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The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano

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Book Review by Ms. Kristina The summary of this book from the FPL’s catalog: Twelve-year-old Alexander Baddenfield, the last in a long line of evil men who die young, has his cat’s extra eight lives transplanted into his own body, while his caretaker, Winterbottom, strives to keep him safe. I thoroughly enjoyed the tone and snarkiness of this middle grade novel. It was a cross between Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning and Maude: The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton.… Read More

Congratulations, Hazel!

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Fairfield Public Library’s “Bookworm” & “Mysterious Society” member , Hazel Foley, has just learned that she won the PTA Reflections contest and her work is now headed to the statewide contest… The name of her poem? No surprise here… it’s simply her passion.       Books by Hazel Foley If you’re sad or feeling blue Settle down with a book or two Read some fantasy, fiction is swell Read about Sleeping Beauty under a spell… Read More

Groundhog Day is Coming: Will he see his shadow?

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Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog resident of Punxsutawney  Pennsylvania, emerges from his dwelling in Gobblersknob on February 2. Residents celebrate the beloved groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food. The folklore has been around since the 1800’s. If “Phil” sees no shadow, it means there will be an early Spring, but if he sees his shadow it means there will be six more weeks of Winter on the way. Brrr-let’s hope he sees his shadow!… Read More

And the Winners are…..!

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Just announced! 2014 Newbery Medal winner: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, written by Kate DiCamillo and published by Candlewick Press.  The 2014 Newbery Honor Books are: Doll Bones by Holly Black; The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes;  One Came Home by Amy Timberlake, and Paperboy by Vince Vawter. School Library Journal recommends Flora & Ulysses for children in grades 4-6, stating, “Flora, obsessed with superhero comics, immediately recognizes and gives her wholehearted support to… Read More

Catching Kisses by Amy Gibson

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Amy Gibson’s text in Catching Kisses is warm, poetic and thoughtful. She creates a meandering tone that carries the reader throughout the entire book–from the first end pages with fully formed dandelion seeds on stems to the last pages of select seeds carrying the reader outside of the book. The (digital) illustrations capture the tone and blows the reader forward to find the lonely dandelion spore that floats through the pages. The tone and “search and… Read More

2014 Youth Media Awards

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At 9 am on January 27, 2014, this year’s winners of the Youth Media Awards will be announced at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter 2014 Conference. Here is what ALA says about the Youth Media Awards: Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott… Read More

Pro Sports Superstars – a new series!

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With Superbowl XLVIII (that’s 48 I think), right around the corner on February 2nd now is the perfect time to catch up on all the details about your favorite Football teams with these great new books. Even reluctant readers will be drawn to this easy-to-read, high interest series of books about football. We have 8 brand new titles including Superstars of the Steelers, Giants, Patriots, Colts, Packers, Broncos, Cowboys, and Bears. The books are bright and… Read More

Go Graphic!

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Go Graphic! by Ms. Beth Check out “Go Graphic!” our reading list of Graphic Novels for grades 4-5! There are lots of great suggestions for graphic novel lovers there. One of my favorites is The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis.   What does a Secret Squirt Watch, a pair of Spring –Loaded Super –Boots, and the incredible Kablovsky Copter have in common? This trio of gadgeteers is hard at work in a secret lab,… Read More

WELCOME!

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Welcome to Children’s Services’ new blog: Magic Words! You’ll find all sorts of good stuff on this blog: from book reviews to story time songs/rhymes to educational articles and more. Needless to say, Magic Words has something for everyone. As any good blogger knows, keeping the posts current and fresh is important. So, we’ll make sure to have something new almost every day. In the meantime, meet the staff of Children’s Services. Maybe you’ll find out… Read More

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