School Visit Book List 2010

During May 2010, Mrs. Jarombek visited North Mianus, ISD, Riverside, and Old Greenwich Schools to recommend

new and exciting books! Here is the list of books she talked about, along with brief summaries. 

You can ask for copies of these books at the Youth Services Desk!





Z-Rex (The Hunting #1), by Steve Cole


You're 14 and find yourself on your own. Your father, who has developed the world's cutting edge research on virtual electronic game-playing, has been missing for weeks. And suddenly you're being hunted by men with guns, your picture is on the news, and, worst of all, something seemingly impossible is chasing you-- a savage, man-eating dinosaur. How can that be? Why is everyone trying to capture you? And what is your strange connection with this 21st-century prehistoric monster?







Powerless, by Matthew Cody


Twelve-year-old Daniel, the new kid in town, soon learns the truth about his nice--but odd--new friends: one can fly, another can turn invisible, yet another controls electricity. The superkids use their powers to secretly do good in the town, but the moment they turn 13, their abilities will disappear.








The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity

The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity (Brixton Brothers #1), by Mac Barnett


Steve Brixton always wanted to be a detective. . . until he found out he already WAS one. Follow the thrilling story of Steve’s first case. Our hero has a national treasure to recover, a criminal mastermind to unmask, and a social studies report due Monday-- all while on the run from cops, thugs, and secret-agent librarians.






The Sixty-Eight Rooms

The Sixty-Eight Rooms, by Marianne Malone


Housed in the Children’s Galleries of the Chicago Art Institute, the Thorne Rooms are a collection of 68 exquisitely crafted miniature rooms made in the 1930s. Each of the rooms is designed in the style of a different historic period, and every detail is perfect. Some might even say the rooms are magic. Imagine— what if you discovered a key that allowed you to shrink so that you were small enough to sneak inside and explore the rooms’ secrets? What if you discovered that others had done so before you? And that someone had left something important behind?





The Night Fairy

The Night Fairy, by Laura Amy Schlitz

What would happen to a fairy if she lost her wings and could no longer fly? Flory, a young night fairy no taller than an acorn and still becoming accustomed to her wings, is about to find out. What she discovers is that the world is very big and very dangerous. But Flory is fierce and willing to do whatever it takes to survive. If that means telling others what to do— like Skuggle, a squirrel ruled by his stomach— so be it.





Smells Like Dog

Smells Like Dog, by Suzanne Selfors


Meet Homer Pudding, an ordinary farm boy who's got big dreams: to follow in the footsteps of his famous treasure-hunting uncle. But when Uncle Drake mysteriously disappears, Homer inherits two things: a lazy, droopy dog with no sense of smell, and a mystery. Why would his uncle call this clumsy dog his "most treasured possession"? And why did he put a gold coin on the dog's collar? And who will continue Uncle Drake's quest-to find the most coveted pirate treasure in the world?






The Secret of Zoom

The Secret of Zoom, by Lynne Jonell

Christina lives in an old stone mansion on the edge of a forest surrounded by barbed wire and signs that read TRESPASSERS WILL BE BOILED. Deep within the forest is the laboratory where her father works— and where her mother was blown to bits years ago. Christina is not supposed to talk to the orphans down the road. But when an orphan boy named Taft tells her of a secret tunnel, she finds it and helps him escape. Soon she and Taft discover there is far more to the orphanage and the mystery of her mother’s supposed death than they ever suspected. . .




The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis

The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis, by Barbara O'Connor


Nothing ever happens in Fayette, South Carolina. That’s what Popeye thinks, anyway. But things start to look up when the Jewells’ Holiday Rambler makes a wrong turn and gets stuck in the mud, trapping Elvis and his five rowdy siblings in Fayette. Popeye has never met anyone like Elvis. He’s good at swearing, and he says “So what?” like he really means it. Then something curious comes floating down the creek— a series of boats with secret messages— and it sends Popeye and Elvis into the big world on the hunt for a small adventure.




The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children

The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children, by Keith McGowen


When Sol and Connie Blink move to Grand Creek, one of the first people to welcome them is an odd older woman, Fay Holaderry, and her friendly dog, Swift, who carries a very strange bone in his mouth. Sol knows a lot more than the average eleven-year-old, so when he identifies the bone as a human femur, he and Connie begin to wonder if their new neighbor is up to no good. In a spine-tingling adventure, Sol and Connie discover that solving mysteries can be a dangerous game— even for skilled junior sleuths.





Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin

In the valley of Fruitless Mountain lives a girl named Minli. In the evenings, her father tells her tales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest.



Falling In

Falling In, by Frances O'Roark Dowell

It’s actually not that great to hear constant buzzing in your ear. And when Isabelle starts listening to the buzz instead of, say, her boring teacher, strange things happen. She gets sent to the principal's office, but while awaiting her punishment, she tumbles into an adventure. When Isabelle shows up in fairy-tale land wearing her favorite high, pointy boots, the fairy-tale people start thinking that Isabelle is a witch— and not just any witch, but the witch!




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