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    by Teresa Walls | Nov 14, 2017

    book cover Patina by Jason Reynolds

    Patina by Jason Reynolds
    Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017
    233 pages

    Patina, nickname Patty, is the main character in this second book of Jason Reynold's Track series, described on the inside book cover as an explosive series about "a fast but fiery group of kids who have a shot at the Junior Olympics, but have a lot to prove first -- to one another, and to themselves." A book in a series can be a bit tricky when thinking about the Mock Newbery because the book should be able to stand alone as a distinguished book. No problem with this novel; it does stand on its own.

    Patty and her sister are living with their aunt and uncle since their mother has many health complications due to diabetes. Throughout the book, Patty struggles with fitting in with the "hair flippers" at her new school. Her little sister is at the school too, but as Patty says about her sister, Maddy:

    she loves it, but that's because this is the only school she's ever been at. She's never been in a school where you didn't have to wear pleated paper bags. She never went to a school with boys, and yes, boys make school really, really annoying sometimes, but they also can make it pretty fun. Or at least funny. Maddy never went to a school with mostly black kids either. She's only known life as a "raisin in milk," as my Ma puts it. (p. 29)

    Patty's is a strong voice. She is also a strong runner. I am not a runner, but Reynold's description of the races and being on a track team seem spot-on to me. Reynolds dedicates the novel "For those who've been passed the baton too young." Patty is passed the baton literally and figuratively; her story is well worth reading.

    I can't wait to talk about this book at our Mock Newbery discussion which will be held on February 3rd, 2018 at the Main Library in downtown Fort Wayne, IN. Or add your comments below!  We'd love to know what YOU thought of this title.

    Each week, beginning the first week of November 2017 through the last week of January 2018, we will be discussing one (or more) of the titles on our 2018 Mock Newbery list. (The complete list of titles we'll be discussing can be found here.)

    by Dawn Stoops | Nov 09, 2017
    Can you guess the book characters? Move your mouse over each picture to see who it is.
    hidden picture of Lola hidden picture of Yoko hidden picture of brother and sister bear
    hidden picture of Junie b jones hidden picture of pete the cat hidden picture of buster and arthur
    hidden picture of fancy nancy hidden picture of piggie hidden picture of bob the builder
    Thanks for playing!
    by Mary Voors | Nov 08, 2017

    Cover of book Wishtree

    by Katherine Applegate
    A Feiwel and Friends Book, 2017
    215 pages

    The summary offered by the publisher in our library's catalog is: "A red oak tree and a crow help their human neighbors work out their differences." This summary does not begin to express the complexity and thoughtfulness of this book.

    Wishtree begins simply enough with a comment from Red, the main character: "It's hard to talk to trees. We're not big on chitchat."

    The story revolves around Red, an oak tree who is "two hundred and sixteen rings old" and his friend, Bongo, a crow. Red watches over the neighborhood while protecting the natural community which takes shelter among its leaves and branches and hollows of its trunk. He also watches over the people in his neighborhood.

    While I am not normally a reader who enjoys "talking animals" stories, I totally fell for this book; a story which can be read on many levels. It will serve well as a read-aloud to primary level children about the importance and value of friendship. At the same time, its beautiful metaphors make it an amazing parable about welcoming and embracing diversity, not judging others before getting to know them, and recognizing that difference can bring strength.

    I can't wait to talk about this book at our Mock Newbery discussion which will be held on February 3rd, 2018 at the Main Library in downtown Fort Wayne, IN. Or add your comments below!  We'd love to know what YOU thought of this title.

    Each week, beginning the first week of November 2017 through the last week of January 2018, we will be discussing one (or more) of the titles on our 2018 Mock Newbery list. (The complete list of titles we'll be discussing can be found here.)

    by Dawn Stoops | Nov 03, 2017
    cover image for building amazing creations

    For all those lovers of LEGO Bricks, there's a new book you've got to see!

