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Kids' Books February 2014
"When I saw those watching faces a giddiness swept over me...I let the music
carry me away."
~ Josephine Baker (1906-1975), performer and activist,
as quoted in Patricia Hruby Powell's Josephine
New and Recently Released!
The Forbidden Stone  - by Tony Abbott
Publisher: HarperCollins Childrens Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/07/2014
Share The Forbidden Stone ISBN-13: 9780062194473
ISBN-10: 006219447X
Mystery. A coded email. An antique star map. A suspicious death. All of these mysteries come together when Wade and his stepbrother Darrell realize that they hold the first clue to finding a powerful, time-altering device created by the astronomer Copernicus. Soon Wade and Darrell (along with Wade's dad, his cousin Lily, and Lily's friend Becca) are flung headlong into a code-breaking, puzzle-solving,  globe-trotting quest to locate all 12 pieces of the device before the ruthless knights of the Teutonic Order catch up to them. Fans of the 39 Clues series will appreciate the thrilling pace, historical background, and smart humor of this suspenseful series debut.
Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis - by Jon Chad
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/05/2013
Share Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis ISBN-13: 9781596438224
ISBN-10: 1596438223
Graphic Novel. Just as explorer Leo Geo realizes that a comet is hurtling towards the lab where his brother, Matt Data, lives, Matt discovers that Leo's computer companion has a dangerous bug. From opposite ends of this flip-over book, the brothers set out to rescue each other. But with space pirates, black holes, and asteroids in their way, can they meet in the middle before it's too late? Find out in this exciting graphic novel that explains astronomy concepts with unusual wit and energy. Don't forget to check the inside covers for lists of specific (and silly) hidden objects to find in the illustrations.
Winter Sky - by Patricia Reilly Giff
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/07/2014
Share Winter Sky ISBN-13: 9780385371926
ISBN-10: 0385371926
Fiction. Ever since her mother died, 11-year-old Siria has felt compelled to watch over her father, a firefighter. So every time Pop is called out to a fire, Siria sneaks out to follow the sirens and watch the blaze until she knows that Pop is safe. When a series of strange fires endangers Pop and his team, Siria suspects that it might be arson...but she's worried that the evidence might point to one of her best friends. With a feisty and deeply relatable narrator as well as a warm supporting cast, Winter Sky is an authentic and satisfying story about family, friendship, and compassion.
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker - by Patricia Hruby Powell; illustrated by Christian Robinson
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/14/2014
Share Josephine%3a The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker ISBN-13: 9781452103143
ISBN-10: 1452103143
Biography. African-American dancer Josephine Baker exploded onto the stage during the Roaring Twenties when she wowed audiences with her innovative moves. Yet "America wasn't ready for Josephine, the colored superstar. Paris was." In expressive free verse, Patricia Hruby Powell describes not only Josephine's fame and flamboyant life in Paris, but also her later exploits, such as spying for the French during World War II, supporting the American Civil Rights Movement, and adopting children from all over the world. Stylish, exaggerated illustrations ably capture Baker's passion and originality both on and off the stage. For another rollicking picture book biography of this remarkable woman, try Marjorie Priceman's Jazz Age Josephine.
The Creature Department - by Robert Paul Weston
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/05/2013
Share The Creature Department ISBN-13: 9781595146854
ISBN-10: 1595146857
Fantasy. On an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the technology firm DENKi-3000, 12-year-olds Elliot and Leslie learn why the company is so secretive: it's staffed by fantastical Creatures such as a French vampire-fairy, a  three-headed dragon-octopus, and an enormous, dreadlocked salamander. DENKi-3000's business rival, Quazicom, is also run by Creatures -- nasty, snot-shooting Ghorks who are poised for an extremely hostile corporate takeover unless Elliot, Leslie, and the Creature Department can stop them.  If you enjoy the delightful absurdity of Adam Rex's Cold Cereal Saga, you'll relish the zany illustrations, frenzied action, and over-the-top humor in The Creature Department.
Focus on: Escapes
The Pirates of Crocodile Swamp - by Jim Arnosky
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/05/2009
Share The Pirates of Crocodile Swamp ISBN-13: 9780399250682
ISBN-10: 0399250689
Fiction. Brothers Sandy and Jack Casperin live on edge, never knowing what their father might do after a night of drinking. One day, their dad drives them right out of Pennsylvania and all the way to Florida. Figuring that he must have done something terrible, the boys escape from their dad and hide...in Crocodile Swamp, a nature preserve that is home to not only crocodiles but also poisonous snakes, a very territorial hammerhead shark, and even a former pirate. Author Jim Arnosky has written dozens of books about wildlife, and his descriptions of the swamp in this fast-paced survival story will fascinate fans of TV nature shows.
