KIDS - Recommended New Books

Now that we are halfway through summer, are you looking for some great new books to read?  Here are some new favorites from staff across the Denver Public Library system that you can use to fill up your Summer of Reading folder!

Younger Readers:

Jasper John Dooley: Left Behind by Caroline Adderson. When Jasper's beloved Nan leaves for a week-long cruise, he has no idea what he will do to fill the long days until she returns. Every day she is gone, another adventure appears, until Jasper has many stories he can tell Nan when she comes home. This is the second book in the Jasper John Dooley series. Recommended by Carol, Children's and Family Manager.

Lulu Walks the Dogs by Judith Viorst. Lulu really needs some money and after asking her parents eighteen times, she decides to find a job so she can earn it herself. Even though she has never worked with dogs, Lulu decides that dog walking would be a fun and easy job. Guess what? It's not. This book is really fun and has great illustrations by Lane Smith. It is the second book about Lulu. Recommended by Becker from the Schlessman Family branch.

Starring Jules (as Herself) by Beth Levine Ain. Jules is always making up commercial jingles and singing them really loud, wherever she goes. When an agent invites Jules to audition for a real commercial, Jules is both really excited and really worried about how she will perform...worried enough to ask her ex-best-friend for advice. This new series is a great mix of funny school stuff and sweet friendship stuff. Recommended by Chufo from the Central Children's Library.

Stick Dog by Tom Watson. In this funny novel, a fourth grader tells and draws the story of Stick Dog and his friends Poo-Poo the Poodle, Stripes the Dalmation, Karen the Dachsund, and Mutt the Mutt as they try to steal meat that people are grilling in the park. Recommended by Jenny from the Schlessman Family branch.

A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke. Visit adorable baby sloths at the Avarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, the world’s only sloth orphanage, in this photographic non-fiction book. Learn all about how these very slow animals are able to care for themselves in the wild and giggle over the cute and funny pictures. If sloths aren't already your favorite animal, they might be after you read this book! Recommended by Melody from the Green Valley Ranch branch.

Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns. This fascinating science book will show you four different projects you can get involved with that really help science. From tagging monarch butterflies on their migration to counting woodpeckers on Christmas Day, each chapter gives step-by-step instructions on the science behind each project and the tools you will need to help with it. Recommended by Ann from the Central Children's Library.

Older Readers:

The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors. When Ben is sent to stay with his grandfather in boring Buttonville, he is sure that he is going to have the worst summer ever. But when the cat brings home a baby dragon, Ben discovers that a vet for imaginary creatures has set up shop in the old button factory. This summer is about to get a whole lot more interesting. Recommended by Amy from the Schlessman Family branch.

Operation Robot Storm by Alex Milway. Something strange is going on in the mountains of Snowdonia - when it should be mid-summer, the country is blasted by blizzards. An elite team of yeti secret agents is on the case to solve the mystery of the weather and some missing scientists. Full of action, comedy, cool gadgets, danger, and twists, this first book in the Secret 9th Division series will leave you wanting more. Recommended by Ann from the Central Children's Library.

Doll Bones by Holly Black. Zach, Poppy, and Alice are best friends who share in a secret, made-up game based on collected action figures and dolls. This game is presided over by a Queen, a china doll locked away in a glass cabinet. When the three friends take the doll out of the cabinet, they find a packet of ashes hidden away inside her. As the doll begins to take on a life of her own, and they realize that the mystery they need to solve is much darker and more sinister than they first thought. Recommended by Kristin from the Bear Valley branch.

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett. Early and her little brother Jubie live in a wonderful family full of words and books, if not much else. When their father disappears one night and some bad guys come and wreck their home, the kids and their mom must go to a homeless shelter without knowing how they will ever tell their dad where they have gone. Early is determined to find her father, clear his name, and get their home back, with the help of teachers, librarians, and some word puzzles. Recommended by Gigi from the Central Children's Library.

Below by Megan McKinlay. On the day Cassie was born, her town was drowned by a reservoir when a new dam was built. Cassie loves to swim in the reservoir and begins to explore the amazing underwater town that was left behind beneath all that water. As the weather heats up and the water level sinks lower than it ever has before, Cassie and her friend Liam begin to uncover some dark secrets that were supposed to stay buried under the surface. Recommended by Kristi from the Sam Gary branch.

Iron-Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill. Fairy tales usually end with happily-ever-after. This one doesn't. Princess Violet has always known that princesses are supposed to be beautiful, but she is plain and smart instead. One day, she and her best friend, the stable boy Demetrius, wander into an undiscovered room in the castle and find a creepy mirror and a forbidden book that is full of an ancient evil that has been trapped. The friends vow to leave it alone, but the wicked god trapped in the mirror pulls Violet back with promises of beauty. It is up to Violet to write a new chapter in her kingdom's history, but will she be able to resist the lure of an ancient story? Recommended by Charlie from the Athmar Park branch.

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake. When Georgie's sister Agatha disappears from town the same day of the largest pigeon migration ever to hit Wisconsin, Georgie is positive that there is a mystery brewing that only she can solve. The sheriff brings a body back from the woods, and while it's wearing Agatha's dress, it doesn't look like Agatha to Georgie. Joined by Agatha's obnoxious boyfriend, Georgie sets off on a multi-day quest to the surrounding towns to find out what really happened to her sister. This historical mystery is full of gumption and spitfire. Recommended by Gwen, the Children's Collection Specialist.

Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet by Andrea Cheng. Dave was a very talented artist who was also a slave. While his master recognized his talent at the potter's wheel and let him work there, other people took credit for his work. Dave also knew how to read at a time when it was very dangerous for slaves to read and write, so he composed poems in his head or sometimes etched them into his pottery. Dave endured great hardships as a slave, but continued to make beautiful art. This unusual biography is told in verse and reads like a novel, making it both a beautiful and quick read. Recommended by Jane from the Central Children's Library.

Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin. In 1867, grave robbing was good business; people would steal bodies to ransom or to sell to doctor's who were just learning about anatomy. Counterfeiting money was also good business back then. When a successful counterfeiter's best artist is arrested, he decided he will steal the body of Abraham Lincoln and exchange it for the prisoner. This true-crime story reads like a fast-paced novel from the points of view of both the criminals and the Secret Service. Recommended by Rachel from the Central Children's Library.

Written by Gwen on July 15, 2013

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