Categories: Great Reading

Great Reading

For the week of Aug 2 to 8, 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.

This Old Van
By Kim Norman
When Grandma and Grandpa get a very special invitation, they race off in their trusty hippie van. The light-hearted verses bounce right along with them, sung to the tune of “This Old Man.” But there are more than a few bumps in the road ahead. Can the old van keep zipping along with a click clack rattle rack? And will they make it on time?

Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash!
By Candace Fleming
Flip-plop-flop! That’s the sound of three bunnies as they lie on their bellies and sunbathe, right on Mr. McGreely’s towel! Can’t Mr. McGreely get one day without a pesky pufftail everywhere he looks? Mr. McGreely and all three bunnies are back in this wet and wild follow-up to Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

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

Let’s Pretend We Never Met
By Melissa Walker
If it were up to Mattie, there would be a law that your family can’t move in the middle of the school year. But when Mattie meets her next-door neighbour and classmate, she changes her mind. Agnes is like no one Mattie has ever met – she’s curious, hilarious, and smart. But when school starts, Mattie realizes that at school Agnes is the weird girl who no one likes. Mattie wants is to fit in (and maybe be a little popular), but is that worth ending her friendship with Agnes?

Spirit Hunters
By Ellen Oh
The rumours are that the family’s new house is haunted, but Harper doesn’t believe it, until her younger brother starts acting strangely. Something about it gives her a sense of déjà vu, but she can’t remember why. She knows that the memories deep down will help make sense of her brother’s behaviour, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?

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

Big Book of Things That Go
Back by popular demand this updated version of wheels that go, will again be a favourite with young transport enthusiasts. Full colour photos provide realistic images for the reader to study. Cars, trucks, water vessels, sky vehicles and trains are all part of the fun!

The Rock and Gem Book … and Other Treasures of the Natural World
By Dan Green
Inside this book, you will discover rocks and gemstones, encounter important mineral ores, come face to face with fossil organisms, trace the history of life, and marvel at the beauty of shells. See this as an inspiration to follow your curiosity about the world and make your own discoveries.

Youth/teens will enjoy this selection of popular fiction.

The Revenge
By Hannah Jayne
Tony is crushed when Hope breaks up with him and embarrasses him at school. To get back at her, he makes the location on her phone public. A call from her begging him to end the prank ends with a scream as the line goes dead. When Hope isn’t in school the next day, Tony realizes he may have put her in danger, and he absolutely must find her.

First We Were IV
By Alexandra Sirowy
Four friends create a secret society on the very spot where they discovered the body of a murdered runaway girl five years earlier. At first, the society is about causing mischief, but the need to get revenge on their high school tormentors leads the group’s activities to take a sinister turn.

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

Hello Sunshine: a novel
By Laura Dave
Sunshine Mackenzie is truly living the dream as she is beloved by millions of people who tune into her YouTube cooking show. But she’s hiding who she really is. And when her secret is revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. What Sunshine does in the ashes of destruction will save her in more ways than she can imagine.

The House at the Edge of Night: a novel
By Catherine Banner
Castellamare is an island far enough away from the mainland to be forgotten, but not far enough to escape from the world’s troubles. Amedeo Esposito, a foundling from Florence, finds his destiny on the island. Four generations fight to safeguard their family against the forces of history and bitterness that divide them from World War I through the 2008 recession.

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