Check out new books for youth at Peters­burg Li­brary

The Progress-Index Weekend - - COMMUNITY - By Janet A. Sul­li­van Youth Ser­vices Co­or­di­na­tor

The fol­low­ing books are now avail­able for youth at the Peters­burg Pub­lic Li­brary, 201 W. Wash­ing­ton St.

Pic­ture Books

“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.”

Ju­ve­nile Fic­tion

“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.

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