Nancy F.'s Recommendations

Recommendations from Nancy, our children's buyer.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy By Jeanne Birdsall Cover Image
ISBN: 9780440420477
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Published: Yearling - March 13th, 2007

Northampton author Jeanne Birdsall's first book won the National Book
Award for Young People's Literature, and deservedly so.  This is the
story of a father and his four daughters who spend a summer in the
Berkshires.  With interesting characters, humor and just enough
adventure, it reads like a classic and is all a children's book should


Elijah of Buxton (Scholastic Gold) By Christopher Paul Curtis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780439023443
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 1st, 2007

This funny and engaging book is set in a community of runaway slaves who have escaped to Canada. Elijah is the first child born free in Buxton. Although at age 11, he has the reputation of being "fra-gile," he undertakes a dangerous journey to track down a thief. As we travel with him, we learn about the true meaning of courage and freedom.

Scat By Carl Hiaasen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375834868
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 27th, 2009

This is the third of Hiaasen's environmental mysteries and it has all the wonderful elements of his earlier books, Hoot and Flush. Like them, it is funny, and full of adventure and has great characters, including the two sleuths, Nick and Marta, and a most unusual science teacher. Nick's father is a soldier who has been wounded in Iraq, and this part of the story is treated seriously but not sensationally. Scat is a great read for kids in 4th-8th grade.