KAB Review: Old Wolf

Avi's latest gets a stamp of approval!
Avi's latest gets a stamp of approval!

Toby says:

Old Wolf by Avi is about Nashoba, a wolf pack leader, at the end of his life span and the journey he leads his pack on for food which ends with him exiled from the pack, unable to walk, and close to humans with only a raven to help him. When a human finally comes, the young 13 year old sees the raven first and in desperation to become a true hunter shoots the bird with his bow and arrow. What will Nashoba do without his friend and a human so close by?

This was a good book and a quick read. It kept me wanting to find out what will happen to Nashoba and his pack. I recommend this book to anyone who likes talking animal books such as The Wolves of the Beyond Series by Kathryn Lasky, or is just looking for a short but interesting book.

2016 Elementary Nutmeg Books

Which book will win the 2016 Nutmeg award? Start reading now!
Which book will win the 2016 Nutmeg award? Start reading now!

The Elemtary Level Nutmeg Nominees were announced on Friday, May 1st, 2015. These books are geared at children in grades 2-4.

How long will it take you to read them all?

Check out the list below.

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2016 Intermediate Nutmeg Books

Which book will win the 2016 Nutmeg award? Start reading now!
Which book will win the 2016 Nutmeg award? Start reading now!

The Intermediate Level Nutmeg Nominees were announced on Friday, May 1st, 2015. These books are geared at children in grades 4-6.

How long will it take you to read them all?

Check out the list below.

Click on the title to place a hold!

Powerful Princesses

This retelling of The 12 Dancing Princesses is one of Miss Elisabeth's favorites!
This retelling of The 12 Dancing Princesses is one of Miss Elisabeth's favorites!

While many Princesses are pretty and pink, some wear fancy clothes and save their kingdoms! Read on for a list of middle-grade (4th-7th) books where princesses are anything but passive. 

One Direction Books

The One Direction we knew and loved
The One Direction we knew and loved

Let's all have a moment of silence as we prepare to enter a world with only FOUR One Directioners. Below is a selection of the Library's books, DVD's, and online performance films featuring our favorite British Boy Band.

Crossover Books for Teens and Tweens

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is this year's Newbery Medal winner
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is this year's Newbery Medal winner

Whether you are a voracious reader who has made your way through the Children's Library's collection, or are simply on the cusp of teenhood, then try some of these book titles both found in the Children's Library and the Teen Room. 

The booklist is inspired by this year's Newbery Medal winner, The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, a novel told in verse about twin brothers battling life's drama both on and off the basketball court. Two of the other Newbery Honor winners, El Deafo by Cece Bell and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson are also top selections for this age group. 

Kids Advisory Board Booklist

Aidan recommends West of the Moon by Margi Preus
Aidan recommends West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Each year the Children's Library's Kids Advisory Board compiles a list of their suggested reads for ages 9 to 12. If you are looking for must reads from some of the Library's super readers then check out the featured books found in the Kids Fiction section of the Library. 

Many of the titles can also be found as digital editions using the Library's eBook catalogs.

Overdrive

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For additional suggestions for your tween reader, check out the American Library's Association's Tween Recommended Reads booklist. 

KAB Review: Magic in the Mix

Did KAB member Charlotte like Magic in the Mix?
Did KAB member Charlotte like Magic in the Mix?

In this adventure a set of “twins” are sent back in time to set things right. Magic in the Mix is the sequel to The Magic Half, where Miri goes back in time to get a twin from the 1940`s, Molly. In this book, when a handy man starts tearing apart the house to rebuild it, magic begins leaking all over the place. The house they live in is old and full of magic, but nobody knows except for the twins.  Molly has to go back in time to before she was born to save her mom from dying the minute she is born. Molly has to stop herself from being born by keeping her mom from meeting her dad. Or at least that’s what she thinks. To solve the real problem they have to go back and save their brothers who accidentally walked into the civil war thinking it was a reenactment.  

Magic in the Mix is a really well written book that is sad, adventurous, suspenseful, and exciting to read. If you haven`t read the first book it still makes sense. I recommend it to people who like historical and fun books. I`m not a big fan of historical books, but this book made me want to read more historical books. It is one of my favorite books because it`s suspenseful, and I think you`ll love it too.

- Kids Advisory Board member Charlotte Z.

Featured Collection - Kids Languages

Choose from one of the many books in the Kids Languages Glade
Choose from one of the many books in the Kids Languages Glade

Are you traveling this December? Is your child curious about a new language or culture? The Kids Languages section in the Children's Library includes books, DVDs, and other resources in a variety of languages including Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew and Arabic. There are even materials for English Language Learners and kids passionate about American Sign Language.

The Library also subscribes to online databases that support learning a new language.

Muzzy Online

The world's number one language course for children, Muzzy has been recommended by teachers and parents for twenty-five years. Developed by the BBC, Muzzy online instructs learners through both animation and humor. Languages available include English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese Mandarin, and Russian.

Mango Languages

PhD- created and linguist-approved, Mango Languages is a language learning software for both adults and students.

Little Pim offers a variety of language DVDs and Playaway Views which are also part of the Kids Languages Glade.

The following booklist features some of the children's librarians' favorite books in this collection.

Adventure Booklist for Kids

Hatchet is the classic survival story by Gary Paulsen
Hatchet is the classic survival story by Gary Paulsen

These action-packed stories will keep young readers on the edge of their seats. If you happen to love books that feature characters racing against time, or around the globe, then these book selections are just what the doctor ordered!

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