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Reviews by Lisa B.

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.

Book Cover Rash
Pete Hautman

It's the late 21st century, and safety is the United States' biggest concern. Fighting, failing to wear protective gear, or even insulting another person's appearance can land you in prison camp. Impulsive, temperamental Bo seems destined for a life of hard labor, landing in an Arctic pizza factory at age 16 — assuming he doesn't die playing in the warden's cut-throat football games. But Bo's got three things going for him: he can outrun polar bears, he's friends with a rogue artificial intelligence, and he doesn't know when to stop. This smoothly written and fast-paced novel will appeal to science fiction and sports fans alike. Recommended for readers, especially boys, grades 7 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Hautman
Review Date: 8/21/06


Book Cover The Summer of Moonlight Secrets
Danette Haworth

Two lonely kids -- Allie Jo, who lives at the grand old Meriwether Hotel in Florida, and Chase, a guest -- become unlikely friends when they are drawn into an otherworldly mystery. Who is Tara, the strange, beautiful girl who swims with the manatees out in the springs? What has she run away from? Can her unbelievable story be true? Readers who enjoy the magical realism of such books as The Tail of Emily Windsnap will particularly enjoy this book. Suggested for grades 4 and up.

WPL Call Number: J Haworth
Review Date: 7/30/10


Book Cover My Big Sister Is So Bossy She Says You Can't Read This Book
Mary Hershey

Do you ever fight with your siblings? Well, ten-year-old Effie and her big sister Maxie fight CONSTANTLY! Since their father went to jail, Effie's been the good girl in the family, but Maxie is just plain mean. Now money-- a LOT of money-- is missing from the Scout treasury and Effie's sure Maxie stole it. But Effie gave Maxie the key to the treasury, so she can't tell without getting in huge trouble, too! What should Effie do? This book has some serious moments but over all is a warm and funny story of sibling rivalry and growing up. Recommended for grades 3 and up.

WPL Call Number: J Hershey
Review Date: 8/16/08


Book Cover Lola & Fred
Christoph Heuer

Lola the turtle and Fred the frog dream of taking to the skies. After several zany but failed attempts, the pair constructs a kite that works a little too well. Up and away they soar, until they encounter a hot air balloon piloted by a third amusing animal friend. This wordless storybook is easy as pie to follow, with expressive and cartoonish characters whose exploits are sure to tickle your fancy and your funnybone.

WPL Call Number: JE Heuer
Review Date: 9/1/06


Book Cover Cassie Was Here
Caroline Hickey

Eleven year old Bree has a problem and a secret. The problem is her family has just moved to a new neighborhood and she has no friends – except one. The secret is her one friend, named Joey, is imaginary. Then Bree starts to make friends with 13 year old Cassie. Bree’s parents think Cassie’s too old, Bree’s older brother has a crush on Cassie, and Joey HATES Cassie! Meanwhile, what will Cassie think if she finds out about Joey? A satisfying growing-up story for grades 4 and up.

WPL Call Number: J Hickey
Review Date: 8/20/07


Book Cover Our Three Bears
Ron Hirschi

Did you know North America is home to three different species of bear? Learn where these powerful predators live, what they eat, and more. Vivid photographs bring the facts to life. You’ll see bears hunting, fighting, playing, and lounging in the wild. Suggested for grades 1 and up. Photographs by Thomas D. Mangelsen.

WPL Call Number: J599.78 HI
Review Date: 4/30/09


Book Cover The House of a Million Pets
Ann Hodgman

Ann Hodgman loves animals waaaaaay more than the average person, and when a new potential pet comes her way she just can't say "no." That's how she ended up with dozens of birds, pygmy mice, cats, dogs, prairie dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, and lots of other assorted animals living in her house! In this book, she tells lots of funny stories about how she got each pet, the fun and not-so-fun things about taking care of them, and more. The chapter about her two stinky-breathed miniature dachshunds, Moxie and Beanie, is absolutely hilarious. Recommended nonfiction for animal lovers (both kids and grown-ups) in grades 3 and up.

WPL Call Number: J636.088 HO
Review Date: 3/11/08


Magic book Puppy Love
Jennifer L. Holm

Babymouse wants a pet more than anything in the world. It's too bad she has such bad luck with them! Goldfish, hamsters, turtles, ferrets--they just won't stick around long enough for Babymouse to prove what a good pet-owner she could be. Then Babymouse finds a stray dog. Could he be the perfect pet she's been waiting for? This 8th adventure in the Babymouse comics series is as hilarious as the rest. Recommended for grades 1 and up.

WPL Call Number: J Comic HO
Review Date: 3/26/08


Book Cover Letters from Rapunzel
Sara Lewis Holmes

So she's not really Rapunzel. And she's not really trapped in a tower. Instead she's stuck in Homework Club every day after school, now that her father is in the hospital with clinical depression. But she's found part of a letter from her dad to an unnamed person at P.O. Box #5667. She's sure that if she writes letters to #5667, too, the recipient will help her break the evil spell her dad is under. Rapunzel's letters are hilarious and heart-felt, as they describe her struggles at school (where her teachers just don't seem to appreciate her creativity) and her efforts to understand her father's illness. Books dealing with mental illness are often very heavy, but Letters from Rapunzel treats the serious subject matter with a light and sensitive touch. Recommended for grades 5 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Holmes
Review Date: 8/3/07


Book Cover Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
Phillip Hoose

Not many people know it, but Rosa Parks wasn't the first person to make civil rights history by refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus. Nearly a whole year before, a 15-year-old girl named Claudette Colvin took a stand. When the bus driver told her to move for a white passenger, she refused -- and was arrested and thrown in jail as a result. So why don't more people remember her? In this fascinating nonfiction book, learn the whole story of this remarkably brave teenager and her important role in ending segregation on the Montgomery buses. This book has also won multiple awards, including a Newbery Honor. Highly recommended for grades 6 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y921 Colvin
Review Date: 2/10/10


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