Reviews by Lyn P.
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.
The first in a projected series, "Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls." And 9 year-old Allie does have lots of rules, from the ridiculous (don't put your cat in a suitcase) to the sublime (if you get a new best friend, it's rude to show off about it). This fast-moving, appealing story revolves around her parent's decision to move, and Allie's campaign of resistance. Fun for 7-9 year-olds.
WPL Call Number: J Cabot
The Most Beautiful Place in the World|
Juan is a seven year-old who lives with his grandmother and works as a shoeshine boy. His strongest wish is to go to school, but his small income is needed at home. Cameron grew up in Wisconsin and now lives in Guatemala, where this short novel is set. She works in the library in her town and has raised thousands of dollars for its book collection. Grades 2 – 4.
WPL Call Number: J Cameron
A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero|
Fascinating story of a Yawapati Indian boy who was kidnapped by the Pima Indians when he was 5 years old. His life subsequently took many dramatic and often harrowing turns (including being sold into slavery by his captors). Some of the happier times included working in Buffalo Bill's show and graduating from the University of Chicago and Chicago Medical College. Illustrated with the author's own paintings and historical photographs, this is an interesting illustrated biography for ages 8 and up.
WPL Call Number: J921 Montezuma
Mr. Bassett Plays|
Fun picture book about an ambitious and wealthy bassett hound who is missing out on some of the important things in life. For ages 4 - 7.
WPL Call Number: JE Catalano
Minnie & Moo and the Seven Wonders of the World|
Fans of the early-reader series about Minnie and Moo will be glad to know that Cazet has written this wonderfully funny book, which is at a slightly older reading level (about on a par with the Magic Treehouse books by Osborne). Great fun for second and third graders. The chapter about one of the Seven Wonders, "The Rock That Never Moves," will make both kids and adults laugh out loud. (One day, the animals discover that the rock is actually gone — could those pebbles left behind be baby rocks?)
WPL Call Number: J Cazet
Only One Year|
A Chinese-American family send their youngest child, a 2 year-old boy, to spend a year in China with his grandparents. His two older sisters are busy with school, and his parents are busy working, so this works well overall but not without some emotionally wrenching moments - especially at the end of the year, when he comes home and barely remembers his parents and sisters. This well-written family story also includes tales of the older girls' various friendships. Recommended for second and third graders.
WPL Call Number: J Cheng
A teen named Josh who loves riding his dirt bike in the woods accidentally runs into the local hermit who hates kids and their noisy bikes. Their initial hostility slowly develops into mutual understanding, but before long Josh finds himself in a dangerous, life-or-death situation. A short, quick read for 7th and 8th graders.
WPL Call Number: Y Choyce
One Whole and Perfect Day|
Charming and original story by an Australian author. Told from multiple points of view, ranging from teenaged Lily (who considers herself overly sensible until she falls in love with a classmate), to her college brother Lonnie (who's been disowned by their perpetually angry grandfather), to that grandfather and his scatter-brained wife who talks to her imaginary friend...this is far from being one of those self-conscious novels about an eccentric family. Instead, it's beautifully written, fun to read, and will be enjoyed by 7th grade or so and up. A 2008 Printz Honor book.
WPL Call Number: Y Clarke
Ted lives in a Nebraska town so small the one-room school has only 5 students. He loves reading mysteries, and one day spots a shadowy figure in an abandoned farmhouse. As he sets out to solve this real-life mystery, events keep surprising him (and the readers of this refreshingly un-ironic yet modern and timely story). Clements is a reliably appealing author who has written many books for this age group (grades 3-6, mostly).
WPL Call Number: J Book on CD CL
Mimmy and Sophie, All Around the Town|
I really enjoyed this charming episodic book about two sisters living in Brooklyn in the 1930s. Incidents include neighborhood games in vacant lots, a trip to Coney Island, and getting the dreaded "liverwurst stockings" all muddy (and incurring Mama's wrath). Perfect reading level for kids ready to advance beyond the Henry and Mudge/Nate the Great stage.
WPL Call Number: J Cohen
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