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Reading Recommendations - Pre-Teen Edition!

Reading Recommendations - Pre-Teen Edition!

by Alyssa Bradac - 1 Comment(s)

Sometimes recommending books to 9-12 year olds is a tricky task, especially when the power of a book series like Harry Potter holds so much captivation and influence. Are there any other series on our library shelves beyond Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or Geronimo Stilton? The answer is a resounding yes.

Here are some book series recommendations available at the Saddletowne Library, fit for the choosiest of pre-teens:

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: The first book in a series about the demi-god son of Poseidon. Weaving Ancient Greek mythology and characters in an upgraded, 21st Century story. Magic, mystery, adventure, loyalty, and betrayal are all tested and explored in this fun, captivating book. The books in this series are also available in graphic novels, and are great for both boys and girls!

Eragon by Christopher Paolini: The first book in Paolini's Inheritance Cycle about coming of age and the embracing of both legacy and responsibility, Eragon must decide to not only save his family, but an entire kingdom...with the help of a dragon. Great book for boys!

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman: The first book in Pullman's His Dark Materials series, The Golden Compass follows Lyra Belacqua as she tries desperately to search for and rescue her playmate Roger - a captive of the mysterious and treacherous "Gobblers". Why are children being taken? What is the magical and mysterious substance called Dust? A tale of courage, daring, and friendship. Great book for girls!

The School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani: A twist on our expectations of what Good vs. Evil is and more importantly what it looks like, The School for Good and Evil finds two girls, Sophie and Agatha, in a mixed-up situation; Sophie, beautiful and "good", is taken to the school for evil, where Agatha, misshapen and dark, to the school for good. Has there been a mistake? Or are appearances really only skin deep? This is a brand-new series, and sure to be a big hit!

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy: The first book in the League of Princes series, The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is the boy's answer to fairytales. The book tracks the stories of various and imperfect Prince Charmings (Princes Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav) after saving their respective princesses, they must also cope with their own imperfections, various kingdoms in danger, and perhaps hardest of all, truly living up to the title of "Hero". Read this book before the movie comes out!

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins: The first major series from acclaimed author Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games), Gregor the Overlander is the story of a quiet boy who goes in search of his father, and discovers a strange world beneath the streets of New York City. The first book in The Underland Chronicles, Gregor must embrace his role in a vital prophecy, or risk losing his father and his world forever.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner: The first book in The Maze Runner series, Thomas wakes up in a lift, with no memory other than his name. Outside the walls of The Glade lies an ever-changing maze - the only escape is through the giant knot - and no one has ever made it out alive. Read this book before the movie comes out!

Here are some more recommendations for your preteen:
Popular Chapter Books for Pre-Teens

Looking for a new book?

Looking for a new book?

by Alyssa Bradac - 0 Comment(s)

We've all experienced it - the disappointing, empty void after finishing a really, really great book. How do we move on? How do we recover? Where will our next book fix come from? And most importantly, how will we find the time?

If you've ever found yourself asking these questions, worry no more! There is a new display at the Saddletowne Library featuring Quick & Easy reading recommendations from our diverse and helpful staff. Featuring everything from quirky graphic novels to short classics, check out our picks for you! Best of all, our recommendations truly do focus on the words "Quick" and "Easy", so you won't feel the need to over-commit (we all know how exhausting that can be!).

Remember that according to the CBC, only six minutes of reading a day can improve your stress levels and over-all health!

If you're looking to blaze your own book trail, here are some other recommendations:
Goodreads' choice picks of 2013
2013 International Book Awards
2013 National Book Awards

Storytime anytime

Storytime anytime

by Fernando - 0 Comment(s)

We all know that reading books, singing nursery rhymes, and telling stories to your children helps them develop strong language and reading skills before school starts.

If you and your child can't join us for storytimes at the library, don't worry!

Your child can now watch stories on our website here >>

Books hitting the big screen in 2014

Books hitting the big screen in 2014

by Fernando - 0 Comment(s)

Do you want to know which books are brought to the big screen in 2014?

Don't miss this article: 16 books to read before they hit the theaters this year.

20,000 Books Under the Bow

by Lindsay B - 0 Comment(s)

As everyone knows the past month has been absolutely crazy in Calgary. As many of you know the Central Branch of Calgary Public library was damaged and is still closed down from the flooding. If you are interested in seeing some of the damage that was done and the rebuilding efforts check out the Calgary Public Library Facebook page.

It is estimated that 20, 000 books were damaged due to the flood. Now the Calgary Public Library is asking for your help. If you can the library is asking for gentley used donations of books, CDs, and DVDs to be brought to any library branch (except for Central) on Saturday, July 27, 2013.

Any donation is a greatly appreciated. For more information on 20,000 Books Under the Bow please check out the library foundation page.

Thank you for your help!

Fiction is Stranger than Truth

by Lindsay B - 0 Comment(s)

For anyone who wonders what staff are faced with at the library here are some funny titles you should look at!

Book Spine Poetry

by Lindsay B - 2 Comment(s)

Look what staff at the Saddletowne branch created.... Book Spine Poetry. Arranging books to create poetry, not as easy as it looks. Look at your book collection today and see what you can create!!

One more reason to visit our library at Saddletowne

by Fernando Sanchez - 0 Comment(s)

Visit us at Saddletowne and enjoy reading your favourite book by our lovely fireplace!

Read a book by the fireplace

Calgarians Choose a Century of Great Books

by Lindsay B - 0 Comment(s)

You may have remembered that the Calgary Public Library held a contest last year called "Calgarians Choose a Century of Great Books." This contest invited Calgarians to suggest titles they thought should make a "top 100" list of great books from the last century. Over 2000 votes were submitted, and nearly 1000 titles were suggested!
The link below includes and article by the Calgary Hearld and the "top 100" book list of the books that Calgarians selected. The Hunger Games and Harry Potter top the list, but you might be suprised of the other titles that made the list!

http://www.calgaryherald.com/entertainment/Hunger+Games+Harry+Potter+Calgary+great+books+list/7857154/story.html

Papa Time

by Lindsay B - 0 Comment(s)

Here is a chance for fathers and their babies to share books, learn new skills, and enjoy fun language activities together with a male staff member!
Ages 6 to 23 months with a parent/caregiver.

Thursdays, Feb 21 to Mar 07 from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Register in person, by phone, or online.