Book Buzz: June 2009 Selections

Friday, May 29, 2009

Lucky Breaks by Susan Patron
Newbery-winner Patron brings us back to Hard Pan in this sequel to “The Higher Power of Lucky.” Knot-tier, Lincoln, and the young genius, Miles, are fine, but Lucky needs a girl her own age to befriend. When Paloma shows up, Lucky couldn’t be more thrilled! But will Lucky be able to juggle all of the important people in her life?
-Meghan (J fiction)

The Snow Spider and Emlyn’s Moon by Jenny Nimmo from The Magician’s Trilogy, Books 1 & 2
In the first book, on his 9th birthday, Gwyn Griffiths learns he may be a magician. His grandmother tells him about his ancestors and gives him gifts to help him learn about his powers. He learns about his powers in this book and helps to find his missing sister. The second book focuses on his best friend’s sister, Nia, who always believed he had magical powers when no one else did. When Nia moves into town and meets a new boy, Emlyn, she doesn’t understand why she isn’t allowed to speak to him. Nia and Gwyn help discover why.
-Kristin (J fiction, audio)

Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo by Ayun Halliday
Elephants have trunks and zebras have stripes. Monkeys have tails and tortoises have shells. But there’s one thing all of the animals at the zoo have: heinies! This book is a hilarious ode to animal bottoms of all shapes and sizes. Kids will laugh at the illustrated rear views of all the animals in the zoo.
-Alia (Picture book)

You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! by Jonah Winter
This picture book biography is about one of the greatest professional baseball pitchers of all time. Koufax is Jewish and a left-hander. This is a simple story of his brief and turbulent pitching career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The book also includes a glossary of baseball terms, which could be very useful for a rookie to the sport. The author writes a great introductory story to a piece of baseball history.
-Kristin (J biography)
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