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Ask Me What I'm Reading

Weekly write-ups of books recently read by the Youth Department staff.

NOTE: Please check Library Catalog for availability.

Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box
by Michael S. Bandy — j323.11 Ban
Nonfiction, Civil Rights

During the civil rights era in the South, Granddaddy heads into town to vote for the first time and is not allowed to, because he can’t read.  His grandson promises that one day he will vote for him.  Based on a true story. (EM)

Cuckoo  Song
by Frances Hardinge — j Har
Fiction, Supernatural

After a fall in the river, Triss emerges with missing memories and a feeling that things are not quite right.  Why does her sister hate her? Why is she terrified of scissors?   Why is she so very hungry? (There’s a hint in the title.)  Middle school readers who like eerie fantasy will find this one hard to put down. Great writing, and the creepiest cover EVER. (PS)

The Day the Crayons Came Home  — E Day
by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Picture Books

For all the fans of those crayons who quit, here are more postcards from crayons that Duncan lost or forgot about or just abandoned. Maroon was sat on and broken in half. Turquoise went through the dryer. Orange & yellow were left in the sun and melted together. Duncan has to save them all. (RD)

Lost in the Sun
by Lisa Graff – j Gra
Realistic Fiction

Trent has a hard time getting over an accidental death that he was part of. He becomes angry and starts to act out at school and home.  The school outcast, Fallon Little, befriends Trent and helps him to move on. (EM)

100 Things to Make You Happy
by Lisa M. Gerry — j158.1 Ger
Nonfiction, Inspirational

In a world that seems full of bad news and depressing things, this is a welcome how-to manual sure to lift your spirits! From rib-tickling jokes and advice on eating mood-elevating chocolate, from adorable photos of unlikely animal best friends to practical directions for keeping a positive self-image, you will find several ways to get happy! (MK)

What in the World? Numbers in Nature
by Nancy Raines Day — E Day
Picture Books, Counting

Look around you. What do you see? What in the world comes one by one, or two by two, or three by three? Simple text — rhythmic & rhyming — pairs nicely with evocative digital illustrations that look almost like woodcut prints. An atypical counting book not to be missed! (AE)

Ivy + Bean Make the Rules
by Annie Barrows —  j Bar
Contemporary Fiction

Bean’s sister is excited to go to camp, but since Bean is too young, she and Ivy decide to do their own camp in the park. Pretty soon other kids join them, and for a week they have a crazy time making up their own games and rules. Even the sister gets a little jealous.  (RD)

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