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Library Matters is a podcast of Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) in Montgomery County, MD. Each episode we explore the world of books, libraries, technology, and learning. Library Matters is hosted by Julie Dina, Outreach Associate, Lauren Martino, Children's Librarian at our Silver Spring branch, and David Payne, Branch Manager of our Davis branch and Acting Branch Manager of our Potomac branch.  

Nov 7, 2018

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Julie:  Hi, I'm Julie Dina.  In this episode of Library Matters, we're doing something a little different.  For the past few months, MCPL has invited children ages 10 through 14 to explore literature by recording a video about a book they've enjoyed. 

We've collected some of these book talks to share with our Library Matters listeners.  We hope you enjoy the enthusiasm these young readers have expressed for their books and for reading as much as we have. 

You can see these and more of MCPL’s literary explorer videos on our YouTube channel mcplmd.  MCPL’s literary explorer program was made possible by grants from the NBC Universal Foundation and Washington's NBC 4 

Book Reviewer 1:  Welcome to Serenity, America's ideal community, ideal, I muttered, ideal for clones until they figure out what's going on.  That's when it dawns on me.  I haven't seen a single human so far, no parents, no Purples, no sign of life: Masterminds, a criminal destiny by Gordon Korman. 

After their escape from the Purples, the four clones reach the outside world.  However, their mission is not finished yet.  They must bring down Project Desirous for the faith they had created for them and the other six clones.  The 11th had probably died during the escape.  The mission brings them back to the heart Serenity. 

There, they might learn an awful truth about their cloning.  Masterminds is filled with creative strategies to get out of nearly impossible problems, mixed with twists and turns, showing kids can do unbelievable things.  They can inspire you to make an incredible act for the community, but be careful, you might inhale the book.  

Book Reviewer 2:  What? And you're taking me where? How could you do this to me? Today, we're going to talk about the book The Truth About Stacey by Raina Telgemeier.  Stacey has had a crazy year between babysitting her diabetes and moving, she has had her hands full. 

She joins the club with three other people named Christy, Claudia and Marian.  She realizes that keeping quiet has changed her life and that she will never do it again.  I love this book because it was serious, funny at the same time and it had a lot of cliffhangers that popped up at surprising moments.  Find out more, read the book The Truth About Stacey by Raina Telgemeier.  

Book Reviewer 3: Being a kid can really stink sometimes especially when you're in middle school.  But sometimes the experience of being a kid can really be exciting and funny.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid is written by Jeff Kinney. 

This book is about a kid named Greg Heffley, whose life is ruined by his family: his big brother Roderick, his dad Frank, his mom Susan and his little spoiled, most loved, trouble-proof brother Manny. 

The book is a diary that Greg’s mom got him, but it's not cool to have a diary.  So Greg says, this is really just a journal.  Greg writes in his journal every day about his life at school and at home.  He has light bulbs that go off inside his brain. 

Sometimes the books blow out or explode, but it’s not really light bulbs that go off inside his brain, but ideas that sometimes work and sometimes backfire.  I love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series by Jeff Kinney because it makes me feel good inside and makes me giggle too and other people should read this book because whenever they're frustrated, it will make them feel better.  

Book Reviewer 4:  Have you ever found out that your friend is half goat? Battled the Minotaur? Saw your mom disappear in golden light and be claimed by the sea god making you a demigod? Probably not unless you’re Percy Jackson. 

In the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson, along with Annabeth Chase and Grover Underwood the satyr embarks on a quest to return the master lightning bolt to Zeus, king of the gods.  Along the way, Percy and his friends battle Medusa, play with the three-headed dog, travel to the underworld, escape Hades, God of the dead and battle Aries, god of war.  Will he and his friends save the world from a war? Find out in the Lightning Thief.  

Book Reviewer 5:  Hello, my name is Avi G, and today I'll be talking about Wonder written by R.J. Palacio.  This story is about a boy named Auggie with a facial difference.  Many kids think he looks weird and that he is horrible and ugly. 