    Sean Kenney, a renown LEGO Brick artist, is the author of Building Amazing Creations. This isn't Sean's first book about LEGOs but it is the first one to show his studio, give lots of details about his work and exhibits, and have hundreds of pictures of his cool creations. It truly is a feast for the eyes with so many brightly colored sculptures. 

    The book is broken down into 13 chapters like 'Animals', 'Robots', and 'Behind the Scenes'. I loved learning that the mama polar bear is his largest sculpture and weighs 625 pounds with more than 125,000 bricks. I also found his studio photos interesting with drawers and tubs and boxes of bricks all sorted by size, shape, and color. Building Amazing Creations is 382 pages of fascinating facts, glorious LEGO sculptures, and information about the life of an artist. All ages of LEGO fans will find something to love in this new book!

    Curious about Sean's other books?
    Check one, or five, out at your local library!

    cover image for totally cool creations
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    by Mary Voors | Oct 31, 2017

    It’s one of my most favorite times of the year!  No, I don’t mean fall, or Halloween, or even winter or the upcoming holiday season. I mean the time when lovers of children’s literature start talking about which book might win the Newbery Award! Which kid's book, published in 2017 in the United States, by an American author or resident, will be chosen as the “most distinguished” book for kids?

    Every year for the last several decades – we’ve forgotten exactly when we first started doing this – the Children’s Services department at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana has offered a Mock Newbery reading list and discussion. We share our list, talk among ourselves & online, and get together a week or so before the real Award is announced to select the ACPL Mock Newbery winner.

    Sound like fun? You bet it is! You can register for the “in-person” program which will take place on the afternoon of February 3, 2018 here.

    Are you interested in joining the discussion online before you come to chat in person? Beginning next week, and every week through January, we'll start a conversation about one or two of these titles on this blog.

    Here – in no particular order – are the titles we’ll be discussing online throughout the coming months. We will be talking about these same titles in-person on February 3rd.

    What fun, right?!??!!!  Hope you’ll join us! Click here to sign up for the “in-person” discussion. And be sure to stop back to this blog each week as we discuss another title.

    by Mary Voors | Oct 26, 2017

    poetry contest poster
    Entries are still being accepted in the Library’s Annual Poetry Contest!  All kids and young adults in kindergarten through high school are invited to submit a poem on the topic of their choice. The deadline to get your poem submitted is Monday, November 6. You can drop your poem off at any Allen County Public Library branch or at the Main Library. Just Write It! -- there is no specific theme this year.

    All winning poems will be added to the permanent library collection in both print and digital form. If you are interested in last year’s winning compilation of poems, you can place the print version on hold here or read the entire book of winning poems online here.

    Want more information about this year’s poetry contest? Here are the official rules:

    1. Poetry Contest is open to all children in kindergarten through grade five, and all teens in grades six through twelve.
    2. Only one entry per student.
    3. Poem must be student's original work.
    4. All entries must be submitted on 8.5" x 11" paper.
    5. All entries must have student's name, address, phone number, email (if available), school, and grade on the back of the poem.
    6. Poetry Contest starts on Monday, September 11, 2017.
    7. Poetry Contest ends on Monday, November 6, 2017, 9:00 pm.
    8. Criteria for judging of poems includes
    • understanding the concept of a "poem"
    • creativity
    • legibility
    • originality

       9. Awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and HM will be chosen for each grade.
     10. Winners will be notified by mail.
     11. The Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony will be held at 10:30 am on December 9th.
     12. All Poetry Conest entries become the property of the Allen County Public Library.
     13. For further information, call the library at 260.421.1220.

           What are you waiting for? Start writing YOUR poem to enter!

    by Dawn S | Oct 24, 2017
    Most moms I know who get their little ones to storytime each week don't spend a lot of time browsing the adult non-fiction stacks while they're here. They just don't have time. The thing is, there are so many great books out there on all sorts of mom topics. I love the baby/family cookbooks, decorating books for kids' rooms, crafty books, and the rest!

