May B. by Caroline Starr Rose can be found in the Juvenile Fiction section. Living in the 1870’s on the Kansas prairie, twelve year old May is asked by her parents to help out on a neighboring homestead. When the neighbors leave May is abandoned and by herself in an isolated sod house in winter. But, May has the will to survive and the determination to find her way home. Staff critique: So far I love this story because it is entirely written in verse. Something different but easy for kids to read. May is a character who is honorable, strong and easy to love.
Teen readers often are attracted to the unusual. Rotters by Daniel Kraus is about Joey, a middle school student, whose mother dies and he is sent to live with the father he doesn't know in rural Iowa. There's no Internet, no TV and no telephone. Joey can’t figure out what his father does for a living or where he goes when he leaves for days at a time, but soon discovers the truth about his father’s macabre profession. Look in the Young Adult section for this title.
Many books by author Jacqueline Woodson can be found in the Children’s collection. Locomotion is about Lonnie, whose life changed forever when he was seven. Now he is eleven and has discovered that through poetry he can express the thoughts and emotions that have been bottled up inside him these past four years. Through free verse he reveals his inner journey from sorrow and pain to healing and love. Staff critique: This is worthy of both the read and the listen.
Chrissie Wellington’s A Life Without Limits: A World Champion’s Journey can be found on Monrovia’s New Book shelves. It is by and about the four-time World Ironman Champion. Staff critique: This is a great book from page one! I couldn’t put it down! Her story will inspire and empower you from the beginning. It will teach you to believe that everything is possible and you are able to accomplish any goal as long as you believe in yourself.