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KidsBookshelf Newsletter
February 12, 2010

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Chester Raccoon and the Acorn Full of Memories
By Audrey Penn
Illus by Barbara L. Gibson
Chester is very upset. His friend Skiddil Squirrel has had an accident and will not be coming back. Chester doesn't understand what that means. So his mother explains it to him and suggests that he make some memories of Skiddil that he can always keep to remind him of his good friend. Chester would rather have Skiddil than memories, but he agrees to go. On their way to the pond where they used to play Chester is joined by other friends who miss Skiddil, and there with the help of butterflies and acorns they make a special memorial for Skiddil. This touching story helps young readers to understand the loss of a loved one and how making memories can be a comfort. (Ages 4-8)

Conspiracy 365 February
By Gabrielle Lord
Fifteen-year-old Callum Ormond's father died from a mysterious virus he contracted while researching family history in Ireland. On New Year's Eve he was warned that his father was murdered and they would be after him next, but he needed to stay alive for 365 days. The countdown began January 1st, and continues with this book through February. Once again Cal is kidnapped and left to die, this time in a fast-filling oil tank. But he's rescued by the niece of the thug who put him there, and Cal is even more confused than ever about what's going on and why the Ormond Riddle is important to so many people. Dangerous people who will stop at nothing to get the answers Cal doesn't have. Cal spends the month running, hiding out, and figuring out who he can trust. The clock is ticking, and Cal is running out of time. An edge of your seat thriller you won't be able to put down and will anxiously await the next book in the series! (Young Adult)

By Nancy Coffelt
The lives of three people with terrible secrets connect unexpectedly in this compelling, yet tragic story. Eighteen-year-old Will is struggling to make a better life for himself after his mother dies and his brother ends up in jail. Fourteen-year-old Kurt is struggling to go on after the tragic death of his mother's boyfriend and wondering if his father is ever coming back to get him. Forty-seven-year-old schizophrenic Carrie rescues animals she feels are being neglected and abused when she "hears" them. Kurt agrees to bring her strays and she pays him forty dollars for each one. But is Carrie really doing the right thing by these animals, and what will Kurt do when her rescuing goes too far? A tragic story of abuse, and the struggle to go on. (Young Adult).

Nana, What's Cancer?
By Beverlye Hyman Fead and Tess Hamermesh
Illus by Bersani Shennen
This book was written by a cancer survivor, Beverlye, and her granddaughter, Tess. Tess had a lot of questions for her grandmother about cancer like who can get it, how it's diagnosed, what the treatment is, what cancer is and more. Written in a conversational style, this book answers many questions kids may have about family members with cancer. Cancer can be a hard thing for some people to talk about and for children to understand, this book can be a great teaching tool for kids of all ages. (Ages 8-12)

Runaway Storm
By D.E. Knobbe
Fifteen-year-old Nate is frustrated with the way his life is going. His parents are divorcing, he's moved with his mom from Vancouver to New York City, and his father just cancelled their summer kayaking trip. Tired of letting things control him, Nate decides to take control of his life. He flies to Vancouver and takes the new kayak his dad bought him, and begins his summer of freedom. Everything has worked out perfectly, what could go wrong? Nate runs into real runaways who make him question his motives, gets caught in a deadly storm that maroons him on an island, and runs into a nasty drug smuggler that will do anything to keep his secret. Will Nate be able to escape these messes and finally take control of his life the right way? An exciting adventure set on the open water. (Young Adult)

Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz
By Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Buccieri
Life was good for 10-year-old Eva and her twin sister Miriam on their family farm in Romania, until the Nazis starting taking control and anti-Semitic propaganda filled the communties with hatred toward Jews. Jews were teased, taunted and mistreated, and the Mozes family missed their chance to escape to Palestine. When the family was loaded on to a cattle car and taken to the camp at Auschwitz, the twins never saw their parents or sisters again. They were selected by Dr. Mengele to be used as human guinea pigs for horrific medical experiments. Somehow the girls managed to survive the terrible ordeal and eventually made it to Israel. Eva married and moved to the United States to raise a family. Eva now speaks about what happened in the camps, and urges people to stand up to injustice, and to never lose hope. She wants kids to understand what happened in the past to make sure that it never happens again in the future. Eva has chosen to forgive her tormenters, and has opened a holocaust museum in Indiana. A heartwrenching story of family, love, determination and the will to live. (Ages 9-12)

The Kissing Hand
By Audrey Penn
Illus by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak
A new school year is beginning, but Chester Raccoon doesn't want to go. He wants to stay home with is mother and play with his toys and his friends. To help Chester adjust, his mother tells him the secret of The Kissing Hand that she learned from her mother. She tells him that sometimes things we do will seem scary, but she kisses the palm of his hand and tells him that whenever he feels lonely he should press his hand to his cheek. The kiss will jump to his face and fill him with love. Now Chester is less worried about leaving his mother, and he gives her a kissing hand too. A touching story about love and family that can help ease parent-child separations. (Ages 3-8)

The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook
By Eleanor Davis
Eleven-year-old Julian Calendar finds that his brainiac ways are making it hard for him to fit in at school, so when his parents say they're moving, he's more than ready to go. Julian thinks the best way to fit in is to pretend like he's not smart, but that doesn't seem to be working. Until Julian meets two other kids just as smart as him, Ben and Greta, and together they form the Secret Science Alliance team. So when an evil scientist steals their blueprints and plots an eveil plan, can these three whiz kids defeat the evil genius? A high-tech comic adventure! (Ages 9-12)

The Shadowmask: Stone of Tymora, Book II
By R.A. Salvatore and Geno Salvatore
"The Shadowmask" is the second book in The Stowaway trilogy. In this story twelve-year-old Maimun is tracking the dark elf, Drizzt Do'Urden, across the Calim Desert to discover if he can help him recover the Stone of Tymora. Deudermont offers Maimun passage on his ship Sea Sprite, but doesn't realize the deadly price he will have to pay. But storms and pirates threaten to destroy the ship and bring Maimun's quest to a tragic end. A great fantasy young readers will enjoy. (Young Adult)



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