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The Bookworm Buddies Blog features recommendations of books and other materials for children and their parents. Reviews are written by children's department staff at the Manhattan Public Library in Manhattan, Kansas. Comments are encouraged!

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  • The Case of the Deadly Desperados

    Posted on April 2, 2012 by in Adventure, My Favorite, Mysteries

    by Caroline Lawrence This is the first title in Lawrence’s new “Western Mysteries” series, and while I’ve never been a reader of westerns (other than maybe Hank the Cowdog), I found myself unable to put this book down. P. K. Pinkerton has a shocking, terrible birthday. When he comes home, he finds his foster Ma [...]

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  • Tuesdays at the Castle

    Posted on March 29, 2012 by in Fantasy

    by Jessica Day George Princess Celie loves her Castle Glower. Every Tuesday it changes a little, adding a room here or a secret passageway there. It’s impossible for everyone to keep up with the tricky Castle, but Celie explores each new addition and creates maps to help her family and the servants get around. Early [...]

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  • Leave It to Chance

    Posted on March 28, 2012 by in Graphic Novel

    by James Robinson and Paul Smith Trick or Threat & Other Stories: Volume 2 of Leave It to Chance Monster Madness & Other Stories: Volume 3 of Leave It to Chance These exciting graphic novels seem to have it all: vivid, full-color illustrations and a fun, oversized format, as well as a strong female protagonist, [...]

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  • New Ideas from Public Library Association conference

    Posted on March 26, 2012 by in Newspaper column

    Library column printed in The Mercury, 3-25-12 I recently attended the national Public Library Association (PLA) conference in Philadelphia, a biennial event that is always jam-packed with speakers, exhibits and sessions on new ideas to try in your public library.Here are a few highlights in the area of children’s services. Early literacy “spaces” were the [...]

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  • Open Wide!

    Posted on March 23, 2012 by in Family Read-Aloud, Nonfiction

    by Catherine Ham We have a fun new book in the non-fiction section all about animal mouths! Each page has a picture of an animal with its mouth open wide and a rhyme giving scientific information about what that animal is actually doing. For example, the poem about sparrow mouths is called “Feed Me!” Baby [...]

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  • Nowhere Girl

    Posted on March 20, 2012 by in Realistic Fiction

    > By Ammi-Joan Paquette Nowhere Girl unfolds with the intriguing history of Luchi: even though she has an American mother, all she knows of home is a women’s prison in Thailand where she was born and raised. Luchi knows no other family than the warden and other prisoners she has grown up around. The sudden death of Luchi’s [...]

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  • Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Why

    Posted on March 15, 2012 by in animals, Picture Books

    > by Lita Judge Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Why  is a gorgeous picture book that works well for many ages.  Lita Judge captures a variety of  birds with beautiful watercolor illustrations.  She includes  fascinating information about bird behavior, habitat and range for each species.  Judge draws on her childhood experiences with her [...]

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  • Citizen Scientists

    Posted on March 15, 2012 by in animals, Nonfiction

    >by Loree Griffin Burns Many kids (and adults) would love to study nature and help scientists discover new things, but don’t know how to do it. This book gives four examples of “citizen science” that anyone can participate in. In the fall, you can tag monarch butterflies so scientists can track migration patterns. In the [...]

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  • Confetti Girl

    Posted on March 9, 2012 by in Humorous Stories, Realistic Fiction, William Allen White

      by Diana Lopez Confetti Girl is on the 2011-2012 William Allen White Award Master List for 6th-8th graders. It’s a fun, quick read set in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Lina (short for Apolonia Flores) is a typical sixth grade girl.  She’s tall, good at sports and school, but not one of the popular group.  She has a [...]

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  • Hiding Glory

    Posted on March 3, 2012 by in Adventure, animals, Early Chapter Books, Fantasy

    > by Laura Chester Turner Flint is whisked away on a magical journey…by a tiny, blue horse named Glory! This enchanted horse can communicate with Turner, and somehow she can understand everything Glory says to her, too. Glory and Turner travel to the land of Joya, which is controlled by the grumpy Kermudgins who must [...]

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