Staff Selections Kids


Bink and Gollie
Kate Dicamillo & Alison Mcghee, illus. by Tony Fucile

One is short, spontaneous, noisy and stubborn, and knows how to push someone’s buttons.  The other is tall, circumspect, sensitive and long-suffering in her tolerance.  How can they be friends?  Kate DiCamillo creates another fresh beginning reader with humorist Alison McGhee, and cheery character drawings by Tony Fucile capture the fun of this odd couple in their breezy adventures.


Neal Shusterman

Bruiser is the story of Brewster, the boy in high school nobody knows because he's quiet and keeps to himself.  But when Bronte agrees to a date with "Bruiser", her brother, Tennyson,  decides to step in and stop that nonsense.  But as the twins get to know Brewster, they begin to realize they may have been too quick to judge him.  And strange things happen when you're with Bruiser -- things that can't be easily explained.  A beautiful novel about friendship, family and how -- sometimes -- it hurts when you care too much.  You'll be thinking about this story long after you've read the final chapter. 


The Fire Chronicle
John Stephens

In this riveting, suspenseful sequel to The Emerald Atlas, readers find Emma trapped in the past while Michael and Emma set off to find the legendary book of fire and master its powers, hoping to find Kate and discover information that could lead them closer to their parents and to the magic that could save or destroy the world.  The Fire Chronicle, the second book in the suspenseful, action-packed Books of Beginning trilogy is sure to engage 9 to 13-year-olds.