August Kids Picks

Animal FactsAnimal Facts to Make You Smile
by Grace Hansen
E 590 HAN

First book in a fantastic series about animals and facts that most of us don’t know. Simple text and real life photos of animals in their habitat. Guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face!

GruffaloThe Gruffalo
by Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Silly tale of a mouse who escapes being eaten by a fox, an owl, and a snake by inventing a lunch date with a strange monster: the gruffalo. Then, to his surprise, the mouse encounters the gruffalo himself–only some quick thinking will get him out of this mess!

Spy GuySpy Guy
by Jessica Young

Spy Guy is a spy—but not a very good one. He’s too loud, too squeaky, and in need of a good disguise. All Spy Guy wants is to figure out the secret to spying. But as the Chief says, that he must discover for himself. With a lot of trial and even more error, can Spy Guy figure out the secret to spying?

The Last Train: A Holocaust StoryThe Last Train: A Holocaust Story
by Rona Arato
J 940.531 ARA

The Last Train is the harrowing true story about young brothers Paul and Oscar Arato and their mother, Lenke, surviving the Nazi occupation during the final years of World War II.

The Nazi occupation forces the family into situations of growing panic and fear: first into a ghetto in their hometown; then a labor camp in Austria; and, finally, to the deadly Bergen Belsen camp deep in the heart of Germany. Separated from their father, 6-year-old Paul and 11-year-old Oscar must care for their increasingly sick mother, all while trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy amid the horrors of the camp.

by Lisa McMann

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths . Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret–behind the mirage of the ‘death farm’ there is instead a place called Artime.

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