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Rump : the true story of Rumpelstiltskin book cover
Rump : the true story of Rumpelstiltskin book cover

Rump : the true story of Rumpelstiltskin

Liesl Shurtliff

eBOOK
Kids

Relates the tale of Rumpelstiltskin's childhood and youth, explaining why his name is so important, how he is able to spin straw into gold, and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller's daughter-turned-queen.

Liesl Shurtlif does a great job developing a backstory for Rumpelstiltskin. Typically the antihero in fairy tales, Rump is shown here as a misunderstood and thoughtful hero. His power develops during a time of hunger and loss, and we watch as he learns more about himself, his powers, and the consequences of magic. Plot driven, surprising, and a fun read! -Becky

The tiger rising book cover
The tiger rising book cover

The tiger rising

Kate DiCamillo

eBOOK
Kids

Rob, who passes the time in his rural Florida community by wood carving, is drawn by his spunky but angry friend Sistine into a plan to free a caged tiger.

Will they free the tiger? Will freeing the tiger free them from the grief they are feeling? You’ll have to read the book to find out, and, believe me, you’ll be glad you did. -Karen

Brisingr, or, The seven promises of Eragon Shadeslayer and Saphira Bjartskular book cover
Brisingr, or, The seven promises of Eragon Shadeslayer and Saphira Bjartskular book cover

Brisingr, or, The seven promises of Eragon Shadeslayer and Saphira Bjartskular

Christopher Paolini

eBOOK
Fantasy

The further adventures of Eragon and his dragon Saphira as they continue to aid the Varden in the struggle against the evil king, Galbatorix.

In the third installment of the Inheritance Cycle, I was still enthralled by Christopher Paolini’s dedication to the intricate construction of this fantasy world. The kingdom of Alagaesia is as familiar as an old friend by the time you reach the end of the third book. I was also impressed by the wide range of characters, readers become invested in the battle campaign of the Varden as they learn about many of those involved. As I read about Eragon and the Varden slowly advancing towards Uru’Baen to confront Galbatroix, I was expecting to be impatient with the endless battle scenes. However, there is variety in the character perspectives, plot twists, and settings which made the campaigning portion of this series enjoyable. Throughout the series, there are many subtle quests and mysteries built into the larger storyline. This continues in the third book, much to my delight. Keep your eyes peeled for when events of seemingly small significance reappear later in the storyline. -Lauren

The evolution of Calpurnia Tate book cover
The evolution of Calpurnia Tate book cover

The evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Jacqueline Kelly

eBOOK
Kids

In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.

Calpurnia has to deal with breaking the mold for girls in her place and time and come to terms with growing up. The chapters are a series of vignettes in her life with six brothers in a small Texas town on the cusp of the 20th century. The writing is clever, funny, and beautiful. -Anne W

Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone book cover
Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone book cover

Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone

J. K Rowling

eBOOK
Kids, Fantasy, Adventure

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches. This is the first Hary Potter book.

My daughter and I are taking this opportunity to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone together. This is the first time I’ve stepped back into Rowling’s world since finishing the series thirteen years ago. -Casey

The birchbark house book cover
The birchbark house book cover

The birchbark house

Louise Erdrich

eAUDIO
Kids

This is a vital and dramatic novel of a year in the life of a young Ojibwa girl in the mid-1800s.

Birchbark is a great parallel for readers who enjoy the Little House books. Louise Erdrich provides a unique perspective into Ojibwa daily life during the nineteenth-century. The story is divided into the four seasons and told through the eyes of 7-year-old, Omakayas. Readers learn about a Native American family’s daily life, traditions, and connection with nature. Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwa, was able to weave in her research, observations, and conversations with Ojibwa elders into a narrative that is accessible to middle-grade children. -Becky

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