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Heart of a Samurai

Margi Preus has created a masterpiece with this fascinating, exciting, and factual historical novel. In 1841, fourteen-year-old Manjiro and his four friends find themselves fighting for survival on a deserted island after their fishing boat is destroyed in a storm. Luckily, an American whaling ship rescues them before they perish. They cannot return to Japan because the country's borders are closed to both foreigners and to citizens who have strayed. Imprisonment or even death would await them. Manjiro is curious, intelligent and eager to help with the work on Captain Whitfield's ship. They become very close and Captain Whitfield takes Manjiro home with him to Massachusetts where he attends school and helps on the Whitfield's farm. He is believed to be the first Japanese person to set foot in America.

The Search for WondLa

Tony DiTerilizzi has created another fantastical masterpiece with The Search for WondLa, the first book of a trilogy. Eva Nine has lived a pleasant, but sometimes boring, secluded existence in an underground, artificial world with her robot 'mom' for her first twelve years. A paid huntsman radically changes this life when he destroys their home and captures Eva. With the help of some strange creatures, who soon become her best friends, Eva manages to escape. Together they embark on a thrilling journey packed with awesome encounters of every sort as Eva courageously searches for other human beings. Readers can only hope that book #2 won't be long in coming.

Historical Fantasy At Its Best!

Suspense, action, mystery, historical facts, supernatural, good and evil — the Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh combines all of these elements to make one gripping read. Warning! You may not be able to put the book down to do the basic necessities of life.

Dear Dumb, Dork & Wimpy Diaries!

Get together with other Tweens to talk about your favorite diary series and share some of the funniest diary entries. Pick up some tips on journal/diary writing and design an awesome cover for your very own diary notebook. Snacks and a notebook will be provided for you by our super CPL.
When: Thursday, September, 30th from 7:00-7:45 PM
Where: The Purple Room
Registration begins September 16th.

A Pig Like No Other Nanny?

Mary Poppins — move over! Nanny Piggins has arrived. Once employed at a circus as the pig shot out of a cannon, she decides it's time for a career change when she sees a Help Wanted sign at the Green's house. Mr. Green is a stingy widower who won't pay for human nanny, so when a pig applies… But Nanny proves to be totally awesome and Derrick, Samantha, and Michael quickly love her. She lets them eat sweets all day and conjures up extraordinary escapades, like sailing with a boat to China for Chinese carry-out. Nanny knows how to outfox their father and even when their adventures turn into misadventures, they always have tons of fun of laughs — as will the readers of their terrific tales. Let's hope for more Nanny books soon!

The Olympians and Percy J.

Kids, grades 3-6, get together with other Percy J. and Greek mythology fans. Test your knowledge of Greek gods and goddesses, share your favorite myths and Percy J. adventures, play a few games, and create a Greek gourmet delight.
Monday, August 16th from 7:00-7:45PM.
Registration begins Monday, August 2nd.

Super Science Site!

Check out this awesome website: Jefferson Lab.
It has all a lot of great information for students and teachers. Those elusive and puzzling particles (atoms, molecules, quarks, electrons, etc. ) will never seem quite so daunting. Explanations are clear and come with super graphics helping you to 'finally get the picture' about what matter is all about. You can also enjoy some fun games an puzzles dealing with the nature of science reality. Practice tests are there for the brave of heart. Teachers and parents will also be thrilled with what is available on science site. Don't delay...check it all out today!

Fourth Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other fourth grade readers to talk about one of Beverly Cleary's most awesome books, Ramona the Pest. Read this book and you will enjoy the upcoming movie, Beezus and Ramona, even more.
When: Tuesday, July 27 from 2:00-2:45PM
Where: Purple Room
Register now!

Dog Daze

Attention 3rd and 4th Grade Dog Lovers! Gather with other doggie lovers to share some great dog stories, learn something new about dogs, make a dog craft, enjoy a doggie snack, and play a dog bone game.
When: Monday, July 26th from 7:00-7:45PM
Where: Purple Room
Registration Begins Monday, July 12th

Take a Reading Road Trip to Michigan!

Looking for a great book about Michigan to read this summer? Check out some of the books listed on this Take a Reading Trip to Michigan reading list on The Michigan Department of Education website.

Magic Tree House Goes Digital!

If you can't find the Magic Tree House book you are dying to read in the Series aisle here at the library, you can now read it in electronic format. Check out any of the 43 titles now available in the United States and Canada wherever Random House e-books are sold. A fun-filled Magic Tree House website is also a great place to visit online this summer.
FYI - Over 70 million copies of the books in this beloved have been sold since it was first published in 1992. It has been translated into 31 languages and is sold in 31 countries. Kids, parents, and teachers all know that the adventures of Jack and Annie instill of a love of reading in young readers everywhere.

Looking for a Fun Fantasy-Mystery Series?

Try the highly recommended (by teen and tween Amazon reviewers) Grim Hill series. It is a fast, fun, clean urban fantasy series that is now up to Book #4. The first book, The Secret of Grim Hill, introduces you to Cat Peters who hates her new life after her parents' divorce. She gets detention at school for silly things such as wearing blue jeans. Things seem to be take a wondrous turn for the better when she wins a soccer scholarship to an exclusive school over the hill, Grimoire, and gains celebrity status as the whole town becomes crazed about soccer games. Her little sister, Sookie, and Jasper, their nerdy neighbor, however, sense that things are "all wrong." In fact, terrible things soon start happening.

Snicket + Bronte + Meyer =

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, a new series by Maryrose Wood. At the end of Book I, The Mysterious Howling, the reader is left with a myriad of questions and hanging on the proverbial cliff. So what's the story?? Basically this: Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children (Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia) who appear to have been raised by wolves in the forests of Ashton Place. But Penelope is sage, intrepid and a bit of a miracle worker. Within a few months she has these 'wild children' civilized enough to eat cooked meat, albeit rare and with gobs of ketchup, listen to music, and compose poetry, although they still are wont to give chase to squirrels.

Attention all Second Graders!

Register now for the next book discussion on May 18th at 5:00PM. My Father's Dragon is a Newbery Honor book about a boy, Elmer Elevator, determined to rescue a baby dragon being held captive on Wild Island. He puts important supplies in his knapsack, like bubble gum, lollipops, and rubber bands, and sneaks aboard a ship headed for the island. Elmer meets many weird animals along the way who try to sidetrack him, but he is prepared for their tricks, or thinks he is. Will Elmer be able to rescue the poor baby dragon? Read and find out!

Grab a Great New Graphic Novel

Graphic Novels aren't what they used to be! Some really awesome, innovative works have arrived at the library this year and more are on the way. Meanwhile by Jason Shiga is one example. As one review says, "In this graphic-novel mind boggler, Shiga blows the choose-your-own-adventure concept out of the water." Readers like you play the role of Jimmy. On page one you must decide whether to order a vanilla or chocolate ice-cream cone. This may seem like a simple decision, but your choice can lead to a simply idiotic ending, or a really horrific one. You stumble into a bizarre science lab with 3 machines: a time-travel machine, a mind-melding machine, and a contraption that can control entropy. Tubes connect panels in all directions and veer off into tabs on other pages.