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Jul 17

New Junior Books by Miranda Millette

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 17, 2020 at 1:34 PM by Genesis Gaule

Are your kids stuck at home with nothing to do? Or perhaps they have already read through their supply of books and don’t know where to go next? Check out some of these new additions to our junior collection and your kids will find their next great read! All of these books are accessible through our Front Door Pick Up.

City Spies by James Ponti

Fans of stories like Stuart Gibbs’s Spy School series will love the story of Sara Martinez, a hacker. She recently exposed her foster parents as cheats and lawbreakers, but then found herself in juvenile detention and banned from computers instead of being hailed as a hero. Until a British spy frees Sara and offers her a home in a secret M16 agency.

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

Fans of mysteries like One of Us is Lying will also love this thriller. Six students with nothing in common go to a scholarship dinner, only to find themselves locked inside with a bomb and a syringe of poison with the note to pick someone to kill…or else everyone dies.

Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

Want some magic mixed with reality? Long ago the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left encased in ice by the Snow Queen, leaving its former citizens and crown prince stuck in another world devoid of magic…Arizona.

Xander and the Rainbow Barfing Unicorns: Who Turned Off the Colors? by Matthew Manning

This is an epic story your kids are sure to love! The Rainbow-Barfing Unicorn virus hasn’t affected humans...until now. The virus gives unicorns their rainbow barfing abilities, but it has the opposite effect on humans and is draining them of any color!

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

In the mood for a lush new fantasy? Enter the life of Nirrim who lives in a world where the society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. But then a stranger comes and tempts her with magic, requiring Nirrim to place all her trust, and her life, in the stranger’s hands.

Bug Boys by Laura Knetzger

Love a good graphic novel? Follow the adventure of Stag-B and Rhino-B, two young beetles who explore the world of Bug Village and their own—sometimes confusing and complicated—thoughts and feelings.

Jun 12

"Age Appropriate" by Charlotte Helgeson

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on June 12, 2020 at 11:26 AM by Genesis Gaule

Most of the time, when a patron asks about Age Appropriate material it is for a young reader.  A valuable question our staff is prepared and willing to answer.  I’d like to expand on that instance and take that question to its full breadth. 

Have you, as an adult, ever picked up a children’s book, admired its cover, glanced briefly at the illustrations and set it right back down without reading it?  Why?  We can’t say we don’t have time if we turn around and check out the latest bestseller.  If that single book caused a smile to slip onto your face, check it out and leisurely read it at home.  Take the time to admire the illustrations and the skill in bringing forward an idea or feeling in perfectly understandable language. 

Did you read comic books as a kid?  I did and enjoyed them.  If we enjoyed the illustrations in comic books that brought action and personality off the page and into our mind’s eye as a child, can we no longer do that as adults?  Didn’t we grin, even snicker at the fantastic use of living language like CRASH!, ZONK! and ARRRGH!  I know I did and still do.  There is no 
age limit on Graphic Novels. 

Let’s look at this from a nonfiction angle.  If I had an encounter with a dragonfly or beautiful bird in my yard, I might want to learn more about it.  In the Adult Nonfiction section, I will find a 300-page book that will identify the dragonfly or bird on half a page or a different book that might go into great detail over many pages with a few pictures scattered throughout.  If I look in the Easy Section, I’ll find books with 20-40 pages and oodles of pictures and photographs.  There will be illustrations to explain the words I don’t understand.  After reading the children’s book, I will have learned a great deal, and if I want more there is always the Adult Nonfiction to checkout next. 

Let’s apply this theory to Nonfiction Graphic Novels.  I love the historical ones best.  Have you ever read a history book and wished for pictures.  Some have illustrations that can be helpful.  An occasional photograph is fantastic, but there have been many moments where there was no documentation.  No one was there to take a picture or maybe cameras didn’t even exist, yet.  What if an artist drew that world changing moment!  The artwork in a Graphic Novel walks life onto the page.  It enhances every word put forward for us.  Yes, our imaginations are great but often limited by our experience.  Nonfiction Graphic Novels expand our imagination in an active presentation.

Age appropriate?  To mean, it means I can browse the entire Library and make discoveries every day!

Humphrey Bogart reading a comic book