January 2012 Update

Happy New Year to wonderful readers out there…

I read numerous books this month that I loved… here’s pictures of a few:

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Picture Book: Better than You by Trudy Ludwig, 1st grade and up!Another thoughtful book from wonderful author Trudy Ludwig- Ridgewood’s author visit on February 9th! Have you ever become frustrated by a friend bragging? Call Number: FIC LUD

Fiction Book: Bigger than a Bread Box
 by Laurel Snyder, Fantasy/Horror, 4th grade and up.
 Interesting fantasy book with the main character finding out that there is a magical bread box at her grandmother’s house that grants wishes… will it be a positive experience? Call Number: FIC SNY

Poetry Book: EVERY THING ON IT by Shel Silverstein  ALL AGESAre you ready for another wonderful Shel Silverstein book packed with hilarious poems and perfectly partnered illustrations?  Hope so! Call Number: 811 SIL

Young Adult: Divergent by Veronica Roth  Very mature 5th; Mostly high school, Sci Fi/FantasyImagine a futuristic society that is able to inject you with liquid that helps predict which community you will live in. What if you break that system?  Similar to Hunger Games. FIC ROT

Fiction: Greetings from Planet Earth by Barbara Kerley, Historical Fiction, 4th/5th grade.
 What would you put in a time capsule to represent humanity?  Set after Vietnam war with a boy missing his father who didn’t return from his service.  Written by wonderful Barbara Kerley who is visiting Ridgewood on March 1st! FIC KER 

FICTION BOOK: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, HIGH SCHOOL!!
  Fascinating adventure with a girl who learns she can see ghosts and set in London during a frightening time when a serial killer is copying Jack the Ripper’s murders. FIC JOH

FICTION BOOK: Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy, mature 5th grade and up.
  Absolutely fascinating, captivating story following a character torn between responsibility and hope for the future. Honorable, respectful approach to another culture’s customs and point of view. FIC REE

Home for the Holidays by Heather Vogel Frederick: 4th grade up thru high school.  I enjoyed this latest installment in the Mother Daughter Book Club series.  Made me feel the need to go read Betsy Tacey books…

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Brilliant graphic novel, more for the middle school/high school readers, interesting plot with a few scary twists…

The Genius Files- Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman, 3rd grade and up. Fun adventure, interesting web links included.

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson, 5th grade and up.
I thought this story ran a little long but had a beautiful adventure in the Amazon…

Ray and Me by Dan Gutman, 4th grade and up.
It has been a while since I read this sci fi/time travel baseball card series but it was quite interesting with an honest portrayal of Babe Ruth and Harry Houdini.  Terrific adventure as always.

Look me in the eye, My Life with Aspergers by John Elder Robison – adult memoir, brilliant and fascinating point of view which helps explain how the mind works differently for each person and how to care/understand other better.

Dumpling Days by Grace Lin, 3rd grade and up.   I look forward to this book being released in January.  I loved the adventure in Taiwan, the character development, and illustrations and extra stories mingled throughout the book.

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