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Leslie, Evergreen Library

Wednesday, April 17, at 4 p.m.

At the Evergreen Library  

For kids ages 8 and up

Come meet Andy Griffiths, the nationally known children's writer - the author of The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow, Killer Koalas From Outer Space, What Body Part is That, and The Day My Butt Went Pyscho.  Find out where he gets his crazy ideas, how he knows what will work for a story- AND, what is the title of his new book coming out in July??

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Trish, Belmar Library

If you are a fan of smart, funny, precocious fourth-grader Clementine, you may already know about her clever creator, Sara Pennypacker.  You are probably already enjoying Clementine’s SIXTH adventure, titled Clementine and the Spring Trip.

If you haven’t met Clementine yet, you should!

Besides the Clementine series, Pennypacker has written fun books about eight-year-old Stuart, as well as four books in the Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures series. 

Sara Pennypacker was a shy girl who loved reading, gardening, going to the beach, getting presents, riding horses, and cake!  (She says she still likes all of those things.)  When she grew up, she started painting, and then writing children’s books.  On her website, she says, “Kids ask me all the time how they could know if they're going to be a writer.  The first thing I tell them is this: "If you write for pleasure, you already are a writer."

Two of my favorite books of hers are picture books, and not part of a series, but they tell amazing stories.  One is Sparrow Girl, which is based on a true story of a girl in China who saved beautiful birds from being destroyed.  The other is Pierre in Love, about a shy rat feeling "bloopy and love-swoggled", and trying to show the ballet teacher how he feels. 

No matter which of the characters you meet in Sara’s world, you’re bound to find you’ve made a new friend! 

You can learn more about Sara and her books at her website

Happy reading!

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Rachel, Standley Lake Library

Did you know that "a giant squid's eyeball can be as big as a human head"?
Or that "the most overdue library book was 288 years late"?
Or how about "if you counted all the hours Angry Birds fans have spent playing the game, it would add up to more than 200,000 years"?
Weird, right? But true!

Here are some more questions for you:
Do you know what Barbie's full name is?
How much an elephant's tooth weighs?
How fast lightning is moving when you see it?

You can find answers to these questions and more in this great series from National Geographic: Weird but True!
The books in this series are full of fascinating and weird facts! Find them at your local library today!

Can't get enough? You can also visit nationalgeographic.com/kids for more fun facts, games, crafts, weird & wacky videos and more!

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Connie, Lakewood Library

Deborah Ellis is the author of the Breadwinner Trilogy.  This is a very tense and emotional series about a family in Afghanistan before and after Taliban rule. 

In the first three books you are introduced to Parvana and her family and are a witness to the harsh reality that is their lives. 

This is a story as real as today's headlines: Just a few months ago, Malala Yousufzai, a 14 year old Pakistani girl, was shot by the Taliban for the crime of going to school!

Deborah Ellis is telling the further story of Parvana in her latest book, My Name is Parvana.

If you have read the trilogy, you should read this follow-up, set five years later.  Parvana is now 15 years old and living in post-Taliban Afghanistan.

If you haven't read the previous three books and you are interested in what life is like in Afghanistan, this is a great series.  I loved them all.

Here are the other three in the series:

The Breadwinner- Young Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Because Parvana's father has a foreign education, he is arrested by the Taliban.  The family becomes increasingly desperate until Parvana conceives a plan.

Parvana's Journey- In this sequel to "The Breadwinner," the Taliban still control Afghanistan and Kabul is in ruins.

Mud City- This final book in the trilogy paints a devastating portrait of life in refugee camps and shows the resourcefulness of children who endure great suffering there.

Deborah Ellis has also written a non-fiction book called Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-ending War.  Ellis went to Kabul and interviewed children who spoke about their lives since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.  Have things changed for children, and particularly for girls?  Read this book and find out!

 

 

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