Here are some of our favorite recent childrens' and young adult titles, from Bookworks Children's Specialist, Connie Griffin, and our book club for young readers, The Book Testers. For more information on any of these titles, on school events or in-store programming for children and families, please contact Children's Specialist Connie Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org
"This is a very good book for 4th-6th grade. I think the action, funny, and sad parts, make it a great book. Now I will do a very short summary: This book is about two polar bear cubs whose mom was taken away. The mom leaves the cubs with an aunt, but the aunt is really a cannibal. Then the cubs run away before they get eaten. The cubs run away, to find their dad and mom. On this adventure the cubs meet a lot of friends and some enemies too."--Bryn
"The themes of this book were friendship and sacrifice. The main character risks his life for his family by going to war. He makes friends and does as much as he can to keep them safe. For anyone who likes adventure stories, this is a great book to read. It is fast paced, making it very hard to put down and take a break from. All in all, it was a fantastic story and I really enjoyed reading it."--Bryn
"This was a very entertaining retelling with a good remedy of girl power that solved all of the problems the original fairy tale (Snow White) had. Overall I loved this book and am going to look into this author."--Bryn
The Wonder of Us by Kim Culbertson will sweep you up and into the world of Abby and Riya, two girls trying to repair their friendship while traveling across Europe. Every chapter switches between each girls point of view. You get an insight into their individual problems, and the struggles that come with repairing their friendship. This book is perfect for anyone who loves realistic fiction or traveling in foreign countries, where just about anything can happen.--Bryn
Don't make the mistake of not buying this book! It is a lovely illustration of imagination. It is also a welcome reminder that some mistakes can lead to unexpected, beautiful changes. The illustrations are gentle, humorous invitations to turn the page. This is Luken's first book. Let us hope she has many more u[ her sleeve.
"I thought it was a good book. I liked the way the kids took action with getting what they wanted. I thought the author’s descriptions were written well. I would recommend this book."--Celeste, age 9
The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling is a treasure. It is the type of book that will most likely be kept in the family for generations. It speaks to fear and hope and to the power of love and magnetic pull of family. A storm on the water casts the occupants of a small boat about. It looks bleak until music is heard. This is a delightful book to give to violin players. Timothy Basil Ering is the author and illustrator. Each page is one to ponder. He did the illustrations for the Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo.
"I thought that the book, Class Dismissed, was a very funny story. I liked it when the reader found out that the teacher was Franny Bree. But I did not like the ending very much. I think the author should have added more to the ending. Also, I loved that they found Soda after she got lost. All in all, I thought that this book was funny, well written, and was a good story. I hope the author makes a second book of it."--Gigi G.
"A heart warming family book with a winter holidays time frame that can be read year round. The story of a family on the cusp of a major change that could take them from their beloved neighborhood. Family members work together to help a landlord deal with a painful accident that left him alone and bereft."--Connie
This is just a must have book for everyone. A beautiful wish for peace that reminds us all that we each have the ability to take tiny steps toward a better world every day. With the repeated phrase, Come With Me, the author and illustrator invite readers on a path of kindness.--Connie
"I thought Cosmic Commanders was a pretty nice book. I don’t know, but I feel like my friends should read it. What I liked about this book is that in the end there’s always a solution. I also really liked the adventure. I thought that was a good thing about the book. Everything was good about it. I didn’t dislike anything. So, to me, overall it was a pretty good book. I think other people other than my friends should read this book. On a 1-5- star percent ration, I would give this book 5 stars."--Nilha
"And We’re Off follows Nora Parker-Holmes a young artist whose worst nightmare has just become a reality. That’s right her mom, Alicia Parker, decides to tag along on her art inspired European vacation. Now constantly fighting with her mom, Nora’s trip just went from finally having some freedom, to trying not to upset her mom anymore. Although I had a rough time getting into the story, my travel obsessed-self loved imagining a European vacation."--Grace, age 13
"Baylor Bosco can communicate with people that have crossed over. He has a twin sister, Kristina. She died in the womb. One-night Baylor is awoken by something. He sees a man with a sheet on him. Baylor thinks it’s a demon. He found out his name is Alfred. He has two kids. They say, Angela, their step mother didn’t leave them any money. Baylor went to talk with Angela. She said she met a woman named Rosalie. Rosalie wants all his money, because he had so much when Alfred died. Angela said she would do anything for those kids. So, Baylor and Kristina went to Rosalie’s house. Baylor told Rosalie everything. Alfred got free. Baylor told Rosalie up, but Rosalie got free!"--Victoria Thompson, age 11
"I recommend The Last Kids on Earth, by Max Brallier, because it was really well written. The pictures were really well drawn. The characters are Jack, Quint, Dirk and June. They survived a monster apocalypse but a monster named Blarg tries to stop them!"--Ethan Dudley, age 9
"This book was funny. I liked that in the end it was all a misunderstanding. The main characters were interesting. I think kids 9-12 would like it."--Celeste, age 9
"I thought the Unbreakable Code was...AMAZING! It was probably one of the best books I have ever read. What I liked about this book is that it had codes and tons of adventure. I didn’t dislike anything about this book. I would definitely recommend this to my friends. I could really see the story as I was reading the book. I would actually recommend this to everyone. I really think this book should be published. If this book is for sale…I WOULD BUY IT."--Nilha
"I enjoyed The Erth Dragons so much, it is my favorite book! I enjoyed it so much because it is full of adventure and love and learning. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure and danger."--Syndle
"I really liked this book because it was a new take on Phantom of The Opera. I found it slow, but there were unexpected revelations spaced throughout. I think this book is amazing and one I will read over and over again. All in all I would recommend reading this book for any one who likes reading modern versions of fairy-tales."--Anonymous Reviewer
"This book had a ton of twists and surprises. My favorite character was Cat because he changed so much throughout. I had trouble understanding it without reading the first book in the series. I recommend this book for someone who likes adventures."--Savannah
Sled Dog School was a great book. It was exciting and funny. It has 198 pages. Sled Dog School is about a boy named Matt; he lives in a house with no electricity. This book is by Terry Lynn Johnson. Terry Lynn Johnson is also the author of Ice Dogs! The business is a school for mushers and dogs. The business is an assignment from Matt’s school! I hope you enjoy this book.--Bryn
While this book was a cliff-hanger I enjoyed it. The world building was quite good and the entire story kept me enthralled the whole time. While dark it had some humor and let you fill in some of the blanks yourself.--Bryn