New chapter books just added at the library

Posted: Thursday, October 01, 2009

We're adding lots of new chapter books to the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries - look for the latest in The Stoneheart Trilogy, the first in a new series called In the Cards, and new titles from favorite authors like David Adler, as well as the titles below.

"Uh-oh, Cleo," by Jessica Harper.

Sometimes a day that seems normal turns into something else entirely. Stitches Saturday is that kind of day for eight year-old Cleo. When she wakes up, there's oatmeal for breakfast. Then she plays with her dolls while her twin brother's toy soldiers wage war on their big sister's animals. And then it's time to play Candy Land, which is on top of a tippy bookcase. They should have waited for Mom, but Jack does his best Spiderman crawl up the shelves and nearly has the box when everything (including the bookcase) comes down. Something hits Cleo on the head and she's scared when she first sees the blood on her hand, but her mom and dad know just what to do!

"When the Sergeant Came Marching Home," by Don Lemna.

Donald's thrill at having his father home safe from the war is eclipsed when the Sergeant moves the whole family out to a farm in the middle of nowhere. Bribed with the possibility of ducks, his little brother Pat goes along with the idea happily, but Don decides he's running away as soon as he saves up enough money. But there's so much to do in the meantime: learn to ride the old plow horse which only turns left, help take care of thankless chickens, sing Gilbert and Sullivan songs in school, and build a rocketship in the yard. Reminiscent of the Great Brain series by Fitzgerald, this is a delightful old-fashioned everyday adventure story.

"Blue like Friday," by Siobhan Parkinson.

Hal lives with his mother and her fiancée Alec, but he longs for the clock to swing back to before-Alec. Now that Alec is actually engaged to his mom, Hal's going to have to learn to get along or be sent off to boarding school. So, Hal's come up with a plan, but it doesn't include being nice. He and his best friend Olivia plot to get rid of Alec once and for all, but things go badly wrong and it's Hal's mom who disappears. This Irish import has a glossary for the few words that kids will need to know, but this brisk and funny story will carry readers over most literary speedbumps.

"The Possibilities of Sainthood," by Donna Freitas.

For seven years, ever since her father's death, Antonia has written to the Vatican regularly to propose herself as the first living saint (the Patron Saint of Daddy's Heart was her first suggestion), but they keep turning her down. But that's okay: there are plenty of other things on the now fifteen year-old's mind. Like Andy Rotellini, who's just started work at her family's grocery store, and disguising her Catholic school uniform as something trendier. Told in Antonia's frank and sunny voice, this is a lovely story of a girl who sees miracles in the everyday, who wants to grow up to be a good person, and who understands that it doesn't mean she'll miss all the fun of life.

"The Truth about Las Mariposas," by Ofelia DumasLachtman.

Anxious to earn enough money to buy her first car, sixteen year-old Caro takes a job at her Aunt Matilde's bed-and-breakfast for part of the summer while Matilde's broken foot heals. When she arrives, Caro finds is that her aunt is being harassed by her ex-husband, who wants to buy the property - but no one understands why. With the help of her new friends, Andy and Sara, and an observant guest, Caro finally puts the clues together, but will she be in time to save the bed-and-breakfast?


Coming up this Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the downtown library, its Family Night for Preschoolers - stories, songs, a short film, and a light supper. This month's theme is "Under the Sea."

For information about upcoming programs, or to place a hold, visit or call 586-5249.

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