This Week's Spotlight is on books for rainy (or snowy) April days


PAX by Sara Pennypacker

Have you ever wanted to be in two minds at once, a boy’s and his beloved fox, Pax? These two go on a life-threatening journey to find each other. This book takes place in an area that has been corrupted by war so Peter, the boy, is forced to leave Pax, who he had raised from a pup, on the side of an old abandon road. His father is part of a group that has to fight in the war so Peter has to move in with his grandfather, WITHOUT PAX! Peter can’t leave his fox so he sets out to find him. He runs into many nice people on his journey but the ending is not as nice as you would think.

reviewed by Isaac, age 11


Alissa has some new favorites to share:

ATLAS OF LOST CITIES: A TRAVEL GUIDE TO ABANDONED AND FORSAKEN DESTINATIONS by Aude De Tocqueville "details the destinies of 44 once-vibrant urban centers that are now vacant ruins and empty ghost towns, including Centralia, PA. Travel the world from the comfort of your favorite reading nook and discover the hidden history of these communities alive today only in memory.

THE DRAGONSITTER by Josh Lacey, with illustrations by Garry Parsons, is a delightfully silly story, the first in a new series, for your beginning chapter book reader. In a series of increasingly frantic emails to his vacationing uncle Morton, young Edward Smith-Pickle recounts the pure mayhem being wrought by Morton's pet dragon. Verdict: think twice before you dragonsit, but do read about Edward's adventures instead.

Chilly ❄️ weather calls for comfort. Check out GRILLED CHEESE KITCHEN: BREAD + CHEESE + EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN by Heidi Gibson, with mouth-watering photos by Antonis Achilleos.  Try these combinations...Mushroom-Gruyére, Feta Fetish, Don Gondolo. Throw in some recipes for fabulous soups, great mac'n'cheese, and Kale Slaw and you'll be ready for any cold, snowy days April wants to throw at us!








Pax Cover Image
By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062377012
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 2nd, 2016

Atlas of Lost Cities: A Travel Guide to Abandoned and Forsaken Destinations Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316352024
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers - April 5th, 2016

The Dragonsitter Cover Image
By Josh Lacey, Garry Parsons (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316298988
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2016

Grilled Cheese Kitchen: Bread + Cheese + Everything in Between Cover Image
By Heidi Gibson, Antonis Achilleos (Photographer), Nate Pollak (With)
ISBN: 9781452144597
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - February 16th, 2016

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