Category Archives: Staff Picks

Charlie and the Grandmothers

Every boy and girl loves to visit the grandmothers, right? You haven’t met Grandmother Pearl and Grandmother Opal. In Katy Towell’s latest scary story, Charlie and the Grandmothers, Charlie and Georgia are sent to visit their grandmothers. Grandmothers they have never heard of. These are not warm and cuddly grandmothers. They don’t play games with you. They won’t bake you… Read more »

Check It Out!: New Non-Fiction for Kids

When the Earth Shakes: Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis by Simon Winchester The author explores how and why these natural forces shape the earth, from the infamous volcanic eruption at Krakatoa and the earthquake that flattened San Francisco, to the 21st-century tsunamis that devastated Indonesia and Japan. Richly illustrated with fascinating historical and stunning contemporary photographs.   The Octopus Scientists: Exploring the… Read more »

I Text Dead People

Some people see dead people. Some people can hear dead people. With Rose Cooper’s latest novel, Annabel Craven can text ghosts.   Cooper’s I Text Dead People tells the story of Annabel Craven, new girl at Winchester Academy and recipient of a special cell phone. One that allows her to send and receive texts from ghosts. This either very cool or way… Read more »

Return to Augie Hobble

From the author of It’s a Book, Lane Smith, comes his first novel that is funny, mysterious, scary and tender. In Return to Augie Hobble, you’ll meet Augie Hobble. He lives in a fairy tale world, actually Fairy Tale Place (a not-very-successful amusement park that his father runs). His life is far from magical. He has to do schoolwork over… Read more »