All Staff Picks

Elvis the Rooster Almost Goes to Heaven
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Elvis the Rooster has a very high opinion of himself, and rightly so since his crows bring the sun up every morning. But when a bug flies into his mouth so that he fails to crow and the sun rises anyway, Elvis is devastated. He’s ready to go to heaven. Will Little Willie’s zany plan give Elvis his pluck back?
The Adventures of Mark Twain
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A delightful new introduction to Mark Twain for long time fans or first comers, but be careful, you may end up talking like Huck if you don’t watch out!
Hopper and Wilson
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Hopper and Wilson are friends who wonder what is at the end of the world. Hopper hopes to touch the moon, while Wilson wants nothing more than an endless supply of lemonade. This is a touching and playful story of what is truly important in life.
I Must Have Bobo!
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When a young boy wakes up he knows something is very wrong! He can't find Bobo! He does everything with Bobo! Where can he be? Was he kidnapped by pirates?! Or are there more nefarious forces at work here?
Lily Renée, Escape Artist
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A very fun, and short, introduction to a brilliant artist. Lily Renee was born in Vienna but when WWII erupted she had to flee to England and then to America where she became a celebrated artist of comic books. Her story is both inspiring and, at times, scary - but ultimately triumphant.
No Ordinary Day
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Valli spends her days scavenging pieces of coal and fighting with her cousins in Jharia, India. She wants more, but it is the only life she knows. Then, when she learns that the family she thought was hers, really isn’t, she leaves her home and ends up living on the streets of Kokata. One day, she is given the opportunity to get off the streets. Valli must decide whether to take a risk and accept the offered help, or remain on the dangerous streets she understands. This is a story of hope that will stick with the reader.
The Very Cranky Bear
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Four friends want to find a nice dry, quiet place to play until the rain stops. They look high and low and finally find a nice, cozy, dark cave where they can sit and enjoy a game of cards...but, what they don't know is that there is someone else in the cave with them...and he's not very happy!
Jake Stays Awake
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Jake doesn't like to sleep in his bed, but his parents are tired of having him sleep in their bed, so they tell Jake to pick another spot for all of them to sleep. Hilarity follows. I love this and all of Michael Wright's "Jake" books (three to date). The pictures are in a bright cartoon style, with interesting perspectives and humorous details. The rhyming text adds to the laughs, especially when read aloud.
Hello, Cruel World
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Feeling out of place in a world that says you should be “just so”? Have you been told you’re “not supposed to be like that”? Well, then, this book if for you. Kate’s refreshingly honest voice reaches out to teens of all walks of “alternative” lifestyles and says “Hey! Guess what? The world needs good people and it doesn’t matter if you’re ‘different’!” Bringing a message of welcome and hope to the many who need to hear it, Kate Bornstein encourages you to feel good about who (and what) you are.
Clink
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Clink has a few problems. He's a robot all right, but he's an older model and he can't make cookies or play baseball like his friends. He only plays music and makes toast. And his toast is always burnt. Every day one of his friends is taken home and he just sits there. Until one day when the boy who always looks but never buys starts playing his harmonica...and Clink starts to dance.
The Foretelling
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Rain is a young woman whose fate is decided for her. She is an Amazon sister with the strength of fifty men, who rides her white horse like wind in the sky, and who is meant to be queen. Then she dreams of the black horse who is said to be the death of the Amazon way. With everything decided for her, will Rain discover who she really is?
Curse Of The Blue Tattoo
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Winner of the prestigious Audie award, Katherine Kellgren takes listeners into the ever intriguing – and often quite messy – world of Bloody Jack. This second book sees Jacky heading to Boston to attend a …well, you’ll never guess and should therefore just listen! This story will keep you riveted and wanting more of L.A. Meyer’s brilliantly written character and her wild escapades.
Better Homes And Gardens You Can Can
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Great for the first time canner. Easy to follow step-by-step photographs help guide you through the process. Loaded with simple yet delicious canning recipes, the peach chutney is especially good!
With The Light: Raising an Autistic Child
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With the Light is an eight part series in a manga form that describes the growth and accomplishments of an autistic boy named Miyu. Family troubles including finding good schools, personal situations including friendship, and showing balance in both concern and support in their relationship to him and his world make this a good story that help readers understand what this difference in adjusting to daily life means.
God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
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Short essays on life, death and everything in between (including heaven) as written by one of America’s wittiest (and satirical) writers.
Lexie
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This vacation at the sea shore isn’t quite what ten-year-old Lexie expected. Sure, this was the first time after her parents’ divorce and her mom won’t be there, but she didn’t know that her father’s new girlfriend and her two sons were going to be spending the week with them! Beautifully written, this is the story of a girl who discovers that sometimes what seems like a disaster at first, can turn out to be a good thing.
Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It
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The title says it all. If you are expecting lovely, sweet poems, you are reading the wrong book. These poems are witty, edgy and fun. Children will recognize the fairytales, nursery rhymes and songs that inspired many of these poems. Ms. Levine has also included brief instructions on how to write one’s own false apology poems. This is a must have for any public library.
Born to run
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This book is both extremely entertaining and very, very interesting for readers who run, want to run faster, can’t stand running or just like to read about it. Anthropology, history, sociology, humor and beer are just a few of the topics touched on in this fascinating book. It’s well worth your time, I assure you!

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