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Past Featured Reads


Murphy's Three Homes

By Jan Levinson Gilman

Murphy, a Tibetan Terrier puppy is told he is a "good luck dog", he is cheerful, happy, loves to play and wag his tail. However, after going through two different homes and an animal shelter, Murphy starts to feel like a "bad luck dog" who nobody wants. Murphy's Three Homes follows this adorable pup through his placement in three new homes, as well as through his anxiety, self-doubt, and hope for a new, loving family. Finally, Murphy is placed in a caring foster home where he feels comfortable and valued. He learns that he is not a bad dog after all and can go back to being a playful puppy and a "good luck dog"!

Kelly says: This touching story is a great one for children in foster care; also to learn a little about responsible dog ownership and shelter dogs.


Dinosaur vs. the Library

by Geoff Watson

Dinosaur is going to one of his favorite places: the library! On the way, he invites his friends --a lonesome turtle, a sad owl and more-- to roar along with him. But how will his roaring go over at the library? Has Dinosaur finally met his match in Storytime?

Kelly says: Vivid illustrations and roaring dialogue make this fun and engaging for the whole family.


Press Here

By Herve Tullet

Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next!

Kelly says: Captivating for kids and adults alike. A fun, interactive book that doesn't rely on fancy electronics or gimmicks to draw you in.


Z is for Moose

By Kelly Bingham

Zebra wants to put on a show as simple as A-B-C, but Zebra's friend Moose has other (unexpected and hilarious) ideas.

Kelly says: Great for fans of Jon Scieszka or Mo Willems. Moose tries to steal the show and you'll find yourself cracking up as he tries to insert himself into the most unlikely places in the story.


Imogene's Last Stand

By Candace Fleming

Imogene Tripp loves history and is outraged when she learns her town's historical society is going to be torn down to build a new shoelace factory. In order to save the museum Imogene must do all she can to rally support, even when it seems to be a lost cause.

Kelly says: Imogene is a great role-model! She is excited about history and does all that she can to rally support from her town; an excellent example of how one kid can make a difference. This book is full of humor and quotes from well known historical figures.


I'm Bored

By Michael Ian Black

Just when a little girl thinks she couldn't possibly be more bored, she stumbles upon a potato who turns the tables on her by declaring that children are boring. But this girl isn't going to let a vegetable tell her what's what, so she sets out to show the unimpressed potato all the amazing things kids can do. Too bad the potato is anything but interested….

Kelly says: Are you bored? Then read this book! It is funny and will help any child realize what fun it is to be a kid.



By Kyo Maclear

His mum is a spoon. His dad is a fork. And he's a bit of both. He's Spork! Spork sticks out in the regimented world of the cutlery drawer. The spoons think he's too pointy, while the forks find him too round. He never gets chosen to be at the table at mealtimes until one day a very messy thing arrives in the kitchen who has never heard of cutlery customs.

Kelly says: Do you sometimes feel like you just don't belong? Well that is how Spork felt until one day he found his purpose. Spork helps prove that everyone has their own special purpose and special belonging in life.


Little Apple Goat

By Caroline Jayne Church

Little Apple Goat is ordinary in every way except for one. Instead of munching on oats or grass or laundry left on the line, she prefers to eat fruit from the orchard. One stormy night, all of the fruit trees in the orchard are destroyed. The trunks are chopped down and the land is cleared. The farm animals cannot imagine life without the orchard, and Little Apple Goat doesn't know how she will manage without her fruit. But as time passes something mysterious begins to happen on the farm.

Kelly says: A cute little story about a sweet little goat, families will enjoy story time together reading this book.


Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great

By By Bob Shea

Ever since Unicorn moved into the neighborhood, Goat has been feeling out of sorts. Goat thought his bike was cool-until he saw that Unicorn could fly to school! Goat made marshmallow squares that almost came out right, but Unicorn made it rain cupcakes! Unicorn is such a show-off, how can Goat compete? When Goat and Unicorn share a piece of pizza, Goat learns that being a unicorn might not be all it's cracked up to be. And when Unicorn shows his admiration for Goat, it looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Kelly says: This silly story teaches a valuable lesson about putting aside jealousy and making new friends.


A Mammoth in the Fridge

By Michael Escoffier

Noah discovers a mammoth in the fridge. At first, his father doesn't believe him - but the evidence is too strong. It's sitting in the fridge! They call the fire department, but the mammoth slips past their net and hides in a tree. But where did the mammoth come from?

