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From the Librarian’s Shelf . . .
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 • Posted March 16, 2011

If your children haven’t been to the library in a while, I hope you will bring them soon. We have something for everyone!

NEW YOUNG ADULT BOOK ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from the publishers’ summaries)

If I Stay by Gayle Forman (YA FOR)

"Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. Then, in an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left—the most important decision she’ll ever make."

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (YA PIT)

"I was sitting with my feet in the water when I felt it coming. The water around my legs started boiling, and my lower leg started glowing where the scar was imbedding itself. The third of the Lorien symbols. The Third warning. The stakes were higher now. They had found Number Three, wherever he or she was, and Number Three was dead."

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (YA BAC)

"In America’s Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota—and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life."

Black Hole Sun by David Macinis Gill (YA GIL)

"The sins of his father weigh heavily on Durango, an outcast teen mercenary who’s trying to eke out a living on tomorrow’s gritty, trigger-happy Mars. Fortunately, he is armed with an AI implant, a crew of colorful misfits, and an unshakable sense of humor."

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dressen (YA DRE)

"Riding a bike is only one of the many things Auden’s missed out on. Even before her parents’ divorce, she was cast in the role of little adult, never making waves, focusing on academics to please her demanding mother. A job in a trendy boutique introduces her to a world of girls, their friendships, conversation, and romances. And then there’s Eli, an intriguing loner."


A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time by Mary Pope Osborne (JF OSB)

Magic Tree House #44

Jack and Annie are "whisked back in time to Victorian England and the foggy streets of London . . . to help the famous writer Charles Dickens."

Crazy Day with Cobras by Mary Pope Osborne (JF OSB)

Magic Tree House #45 (JF OSB)

"Merlin’s beloved penguin, Penny, has been put under a spell! Jack and Annie must find four things to break the spell. The first is a rare and precious emerald. When the magic tree house whisks them back to India over four hundred years ago to search for the jewel, they discover an amazing and exotic world filled with great danger."

Hank the Cowdog: The Case of the Secret Weapon (JF ERI)

"There’s a burglar on the loose, and he’s robbing houses with the help of a super-sneaky, super-stinky, secret weapon . . .does Hank have what it takes to save the day?"

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

"By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, and they know whom to avoid. But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid and shuts Miranda out of his life. Miranda finds a mysterious note . . . the writer knows all about her."


A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead (E STE)

"Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends, but one day. . .he woke up with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn’t make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests."

Silverlicious by Victoria Kann (E KAN)

"When Pinkalicious has a loose . . . sweet tooth . . . she writes a note to the Tooth Fairy . . . only to hear from Cupid, the Easter Bunny, and a Christmas elf instead."

Ponyella by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans (E NUM)

"Poor Ponyella! She used to be the prettiest pony on her farm. But now a new owner has brought in two mean stepmares."

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