Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids. Here are some titles we are excited about in the new year.
Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han. Clara Lee is Korean but she feels All-American and she just knows that everyone in school will see her that way if she can win the Little Miss Apple Pie contest and ride on a float in the parade at the apple blossom festival. With the help of her special grandpa and a really good luck day, Clara knows she can win! This sweet story will appeal to fans of Clementine. Recommended by Chufo from the Children's Library.
Bobby the Brave (Sometimes) by Lisa Yee. Fourth-grader Bobby Ellis-Chan is back in this sequel to Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally), and he is still getting into humorous mishaps at school and at home. The trouble begins when his new gym teacher thinks that since Bobby's dad is a retired pro-football player, Bobby must be an excellent player himself. Uh-oh! Add the stress of a school play and soon Bobby has to try his best to be brave, at least sometimes. Recommended by Ann from the Children's Library.
The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry. Princess Patricia Priscilla's 16th birthday is coming up and with it comes the obligation to marry one of the royal - and repulsive! - suitors attending her birthday ball. Longing to escape for even a short time, the princess borrows her maid's clothes and escapes for one week to live and go to school as Pat, a peasant. At school, Pat meets the handsome and slightly shy school teacher and makes friends with the peasant children. All too soon, the week comes to an end and she must face the ball and her big decision; but perhaps things aren't as bleak as they seem. This is, after all, a fairy tale. Recommended by Sarah from the Children's Library.
Lone Wolf by Kathryn Lasky. When a wolf cub is born with a twisted leg, it is tradition that the cub is left to die. This is the survival story of one such wolf cub, as he grows up and faces the elements alone, ultimately coming back to challenge his pack. By the author of the popular Guardians of Ga'hoole series, this exciting story will appeal to animal lovers and adventure seekers alike. The sequel, Shadow Wolf, is also available. Recommended by Amy from the Eugene Field branch library.
Zora and Me: The Song of Ivory by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon. Zora and Me imagines the author Zora Neale Hurston as a little girl, brought to life through the eyes of her friend, Carrie. Zora spins tall tales and listens to adult gossip and pokes her nose where it doesn't belong. Together with Carrie, and Teddy, a neighbor boy, Zora tries to solve the mysteries of a man with a gator head, a murder, and the secrets of a beautiful stranger who may not be what she seems. Recommended by Gwen, the Children's Collection Specialist.
Small Persons with Wings by Ellen Booraem. When Mellie was a little girl, a fairy lived in her bedroom . She was going to bring him for show-and-tell, but before she could, he disappeared and now, at 13, she still lives with the nickname "Fairy Fat." Now that Mellie and her family are moving to an inn they have inherited in another town, Mellie is determined to put this fairy nonsense behind her - until she looks in the basement of the inn and it is overrun with fairies! Mellie must face up to everything she believes about fairies in this smart and funny story. Recommended by Kristi from the Children's Library.
Grounded by Kate Klise. Most of twelve-year-old Daralynne's family died in a plane crash, but that doesn't stop her mother from doing hair at the local funeral home, and Daralynne learns to cope with her own grief by doing funerals for living people. When a new crematorium comes to town and threatens to shut down the funeral parlor, Daralynne finds a mystery that needs to be solved to save her business and her town. Recommended by Becker from the Schlessman Family branch library.
Big Nate Strikes Again by Lincoln Peirce. Big Nate is determined to be the best at something, anything! In this sequel to Big Nate: In a Class by Himself, Nate is chosen to be captain of the school's fleeceball team, but he has to go to detention on the day he is supposed to pick his team. His archenemy Gina gets on his team and then they are paired up to be partners in Social Studies. Could things get any worse for Nate? Fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series should give Big Nate a try. Recommended by Chufo from the Children's Library.