Only his family is there to protect him including his sister Via and his two parents, then he enters school at Beecher Prep in fifth grade.  School is a huge challenge for him.  Will he be able to overcome this challenge and make new friends and fit in with his peers or will he have to quit school eventually? This story is wonderful.  It just shows how a boy called Auggie can face the world and show that he can actually fit in. 

When seventh graders bully him and hurt him, he doesn't cry and stays strong and his friends help him deal with the bully.  Read this touching story about Auggie as he makes new friends and proves himself to be ordinary.  

Book Reviewer 6:  Hi, my name is Elise, and I'm here at the Olney Public Library recommending this book called Awkward.  Awkward is one of my favorite books because they include so many details about characters and different stories brought into life. 

And then also there's different comic strips on every page and the reason that I love this book is the characters go super well together but then there's also the bad times and it makes you super anxious to go to the next page, so you’ll just want to keep reading on and on and on about it. 

A good thing about this book is that there's an adventure on every page.  So each time you open up the book, there's always going to be something new to look forward to.  I love this book because it's just super fun and creative and it's just really cool.  

Book Reviewer 7:  Have you ever wondered what it's like to be as fast as a cheetah, strong as an elephant, heal like a starfish, climb like a lizard or have echolocation like a bat.  Well, in the book Going Wild by Lisa McMann, Charlie Wilde has all those powers.  Thanks to her bracelet she accidentally found. 

Charlie first discovered her powers playing her favorite sport, soccer.  She sprinted 70 miles per hour across the field, dodging everyone in her way except her enemy Kelly.  Kelly collided with Charlie and her foot smashed into Charlie's leg.  But Charlie barely felt a thing because of her activated bracelet.  Charlie is even more adventurous different than this one.  Find out by reading this action packed page turner.  

Book Reviewer 8:  How does it feel to go from being a rich, wealthy princess like girl to a poor, orphan servant.  This is the classic story The Little Princess by Frances Burnett.  It is a story of a girl named Sara Crewe whose life goes downward after she learns that her father has died and has left her without any money. 

This is a story set in England in a boarding school which Sara attends and she is living the life of a princess.  Once her dad dies, she ends up as a servant living in the attic.  Even when she's starving and freezing, she uses her imagination and determination to survive. 

Though this book was written in 1905, the themes are still very relevant today.  A true princess is not just wealth or money, but the richness in your heart, being kind, strong and persevering.  This is the classic timeless book that you will enjoy and love reading.  

Book Reviewer 9:  If you go to middle school, maybe you will agree with this book and if you go to middle school next year, maybe this will help you to survive a rough year.  My name is Sean and I would like to introduce a book named Middle School:  The Worst Years of My Life. 

Rafe K is going to sixth grade and what he got the first day was getting a new boy named Miller and having a long speech by the principal and getting a rule book and reading it slowly and then a really good idea came to him. 

Something may have changed the whole year.  It's that he breaks all the rules trying not to keep the rule three times and he named that Operation RAFE, which stands for rules aren't for everyone.  Will he win this game and survive this year with Miller and the teachers? Read the story to find out if he won or lost.  

Book Reviewer 10:  What happens when seven different students with nothing in common wind up in the same class with Mr. Terupt teacher magic.  This book is because Mr. Terupt, a realistic fiction story by Rob Buyea, Peter, Alexia, Luke, Jeffrey, Anna, Danielle and Jessica land in Mr. Terupt’s fifth grade class. 

They're completely different and have never gotten along.  That is not until Mr. Terupt brings them all together.  But it isn't until he's gone that everyone and everything really begin to change.  This is a great book because you can see how the characters learn and grow and how Mr. Terupt in that one amazing school year changes their lives forever. 

Julie:  We hope you enjoy these engaging book talks.  We're so glad these young readers shared their enthusiasm for their books with us.  You can find all these books in MCPL’s catalog. 

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