Public library book review awards for July 22, 2012

Kids coming into any of the three public libraries this summer may enter a weekly drawing for prizes generously donated by local businesses. To enter the drawing, write a book review on forms available at the library. This program is open to all kids through teens. All our Summer Reading Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries.


Mendenhall Valley Public Library

Isabella Cullum, age 4, won a pass for herself and an adult to Mount Roberts Tramway

Book Read: “Ruby’s Beauty Shop” by Rosemary Wells

Why chosen: Because it’s my style.

Why finished: Because I love Max and Ruby and always wanted a pet bunny.

I think Leora and Amara would love it.

Luke Fergusson, age 6, won a gift certificate to the Amazing Book Store

Book read: “Field Mouse and the Dinosaur Named Sue” by Jan Wahl

Why chosen: because I wanted to know about the dinosaur.

Why finished: I wanted to see what kind of bone the mouse had.

People who have gone to South Dakota where they found Sue.

Josie McElwain, age 7 ½, won a gift from the Foggy Mountain Shop

Book read: Pumpkin Day! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Why chosen: I like learning about growing pumpkins.

Why finished: I like to hear the ending, I like the jokes :)

People who like jokes - What is a pumpkin’s favorite sport? SQUASH!

Martina Warden, age 14, won a free adventure from Alaska Zipline at Eaglecrest!

Book read: The Alchemyst: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

Why chosen: A friend recommended it to me.

Why finished: It was intriguing.

People who like adventure might like this.

Douglas Public Library

Margot Oliver, 8, won a gift certificate to Peer Amid Beads

Book read: “Esio Trot” by Roald Dahl

Why chosen: because Roald Dahl is my favorite author.

Why finished: I wanted to see if Mr. Happy married Mrs. Sirvle.

Kids who like funny stories might like this book.

Sosan Monsef, age 10, won a gift certificate from Rainy Retreat Books

Book read: “Clementine” by Sara Pennypacker

Why chosen: I read the back and it seemed interesting

Why finished: because the end of a book usually has the solution to all the problems in the book.

People who like Judy Moody books might like this book.

Brianna Frisky, age 11, won a gift certificate to the Trove Shop

Book read: “Stray Dog” by Carol Beach York

Why chosen: Because I Love, LOVE stories of people helping animals and the title made it interesting.

Why finished: I wanted to know what happened to Dog and her pups!

Downtown Juneau Public Library

Kumud Sehdev, age 12, won a gift certificate from Nugget Alaskan Outfitter

Book read: “The Seven Keys of Balabad” by Paul Haven

Why chosen: I chose this book because I found it very interesting and I liked how the author was inspired to write this book based on his real life experiences in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Why finished: I liked how the author created a mystery that teaches readers about foreign cultures.

People who are interested in mysteries mught like this book.

Edison Schwartz, age 1, won a gift from the Bear’s Lair

Book read: “Baby Danced the Polka” by Karen Beaumont

Why chosen: The baby on the cover is dancing. We love dancing!

Why finished: We liked the rhythm of the story. Lots of fun to read too!

Moms, dads, and babies who love to read might like this book.

Meghan Bathija, age 13, won a gift certificate from the Alaskan Fudge Company

Book read: “Among the Hidden” by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Why chosen: I wanted to read this series

Why finished: I couldn’t put it down.

People who like adventure/mystery books might like this.


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