Category Archives: Staff Picks

Her Right Foot

The Statue of Liberty. You might recognize it as a national landmark. You may also know that it symbolizes freedom. Do you know where it came from? Or why it has a torch? Or what is going on with her right foot? Her Right Foot is the latest book by David Eggers and it tells the fascinating story of our… Read more »

Gertie’s Leap to Greatness

In the history of awesome books there have been some awesome girls: Ramona, Matilda, Pippi and Hermione… to name a few. Let me introduce to you to another great character with awesome girl power. Her name? Gertie! In Kate Beasley’s first novel, Gertie’s Leap to Greatness, you’ll meet Gertie Reece Roy.  She is on a mission. That mission? To be the… Read more »

The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot and Score in This Game Called Life

“Rule#15:Success comes from facing fear, overcoming obstacles, working hard and believing that you’re good enough to win.” In his latest, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot and Score in This Game Called Life, Kwame Alexander uses the power of verse to create 52 rules to help inspire people with sports and life in general. Under the general headings of grit, motivation, passion,… Read more »

My Weird School Fast Facts Sports

What does Tug-of-war, pigeon shooting and club swinging have in common? They were once an Olympic sport! I’m not kidding, it’s true! In Dan Gutman’s My Weird School Fast Facts: Sports,  My Weird School’s  A.J. and Andrea will introduce you to hundreds of fascinating facts about: baseball, soccer, hockey, golf and other sports. For example in Ancient Rome and Greece,… Read more »

Save Me a Seat

Joe and Ravi are nothing alike, or so it seems. Each boy from a different world with different challenges, but in the course of one week … everything changes. Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan have co-authored a new novel, Save Me a Seat, Joe and Ravi are two unlikely boys that initially are dealing with their own issues. Joe is… Read more »