Children’s Books We’re Talking About
Notable New Books Selected by Our Children’s Librarians
After Eli by Rebecca Rupp
After the death of his older brother, Daniel Anderson became engrossed in recording details about dead people, how they died, and whether their deaths mattered but he is eventually drawn back into interaction with the living.
How they Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg
Over the course of history men and women have lived and died. In fact, getting sick and dying can be a big, ugly mess-especially before the modern medical care that we all enjoy today. How They Croaked relays all the gory details of how nineteen world figures gave up the ghost.
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
Discovering that the moon has disappeared from the sky above a Chinese village where he works, runaway Rendi wonders about strange local behaviors until a mysterious storyteller arrives at the town's inn and astonishing transformations begin to happen.
Eighth Grade is Making Me Sick: Ginnie Davis’s Year in Stuff by Jennifer L. Holm
An illustrated, scrapbook-style tale told through journal entries, notes and report cards traces a year in the life of eighth grader Ginny, whose ambitions to become a cheerleader and fall in love are challenged by the loss of her stepfather's job and the imminent birth of a sibling.
The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily and Anne by Catherine Reef
A biography of the tragically short but utterly fascinating lives of the Brontë sisters--Charlotte (author of Jane Eyre), Emily (Wuthering Heights) and Anne (Agnes Grey)--explores the turbulent lives of these literary siblings and the oppressive times in which they lived as well as offering insight into their classic 19th-century novels. Includes a collection of more than 60 black-and-white archival images, bibliography, notes and an index.
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
When Clara vanishes after the puppeteer Grisini and two orphaned assistants were at her twelfth birthday party, suspicion of kidnapping chases the trio away from London and soon the two orphans are caught in a trap set by Grisini's ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it is too late.
Goblin Secrets by William Alexander
Hoping to find his lost brother, Rownie escapes the home of the witch Graba and joins a troupe of goblins who perform in Zombay, a city where humans are forbidden to wear masks and act in plays.
My Yosemite: A Guide for Young Adventurers by Mike Graf
In eight chapters covering everything from Yosemite’s Rich Past to Endless Things to See and Do, Mike Graf calls on the park’s most knowledgeable insiders — biologists, rangers, even the park’s resident entertainer — to share their most exciting stories and best advice.
The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3) by Rick Riordan
Uniting with Jason, Piper and Leo after the dangerous quest in "The Son of Neptune," Percy, Hazel and Frank wonder who will be chosen to fulfill the Prophecy of Seven, completing their group's number, and sail with them to an ancient land to find the mysterious Doors of Death.
Jump Into the Sky by Shelley Pearsall
In 1945, thirteen-year-old Levi is sent to find the father he has not seen in three years, going from Chicago, to segregated North Carolina, and finally to Pendleton, Oregon, where he learns that his father's unit, the all-Black 555th paratrooper battalion, will never see combat but finally has a mission.
Lyonesse: The Well Between the Worlds by Sam Llewellyn
Eleven-year-old Idris Limpet, living with his family in the once noble but now evil and corrupt island country of Lyonesse, finds his life taking a dramatic turn when, after a near-drowning incident, he is accused of being allied to the feared sea monsters and is rescued from a death sentence by a mysterious and fearsome stranger.
Lyonesse: Darksolstice by Sam Llewellyn
While Idris Limpet, Rightful King of the Land of Lyonesse, is making the treacherous journey to the distant land of Aegypt to rescue his dear friend and sister, Morgan, he meets a company of friends who shall become his Knights of the Round Table and lead armies to battle the evil regent, Fisheagle.
Our book selections can also be found on the SMCL Kids’ Page, under Books We’re Talking About.
Michelle L. is a Youth Services Librarian at San Carlos Library.