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Ask Me What I'm Reading

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


by John Rocco — E Roc
Picture Book

A fearsome blizzard hits town, and after 4 days the snowplows still can’t get through. A boy trudges valiantly to the corner market to get supplies for his neighborhood. Rocco depicts the great blizzard of ‘78 from his own adventuresome boyhood memories. (Includes a fun fold-out double-spread!) (AE)

I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters
by Lauren Tarshis — j363.34 Tar
Nonfiction, Natural Disasters 

Complementing her “I Survived” series of fictional characters set in real disasters, Tarshis has collected real children’s stories from actual disasters. Gleaned from diaries and first-hand accounts, five survival stories make for exciting reading.  I learned about an historical event I had never heard of—The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919! (MK)
The Terrible Time without Tilly

by Hilary McKay — JE Red McK
Beginning Chapter Book

Tilly doesn’t have time to clean her room. Family members don’t understand, so she goes to visit other relatives.  This delightful British import features a spunky girl and lots of Briticism-rich vocabulary.  Great fun for early chapter readers! (PS)

Tiptop Cat
by C. Roger Mader — E Mad
Picture Book

A curious cat falls off an apartment building’s balcony while trying to pounce on a pigeon. Even though nothing is broken, the cat’s spirit is. Eventually, he bounces back and he is on top of the world again! Nice, bold pictures. (EM)

Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?  
by Eve Bunting, illus. by Sergio Ruzzier — E Bun
Picture Book

Duck is terribly distressed, because her new socks are missing. She looks everywhere and asks all her friends to no avail. It’s only when she talks with the peacocks that the socks turn up. You will never guess where they’ve been all along. (RD)

Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry
by Samantha Berger — E Ber
Picture Book

Martha does lots of things, but she doesn’t say sorry.  One day Martha discovers that you can push people too far, and sometimes you need to apologize. (KW)

Just Right for Two
by Tracey Corderoy —  E Cor
Picture Book

Dog has a suitcase filled with many treasures he has collected, but still feels he is missing something. Dog asks for Mouse’s help to find what is missing. Dog realizes he didn’t need to go far to find what he needed.  Find out what Dog is missing. (KAW)

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