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Great Reading

For the week of March 13 to 20, 2019
Picks for the whole family from the St. Albert Public Library
Stimulate imaginations, pique curiosity and reveal a wider world of perspectives and ideas!

These picture books are a great choice for sharing with pre-readers and those just beginning to read.

Crafty Llama
By Mike Kerr

Llama loves to make things. It doesn't matter what, really – something special, something lovely. Beaver loves to make things, too. But he likes things to be useful. With lots of craftiness and fun, this is a delightful story about how something lovely can be useful, too, and how the best gifts are the ones that bring us together.

Elbow Grease
By John Cena

Meet Elbow Grease, a little monster truck with a big problem! He's smaller than his four brothers, but wants to prove that he has the guts and the grit to do big things. He decides that entering the Demolition Derby is the perfect way to show everyone that what he lacks in horsepower he makes up for in gumption.

A great selection of fiction that will stimulate the imaginations of young readers.

Dragon Pearl
By Yoon Ha Lee

Min comes from a long line of fox spirits, but to keep her family safe, she never uses any fox-magic. When Min’s brother disappears, she decides to run away to find him. Min's quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. She’ll be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery.

Property of the Rebel Librarian
By Allison Varnes

When June's parents discover what they deem an inappropriate library book, they take strict parenting to a whole new level: the librarian is suspended, an author appearance is cancelled, the library is gutted, and all books on the premises must have school approval. But June can't give up books, and starts a banned book library in an abandoned locker at school.


Just the facts, please! Science, history, animals, biography, real adventures, crafts and cooking for junior readers.

The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster
By Lari Don

The country famous for kilts and bagpipes also is home of the Loch Ness Monster that lives in Loch Ness, Scotland’s deepest lake. The tales began to appear as early as the fifth century. Hundreds of thousands of people visit the loch each year hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive creature affectionately known as Nessie.

The Bacteria Book
By Steve Mould

Bacteria are so small you can’t see them with your eyes. Other microbes are viruses, fungi, algae, protozoa and archaea. It may amaze you to know that an average person carries about 2 kg of bacteria in and on their body. Colourfully illustrated, check out the fully mouldy tomato after four weeks of decomposition!

Youth/teens will enjoy this selection of popular fiction.

Five Feet Apart
By Rachael Lippincott

Stella and Will are teens who both live with cystic fibrosis. Will is waiting to turn 18 so he can leave the hospital and live in the real world. Stella is waiting for a lung transplant, and she knows that means staying six feet away from others to prevent an infection that could jeopardize her chances. Their growing love for each other is testing these boundaries.

Echo North
By Joanna Ruth Meyer

Echo is an outsider because of the scars she has from a wolf attack in childhood. She finds the responsible wolf guarding her father and agrees to live with him for a year in exchange for her father’s safe return. The wolf’s house is filled with enchanted rooms and Echo must solve the mystery of the enchantment before time is up in order to save herself.

Mature readers will enjoy reading what’s new or timely or popular with this selection of fiction and fact.

The Witch Elm: a novel
By Tana French

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life – he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, when we no longer know who we are.

Smile: a novel
By Roddy Doyle

A breakout from the Booker-prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle. A psychological suspense novel unlike any he's written before, about how we contend with the past, trauma, guilt and regret, and the uncertainty of memory. It's the memories of high school, and of one particular Brother, that he cannot control and which eventually threaten to destroy his sanity.

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