Lockwood & Co.: The Whispering Skull – Jonathan Stroud

 3424867   Lockwood & Co.: The Whispering Skull – Jonathan Stroud,  Disney Hyperion, 2014.

 Format: Hardcover

Rating: 5

Genre:  Supernatural/Mystery

What did you like about the book? Three young psychic investigators discover an occult portal that leads them into bone-chilling adventure. The wisecracks from the witty and adept ghost-hunters abound. There is also a chase scene!

What didn’t you like about this book? N/A

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend this to those who have read the first book, The Screaming Staircase, to Jonathan Stroud fans and others who like their mystery mixed with the supernatural.

Who should buy this book? Public and school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Fiction, both upper elementary and lower high school.

Should we (librarians/Readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? For those who have read the first book, definitely.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Gardner High School

Date of review: 11/26/2014

                    

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The Blood of Olympus – Rick Riordan

3449385         The Blood of Olympus – Rick Riordan,     Disney Hyperion, 2014.

 Format: Hardcover

Rating: 5

Genre:  Mythology, Greek

What did you like about the book? This is the final book in The Heroes of Olympus series. The action is intense as expected, the characters well-developed, so witty and clever as they battle to defeat Gaea’s giants and the destructive powers of the Earth Goddess.

What didn’t you like about this book? Nothing.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is Book Five in the Heroes of Olympus series, so read the other four if you have not!

Who should buy this book? Public and school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Young adult fiction

Should we (librarians/Readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Gardner High School

Date of review: 11/25/2014

                    

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Firefly Encyclopedia of Animals – Camilla de la Bedoyere and Dr. Philip Whitfield, Consultant Editors

71TM9rxO3mL   Firefly Encyclopedia of Animals – Camilla de la Bedoyere and Dr. Philip Whitfield, Consultant Editors, Firefly Books, 2014.

Format: Softcover

Rating: 5+

What did you like about the book? This large guide to the animal kingdom introduces Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Fish, Amphibians, Insects, Spiders and other Invertebrates. It is an amazing overview, a jumping off place to explore each animal in more depth. The superb illustrations are accompanied by enough information to stimulate further exploration.

What didn’t you like about this book? N/A

To whom would you recommend this book?  The Encyclopedia of Animals by David Alderton is another excellent entry on the same subject. This is an excellent choice for children interested in the animal world, for browsing or consulting.

Who should buy this book? Public and school libraries.

Where would you shelve it? 590

Should we (librarians/Readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Gardner High School

Date of review: 11/25/2014

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Fiiregly Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals – Dr. Douglas Palmer, Consultant

  71EJ1pq4fRLFirefly Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals – Dr. Douglas Palmer, Consultant, Firefly Books, 2014.

 Format: Softcover

Rating: 5++

What did you like about the book? The ancient world of the dinosaurs including fish, early reptiles, flying dinosaurs and mammals in all the periods of the prehistoric world is presented in this extraordinary book. Intricate full-color illustrations accompany fascinating information of these amazing creatures.

What didn’t you like about this book? N/A

To whom would you recommend this book?  Pair this one with another new Firefly book on Dinosaurs: Clash of the Dinos by Jinny Johnson.

Who should buy this book? Public and all school libraries.

Where would you shelve it? 567.9

Should we (librarians/Readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Gardner High School

Date of review: 11/25/2014

                    

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Let the Celebrations Begin! – Margaret Wild and Julie Vivas

513RahyhZJL   Let the Celebration Begin!, Written by Margaret Wild, Illustrated by Julie Vivas, Published by Candlewick Press, 2014.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 4

What did you like about the book? This book tells the story of the people who lived in concentration camps in Belsen, Poland, who had hope for better times. They got together to make the children some toys with whatever they could find. The story ends with the liberation of the camp by British troops.

What didn’t you like about the book? N/A

To whom would you recommend this book? This book could be used to tell the story of a dark time in history from the point of view of those who suffered. The human spirit still finds ways to bring joy to each other even in this terrible situation of living with no freedom.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, and schools.

Where would you shelve it and why? Children’s books based on history for older children, who could put this story into historical context.

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Denise Hanley, Gardner High School

Date of review: 11/25/2014

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The Doll People Set Sail – Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin

  61bJwSjPasLThe Doll People Set Sail – Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, Illustrated by Brett Helquist, Published by Disney Hyperion, 2014.

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 5

What did you like about the book? This book is part of a series about the adventures of doll people. This story has Annabelle Doll whisked out to sea where she meets many other dolls from around the world.

What didn’t you like about the book? N/A

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is great for children aged 9-11 who have vivid imaginations and like fantasy.

Who should buy this book? Public and school libraries.

Where would you shelve it and why? Children’s fiction, adventure stories

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Denise Hanley, Gardner High School

Date of review: 11/25/2014

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Mister Max: The Book of Secrets – Cynthia Voigt and Iacopo Bruno

  61KaHrMBvvL  Mister Max: The Book of Secrets – Cynthia Voigt, Illustrated by Iacopo Bruno, Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.

 Format: Hardcover

Rating: 5

Genre: Mystery

What did you like about the book? This book is about twelve-year-old Max Starling who is a detective and problem solver. He has to keep his identity a secret as he tries to use clues to solve arson. The story builds suspense while being very entertaining.

What didn’t you like about the book? N/A

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is great for children aged 9-12 who like mysteries and suspense.

Who should buy this book? Public and school libraries.

Where would you shelve it and why? Fiction.

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Denise Hanley, Gardner High School

Date of review: 11/25/2014

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