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New chapter books for young readers

Posted: December 12, 2013 - 1:09am

New chapter books for early elementary through middle school readers are on the New Book shelves in the childrens’ areas at each public library.

“Princess Posey and the Tiny Treasure,” by Stephanie Greene.

Posey knows the rules about bringing treasures to school and is good at obeying rules, but somehow the brand new, tiny, soft pink pig that hugs her finger ends up in the Consequences Drawer in Miss Lee’s desk anyway. Poinky was a gift from her grandfather, and Posey did follow instructions and put her away after Miss Lee’s first warning, but a horrible thing happened. Poinky fell out of her pocket and Miss Lee confiscated her. It isn’t fair! It was an accident! Even though Posey’s mother reminds her that Friday will be here soon, she’s still worried about Poinky. So she thinks things through and summons up all her courage and has a talk with Miss Lee in the morning. Greene has the knack for capturing the little moments in kids’ lives that can make or break their days and coming up with solutions that satisfy both kids and adults. (Kindergarten and older.)

“Big Bad Sheep,” by Bettina Wegenast and Katharina Busshoff.

This twisted fairy tale is punny and goofy and deliciously strange. Our story begins with the Three Little Pigs rejoicing that the Big Bad Wolf is dead, and Locke, a placid sheep, starts wondering what he was like. Karl, his much less placid friend, knows exactly what the Wolf must have been like, and his description is so good that he decides he’s going to apply for the job. Fortunately, the wolf suit the dwarf gives him for the trial period comes with a set of nice, sharp teeth, and while the howl takes a little practice, it soon feels … natural. By the next day, Karl’s wolf eyes have begun to glow red and poor Rene has gone down the hatch. Horrified, Locke goes to find the only person who can save Rene — the Hunter — only to find that the job is open. Can Locke become the Hunter? Will Rene be saved? And will Karl ever be the same? Though the language is a bit stilted, this German translation is delightful. (Elementary school readers.)

“Double Vision,” by F.T. Bradley.

Lincoln Baker isn’t a bad kid, just impulsive. And he feels awful that his latest lapse in judgment has led to his expulsion from school and a lawsuit from a chicken farmer that his family can’t afford to pay. So when FBI agents show up and offer him a way out, he takes it. Turns out that Linc, the ordinary, skateboarding 12-year-old, looks exactly like Ben Green, a not-at-all ordinary, black-belted math genius super-spy. And Ben has gone missing while on assignment in Paris. If Linc can manage to impersonate Ben long enough to complete Ben’s mission, the Feds will make the lawsuit go away AND get Linc reinstated in Lompoc Middle School. So, skateboard in tow, Linc is off, first to spy boot camp, then to Paris, where he finds himself in deeper trouble than he could ever have been briefed for. Fans of the 39 Clues and the Artemis Fowl series looking for something new should give this a try. (Older elementary and middle school readers.)

“The Brixen Witch,” by Stacy DeKeyser.

Rudi’s life changes for the worse the day that he finds a golden guilder on the mountain. He’s heard the stories about the Brixen Witch, who lives in a cave on Berg, but they’re just stories to scare little kids, right? But the minute he puts the coin in his pocket, he’s practically chased down the mountain by icy winds and treacherous footing. His grandmother knows what’s happened without him even having to tell her and sends him back up the mountain to return what he took. Instead of returning it, though, he drops it. All that winter he can hardly sleep for the scratching on the window and a soft, irritating tune in his head, and when spring comes, Rudi’s ready to go find the coin and put it back where it belongs. Before he can do so, the village is overrun with rats, more rats than even the old-timers have ever seen. And after the rats, comes the stranger who offers a terrible bargain in this retelling of the Pied Piper. (older elementary and middle school readers)

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Interested in getting a tablet computer or an e-reader but aren’t sure which one would suit you best? Come to the Douglas Library any Sunday this month between 2-4 p.m. and test out the library’s new Nook, Kindle, iPad, and Android at the Tech Petting Zoo. Or, bring your own device and library staff will show you how to use it to download free ebooks and audiobooks.

Hablas Espanol? Come to the Douglas Library’s Spanish Movie Evening this Tuesday, Dec. 17, and connect with other Spanish speakers. Come at 5:15 p.m. for snacks and conversation; the movie starts at 5:45 p.m.

For information about upcoming programs, or to place a hold, visit www.juneau.org/library or call 586-5249.

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