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Everything For a Dog

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              Everything For a Dog by Ann M. Martin In parallel stories, Bone, an orphaned dog, finds and loses a series of homes, Molly, a family pet, helps Charlie through the grief and other after-effects of his brother’s death, and lonely Henry pleads for a dog of his own. Check out the companion book: A ... Read More »

Teen Summer Challenge 3 – Art Hunt

Dear Teen Reader, Your next challenge is to go on a Library Art Hunt.  What do you do? Visit a Library branch you do not normally visit. Find a piece of art on display there. Write down the title of the piece and the name of the artist. Have a camera or camera phone? Snap a photo! (please, no flash).  Please note: a ... Read More »

Masterpiece

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              Masterpiece by Elise Broach After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together to help recover a Durer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ages 9+ Read More »

Bitterblue

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              Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore Eighteen-year-old Bitterblue, queen of Monsea, realizes her heavy responsibility and the futility of relying on advisors who surround her with lies as she tries to help her people to heal from the thirty-five-year spell cast by her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities. Sequel to Graceling. Companion to Fire. ... Read More »

Teen Summer Challenge 2 – Share a Story

Teen Read Summer Challenge: Share a Story Dear Teen Reader, Your next challenge is to share a story with a person younger than you. What story should you pick? Your choice!  Try your favorite bedtime story from when you were little. Or, check out these suggestions from GPPL. By reading with someone younger you can Spark their love of reading and ... Read More »

Teen Summer Challenge 1 – R.A.K.

Teen Read Summer Challenge: R.A.K. Dear Reader, Your challenge is to perform one Random Act of Kindness. It can be anything that makes sense to you: help a neighbor with yard work, take your best friend’s dog for a walk, send a letter to someone telling them how awesome they are.   Want more ideas for kindness actions? Check out Kindness ... Read More »

Wild Born

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              Wild Born by Brandon Mull As a dark force engulfs the land, the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers who each have forged a rare bond with their spirit beasts — a bond that gives great powers to all of them. Book 1 in the Spirit Animals ... Read More »

Teen Summer Read – Spark a Reaction

Teen Summer Read – Spark a Reaction – June 13th – August 15th           For ages 13—18. Starting June 13th: Read every week. Check out the Summer challenges. Log your reading time every week to enter prize drawings throughout the summer. Read at least 15 hours by August 15th to be eligible for the Grand Prize ... Read More »

Quintana of Charyn

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              Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta Froi and his companions travel through Charyn to find Quintana and build an army to secure her unborn child’s right to rule, an effort that culminates in an ultimate showdown with Isaboe of Lumatere. Book 3 in the Lumatere Chronicles Series. Ages 14+ Read More »

Everything On a Waffle

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              Everything On a Waffle by Polly Horvath Eleven-year-old Primrose, who lives in a small fishing village in British Columbia, recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea. Check out the sequel – One Year In ... Read More »