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Wintry Adventures

Hello, jFIC fans,

For the holiday season, here’s a diverse list of books with a wintry setting. Brrr!

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson

The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh

The Lotterys More or Less by Emma Donoghue

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse by Nicholas Gannon

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

Very Rich by Polly Horvath

WinterFrost by Michelle Houts

Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson

Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson

Brother’s Keeper by Julie Lee

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Lara’s Gift by Annemarie O’Brien

Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr

The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

Jasper and the Riddle of Riley’s Mine by Caroline Starr Rose

The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Lost Frost Girl by Amy Wilson

Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin

“It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.”
~Dylan Thomas (from A Child’s Christmas in Wales)

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JFIC Novels That Take Place in the Summer

Hello, jFIC fans,

My July 12, 2017 post was a list of “100 Juvenile Books That Take Place in the Summer.” Here are some more. These were published between 2017-2021. 

JFIC novels that take place in the summer and were published between 2017 and 2021:

All the Ways Home by Elsie Chapman

Any Day with You by Mae Respicio

August Isle by Ali Standish

Battle of Junk Mountain (The) by Lauren Abbey Greenberg

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol (Graphic Novel)

Brother Wars: Cabin Eleven by Steven K Smith

Camp Average by Craig Battle

Camp by Kayla Miller (Graphic Novel) 

Camp Clique by Eileen Moskowitz-Palma

Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn

Chirp by Kate Messner

Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question by Martha Freeman

Emperor’s Riddle (The) by Kat Zhang

Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora (The) by Pablo Cartaya

Finally, Something Mysterious by Doug Cornett

Forever This Summer by Leslie C Youngblood

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Girls of Firefly Cabin (The) by Cynthia Ellingsen

Guggenheim Mystery (The) by Robin stevens

High Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson

Hope in the Holler by Lisa Lewis Tyre

House that Lou Built (The) by Mae Respicio

Jelly Bean Summer by Joyce Magnin

Junior Lifeguards Series by Elizabeth Doyle Carey

Key to Everything (The) by Pat Schmatz

Kind of Paradise (A) by Amy Rebecca Tan

Lemons by Melissa Savage

Line Tender (The) by Kate Allen

Matchstick Castle (The) by Keir Graff

Mystery of the Moon Tower (The) by Francesco Sedita

Parker Inheritance (The) by Varian Johnson

Quicksand Pond by Janet Taylor Lisle

Rambler Steals Home (A) by Carter Higgins

Rating Your Bunkmates and Other Camp Crimes by Jennifer Orr

Rules of the Ruff by Heidi Lang

Season of Styx Malone (The) by Kekla Magoon

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Silver Meadows Summer by Emma Otheguy

Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim

Summer and July by Paul Mosier

Summer at Meadow Wood by Amy Rebecca Tan

This Would Make a Good Story Someday by Dana Alison Levy

Thousand Questions (A) by Saadia Faruqi

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan

What Happens Next by Claire Swinarski

When I Hit the Road by Nancy J Cavanaugh

When Life Gives You Mangos by Kareen Getten

Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin

Wild Blues by Beth Kephart

Wrong Way Summer by Heidi Lang

Of the ones I’ve read, I particularly enjoyed Lemons by Melissa Savage, a funny and touching story of two friends searching for BigFoot while coping with family loss.   

Happy reading!

American-style iced tea is the perfect drink for a hot, sunny day. It’s never really caught on in the UK, probably because the last time we had a hot, sunny day was back in 1957.” ~Tom Holt

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JFIC for Black History Month

Hello, jFIC fans,

It’s Black History Month, so let’s celebrate African American jFIC authors. Here’s a list of their awesome books :

The Crossover Series by Kwame Alexander

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender

Like Vanessa by Tami Charles

So Done by Paula Chase

Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

New Kid (graphic novel) by Jerry Craft (Recent winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature)

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

Blended by Sharon Draper

The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles

Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes

Bird by Angela Johnson

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee

The Season of Stix Malone by Kekla Magoon

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

How High the Moon by Karyn Parsons

Ghost and sequels by Jason Reynolds (current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature)

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

One Crazy Summer Trilogy by Rita Williams-Garcia

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi

And also, because it’s Valentine’s Day, here’s a sweet love story: Dream Within a Dream by Patricia MacLachlan

Happy reading!

