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Book Cover Love is a Many Trousered Thing: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
Louise Rennison

Cor! Georgia is back on the rack of lurrrve. Robbie the original Sex God is back from Kiwi-a-gogo land, and Masimo from Pizza-a-gogo land has just said he’s a free man for her. Then there’s also sometime snogee Dave the Laugh. What will Georgia do? She’ll do the Viking disco inferno dance with her friends the ace gang and dodge her parents, the elderly mad. And she may or may not figure out which Lurrve God is the one for her. Rennison doesn’t cover much new territory here, but Georgia’s adventures with the ace gang are always hilarious and fibbity-fibbity fab.

WPL Call Number: Y Rennison
Review Date: 9/12/07

 

Book Cover Stop in the Name of Pants! : Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
Louise Rennison

Georgia Nicolson is back. This time she's officially the girlfriend of a Luuurve God, Masimo, but Masimo is back in Pizza-a-gogo land for the summer. Will Georgia make it through the summer without snogging Robbie or Dave the Laugh? Will she and Masimo stay together? Georgia is up to her usual tricks, but everyone around her "has the hump." Her parents are fighting, her Scottish wildcat Angus has an accident, and even her friend Jas is on the outs with her boyfriend. More of the hilarious same.

WPL Call Number: Y Rennison
Review Date: 9/25/08

 

Book Cover The Battle of the Labyrinth
Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and company return for another quest. The evil Titan lord Kronos continues to gain power. Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and Tyson wind their way through the Labyrinth to try to stop him. Along the way, they have dramatic adventures with gods, demigods, and other mythological creatures. If you like Greek mythology, and you liked the other books in the series, this book is a must.

WPL Call Number:  Y Riordan
Review Date: 6/25/08

 

Magic book The Last Olympian
Rick Riordan

It's finally here! The last book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series! Happily, it was worth the wait. Despite Percy's previous heroic efforts, the evil head Titan, Kronos, is gaining power, and he's got a monster army that's ready to destroy Mount Olympus (aka the 600th floor of the Empire State Building). It's up to Percy and his friends from Camp Half-Blood to stop him. They fight a fast-paced battle in the streets of New York City. Can Percy, the other demigods, and their allies save Mount Olympus? And will Percy survive? This book is almost continuous action, with a few breaks in the battle to learn about important events from the past. Fans of the rest of the series will not be disappointed.

WPL Call Number: Y Riordan
Review Date: 5/26/09

 

Book Cover The Maze of Bones
Rick Riordan

When Dan and Amy's grandmother, Grace Cahill, dies, she leaves her heirs a choice: take one million dollars and walk away, or take a challenge to become the world's most powerful people. Dan and Amy take the challenge. They find themselves playing a dangerous game, racing to collect clues before the cut-throat competitors--their own extended family--can find them. Dan, Amy, and their au pair, Nellie, trace clues about Ben Franklin (who was actually a Cahill) through Philadelphia and Paris. This action-packed book feels like The DaVinci Code for kids. Some exploits stretch credibility, but fans of adventure stories and Riordan's other books will be pleased nonetheless. Readers ages 9-13 will enjoy this book. This is the first in a 10-book series. Each book will have a different author. There's a related website (www.the39clues.com) where readers can learn more about the series, collect their own clues, and win prizes.

WPL Call Number: J Riordan
Review Date: 11/17/08

 

Book Cover The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan

Anyone who was sad about the end of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series can take heart. Carter and Sadie Kane are here to fill the hole in your life. The siblings take turns narrating, at break-neck speed, their adventures after their father blows up the Rosetta Stone and disappears. Carter and Sadie discover their family has important connections to ancient Egyptian pharaohs and gods, and it's up to them to stop the evil god Set from plunging the world into chaos. Adventure lovers, budding Egyptologists, and Rick Riordan fans will love this book.

WPL Call Number: Y Riordan
Review Date: 7/30/10

 

Book Cover The Titan's Curse
Rick Riordan

It's no myth--Percy Jackson is back. The son of Poseidon and his demigod friends take off from Camp Half-Blood on another quest. This time they must rescue their friend Annabeth, as well as the goddess Artemis, from evil Titan forces. As an Olympian war brews, things get more and more dangerous for Percy and company. Another action-packed offering in the very funny Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

WPL Call Number: Y Riordan
Review Date: 6/19/07

 

Book Cover The Teashop Girls
Laura Schaefer

Eighth graders Annie, Genna, and Zoe have always hung out together at Annie's grandmother's teashop in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin. Soon after Annie gets an official barista job at the Steeping Leaf, things start to change. Genna and Zoe are more and more involved in art and tennis. Worse, Annie finds out that the Steeping Leaf is in danger of closing. Can Annie save the teashop and her friendships? Readers will learn a lot about tea, friendship, and junior high in this sweet story that will appeal to kids in grades 4-7.

WPL Call Number: J Schaefer
Review Date: 6/17/09

 

Magic book The Dachshund
Karen Schweitzer

This much-needed book focuses on everyone's favorite long, low dogs. Find out about wiener dogs' history, personality, and physical traits. You'll also learn how to take care of your Dachshund (or any dog, for that matter). Whether you're a Dachshund owner, prospective owner, or just an enthusiast, you'll appreciate this nonfiction book, especially for its adorable pictures.

WPL Call Number: J636.7 SCH
Review Date: 4/16/11

 

Book Cover Knucklehead : Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories about Growing Up Scieszka
Jon Scieszka

Children's author and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Jon Scieszka grew up in a family of six boys. He describes their wild and woolly exploits--wrestling, playing war games, setting fires, mouthing off to nuns--in brief segments. My favorite part was when Jon's oldest brother tried to sell Jon his own shirt. This book is the perfect solution for kids who are stuck with a biography assignment but hate biographies. The chapters are short, the text is a hoot, and there are lots of pictures. It's painless and fun! If you are a third or fourth-grade boy, this book will be right up your alley. If you are anyone else, you will like this book, too.

WPL Call Number: J921 Scieszka
Review Date: 12/16/08

 

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