Category Archives: readers’ advisory

If you liked A Fiery Friendship…

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A Dark Descent by Lisa Fiedler
The Ages of Oz series continues following the adventures of young Glinda in this prequel to The Wizard of Oz.

Weird and Wacky Audiobooks

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Demon Dentist by David Walliams
The UK’s #1 bestselling children’s author, David Walliams, hailed as “the heir to Roald Dahl” by the Spectator, bursts onto the American market with Demon Dentis–and this is one dentist appointment you don’t want to miss. Something strange is happening in Alfie’s town. Instead of shiny coins from the tooth fairy, kids are waking up to dead slugs, live spiders, and other icky, terrible things under their pillows. Who would do something so horrific? Alfie is sure that Miss Root, the new dentist in town, is behind it all. There’s nothing Alfie hates more than going to the dentist, but to solve this mystery, he may have to book a dreaded appointment. . . . (downloadable or available on Playaway or CD).

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Mutant Bunny Island by Obert Skye
en-year-old Perry Owens has learned everything he needs to know from comic books. So when Perry receives a troubling message from his favorite uncle, Zeke, he knows exactly what’s wrong. Obviously, evil newts wearing trench coats must have kidnapped Zeke. Now they’re holding him hostage somewhere on Bunny Island, the remote vacation destination that Zeke calls home. On his own, Perry travels to Bunny Island, where dozens of bunnies are running wild. One in particular doesn’t seem quite right. A creature this cute shouldn’t exist in nature. Are there truly evil newts on the loose, or something much stranger…and more disturbingly adorable? (Available on CD)

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The Revenge of the Beetle Queen by M.G. Leonard
(This book is the sequel to Beetle Boy, so to quickly catch you up: One day Darkus finds a large and unusually intelligent and self-aware beetle, and soon he and his two friends are caught up in a struggle to protect an intelligent super species of beetles. Got that?)
In the second book, cruel beetle fashionista Lucretia Cutter is at large with her deadly yellow ladybug spies — and she has a devious plan. When Darkus, Virginia, and Bertolt discover further evidence of her evil, they’re determined to stop her. (Downloadable or on CD)

No comics? Hmph!

Did some adult say “No comics” (I’m not going to say that, I love comics!)? Luckily, some of your favorite comics characters are now available in chapter books:

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Babymouse: Tales from the Locker is a new series by Jennifer and Matthew Holm that is now on its second book. There are cartoon illustrations here and there, similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

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Lumberjanes (the chapter book series by Mariko Tamaki) is based on Lumberjanes the comic book series (created by several people and shelved in our Young Adult collection). The illustrations here are more like those in a traditional chapter book. The action follows a group of girls at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, which is the sort of place where you run into supernatural creatures in the woods.

Can we go back to summer vacation now?

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Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea by Lynne Rae Perkins.
The sea is salty and stretches for miles. The waves keep waving. The sand is hot. The gulls are diving. The dolphins are jumping. And the sisters–little sister, big sister, true sisters, secret sisters–are ready for summer.

Enjoy a bit of summer anytime with a relaxing beach vacation story full of quirky, descriptive language.

Quick Pick

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Roxie and the Hooligans at Buzzard’s Roost by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
A bunch of bullies from her school sneak along when Roxie Warbler goes on a beach vacation with her beloved Uncle Dangerfoot, and soon they uncover the secret invention he has been hiding from his nemesis, Alfred Applejack. Not everything is as it seems, someone gets kidnapped, and there’s a daring rescue.

There was a previous Roxie and the Hooligans book, but you don’t need to read it first to enjoy this one.

Quick Pick

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The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson
Gwendolyn evades thought police, enters a whimsical world, befriends world-jumping explorers and ragtag airship pirates, and fights the evil threatening to erase the new world she loves and her old world that never wanted her.

This is a fantasy adventure with a touch of steampunk that features good versus evil and the importance of imagination.

Wait, “Disorderly Conduct” is a subject heading?

If you loved the babysitter from Marge in Charge, she’s back!

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Marge in Charge and the Stolen Treasure by Isla Fisher
Meet Marge, the mischievous babysitter with rainbow hair who loves to make a mess and bend the rules … At dinnertime Chef Marge cooks up chocolate soup, and at school Marge the Musician conducts a chaotic concert in the playground! In these three stories, Jake and Jemima have brilliant fun with their new babysitter, but will they manage to tick off all the jobs on Mummy’s list?

This Australian series is a good choice of anyone who enjoys funny chapter books.