October 2016



Preschoolers
Great Books from 2015

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STORMY NIGHT
written/illus. by Salina Yoon, (Bloomsbury, 2015), 40p, Ages 3-6

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WILD ABOUT US
written by Karen Beaumont, illus. by Janet Stevens, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015), 40p, Ages 3-7

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BULDOZER'S BIG DAY
written by Candace Fleming, llus. by Eric Rohmann, (Antheneum Books, 2015), 40p, Ages 3-5

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LOST. FOUND.
written by Marsha Diane Arnold, illus. by Matthew Cordell, (Roaring Brook Press, 2015), 32p, Ages 3-6



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Ages 4-8
Great Books from 2015

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AND NICK
written by Emily Gore, illus. by Leonid Gore, (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015), 40p, Ages 4-7

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YOU'RE HERE FOR A REASON
written/illus. by Nancy Tillman, (Feiwel and Friends, 2015). 32p, Ages 4-8

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THE BEAR ATE YOUR SANDWICH
written by Julia Sarcone-Roach, (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015), 40p, Ages 4-7

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COUNTING LIONS
written, by Katie Cotton, illus. by Stephen Walton, (Candlewick Press, 2015), 40p, Ages 5-10





Ages 8-12
Great Books from 2015
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APPLEBLOSSOM THE POSSUM
written by Holly Goldberg Sloan, illus. by Gary A. Rosen, (Dial Books for Young Reader. 2015), 288p, Ages 8-12

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RATSCALIBUR
written by Josh Lieb, illus. by Tom Lintern, (Razor Bill, 2015), 272p, Ages 8-12





Ages 10-14
Great Books from 2015
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HARRY POTTER AND THE SOCERER'S STONE: Illustrated Edition
written by J. K. Rowling, illus. by Jim Kay, (Arthur A. Levine Books/ Scholastic Press, 2015), 256p, Ages 11+

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THE TOYMAKER'S APPRENTICE
written by Sherri L. Smith, illus. by Sarah Watts, (G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2015), 400p, Ages 10-14

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LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS
written by Lisa Lewis Tyre, (Nancy Paulson Books, 2015), 288p, Ages 10-14





TEENS
Great Books from 2015
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THE ODDS OF GETTINGEVEN
written by Sheila Turnage, (Kathy Dawson Books, 2015), 368p, Ages 12-15

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KNIGHTLEY & SON: K-9
written by Rohan Gavin, (Bloomsbury, 2015), 304p, Ages 12-15



 






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Welcome to The Storytellers, a monthly newsletter of outstanding children's literature to read and read aloud from preschoolers to teens.

The best children's books contain imaginative stories, memorable characters, beautiful illustrations, and lyrical language. Well-written stories should contain heroes and role models to imitate. Whatever the genre, a great book should be an enjoyable read, and contain heart, humor, hope, and a happy ending, In addition, for older readers the best stories help others and make the world a better place.

Fall is here. The leaves are turning, the pumpkins are ripe, and, of course, it's a great time for storytelling . We hope that you enjoy our selections. They offer fun reads into adventure, friendship, families, mysteries, humor, and heroes.

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Preschool
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LITTLE BLUE TRUCK'S HALLOWEEN
written by Alice Schertle, illus. by Jill McElmurry, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $12.99, July 2016, ISBN 978-0-544-77253-3), 16p, Ages 3-6

It's Halloween and Little Blue Truck and his friend Toad are on their way to a costume party. Along the way, they are joined by several costumed friends. "Who's that in a tutu / striking a pose / up on the tiniest / tips of her toes?" Little ones lift the flap and discover a ballerina duck. Sheep is a clown, cow is a queen, pig is a witch, hen and her chick are pirates, and horse is a dragon. Little Blue Truck is in costume, too. "Off comes the sheet / It's you-know-who! / Little Blue Truck says, / 'Beep! Beep! BOO!'" With apple bobbing, jack-o-lanterns, and a lively band, Little Blue Truck's safe Halloween is filled with fun.

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WHERE, OH WHERE, IS ROSIE'S CHICK?
written/illus. by Pat Hutchins, (Simon & Schuster, $17.99. August 2016, ISBN 978-0-544-77253-3), 32p, Ages 3-5

"Hooray! Rosie the hen has laid an egg. And, at last, her egg is hatching …" In a sequel to the 1968 classic, Rosie's Walk, Rosie's chick begins to hatch. She excitedly calls the other hens, but when her chick disappears, Rosie begins a search. Hidden in a half shell on its head, the chick bumbles after Rosie as she searches under the henhouse, a basket, behind the wheelbarrow, across the fields, and through the straw, unaware of a fox following behind searching for her own baby. Along the way, Rosie is unaware of the peril to her baby from a pouncing cat and sharp-toothed fish, as she inadvertently drops the henhouse gate on the cat and knocks apples into the fish's mouth. When both are reunited with their little ones, Rosie and her chick begin another walk with, of course, the fox and her baby following.

