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.
Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel|
Artemis Fowl, 12 year-old criminal mastermind, is the protagonist of a popular series for junior high readers. This graphic novel is an adaptation of the first in the series; the suspenseful, exciting storyline is enhanced with great pictures. For grades 6 and older.
WPL Call Number: Y Comic CO
Diamonds in the Shadow|
Cooney excels at writing thrillers with social relevance. In her latest, a well-meaning affluent family in Connecticut sponsors 4 African refugees without knowing their involuntary connection with the diamond trade. A thoughtful and suspenseful page-turner for grades 6 and older.
WPL Call Number: Y Cooney
Intriguing short novel about a girl at the beach who draws a horse in the sand. When she wishes that the horse could run free, the horse wishes it, too, and together their wishes are so strong that it actually happens. What happens afterwards combines humor, magic, adventure, and even a delicate reflection on mortality. An original and unusual book for grades 2 - 4.
WPL Call Number: J Cooper
12 year-old Leo (also called Fog Boy or Sardine) is a middle child in a large, boisterous family. His thoughtful, imaginative nature is often at odds with his surroundings. Newbery-winner Creech mixes humor and more serious issues in this novel about family relationships and growing up. Read in a lively way, this will be enjoyed by ages 9 through adult.
WPL Call Number: J Book on CD CR
What Mr. Mattero Did|
Three 7th grade girls accuse their music teacher of touching them inappropriately. The story is told through the eyes of one of the three girls and the teacher's daughter, an 8th grader at the same school. Cummings also touches on one character's anorexia and a parent's infidelity. Even so,this doesn't have the heavy-handed approach of many "problem novels," and is a smoothly written, thought-provoking page-turner for junior high readers.
WPL Call Number: Y Cummings
Mr. Chickee's Funny Money|
Christopher Paul Curtis
An elderly man gives 9 year-old Steven a quadrillion dollar bill (which happens to have James Browns' face on it). Steven, who is one of "Flint's Future Detectives," is on the case, but soon runs afoul of Agent Fondoo of the U.S. Treaury Dept. Light and very funny mystery by a Newbery Award- winning author. Recommended for grades 3 - 5.
WPL Call Number: J Curtis
6th grade Meg is a new girl at school, again - her family has moved often because of her father's alcoholism and explosive temper. This time, though, things really may be different, if she can find the strength to break the family habits of secrecy and denial. Interesting realistic fiction for 5th and 6th graders (and not as bleak as this plot summary makes it seem - her friendships with other girls are very much a focus of the story).
WPL Call Number: J Day
Kat & Mouse|
Alex De Campi
Very accessible short graphic novel about two school friends who cope with popular mean girls, a handsome art teacher, and a field trip to a museum where a painting is stolen. A touch of mystery adds to the appeal of what is mainly a school and friendship story. For grades 4 and up.
WPL Call Number: J Comic DE
Four Pictures by Emily Carr|
A depiction of Emily Carr's life story in comic book format, this conveys a real sense of the Canadian painter who was born in 1871 and died in 1945. Recognition came late to Carr, who was inspired by Native art and the magnificent scenery in the Canadian West. For grades 4 and older.
WPL Call Number: Y Comic DE
Wombat and Fox: Tales of the City|
Three zany inter-related stories about two friends who encounter all sorts of funny problems. The Hippo sisters on their tandem bike, the millionaire Bandicoot, and the five trouble-making monkeys are just a few of the amusing animals who live in this city. Lots of pictures and humor that's right on target for first and second graders make this a great choice for kids just ready to go beyond easy readers.
WPL Call Number: J Denton
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