Recommendations from Nancy, our children's buyer.
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
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.
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.