Youth Staff Picks 2018-02-19T14:07:49+00:00

Youth Staff Picks

Mrs. Schaffner browses for her next Staff Picks title!

The Fog Diver
by Joel Ross – j Ros | Science Fiction
Chess is a slumkid living at the bottom of the mountain, where the poorest of the poor eke out a living by salvaging materials found inside the deadly Fog that fills the valleys below the slums. The rich Lord Kodoc at the top of the mountain wants to enslave Chess, the tetherkid who can survive inside the Fog the longest. But Chess and his faithful, talented salvage crew have other plans! Riveting steampunk fiction. (AE)

Thunder Horse
by Eve Bunting – E Bun | Picture Book
A young girl receives the most spectacular gift, a beautiful and very tiny horse. As the miniature creature grows and changes, the girl wonders about the future together with her extraordinary friend. Magnificent illustrations and imaginative writing abound in this enchanting story. (EK)

The Doorman’s Repose
by Chris Raschka — j Ras | Fiction, Short Stories
This quirky collection of stories is set in an apartment building on the upper East Side of Manhattan. At first glance, they are not interconnected–but the final chapter shows the links among the residents of 777 Garden Avenue. If you appreciated Ellen Potter’s Olivia Kidney or Ellen Raskin’s The Tattooed Potato, this might be the book for you! (PS)

A Surprise for Mrs. Tortoise
by Paula Merlán — E Mer | Picture Book
Mrs. Tortoise feels sad about the way she looks, wrinkled and worn out. Her best friend Birdie tries to help her feel better. Birdie comes up with several solutions to make Mrs. Tortoise feel good again. After several failed attempts, Birdie tries one more thing. Can Birdie help cheer up Mrs. Tortoise? A charming tale about friendship. (KW)

Trailblazer: The Story of Ballerina Raven Wilkinson
by Leda Schubert — j 921 WilkinsonNonfiction, Biography
Raven Wilkinson is a gifted ballet dancer who faces racism during the 1950’s. Read about her journey to becoming the first African-American ballerina to ever dance with a major American troupe. (EM)

It Takes a Village: Picture Book Edition
by Hillary Rodham Clinton — E Cli Picture Book
Ms. Clinton’s words are beautifully illustrated by Marla Frazee. What began with just a handful of children on bicycles noticing a tree, ends up – by people talking and coming together – a beautiful park and play structure built by the whole community. (RD)

I Got a New Friend
by Karl Newsom Edwards — E Edw Picture Book
Join girl and puppy as they do all kinds of activities together as new friends. See if you can figure out from whose perspective the story is written. (WV)

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