Staff Picks

Librarian Assistant
Emma and the Blue Genie
Funke, Cornelia
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2014

Emma and her dog Tristan uncork a blue genie and discover all genies are not alike. This one has lost his nose ring and power. His new friends decide to lend a hand and ride his magic carpet in order to face the yellow genie who has it. This fast paced chapter book is geared for younger readers. It is fun and funny to follow the trio while they face down danger.

Youth Services Librarian
Green, Tim
Harper, 2012

Harrison has had an extremely tough life. He has moved from foster home to foster home. The foster home he is living in at the beginning of the book is especially horrible. Harrison is required to work most of the time and is not allowed to watch his favorite sport on tv, football. Harrison dreams of becoming a professional football player, even though he has never played a game in his life. 

Everything changes for Harrison one day when he moves in with another family. The parents are kind and loving, and his new dad is the junior high football coach.  Right away, Harrison goes out for the team.  While things are not easy at first (he is picked on a lot by his new teammates), he starts to fit in and make some new friends. Soon, he learns how to be a great running back and proves to be unstoppable on the field. 

When everything starts going right for Harrison, an injury to his knee turns out to be even worse than anyone expected.  Find out what happens to him in the fast-paced novel Unstoppable.

Youth Services Librarian
Not a Box
Portis, Antoinette
Harper Collins, 2006

Are you wondering what to do with all the brown cardboard boxes you accumulated over the holidays?  Don’t fret – just read Not a Box by Antoinette Portis. The little bunny character in this book has many, many ideas about what to do with a plain, cardboard box. Boxes can be race cars (if you sit in the box), or mountains (if you stand on the box), or robots (If you wear the box).   And, if you cut a window in the box, you can blast off into outer space with it.  This title is a great one that illustrates the power of a child’s imagination.  Author Antoinette Portis even dedicates the book “to children everywhere sitting in cardboard boxes.”  Not a Box is the January 2015 pick for the Success by 6 Page Turners program sponsored by the United Way of Rock River Valley.  This program provides books for 3,800 pre-k children in Winnebago County.