In the Stacks: Chapter books for older kids

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2005

Here are some chapter books for older kids at the Juneau Public Libraries.

"The Scarecrow and his Servant," by Philip Pullman. When a scarecrow comes to life after being struck by lightning, he heads for Spring Valley, the place literally written on his heart, accompanied by his servant. Jack, a young orphan whose motto is "it could be worse," is in charge of everything from getting the self-centered Scarecrow out of trouble to keeping Scarecrow's turnip head on his broomstick neck. Together, the two make a perilous journey, escaping thieves, waging battles, and surviving shipwrecks, followed the whole time by an unscrupulous lawyer. (older elementary grade readers)

"My Big Sister is so Bossy She Says You Can't Read This Book," by Mary Hershey. Ten-year-old Effie is in BIG trouble. The treasury box at her Catholic school is empty, and Effie had the key. Well, really, her big sister had the key, and Effie is scared stiff about it. How can Effie replace the money before their mother finds out that Maxey might be turning out like their dad? (older elementary grade readers)

"The Nobodies," by N.E. Bode. This Snicketesque adventure will quickly enthrall fans of the first Fern adventure, "The Anybodies." Friends Fern and Howard have been sent to Camp Happy Sunshine Good Times for kids who can shape-change (the Anybodies), like Fern. But something is weird here: the bus driver is blind, the counselors are mean, and there's an evil mole stalking the kids. Read on - all questions are answered in the end! (older elementary grade readers)

"Angus and Sadie," by Cynthia Voigt. Sadie and Angus are two puppies who live with Mister and Missus on a farm with cats, sheep, and cows. They are very different from each other: black-and-white Angus is very smart and brave, and his little red sister, Sadie, is really sweet, but afraid of everything. Will Angus always have to look out for Sadie? (older elementary grade readers)

"Voyage of Plunder," by Michele Torrey. Daniel is fourteen when his father uproots the family from their home in Boston to move to Jamaica, an idea which Daniel hates as much as he hates his new stepmother. And once on the open seas, things get worse. The ship is boarded by pirates who execute Daniel's father and are about to kill Daniel, when the pirate captain, who Daniel is shocked to find he knows, gives him a choice: join the crew or die. (middle school readers)

"Rosalie, my Rosalie," by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Henry Marie has wanted a pet for as long as she can remember, but cats make her sneeze and her yard is too small for a horse. But one day her father comes home with a surprise - a duckling he's rescued, and Henry names her the nicest name she can think of. Rosalie is a great pet, except for the ducky temper tantrums, the nipping, and the house training, but the older she gets, the more Henry thinks a house might not be the right place for a duck. (elementary grade readers)

"Other Echoes," by Adele Geras. Flora has always loved to write, and this vivid and powerful story takes place during her convalescence at boarding school, as she fends off boredom by writing her memories of growing up in Borneo after World War II. Her childhood frustration at being unable to keep up with her more daring and energetic friends, her inventive imagination, and her curiosity about people lead her to discover the secret of the house on the hill and learn that haunted houses do exist. (middle school readers)


It's Fire Prevention Week and this Saturday, October 22nd, join Youth Services staff and the Douglas Fire Station for fire stories, firetrucks, and firefighters. Come to the Douglas Public Library at 1 pm for this popular annual family event.

Author Alert! Also on Saturday is a presentation by Sitka mystery author John Straley at 7:30 pm at the Downtown Library. (Straley will also be conducting a writing workshop this weekend: call the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council at 586-ARTS for more information on that.)

Placing a hold on our material is easy: call the Juneau Public Library at 586-5249, or, 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 catalog or at the In the Stacks column on our site. The columns are hyperlinked to the catalog: simply click on the title you want, and you will be ready to place a hold.

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