Thursday, 16 November 2017 21:50

Book reviews by kids and teens

Kids and teens review books


Name: Ines
Age: 9
Book title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Author: J.K. Rowling
Review: I love the books. They're exciting, fun, and funny. 

Name: Ananya
Age: 11
Book title: Charlotte's Web
Author: E.B. White
Review: It's a beautiful book, even though it can be sad at points. 

Name: Cece
Age: 9
Book title: The Lincoln Project
Author: Dan Gutman
Review: It was interesting and exciting. 

Name: Laura
Age: 13
Book title: The Throne of Fire
Author: Rick Riordan
Review: It's a very good book for teen fiction lovers, or lovers of mythology. It has a lot of action but the plot stays amazing!

Name: Dhruv
Age: 4
Book title: Creature Features
Author: Steve Jenkins
Review: Very nice book. I read it many times. I like the stork in the book. 


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Published in Kids and Teens
Friday, 18 August 2017 16:37

Kids recommend...

We hope you're enjoying your summer reading! Here at the Library, we've heard from a few young members who would like to recommend some titles they've enjoyed. All of the following titles are available in the Library's collections:

junieJunie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park

About the first title in the Junie B. Jones series, Emma says:

"It's funny! Junie B. is cheeky and funny."

- review by Emma Symington-Bulteau


skelligSkellig by David Almond

Luce read Skellig as part of the Library's Bookworms book group for ages 9-12. She said: "I loved this book. I give it 5 stars. My favorite character is the baby because she is sooo cute (even if I haven’t actually seen her they describe her really well). Even if she is suffering, I like her."

- Luce, aged 9 ½



prince and piratePrince and Pirate by Charlotte Guunofson, illustrated by Mike Lowery

"The fun voices of fish Pirate and Prince and their funny sayings make this book about sharing and being different very teachable and hilarious. I give it 5 fish out of five!"

- Lina, age 4



lastolympianThe Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

"This is the most exciting book of the series but you have to read the other books in the series first!"

- Liam, age 10




shadowmagicShadow Magic by Joshua Khan, illustrated by Ben Hibon

"Best book ever! I thought the book was adventurous. My favorite character is Thorn because he owns a giant bat! I really liked the book because it was magical."

- Sebastien, ages 10½




orangeoutlawThe Orange Outlaw, by Ron Roy, illustrated by John Steven Gurney

"I think kids that read chapter books would think that it’s interesting because the red herring always tricks you! I bet Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose would like to meet you."

- Cece, age 8¾




dreamfallDreamfall by Amy Plum

Have you ever wondered what would happen if your dreams were real and that you couldn’t just wake up to the sound of your alarm? If yes this is most certainly the book for you! Cata, Fergus and some other teenage patients hope their insomnia will be solved after they undergo a revolutionary medical experiment; but it all turns haywire when the power is shut off for a few minutes. Together, the teenagers have to face their greatest fears in the world of nightmares or die; they think that’s as bad as it gets until Fergus learns about one the teenagers’ real identity.

Erik, age 16

Published in Kids and Teens
Ialtt's Black History Month in the US, and we're celebrating here at the library all month long. Come check out the expo by Jane Weissman - Images of the African Diaspora in New York City Community Murals. We're also pleased to welcome children and young adults to join us for one of Jane's two workshops this month. This Friday night, February 18, teens are invited to join us for snacks and good discussion as we use the expo for inspiration while making our own "mudcloth" scarves. There are still a few spaces left, so call the library to sign up!
Children ages 6+ are invited to a similar workshop on Saturday afternoon, where we will create our own symbols and a new work of art for the Library.
Along with all of the great activities this month, there's always time to fit in a good read. Here are our picks for children and young adults who want to learn more about African American history (all books below can be found in our collection):
Alligator Bayou By Donna Jo Napoli
Found in: J NAP (Young Adult)
Bone by Bone by Bone by Tony Johnston
Found in: J JOH (Young Adult)
Harlem Hustle By Janet McDonald
Found in: YA MCD 
The Watsons go to Birmingham By Christopher Paul Curtis
Found in:  J CUR (Children’s Library - Juvenile Fiction)

Barack Obama: An American story By Roberta Edwards
Found in: JB Ob11E (Juvenile Biographies)

Sounder by William H. Armstrong
Found in: J ARM (Children's Library - Juvenile Fiction)

Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Found in: EP (Children's Library - Picture Books)

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama
Found in: EO (Children's Library - Picture Books)

Ellington Was Not A Street by Ntozake Shange
Found in: ES (Children's Library - Picture Books)



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