Great Reading

For the week of Aug. 15 to 22, 2018
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.

Everybody’s Somewhere
By Cornelia Spelman
Where are you? I’m right here, I’m somebody, too. Everybody is somewhere in the world, doing something right now, even if you can’t see them! This charming picture book invites children to imagine other people in other places doing different things, to be delighted by new ideas, and to be reassured that everyone is important and sharing the same world.

The Truth About My Unbelievable School
By Davide Cali
Beware of … this school?! Henry is taking his new classmate on a whirlwind tour of their school. Mysterious inventions lurk, the cafeteria requires ninja skills, and some teachers may be monsters! Is this fantastical school to be believed? Or is there an even more outrageous surprise in store?

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

Captain Superlative
By J.S. Puller
Janey likes being invisible: if you can’t be seen, you can’t be a target. Especially from Dagmar the school’s bully – at least, until the day Captain Superlative shows everyone a better way: “Be nice! Help others! Stand up!” With a little sleuthing, Janey figures out the Captain’s secret identity and reluctantly accepts the role of sidekick.

The Door to the Lost
By Jaleigh Johnson
Rook has no memories of her home. Two years ago, an explosion destroyed the portal to her home, leaving her stranded in the world of Talhaven. Now Rook, who has the ability to create doors to anywhere, and Drift, another exiled child, are on the run, and on an adventure to save the world.


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

365 Science Activities
By Minna Lacey
This book is full of science activities and experiments you can do at home. Each one has step-by-step instructions showing you what to do, and a straightforward explanation of the science involved. Lots of fun for summer days!

Prairie Dog Song; the Key to Saving North America’s Grasslands
By Susan L. Roth
The North American prairie, a balanced ecosystem of prairie dogs and other animals and plants, thrived for thousands of years. Yet within 60 years of the arrival of farmers and ranchers, it was almost destroyed. Environmental recovery is celebrated here in verses sung to the tune of “The Green Grass Grew All Around.”

Youth/teens will enjoy this selection of popular fiction.

I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain
By Will Walton
Grappling with the death of a beloved grandparent, and an alcoholic mother who injured him in a car accident, Avery turns to poetry to help him cope. Beyond his family issues, Avery is also navigating a romantic relationship with his best friend, Luca. Blending poetry and prose, Avery’s writing helps him work through grief, complicated family dynamics and a changing relationship.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
By Lauren James
Since her parents died, Romy has been the sole survivor aboard a spaceship headed for a new planet. Then she learns that another ship has been deployed from Earth and she communicates through email with its captain, J. While their relationship deepens, Romy receives some disturbing news and is forced to reconsider both her parents’ death and the purpose of J.’s mission.

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

Heartbreaker: a novel
By Claudia Dey
Set in an isolated town founded decades ago by a charismatic cult leader, Heartbreaker is the story of a mysterious woman who abruptly disappears, and those who try to find her. At the intersection of The Handmaid’s Tale and Twin Peaks, this is the wildly imaginative American debut of a prize-winning Canadian author.

A Terrible Country: a novel
By Keith Gessen
When Dima insists that Andrei return to Moscow to care for their grandmother, Andrei must take stock of his life in New York. His girlfriend has stopped returning his text messages. It’s the summer of 2008, and his bank account is dangerously low. Perhaps a few months in Moscow is just what he needs. A wise and funny novel about Russia, exile, family, love, history and fate.

For more ‘great reading’ visit the St. Albert Public Library