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Ask Me What I'm Reading

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


How to Catch a Bogle(Audiobook)
by Catherine Jinks — j CDAB Jin
Narrated by Mandy Williams

Birdie is apprenticed to Alfred the Bogler. Even though bogles eat children, Birdie lures them out with her beautiful singing, and Alfred traps and kills them — a respectable way to make a living in Victorian London. Miss Eames wants to help Birdie get out of such a base and dangerous life. Dr. Morton wants a beast for his own dark interests, no matter the cost. The first book in a planned trilogy, this is a terrific narration! (AE)

Switched at Birthday
by Natalie Standiford — j Sta

Lavender and Scarlet share the same birthday, but that is all they have in common.  On their birthday, they both make a wish and end up in each other’s bodies.  As each girl is thrown into a new life, they learn to see the other in a new light. (EM)

Me First
by Max Kornell — E Kor
Picture Book

Siblings Hal and Martha are always finding ways to best each other — checkers, packing for a picnic, skipping stones. When they take a new route home from the picnic, they encounter adventures that leave them too tired for rivalry. Acrylic ink illustrations are bold and clear with just the right touch of detail. (AE)

The Alien in My Pocket: Blast Off!
by Nate Ball — j Bal v.1

One evening a tiny blue alien crash-lands his spaceship on Zack’s bedroom wall. Amp is funny, sneaky, annoying, and he can do a “Jedi mind trick.” Amp really needs to get back to Erde to warn his fellow aliens that earthlings are way bigger than they had originally thought they were, but first Zack needs to help fix Amp’s spaceship. That leads to a trip to school… uh-oh! (AE)

Army Camels: Texas Ships of the Desert
by Doris Fisher — j357 Fis

Here’s a quirky chapter in U.S. history. In 1856, before cross-country railways existed, a shipload of camels and 2 camel trainers were brought over from Egypt to work for the U.S. government in the scrublands of Texas. This is a fun nonfiction book in picture book format. (AE)

Oh Dear, Geoffrey!
by Gemma O’Neill — E One
Picture Book

Geoffrey the giraffe is very, very tall, and rather gangly and clumsy. He wants to be friendly and say hello to other animals on the savannah, but his arrival results in tumbles and chaos. A bunch of cheeky monkeys find Geoffrey perfect for climbing and befriending. Digitally rendered mixed media illustrations are vibrant and splashy. (AE)

Malala Yousafzai and the Girls of Pakistan
by David Aretha — j921 Yousafzai

In 2012, a Taliban gunman shot 15-year-old Malala in the head, hoping to punish her with death for her open stance on education for all the world’s children. Unbelievably, she survived the assassination attempt, and she says it has made her even more fearless and outspoken. This is her story, plus information on the cultural context and further resources. (AE)

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