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Ask Me What I'm Reading


Weekly write-ups of books recently read by the Youth Department staff.

NOTE: Please check Library Catalog for availability.

Grace, Gold, & Glory: My Leap of Faith
by Gabrielle Douglas — j 921 Douglas
Biography

2012 Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas shares the inspiring story of her road to the Olympics.  Her journey was not always easy, but her faith in God and her family, and her determination kept her strong. A must read! (EM) 

Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things that  Go
by Richard Scarry — E Sca
Picture Book

This 1974 classic, which many a child has adored, was re-published in 2014. It looks fresh, but it's still the same, with real -- as well as imagined -- moving vehicles, such as the “pencil car” and “ant bus.” Can you still find the gold bug on each spread?  This book is full of stories and imaginings. (RD)

A Leaf Can Be. . .
by Laura Purdie Salas; illustrations by Violeta Dabija — E Sal
Picture Book, Poetry

This delightful exploration of the wonders of leaves comes just in time for their springtime emergence. Mostly two-word rhymes with full-page illustrations point out the many things a leaf can be. A section at the end explains the phrases (“Sun taker/Food maker”) in more detail. (PS)

Half a Man
by Michael Morpurgo — j Mor
Fiction

A sometimes painful, yet sweet, story about  the relationship between the author and his grandfather, who is disfigured from burns sustained during a battle in WWII. It is a relevant topic, since there are so many injured veterans today. How Michael learns to treat those scars, inside and out, and how a family’s wounds can be healed in the process, is a priceless lesson. (MK)

Elmer and Butterfly
by David McKee — E McK
Picture Book

Elmer the elephant rescued Butterfly. In return, she offered to help him should he ever need it.  Elmer thought it amusing that a tiny butterfly could help an elephant.  That is, until Elmer got stuck in a hole! (KW)

Sleepless Knight
by James Sturm — j Graphic Novel Stu
Graphic Novel, Comic Book

Will this be Knight's best camping trip ever or the worst?  Join the Knight and her horse Edward as they set out on their camping adventure. The Knight packs everything she needs for their trip, including teddy bear. But when bedtime comes, the Knight can’t find her teddy.  Will she find him before the night is over? (KAW)

Talkin’ Guitar: A Story of Young Doc Watson
by Robbin Gourley — j921 Watson
Biography

Arthel had ears like a cat. He loved  sounds—frogs, tools, voices raised in song, rain, and even the quiet between sounds. His first music sounded like a wildcat yowling, but he practiced… until he became a multi-Grammy Award-winning guitar virtuoso! Rich watercolor illustrations accompany this touching biography that holds a surprise ending. (AE)

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