New kids' books in the Juneau library

In the Stacks

Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2003

Here are just a few of the new children's books at the Juneau Public Library!

• "Dahlia," written and illustrated by Barbara McClintock. Old-fashioned illustrations grace this vibrant story of a tomboy, her teddy bear and her frilly new doll. When Charlotte opens a package from her Aunt Edme, she finds exactly the kind of doll she despises; delicate and porcelain-skinned, the doll dressed in layers of lace and frills. Charlotte, a tomboy, sternly tells the doll that she's just going to have to get used to the way Charlotte does things, then takes off - doll and teddy in tow - on a series of adventures. By the time the doll gains a name (Dahlia, after the flowers Charlotte plants rocks next to), she is rosy-cheeked and smiling, and when Aunt Edme comes for dinner, she can see that Charlotte has come to love Dahlia very much indeed! (picture book)

• "Dinosaur Hunt," written and illustrated by Karen Carr. In this blend of imagined life story and fossilized fact, a young Acrocanthosaurus grows up to hunt a plant-eating Pleurocoelus. Their struggle left fossilized footprints in the bed of a Texas river, and scientists worked hard to puzzle out what the footprints meant. This is a beauty of a book, with realistic, near-photo-quality illustrations and a compelling, fact-filled story. (short non-fiction)

• "Togo," written and illustrated by Robert J. Blake. Everyone's heard about Balto, the lead dog who brought diphtheria serum to Nome in 1925. But how many people know about Togo, the lead dog who wasn't supposed to even be on a team? As a puppy, Togo was tiny but spunky. His owner thought he'd never be big enough to be a sled dog, but Togo wanted to do what all the other dogs were doing, and his owner soon found that Togo did it all better. And so, on the night of the diphtheria run, Togo was the lead dog who pushed himself and the other dogs to finish their run.

• "Bad Stuff in the News: A Guide to Handling the Headlines," by Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman. This book is meant for kids 11-ish and up to read on their own, but selected bits would be great for parents looking for a way to help younger kids deal with fears, too. This reassuring and honest book can help children assess what dangers in the news are real, recommend ways kids can keep themselves safe, and keep children from becoming jaded and uncaring by suggesting ways they can help. Issues the authors discuss include (but are not at all limited to) terrorism, abuse, kids and guns, and homelessness. (non-fiction)

• "The House of the Scorpion," by Nancy Farmer. Matteo Alacran is hidden away on a drug lord's estate, kept protected and secret from everyone except his caretaker because he will be the next lord. In a manner of speaking, he already is: Matt is a clone, El Patron's promise of everlasting life. But even as Matt begins to understand his reason for being, his lonely world is beginning to change, and no one, Matt least of all, knows if he will survive. This was a Newbery Honor book this year! (young adult)

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.

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