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MY VERY FIRST MOTHER GOOSE:
20th Anniversary Edition

edited by Iona Opie, illus. by Rosemary Wells, (Candlewick Press, $24.99, Sept. 2016, ISBN 978-0-7636-8891-2), 108p, Ages 2-8

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Iona Opie's beloved Mother Goose rhymes, more than sixty rhymes in four chapters are featured again for the young and young at heart. Old favorites from "Hey Diddle, Diddle," "Pat-a-Cake," "Little Jack Horner," and "Pussycat, Pussycat" to lesser-known, but delightful rhymes of "Whose Little Pigs are These?" and "Wibbleton to Wobbleton" are sure to delight another generation. Endpapers feature an alphabetical "Index of First Lines." In A Note about Mother Goose from Rosemary Wells, she explains that, "Among the most precious jewels of the English language, Mother Goose is the star sapphire. She is every child's personal treasure. Long may she live in our schoolrooms, libraries, and homes."

 
Ages 4-8
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CLICK, CLACK, SURPRISE!
written by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Betsy Lewin, (Atheneum Books, $17.99, Sept. 2016, ISBN 978-1-4814-7031-5), 40p, Ages 4-8

The newest addition to the farm, Little Duck, is having his first birthday, and all the animals are preparing for it. Duck takes a bubble bath, the sheep trim their wool, the cat slurps herself clean, the chickens take a dust bath, the pigs wallow in the mud, and the cows "like themselves just the way they are." When Little Duck mimics each animal, he becomes muddier, dustier, and scruffier in the process. With a "Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to…ewww!" they still love Little Duck, and there is always Farmer Brown's frosted maple cake to make the party a success.

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FUDDLES AND PUDDLES
written/illus. by Frans Vischer, (Aladdin Books, $17.99, Sept. 2016, ISBN 978-1-4814-3839-1), 32p, Ages 4-8

Plump and spoiled, Fuddles enjoys his pampered life, until one day Puddles joins the household and the puppy thoroughly disrupts his routine by barking, slobbering, and wetting the floor. When Fuddles finally gains the upper hand and life returns to semi-normal, Fuddles finds himself trapped on top of the neighbor's dog house staring down a nasty growling dog. Of course, Puddles comes to the rescue. "Sure, he still licked and slobbered, and barked and howled, sniffed and jumped, and chased Fuddles all over the house. But now it was their house."

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DUCK ON A TRACTOR
written/illus. by David Shannon, (Blue Sky Press, $16.99, Sept. 2016, ISBN 978-0-545-61941-7), 40p, Ages 4-8

In this funny sequel to Duck on a Bike (2002), Duck spies a tractor. "He pushed some pedals and wiggled a metal stick, but nothing happened. Then a shiny little piece of metal by the steering wheel caught his eye." Driving around the barnyard, he offers the animals a ride. They pile on and Duck heads for town. In a delightful turn of events, Duck drives by a diner where Farmer O'Dell is eating. Realizing that the gas gauge reads "E" which, of course, means "End of our ride," the animals abandon the vehicle and run home. Good thing Farmer O'Dell concludes that it was all an illusion. Zany humor and hilarious illustrations are delightful for kids.

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OCTOPUS ESCAPES AGAIN!
written/illus. by Laurie Ellen Angus, (Dawn Publications, $16.95, Sept. 2016, ISBN 978-1-58469-577-6), 32p, Ages 5-8

This fascinating, aquatic story tells of an octopus searching for a meal while avoiding predators. By releasing clouds of ink to avoid a hungry eel, blasting through the water to escape a prowling shark, using camouflage to hide from a swooping gull, squeezing her flexible and boneless body into an empty clamshell, or leaving a limb behind to a lurking grouper, the octopus is able to adapt to any danger. Information on predators is given after every scenario. "When needing to make a fast escape, an octopus sucks in water and blasts it out through its siphon. The force of the water shoots the octopus away like a rocket." Kids will love this escape artist and her survival tactics. Endpapers feature information on the structure, function, defense mechanisms, and food chain of the octopus, as well as suggested videos and other ocean themed books.

 
Ages 8-12
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ARMSTRONG: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon
written/illus. by Torben Kuhlmann, (NorthSouth Books, $19.95, Sept. 2016, ISBN 978-0-7358-4262-5), 128p, Ages 8-11

In the mid 1950's, a young mouse resolves to explore space. After receiving an invitation to visit a hidden wing of the Smithsonian, where flying machines built by mice aviators of the past reside, the little mouse resolves to prove his theory that the moon is made of stone, not cheese. Plagued by setbacks, including a fire that started from his skate rocket, he perseveres and constructs a multi-stage rocket that launches him into space, narrowly escaping agents that were pursing him on charges of arson.
Landing on the moon, he collects souvenir rocks, and plants a tiny flag. His successful mission is only known to mice, until astronauts land years later and discover a tiny flag. Kuhlmann's artwork is incredible from hand-sown space suits, space catapults, fierce police dogs and Floppy Hats (detectives) to diagrams of experimental vehicles and marvelous space scenes. Endpapers feature A Short History of Space Travel, as well as a synopsis of Neil Armstrong and Apollo 11.

