Last Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Books

EASY

Iím The Scariest Thing In The Jungle By David G. Derrick, Jr.

In India the tiger is king of the land. But the crocodile is the ruler of the water. What happens when the kids of these fearsome beasts meet? Letís get ready to rumble! Swimming, climbing, and boasting, they joust in a witty war of words. Who really owns the most frightening features and abilities? Finding out may be too funny for everyone!

Knock Knock: My Dadís Dream For Me By Daniel Beaty

Every morning I play a game with my father. He goes KNOCK KNOCK on my door, and I pretend to be asleep till he gets right next to the bed. And my papa, he tells me, ďI love you.Ē But what happens when, one day, that KNOCK KNOCK doesnít come? This inspiring book shows the love an absent parent can leave behind, and the strength that children find in themselves as they grow up.

FUN FACTS

School Made Easier: a Kidís Guide to Study Strategies and Anxiety-Busting Tools By Wendy L. Moss

Does school equal stress? There is help calming the jitters before taking a test or making a presentation. Learn new strategies for studying and remembering. Practise the skills suggested here that will lead to success and help banish academic anxiety.

Bone by Bone; Comparing Animal Skeletons By Sara Levine

Vertebrates are animals with bones, however they donít all look the same. Some have feathers and some have scaly skin like reptiles. This is a perfectly illustrated introduction to the skeletal system.

JUNIOR

Will In Scarlet By Matthew Cody

Will is the son of a lord, and though just 13, he's the heir to Shackley House. But while his father is away on the Third Crusade with King Richard the Lionheart, the winds of treason are blowing across England, and soon Shackley House is caught up in a dangerous power struggle. Alone, he flees into Sherwood Forest, where he joins an elusive gang of bandits.

The Year of Shadows By Claire Legrand

Olivia is having a rough year. Her mother left, her father moved her and her grandmother into a broken-down concert hall to save money, and her only friend is Igor, a stray cat. Just when she thinks life couldn't get any weirder, she meets four ghosts who haunt the hall. The ghosts need Olivia's help to do the impossible: Save the concert hall and save her ghost friends!

YOUNG ADULT

The Dirt Diary By Anna Staniszewski

After her parents divorce, Rachel has to help with her motherís housecleaning business. Rachel is worried becoming a maid will worsen her loser-ish reputation, until she starts cleaning the houses of the most popular kids in her eighth grade class. Now her once yawn-worthy diary is full of juicy secrets. When a guy she likes asks her to spy on his girlfriend, Rachel has to decide whether she wants to get her hands dirty.

Creature of the Night By Kate Thompson

Bobby is furious his mother is forcing him to move to the boring Irish countryside. All he wants to do is get back to his mates in Dublin, where they steal iPods for money and go joyriding in other peopleís cars. Tales of a childís murder years ago, strange sounds at the dog flap, and whispers late at night lead Bobby to believe that someone or something is lurking in their new house.

ADULT

Boy, Snow, Bird By Helen Oyeyemi

A brilliant and compelling reimagining of Snow White in 1950s Massachusetts. Boy Novak is a young woman who has run away from New York. In a small New England town she marries Arturo Whitman, a widower with a daughter, Snow. When their daughter, Bird, is born, she is noticeably dark-skinned and a deep secret is revealed.

Long Man By Amy Greene

In 1936, the Tennessee Valley Authority plans to dam the Long Man river and flood the town of Yuneetah. Most of the town has been evacuated but some refuse to leave, including a husband and wife whose daughter Gracie goes missing the day before the flood. A smart, riveting and evocative historical novel.