Pat Martynenko

11/16/2016 - 10:20am
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie. (catalog summary)
 

Do you like Because of Winn Dixie? Here are a few other titles you might enjoy. 

 

Arf by Quinn Spencer
Birdie Gaux's dog, Bowser, considers himself in charge of security at 19 Gentilly Lane, so when the house is broken into Bowser wants to find the man with the limeade aftershave (and the cat) responsible—but nobody seems to know what the culprits were looking for, or why a strange girl is asking questions about Birdie's father, a policeman who was killed in the line of duty years before Bowser was adopted. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

11/15/2016 - 11:50am
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman

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If you like books about frontier life, here are some titles you might enjoy.

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman
California Morning Whipple describes her family's six-year stay in a small mining town during the Gold Rush. Her mother, a restless widow with an acid tongue, has uprooted her children from their home in Massachusetts to make a new life in Lucky Diggins. California rebels by renaming herself Lucy and by hoarding the gold dust and money she earns baking dried apple and vinegar pies, saving up for a journey home. Over years of toil and hardship, Lucy realizes, somewhat predictably, that home is wherever she makes one. (catalog summary)

 




The Boy Who Saved Cleveland: Based on A True Story
by James Cross Giblin
During a malaria epidemic in late eighteenth-century Cleveland, Ohio, ten-year-old Seth Doan surprises his family, his neighbors, and himself by having the strength to carry and grind enough corn to feed everyone. (catalog summary)




 

10/24/2016 - 9:47am
If you like the Bailey School Kids series

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The Bailey School Kids book series: Dracula Doesn't Drink Lemonade by Debbie Dadey
There are some pretty weird grown-ups in Bailey City! There's a new guidance counselor at Bailey Elementary School and he's giving the kids the creeps. No one understands why his skin is so pale, why he hides from the sun, or why his skin is deathly cold to the touch. But Counselor Drake couldn't really be Count Dracula, could he? (catalog summary)
 

If you like books like The Bailey School Kids, check out these other titles too!



The Fairy Tale Detectives
by Michael Buckley (part of the Sisters Grimm series)
Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead. (catalog summary)

 






Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve
by Mary Pope Osborne (part of the Magic Treehouse series)
In their magic treehouse, Jack and Annie are again transported to King Arthur's realm, where invisible beings, giant ravens, and mistaken magic spells have a duke's castle in an uproar on Halloween night. (catalog summary)


12/11/2014 - 1:02pm
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

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Ender's Game:
Andrew "Ender" Wiggins is the result of a desperate breeding experiment, combined with years of harsh & unforgiving training. Ender thinks he is only playing computer simulated wargames--in fact, he is commanding the last great fleet of Earth.

If you liked Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, you may enjoy these other titles:

Archangel by Sharon Shinn
Archangel
 by Sharon Shinn
A dash of science fiction, a handful of fantasy, and a sprinkling of suspense enliven the story of the Archangel Gabriel and his reluctant wife Rachel.

 



The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The City of Ember
 (and series) by Jeanne DuPrau
In a post-apocalypse city on the verge of collapse, 12-year-olds Lina and Doon join forces to flee to an unknown world above ground.

 

 

05/30/2012 - 4:34pm
Girl Stolen by April Henry

Seventh and eighth graders at Walker-Grant Middle School have chosen their favorite titles from this year's Cafe Book program. Check 'em out!

Top Picks:

Girl, Stolen by April Henry
When an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than with his greedy father.
 

You Wish by Mandy HubbardYou Wish by Mandy Hubbard

Kayla McHenry's sweet sixteen sucks! Her dad left, her grades dropped, and her BFF is dating the boy Kayla's secretly loved for years. Blowing out her candles, Kayla thinks: I wish my birthday wishes actually came true. Because they never freakin? do. Kayla wakes the next day to a life-sized, bright pink My Little Pony outside her window. Then a year's supply of gumballs arrives. A boy named Ken with a disturbing resemblance to the doll of the same name stalks her. As the ghosts of Kayla's wishes-past appear, they take her on a wild ride . . . but they MUST STOP. Because when she was fifteen? She wished Ben Mackenzie would kiss her. And Ben is her best friend's boyfriend.


Other Favorites:

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan MaberryA Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam GidwitzTrapped by Michael Northrop

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Trapped by Michael Northrop

05/30/2012 - 4:17pm
Trapped by Michael Northrop

Seventh and eighth graders at Dixon-Smith Middle School have chosen their favorite titles from this year's Cafe Book program. Check 'em out!

Top Pick:

Trapped by Michael Northrop
Seven high school students are stranded at their New England high school during a week-long blizzard that shuts down the power and heat, freezes the pipes, and leaves them wondering if they will survive.

 

Other Favorites:

Brain Jack by Brian FalknerGirl, Stolen by April HenryHuman.4 by Mike LancasterRot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Ruby Red by Kerstin GierA Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam GidwitzYou Wish by Mandy Hubbard

Brain Jack by Brian Falkner

Girl, Stolen by April Henry

Human.4 by Mike Lancaster

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

You Wish by Mandy Hubbard

08/10/2011 - 5:46pm
Kate and the teens: before the Mohawk

The Cage, a monthly program for teens, had set a goal of doubling their attendance over the summer.  If the group was able to get 18 teens to attend on August 3, Kate, a Youth Services Librarian would shave her hair into a Mohawk! 

The goal was met, and the teens were treated to a library staff person getting a new, extreme hairdo! 

Some of them cheered, while others didn't even want to watch.  It was a fun, fabulous night!

Kate and the teens: BEFORE the Mohawk
Kate and the teens: BEFORE the Mohawk

Everything is off to a good start!

Everything is off to a good start!

06/16/2011 - 3:14pm
The Enemy by Charlie Higson

Seventh and eighth graders participating in Cafe Book at Walker Grant Middle School have chosen their Top Picks and Favorites.  Check 'em out!

The Top Picks:

The Enemy by Charlie Higson
After a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers leave their shelter and set out of a harrowing journey across London to the safe haven of Buckingham Palace.

 

  Maze Runner by James Dashner
Maze Runner by James Dashner
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.



 

Other Favorites:

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
Bruiser
by Neal Shusterman
Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Brontë befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.


 


Candor by Pam Bachorz
Candor
by Pam Bachorz
For a fee, "model teen" Oscar Banks has been secretly--and selectively-- sabotaging the subliminal messages that program the behavior of the residents of Candor, Florida, until his attraction to a rebellious new girl threatens to expose his subterfuge.


  

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Hex Hall
by Rachel Hawkins
Sophie has just been exiled to Hex Hall, a school for rebellious teens…of the supernatural sort. Witches like herself, werewolves, and even a vampire or two are her new classmates, along with a host of equally unusual teachers. As mysterious and murderous events unfold, Sophie learns about her past and a secret society that dooms them all.

 

01/31/2011 - 11:23am
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Cafe Book Thornburg voted on May 28th.  Fifty nine students cast their votes and picked the following winning titles.

Top Pick:

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

Other Favorites:
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
The Comet's Curse by Dom Testa
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Allison Goodman
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Happenstance Found by P.W. Catanese
Messed Up  by Janet Nichols Lynch
Somebody by Nancy Springer
The Tomorrow Code by Brian Falkner

08/27/2009 - 12:08pm

Here are some other titles you might enjoy reading.


Sabriel by Garth Nix.
This is a part of a trilogy. The 1st book is called Sabriel, and introduces us to the daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, who must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead. The 2 books that follow are Lirael and Abhorsen.

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