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Ghostly Tales

With Halloween fast approaching, it is time to read some great new ghostly tales. Spellbinder (Helen Stringer) features a twelve-year-old girl, Belladonna Johnson, who lives with the ghosts of her parents in the north of England. She teams up with an always-in-trouble classmate to investigate why all of the ghosts in the world have suddenly disappeared. Another book dealing with disappearing ghosts is by Daniel Pinkwater - The Yggyssey : how Iggy wondered what happened to all the ghosts, found out where they went, and went there. In the mid-1950s, Yggdrasil Birnbaum and her friends, Seamus and Neddie, journey to Old New Hackensack, which is on another plane, to try to learn why ghosts are disappearing from the Birnbaum's hotel and other Hollywood, California, locations.

Pumpkin Chapters

It's pumpkin time! And there are some great stories about them beyond the picture book collection. Pick one of these pumpkin plots:

Me and the pumpkin queen by Marlane Kennedy

Ninjas don't bake pumpkin pies by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones; illustrated by John Steven Gurney

The squampkin patch: a Nasselrogt adventure by J.T. Petty

"Doomed to Dance!"

Ivy & Bean will soon appear in another hilarious adventure - Doomed to Dance. After begging their parents for ballet lessons, Ivy and Bean finally get what they want...well, not exactly. Much to their surprise, ballet lessons do not include karate chops and roundhouse kicks to the villain's heart. Ivy and Bean could care less about learning how to dance gracefully, but they promised their parents they would finish the entire ballet course! When it comes time for them to participate in the ocean-themed class recital, they must plot a way to get out of it without breaking their promises. Check out the YouTube video on this latest Ivy & Bean escapade and read the first 5 books starring this dynamic duo if you haven't already!

Calling All Dragons!

In the mood for another daring and delightful dragon tale? Check out some of our new arrivals: Dragon Kiss (E.D. Baker), City of Fire (L. Yep), The Runaway Dragon (K. Coombs), or Silver Dragon Codex (R.D. Henham). No need to wait for a great dragon story if these aren't available either. There are many other recent dragon delights. Eragon move over! Dozens of dragons are on your tail.

Holiday Mysteries on Chickadee Court

Eleven-year-old sleuths Alex Parakeet and his best friend, Yasmeen, are on a new case; a yummy one. The only copy of a valuable recipe has disappeared from the Parakeet kitchen days before Alex's father is scheduled to appear on a TV cooking show. Since word has gotten out that a celebrity chef will be filming a "tailgate" special from the college's parking lot before the big Thanksgiving weekend game, plenty of locals are plotting to get on TV. Could a neighbor or even a friend have gone so far as to steal the recipe, hoping to get Mr. Parakeet's spot? Find out by reading the new Chickadee Court Mystery - Who Stole Grandma's Million-Dollar Pumpkin Pie? (Martha Freeman). Martha is known for her humorous novels for children and young adults.

Batman Meets Superman...

at the Canton Public Library! Are you in the mood for some great superhero adventures? Check out our new DC Super Hero books and enter a world of incredible missions and heroic feats. There's never a dull moment in a superhero's life!

Princesses, Princesses, Princesses!

Everyone loves a good princess tale, whether young or old, and the Children's Department has an awesome selection of titles for you to pick from. For the early readers we have such series as: The Tiara Club and Pony-Crazed Princess. For those who like humorous/fractured adaptations of traditional tales, try these spin-off series: The Frog Princess or Princess School. Historical fiction fans will soon learn that some real-life princesses of old did not have a fairy-tale existence at all when they read Girl in a Cage.

Totally Tomato Tales

As my father always said, "There is no point to living in Michigan unless you can eat home-grown tomatoes in the summer." There is absolutely NOTHING that compares with a Michigan tomato from your own backyard. August without tomatoes is like FaceBook without a face....or something like that. All year long I think, fantasize, and plan for the next tomato season. However, I have lived long enough to meet people who are not so totally taken with tomatoes - strange aliens to Michigan is all I can say who haven't a clue about what is truly of value in life. Be that as it may, everyone can enjoy these totally terrific tomato tales: Mystery of the Hairy Tomatoes (Stanley); Tomatoes from Mars (Yorinks); The Great Fake-Out (Phil of the Future).

Rainbow Magic Read-alikes

Do you love animals? Do you love magic? Do you love the Rainbow Magic series, but have a hard time finding one on the shelf? If so, try some of these other series books.There are more magical creatures than you ever imaged to read about!

Hawaii's Statehood Birthday - August 21st!

On August 21, 1959 Hawaii was granted statehood, making the grand total of states in the United States 50.  Celebrate its statehood by enjoying some great stories that take place in this awesome island paradise. 
Calvin Coconut in Trouble Magnet (Salisbury) is about a nine-year-old boy who catches the attention of the school bully on the day before he starts fourth grade, while at home, the unfriendly, fifteen-year-old daughter of his mother's best friend has taken over his room.

Fantastic Fantasy!

August 16th marks the birth date of a fantastic fantasy author - Diana Wynne Jones. Her most recent book, The House of Many Ways (the sequel to Howl's Moving Castle) gives one a whole new perspective on housesitting. Charmain is ecstatic to get away from her parents and house-sit for her Great Uncle William, the Royal Wizard of Norland, but soon discovers the house has a mind of its own. The Game (2007) is an fascinating read for all fans of mythological fiction. Orphan Hayley is sent to a family gathering in Ireland.

Barack Obama's Birthday Today - August 4th!

Did you know that President Barack Obama turned 48 today? Do you know how many children he has? Do you know if he got the dog he promised his kids? Do you know what kind of dog they were hoping to get? Do you know ANYTHING important about our new president? If not, check out some of our biographies on him. You can learn about him, as well as other presidents, by visiting this social studies website also. Live and learn and learn to live!

Voyages and Travels

Traveling with your family can be awesome or terrible or a mixed bag. You might be stuck with your art-obsessed mom, a grumpy dad, and your obnoxious little brother for weeks, as Melanie is in The Diary of Melanie Martin, or, how I Survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo, and the Leaning Tower of Pizza by Carol Weston. Or you might wish you had your family all together again as Marya does in The Impossible Journey by Gloria Whelan. On her journey she is glad to have her little brother Georgi with her as she sets out in search of her parents who have been exiled to Siberia.

School Strangeness Series

Have you ever considered how strange, scary, and weird school can be?! Well, your school is probably pretty normal compared to the schools in these hilarious stories, but then again, maybe not. Read for yourself and find out. You may need to start preparing for the next school year well in advance if you have to deal with any of these situations.

Why Wait? Listen Up!

Are you one of the 5 people on hold for the latest Michael Scott book, The Sorceress? Why wait? As of this moment it is available on CD in the Children's Audiobook collection in the Tween area. This is often the case with popular titles, such as the Percy Jackson books, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, etc. So why put off your enjoyment? Sit back, relax, and let someone else read the latest and greatest books to you. It is an awesome way to make time warp, too, on those long, boring rides to your vacation destination this summer. Learn to love listening now!