Thinkers, Tinkerers and Tiny Adults

For the child whose idea of a fun afternoon is dismantling various appliances to see how they work. This child is reading for knowledge about history, politics, the world around them. They not only have a career path established, but five and ten year plans in place to get there. They're precocious children and globally concerned teens. 

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Half a World Away Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442412750
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

Literary fiction for 10/11/12 year olds! This is the story of Jaden, a 12-year-old adopted from Romania when he was 8. The book begins as Jaden’s parents have decided to adopt a baby from Kazakhstan and follows them as they travel to pick him up. Kadohata vividly portrays Jaden’s struggles adjusting to his new life in America and stable home. The narrative delves into his insecurities, difficulty bonding and his childhood in the orphanage. A serious story, expertly rendered for a young audience. 

Ideal for ages 10+

In Real Life Cover Image
By Cory Doctorow, Jen Wang (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596436589
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Published: First Second - October 14th, 2014

This adventure-filled graphic novel from YA-great Cory Doctorow follows Anda, a teen girl at an awkward stage in her life, who finds friendship, empowerment and purpose in an online roleplaying game. With beautiful, vibrant illustrations and a positive message behind this rousing story, In Real LIfe is perfect for fantasy-loving girls who are ready to take over the world!

Ideal for ages 12+

The Book with No Pictures Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803741713
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Published: Dial Books - September 30th, 2014

This book follows through on the title’s promise: there are no pictures. However, there ARE silly words, ample opportunities to read with a funny voice and sizeable helpings of humor. the idea is that the person reading HAS to read EVERY word on the page, whether they want to or not...even if the word is made up and makes them sound crazy. A Brazos storytime sensation and fun for kids and adults alike!

Ideal for ages 5+

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (Frank Einstein series #1): Book One Cover Image
By Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419712180
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Published: Amulet Books - August 19th, 2014

Frank is a kid scientist who visits his grandfather, Albert Einstein, while his parents are on vacation. Kink and Klank, two robots, work with Frank to make antimatter motor bike to enter into a science fair. I really liked this book because it was funny and entertaining and it was neat to see how smart Frank was. The robots had funny personalities and helped Frank a lot with the bike. I am really glad it’s a series and can’t wait for the next one to come out.

Ages 8+

The Cure for Dreaming Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419712166
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Published: Amulet Books - October 14th, 2014

Teenage suffragette Olivia Mead wants the vote--and so much more than that: she wants to have a voice. When her father pays young hypnotist Henri Reverie to take that voice away, Olivia gets the final push she needs to fully stand up and use it. This amazing work of historical fiction (full of fantastic quotes and real photos of historic suffragettes) gives us a wonderful heroine, who’s allowed to be afraid and still fights back. I want to give Olivia Mead (and her eventual ally, the supportive, respectful, and dashing Henri) to every young adult in my life--past, present and future. THE CURE FOR DREAMING is an amazing gift to encourage young people in your life to trust themselves and the way they see the world--and never to find a “cure” for their dreams.

Ages 12-17

Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery Cover Image
By Jeanette Winter, Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481422949
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Published: Beach Lane Books - November 4th, 2014

An inspirational pair of stories about brave children in Pakistan who spoke out against oppression. Though the stories are serious, the book is beautiful. This book will teach kids about the world and also give them some optimism!

Ideal for ages 4+

Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator), Oliver Jeffers
ISBN: 9780399167911
Availability: Backordered
Published: Philomel Books - October 14th, 2014

Anything Oliver Jeffer writes becomes an instant modern classic and ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET is no exception. As enjoyable for cxhildren as it is for adults, I found myself reading it aloud to others and laughing at the irreverent end to each story. Get this one for your favorite young (or young-at-heart) person! 

Ages 3-5 

Hug Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9781909263499
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Published: Flying Eye Books - September 16th, 2014

Poor Felipe! All he wants is a hug but his formal, personal-space-respecting family leaves him in the lurch. Funny and endearing, Felipe’s journey is a surprisingly moving tale of friendship and community. Also - that cactus is freaking cute!

Ideal for ages 3-7

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By Stuart Sandler, Derek Yaniger (Illustrator), Charles Phoenix (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780957664913
Availability: Backordered
Published: Korero Press - August 1st, 2014

You’re never too young to learn how to shake a martini! Wait, no. There are laws against that. Luckily we have Kiddie Cocktails - perfect for the edgy hipster kid who wants to learn mixology in a legal setting. Mix up a nice Nada Colada or a Nojito. And let’s be real, you could put vodka in any of these and it’s a fun book for adults, too!

Ideal for all ages! (Vodka NOT included)

The Fourteenth Goldfish Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375870644
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 26th, 2014

This is a delightful book, that's perfect for sharp young readers who like humor, science, and secret missions with friends. When her scientist grandfather discovers how to anti-age himself to be twelve again, Ellie has to help him sneak back into his lab, navigate middle school, and get along with her mom. Funny, insightful, AND it features a girl who wants a microscope for her birthday. What's not to love?

Ages 8-12 

Animalium: Welcome to the Museum Cover Image
By Jenny Broom, Katie Scott (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763675080
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Big Picture Press - September 9th, 2014

Any words I could use to describe this book - vintage, beautiful, detailed - will prove utterly inadequate the moment you open it. In fact, go ahead! I’ll wait...See what I mean? This is the kind of book that can become a family heirloom, being passed down from generation to generation. Animalium is THE gift for any kid fascinated by the natural world.

Ideal for ages 9+

Afterworlds Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481422345
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Published: Simon Pulse - September 23rd, 2014

Darcy wrote a book in 30 days and just got a major publication deal. Lizzie is the main character in Darcy’s book who explores the underworld with a cute-boy tour guide. Both of these books - an ideal book deal come true and a complex fantasy yarn--appear in full to make up AFTERWORLDS. A fascinating look at writing and publishing, especially as both books impact each other. THE book for budding teen writers.

Ideal for ages 14+

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