Youth Staff Picks 2021-06-13T21:46:28+00:00

Youth Staff Picks

Mrs. Schaffner browses for her next Staff Picks title!

Starfish
by Lisa Fipps — j Fip Contemporary Fiction
Except for a handful of people, twelve-year-old Splash is seen only by the weight she carries. Teased, bullied, and harassed by family members, classmates, and strangers who feel like they have the right to judge her only by her appearance, she almost begins to believe that she deserves nothing else. Luckily, there are good people who call her Ellie and help her gain a renewed sense of self-respect. A powerful story. (AE)

There Goes Patti McGee!
by Tootie Nienow — j 796.21 Nie | ebook on OVERDRIVE | Nonfiction, Sports Biography
One day Patti sees a group of boys zip past her house on their skateboards, and she decides to try it herself. After many crashes and bruises, she decides to enter the 1964 National Skateboard Championship in which she earns a perfect score for doing her rolling handstand trick. She becomes the first-ever professional female skateboarder. (EM)

Where Is Stonehenge?
by True Kelley — j 936.2 Kel | Nonfiction, Archeology
For more than one thousand years, this magnificent and gigantic formation of stones, known as Stonehenge, has remained a massive mystery! Where did it come from? If it was built, how did humans manage it, without the modern tools and machinery we have today? If humans didn’t build it, was magic involved? This exciting installment in the “Where Is” series is packed with information on the discovery, history and theories around Stonehenge and other impressive discoveries nearby! (EK)

Blood Oath
by Dan Scott — j Sco v.1 | Historical Fiction
Lucius’s father disappeared after being accused of treason against Roman Emperor Titus. Now Lucius works as a servant at his uncle’s gladiator school and his brother is training as a gladiator, with the status of a slave. Lucius fears for his brother’s life. He also knows his father is innocent, but who is the real traitor? Full of details of Roman life and gladiatorial training (often gory), this is fast-moving historical fiction with a mystery at its core. (PS)

The Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart — j Ste v.1 | ebook and audiobook on OVERDRIVE | Fiction, Mystery
An odd ad in the newspaper for extraordinary children who want special opportunities is the beginning of the biggest adventure of Reynie’s life! Besides his intelligence being tested, also tested are his honesty, his ability to trust and be a friend. This first-in-a-series is an exciting read with characters that you’ll love and cheer for along the way! (JL)

Road Trip! : A Whiskers Hollow Adventure
by Steve Light – E Lig | Picture Book
Bear needs a new headlight for his truck, so he gathers his friends to help him find one. Rabbit, Mouse, and Donkey go with him on a road trip to Elephant’s Old Junk Tree. They find what they are looking for and have a lot of fun along the way because they are together! Charming illustrations. (LD)

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