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Kids' Books January 2014
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The Twistrose key - Tone Almhjell
Check Library Catalogue Share The Twistrose key ISBN-13: 9780803738959
ISBN-10: 0803738951
If you've ever wondered what happens to beloved pets after they die, you'll be enchanted by this richly drawn fantasy. When a strange key magically summons 11-year-old Lin Rosenquist to the land of Sylveros, she's overjoyed to learn that the beautiful, wintry country is populated by talking former pets… including Rufus, Lin's dear departed pet vole. Danger looms, however, sending Lin and Rufus on a quest to find a lost child, fulfil a prophecy, and rescue Sylveros from cruel villains. Fans of the animal companions and high adventure in Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass or C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia should definitely pick up The Twistrose Key.
Magic marks the spot - Caroline Carlson
Check Library Catalogue Share Magic marks the spot ISBN-13: 9780062194343
ISBN-10: 0062194348
Banned from a pirate league that does not allow girls, aspiring young buccaneer Hilary Westfield balks at attending a finishing school for delicate young ladies and embarks on an adventure with a gargoyle companion to defeat a treacherous villain and claim a mythical magic treasure.
Secrets at the chocolate mansion: a Maggie Brooklyn mystery - Leslie Margolis
Check Library Catalogue Share Secrets at the chocolate mansion%3a a Maggie Brooklyn mystery ISBN-13: 9781619630369
ISBN-10: 1619630362
In the third book of the Maggie Brooklyn Mysteries series, Maggie is distracted from solving the mystery behind who is sabotaging the new sweet shop in the neighbourhood because her dogsitting job has her and her twin brother, Finn, spending time in what may be a real haunted mansion.
Princess tales: once upon a time in rhyme with seek-and-find pictures - Grace Maccarone
Check Library Catalogue Share Princess tales%3a once upon a time in rhyme with seek-and-find pictures ISBN-13: 9780312679583
ISBN-10: 0312679580
A sumptuously detailed hidden-object storybook features rhyming verses about princesses who dance, eat apples, spin straw into gold and more while inviting children to find cleverly incorporated elements. 
Explorer: the lost islands - edited by Kazu Kibuishi
Check Library Catalogue Share Explorer%3a the lost islands ISBN-13: 9781419708817
ISBN-10: 1419708813
In this follow-up to Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, a talented group of comic artists comes together to tell seven deeply imaginative stories about various kinds of islands. Filled with eerie spirits, lonely castaways, lazy bunnies, a roving DJ, and an underwater volcano, The Lost Islands has something for everyone. By turns whimsical, frightening, funny, and thought-provoking, each absorbing tale has a different visual feel, making this a great choice for readers who prefer short, easy-to-browse books as well as those who were captivated by editor Kazu Kibuishi's Flight series.
Nick and Tesla's high-voltage danger lab  - Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
Check Library Catalogue Share Nick and Tesla ISBN-13: 9781594746482
ISBN-10: 1594746486
While spending the summer with their quirky inventor uncle, twin brother and sister Nick and Tesla are caught up in a bizarre mystery surrounding a spooky, rottweiler-guarded mansion. To get inside the mansion and uncover the truth, the siblings create lots of clever gadgets (like an alarm made from Christmas lights and a "robocat" fuelled by mints and soda) - and each awesome invention is accompanied by illustrated instructions so that you can build them yourself!
Tracking Tyrannosaurs: meet T. Rex's fascinating family, from tiny terrors to feathered giants - Christopher P. Sloan
Check Library Catalogue Share Tracking Tyrannosaurs%3a meet T. Rex ISBN-13: 9781426313745
ISBN-10: 1426313748
"This book will highlight a newly discovered T. Rex relative in China with a coat of downy feathers! This one-ton predator is the largest known animal to ever have walked the Earth. This discovery was made public in April 2012, and is a timely addition that sets this book apart from other dinosaur titles. We'll meet 19 kinds of tyrannosaurs - including seven new species discovered in the last two years - that came before T. Rex. The names are strange, like Bistahieversor and Zhuchengtyrannus. The creatures were strange, too, and many of the newly discovered ones caught scientists by surprise. Filled with engaging, lifelike illustrations by Xing Lida, Tracking Tyrannosaurs explains to kids how T. Rex, the most famous, ferocious dinosaur of all time was only one of many tyrannosaurs that lived on Earth for over 100 million years!".
Living on the Spectrum
Unique and engaging, each book on this list is told from the distinct perspective of a character or a real person on the autism spectrum.
