians at Kazam Mystical Arts Management. Her adventures continue when she must find the Eye of Zoltar, a quest that sends her deep into the heart of the Cambrain Empire-a place that capitalizes on dangerous tourism with a 50% survival rate. Recommend for those who love a strong, adventurous heroine, with a bit of magic thrown in. Reading of the first 2 books in the series first highly suggested (The Last Dragon Slayer & The Song of the Quarkbeast).
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: 75th Anniversary Edition by Robert L. May
As the holiday season approaches, how about an old classic? In this beautiful 75th anniversary edition, you can introduce your children to the classic tale of Rudolph while enjoying some gorgeous new illustrations.

The Ghosts Go Haunting by Helen Ketteman
Halloween might be over, but this book is so adorable you won’t care! Set to the tune of The Ants go Marching, you count up to 12 as ghosts, spiders, bats, zombies, witches and other critter invade the school, sending teachers out the door and librarians up the tree in fright! But maybe it’s not so scary….the surprise ending leaves everyone having fun!

Triangles by David A. Adler
Adler explores geometry in this brightly illustrated book.  With the help of two kids and a robot, you will learn about all different kinds of triangles, the angles which make each up and how to identify them-as well as how to make a robot of your very own, all out of triangles! A fun introduction to triangles, well-worth your time.

--Sarah Rehborg, Youth Services Librarian

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