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“House of Robots” Book Review

house of robotsHouse of Robots by James Patterson is a great read for anyone who loves crazy robot inventions.

The publisher’s official book blurb says…

Fifth-grader Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez struggles to fit in when his inventor mother requires him to take her latest creation, a robotic ‘brother,’ to school with him to learn to become a student.
You might think having a robot at school would be great but Sammy can tell you all the reasons why that’s not true. This book is told from his perspective and he’s a fantastic storyteller! Besides the trouble at school with the robot there’s some trouble at home and a mystery that begins to creep into the story involving a black SUV.
If you read this book I’m sure you’ll love the sketches and funny drawings throughout the book (almost on every page). It has a kind of Diary of a Wimpy Kid feel. This book is also available in audio CD which is how I enjoyed it. The narration was pretty good as long as you don’t mind a little audio tweaking for all the parts where robots are talking. The audio book comes with a computer file of all the cartoons so you can still see the cool drawings even if you’re listening to the book instead of reading it.
Either way, book or audio CD, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this funny and imaginative story! Don’t forget about the library’s downloadable options for this book on Overdrive.

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Happy New Year!

All locations of the Allen County Public Library are closed today, January 1st.

Celebrate the new year with a new book!

gila pup jayden
suitcase hacks ghost of bermuda
ice cat  twelve
kaos monkey dragon
changeling house trapdoor
 sit  hairstyles bo

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Newbery medalEach year, the Children’s Services department of the Allen County Public Library offers a Mock Newbery discussion and election. Using the same terms and criteria as the actual Newbery Selection Committee to frame our discussions, we talk about some of the best kids’ books published this year, and then hold a mock election to determine what WE think is “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published by an American publisher in the United States in English.

All year we’ve been reading and posting possible discussion titles to our ACPL Mock Pinterest page. We’ve now narrowed the list and have a “short list” of titles which we will be discussing at our Mock Newbery Discussion on January 24th:

  1. Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
  2. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  3. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  4. The Family Romanov; Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
  5. The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm
  6. Half a World Away by Cynthia Kadohata
  7. The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis
  8. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
  9. Nightingale’s Nest by Nikki Loftin
  10. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
  11. The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer
  12. Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana
  13. West of the Moon by Margi Preus

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Does this sound like fun to you?  There’s still time to let us know YOU want to participate!  Just click  here to register online. Can’t make it to our “in-person” discussion?  EVERYONE is encouraged to visit the ACPL Mock Pinterest page where you can post your thoughts about these titles.

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Subway Poster

Something familiar advertised in the New York City subway system.

Get your copy today!


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Here Comes Christmas

We’ve been getting new Christmas books since before October.
Pick one up for festive fun!

fairy show  comes
uncle drawing bugs
father last star
twas chick n pug crafts
story mary christmas katie's

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Since 1996, the nonprofit organization the National Book Foundation has awarded the best in Young People’s Literature with a prize. Each year a new set of five published authors is selected to choose the winners. This year the judges are Sharon M. Draper, Starr LaTronica, Dave Shallenberger, Sherri L. Smith, and Rebecca Stead (click on the names for a link to their books). After reading all of the submissions the judges announce a longlist (in September), finalists (in October), and the winner (in November). Finalists receiving a prize of $1,000, a medal, and a citation from the panel at a private Medal Ceremony and the winner receives $10,000 and a bronze sculpture! Interested in the longlist? Visit the National Book Foundation’s website.


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365 Days of Wonder

wonder 365

Did you read the book Wonder by R. J. Palacio?

Did you know there’s a new book out with a year’s worth of precepts introduced by Mr. Browne? It’s called 365 Days of Wonder and it’s full of many great sayings and inspirations by famous and not-so-famous people from past and present.

One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.

-Lewis Carroll

If you haven’t read Wonder I encourage you to visit the author’s website to view the book trailer and read some reviews. It would make an especially good read during this back-to-school time of year!

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