Last Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Books

EASY

Speed By Nathan Clement

The crowd is cheering. The cars are revved up and roaring. Suddenly, the green flag rips across the sky and VROOM! The race is on! This action packed picture book puts young fans smack in the middle of a stock-car race as drivers speed 200 miles per hour around the track. Which car will cross the finish line first?

Jacob’s New Dress By Sarah Hoffman

Some kids say boys can’t wear “girl” clothes – but why not? Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be – a pirate, a bird, a fireman! But he also wants to just be himself and wear his favourite thing … a dress! This heart-warming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don’t identify with traditional gender roles.

FUN FACTS

Music Everywhere! By Maya Ajmera

The universal joy of music oozes from these colourful photos depicting children around the world singing, dancing, and playing musical instruments. Whether in a war zone in the Middle East or in an American preschool, children can be found enjoying and creating music. Music brings the world together!

Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World By Steve Jenkins

Find out about the surprising ways that creatures from bullfrogs to buzzards use their eyes to see the world. This Caldecott winner illustrator has produced another irresistible science book to interest even the youngest library user. It will leave you wide-eyed!

JUNIOR

Galaxy’s Most Wanted By John Kloepfer

When Kevin and his science-camp buddies summon a Martian named Mim to Earth they think it's going to be all fun and games. But Kevin quickly finds out that not all extraterrestrials come in peace. A gang of interstellar predators are trying to capture Mim and destroy anyone in its path! Putting their planet-sized brains together, Kevin and his friends must plot a way to stop the alien invasion.

The Dumbest Idea Ever! By Jimmy Gownley

At 13, Jimmy was popular, at the top of his class, and the leading scorer on his basketball team. But all that changed when chicken pox forced him to miss the championship game. Things went from bad to worse when he got pneumonia and missed even more school. Before Jimmy knew it, his grades were sinking and nothing seemed to be going right. See how Jimmy turns things around and gets back to the top at school.

YOUNG ADULT

Signed, Skye Harper By Carol Lynch Williams

Life is just fine for Winston, although she never knew her dad, and her mom left ten years ago in search of Hollywood fame. Her life gets a lot more exciting when a letter arrives from Skye Harper, a.k.a. Judith Fletcher, a.k.a. Winston’s mother. She needs help, and Nanny says the best way to give it is to take a cross-country road trip – in a "borrowed" motor home – to go find Mama once and for all.

Let’s Get Lost By Adi Alsaid

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named Leila. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. Then, when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But not only theirs, during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey she discovers that sometimes, what you need most is right where you started.

ADULT

The Magician’s Land By Lev Grossman

The excellent conclusion to Grossman’s part-Harry Potter, part-Narnia, Magicians trilogy. Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of his beloved magical land of Fillory. With nothing left he returns to the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But his past soon comes calling and Coldwater must battle again.

The Martian By Andy Weir

A great summer read that will have you quickly turning pages. Mark Watney is stranded, alone, on Mars during a NASA mission when his crew leaves due to a storm that they think has killed him. But Watney is part MacGyver, part Robinson Crusoe, and he quickly turns his mind to surviving. A great adventure yarn.