Staff Selections Kids

Mary

The Secret Cave: Discovering Lascaux
Emily Arnold McCully

This telling of the Lascaux discovery features the story of the boys who found the prehistoric paintings, and their continued involvement with this amazing site.  Caldecott award-winning artist Emily Arnold McCully captures the excitement and mystery of these artifacts with her own paintings, providing more background on the events and issues surrounding this discovery. 

Tim

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking Book 1)
Patrick Ness

Todd is the youngest resident in Prentisstown, the farthest outpost of colonies on a recently-settled planet.  There are no females in Prentisstown -- they died years ago from a virus -- and the men can hear each other's thoughts.  They think a virus caused that too.  The noise is deafening, and secrets are impossible to keep.  As Todd approaches his 13th birthday, he begins to discover a few truths about his life and his world, as well as something he's never seen before:  a girl.  (She's so quiet!)  The first book in a trilogy (all are available now), The Knife of Never Letting Go presents us with a creepy, disturbing and violent world where nothing is as it seems.  This is some wonderful science fiction for the advanced reader. 

Victoria

ONE DOG AND HIS BOY
Eva Ibbotson

 

Hal is thrilled when he receives a long-desired dog for his birthday.  Glee turns to angry determination when he learns that Fleck is a rented dog, his parents figuring he’d tire of the creature after a weekend.  Hal and his friend Pippa kidnap Fleck and four other rental dogs and head from London to Scotland to his grandparents’ home, far away from his controlling mother who is surely Roald Dahl’s Veruca Salt grown up.  This heartfelt adventure is sure to please readers new to the late Eva Ibbotson's books and delight her legion of fans.