Many chapter books and young-adult titles available

In The Stacks

Posted: Sunday, July 06, 2003

This week is for chapter book and young adult readers. Don't forget - chapter book readers who are going into grades 2,3,4, and 5 have until July 8 to sign up for the I Love to Read book clubs, which meet on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. at the downtown library. Call the Youth Services Department at 586-0435 for more information.

Are you eagerly awaiting the next Brian Jacques book? Try the new series for chapter book readers from Kenneth Oppel, starting with "Silverwing." Shade is a young bat who has gotten separated from his Silverwing colony during the migration from summer to winter quarters. Alone, with temperatures dropping, he has to find his way to the Hibernaculum. In "Sunwing," the second book in the series, Shade finds a forest that seems to be a paradise: It is owl-free, always warm and simply crawling with bat food. But as he watches, humans enter the indoor forest and take away hundreds of sleeping bats. Is Shade's father among them? And in the final book, "Firewing," Shade has become a father and his son has disappeared into a great fissure in the earth. On a desperate search for his son, Shade makes a grave discovery. (chapter books)

"Heir Apparent," by Vivian Vande Velde One of Giannine's birthday presents is a gift certificate for a half-hour of total immersion gaming, and she selects Heir Apparent, a game of strategy, scheming, and luck, where happy endings come with crowns and bad endings include lopped-off heads. As Giannine immerses herself in the character of Janine de St. Jehan, a contemporary figure appears and tells her that the game has been sabotaged and she must successfully complete it - and soon - or she will be risking "fatal overload." A fascinating look at game-playing, game-censorship, and the uses of fantasy, not to mention - a great read. (chapter book)

"Once Upon a Marigold," by Jean Ferris Christian is a troll, whose cave is within spitting distance of the king's castle where Marigold lives. Marigold, the youngest and plainest of the princesses, spends a lot of time by herself. One day, Christian sends her a p(igeon)-mail note and a friendship is born. When Chris gets a job at the castle, he is overjoyed but shy: He's never told Marigold his name, she's never seen his face and now, that he's pretty sure he's in love with her, he doesn't know what to do. (chapter book)

"Stone in my Hand," by Cathryn Clinton Caught in the midst of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, 11-year--old Malaak has fallen silent, waiting for her beloved father to return from the Israeli prison she is sure he is held in. Her unnamed fears for her father give way to nameable fears for her brother after he joins a group of young radicals. Finally, Malaak finds a way to speak up for herself, her family and her country. (chapter book)

"Dating Hamlet," by Lisa Fiedler Fiedler demonstrates that the Bard is not the only one who can play around with language in this delightful romp through Shakespeare's "Hamlet," written for young-adult readers (who will enjoy it all the more for having read the original). In this version of the story, Ophelia is as much a hero as Hamlet, as the two of them work together to expose his father's murderer. Ophelia fakes her suicide and Hamlet emerges victorious (and much less depressed) at the end. (young adult)

"A Foreign Field," by Gillian Chan Ellen, a young Canadian, has two older brothers fighting in the war and a younger brother who'd like to be. When her little brother nearly causes an accident at the nearby air base, he is escorted home by Stephen, a British pilot. Stephen rapidly becomes a member of the family, helping ease the ache of two absent older boys. But eventually, Stephen is transferred back to Britain and Ellen and Stephen find their feelings run deeper than they realized. (young adult)

"Born Confused," by Tanuja Desai Hidier Born and raised in New Jersey, Dimple Lala has resisted her Indian heritage as long as possible, scrubbing her hands clean of henna before going to school, getting a perm to avoid being labeled Pocahontas and leaving her bangles, anklets and saris in the closet. Now she's turning 17 and her parents have chosen a "suitable boy" for her to meet. Dimple digs in her heels, but a strange thing happens: When she runs into the suitable boy by accident at a club, she realizes he might be right for her after all. (young adult)

"Feed," by M.T. Anderson In the tradition of George Orwell and Aldous Huxley, Anderson has created a world of wireless networks into which teenager Titus, his friends and pretty much everyone else in the world are connected. The Feed tells them where the best parties are, provides definitions for words they don't understand and helps them accessorize the lesions that everyone is getting. But on a trip to the moon, the kids get hacked and Titus and his friends end up disconnected from the Feed. While stuck in a hospital, Titus meets a girl who begins to convince him that being connected isn't all there is in life. (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 website ( and looking at our catalogue. Placing holds on items featured in In the Stacks is now even easier. The new columns are hyperlinked to the catalogue: Simply look up the column, click on the title you want and you will be ready to place a hold.

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