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Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Mo LaBeau doesn’t know who her upstream mother is, but she DOES know that’s she’s lucky. Lucky that the Colonel picked her up off that river bank, lucky that Miss Lana cares for them both, and lucky that she lives in Tupelo Landing, a small town with people that support each other. So when a rash of murders hits the town, Mo finds herself an unlikely detective. It made me think of Because of Winn Dixie (in voice), and the murder mystery in a small town element of the Newbery Winner, Dead End in Norvelt. A charming, quick read that will sate voracious and reluctant readers alike. Ages 9+

 

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Dead old ladies. A dancing Hells Angel. Bloody noses. A Japanese rifle. There is more excitement, silliness, history and tall-tale telling in this book than should be able to fit in 300 pages. And yet, somehow, it works! Readers get to decide for themselves what’s real and what’s fiction in this tale BY Jack Gantos and ABOUT Jack Gantos as a little boy, in a tiny town called Norvelt. Brilliantly told and rife with humor, there’s a reason this one’s a Newbery Winner. It’s excellent. Ages 9+

Revied by Maggie, Books Inc. Children's Department Directo

I’ve been obsessed with Patrick Ness since reading his Chaos Walking Trilogy, which is just absolutely mind blowing (if you haven’t red it yet, start now) so I obviously had to pick up his newest book.

 

13 year old Connor wakes up night after night from the same nightmare which is so horrifying he is too terrified to put it into words, he is bullied at school and his Mom is fighting terminal cancer even though she won’t admit to him how truly sick she really is. He seeks solace in a Monster who visits him during the night to tell him three stories and expects Connor to tell him the fourth in return. I honestly feel like saying anything else about this book would be a disservice to it because without wasting a word Ness has gives us a transcendent novel about a type of grief and loss that none of us should have to suffer and how ultimately we can survive it.

Ages 12+

Revied by Shannon, Senior Children's Book Buyer for Books Inc.

My new favorite grandpa/ma book. Even though you think Grandpa Frank is boring because he dislikes anything new fangled, it’s amazing how interesting his stories can be at show-and-tell. I love this British author’s illustration style and how comforting this book can be for children who have not yet connected with a grandparent.

--Reviewed by Summer from Books Inc. Laurel Village

Think you hate reading? Don’t get poetry? Don’t think you’re a good writer? Well, take a glance inside the first few pages of Love That Dog, my friend.

Seriously, these books are so good. Even if you hate reading, even if you think the little tiny books are beyond your reading level, even if you’re a grown up. Everyone will relate to something in these stories. They have a journal-like, poetic quality, with touching insights into the mind and thought process of a blossoming (at times hesitant) young writer, reader and observer. Hate That Cat, puts a very cool spin on the way we see, hear and read the world, and silently explains why we’ll always need poetry.

BONUS FEATURE: There are many well-loved poems included in each story, (check them out in the back of each book) giving you a chance to learn them for the first time, or again with new eyes.

Reviewed by Chantal from Books Inc. Mountain View

Brian, of Books Inc. Laurel Village has the greatest story time voice of ALL TIME. Don't believe us? Watch this video and be amazed. Here, he reads from King Arthur's Very Great Grandson by Kenneth Kraegel.
 
This thrilling new picture book is not only gut-bustingly hilarious, but could be used as a tool for kids to not be afraid of things such as potty-training or the dark. This book not only had the kids intrigued, but the parent's laughing! This story makes a fantastic read-aloud! Getting dramatic while reading this book aloud is what makes it a new favorite storytime read of mine!
 
-Reviewed by Courtney from Books Inc. Burlingame.
 
You can catch Courtney's storytime EVERY SUNDAY at 11am!
Here at Books Inc. on Chestnut, the proper, prim, unexplaining, and unexplainable nanny, Mary Poppins is back on the scene. Mary Poppins is one tough old bird, and those raised on Julie Andrews’ “spoonful of sugar” portrayal in the movie will find the original book more like a brisk swig of vinegar.  P.L Traver’s book is one to read aloud and it stands the test of listeners of many minds. Everybody believes in Mary Poppins - Michael and Jane Banks, the twin babies, and the Starling, Mr. and Mrs. Banks, Bert the Matchman who is also a pavement artist, and even the jolly uncle who sits on air! Fantastic without whimsy or sweetness, and human without dwelling on the obvious, I predict that long after some are forgotten, Mary Poppins will go on marching triumphantly--umbrella, carpet bag and white gloves in hand.  No parent or child should miss his share of the fun, the beauty and magic it holds.
 
--Reviewed by Sophie, Books Inc. Chestnut Street

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