Author Brian Jacques Has Passed

Beloved British author of the famous Redwall series, Brian Jacques, died of a heart attack in Liverpool, England on February 5th at the age of 71. Although best known for the Redwall animal fantasy series, which has been translated into 29 languages, he did write other books. Castaways of the Flying Dutchman is an awesome adventure series with magic, action, and enlightenment. I was really looking forward to book #4. Redwall fans will be glad to know, however, that the last book in that series, The Rogue Crew, will still be published this year. His novels have sold more then 20 million copies worldwide.

Ready for Another Grim Grimm Tale?

Follow Hansel and Gretel on their exciting, but bloody and gruesome, adventures in A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. This book makes no bones about keeping to the original shock and horror of some of the Brothers Grimm's tales. It is not for the faint of heart or those looking for 'nice' endings. It is for readers who like humorous adaptations of old tales. Wit and suspense combine to make this a real page-turner. I can't give the ending away, but you won't be disappointed. If you can't get your hands on this book yet, try the Sisters Grimm series or some of the library's other fairy tale adaptations.

Turtle in Paradise

Meet Turtle, a charming eleven-year-old who is in under no illusions about the ways of the world. It is 1935 and her "starry-eyed," romantic mother (who is always falling in and out of love with total losers) ships Turtle off to relatives in Key West, Florida because her latest housekeeping job does not allow children. Turtle is thrown into a radically different way of life amid boisterous cousins, eccentric adults, hurricanes, scorpions, and windfall fruit. She isn't allowed into her cousins' Diaper Gang (no girls allowed) to earn spending money, but has high hopes she'll soon be on Easy Street like Little Orphan Annie when she discovers a pirate treasure map. Full of humor, adventures, and a fast-moving plot, it is no wonder Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm (author of BabyMouse and several other Newbery Honor books) was named a Newbery Honor Book in 2010. Read and enjoy!

Author of 'Babe' Passes On

Dick King-Smith, whose book Babe the Gallant Pig inspired the hit 1995 movie Babe, died on January 4, 2011 at his home near Bath, England. He was 88. Mr. King-Smith was a farmer for 20 years before becoming a primary school teacher. He published more than 100 books — mostly about animals and often about pigs, his favorite. He once said of his animal stories, "I never dress my animals in clothes. They behave as animals should behave, with the exception that they open their mouths and speak the queen's English." His books have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. Mr. King-Smith's first wife died in 2000. He is survived by his second wife, 3 children and 14 grandchildren.
The Canton Public Library does not own all of Dick King-Smith's books, but we own quite a few. Now is a good time to check some out in memory of a great children's author!

Kudos for Clockwork Three!

Ready for an awesome page-turner with characters who just can't seem to avoid trouble no matter how good their intentions are? And when you get to the end you can't believe you won't meet up with them again in a sequel, despite your most ardent wishes? Well then, pick up The Clockwork Three, Matthew Kirby's debut novel. Giuseppe was taken from his family in Italy and sold to a ruthless master who forces him to work the streets as a musician and hand over the money he earns — or face dire consequences. Frederick was rescued from a rotten orphanage by a kind clockmaker and is very intelligent. He dreams of a creating a magnificent clockwork man, not unlike the one you might have read about in The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Hannah works as a maid in a grand hotel to support her family after her father suffers a stroke. She encounters a wonderful guest who rescues her from her life of drudgery, but her good fortune quickly takes a horrible turn for the worse. Mysterious circumstances link these kids together. Adventures sweep them down winding alleys and across glittering plazas of the city.

Please Check Us Out!

Hey! Why aren't you checking us out?? Is it because we are behind the Children's Information Desk? We are put there to greet you when you come into the great Children's Department. Please! Take us home with you and read us. We are awesome! We are new! We are hot-off-the-press! We are the latest and greatest wonder-reads for kids of all ages! Marverlous mysteries, super sports stories, gripping ghost tales, animal adventures, historical happenings, fabulous fantasy, crazy comedies… we are all here. But we want to be there — at your house — with you enjoying us. So stop by and pick us up ASAP!

Super Science Site

Kids! Parents! Teachers! Check out TryScience. It is one awesome website that is entertaining and educational. Need an experiment idea for school? It has a deck of colorful cards with great experiments and all the info you need to complete the project. Want to visit a science museum or center while sitting at home? Just select one you would like to see from the deck of field trip cards. In the mood for some high-speed online gaming adventures? Just select from the adventure deck and go for it. You have your choice of nine languages to pick from. A search box is on every screen. Parents and teachers have their own sets of great options on pages created especially for them. Soon to come is a page for scientists and engineers. You have to see this site and poke around to really appreciate the just how much it offers. Do it now!

Tumtum & Nutmeg

Tumtum and Nutmeg are big heroes in tiny packages — they may even be the world's bravest mice. Arthur and Lucy, the children of Rose Cottage, are terribly neglected by their absentminded father and must be looked after. Just as the holidays are approaching, an evil neighboring mouse absconds with the children's Christmas gifts. Will they be able to retrieve them in time? More exciting adventures await them when they take a holiday seaside vacation replete with treasure maps and more evil mice. Even when their world gets chaotic, this is still a cozy read. Mouse-sized vehicles run smoothly, battles are epic, but weapons shoot sherbet powder and peppermint gas. Check out these heart-warming tales to be enjoyed by all during the holidays.

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