    Here's just a sampling of what's out there.

    cover image for pottery barn kids room
    cover image for the mindful mom to be
     cover image for nourishing meals
      cover image for the black woman's guide to breastfeeding cover image for the playschool guide to baby play
    cover image for baby and me
    cover image for baby says sew
     cover image for how to parent your anxious toddler
    cover image for around the world in 80 purees

    There really are thousands of great books to choose from so ask your librarian for more choices next time you stop in!
    by Dawn S | Oct 19, 2017
    child's fire scene drawing
    There's a lot to learn about fire safety and the amazing jobs firefighters do to keep us safe. Here are some great books to share with children of all ages:

    cover image for busy fire station
    cover image for how things work fire trucks
     cover image for extreme wildfire
    cover image for what was the great chicago fire
    cover image for fire engine number 9
    cover image for fire dog rescue
    cover image for fire station
     cover image for fire birds

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    by Erin | Oct 16, 2017
    Fright Night

    This year's Fright Night will be held on Saturday, October 21st, and the Children's Services department at the Main Library is once again hosting Not-So-Frightening Fun from Noon to 4 PM in the Globe Room!

    Pop in any time during the four hours to make some spooky (but not too spooky) crafts. While the crafts will only run from noon to 4 PM, there will be an all-day scavenger hunt in the Children's Services department. So if you get to the library before noon, or if you need to pass some time between 4 PM and the start of the Zombie Walk, stop on by the Children's Services Ask Here desk to pick up a scavenger hunt!

    Please note that the Children's Services department (including the craft program in the Globe Room) are "Zombie-Free Zones." We have many young and easily frightened children who come to the children's section of the library, and it's important to us to keep this area free of zombie, gory, or just too scary costumes. Those who are dressed as zombies are welcome to enjoy other areas of the library. If you were hoping to partake in both the Not-so-Frightening Fun activities and the Zombie Walk, please stop by Children's Services before you get zombie-fied.
    by Dori G. | Oct 13, 2017

    image of leaves
    Happy autumn, everybody!

    Summer was long and winter is coming, but first we’re due to have a bit of fall fun. Now that the leaves are finally changing colors, why don’t you and your kiddos go for a Fall Scavenger Hunt?! Perhaps, it will take several days and a handful of walks. Maybe you’ll need to explore beyond your yard…your neighborhood…you might even need to go to a park to gather all the colors and shapes on the list. But, no matter where your hunt takes you, I guarantee you’ll have FUN!

    Can you find the following items:
    *1 or 2 RED leaves
    *1 or 2 ORANGE leaves
    *1 or 2 YELLOW leaves
    *1 or 2 GREEN leaves
    *1 or 2 PURPLE leaves (Hint: Check the back of a dark red leaf…)
    *5 to 10 ACORNS (with their caps on if possible)
    *10 STICKS (to spell the word “FALL”)

    Bonus objects:
    *1 WALNUT *1 PUMKIN *something BLUE *a leaf that looks like an upside-down heart

    1. Make a RAINBOW with your leaves (and your something BLUE if you have it).
    2. Spell the word F-A-L-L with your sticks.
    3. Display your other items underneath (and maybe take a picture).

    A leaf rainbow, F-A-L-L spelled with sticks, and a handful of bonus items.

    To round out your Fall Scavenger Hunt, take a look at these great books. They're all available at the Allen County Public Library.

    Spot the Difference: Leaves by Charlotte Guillain
    How Leaves Change by Sylvia A Johnson
    Fall Leaves: Colorful and Crunchy by Martha E. H. Rustad
    Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer
    by Dawn S | Oct 10, 2017
    This fall there are so many great new non-fiction books for kids. Just this week these three books caught my attention because they're all picture book size (around 32 pages) and about animals. Take a look!


    cover image for 10 reasons to love a turtle 

    10 Reasons to Love a Turtle
    written by Catherine Barr
    illustrated by Hanako Clulow
    I love this colorful, visually engaging book! Each double page spread gives one reason why sea turtles are amazing and help the environment. Many types of turtles are illustrated and labeled along with other marine wildlife. The text is fairly simple and would appeal to kids ages 4-8.