“I always get up and make a cup of coffee while it is still dark — it must be dark — and then I drink the coffee and watch the light come.” —Toni Morrison

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Award-Winning JFIC Books

Hello, jFIC fans,

The 2019 Youth Media Awards have been announced (https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/2019-youth-media-award-winners/), and I’ve listed all the jFIC winners:

Newbery Medal (most outstanding contribution to children’s literature):

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina


The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award (African-American author of outstanding books for children):


Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

Schneider Family Book Award (children’s books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience):

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor


The Collectors by Jacqueline West

Mildred L. Batchelder Award (outstanding international translated books):


Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure, written and illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann and translated from the German by David Henry Wilson

Pura Belpré Awards (books by Latinx writers and illustrators that best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience):


They Call Me Güero : a Border Kid’s Poems by David Bowles

Stonewall Book Award (children’s books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience):

Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender


Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Asian/Pacific American Award (books that promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage):

Front Desk written by Kelly Yang


The House that Lou Built by Mae Respicio

The Sydney Taylor Book Award (books that authentically portray the Jewish experience):

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier

American Indian Youth Literature Award (best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians)

This award is announced in even years. The next announcement will be in 2020. Meanwhile, I recommend you read Two Roads by Joseph Bruchac.

Also, let’s not forget the 2018 National Book Award Finalists:

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson / Eugene Yelchin

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Congratulations to all the winners, and happy reading to us!

“Coffee is a hug in a mug.” –Anonymous

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National Poetry Month Book Recommendations

Hello, Sweeteas,

A few recommendations (upper elementary and middle school) for National Poetry Month:

When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano

The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart

When the Sun Shines on Antarctica by Irene Latham

The Death of a Hat – Selected by Paul B. Janeczko

National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry – Edited by J. Patrick Lewis (great for Earth Day – April 22)

A Child’s Anthology of Poetry – Edited by Elizabeth Hague Sword

Out of Wonder by Kuame Alexander

And a great list:


Happy reading!

“Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


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New School Year!

Hello, Sweeteas,

Happy first day of school!

Lots of new and not-so-new awesome books are waiting for you in our lovely library. Here are links to sites you  should become acquainted with this year (if you haven’t done so already) so you can find books you’ll love:

1- Lion: Search for books and other library resources (including online databases) in the Denver Public Schools library system.


2- DPL website: Search for books and other library resources  (including online databases) in the Denver Public Library system. (The NoveList K-8 Plus database is fantastic! [You must have a library card.] Go to the DPL homepage; click on research; enter NoveList K-8 Plus in the search bar; click on search; explore the site.)


3- Follett Shelf: Search for ebooks and audiobooks in our school’s digital collection.


4- AR Finder: Find information about books with Accelerated Reader quizzes.


I’ve read several outstanding books this summer that I plan to order for our library. Come visit me, and I’ll tell you about them (no spoilers, don’t worry.)

The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge *****

The Chimes by Anna Smaill ****

Grayling’s Song by Karen Cushman ****

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett****

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown*****

Raymie Nightingale by Kate Di Camillo****

A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee****

The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne****

See you all at the library!

“Teapot is on, the cups are waiting, favorite chairs anticipating. No matter what I have to do, my friends, there’s always time for you.”  –Author Unknown


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Feelin’ Groovy

Hello, Sweeteas,

Exciting things are happening at our library this month!

1- We have a lot of new, wonderful books in our library. Too many to list on this post! I will, however, mention and rate a few gems:

Beneath by Roland Smith ****

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby *****

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell *****

I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin ****

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman *****

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson ****

Noggin by John Corey Whaley ****

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee *****

The Trap by Steven Arntson ****

X: A Novel by  Ilyasah Shabazz *****

You will find summaries of these books in Lion (DPS Library Catalog). (See Blogroll.)

2- February is African American History Month (also known as Black History Month). We have many outstanding books written about or by African Americans. Come take a look!

3- February 14 is Valentine’s Day. We have several sweet books about tween and teen love. Plus I’ll be handing out candy!

4- The Feelin’ Groovy Scholastic Book Fair will take place in the library February 23-25 during the school day and during student-led conferences. The fair will also be online February 17 – March 1. You’ll receive a take-home flier with information soon. Start asking your family for money to buy groovy books! Remember: all sales benefit the school!

And now for some book news:

1- Neal Shusterman won the National Book Award for his YA novel Challenger Deep about a teenager battling a mental illness.

2- Gene Luen Yang, author of the award-winning graphic novel American Born Chinese, was selected as the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

3- The American Library Association Youth Media awards are in. It’s the first time a Hispanic author (Matt de la Peña!) wins the Newbery! Here’s a list of the winners:


Some of the above books are already in our library, and others will be coming soon!

Happy reading!

“Put on the kettle and make some tea,
It’s all a part of feeling groovy.” — mod band The Jam

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April Poetry and Magic

Hi, Sweeteas,

April is National Poetry Month. The National Poetry Month website has celebration suggestions and cool posters: http://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/poster-gallery

Here’s the poem on this year’s poster:

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.

It reminds me of the poem “How to Eat a Poem” by Eve Merriam:

Don’t be polite.
Bite in.
Pick it up with your fingers and lick the juice that
May run down your chin.
It is ready and ripe now, whenever you are.

