November Kids Picks

Settle into the holiday weekend with these great kids books!

Bad Magic Bad Magic
by Pseudonymous Bosch


Magic is BAD. As in fake. Cheesy. Unreal. At least, that’s what Clay, who has seen one magic show too many, thinks. When words from his journal appear mysteriously on his school wall as graffiti, he never imagines that magic might be to blame. And when the same graffiti lands him at Earth Ranch, a camp for “troubled” kids on a remote volcanic island, magic is the last thing he expects to find there.

Deadweather and Sunrise Deadweather and Sunrise
by Geoff Rodkey


Thirteen-year-old Eggbert, a planter’s son on a pirate-infested Caribbean island chain, is on the run from a wealthy and powerful villain trying to kill him for his connection to a hidden treasure. If your child loves adventure, this is the book for them.

Monsters love colors Monsters Love Colors
written and illustrated by Mike Austin


Playful monsters combine their favorite crayons, red, yellow, and blue, to create new colors, including one never before seen. Have fun while learning how to mix colors!

As An Oak Tree Grows As An Oak Tree Grows
by G. Brian Karas


This inventive picture book relays the events of two hundred years from the unique perspective of a magnificent oak tree, showing how much the world can transform from a single vantage point. From 1775 to the present day, this fascinating framing device lets readers watch as human and animal populations shift and the landscape transitions from country to city. Methods of transportation, communication and energy use progress rapidly while other things hardly seem to change at all.

Adèle & Simon Adèle & Simon
by Barbara McClintock


“Adèle & Simon” is a beautifully illustrated story about two siblings on a walk home from school in Paris. The sister grows increasingly exasperated with her brother as he loses his things along the way. Kids will love finding the items again in each intricately detailed scene. -Mike

Construction Construction
by Sally Sutton


Hoist the wood. Hoist the wood. Chain and hook and strap. Swing it round, then lower it down. Thonk! Clonk! Clap! Build the frame. Build the frame. Hammer all day long. Make the stairs and floors and walls. Bing! Bang! Bong! Can you guess what they are building?

Mix it up Mix It Up
by Herve Tullet


Accept Hervé Tullet’s irresistible invitation to mix it up in a dazzling adventure of whimsy and wonder. Follow the artist’s simple instructions, and suddenly colors appear, mix, splatter, and vanish in a world powered only by the reader’s imagination.

What Ship is not a Ship What Ship is Not a Ship
by Harriet Ziefert


What language lesson doesn’t seem like a lesson? The fun guessing game inside this book! Clever word groupings list three things that are alike and one that it is different. For example, there are living rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms, but a mushroom is not a room!


One ClickMooresville Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of OneClickdigital, an online service that allows patrons to check out eAudiobooks, including bestsellers, Recorded Books exclusives, classics, selections for children and young adults, and much more.

Patrons have free access to eAudio at home, in the library, or on the go. Titles are multi-access, so multiple users can check out a given title at the same time, eliminating holds. OneClickdigital is compatible with all popular listening devices, and mobile apps are available for the iPhone®, Android™, and Kindle Fire. OneClickdigital features an easy-to-use interface with streamlined navigation, fast downloads, and automatic software updates.

The library also offers several other sources of free downloadable audiobooks, music, and video including North Carolina Digital Library, Hoopla, and Zinio. Links to these services can be found on the library’s webpage:

November Adult Picks

The Troop The Troop
by Nick Cutter


Stephen King said it scared him and it also scared me!

In the Woods In the Woods
by Tana French


As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

The Painter The Painter
by Peter Heller


An artist who seeks peace in his painting and fly fishing is forced on the run in the aftermath of a violent encounter. Heller compares favorably to Cormac McCarthy, and may have even topped his debut “The Dog Stars” with this intense novel.

Somewhere Safe Somewhere Safe with Someone Good
by Jan Karon


Excellent new novel about Father Tim Cavanaugh back from Ireland to begin his retirement in Mitford. Only retirement doesn’t come easy when you have Father Tim’s expertise dealing with the population of this small town. The people’s trials and tribulations need Father Tim’s prayers and solutions. Of course there is laughter and good heartedness along the way with Mitford’s familiar and beloved characters. This book is one of Karon’s best, and an excellent read.

The Bone Clocks The Bone Clocks
by David Mitchell


Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: a sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

One More Thing One More Thing
by BJ Novak


A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes—only to discover that claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins—turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself, and a vengeance-minded hare.

Burn Burn
by James Patterson


Detective Michael Bennett finally returns to New York City – and to the most unsettling, horrific case of his career. At last, Detective Michael Bennett and his family are coming home to New York City. Thanks to Bennett, the ruthless crime lord whose vengeful mission forced the Bennett family into hiding has been brought down for good.