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    How to be an Elephant: Growing up in the African wild
    by Katherine Roy
    With the birth of a new elephant in the herd, this beautiful, tender book discusses all sorts of amazing things. Did you know an elephant calf has cracks in the soles of her feet that provide traction right from birth? Six month old calves practice chasing away 'enemies' by shooing away egrets. Young readers will marvel as they learn about elephant life and social structure.

    cover image for how to survive as a firefly
    How to Survive as a Firefly
    written by Kristen Fote
    illustrated by Erica Salcedo
    Great cartoon pictures illustrate this funny and informative book about the life cycle of the firefly. Most of the text is in word bubbles with other interesting facts thrown in. Kids will love learning the details of one of their favorite summertime insect friends!

    Ask for more non-fiction animal books when you visit your local library!

    by Katie B. | Oct 05, 2017
    Zebra Eel

    This month's featured inhabitants of the Children's Services aquariums are the zebra moray eels.  We have two of these beautiful fish in our rescue tank. Yes, they are fish, not snakes like so many of our younger visitors like to call them. Moray eels are actually not true eels because they do not have fins along their bodies (think Flotsam and Jetsam from The Little Mermaid animated film). Moray eels are considered eel-shaped fish. They are also one of the few types of fish that can swim backwards. This is a very handy skill for a fish that prefers to hide. 

    Because they are so adept at squeezing into tight spaces, they have been found in the wild working in tandem with grouper fish. Zebra morays are enlisted by groupers to flush out crustaceans, sea urchins, and mollusks from small spaces and then both species will share the food. This is a rare example of cooperative hunting among different species of fish.

    Zebra moray eels have some pretty serious teeth, too. Once an eel bites down on something with its jaws, it can be a little tricky to get them to release whatever it is they caught. If you are lucky enough to be around during feeding time (which is also the best time to really see our eels swimming about), you will notice that they are always fed with a feeding stick. It's a clever device that allows us to bring the food right to the eel without worrying about getting bitten.
    Hidden Eels
    Don't worry our eels are not trapped! They like to rearrange the tank to make better hiding spots. Zebra morays are shy creatures.  They feel much more comfortable when they have a good place to hide.  So don’t be alarmed if you notice some of their tank decorations tipped over, they have done it on purpose.

                       Going for a Sea Bath
    My book recommendation this month, Going for a Sea Bath by Andree Poulin, features true eels (you will notice they have fins along their sides) instead of zebra moray eels. It is a quirky counting story that features all kinds of interesting sea creatures!  Little ones will have fun trying to find and count all of the animals as they get added to the bathtub.

    by Dawn S | Oct 03, 2017

    I first heard of the kids’ artist Red Yarn (aka Andy Furgeson) last fall. His album Wake Up and Sing was such a treat!

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    Today, let me tell you about his newest CD Born in the Deep Woods. It’s another folksy collection of nature themed songs just perfect for the coming days of cooler weather and colorful trees. I loved the combination of traditional tunes with acoustic guitar and banjo, along with more rocky tunes, all tied together with lyrics you’d expect from an album about the ‘deep woods’. There are rabbits, opossums, turtle doves, black snakes, moths, and many other critters featured in these songs, not always behaving as modern fictional wildlife do. Some of the traditional songs reminded me of the original fairy tales where some characters come to violent ends. All in all, however, this is certain to entertain any family that loves the deep woods and great music.

    by Dawn S | Sep 28, 2017
    Here are some great new picture books. Enjoy!

    cover image for red yellow blue and a dash of white too
    cover image for next year
      cover image for maurice the unbeastly
    cover image for rock a bye baby
    cover image for the book of gold
    cover image for baabwaa and wooliam
    cover image for the world's biggest fart
     cover image for lovely
    cover image for the bad seed
    by Cindy H | Sep 26, 2017
    Do you have a secret desire to be a rock star? Do you have a song in your heart that is yearning to get out? Would you enjoy watching your friends, family, and neighbors perform songs while eating delicious snacks?
    If so, then the Aboite Branch's new all-ages program, the Super Awesome Karaoke Party, is for you! This program begins October 21st from 2-4pm and will be offered the 3rd Saturday of each month. Our new karaoke machine connects to YouTube, so an unlimited number of popular karaoke songs are at your disposal.

