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Ask Me What I'm Reading

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


Sammy Keyes and the Killer Cruise
by Wendelin Van Draanen – j Van

In her seventeenth (and penultimate) mystery, Sammy’s on a cruise with her best friend and her  hitherto-unknown father.  She’s not looking for trouble, but finds it anyway: missing persons,
possible murder and more.  This is a series with brains and heart.  Read it! (PS)

by Lori Nichols – E Nic
Picture Book

When she is just a baby, Maple’s parents plant a tree in her honor. Both Maple and the tree grow up together.  Things change. A new tree sprouts, and sibling is born.  Maple and her sister find that they both enjoy lying under the tree to watch the leaves dance for them. (EM)

Paul Meets Bernadette
by Rosy Lamb – E Lam
Picture Book

Paul, a goldfish, swims around in his fishbowl and doesn’t much notice his surroundings. Then he meets Bernadette, a very worldly goldfish who shows him the world through “goldfish” eyes. (KW) 

by Kate Klise – j Kli
Realistic Fiction

Because she was grounded and had to stay home, Daralynn wasn’t on the plane that crashed, killing her sister, brother and father. Dealing with guilt, grief and loneliness is harder when her mother seems to push her away as well. Can she reach through her mother’s anger and coldness to remind her that she still has family who is above ground? (MK)

Pandemic Survival: It’s Why You’re Alive
by Ann Love & Jane Drake — j 614.4 Lov

Plague, smallpox, yellow fever, and more!  In a fascinating and frequently revolting book, the authors trace the history of pandemics, with discussions of historical treatments and modern medicine. The bottom line: WASH YOUR HANDS. (PS) 

Turn Left at the Cow
by Lisa Bullard – j Bul

Travis runs away to his Grandma’s house in rural Minnesota to learn about the father he never knew.  He discovers his dad supposedly robbed a bank and was never heard from again.  His new friends, Iz and Kenny, help him search for the missing money, but they get in over their heads. (EM)

Mr. Wuffles!
by David Wiesner — E Wie
Picture Book, 2013 Caldecott Honor Award
From the award-winning author/illustrator who created frogs flying on lily pads (Tuesday, 1991) comes another clever, nearly wordless picture book. A bored cat becomes intrigued by a new toy: a spaceship that holds tiny aliens. The cat breaks the ship, the aliens flee, allies appear under the radiator, and a plan of escape is set into motion. (AE)

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