Staff Selections Kids

Mary

Saving the Ghost of the Mountain
Sy Montgomery, illus. by Nic Bishop

Explore remote Mongolia with research biologist and conservator Tom McCarthy, and witness his efforts to study the rare, elusive snow leopard.  Readers get inside the practice of field science, learning how patience and tedium are interfused with moments of thrilling discovery.  This book also tells the stories of Genghis Khan, the discovery of dinosaur eggs, and the lifestyle of present-day Mongolians.  Learn how to speak some Mongolian, and find out how you can become involved in the effort to save the snow leopard.
A great introduction to the history and culture of this fascinating country, and an exciting work of a scientist, writer and photographer.
 

Tim

13 Treasures
Michelle Harrison

Tanya can see what most humans cannot:  fairies.  And not all of them are nice.  When Tanya has yet another run-in with some malevolent wee folk that trash her bedroom, her mother -- who doesn't believe a word about fairies -- ships Tanya off to her grandmother's estate in the country, and grandmother isn't thrilled to have Tanya there.  But at grandma's house it's even worse -- the house and the grounds are crawling with fairies!  Ms. Harrison's first novel is an engaging adventure about the fairy world, as Tanya digs into a fifty-year-old mystery about a missing girl -- a girl she thinks she's seen in the woods surrounding the house.  This page-turner is an exciting and suspenseful read.  (PS:  The sequel, 13 Curses, comes out 6/7/11!)

Victoria

BOY21
Matthew Quick

 
High school senior Finley lives with his widowed father and disabled grandfather in a bleak, often violent town outside Philadelphia where the Irish mob and black gangs rule.  Finley doesn’t talk much, except to his girlfriend Erin, one of his two passions.  The other is basketball, Finley being the only white varsity player.  Both Finley and Erin dream of basketball as their ticket to college and a new life.  An unexpected worry develops when his coach asks Finley to mentor a new student with extraordinary basketball skills.  Russ, emotionally distraught and living with his grandparents after his wealthy parents’ brutal murder in an LA carjacking, presents himself as an alien stranded on earth answering to the name Boy21.  If Boy21 gets a grip and starts playing basketball again, Finley is sure to lose his position on the team.  As an unlikely friendship develops between the two boys, Finley confronts his own tragic childhood.  Boy21, an unusual, gripping page-turner of urban survival and friendship, is full of surprises and, ultimately, hope.