Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Look for these new titles in the library!

More new titles from Junior Library Guild! Pictures and summaries are from the JLG website.
Pink was the runt of a twelve-piglet litter, so tiny that his owners weren’t sure he’d survive. They brought him into their house, where Tink the dachshund took charge. This is the true story of a mom—and her pups—who welcomed little Pink into their furry brown family. Author’s note. Full-color photographs.

Frank and Carl have “hat-tastic” hats for sale, so why isn’t anyone buying them? What they need is a more exciting product. Or better advertising. Or maybe just some divine intervention. Full-color illustrations were created with black pencil and charcoal on newsprint; color was added digitally.

Steve and Anna knew that the Zambian bush was a dangerous place for a pet. So when they adopted the runt of a terrier litter, they tried to train and protect him from peril. Still, Bulu had some terrifying, heart-stopping encounters in his life. To their surprise, Bulu also had an astonishing ability to calm and communicate with orphaned animals—warthogs, monkeys, and a newborn bushbuck. Author’s note. Glossary. Black-and-white map and photographs.

What odd animals did William Dampier have on his ship? Why did Grace O’Malley cut off her hair? And which pirate liked to wear pajamas on deck? Based on solid research, here are profiles of nineteen of the most notorious men and women to sail the seven seas. Further reading. Full-color illustrations done in oil paint.

Eleven-year-old Olive and her parents have just moved to a weird old house, where Olive has noticed things moving inside the artwork on the walls and where cats have darted out of secret places to talk to her. Soon Olive finds that she can climb into the paintings. She also discovers a dark secret: the original owner of the house came from “a line of powerful witches” and “learned to trap living people in paintings.” Black-and-white illustrations.

A gust of wind has swept away Bridget’s big black Great Artist beret—and brought on a bad case of artist’s block. Bridget is sure she needs her hat to feel inspired. She searches the neighborhood, files a Missing Beret report, and even offers a reward. In the end, none of these are what help her get back what she lost. “How to Start Your Art” section with reproductions of famous artworks and suggestions for creating art. Full-color illustrations rendered in ink, colored pencil, watercolor, and sidewalk chalk on watercolor paper.

**New book from Jon Scieska!** Michael K. knew that his first day of fifth grade in a new school would be weird, but not like this. Two strange kids, Bob and Jennifer, claim they are spaceheadz from another planet—on a mission to save Earth. Stranger still, Jennifer explains why they chose him to help: “Michael K. can do anything,” she says, which is the ad slogan from an embarrassing cereal commercial Michael thought he had put behind him. Black-and-white digital illustrations.

** Favorite character** It’s Clementine’s turn to be Friend of the Week at school, which means that she gets to collect the milk money, feed the class fish, and receive a booklet in which all her classmates explain their favorite things about her. To ensure that she gets only the best compliments, Clementine spends the week trying to be as helpful and fun as possible. Then Clementine’s kitten, Moisturizer, goes missing, and suddenly being Friend of the Week doesn’t seem so important. Black-and-white ink illustrations.
Expert-built snow igloos are so strong that they can withstand hurricane-force winds. Their curved shape means that wind blows smoothly over the top. But in an emergency like a blizzard, speed is essential. It’s faster to dig a snow cave than build a structure. From polar regions to the desert, making shelter is an important skill for surviving in the wilderness. Survival skills quiz. Glossary. List of useful Web sites. Index. Full-color illustrations and photographs.

These titles and many more will be waiting for you when the library opens next month.

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