At this time of year, school has started for many kids, beach vacations are winding down, and summer breaks are a fond memory. However, books and reading are forever. Stop by the library to get that book you need for a school project or the book that’s just great entertainment on a quiet evening. At the Fuquay-Varina Community Library we keep our shelves stocked with books that are sure to delight and inform.
Sunny’s Picks - Easy and Easy Reader
It’s yummy, it’s delicious, it’s ice cream! We’re celebrating the cool, refreshing goodness of ice cream treats in the summer time. Sunny must approve because he wiggled his nose and waggled his ears when he hopped by these great books.
Easy Books (E)
- Because your Daddy Loves You by Andrew Clements
When things go wrong during a day at the beach, like a ball that drifts away or a gooey ice cream mess, a father could do a lot of things but always picks the loving one.
- Dora and the Stuck Truck by Phoebe Beinstein (E Dora)
When Ice-Cream Truck becomes stuck in the mud at Play Park, Boots and Dora call on all their truck friends to use their special features to rescue him.
- Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise by Monica Perez (E Rey)
George is looking for a way to beat the summer heat. Swimming, running through sprinklers, a glass of lemonade—none is able to help George cool off! What George really wants is a sweet, cold treat from the ice cream truck!
Easy Reader Books (ER)
- Babe Ruth and the Ice Cream Mess by Dan Gutman (ER Childhood)
Seven-year-old George “Babe” Ruth (who would grow up to become a baseball legend) steals a dollar from his father’s saloon to treat his friends to ice cream.
- Should I Share my Ice Cream? by Mo Willems
Gerald must decide if he should share his ice cream before it’s too late.
- Ice Cream for Breakfast by Richard Scarry
Huckle, Bridget, and their friends enjoy Backwards Day at home and school.
- Wilson and the Ice Cream Fair by Mara Conlon
It is up to Wilson, a speedy train car, to deliver all the new flavors in time for the Chuggington Ice Cream Fair.
Juvenile and Young Adult Staff Picks
Juvenile Books (J)
Where would we be without our friends? These stories feature great friends, new friends, and old friends having adventures, supporting each other and generally having fun …together.
- Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
In one month Jeremy Fink will turn thirteen. But does he have what it takes to be a teenager? Jeremy’s summer takes an unexpected turn when a mysterious wooden box arrives in the mail. According to the writing on the box, it holds the meaning of life! Jeremy is supposed to open it on his thirteenth birthday. The problem is, the keys are missing, and the box is made so that only the keys will open it without destroying what’s inside. Jeremy and his friend, Lizzy, set off to find the keys.
- Forever Four by Elizabeth Cody
Paulina, Miko, Tally, and Ivy are four extraordinarily different seventh-graders. Paulina is 100% Type A. Miko is a fashionista. Tally is a theater queen. And Ivy - well, Ivy’s the new girl at school. The four girls get tossed together to create a school magazine - by girls, for girls - in a competition to get funding for a new school program.
- Halfway to Perfect: a Dyamonde Daniel Book by Nikki Grimes
Dyamonde knows it’s what’s on the inside that counts! Dyamonde loves eating her mom’s pancakes. Lately, Damaris just pushes her food around her plate, and Dyamonde suspects it has something to do with the mean things classmates have been saying about people’s weight. Dyamonde knows that Damaris doesn’t have a weight problem and is perfect just the way she is—so now it’s time for her to make sure Damaris knows that, too.
Young Adult Books (YA)
Read all about it: the book that inspired the movie! Check out these super stories first, then, see the movie.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
A series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the coming-of-age trials of a high-schooler named Charlie. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt. Movie version will be released in September 2012.
- Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (2013)
Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible. And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside - she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison, and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don’t realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know. Movie version will be released in 2013.
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
There were no surprises in Gatlin County. We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere. At least, that’s what I thought. Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong. There was a curse. There was a girl. And in the end, there was a grave. In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything. Movie version will be released in 2013.
Did you know? …
There’s a “backpack” waiting for you at the Fuquay-Varina Community Library. Stop by the front desk and select a paper “backpack” cutout to put your “school supply” stickers on each time you visit the library! Don’t forget to check out your supply of books, too.