Here’s round 2 of Staff Picks that includes some spooktacular choices! Remember, these books are available near the front of the Youth Department, waiting just for you!
Miss Erin’s Picks:
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead Playaway J F STE
Told from different characters’points of view, this novel weaves together the stories of several middle and high school students from Manhattan, NY, as they navigate their way through a new school year, find friends, make difficult decisions, and deal with the consequences of their actions. This book touches on lots of real-life situations that teens and pre-teens may associate with.
Space Case: A Moon Base Alpha Novel by Stuart Gibbs J GIB
Dash and his family are off on the adventure of a lifetime: they are part of a group of lunarnauts chosen to live on the moon! Lunar living isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and then tragedy befalls one of the scientists on the base. So Dash takes it upon himself to prove that Dr. Holtz’s death wasn’t accidental-he believes the beloved scientist was murdered. This is a fun, lunar mystery with some interesting alien twists.
The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud J STR
This second volume of the Lockwood & Co. series showcases more stunning sleuthing and ghost fighting from Lockwood, George, and Lucy-three junior ghost hunters in London. The trio works to unravel the mystery of an item stolen from a grave; Lucy is hearing strange whispers from a ghost skull in a jar; and the agency is competing with another to be the first to solve the case. Also available as: Audio CD J F STR
Miss Liz’s Picks:
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty J BEA
This book is filled with mystery, history, evil, and adventure. Read about Serafina and her Pa who are living secretly in the basement of the Biltmore Estate. Serafina does not know where she comes from or anything about her mother. She starts to find out about her past when children start to disappear.
Seven Dead Pirates: A ghost Story by Linda Bailey J BAI
It’s a great adventure with pirates, ghosts, and a hero!
Pig Has a Plan by Ethan Long E LON
Pig is trying to take a nap, but all his friends are making too much noise!
Miss Alissa’s Picks:
Little Robot by Ben Gatje J GN HAT
When a little girl finds a lone robot and accidentally powers him up, she discovers the best friend she has always wanted! But she isn’t the only one interested in the little robot. Can she save him from the bigger, badder robots out to get him?
Sleeping Bobby by Will Osborne & Mary Pope Osborne J 398.2 OSB
Everyone knows the story of Sleeping Beauty, but Sleeping Bobby? This take on a favorite fairy tale has our prince take the place of a sleeping princess, with a feisty princess to the rescue!
That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems E WIL
When Mama Goose heads into town and meets a charming wolf, her fun story has you rooting for the family of geese, all the way to the surprise ending!
Miss Jen’s Picks:
Dare to Be Scared: Thirteen Stories to Chill and Thrill by Robert D. San Souci J 398.25 SAN
Hop in bed, pull the covers up over your head, grab a flashlight, and dare to be scared by these spine-tingling, spooky phone calls to killer ants–only the brave can handle these eerie tales. This book is the first in a series of four, so there are even more stories to keep you awake at night!
Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins E WAT
Who knew cakes could be so rude? Cakes are supposed to be sweet, right? Watch as a not-so-sweet cake almost gets his just desserts, but instead winds up learning an important life lesson from…a group of giant cyclops. This is a goofy, yet perfect book for teaching young children about manners.
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn Playaway J F HAH and J HAH
Florence is beginning a new life at Crutchfield Hall with her great uncle, his sister, and James, her sickly cousin. As she settles into her new room, she gets an eerie feeling that someone is watching her, and then starts hearing laughter in the halls. What Florence doesn’t expect is for the house to be haunted by the ghost of her cousin Sophia, who died a tragic death. Sophia is a wicked ghost that was just as nasty in life as she is in death. She can even play mind games and force people to say and do things beyond their control. Will Florence be able to convince everyone that there is real danger in the house and stop Sophia before it is too late?