Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New Series Alert: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

Check out Rick Riordan's newest series:

Magnus Chase has always been a loner, a troubled kid.  Since the death of his mother, he's lived on the streets of Boston, watching out for himself and surviving by his wits.
One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows, who tells him an impossible secret: Magnus' father was a Norse god.
After centuries apart, the Nine Worlds of Viking myth are growing closer together.  The Lords of Asgard stir.  Forces of evil muster for Ragnarok, and Magnus may be the only person who can prevent doomsday: by finding a weapon that has been lost since the dawn of time.
Before Magnus can even process this information, a fiery attack forces him to make a fatal choice.
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die...

Book 1 was released on October 6th, check it out from the library today!

The Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble.  Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and truant officers.  
One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to tack him down - his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about.  When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches.  Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus's birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place.  Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus's memory.  But he doesn't have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents.

Here's some fun stuff to check out while you wait for your book!

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Leveled Reading Lists

Please visit our Leveled Reading Lists tab (see above) for an explanation of the Fountas and Pinnell Leveling system.  All of our leveled reading lists are available for you to browse.  Links are included to the record for the book in our catalog so you can see if it is currently available.
The lists will be updated regularly as we continue to level our collection.

*At this time lists for letters A-L have lists.  Letters M-Z will be available soon.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


Check out these new books in our children's Fiction collection.

Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes
Rick Riordan

Who cut off Medusa's head?  Who was raised by a she-bear?  Who tamed Pegasus?  It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Green heroes.  

Max: Best Friend, Hero, Marine
Jennifer Li Shotz
Based on the screenplay by Boaz Yoakin and Sheldon Lettich
Location: J PB SHOTZ

This movie novelization of the soon-to-be major motion picture tells the story of a canine hero.  When Justin's older brother, Kyle, is killed in Afghanistan, Justin can't believe that his brother is really gone.  Except there's one thing that Kyle left behind...Max is a highly trained military canine who has always protected his fellow soldiers.  But when he loses his handler and best friend, Kyle, Max is traumatized and unable to remain in the service.  He is sent home to America, where the only human he connects with is Justin, and he is soon adopted by Kyle's family, essentially saving his life.  At first Justin has no interest in taking care of his late brother's troubled dog.  However, the two learn to trust each other, which helps the four-;egged veteran become his heroic self once more.

Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories
R. J. Palacio

Three stories that are an extra peek at Auggie before he started at Beecher Prep and during his first year there.  Readers get to see him through the eyes of Julian, the bully; Christopher, Auggie's oldest friend; and Charlotte, Auggie's new friend at school.

Jurassic World: Special Edition Junior Novelization
David Lewman
Based on the story and screenplay by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
Location: J F LEWMAN

When scientists at Jurassic World engineer a new, more deadly dinosaur, things go awry and everyone in the park is in danger.

Guys Read: Terrifying Tales
Edited and with an introduction by Jon Scieszka and stories by 10 other authors
Location: J F GUYS

Eleven masters of suspense, Kelly Barnhill, Michael Buckley, Adam Gidwitz, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown, CLaire Legrand, Nikki Loftin, Daniel Jose Older, Dav Pilkey, R. L. Stine, and Rita Williams-Garciahave come together to bring you a bone-chilling collection of original ghost stories will illustrations by Gris Grimley, perfect for sharing around the campfire, reading under the covers with a flashlight, and scaring your friends' pants off.

The Story of Diva and Flea
Mo Willems
Location: J F WILLEMS

In the bustling city of Paris, a small, yet brave, dog, Diva, and an adventurous cat named Flea become two unlikely friends.

Fuzzy Mud
Louis Sachar
Location: J F SACHAR

Two middle-grade kids take a shortcut home from school and discover what looks like fuzzy mud but its actually a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the entire world.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Candy Corn Contest Winner

Congratulations to the winner of our Candy Corn Contest!

Lada T. guessed 347, just 2 under the actual total of 349.  
Great guess!  
She won the entire jar of candy corn and a 1 year subscription to 
National Geographic Kids magazine.

Lada T. 11/2/15