Friday, September 17, 2010

New Books!

Here is the Junior Library Guild's September selection of books. These will be available in the library soon, I just have to finish processing them. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the Marshall Lane PTA for their generous support of the library. PTA provides the funding that purchases the books from Junior Library Guild as well as our magazine subscriptions and the subscriptions for the Online Social Studies Fact Cards and World Book Online. I believe Marshall Lane Library houses a collection that the community can be proud of largely due to the support of the PTA. So if you see a PTA member on campus, be sure to let them know how much you appreciate what they do and how awesome you think the library is!

The following pictures and book descriptions were taken from
"You had to wear pretty clothes to sing in the regular shows. You had to be clean and presentable. Ella was a mess. Somebody give that girl a bar of soap! A comb, a dress!" From her childhood in Yonkers, New York, to her teenage years--spent in an orphanage, then homeless on the streets of Harlem--Ella Fitzgerald was a skit-scat raggedy cat hoping to catch her break and sing. Bibliography with suggestions for books, albums, DVDs, and Web sites. Full-color illustrations done in acrylic, pencil, and collage.
"After all these years of thinking I was somebody I wasn't, the real me had finally decided to show up." A week before her eleventh birthday, Verbena Colter discovers a family secret that seems to explain why she feels so mixed up and mean. She wishes she was anyone but herself. So when a new friend mistakes her for someone else, she gladly plays along--and feels only a tiny bit guilty. Author's note.
Amos McGee has plenty to do at his job at City Zoo. Still, he always makes time to play chess with the elephant, run races with the tortoise, and read stories with the owl. One morning, Amos wakes up sick and can't make it to work. Luckily for him, a day at home does not mean a day without friends. Full-color illustrations done with woodblock printing techniques and pencil.
Every day from Hotsy-Totsy Monday to Hunky-Dory Thursday, Ron's bus driver, Mr. Stuckinaditch, gets the bus stuck in a ditch on the way to school. Ron's classmate Dewey Haveto asks questions that start with Do we have to?, and janitors Mr. Iquit and Mr. Quitoo quit their jobs whenever young Oopsie Spiller or Chuckie Upkins makes a mess. By Yowie-Ka-Zowie Friday, however, some of the most predictable people in Ron's life do some very unexpected things. Black-and-white illustrations.

Dino is seven in 1954, when he must leave his beloved Havana, Cuba, and the colorful buildings that inspire his drawings. He and his parents move to Madrid, Spain, to help his injured uncle's family. Life under the dictator, Franco, is miserable, so when they return home in 1956, Dino is overjoyed: "I will never leave you again," he whispers to his city. However, by 1959, a dangerous political upheaval forces the family to flee to New York City. Based on architect Secundino Fernandez's childhood experiences. Author's note. Full-color oil-and-pencil illustrations.
They have the same brown eyes. They have the same pink cheeks. They have the same happy smiles. Ling and Ting are identical twins--but whether they get haircuts, perform magic, make dumplings, or tell stories, it's plain to see that they are not exactly the same. Full-color illustrations.
Gracie Gillypot and her best friend, Prince Marcus, have a fun day of dwarf-spotting planned, when Gracie is unexpectedly swallowed by a tree. Soon Marcus learns that human-eating trolls likely set the trap. Desperate to save Gracie from her terrible fate, Marcus enlists the help of talking bats, a bratty princess, and many other off beat characters in this rollicking adventure. Black-and-white line drawings.
Nine-year-old Ben is new to soccer, but he's excited to play on the Bobcats. If he can only work around his obnoxious teammate Mark, the ball hog, Ben is sure he'll score his first goal. Then, with a little constructive criticism from his teammates, Ben realizes he's a ball hog, too. Can he and Mark change their ways and salvage the Bobcats' shot at the playoffs? Black-and-white illustrations.
"The dancer and choreographer. The composer. The artist. Together they created a ballet about a new home, a new family, a new life. A dance about America." Martha Graham, Aaron Copland, and Isamu Noguchi collaborated on Appalachian Spring. The ballet opened in 1944 but was so untraditional that they wondered whether the audience would understand it. Short biographies of Graham, Copland, and Noguchi. Bibliography. Source notes. Full-color illustrations done in watercolor.

The library will be open next week, and if all goes well with the new circulation system, we'll be checking out books! Either way, come in and take a look at our new titles!

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