By Katie Weiblen
Original published in the November 2016 issue of 1666 Coffman Newsletter
New books for children and teen readers have recently been added to the shelves in the Coffman library. Ranging from picture books to teen novels, they have been selected to appeal to very young readers, children learning to read, 3rd and 4th grade chapter book readers, and teen readers. Coffman residents will enjoy browsing the children and teen section to look for books to share with family and friends.
New books with brief descriptions
Cody Harmon, King of Pets by Claudia Mills
This is a chapter book about a third-grade boy who does not enjoy school, but he loves the pets on his family’s farm. His opportunity to shine comes when the school holds a pet show fundraiser. The author has written many stories for 2nd to 4th graders.
When Andy Met Sally by Tomie dePaola
Andy is small. Sandy is tall. Andy is shy. Sandy is brave. This book for young readers illustrates the power of friendship.
Duck for President by Betsy Lewin and Doreen Cronin
Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike will enjoy this colorful barnyard tale of a duck’s attempt at a better job. For young children.
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis
This beautiful picture book tells the story of the invention of the Ferris wheel. George Ferris, a young civil engineer, entered a national contest for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. It was his goal to build a structure that would outshine the Eiffel Tower. No one believed his delicate looking structure would hold up until the Fair opened. This nonfiction book will appeal to 8-to 10-year olds.
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
Minnesota’s most famous author for young people has published her latest novel, recently nominated for the National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category. This is the second time Kate DiCamillo has been nominated for this honor. The book is about three fatherless girls who form a unique friendship while competing in a Little Miss Florida contest. Raymie hopes to win so her father, who ran away with a dental hygienist, will see her picture in the paper and come home. Grades 4 to 7.
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
This is a story about four very different sisters who go on a family vacation with their doting father. Their favorite cottage on Cape Cod is no longer available, so their father arranges to rent Arundel, a beautiful estate in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. The best part of the summer is the discovery of Jeffrey Tifton, the estate owner’s son. He becomes the perfect companion for their summer adventures. Grades 4 to 6.
Keeping the Castle by Patricia Kindl
This humorous and sometimes dramatic novel will be enjoyed by future readers of Jane Austen. Althea, age 17, has the task of supporting her widowed mother, young brother, and two stepsisters. The situation is complicated by the fact that she must maintain the tumbledown castle which their uncle left them. The novel takes place in the small town of Lesser Hoo in Yorkshire, England. Althea must marry well, but suitors are few and wealthy are even fewer. Teen readers.
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
This novel won the John Newbery Medal for excellence in children’s literature. It will be especially enjoyed by teenage boys. Jeffrey Lionel Magee became an orphan at age three when his parents were killed in a trolley crash. He was shipped off to live with Uncle Dan and Aunt Dot in western Pennsylvania. Their home was not a happy one, so as soon as Jeffrey became old enough, he left them and started running. He became known as Maniac McGee. His character becomes half-hero and half-legend; however, his greatest talent is bringing two neighborhoods of diverse teenagers together. For teen readers.
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