The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda Book Cover The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Tom Angleberger
Juvenile Fiction
Amulet Books
March 1, 2010

When unpopular sixth grader Dwight successfully dispenses sound advice to his classmates via an origami finger puppet, his classmate Tommy investigates the source of Dwight's accuracy and makes a surprising discovery.


Dwight is a weird kid, but his finger puppet Origami Yoda has been giving great advice to his classmates. Tommy wants Yoda’s opinion about a girl he likes, and has compiled a case of all the questions Origami Yoda has answered to try to figure out if the advice really comes from the puppet and not strange Dwight. Angleberger genuinely captures the tone of a concerned and inquisitive sixth grader. Short chapters/case reports will capture even those with short attention spans, and jokes in the text and funny doodle illustrations in the margins make for a laugh a page. Readers will relate to the problems that students share with Origami Yoda, and may even benefit from the paper puppet’s advice. Mid-to-late elementary students will be best suited for this clever book, but even middle schoolers will not be able to resist the pull of Origami Yoda.


Smile Book Cover Smile
Raina Telgemeier
Juvenile Nonfiction

An autobiography in graphic novel format describes how the author lost two of her front teeth in an accident when she was twelve, and her subsequent struggles with various corrective dental techniques throughout adolescence.


Life is complicated enough for middle-schooler Raina before she gets hurt and needs advanced dental surgery. This incredibly relatable autobiographical graphic novel chronicles the tumultuous years of Raina’s junior high, focusing especially on her dental difficulties, but also touching on the everyday challenges of becoming a teenager. Smile is an excellent example of how the graphic novel medium can be more than the sum of its parts, with the text and images working together in the “show don’t tell” style. Catty dialogue of pre-teen girls show their true characters rather than outright labeling them bad friends. There are no tiresome descriptions of feelings, as the expressive illustrations convey it all without words. Kids, tweens, and teens alike will find something they can relate to, whether it’s friendship challenges, crushes, or the physical and emotional pain of braces. This book is highly recommended for upper elementary and middle school readers. Boys and girls alike will sympathize with the heart-filled story and be drawn in by the welcoming art.

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom Book Cover The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
Christopher Healy
Juvenile Fiction
Walden Pond Press
May 1, 2012

"The four princes erroneously dubbed Prince Charming and rudely marginalized in their respective fairy tales form an unlikely team when a witch threatens the whole kingdom"--


The world may know the princes associated with Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White all as “Prince Charming,” but each has his own name– and his own problems. When the group unites against a witch to find a missing princess (and some missing bards), they make a name for themselves beyond “Charming.” The over-the-top prince characters  are amusing and endearing, and Healy’s campy style keeps the reader laughing. Though the length of the book, at 438 pages, may turn off some reluctant readers, the fast-paced story and many interspersed pictures make the book seem much shorter. Recommended especially for students in 4-7 grades.


Room Book Cover Room
Emma Donoghue
Back Bay Books
May 18, 2011

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer. Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating--a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.


Room is a haunting novel which chilled me and stuck to my bones. The narrator is Jack, a five-year-old boy who has never left the room he was born in. To Jack, Room is the entire world. But to Ma, Room is the prison where she has been held captive for the past seven years. Room is told entirely from the point of view of Jack, and through his innocent eyes the readers are witness to harrowing strife and trials which he doesn’t understand. This book isn’t for the faint of heart, but it is amazing. I would also strongly recommend the audiobook for the full effect!

The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo Book Cover The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas pere
Penguin UK
March 27, 2003

Translated with an Introduction by Robin Buss


The Count of Monte Cristo is a boring, old book by some dead French guy,” I can hear you saying. Reader, don’t believe that! The Count of Monte Cristo is an action-packed thriller as good as any modern page-turner. The story starts with a poor, young sailor who is betrayed and imprisoned by his jealous best friend. You’ll have to read it to find out how he exacts his revenge on everyone who wronged him. You can read the abridged version, but I didn’t think there was a word that should be cut out when I read the unabridged version!

Gone Girl

Gone Girl Book Cover Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn
Crown Pub

When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.


I had to see for myself what all the hype was about surrounding Gone Girl. While crime/mysteries aren’t usually my genre of choice, I immediately got sucked into this book. When Nick Dunne’s wife Amy goes missing on their fifth anniversary, he becomes the prime suspect for the investigation. This book kept me on the edge of my seat, and I never figured out what would happen next. Gillian Flynn is such an immersive writer and the book was so thoroughly engaging that I could not put it down. I highly recommend this book, that is, if you can get your hands on it!

My Samsung Galaxy Note 3

My Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Book Cover My Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Craig James Johnston, Guy Hart-Davis,
Pearson Education

Provides information on using the smartphone, covering such topics as customizing the device, connecting to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, browsing the Internet, navigating with Google Maps, managing media, and finding apps and games.

RECOMMENDED BY: Ron Andrews, Technology Librarian

Come and get this new book on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It has; Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 working just the way you want.

Kindle Fire HDX in easy steps

Kindle Fire HDX in easy steps Book Cover Kindle Fire HDX in easy steps
Nick Vandome
In Easy Steps
May 22, 2014

Kindle Fire HDX in easy steps guides you through setting up and using this popular tablet from Amazon, including how to: Navigate around the touchscreenGet connected and browse the WebJoin Amazon Prime to watch moviesFind and buy apps from the AppstoreUpload and play music and videoTake, view, share and edit photosRevive your passion for reading and join the Kindle book community – a global book club!Keep in touch using email, social networks and SkypeStay productive whilst on the moveSet up parental controls and stay safe online Packed with colour screenshots and concise instructions, this guide will fast-track you to get more out of your Kindle Fire HDX tablet! Also covers Kindle Fire HD. Covers the Fire 3.0 operating system.

RECOMMENDED BY: Ron Andrews, Technology Librarian

Do you have a new Kindle Fire HDX and need some help getting started. Check out this new book available in the collection. It covers all the key apps, in plain english and easy to follow. Great for visual learners with included screen shots.

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book Book Cover The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman
Juvenile Fiction
Harper Collins
September 30, 2008

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy-an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family. . . . Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, the graveyard book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.


This book was so sweet, so wonderfully engaging, that I just could not put it down. It’s the story of a toddler who escapes the brutal murder of his family and winds up in a graveyard. The inhabitants of the graveyard, the ghosts, decide to protect him from the murderer who follows him, and raise him as one of them. He is given ghostly powers and training, but remains a living boy as he grows. It’s a wonderful coming-of-age story about friendship, family, and life lessons, with an unusual twist.

Cuckoo’s Calling

The Cuckoo's Calling Book Cover The Cuckoo's Calling
Robert Galbraith, J. K. Rowling,
Mulholland Books
April 30, 2013

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide. After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man. You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.


Cuckoo’s Calling is a modern take on the classic private investigator, murder mystery plot. Galbraith, or should I say, Rowling, has written an immensely likeable but flawed man to serve as her P.I., and given him a smart, real woman to be a sidekick (and I do mean sidekick, not love interest). When a Hollywood A-lister appears to have jumped to her death, the case seems open and shut. But when her brother walks into Cormoran Strike’s office and asks him to investigate, Cormoran can’t turn down the money, and soon discovers that perhaps this case isn’t closed after all.

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