Chapter Book

You Choose - Batman: Seed Bank Heist By: J.E. Bright

You Choose Batman Seed Bank Heist book cover: batman drops in on a grab line. Poison Ivy is sending monster plants reaching towards him“Give yourself up Ivy!”

If you ever thought that you could be a real superhero, here’s your chance! Batman is on a mission to stop Poison Ivy from robbing Giordano Gardens’ Seed Bank, and getting her hands on plants that could wipe out Gotham City. With such a wild villain on the loose, there’s more than one way this story can go…and that’s where you come in. Help Batman choose how to do what he does best, fight crime. Can you save the Gotham from the bloom boom brewing?

With 14 different endings, Batman: Seed Bank Heist is a definite re-read for any fan! Grades 3 – 5 will be accustomed to the word usage in the book, aside from the plant species names which can be difficult to tackle at times. Full color pages are there to help illustrate your adventure, no matter which path you choose.

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Naomi, Kids World

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

Castle Hangnail book cover: a witch, dragon/mosnter, and two other spooky characters in front of a black building with bats swirling around"I'm a Wicked Witch. Witches don't lose their tempers over stupid people. Witches fix things. Wickedly."

The minions of Castle Hangnail have been waiting most eagerly for a new master.  If this one does not work out, the castle will close for good. But Molly is not quite what they pictured. She is young and small, and for a Wicked Witch she does not seem very, well, wicked. To prove she is up to the challenge she must complete several tasks, including smiting, blighting, and defending the castle from those who would be a danger to it. When the greatest danger comes from a former friend, Molly must rally all the castle inhabitants to save them from a spiteful sorceress.

This book would be ideal for readers in ages 9-12 who love their supernatural, spells, and sorcery with a side of suspense.

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Maggie, Kids World​​

Invisible Girl by Mariel Hemingway

Invisible Girl book cover: a riped photo of a girl scrapebooked along with purple wild flowers and sketches of birds flying and other notebook doodles“What makes a family sad?  It’s a hard question to answer. Maybe it’s better to think about what makes a family happy and then subtract it.”

Having grown up in a famously dysfunctional family, actress Mariel Hemingway has become a national advocate for mental health awareness. Here she candidly shares vignettes about her family and how those relationships made her feel disconnected and lonely as a child.  She writes as a young person confiding in her readers, kids who might also be feeling invisible and alone.

This book might appeal to tweens who are feeling that things are not exactly right within their own families.  Each chapter wraps up with the author’s inner reflections on her family and suggestions for coping, touching upon many issues such as alcoholism, choosing a trustworthy adult to talk to, finding the joy in each day, and trusting your own feelings.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

Illustrated Norse Myths Retold by Alex Frith and Louie Stowell

Illustrated Norse Myths book cover: a small sea vessel is being attacked by a lrage green sea serpent"Before the world existed, there was only a place of fire, a place of ice and a great gap between them. There was no earth and no sky, no people or living creatures of any kind."

Giants, gods and dragons roam the world in this collection of Norse Myths that were told by the Vikings many, many years ago. Vibrant, powerful illustrations bring the stories of Thor, Loki and Asgard to life. Adventure, long journeys, epic battles and curses are woven throughout each of the myths in this book, just waiting for you to pick it up and come along for the ride!

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Bridget, Kids World

The Worst Witch To the Rescue by Jill Murphy

The Worst Witch to the Rescue book cover: blue background with a young girl in striped pants and black sweathshirt rides on broom holding a lantern in one hand while her cape billows around herAt Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, Mildred Hubble is always getting into trouble.

It's the beginning of the Summer Term and things have already gotten off to a rocky start for Mildred. Her cat, Tabby, gets stuck in a tree on their way to school and in pottery class, Mildred’s archenemy, Ethel, changes her bowl into hissing snakes! Miss Hardbottom, a very strict teacher at the Academy, is not amused and orders Mildred to her room. Along with her best friends, Maud and Enid, Mildred promises to behave, but when Ethel steals the homework for her project and presents it as her own, Mildred is can’t believe it!

Will Ethel completely ruin Mildred’s chances of becoming a witch? Or will Mildred find a way to save the day?

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Bridget, Kids World

Another Day As Emily By Eileen Spinelli

Another Day as Emily book cover: brown haried girl on bicycle looks back and a much younger boy racing after her in a black cape"This is to let you know that the ice cream offer is off.  I’m really sorry.  I’ll be spending a lot of time alone now...”

