Book Buzz: My Life in Pink & Green

Thursday, August 27, 2009

My Life in Pink & Green by Lisa Greenwald
I really enjoyed Greenwald's book about 12 year old Lucy Desberg. Lucy, her Mom and her grandmother live together and work together at the family pharmacy. When Lucy overhears conversations that the pharmacy is running into financial trouble, she starts doing everything she can to help save the pharmacy. After joining the Earth Club with her friend, she tries to get the pharmacy to go green. See what happens... Kristin (J Fiction)

September Book Buzz

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Princess Pigsty by Cornelia Funke
Little Princess Isabella has taken off her crown with no intentions of ever putting it on again! Isabella does NOT want to have her hair curled by the royal servants. She does NOT want to learn how to smile for hours on end. And she certainly does NOT want the royal footmen to blow her nose for her! Isabella intends to wear pants, climb trees, get dirty and pick her own nose, thank you very much! And her father, the king, cannot stop her. For a good laugh and some good, dirty fun check out Cornelia Funke’s Princess Pigsty. Michelle (Picture book ages 4-8)

Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express by Megan McDonald
This was just as fun as McDonald's other books, this one starring Stink, instead of his sister Judy. Join him and his two friends as they find, capture and help find good homes for 101 guinea pigs. They help Mrs. Birdwhistle of Fur & Fangs save these creatures and create a traveling guinea pig home to help get them adopted. Kristin (J fiction)

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Imagine a mysterious stranger arrives at your door one evening and announces that you are in fact a Romanian vampire princess —and worse, you have been pledged to each other from birth? If you are anything like Jessica Packwood, you would probably think the guy was crazy, tell him “thanks but no thanks,” and try to go about your senior year. Can life ever be normal for Jessica again as she tries to get a date for prom, take down a cheerleader, and, oh yeah, prevent a
vampire war that's been brewing for years from happening? Fans of vampire fiction won’t want to miss Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. Alia (YA Fiction)

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love by Lauren Tarshis
Emma-Jean and her friends (as well as the whole seventh grade) are buzzing about the upcoming seventh grade dance. When Colleen receives a note from a secret admirer, Emma-Jean is on the case. Can she figure out who sent it? Will she be able to deal with her own new feelings for popular boy Will Keeler? Though Emma-Jean knows a lot about birds and trees, she struggles to understand her fellow students. Her latest adventure is as enjoyable as the first- Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree. Meghan (J Fiction)

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Lia and Cassie had been best friends since elementary school. But, Lia wasn’t there the night Cassie died alone in a motel room. Now she is left dealing with the ghost of her friend, the anxiety of her parents, and her own insecurities. This book gives a dark but realistic look into the world of anorexia and the risks some teens will go through to make themselves feel “good”. Jaclyn (8th Grade & Up)

A New Service for Parents

Friday, August 21, 2009

Parents, do you ever need a little help keeping track of what's going on at the library? If so, you may want to try out our new texting program. You can recive CHPL text messages twice a week about homework help, student resources, and educational children's programing at the library. How do you sign up?

TO: 51684

Standard text messaging rates apply. To end service text STOP to 51684. For information text HELP.

We Want To Hear From You...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Has anyone seen the new Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? We've heard from some kids who loved it and from some that thought it was dull. We'd love to hear your thoughts. Leave us a comment on the blog and let us know if you liked the movie or not!

Website Wednesday: Movies Based on Children's Books

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox is being made into a stop motion animated film. Check out the preview here.

Another movie preview to check out is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. You can learn more about the movie and view that trailer here. At the library, we'll be celebrating the movie's release with a Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs party on September 12th. Registration is required so call us or register using the online calendar.

And for the older kids, don't miss the preview for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. But beware, this is Tim Burton's version so it's kind of creepy! You can see it here.

Enjoy the previews and while you're waiting for the movie, stop by the library and pick up the book!

August Book Buzz

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt (A Judy Moody & Stink book) by Megan McDonald
Join Judy and her brother Stink as they head to Artichoke Island (also known as Ocracoke Island) for a pirate adventure and treasure hunt. See if you can answer the clues along with them, and find out who will be the first to win the grand prize of a ride on a real pirate ship with Scurvy Sam, a real pirate. If you read this aloud, you will perfect your pirate voice and your parrot squawk! Ahoy Mateys! Kristin (J fiction)

Dying to Meet You: 43 Old Cemetery Road Book 1 by Kate Klise & Illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
The latest book by the Klise sisters is a departure in theme (but not format) from their popular “Regarding the…”
series. Using letters, notes, newspaper clips and other correspondence, this book tells the story of a grumpy old writer, a young boy, and a ghost all sharing one old house- 43 Old Cemetery Road. This is a quick, funny read and a promising start to a new series. The second book, Over My Dead Body, is due out in October. Meghan (J fiction)

Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
Alexis is a typical teenager complete with clueless parents and an annoying 13-year-old sister named Kasey. Kasey has always been little eccentric and overly sensitive. Recently, Kasey’s behavior has gone from irritating to creepy. Alexis knows something is wrong. Could her little sister be possessed? And if she is, can Alexis save her before Kasey is gone for good? Anyone looking for a truly chilling ghost story has got to read this! Alia (YA Fiction)

Breathless by Lurlene McDaniel
Travis Morrison is a champion diver and the most popular guy in school. On the first day of summer vacation before his senior year, his life is changed forever. On this day Travis finds out he has a rare type of cancer and all of his dreams for the future come to an end. But it’s not just Travis’ life that has changed; his family and friends have also been affected. This book allows readers to reflect on life, death, family, and friendship. It also challenges the reader to put themselves in the position of the characters, and ask, “How would I handle this situation?” Jaclyn (YA fiction)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins, author of New York Times Bestseller The Hunger Games, does not disappoint with the much anticipated sequel Catching Fire. Set to be released September 1, I was lucky enough to get my hands on an Advanced Copy. Katniss and Peeta may have found a way to bend the rules of the hunger games, but they did it by rebelling against the Captiol. Now there are rumors of uprisings in nearby districts and President Snow is not happy. It is filled with action, suspense, humor and of course a messy love triangle. Now through August 15 you can enter for a chance to win an Advanced Copy at the Children’s Circulation desk!!! Michelle (YA Fiction)

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