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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Snow, Snow Go Away, Come Again Another Day! Or Year!

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.

“Dr. Snow Has Got to Go,” by Dan Gutman, is  the first book in Mr. Gutman’s new series, “My Weirder-est school.”  Mr. Gutman states in an interview on his amazon  page that he writes for the kids who don’t really like to read.  His “My Weird School” series has something like 23 copies sold.  Ooops, I meant to type 23 MILLION copies sold.  The new series promises to be more of the same.  Dr. Snow is a scientist who comes to Ella Mentry School to help students with their science fair projects, with ensuing chaos.

“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?

Oops! There is one more book I have to share. “Tooth by Tooth: Comparing Fangs, Tusks, and Chompers,”   by Sara Levene, takes a look at human teeth compared to other creatures.  For example, what animal would you be if your top canine teeth grew almost down to your feet?    Interesting to think about.

These books, and many more, are waiting for you at Litchfield library.  See you there!