Do you ever wish that you were someone else?  Maybe someone famous? 

Envious of her brother’s sudden fame as town hero, eleven-year-old Suzy extends her feelings of disconnection into an extreme identification with Emily Dickinson, the reculsive 19th century poet.  This novel in verse invites the reader inside Suzy’s head as she tries on being Emily instead of Suzy.  She enjoys the temporary solitude but is drawn back to becoming herself by her warm friends and family, the appeal of doing theater and an invitation to a Phillies game.  Suzy ultimately recognizes the simple gifts of her regular life as herself.

This book is a simple novel in verse and would be ideal for a third grade reader who enjoys realistic fiction or a reluctant reader who is ready for the transition to chapter books.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Boundless book cover; night scene, see the lights from shadowed train lit. White figures of a boy and girl leaping from the top of one train car to another. "Climb aboard the Boundless, the most magnificent train ever built. Magic and danger loom around every bend."

Set against the backdrop of the wild Canadian wilderness, this is a tale of mystery and intrigue, with a dose of fantasy added in for good measure. Will Everett is a first-class passenger on the Boundless, the longest and largest train ever built, carrying passengers from one end of Canada to the other. On it's maiden trip, Will finds himself in possession of a special key that unlocks that unlocks a train car full of priceless treasures. Unfortunately for Will, other people want that key and are willing to do anything to get it--even murder. With his life in danger, Will must rely on the traveling circus, including their mysterious ringleader, to help him survive. Did I mention there are Sasquatch in this story?

An edge of your seat, fast-paced adventure that you will not want to put down!

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Miss Bridget, Kids World

World Language Collection

cartoon Earth with glasses reading a book with a tan coverNew materials to the World Language Collection in Kids World is now available. Books written in Arabic, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Polish, and Spanish can be found on the very back wall behind the chapter book collection. Additional titles will be finding their way to those shelves in the upcoming months.

These books will have the traditional 3 week checkout period.

If you have a suggestion for a specific title or author, please feel free to stop by the Kids Desk. We would appreciate any suggestions or feedback.

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Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes

Words with wings book cover: solid blue background, green school chair with 'desk arm', book resting open on desk items of fantasy coming out/in“The word fly
had set me free,
and I wondered,
Are there other words
that can carry me away?”

Have you ever gotten caught daydreaming, by your mom or your teacher? Gabriella’s thoughts and feelings flow like mini poems that tell her story,  Her Dad is gone, she and Mom have to move and she feels invisible at her new school.  Sensitive Gabby is a daydreamer; words constantly prompt memories and fantasies and submerge her there.  Her dreaminess helps her both escape and cope with all of the change that she is experiencing.

Gabby’s daydreaming problem is, predictably, identified as a skill by her teacher and she then feels free to express herself in writing.  Award-winning author Nikki Grimes conveys the power of words, memory and imagination in this sparse, accessible novel in verse.  Words with Wings would appeal to third through fifth graders, especially girls, who are dreamy, sensitive and/or experiencing family changes or new school adjustments.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

The Curse of Maleficent by Disney Press

The Curse of Maleficent book cover: Aurora (young girl with long hair) is bathed in a golden glow. Behind her in the shadows stands Maleficent (black cloak, turned away for her but watching out of corner of eye, staff in hand with a drak crystal on top)"One thing was certain, however. Maleficent was a hero in the Moors that night."

Easily one of the most majestically evil characters in any animated movie, Maleficent serves as the villain in Disney's movie adaption of Sleeping Beauty. Now we are told she was a hero when she was younger? What changes a hero into a monster?

Betrayal. A thirst for vengeance.

Does Maleficent's story truly end with her death as a huge black fire breathing dragon as is suggested in the climax of Disney's Sleeping Beauty?

Based upon the story in Disney's new movie, Maleficent, this chapter book contains beautiful color illustrations that invite you to step into a "once upon a time, in a far away kingdom," circle around the question of "what makes a monster?" and stay for a "happily ever after." (It is a fairy tale after all...)

But, in-between lies a wondrous world of magic fairies and dragons, and all the adventure a fourth, fifth, or sixth grade fairy tale fan could want.

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Celeste, Kids World

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