By Liz Hanley
Books & More
For those who are known bookworms in grades 3-5, the Muskogee Public Library is starting a Kids Book Club. The staff is excited about discovering what youths are reading these days. A name for the club will be selected at the first meeting. Participants should bring a favorite book or an ereader, especially if it contains a favorite book. During the warmup, we will draw questions from a bowl and answer them from the books brought. Participants will talk about the kinds of books they enjoy, the reasons they enjoy a particular author, what they want to read about and why reading is so much fun.
The group will hear a short award-winning story and do a puzzle or joke or game together. Kids with ereaders or notebooks are encouraged to go to the MPL website and download Over Drive's first Big Library Read, “Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth.” This ebook may be checked out as many times as you wish until Sept. 30. The group will also decide what book to read for the next meeting. Various books will be displayed on a table.
We have some books that you just cannot put down. One that comes to mind is “The Books of Umber: Happenstance Found.” Found in a cave with no memory of who he is, Hap is discovered by Lord Umber, Sophie and Oakes. As they narrowly escape the dangerous underworld, they travel to other corrupt worlds filled with adventure, dangers and powerful enemies. Hap must find clues to his real identity and why he was discovered by Lord Umber in this three-part series.
Another unique series is “The Sisters Grimm” by Michael Buckley. Sabrina and Daphne realize their life has been no fairy tale. Orphaned and living with their grandmother, they learn that they are relatives of the famous Brothers Grimm. However, the fairy tales legacy isn’t fun! The girls discover that each one is laced with adventure, mischief and mayhem. They must become detectives and solve the fairy tales to prevent disastrous consequences. It is fun to figure out the next fairy tale they will encounter.
What child would not like to own a dragon? In “How to Train Your Dragon” by Cressida Cowell, a young Viking, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, is challenged by the other boys to choose a baby dragon and train it so he can become a true member of the Viking clan. Will Hiccup be able to tame the little beast as it grows into a fire-breathing monster?
“Obi, Gerbil on the Loose” by Michael Delaney tells the adventures of a gerbil, whose owner, Rachel, leaves on a family vacation but has forgotten to make arrangements for his feeding. A neighbor comes daily to feed and water the other pets, but not Obi. To survive, Obi must summon her secret talents and get the food she needs while surrounded by a cat, dog, tarantula, snake and a mouse. She was not named “Obi” for nothing!
Jacqueline West has a book about a girl, Olive, whose family has moved to a creepy old mansion. It is filled with books and creepy-looking paintings, but to Olive’s mathematically inclined parents it is a cozy spot for study and writing. In one of the rooms, Olive discovers a pair of old spectacles that, when put on, enables her to travel into the paintings. Soon she comes to Elsewhere, a dark and ominous place where she meets a rather obnoxious boy, Morton. They discover secrets that lead from darkness and haunting creatures that want to rid the house of Olive and her family and let darkness prevail. If eerie and forbidden places are your thing, read “Books of Elsewhere: the Shadows.”
Patricia Reilly Giff comes up with a comical adventure of twin brothers, Hunter and Zach, who, while hiding in a closet from their older sister, answer their mother’s phone and get a coded message. Later, while on their way to the grocery store, they stop to bury Zack’s report card in a trash pile, only to find a piece of paper that says, “bom/twin REVENGE.” Hunter and Zach turn their summer into a rollicking mission to save their town from their only known enemy, the dentist — who has never forgiven Hunter for dinging his car with a rock. If you want a chuckle and a quick read, then “Hunter Moran Saves the Universe” is for you.
There are so many reasons to read that it’s nice to do it just for enjoyment and recreation. Every day there seems to be some new device being introduced. Isn’t it nice to discover a new book, magazine or music from the digital world of the Muskogee Public Library? Just give us a call and we will get you carded and connected during National Library Card Month.
Liz Hanley is the children’s librarian at the Muskogee Public Library. Reach her at (918) 682-6657.