Staff Selections Kids

Mary

The Dream Stealer
Sid Fleischman, illus. by Peter Sis

Though Susana’s best friend has moved to far-off Guadalajara, she still visits her in her dreams each night, until the Dream Stealer comes and takes her best dream away.  Sid Fleischman tells the story of plucky Susana’s quest to the magical castle to reclaim her dream, using a folkloric voice full of the character of the storyteller.  Susana travels between real and fantasy worlds without distinguishing a difference, a charm found in traditions of magical realism.  Peter Sis’s iconical illustration style suits this story perfectly, lending this little book the character of a classic folktale.  Now in paperback.

Tim

The Cabinet of Earths
Anne Nesbet

Maya's family has left California and moved to Paris -- her father has been offered a job there, and it seems like a good place for Maya's mother to regain her strength after her cancer treatments.  But Maya feels lonely and miserable, and tired of everyone being charmed by her five-year-old brother, James.  However, there is something amiss in the City of Lights:  Maya's cousin and French tutor seems slightly blurry and hard to see, a man with violet eyes is following Maya and James, and children have gone missing in the neighborhood for years.  A dark mystery involving alchemy and science, The Cabinet of Earths is a thrilling read as Maya, and her new friend Valko, try to make sense of the series of bizarre events and save little James before it's too late!  This truly original novel is filled with suspense, a terrific climax, and one smart, resourceful heroine.  Enjoy!

Victoria

The Raven Boys
Maggie Stiefvater

Although 16-year-old Blue is from a family of clairvoyants, her gift seems limited to making the psychic talents of others stronger.  Yet while standing next to her mother watching the soon-to-be dead walk, Blue sees for the first time - a boy destined to die within the year who speaks to her.  When that same boy shows up with 3 friends from the nearby prep school for a reading with her mother, Blue becomes entangled in helping the four boys use ley lines, invisible lines of energy, to find the body of a legendary Welsh king.  It is said whoever awakens King Glendower will be granted a reward.  Add to the suspense two details. Blue has always been told her destiny is to cause her true love to die, and a sinister, ruthless person who knows the boys is also searching for the king’s body.  The Raven Boys, with its haunting, multi-dimensional characters and a thrilling, supernatural plot, is a page-turner, the first book in a new series for teens by the author of the acclaimed Scorpio Races.

Barb

Animal Crackers Fly the Coop
Kevin O'Malley

Animal Crackers Fly the Coop by Kevin O’Malley is a perfect picture book gift for punsters of all ages. It is based on the Bremen Town Musicians tale, but the main character is a hen who has seen the writing on the wall,; Fry-day is coming on her farm. She flies the coop to pursue her dream of being a comedi-hen. On the road she meets a dog, a cat and a cow, who all have similar tales of woe, and tag along.  All ends well when the jokesters trick the robbers who are returning to the abandoned farmhouse and vamoose.   A new comedy club is the result called Cow-Dog Kit–Hen and stand-up shows bring in animals from far and wide. (One of hens jokes: Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road? He didn’t have the guts.)  (You see what I mean????The hen will crack you up.)
Kevin’ O’Malley’s Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share is worth seeing as well.