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Ms. Molly's Picks for August 2019



As your new Youth Librarian, I'd like to say thank you to everyone for your warm welcome.  I have always loved the Stowe community and am looking forward to getting to know you all as the year progresses.

I couldn't think of a better way for you to get to know more about me than for me to recommend to you a few of my favorite books!

Picture Books

Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown

All Lucy Bear wants is a pet.  Then, one day, she finds an ADORABLE little boy who she thinks will make the perfect pet.  She names him Squeaker (because that is what humans sound like to bears).  One day, Squeaker goes missing.  Lucy sets off to find out where he has gone.

Other books by Peter Brown: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild.

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Someone has stolen Bear's hat.  All he wants is it back.  After asking all of the animals in the forest, he realizes that one of them MIGHT not be telling the truth.

Other books by Jon Klassen: This is Not My Hat, We Found a Hat.

Juvenile Fiction

The Serpent's Secret by Sayantani DasGupta

Kiranmala is a regular nearly 12 year old, embarassing parents and all.  On the morning of her 12th birthday, her parents disapper - only to be replaced by a bloodthirsty, rhyming rakkosh (read: giant smelly troll) trying to eat her.  Turns out, she's an interdimentional princess whose demon slaying skills are needed to rescue her parents and save the world.

Book 1 in the Serpent's Secret series, followed by Game of Stars.

This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews

This year, Ben and his classmates are determined to find out where the lanterns go that are released at the end of their town's Autumn Equinox Festival.  Rumour has it that, after floating down the river and out of sight, they join the Milky Way where they become stars.  They make a pact: no one turns around and no one looks back.  Pretty soon though, everyone bails.  Well, everyone except Ben and Nathaniel, the one kid that Ben doesn't really like.  What happens next will change their friendship forever.

Young Adult Fiction

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

It's 2002, one year after 9/11, and Shirin, a Muslim-American girl, is tired of being stereotyped, spit on and treated badly, all because she wears a hijab.  But then, along comes Ocean, a fellow classmate who befriends her.  Slowly, Shirin lets Ocean in, and their friendship turns to romance.  Her sudden realization that the two of them come from very different backgrounds sends her reeling and puts their relationship in jeopardy.

Other books by Tahereh Mafi: The Shatter Me Series (on order)

Hey Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka

This graphic memoir tells the story of Jarett's childhood.  Raised by his colorful grandparents who adopted him because of his mother's addiction to heroin, this book follows Jarrett as adapts without his mother, tries to find his father, and slowly develops his artistic path.  This book tells an important story that is relevant in the face of the opioid epidemic.

Other books by Jarrett Krosoczka: The Lunch Ladies Series

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