Book Genre: Fiction

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Gerald McDermott
Mary P
4

This is a clever Irish folk tale about a man named Tim O'Toole and the antics that occur as he attempts to support his family.  As he is looking for work, he stumbles across some of the 'wee folk.'  Since he discovers them in the light, he is allowed to command their treasure from them...

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John Connolly
Zac
4

Connolly is a king of calamity - a lyrical master of disaster who stretches the boundaries of the traditional crime novel. His series of Charlie Parker thrillers model seamless psychological suspense.  The Wrath of Angels is the 11th in the series, and may just be the grittiest and...

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Suzanne Bloom
Mary P
4

This is a short, simple story that is excellent for younger children who are still experimenting with the world around them.  It provides ideas for them (and their parents!) of things they can do with their outdoor-made creations besides eating them.  At the end of the story, the...

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Rebecca Bond
Mary P
3

In this rhyming story, a little boy ties a doughnut to his belt.  This doughnut starts an immense parade of creatures and people who all follow him through town.  He has no idea that there is anyone following him, and when he suddenly stops, everyone comes crashing down on top of one...

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Mara Bergman
Mary P
4

This story is excellent for enhancing phonological awareness for children.  The onomatopoeia and repetitions of sounds, particularly those coming from the animals that arrive at the house, are very useful.

During the tale, the reader is led to believe that the creatures arrive to eat...

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Mara Bergman
Mary P
4

This is a mildly scary story about an alligator that finds its way into a house of children and is trying to eat them.  The children become more and more anxious as the alligator gets closer and closer.  When the alligator is finally upon them, the children become brave and tell it to...

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Debbie Bertram
Mary P
4

This is a beautifully written rhyming story about children who go to the library with their teacher and learn about all of the many kinds of books there are to read.  The librarian shows the children that the world comes alive through books and that the library is a great place to get them...

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Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt
Mary P
4

This story is an adorable and atypical look at the tooth fairy and how great she is at her job.  She even gives some helpful hints on how to stay on her good side when you lose your teeth!  She tells you how clean they should be, where she wants to find them, and where she wants to NOT...

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Mary Jane Auch
Mary P
3

This is a cleverly written Thanksgiving tale about how the hens on the farm saved the turkey from certain peril at Thanksgiving dinner.  The text is amusing and is full of "eggstravagant" puns and word plays.  The illustrations are photographs of beautifully decorated puppets and props...

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Don Winslow
Zac
4

sa•to•ri  noun  /sə-’tôr-ē/
     : Sudden enlightenment ; a state of consciousness attained
        by intuitive illumination

This is an old school espionage thriller written by a new school author....

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Ted Chiang
Laurie.
4

Waiting for the Library's copy of The Unreal and The Real by Ursula Le Guin feels like waiting for Godot.  Fortunately, I spied Chiang's collection of stories.  Chiang, like Le Guin, doesn't always write between the genre lines which is exactly what I like. ...

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Melissa Dorfman France
Mary P
3

Ms. France has taken some of the beloved Pooh stories and found pieces of wisdom within them.  Some are true to life and how one should act, and others are humorous anecdotes of things that Pooh and his friends do around each other.  It is just as enjoyable a read for those who grew up...

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Katie McGarry
Jennifer H
5

Echo is the new social pariah in her school. She used to be popular before the "incident". Now, she has only a few friends left and scars up and down her arms that mock her inability to remember what happened the night she got those scars. Ordered by the courts to meet with her school counselor...

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Giles Andreae
Mary P
4

This rhyming story is about a giraffe who discovers that he can dance when he finds the right music, even after everyone else has told him that he can't.  It is a beautiful way of reminding all of us that we are all capable of doing things if we find the right setting and love in our hearts...

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Neal Stephenson
Zac
4

Relocating to a mountainous and isolated corner of British Columbia, Richard Forthrast managed to both dodge the Vietnam draft and amass a small fortune by smuggling high-grade grass into the middle-of-nowhere Idaho.  By using the proceeds to develop T’Rain, a wildly popular MMORPG (...

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Elisa Amado
Mary P
4

This is a story about a little boy who learns to be excited about books and reading thanks to the many people he encounters on his travels around town.  When he finally gets to school, he is ready to learn, and passes his passion for reading to his sister.

The images are beautiful...

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Sara Anderson
Mary P
3

This book is a silly rhyme about the many varied people and creatures in our world.  Some of the text is nonsensical, but that adds to the point that the author is trying to make: no matter what, everyone deserves to be loved...even if they wear pineapple shoes. :)

The colors are...

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Sara Anderson
Mary P
4

A beautiful rhyming poem about the sea--rife with rich vocabulary and mention of some of the many animals who inhabit our oceans.

The images are large and colorful and the text is minimal--a great resource for storytime!

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Jez Alborough
Mary P
3

This is a lovely rhyming book about a little boy who loses his teddy bear.  The twist, though, is that instead of finding his own bear at first, he finds that of a very large real bear.  Both characters end up reunited with their own teddy bears--which is good because they have both...

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Lesléa Newman
Becker
5

Newman describes this book as an historical novel in verse. In the introduction, she talks about being scheduled as a speaker for Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming in October, 1998, just days after the brutal attack on Matthew Shepard in Laramie. Newman decided to attend the event...

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Matthew Inman
Jennifer H
5

If you are a cat lover or a cat owner, this book is a must read. It explains some of the weird cat behavior in comic form and may give you some secret insights into why your cat is always lurking on the stairs or sleeping on your laptop. And what other book have you found that explores the idea...

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Joanne Harris
Dawn
4

Vianne Rocher receives a letter from a friend who has died.  The letter states that Vianne's help is needed by a resident of her beloved Lansquenet, a French village. Vianne takes her two daughters and follows the wind back to the village to see if her magic will help. 

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Graham Joyce
Brett
5

Graham Joyce returns with an unsettling novel about a teenager who shows up on her parents’ doorstep twenty years after she disappeared without a trace. Tara Martin claims she was abducted to an enchanted fairyland and, eerily, appears no older than when she vanished. For her, she insists, only...

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Barry Webster
Lily
5

When you think of Magical Realism, Canada is not the first country to come to mind. Nonetheless, The Lava in My Bones takes place in Labrador, which is home to an interesting family headed by a religiously devout and intensely god-fearing mother. She is bent on saving her family...

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Rebecca Serle
Jennifer H
4

Based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, When you were mine tells the story of Rosaline, Juliet's cousin, who was originally intended for Romeo. Rose is hopelessly in love with Rob and waits for the day when they are going to be together forever. And it seems like maybe, over the summer, things...