Kelly says: An adorable little story that will have parents and kids laughing.


The Underground Undead of Utah
American Chillers #37

By Jonathan Rand

Three good friends search for fossils in a wooded area near their Utah home town. What they unearth is something so shocking it simply can't be real. But to their horror... it is!

Kelly says: Get ready for our Chiller Wednesdays starting October 23rd by reading the latest edition of the American Chillers series.


The Popularity Papers : Research For the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang

by Amy Ignatow

Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang are best friends with one goal: to crack the code of popularity. In this notebook they write down their observations and carry out experiments to try to determine what makes the popular girls tick. But somehow, when Lydia and Julie try to imitate the popular girls, their efforts don't translate into instant popularity.

Kelly says: Lydia and Julie have very distinct, very real personalities, and the drawings are awesome. I found myself wanting to go back to 5th grade and hang out with them.


A Crooked Kind of Perfect

By Linda Urban

Ten-year-old Zoe Elias has big dreams - all she needs is a baby grand so she can start her lessons, and then she'll be well on her way to Carnegie Hall. But when Dad ventures to the music store and ends up with a wheezy organ instead of a piano, Zoe's dreams hit a sour note. And the organ isn't the only part of Zoe's life that's off-kilter...

Kelly says: If you have embarrassing parents or friends who seem to change overnight, then this is the book for you.


The Mysterious Benedict Society

By Trenton Lee Stewart

ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD looking for special opportunities? When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete.

Kelly says: I loved trying to figure out the puzzles (even though I often failed). Don't let the size of the book intimidate you - it's a very quick and engaging read!


A Wrinkle in Time (The Graphic Novel)

By Madeleine L'Engle; Adapted by Hope Larson

When the underachieving Meg Murry's physicist father goes missing, she along with her younger brother, Charles, and friend Calvin, warp across the universe in an attempt to find him. The trio is aided by three angels, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, who use Dr. Murry's mysterious tesseract project to whisk the children through space and time.

Kelly says: If you enjoy graphic novels then you should get reacquainted with this classic novel in a fun, new format.


Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

By Judy Blume

Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he's never far from trouble. He's an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter's had it up to here!

Kelly says: : This book made the grown up me laugh just as hard as it did when our family read it together as kids. Kids and adults alike will enjoy reading this timeless tale of the Hatcher brothers.


The Sasquatch Escape

By Suzanne Selfors

When Ben Silverstein is sent to the rundown town of Buttonville to spend the summer with his grandfather, he's certain it will be the most boring vacation ever. That is, until his grandfather's cat brings home what looks like . . . a baby dragon? Amazed, Ben enlists the help of Pearl Petal, a local girl with an eye for adventure. They take the wounded dragon to the only veterinarian's office in town -- Dr. Woo's Worm Hospital. But as Ben and Pearl discover once they are inside, Dr. Woo's isn't a worm hospital at all...

Kelly says: Dragons, Sasquatch, and a secret animal hospital-how can you not like this book! This is the first book in a fun series called "The Imaginary Veterinary". It is a great story that helps to expand one's imagination and explore the world of wonder.


Sideways Stories From Wayside School

By Louis Sachar

There was a terrible mistake, Wayside School was built with one classroom on top of another, thirty stories high instead of side-by-side (the builder said he was sorry.) Maybe that's why all kinds of funny things happened at Wayside-especially on the thirteenth floor.

Kelly says: Check out the 30 wacky short stories about the kids and teachers of Wayside School.


A Greyhound of a Girl

By Roddy Doyle

Mary O'Hara is a sharp and cheeky 12-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Granny is dying. But Granny can't let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary's street with a message for her Granny, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure.

Kelly says: Roddy Doyle is one of my favorite authors, he writes touching stories that are also full of humor. This story honors mother-daughter relationships, how to handle growing up, and dealing with the looming death of a loved one.


Lulu's Mysterious Mission

By Judith Viorst

Eeny meeny miney mo, that babysitter's got to go. Lulu has put her tantrum-throwing days behind her. That is, until her parents announce that they are going on vacation, WITHOUT LULU. Not only that, but they are leaving her with the formidable Ms. Sonia Sofia Solinsky, who says hello by bellowing, "The Eagle has landed," and smiles at you with the kind of smile that an alligator might give you before eating you for dinner. The second her parents are out of the house, Lulu tries out several elaborate schemes to bring them straight back. But just when she seems to finally be making some headway, her babysitter reveals an astonishing secret...one that has Lulu crossing her fingers that her parents will go on vacation all the time, without her!

