Tweens

There will be no NHS tutoring Monday, January 18 due to the school closure for Martin Luther King Jr Day.  Tutors will return Tuesday, January 19.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

*Also note there will be no tutoring Friday January 29 or Monday February 8.

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Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.
Make sure to check out these kid family video games for a night of fun with the kids. 

Explore a whole new world! Make your way to the goal pole on your own or with friends!.

Go undercover as officer Chase McCain using the Wii U GamePad controller, your ultimate detective tool..

Also available in: e-book

"The wildly popular 'Zoo Tycoon' series is fully reimagined and set to crank up the excitement, challenge and fun of building the ultimate zoo. Packed with a huge variety of visually stunning animals and incredibly detailed zoo environments. Create the zoo of your dreams with intuitive yet powerful controls designed for Zoo Tycoon fans of all ages." --. 

 

Also available for Nintendo DS and Xbox One 

While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.

The disappearing by Jennifer Torres

Tim, Max, Emily, Luke, and Nina, learn that their quiet town of Briny Deep isn't as safe as they once thought. With children vanishing, they need to find answers before all their friends disappear.

In 2194 in Zimbabwe, General Matsika's three children are kidnapped and put to work in a plastic mine while three mutant detectives use their special powers to search for them.

The emerald atlas by John Stephens

Kate, Michael, and Emma have passed from one orphanage to another in the ten years since their parents disappeared to protect them, but now they learn that they have special powers, a prophesied quest to find a magical book, and a fearsome enemy.

Alien in a bottle by Kathy Mackel

With the help of a star-gazing classmate and an unusual assortment of aliens from outer space, teenager Sean Winger tries to find a way to convince his parents to let him pursue his dream of becoming a glass blower.

Always Neverland by Zoe Barton

Ashley is whisked away from her home by Peter Pan to help the Lost Boys with spring cleaning, but this "Wendy Girl's" love of adventure brings changes that are not enjoyed by all of Neverland's inhabitants.

Bewitched in Oz by Laura J Burns

Sorcery is forbidden in the land of Oz, so for two years Zerie, Vashti, and Tabitha have practiced magic in secret, fearing that otherwise their talents will be taken away--but when they are finally exposed they discover that there are more dangerous secrets in Oz than they ever suspected.

The broken spell by Erika McGann

Bored with studying pure theory, Grace and her four best friends jump at the chance to learn practical witchcraft from the glamorous Ms. Gold, but they make a magical mistake that drags the past into the present.

Relates tales of Sir Lancelot, the bravest knight in King Arthur's court.

At Camp Whatsitooya, twins Joules and Kevin and new friend Nelson face off against large, rabbit-like creatures from the Mallow Galaxy who thrive on sugar, but are not above hypnotizing and eating human campers.

Dragon's hoard by Paul Stewart

When Sir Knight saves a damsel in distress, she is forced to return the favor.

 

Hey Kids,

You may have noticed my new chapeau, as well as my new location in front of the Children's Department. There's a lot going on over here. A lot of very loud sawing and jackhammering that makes it difficult to get settled into a relaxing hibernation. You can look at what's coming on the Patron Service Improvement Project page.

In the meantime, you may find there are some books you are looking for that didn't make it to the temporary location for Children's materials in the East Wing. I found myself facing this very problem just the other day when I came across a book by an author I really like:

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

When little, twelve-year-old Molly arrives at Castle Hangnail to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the minions who dwell there have no choice but to give her the job and at first it seems she will be able to keep the castle open, but Molly has quite a few secrets that could cause trouble.

 

You'll notice that Castle Hangnail is marked TEMP RESERVE, which means that it's not going to be available until the Children's Library reopens. How distressing! Fortunately, the construction hasn't limited access to our eBooks, and I was able to listen to Castle Hangnail through the Hoopla app. I really enjoyed the narrator for this story, and the quirky fantasy might appeal to some upper elementary Readers as well. Check it out. As always, you can ask me or my friendly colleagues for help finding what you need.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here. Books are suggested for Sixth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Act 1 by Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Twelve-year-olds Jack and Louisa tell, in their separate voices, of his reluctant departure from New York City and Broadway stardom to live in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where new neighbor Louisa, a "musical theater nerd," urges him to audition for the local theater's production of "Into the Woods.".

Can you say catastrophe? by Laurie B. Friedman

"April Sinclair would like to blame someone for her mostly miserable life, and since her parents won't take responsibility, she blames the stork. Her teenage years kick off with a humiliating 13th birthday party, where one of her younger sisters reveals April's crush and the other puts on a show of peeing behind a tree like a boy. April can't wait to disown her loony family for a few weeks of summer camp with her two best friends. Meanwhile, she gets her first two kisses--from two different boys--and isn't sure how she feels about either one. But she's sure how she feels (horrified) when her parents cancel her camp plans in lieu of a family RV trip. Is there any silver lining to her summer?" More in this series can be found in JFICTION FRIEDMAN.

Afraid to actually ask Tina Zabinski for a date, eighth-grader Kevin spends most of his time theorizing about love and romance and observing and analyzing male/female interaction.

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Everything on a waffle by Polly Horvath
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea.

Also available in: audiobook

To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.

Roller girl by Victoria Jamieson

"A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart." Similar to Raina Telgemeier's style, if you're looking for more in this vein, check Thorndyke's blog post.

The 2016 Youth Media Awards were announced today. To explore the latest in distinguished children's and teen literature, and to see what we have in our collection, check out our posts on the Newbery Award, Caldecott Award, Geisel Award, and the Printz Award.

For more information on these and other awards, check the ALA Website.

Additional 2016 award winners in our catalog are listed below.

 

Coretta Scott King Awards and Honor Books

A series of awards that recognize African American authors and illustrators.

 

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Books are suggested for Sixth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Traces three generations of the famous Wyeth art family, offering insight into the events that shaped their achievements in a volume complemented by reproductions of their most famous masterpieces.

Illustrator James McMullan discusses how his early childhood in China and his wartime journeys with his mother influenced his life and career.

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