Check out new books for youth at Petersburg Library
The following books are now available for youth at the Petersburg Public Library, 201 W. Washington St.
“Two Speckled Eggs” by Jennifer K. Mann
Ginger is a girl in second or third grade and she is planning her birthday party. Ginger really doesn’t want to invite one girl in her class, Lyla Browning, because she seems a bit different than the other kids. Mom, however, tells Ginger she either invites every girl in her class, including Lyla, or she invites no one, and that wouldn’t make for a very fun birthday party. While the other girls seem to be having the times of their lives, Ginger is upset by their carefree behavior and rule bending when it comes to the party games. Through it all, Lyla is the perfect guest, and when Ginger opens the
gift handmade for her by Lyla, well, it brought tears to my eyes. Sometimes the odd one out is the best one in. “Pete the Cat: Construction
Destruction” by James Dean Pete the Cat is ready for recess but the playground is broken down, rusty, and weedy. Pete is up to the challenge of demolishing the old playground and building a new one. He is one cool contractor and he gets to work right away with a very interesting work crew. Can Pete the Cat build the new playground without any mishaps? Will the new playground be better than ever? As Pete the Cats says, “Sometimes you’ve got to dare to dream big.”
“Carmen Browne Series” by Stephanie Perry Moore
Carmen Browne is a 10-year-old girl facing a dilemma – having to move from her longtime home in Charlottesville, Virginia, to a small town called Ettrick, all because of her dad’s new coaching job at Virginia State University. Complicating matters for Carmen are her siblings, Clay and Cassie, who are either in the way or adding to her life drama. Carmen doesn’t want to leave her best friend, Jillian, and together they try to hatch a plan so that Carmen might remain in Charlottesville. The Carmen Browne Series is realistic in its approach to growing up, sibling squabbles, family challenges, and attempts at adolescent rebellion. The story line takes place in Ettrick, Virginia, and the surrounding area. Join Carmen Browne through her five-book series for an enlightening look at growing up through a young girl’s eyes.
Young Adult Fiction
“Same Sun Here” by Silas House & Neela Vaswani Meena and River begin writing to one another as part of a pen-pal program at school. They actually write their letters as neither has a computer or internet. Meena came with her family from India and lives in New York’s Chinatown, while River, lives with his mother and Mamaw in the mountains of Kentucky while his father works to help rebuild Biloxi, Mississippi, following Hurricane Katrina. Meena and River write about their daily lives, likes and dislikes, books they are reading, and their family members. Their sense of ease in writing each other is inspirational. Can a simple handwritten letter break down cultural misconceptions? Find out by getting to know Meena and River in “Same Sun Here”.
Janet A. Sullivan, Youth Services coordinator for the Petersburg Public Library System, will contribute a once-monthly book review column for the ProgressIndex. Her column will focus on the newest books for children and youth adults at the library.