New kids' books now available at the Juneau Public Libraries

Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2003

Kids! Take a look at some of the new books for you at the Juneau Public Library:

• "Gotcha, Louie!" by H.M. Ehrlich. Louie's favorite beach game with his mother is to run away and have her catch him and say, "Gotcha!" But one day his mom gets tired of it before he does. When she realizes that Louie is nowhere to be seen, everyone helps look for him, but it is Louie who gets to yell "Gotcha!" in the end! The cheerful pictures make this story even better. (picture book)

• "Horse in the Pigpen," by Linda Williams. When the little farm girl narrator finds the horse rolling around in an otherwise empty pigpen, she runs to tell her mother in this rhyming story. Mom is busy and tells her daughter to get the pigs to straighten it out. The pigs, of course, have chased the chickens out of the coop, the chickens have taken over the doghouse, and it isn't till the little girl finds the cow in her very own bed that Mom steps in and puts things to rights - or has she? (picture book)

• "The Great Ghost Rescue," by Eva Ibbotsen. Humphrey the ghost isn't like the rest of his family. His brother is a screaming skull, his sister is covered in blood, his mother is a stinking hag and his father, being a legless Scot, is known as the Gliding Kilt. Humphrey smells like fresh hay, sounds like bells jingling and can't make his left elbow disappear. And Humphrey has a Destiny, one which involves all the ghosts of Britain. (chapter book)

• "Forbidden Forest," by Michael Cadnum. Have you ever read the story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men and wondered about Little John? If so, this book is for you. As a bigger-than-average teenager, John worked for a ferryman, and not knowing his strength, accidentally killed a knight who was threatening his master. Taking to the woods to escape the King's men, he met up with Robin Hood and eventually became part of a new family in this book of courage and loyalty. (chapter book)

• "1-2-3 Draw Knights, Castles and Dragons," by Freddie Levin. Want to learn to draw, but need a jump start? This book is aimed at ages 4 (with help) and up, and there are ideas here for almost every age, including hints on looking at your work and tips on adding finishing details to make your drawings look their best. (non-fiction)

• "Break a Leg!" by Lise Friedman. This is an indispensable read for budding thespians, full of information on different sorts of theater, plus techniques on voice projection, accents, fake kissing and building a character. It also gives advice on what to do if you're cast for a small role and how to save yourself if you flub a line. (non-fiction)

• "Civil War A-Z," by Norman Bolotin. Want to know what kind of medical care was available during the Civil War? Don't know who Dorothea Dix was? Need a refresher on Secession? Whether you are being forced to write a report or are genuinely curious about the Civil War, make sure you take a look at this book. Set up alphabetically, it covers names, organizations, places, and more that played a part in the war. (non-fiction)

• "Hanging on to Max," by Margaret Bechard. Sam's senior year in high school is nothing like he imagined it being when he was a freshman. Instead of attending regular high school, he's started at the alternative school. Instead of playing football, he's playing chase-around-the-room. Instead of hoping his girlfriend will remember to call him, he's hoping he'll remember the diapers next time. Not an after-school special kind of story, but a tender and loving story of a dad and his son. (young adult fiction)

Snowflake and Star Day will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mendenhall Valley library. If you are 9 years old or older, come help us decorate the library with beaded creations!

If you'd like to place a hold on any of these titles, call the Juneau Public Library at 586-5249. If you have Internet access, your library card and a PIN, you may place your own holds by going to our Web site ( and looking at our catalog. The "In the Stacks" column is now archived! Go to the Juneau Public Libraries' Web site and look for "In the Stacks."

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