The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey - by Louise Borden; illustrated by Allan Drummond
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/26/2005
Share The Journey That Saved Curious George%3a The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey ISBN-13: 9780618339242
ISBN-10: 0618339248
Biography. Curious George, that famously misbehaving little monkey, always manages to escape disaster. In that respect, he's just like his creators, Margret and H.A. Rey. Both German-born and Jewish, the Reys were living in France when the Nazis invaded in 1940. Through poetic text, well-chosen photos, and original documents, this "quietly dramatic" (The Horn Book) biography describes how the Reys fled Europe by bicycle, train, and boat before arriving safely in New York City. Among the few possessions they brought with them was The Adventures of FiFi -- a manuscript about a certain monkey who would one day be renamed Curious George.
Underground - Shane Evans
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/18/2011
Share Underground ISBN-13: 9781596435384
ISBN-10: 1596435380
A pivotal moment in American history is shared with young readers by following a slave family's escape to the North by crawling on the ground, running barefoot through the woods, sleeping beneath bushes and eventually reaching freedom.
Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini - by Sid Fleischman
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 08/01/2006
Share Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini ISBN-13: 9780060850944
ISBN-10: 0060850949
Biography. He was born Ehrich Weiss in Budapest, Hungary, in 1874, but he remains known throughout the world as "Harry Houdini," the legendary magician and escape artist. Author Sid Fleischman, who's a magician himself, tells the intriguing story of Houdini's life, from his childhood in Wisconsin to his early days as a struggling showman and his triumphs as the world's most famous magician. Fleischman also describes some of Houdini's famous feats, such as breaking out of a Chicago jail cell and being suspended upside-down in a tank of water. Prepare to be amazed!
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library - Chris Grabenstein
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 06/25/2013
Share Escape from Mr. Lemoncello ISBN-13: 9780375870897
ISBN-10: 037587089X
Mystery. After billionaire game designer Luigi Lemoncello builds a cutting-edge new library in their town, Kyle Keeley and a dozen other 12-year-olds win the opportunity to preview the new building during an overnight lock-in. Once they're inside, however, they're given a challenge: they've got to find their way out of the library using only the resources they find in the library. Cool technology (including a holographic librarian), sly gaming references, and bookish in-jokes combine with clever puzzles in this "instantly engaging and wildly creative mystery" (Booklist) that's sure to appeal to fans of Roald Dahl's classic Charlie and Chocolate Factory.
Words with wings - Nikki Grimes
Publisher: Boyds Mills Pr
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/01/2013
Share Words with wings ISBN-13: 9781590789858
ISBN-10: 1590789857
When Gabby's parents separate, her tendency to daydream becomes essential to coping with life's difficuties, which only increase when she moves with her mother to a new home and a new school.
The escape - Kathryn Lasky
Publisher: Scholastic
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/07/2014
Share The escape ISBN-13: 9780545397162
ISBN-10: 0545397162
Captured by humans who subsequently abandoned them in the ocean, a terrified herd of horses miraculously survives as a result of the leadership of a ghost horse whose filly daughter must take charge and find the herd a safe home in a strange and threatening land. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series.
The daring escape of the Misfit Menagerie - Jacqueline Resnick and Matthew Cook
Publisher: Razorbill
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 12/06/2012
Share The daring escape of the Misfit Menagerie ISBN-13: 9781595145888
ISBN-10: 1595145885
Treated like servants and enduring brutal conditions in diabolical Uncle Claude's traveling circus, an unusual boy, his equally unusual bear friend and a menagerie of misfit animals stolen from their happy farm plan a daring escape that risks their lives. A first novel.
The Sasquatch Escape - by Suzanne Selfors
Publisher: Little Brown & Company
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/02/2013
Share The Sasquatch Escape ISBN-13: 9780316209342
ISBN-10: 0316209341
Adventure. Expecting just another snooze-worthy summer with his grandfather in boring Buttonville, Ben is surprised and intrigued when Grandpa's cat catches what appears to be a baby dragon. Ben and his friend Pearl take the dragon to the eccentric Dr. Woo, and learn that Dr. Woo runs an undercover veterinary hospital for imaginary creatures -- creatures like the stinky, pudding-loving sasquatch that Ben and Pearl accidentally let loose! The final pages of this hilariously illustrated fantasy adventure include information about science and mythology, as well as a tasty pudding recipe (just in case you need to feed a sasquatch).
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