Staff Selections Kids

Mary

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.

Tim

Bruiser
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. 

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.