These book reviews are the Juneau Public Library’s final choices for its Summer Book Review program for kids at the public libraries. By submitting a book review, kids coming into any of the three public libraries entered a weekly drawing for prizes donated by local businesses. The libraries received 1,035 reviews in our 10-week summer program.
Adults shouldn’t feel left out! Check out the adult program on the library’s webpage (www.juneau.org/library) to see what others are reading and to join the Adult Summer Reading group. The reviews just keep coming. There were more than 200 on paper and in digital ink for the last drawing. The library just received a donated bicycle tune-up from Cycle Alaska which will be given away to a reviewer Aug. 21. More prizes are pending.
Family programs will continue in August, including: Jeff Brown’s Summer Magic Show at the Downtown Library at 11 a.m. Aug. 6, Second Sunday Family Films at the Douglas Library at 3 p.m. Aug. 14 and a party inspired by 39 Clues at the Valley Library at 1 p.m. Aug. 20.
Valley branch winners
Jasmine Ridges, age 6.
She won two passes on the Mount Roberts Tramway.
She read “Noisy Nora” by Rosemary Wells
She chose it because she won it for reading 10 books (as part of a reading game).
She wrote “Valerie might like it.”
Iayanah Brewer, age 8.
She won a gift certificate to Peer Amid Beads.
She read “Lilly’s Big Day” by Kevin Henkes.
She chose this book because I want to be a flower girl. She finished it because it was good.
She wrote “Mom, Dad and I like it!”
Downtown branch winners
Daniel Le Count, age 6.
He won a gift certificate from the Alaska Shirt Company.
He read “A Circle in the Sky” by Zachery Wilson.
He chose it because it has a moon on it.
He wrote “I finished it because I love rockets. Mom and Jamie might like it.”
Krishant Samtani, age 10.
He won a gift certificate to the Alaskan Fudge Company.
He read “Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell.
He chose it because it had a good cover and it was interesting.
He wrote “My friends might like it.”
David K, age 8.
He won a gift certificate from the Amazing Bookstore in the Airport Mall.
He read “The Know-Nothings” by Michele Sobel Spim.
He wrote “It looked funny. I liked it. Wyatt, Zack and Daniel might like it.”
Dessa Gerger, age 9.
She won a gift certificate from the Rubber Stamp Co.
She read “Double Identity” by Margaret Haddix.
She wrote “It was scary, but not so it gives you bad dreams. The plot plays out and by the end all comes together. For if you like scary, but not too much.”
Douglas branch winners
Tyler, age 13.
He won a pass from Mount Roberts Tramway.
He read “The Sea of Trolls” by Nancy Farmer.
She wrote “A friend told me about it. It was a good book. Friends would like it.”
Mya, age 5.
She won a gift certificate from Peer Amid Beads .
She read “Have You Ever Seen a Smack of Jellyfish?” by Sarah Asper-Smith
She wrote “It was my birthday present. I like alphabet books. Who would like it? My brother Dylan, and my grandmother because she learned new things.”
Lilly, age 8.
She won a gift certificate from Peer Amid Beads.
She read “Super Fly Guy” by Ted Arnold.
She wrote “I thought it would be funny. I wanted to know what happened. My mom and dad might like it.”