Kelly says: Do you like mysteries and secret missions? If you do you have to check out this book! It is funny and full of surprises.


The Merchant of Death
Pendragon #1

By D.J. MacHale

Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. However, there is something very special about Bobby. He is going to save the world; and not just Earth as we know it. Bobby is slowly starting to realize that life in the cosmos isn't quite what he thought it was. Before he can object, he is swept off to an alternate dimension known as Denduron, a territory inhabited by strange beings, ruled by a magical tyrant, and plagued by dangerous revolution.

TAG! members say: If you are looking for a long series to get into, Pendragon is a great one!


Every You, Every Me

by By David Levithan

In this high school-set psychological tale, a tormented teen named Evan starts to discover a series of unnerving photographs some of which feature him. Someone is stalking him . . . messing with him . . . threatening him. Worse, ever since his best friend Ariel has been gone, he's been unable to sleep, spending night after night torturing himself for his role in her absence. And as crazy as it sounds, Evan's starting to believe it's Ariel that's behind all of this, punishing him.

Kelly says: Powerful, with chilling black and white photographs interspersed with the text.


The Fault in Our Stars

By John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Kelly says: Much more than "a cancer story" - this book is about what it means to be alive and to love. It made me cry but also made me laugh out loud.



By Veronica Roth

In a future dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue. All sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone. But Beatrice also has a secret, and as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she learns that her secret might help her save those she loves... or it might destroy her.

Kelly says: If you liked the Hunger Games trilogy go read this right now.


The Book Thief

By Markus Zusak

It's just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

Kelly says: This story is about a dark time in history where people hungered for food, safety, and words. What price would you be willing to pay to read a book?



By Stefan Petrucha

Carver Young dreams of becoming a detective, despite growing up in an orphanage with only crime novels to encourage him. But when he is adopted by Detective Hawking of the world famous Pinkerton Agency, Carver is given not only the chance to find his biological father, he finds himself smack in the middle of a real life investigation: tracking down a vicious serial killer who has thrown New York City into utter panic. When the case begins to unfold, however, it's worse than he could have ever imagined, and his loyalty to Mr. Hawking and the Pinkertons comes into question. As the body count rises and the investigation becomes dire, Carver must decide where his true loyalty lies.

Kelly says: An excellent read for those that enjoy crime, mystery or historical fiction.



By Andrew Smith

Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids...With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life's complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what's important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart.

Kelly says: If you're lost in a sea of dystopian, fantasy, and sci-fi teen books, then Winger is a great selection for you. This is a more realistic depiction of teen life humor, heartbreak, and all.


Ruby Redfort: Take Your Last Breath

By By Lauren Child

Everyone's favorite girl detective is back for a second mind-blowing installment, packed with all the off-the-wall humor, action, and friendship of the first book. This time, though, it's an adventure on the wide-open ocean. Ruby is at sea, can she crack the case of the Twinford pirates while evading the clutches of a vile sea monster as well as the evil Count von Viscount? Well, you wouldn't want to bet against her.

Kelly says: A book full of mystery and high seas adventure! This book will be a great one to add to your summer reading list.


Hero Worship

By Christopher E. Long

Ever since becoming an IWP-Individual with Powers-Marvin Maywood has dreamed of joining the Core, a group of gifted heroes who save lives and stop crimes. But because he's a homeless teenager who is forbidden to use his amazing powers, wanting and achieving that dream are two very separate things. But when Marvin saves a family from dangerous hoodlums with his incredible strength and speed, his chance to try out for the Core comes at last.

Kirkus Reviews says: "This is a superhero story for the post-punk era: Live fast, die young, and take over the world."


Why We Took the Car

By Wolfgang Herrndorf

Mike Klingenberg is a troubled fourteen-year-old from a disfunctional family in Berlin who thinks of himself as boring, so when a Russian juvenile delinquent called Tschick begins to pay attention to him and include Mike in his criminal activities, he is excited--until those activities lead to disaster on the autobahn.

Kelly says: Visit Germany this summer through an action- and emotion-packed story of surprise adventure!

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