You do not need a knife or fork or spoon
or plate or napkin or tablecloth.

For there is no core
or stem
or rind
or pit
or seed
or skin
to throw away.

April is the perfect month to read and write yummy poetry. Come and check out one or two tasty poetry books (we’ve got plenty) from our poetry display.

Our library is undergoing a makeover courtesy of our principal and the Library Redesign Committee. It’ll take a couple more weeks for the work to be completed, but from what I’ve seen so far, the end result will be magical. Because of this, I’ve decided to make magic another one of the themes for April. We have many wonderful fantasy books about witches and wizards and other magical beings, several of them brand new. Come see our spellbinding display!

Beloved author Sir Terry Pratchett passed away recently (March 12). We mourn our loss and celebrate his amazing body of work. We have several of his books in our library. My favorites are the Tiffany Aching books about the adventures of a young witch and a rowdy clan of tiny, magical blue beings known as the Wee Free Men.

Happy reading!

“As the message drained away Vimes stared at the opposite wall, in which the door now opened, after a cursory knock, to reveal the steward bearing that which is guaranteed to frighten away all nightmares, to wit, a cup of hot tea.” –Terry Pratchett, Snuff

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Happy 2015!

Hello, Sweeteas,

Happy 2015!

My reading goal for the year is to read 1-2 books per week, which is between 54 and 108 books per year. I read 60 books in 2014, which means I met my goal but didn’t do as well as in years past. (I normally read between 80-100 books per year.) I’m going to try to do better this year.

My favorite book of 2014 was The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: a Flavia De Luce Novel by Alan Bradley***** (BL: 6.5; Pts: 12.0). (I wrote about this mystery series on February 14, 2014. The post is titled “Flavia, Flavia.”) We have the first book in this series–The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie–in our library, and the rest will be joining it soon. A new installment (the 7th!) titled As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust is is being published this week. I can’t wait to read it!

Today I’ll tell you about the book Greenglass House by Kate Milford **** (BL: 5.4; Pts: 15.0):

The story takes place over the winter holidays in a remote mountain inn (Greenglass House) that’s frequented mainly by smugglers. The inn’s owners, their 12-year-old son Milo, their employees, and several mysterious guests are trapped in the ancient house as a result of a snowstorm. The problem is not just the snow, but that someone is stealing the guests’ belongings. It’s up to Milo and his new-found friend Meddy to solve, not just the robberies, but also a mystery having to do with the house itself.

The mystery-solving story line is interesting by itself, but there are three other elements that make this novel a truly remarkable read. 1) Milo is an adopted Asian boy dealing with personal issues regarding his adoption. 2) Milo and Meddy solve the mysteries while playing an elaborate and empowering RPG (role-playing game). 3) The book has a thrilling surprise ending.

Greenglass House will be in our collection by the end of the week. If you’d like to read it, you can place it on “hold.”

“Daughter of Eve from the far land of Spare Oom where eternal summer reigns around the bright city of War Drobe, how would it be if you came and had tea with me?” — From The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

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Adding a Bit of Steam

Hi, Sweeteas,

We have a couple of new steampunk books in our library. What’s steampunk? Wikipedia defines it as a sub-genre of speculative fiction that “involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian-era Britain—and incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy.” Steampunk’s main sources of inspiration are the works of Jules Verne (20,000 Leagues under the Sea, A Journey to the Center of the Earth, etc.) and H.G. Wells (The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, etc.). Some examples of steampunk novels are: The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman, Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, and Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.

The two new steampunk books in our library are Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger and The Dead Gentleman by Matthew Cody. They are both (hopefully!) first books in a series.

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger ****

Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter, fourteen-year-old Sophronia, to become a proper lady, so she enrolls her in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. But what Mrs Temminick doesn’t know is that the academy will train Sophronia not just in the art of feminine elegance, but also in the art of espionage and murder (that’s what the “finishing” in this finishing academy means). Sophronia is of course not interested in learning how to to become an assassin, but she stays at the unusual  academy out of curiosity, practicality (some of the skills she’s being taught may prove useful), and a thirst for adventure. There are werewolves, vampires, flying highwaymen, zeppelins, mecanical creatures, fascinating inventions, intrigue, and a lot of humor in the steampunk world of Sophronia Temminick. Fun read!

The Dead Gentleman by Matthew Cody ****

The 1901 world of eleven-year-old steampunk explorer Tommy Learner collides with the modern world of twelve-year-old Jezebel Lemon. Together they must defeat the evil Dead Gentleman and save–not just planet Earth–but the entire universe. Classic steampunk gadgets abound in this novel, from mechanical weapons and creatures to a version of Jules Verne’s Nautilus. There’s also time and space travel, dinosaurs and vampires, and much more. Don’t miss this interesting and exciting read.

Happy November reading!

“Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have our tea first?” from Peter Pan

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