Book Buzz: Summer reading at your library

Summer Reading Programs at all Kaua‘i public libraries leaped into full swing last week and at Lihu‘e Library large numbers are turning to their neighborhood library to read for fun this summer. Readers can choose to read books from the library, to download them from the library’s website or to read purchased books. There are programs for toddlers, children, teens and adults which offer incentive prizes for reading. Registration is open throughout the summer. Libraries count books read during the season, using the statistics to show public use of their libraries. This week’s Book Buzz offers a few summer reading hot picks for all ages in this year’s theme: One World, Many Stories.

Happy Reading!

For Preschoolers

Tutu Knows Best

By Lynne Wikoff

E H Wikoff

In a village in old Hawai‘i, wise old Tutu help a family solve their crowded and noisy living conditions.

Stone Soup

By Jon Muth

J 398.2 Mu

In this folktale three wise monks trick a poor, frightened community into finding happiness by teaching them to make soup from stones.

Ugly Vegetables

By Grace Lin

E Lin

A girl thinks her mother’s garden of Chinese vegetables is the ugliest garden in the neighborhood until she discovers that flowers may smell sweet, but vegetable soup smells best of all.

For Younger Grade Schoolers

A Crazy Day with Cobras

By Mary Pope Osborne

J Osborne

The magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie to India in the 1600s to search for an emerald needed to break a magic spell.

The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery

By Sara Pennypacker

J Pennypacker

Flat Stanley sets out on another adventure and finds himself in Egypt where he must stop a band of grave robbers from stealing priceless artifacts..

For Older Gradeschoolers

Heart of a Samurai

By Margi Preus

J/YA Preus

In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.

Bodies from the Ice

By James Deem

J 599.9 De

This book examines the science of glaciers and looks at some of the discoveries of the past that have been made as the ice masses move and melt including the remains of Otzi, the oldest human mummy ever found in ice, believed to be at least 5,300 years old.

For Teens

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

By Sherman Alexie

YA Fic Alexie

Arnold Spirit lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Also look for A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle or The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Teaching Kids to Change the World: Lessons to Inspire Social Responsibility for Grades 6-12

By Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner

A 370.115 Gr

A collection of 26 lessons to help students in grades six through twelve think responsibly about social and environmental issues, with activities, handouts, and Web sources. See also It’s Your World: If You Don’t Like It, Change It: Activism for Teenagers by Mikki Halpin.


Sisterhood Everlasting

By Ann Bradshares

Adult Fic Br

Many years after The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Tibby, Lena, Carmen and Briget have grown up and are starting their lives on their own. Despite having jobs and men they love, each is missing something and although the jeans they share are long gone the sisterhood is everlasting. Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance by inviting the others for a reunion, a meeting that will change their lives forever, but in ways that none of them could have expected. For another summer trip and life journey, check out Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews.

The Kingdom

By Clive Cussler

Adult Fic Cu

Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo, whose passion for treasure-hunting has led to extraordinary discoveries-and perilous journeys, take on a search for an oil baron’s missing father. On a journey that will take them to Tibet, Nepal, Bulgaria, India, and China, the Fargos will find themselves embroiled with black-market fossils, a centuries-old puzzle chest, the ancient Tibetan kingdom of Mustang, a balloon aircraft from a century before its time and a skeleton that could turn the history of human evolution on its head. For another thriller that zig-zags across the globe try Trader of Secrets by Steve Martini.

 • Carolyn Larson, head librarian at Lihu‘e Public Library, brings you the buzz on new, popular and good books available at your neighborhood library. Book annotations are culled from online publishers’ descriptions and published reviews.


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