Reviews by Kathleen O.
Titles are listed alphabetically by the author's last name. You can click the title of each book to check its availability in the WPL catalog.
Fans of the Alex Rider series will not be disappointed with his latest venture. Alex agrees to work with the Australian Secret Service so that he can meet his godfather and learn more about his parents. What should be a simple mission soon becomes complicated and dangerous. Snakehead is nonstop action from beginning to end.
WPL Call Number: Y Horowitz
Conor Broekhart's life was full of fun and adventure. He had full run of the castle and he shared a love of science and flying with the King of the Saltee Islands. How could it be that he was accused of killing the king and was spurned by his family, and banished to the prison island of Little Saltee? Eoin Colfer, author of the Artermis Fowl series, knows how to write a gripping adventure story. You won't want to put it down. This is a great read for junior high students.
WPL Call Number: Y Colfer
Jake's widowed mother falls on the ice and breaks her leg at the beginning of this funny and poignant story. Jake's grandfather, whom he doesn't know well, comes north to Baltimore to help care for him. The story unfolds with loving detail as Jake, Grandad Ned, and his dog, Max come to care about and for each other. This story will appeal to readers from 3rd to 5th grades.
WPL Call Number: J Couloumbis
Thirteen-year-old Kyle is spending his last summer at the family fishing cabin in Michigan. His father has moved out and his mom can't afford the cabin's upkeep. Kyle is angry with both his dad for leaving and his mom for selling but he is determined to enjoy everything he loves about the area. His brother and sisters help raise his spirits and Kyle matures in his ability to appreciate others viewpoints. This is a reflective story and Kyle's obvious love for his siblings was particularly enjoyable. Readers, grade 5 through 8, who like personal family stories will enjoy Kyle's Island.
WPL Call Number: Y Derby
"Mickey Cray had been out of work ever since a dead iguana fell from a palm tree and hit him on the head." The story that follows this irresistible first sentence is full of adventure, humor, and hijinks. Mickey Cray, a wildlife wrangler, and his son, Wahoo, are hired to help an inept reality television star deal with the Florida Everglades. They are joined by Wahoo's classmate, Tuna, who is hiding from her abusive father. TV star, Derek Badger, bungles every animal encounter with hilarious if sometimes painful results. The most serious threat, however, comes from a human. Chomp is a page turning adventure mystery with a lot of humor. Readers from grades 5 through 8 should enjoy the story.
WPL Call Number: Y Hiaasen
1001 Cranes is Naomi Hirahara's first novel for young readers. Twelve-year-old Angela Kato is sent to spend the summer with her grandparents in Gardena from her San Francisco area home. Her parents are arguing and neither will tell her what is happening to her family. Her grandmother is often critical and Angela feels like she doesn't belong anywhere. Her job, making origami cranes, introduces her to other people and helps Angela come to terms with her family. This book is appropriate for ages 9 to 12.
WPL Call Number: J Hirahara
No Cream Puffs|
Twelve-year-old Madison is a gifted athlete. She loves being on the championship winning volleyball team and she has always played baseball with her older brother and his friends. She joins the summer baseball league as the first girl on any team. She doesn't want to be the feminist trailblazer that the reporters are following. She doesn't want to lose her friends. She just wants to play ball. No Cream Puffs is set in 1980, but how Madison faces her problems would be just as real today. This book should appeal to readers in grades 5 through 8.
WPL Call Number: Y Day
Animals Welcome: A Life of Reading, Writing, and Rescue|
Author Peg Kehret and her late husband, Carl, loved animals. They had their home on an edge of a forest certified as a wildlife sanctuary and went on to rescue a wide array of animals both wild and domestic. In this warm and personal memoir Peg Kehret devotes a chapter to each animal and tells how they became part of her life and writing. Animal lovers in grades four through seven will enjoy this book.
WPL Call Number: Y921 Kehret
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate|
It's 1899 and eleven-year-old Calpurnia Tate is the only girl amidst six brothers. Her mother expects that she will master the skills required of a young lady -- needlework, cooking, and music. Callie loves science. Luckily, Callie's grandfather is a gifted amateur naturalist and he takes Callie under his wing. This loving family story is filled with humor and pathos; it is also one of the best stories I've read this year.
WPL Call Number: Y Kelly
Kaline Klattermaster's Tree House|
Kaline Klattermaster has a lot of trouble sitting still. Some people think he's more than a little weird. He has a rich imagination too and sometimes it gets him in trouble. Imaginary or not, his tree house friends are helping him deal with bullies at school and his absent dad. This book is perfect for ages 9 to 12 and is a fun read aloud. If you fell for Joey Pigza you'll come to love Kaline Klattermaster.
WPL Call Number: J Kimmel