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Connie, Lakewood Library

Who are you? Why are you here? What are you looking for? Does this have anything to do with Lemony Snicket? THESE ARE ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS!

Yes fans of Lemony Snicket, there is a new series called, All the Wrong Questions, and the first book in the series, Who Could that Be at This Hour? is now available at the library.

If this new series is anything like the Series of Unfortunate Events, it should be exciting and fun to find out.

What was your favorite "Series of Unfortunate Events" book?

Mine is "The Reptile Room" (so creepy when their guardian, Uncle Monty, gets poisoned by his own snakes).

Trish, Belmar Library

I just finished Joan Bauer’s latest book, Almost Home, and found it to be one of the best stories I read this past year.

Middle schooler Sugar Rae Cole, her rescue dog Shush, and her mother Reba find themselves homeless, and on the move. Through poems, letters, memories and grit, Sugar holds onto her dream of someday having a real home again.

In all of her eleven novels, Joan Bauer explores difficult modern issues with humor and hope. She has won many awards, and has often spoken to school and civic groups about the power of resiliency.  Her main characters are teenagers, but her stories will appeal to strong 5th and 6th grade readers as well as teens, and any adult who admires people who face their troubles with courage and humor. Her philosophy is that "stories connect us," and humor gives us hope.

Looking for more by Joan Bauer, or other hopeful stories? Visit the Children's desk at your library.  


Geri, Columbine Library

Snakes are fascinating animals. There's lots to learn about them, and you can even keep some of them as pets! 

One book about snakes that's fun to read is 100 Things You Should Know about Snakes.

If you have ever wanted to own a pet snake, you might like to read a story about a boy who wants to get a snake. In the chapter book Hiss-s-s-s! by Eric A. Kimmel, Omar gets a corn snake for a pet, but his mother is deathly afraid of snakes.  Find out what happens when his new pet snake gets lost in the house.

To check out other great books about snakes at your library, just ask a librarian.


Rhoda, Belmar Library


Are you looking for adventure in another place and time? Well, then you must read John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series and the spinoff, The Brotherband Chronicles.

These two series take place in a combination of Medieval and Viking Times. The main characters are orphans and misfits who are taken under the wings of some of the powerful men in their countries. The young men are involved in battles against bullies, strange creatures, invading armies and even pirates! Ranger's Apprentice starts with The Ruins of Gorlan. There are eleven books in this series. After you've read these you may want to read the first book in the spinoff series, The Outcasts.

If you've read these, did you have a favorite character or book?


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