By Jan Pease
I’m ready to wave goodbye to February and winter. Just had to express that feeling. Anyway, here are some new children’s novels that will be good for “spring” reading in March.
“Click,” by Kayla Miller, explores a situation that is hard for most students to handle, the dreaded school variety show. Olive doesn’t fit in with any of the groups at school, so she can’t seem to insert herself in any of the acts. What can the person do who gets along with everyone but isn’t part of a clique? Why, become a witty, entertaining emcee, of course.
“The Duchess and Guy,” by Nancy Furstinger, is based on the story of a shelter dog who is rescued by a beautiful actress who marries Prince Harry, whose grandmother is very fond of dogs. Of course the beautiful actress is Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Guy the beagle is a real dog.
“The Gilded Wolves,” by Roshani Chok, is a great big, lush novel for teens. It’s on my “to read” list, because it sounds interesting. This book is a fantasy set in a semi-historical Paris, with intrigue between the great houses of the city. A heist is involved, as our hero tries to retrieve an artifact from another great house.
Finally, the big question for today is: “Who in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” This has surprising resonance with me, because I often have a snippet of the old song, “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?” stuck in my head as an ear worm. Who is Carmen, the mystery woman in the red fedora? And why does she travel around the world?
These books, and many more, are waiting for you at Litchfield library. See you there!