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BEETLE BOY
written by M. G. Leonard, (Chicken House, $16.99, Feb. 2016, ISBN 978-0-545-85346-0), 288p, Ages 9-12

When Darkus Cuttle's father, Dr. Bartholomew Cuttle, a renowned entomologist at the National Museum in London, suddenly vanishes from a research vault containing rare beetle collections, Darkus is sent to live with his uncle. Living with Uncle Max, an eccentric archaeologist, Darkus discovers an unexpected friendship with a rhinoceros beetle and names him Baxter, develops a plan to rescue his father with two friends, outwits the grotesque next door neighbors who kidnap him, and defeats the villainous Lucretia Cutter, who enjoys collecting and killing beetles.
Kids will enjoy the beetle mountain, beetle armies, the forest of furniture, and find interesting the educational and scientific elements of genetic engineering and cross-breeding. In this first book of a planned trilogy, readers will find hope, heart, humor, and heroes, while catching a glimpse into the fascinating world of insects.



Ages 10-14
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HOWARD WALLACE, P.I.
written by Casey Lyall, (Sterling Children's Books, $14.99, Sept. 2016, ISBN 978-1-4549-1949-0), 272p, Ages 10+

Almost thirteen-year-old Howard Wallace is a private detective with a list of rules for his Wallace Investigations: "1. Work with what you've got. 2. Ask the right questions. 3. Know your surroundings. 4. Always have a cover story ready. 5. Blend in. 6. A bad plan is better than no plan. 7. Never underestimate your opponent. 8. Never tip your hand. 9. Don't get caught. 10. Pick your battles. 11. Don't leave a trail. 12. Everyone has a hook."
Skilled at surveillance and interrogations, Howard has kids as clients, two offices—one at home and one behind the school equipment shed (by arrangement with school custodian)—, bills his clients, and uses the proceeds to purchase his favorite gum and care for his ancient bike, Big Blue. Most cases involve missing trumpets and cats, but a case concerning stolen student council checks and blackmail is too good to pass up, and Howard reluctantly takes on a junior partner, Ivy Mason, a new student to Grantleyville Middle School. When anonymous threats begin against Howard, his school office is trashed, and Big Blue is damaged, both detectives take unorthodox measures to nail the culprit in spite of several set-backs. Blending the fictional world of Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and The Maltese Falcon with the realistic world of wise-cracking adolescents, detention, and burgeoning friendships, this debut mystery is absolutely delightful. Dry humor, laugh out loud situations, and endearing characters will have readers rooting for more tales of Howard Wallace, P.I.


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THE RAT PRINCE
written by Bridget Hodder, (Farrar Straus Giroux, $16.99, Sept. 2016, ISBN 978-0-374-3213-9), 272p, Ages10-14

In this retelling of the Cinderella fairytale, a lonely, overworked young girl discovers that her pet rat is actually a sly, brave, and fun-loving Rat Prince, who is bound to her ancestral family by magic. Chapters alternate between Char, the Rat Prince, who lives in Lancastyr Manor with his rat-subjects, and Rose, called Cinderella by her abusive stepmother, Wilhelmina.
Both Rose and Char have separate reasons for taking down Wilhelmia at the upcoming royal ball. On the evening of the ball, both are transformed, one into a beautiful princess and one into a human footman by the family's goddess/fairy godmother, and become the most unlikely heroes of the Kingdom. Secrets, revelations, bravery, and a happy ending are complicated by a spell that ends at midnight, or does it?



Teens
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THE GLASS CASTLE
written by Trisha White Priebe/Jerry B. Jenkins, (Shiloh Run Press/Barbour Publishing, $17.99, March 2016, ISBN 978-1-63409-389-7), 256p, Ages 13+

A dying king needs an heir to the throne. His new wife is willing to produce an heir, however thirteen years ago the king's first wife and son supposedly died. Suddenly all thirteen-year-old orphans are kidnapped and hidden in the castle, When Avery is kidnapped, she grieves for her father and brother left behind . Along with new friends Kate, Tuck, and Kendrick, they begin an underground network to spy on the royalty, set up chess tournaments, assign the kids responsibilities in the castle, and give them hope of returning home. From saving precious books from being destroyed, writing music and playing the royal organ to drawing floor plans of the castle and preparing for the upcoming Olympiad games, Avery's life is busy, but her desire to find answers puts everyone in danger. As mysteries and plots unravel, the kids discover that the missing heir might be among them. This fast-paced tale of endurance, courage, and forgiveness will have readers anxiously awaiting the sequel.


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