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Give Kids an Adventure

September 8, 2015
By Lee Ann Cleary - Contributing Writer , OVParent

As summer draws to a close and school bells ring, we begin the time of year when travel opportunities get few and far between. But don't be sad! You can go anywhere you want just by taking a trip to your local library.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Of course, many of us already have a card, but do your kids have their own cards? What a tremendous gift to give your child the ability to travel anywhere, just by opening a book. Check with your local library for their rules regarding children and library cards. Most allow parents to decide when a child is ready for his own card. Then get signed up and settle in for a great adventure!

Here a few new books for the 9- to 12-year-old crowd.

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"Fuzzy Mud" by Louis Sachar

If you liked "Holes" you'll love this newest release by Newbery Award-winning author Louis Sachar. Filled with adventure and friendship, bullying and suspense, Sachar takes us on another trip to the site of an ecological issue. Sachar's stories are entertaining, but also challenge readers to think.

"Circus Mirandus" by Cassie Beasley

If you want to escape to a world of magic, look no further than "Circus Mirandus" by Cassie Beasley. Micah is told stories throughout his childhood by his grandpa about the magical Circus Mirandus and it's amazing Lightbender. Micah learns during his grandpa's illness that not only is the Circus Mirandus real, but also that his grandpa has met Lightbender, and that he promised him a miracle as a child. Micah must now find the Circus, and the Lightbender to claim Grandpa's miracle and get him well again.

"Crenshaw" by Katherine Applegate

Newbery Award-winning author Katherine Applegate also has an amazing new book. Crenshaw is the story of a family facing hard times and the giant invisible cat that returns for a visit. This is Applegate's first book since "The One and Only Ivan," and while it doesn't release until Sept. 22, you will want to check it out.

"Chasing Secrets" by Gennifer Choldenko

What better way to learn about the past than through a great book? Choldenko delivers with this exciting tale of life in the 1900s in San Francisco. With quarantines and rumors of the plague, Lizzie, the daughter of a local doctor, sets out to find answers. If you like mystery and historical fiction, you'll enjoy this one.

Lee Ann Cleary is the children's program director at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling.



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