What’s Your Next Great Read? Book Reviews with Ms. Cecily

Are you looking for great adventure in far off lands? Interested in a beginner chapter book? Maybe you are somewhere between? No matter your reading level or interest the library has something waiting for you!

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
This Classic should not be missed about the opening of your heart to let in the spirit of the season that Scrooge finds out a bout from his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅
J DICAges 8+
Christmas in Camelot by Mary Pope Osborne
When Jack and Annie receive an invitation to spend Christmas eve in Camelot they know they are in for their biggest adventure yet. What they don’t know is that the invitation will send them on a quest to save Camelot. The Merlin Missions books are more challenging adventures that will delight experienced reader who are fans of the original chapter book series. 🎅🎅🎅🎅
J POPAges 7+
A Christmas Tale by Geronimo Stilton
Christmastime on Mouse Island and I couldn’t wait to celebrate with my friends and family. But then I discovered that they were all traveling out of town for the holidays, and I’d be spending Christmas alone! I was starting to feel like a real Grinch. Would this be my loneliest Christmas ever? 🎅🎅🎅🎅
J STI Ages 7+
Stories for Christmas by Bernadette Watts
A beautiful Christmas collection that includes The Smallest Snowflake, The Little Drummer Boy, Shoemaker Martin, The Star Child, The Snow Queen, The Little Donkey, The Christmas Story, and Varenka, this collection of stories will get you in the Christmas spirit. 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅
J WATAges 4+
What Lives in the Woods by Lindsay Currie
A chilling ghost story with a strong female protagonist that explores bravery, friendship, and a family. When Ginny Anderson has to spend the summer in a spooky old mansion in Saugatuck Michigan instead of in Chicago with her best friend. There’s only one bar on the WiFi but there are lots of strange things going on in the house, A great ghost story! 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅
J CUR Ages 10+
Angel on the Square by Gloria Whelan
In the fall of 1914, Katya Ivanova sees St. Petersburg as a magical place behind the Tsar’s palace walls. Her mother is Lady in Waiting to the Tsarina and Katya spends her time playing with the Grade Duchesses. She is at home with the Royal Family. But, outside the palace walls WWI is sweeping Europe and Russia is beginning to crumble. The Revolution is coming. Katya’s once certain future begins to dissolve. She must understand the changes that are coming to Russia and take charge of her own destiny. Gloria Whelan has again taken a chapter from history and transformed it into compelling historical fiction. 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅
J WHEAges 8+
Hoot by Carl Hiasen
Everybody loves Mother Paula’s pancakes. Everybody, that is, except the colony of cute but endangered owls that live on the building site of the new restaurant. Can the awkward new kid and his feral friend prank the pancake people out of town? Or is the owls’ fate cemented in pancake batter? 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅
J HIAAges 9+
Nick of Time by Ted Bell
In the grand tradition of epic novels like Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island comes a wonderous tale of time travel, adventure, and riches, in which twelve-year-old Nick McIver sets out to become “the hero of his own life.”
The setting is England, 1939, on the eve of war. Nick and his younger sister, Kate, live in a lighthouse on the smallest of the Channel Islands. The information they provide to Winston Churchill is vital as he tries to warn England of the imminent Nazi invasion. Then Nick discovers an old sea chest, left for him by his ancestor, Captain Nicholas McIver of the Royal Navy. Inside, he finds a time machine and a desperate plea for help from the captain. He returns to the year 1805 to rescue his ancestor and the British fleet. His sister, Kate, meanwhile, has enlisted the aid of two of England’s most brilliant “scientific detectives”, Lord Hawke and Commander Hobbes, to thwart the invading Nazis. In this striking adventure for readers of all ages, Nick must fight ruthless enemies across two different centuries, on land and sea, to help defeat those determined to destroy his home and his family. A little knowledge of history helps but it is a fun adventure from beginning to end. 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅
J BELAges 11+
Here Comes Hercules by Stella Tarakson
Tim didn’t mean to break his mother’s Greek vase nor did he think that Hercules would create so much more destruction! Amelia Bedelia meets the strongest man in the world. Hercules takes everything literally! Fun easy chapter read. Series is a good introduction to the Greek Gods, Demi-gods and heroes. 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅
J TARAges 7+
A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time by Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and Annie are sent to help Charles Dickens, the famous writer! They are whisked back in time to Victorian England and the foggy streets of London. There, Jack and Annie discover that Charles Dickens has been thrown in jail! How can they help him? They will need all their magic-and help from three ghosts- to keep the great writer from ruining his life! 🎅🎅🎅🎅
J OSBAges 6+
Out of Hiding by Ruth Gruener
Ruth Gruener was a hidden child during the Holocaust. Her parents were also hidden. The first miracle is that they all survived! But life was hard in Europe for displaced persons. This is Ruth’s story of survival. 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅
JB GRUAges 8+
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chaimami
With her devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil. But, the girls find their fortunes reversed-Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrusted among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication. Could the mistake actually be the first clue to discovering who they really are? 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅
J CHI Ages 11+
Santa Mouse by Michael Brown
How does this small mouse with a big heart become Santa’s special helper?
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅
The School for Whatnots by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Haddix has a wonderful way of pulling you into her books in the first few pages. The School for Whatnots is no exception. Ever since kindergarten, Max and Josie have been best friends. But the summer after fifth grade, Josie disappears, leaving a note that says, “No matter what anyone tells you, I’m real!” and whispering something about “whatnot rules.” “As Max sets out to uncover what happened to Josie-and what she is or isn’t-little does he know that she’s fighting to find him again, too. But there are forces trying to keep Max and Josie from ever seeing each other again. Because Josie wasn’t supposed to be real.” (Amazon) 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅
J HADAges 9+
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore
The famous Christmas poem initially published anonymously as a visit from Saint Nicholas, and credited as a work by Clement Clark Moore, have been inspiring kids and captivating their minds as they prepare for the coming Santa and his reindeer.