Anything but typical - Nora Raleigh Baskin
Check Library Catalogue Share Anything but typical ISBN-13: 9781416963783
ISBN-10: 1416963782
Kids at school think that Jason Blake is weird. He's autistic, and his constant blinking and frequent hand-flapping definitely make his differences noticeable - except online, where he posts his brilliant creative writing on the website Storyboard. Through Storyboard, Jason forms an online friendship (maybe more?) with fellow writer Rebecca. But when he learns that he and Rebecca are both attending the Storyboard conference, he's terrified of meeting her in person. This warm and funny novel will be a hit with aspiring writers as well as anyone who knows - or wonders - what it's like to be dramatically different.
It's raining cats and dogs: an autism spectrum guide to the confusing world of idioms, metaphors, and everyday expressions - Michael Barton
Check Library Catalogue Share It ISBN-13: 9781849052832
ISBN-10: 1849052832
Accompanied by entertaining illustrations that will form instantly memorable references, this clever guide provides insight into the mind of someone with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It not only entertains and inspires those on the spectrum, but gives them the confidence to recognise figures of speech and more.
The London Eye mystery - Siobhan Dowd
Check Library Catalogue Share The London Eye mystery ISBN-13: 9780375849763
ISBN-10: 0375849769
The London Eye is a huge ferris wheel that takes its passengers on a 30-minute sightseeing ride nearly 450 feet in the air. When Ted and Katrina's cousin Salim comes to visit, they take him to the Eye, where a stranger offers him one free ticket for the ride. Salim takes the ticket and boards a passenger capsule... but when it comes back down, he has disappeared. Was he kidnapped? Killed?!? Ted, whose "funny brain... runs on a different operating system," usually just annoys his sister Kat, but now his strictly logical, keenly observant mind may be the only thing that can save Salim. This riveting read offers not only a deliciously tricky puzzle to solve, but great characters, too.
Mockingbird - Kathryn Erskine
Check Library Catalogue Share Mockingbird ISBN-13: 9780399252648
ISBN-10: 0399252649
Ten-year-old Caitlin Smith's older brother Devon died in a recent school shooting, and because Caitlin has Asperger's syndrome, the sadness, anger, and confusion that follow are even harder for her to deal with than they would be for most kids. Caitlin has no idea how to carry on now that Devon is gone, but with some help from a kind and patient school counsellor, she figures out a way to help not just herself, but also her grieving father and her whole community. Readers who like sad yet hopeful stories with great characters won't want to miss Mockingbird.
Asperger's rules! How to make sense of school and friends - Blythe N. Grossberg
Check Library Catalogue Share Asperger ISBN-13: 9781433811289
ISBN-10: 1433811286
Offers guidance to young people with Asperger's syndrome by explaining how to understand and communicate with their peers and teachers, standing up for and taking care of themselves, setting realistic goals, and making friends.
Temple Grandin: how the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world - Sy Montgomery
Check Library Catalogue Share Temple Grandin%3a how the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world ISBN-13: 9780547443157
ISBN-10: 0547443153
Dr. Temple Grandin is an animal scientist, a bestselling author, a college professor, one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2010... and she also happens to have autism. This "riveting" (VOYA) and inspirational authorised biography tells the story of her childhood, her many struggles and accomplishments, and her groundbreaking work for more humane treatment of livestock. It includes a foreword written by Grandin herself plus a special section of "Temple's Advice for Kids on the Spectrum." Neurotypical readers looking for additional real-life insight should try How to Talk to an Autistic Kid by Daniel Stefanski.
The survival guide for kids with autism spectrum disorders (and their parents) - Elizabeth Verdick
Check Library Catalogue Share The survival guide for kids with autism spectrum disorders (and their parents) ISBN-13: 9781575423852
ISBN-10: 1575423855
"This positive, straightforward book offers kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) their own comprehensive resource for both understanding their condition and finding tools to cope with the challenges they face every day. Some children with ASDs are gifted; others struggle academically. Some are more introverted, while others try to be social. Some get "stuck" on things, have limited interests, or experience repeated motor movements like flapping or pacing ("stims"). The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders covers all of these areas, with an emphasis on helping children gain new self-understanding and self-acceptance. Meant to be read with a parent, the book addresses questions ("What's an ASD?" "Why me?") and provides strategies for communicating, making and keeping friends, and succeeding in school. Body and brain basics highlight symptom management, exercise, diet, hygiene, relaxation, sleep, and toileting. Emphasis is placed on helping kids handle intense emotions and behaviours and get support from family and their team of helpers when needed. The book includes stories from real kids, fact boxes, helpful checklists, resources, and a glossary. Sections for parents offer more detailed information".
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