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One Too Many: A Seek and Find Counting Book

Marino, Gianna. One Too Many: A Seek and Find Counting Book. Chronicle Books LLC. 2010. ISBN: 9780811869089 One Too Many is a beautifully illustrated book that encourages visual learning and counting techniques. We begin on page one with 1 flea and with every turn of the page another group of animals joins our flea in […]

Welcome to Nerdfighter Island: A John Green Primer

Friends, I need to come clean about something. I am a nerdfighter. Yes, you read that right. A nerdfighter. Perhaps I should explain about what a nerdfighter is before we go any further. A nerdfighter, according to, is a nerd who fights. But what do they fight? Anything that increases world suck. And they […]

The Junkyard Wonders

  Polacco, Patricia. The Junkyard Wonders. Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. 2010. ISBN: 3780399250781 In The Junkyard Wonders, Patricia Polacco recounts her experiences of being put in a class for special needs as a child and meeting Mrs. Peterson, the class’ teacher. In an incredibly touching tribute to both her former […]

Looking For Your Vampire Fix? Try Blue Bloods

“One minute you could be getting a smoke in the alley on the Lower East Side with your friends, having drinks and dancing on tables in a popular nightclub.  And the next minute, you could be dead.” I know, I know. There’s a bit of Vampire Overload in the media these days. Between the sparkling […]

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Kathy Yoder recommends Will Grayson, Will Grayson. “This 2010 title is a clever interweaving of two stories by two different authors, John Green (Looking for Alaska) and David Levithan (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist).  Each story has as it’s protagonist a character named Will Grayson, and the authors agreed to have their Will Grayson’s meet […]

Going Bovine: A Pop-Culture, Mind Bender

“I’m just saying it’s not all sand castles and ninjas.” One of my favorite titles featured on the On Our Shelves display in the CRC is Libba Bray’s Going Bovine. Yes, that is the title. Sounds a bit crazy, right? Well, let me show you the cover: Yes, that’s a gnome (complete with aviators) being […]

An Oldie but a Goodie: The Book of Three

“Eilonwy put her hands on her hips. Her eyes flashed. ‘I don’t like being called ‘a girl’ and ‘this girl’ as if I didn’t have a name at all. It’s like having your head put in a sack. If you’ve made your decision, I’ve made my own. I don’t see how you’re going to stop […]

Stolen: A Provocative Thriller

“You saw me before I saw you.” 16-year-old Gemma was taken from her family in a Bangkok airport by Ty. She was drugged and held against her will in the terrifying beauty of Australia’s Sandy Desert. Stolen is Gemma’s account of her kidnapping. It is her letter to Ty. Coming soon to the CRC, Stolen […]

Billy & Milly Short & Silly

Feldman, Eve B..  Billy and Milly Short and Silly. 2009. Illustrated by Tuesday Mourning.  G. P. Putnam’s Sons. ISBN 9780399246517. Can a story take place in just three or four words?  Eve Feldman found a way, and all in rhyme.  Teaming up with illustrator Tuesday Mourning,  Billy & Milly Short & Silly, presents 13 very […]

Do You Know Where Your Water Has Been?

Barnhill, Kelly.  Do You Know Where Your Water Has Been?  Mankato, Minnesota:  Capstone Press.  ISBN:  978-1-4296-1995-0. Who knew that water could be so funny?  Kelly Barnhill presents the water cycle to middle readers as a disgusting journey that will have kids reading fascinating facts aloud to each other.  The scrapbook style pages feature definitions, charts, photos and push-pin […]

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