Life can change in the blink of an eye, and this lesson is exactly what Franky Joe will learn. After the incarceration of his mother, Franky Joe is forced to move to Illinois with a father he has never known, a stepmother he has never wanted, and four half-brothers he could care less about. Determined […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
In Emma and the Blue Genie, eight year-old Emma has the good fortune of living right beside the ocean. So, when she can’t sleep at night she and her dog Tristan go to sit on the beach and watch the waves. One night a bottle washes up on shore, but there’s no message in the […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Author and illustrator Steve Jenkins is renowned for his incredible non-fiction writing and torn paper illustrations. He does not disappoint in this niche children’s non-fiction book, Eye to Eye. The book begins with a simple explanation for each type of eye that exists in nature, from pinhole eyes to compound eyes. Throughout the book, each […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Since the New Year starts tomorrow – and we will be closed – why not stop by the MPL Children’s Department tonight and grab the newest, coolest titles that we have to offer. Not only do these books appeal to all sorts of readers – based on subject, genre, and reading level – but our […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Do you love comics? Do you love to laugh? The best children’s comics writers today have contributed to this compilation of awesome comics titled Recess! Edited by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, the creators of Babymouse and Lunch Lady, this book is sure to delight any young comics aficionado. All of the stories revolve […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
There’s something magical about a Ferris Wheel, and the story of its invention does not disappoint. Mr. Ferris and His Wheel is a factual and engaging narrative, full of interesting facts and succinct explanations. She tells of Ferris’ struggle to find investors who believed his wheel could work, how everyone poked fun at the project […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
The Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats explores a current scientific mystery. In 2007, scientists in New York went to do a routine check on bats hibernating in caves. What they saw surprised and worried them: some bats were hibernating as usual, but there were a lot of dead bats on the floor of […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
I’m having a difficult time switching into “winter mode” this year. I looked out my window this morning and, instead of the delight I normally feel at the first snow, I sighed and dreaded shoveling. I’m thinking back on some of my favorite winter stories to help me get in touch with the season. Craig […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Since 2008, Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has been taking children’s literature by storm. With 9 books in the series so far, as well as 3 movies, the series is still going strong. Children of all interest levels and reading levels are devouring these titles like candy. As Jeff Kinney can only […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Katherine Rundell’s debut novel, Rooftoppers is a quirky and fantastical story about a girl’s search for her mother. As a baby, Sophie is found in a floating cello case in the aftermath of a shipwreck. One of the other few survivors, a scholar named Charles takes her in and becomes her guardian. The welfare agency isn’t […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.