Youth Staff Picks 2019-10-08T14:58:56+00:00

Youth Staff Picks

Mrs. Schaffner browses for her next Staff Picks title!

C is For Caboose
edited by S. Gillingham and T. Todd — E Cis | Picture Book
Colorful pop art illustrations, posters, and period photographs illustrate this picture alphabet of train related fun. Did you know that some children used to go to school on a train if their town had no school of its own? In addition to the caboose, you can see the Flying Scotsman, a velocipede, and the Zephyr! (LD)

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer
by John Grisham – j Gri | Fiction, Suspense
Thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone, who dreams of being a great lawyer one day, learns of an unwilling witness with key evidence to a murder case in their community. Because the witness is an illegal immigrant, Theodore makes a promise to not tell anyone, but he has reservations. How can Theodore keep his promise and make sure that the law is upheld? (EM)

Sparky & Spike: Charles Schulz and the Wildest, Smartest Dog Ever
by Barbara Lowell — JE 741.5 Low | Nonfiction, Drawing, Biography
This “sort of” biography starts with Charles (Sparky) being a young boy with his dog named Spike. Every Saturday night he and his father would read the Sunday comics. Sparky dreamed of becoming a cartoonist. He practiced all the time, and finally grew up, and his dog became Snoopy in the comic strips. (RD)

Midsummer’s Mayhem
by Rajani LaRocca – j LaR | Fiction, Baking
Mimi wants to shine in a family with three older superstar siblings. Now a baking contest may give her that opportunity. Unfortunately, some newcomers to her small Massachusetts town are adding mischief and magic to the mix. This delicious fantasy was inspired by Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” (PS)

The Halloween Tree
by Ray Bradbury — j Bra | Fiction, Halloween
Why isn’t Pipkin trick-or-treating? Where did he say to meet? Follow these eight friends on a wild adventure to find Pip and discover where, when, and how Halloween started along the way! This creepy classic might best be enjoyed by a middle school reader. (JL)

Shouting at the Rain
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt – j Hun Realistic Fiction
Delsie has a simple but good life on Cape Cod living with her Grandmother and growing up with neighbors that are like family. Every year she awaits her best friend’s arrival at her summer home. This year is no exception until her best friend starts acting differently. Delsie begins to question many things in her life, including her past and where she truly belongs. (EK)

From 1 to 10
by Mies Van Hout — E Van Picture Book, Counting
From 1 belly to 10 whiskers, here’s a friendly book for little listeners. Vibrant illustrations on sturdy cardstock present physical features to find and count. Besides each number and its word, there are plenty of other things to notice and count – shapes, colors, etc. More math tips in the back matter. (AE)

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