Great Reading

For the week of Oct. 17 to Oct. 24, 2017
Picks for the whole family from the St. Albert Public Library
Stimulate imaginations, pique curiosity and reveal a wider world of perspectives and ideas!

These picture books are a great choice for sharing with pre-readers and those just beginning to read.

By Gideon Sterer
When Grandpa moves to the city, he notices that there is nowhere to fish. Unfazed, his granddaughter proposes they pretend to fish out a window, until they actually catch something! Soon the two are catching all kinds of fish: Laundry Eels and Constructionfish. It’s all in good fun, until the skyfishing attracts the attention of the Troublefish!

If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t!
By Elise Parsley
If you see a poster that says “YOU CAN DO ANYTHING AT THE LIBRARY!” it does not mean you can put on a circus. But Magnolia doesn’t see any problem with setting up a big top. So what if her greatest show on Earth won’t fit between bookshelves? It’s not like she’ll wreck the place.

A great selection of fiction that will stimulate the imaginations of young readers.

The Wizards of Once
By Cressida Cowell
Once there were Wizards, who were Magic, and Warriors, who were not. But Xar, son of the King of Wizards, can’t cast a spell. And Wish, daughter of the Warrior Queen, has a magical object of her own. When they meet in the woods, on the trail of a deadly witch, it’s the start of a great adventure that will change the world.

By Bruce Coville
Even though Ned is a troll his heart is full of love! A heart that swoons over poetry and craves true friendship! But when it comes to humans, it’s complicated. So complicated that long ago, Ned fled the Enchanted Realm for the one place no one would notice a troll hiding in plain sight: New York City. But one human boy – Cody – has noticed.

Just the facts, please! Science, history, animals, biography, real adventures, crafts and cooking for junior readers.

Margaret and the Moon; How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing
By Dean Robbins
Growing up in the 1930s and ’40s, Margaret knew she wanted to do something important with her life. She eventually became a pioneer in computer programming and was one of the only female computer scientists in the ’60s. In 1969, she became a hero of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon!

Food Atlas; Discover All the Delicious Foods of the World
By Giulia Malerba
Great material for those who enjoy maps and food. In fact one could plan a trip to places in the world where they specialize in food favourites. Be sure to practice using chopsticks and drinking soup from a bowl without a spoon before going to Japan.

Youth/teens will enjoy this selection of popular fiction.

The Grave Keepers
By Elizabeth Byrne
The Windham family owns a cemetery in a society where, at age 13, some people have grave-opening ceremonies, after which they must care for their own grave. Sisters Laurel and Athena are sheltered by their parents following the death of their older sister, Lucy. Both girls need a friend, and a ghost in the graveyard wants to make Laurel her eternal friend.

The Wood
By Chelsea Bobulski
When her father goes missing while patrolling the woods that they protect, Winter must take over his duties. She meets Henry, a time traveler who is looking for his own missing parents. He convinces Winter to help him look in the hopes that they will also uncover her father’s fate. The eerie, magical woods turn sinister as the story of Winter and Henry unfolds.

Mature readers will enjoy reading what’s new or timely or popular with this selection of fiction and fact.

The First Little Bastard to Call Me Gramps: poems of the late middle ages
By Bill Richardson
Bill Richardson, winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and former CBC Radio personality, delivers a “fresh and frisky” take on transitioning into life as a retiree. His reflections on the trials, tribulations, and humiliations of growing old are funny, sharp, and irreverent. The StarFest event on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. is sold out.

Seven Fallen Feathers: racism, death, and hard truths in a northern city
By Tanya Talaga
From 2000 to 2011, seven Indigenous high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. They were forced to leave home because there was no high school on their reserves. Award-winning investigative journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this northern city. Don’t miss this important StarFest event at the Arden on Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.

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