    Disclaimer: Must be prepared for fantastic fun in an extremely encouraging and judgment-free environment.

    Questions? Contact Cindy Harter, Youth Librarian at the Aboite Branch. 260-421-1310
    by Kayla W. | Sep 22, 2017

    A few years ago, Disney made a gamble on a show that, by all accounts, seems as though it more bears the hallmarks of a Cartoon Network show than a Disney product.  Coming from a spirit of curiosity and with a little bit of love for the scary, Gravity Falls is a little show with a big imagination and an even bigger heart that deserves to be seen by children and adults alike.  Oh, and it happens to be absolutely hilarious.
    cover image for gravity falls tv show dvd

    You may have already heard of this strange little hit show by now; it is practically an institution that plays to a cult crowd of grown-ups who collect the memorabilia from the show like it’s gold.   It is still very much loved, in spite of it being off the air for over a year, and from what I have seen it has only grown larger in popularity and continues to expand its audience with time.   Don’t let all of the grown-ups who have a real love for the charm and humor of the show discourage you, however.  This is, in my opinion, one of the best shows made for children to come out in the last decade.

    The first reason why you will see that it has earned the love of both children and grown-up children alike is that it does not talk down to its audience, but also does not reach for shock value that would destroy the surprisingly gentle underlying theme of family, friendship, and community in it.  The second reason would be that the show is built around this sense of wonder and community which thrives, in spite of the scary themes and creepy things included in it.   

    To name a few of the creatures that show up, the show features kidnapping gnomes, a miniature golf course which is home to nations of little golf ball people who are at a cold war with one another, and an evil one-eyed pyramid named Bill.  Those things, however, are far from the only creatures that make an appearance in the show!

    The wonderfully memorable and endlessly quotable cast of the show is made up twins Dipper and Mabel Pines, their cheapskate “Grunkle” Stan (he is their Great Uncle), the low-key Wendy Corduroy, the loyal Soos Ramirez, and the rest of the cast is made up of not only the whole town of people who have either grown used to the strangeness of Gravity Falls or who are blissfully ignorant to it, but a whole world of strange and eccentric weirdness.

    Admittedly, a part of the cult appeal can be attributed to how close the show is related to cult darling Rick and Morty, even sharing talent that appeared in that show after Gravity Falls aired (such as Patton Oswald and Adventure Time veteran Justin Roiland).  I would ask that people who are put off by the antics of Rick and Morty should keep in mind that Gravity Falls is, first of all, a children’s show.  It’s one that is perfect for an endlessly curious child who is interested in the weird and is starting to perhaps dip their toes into the scary.  It relies much more on near-perfectly timed comedy and weirdness than on anything relying on shock or something disturbing that would be inappropriate for children.

    The obvious comparison might be Goosebumps, however, the closest real comparison would be to one of my own childhood favorites, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and it is a more fitting comparison with some of the stranger episodes.  One big difference between the two is that where Courage is a pick-up-and-watch type of show, where it does not matter what episode you watch because there IS no real order, Gravity Falls does have an underlying story.  Well, as the episodes go on closer to the end of the first season, the great story behind Gravity Falls starts to make itself known, at least.   It reminds me in many ways of the miniseries, the spookier Over the Garden Wall, which feels almost like they were meant to be viewed together due to the fact that they originally aired in the same year.

    I would also not be giving the show the attention it deserves if I did not mention also that the show is really, truly funny at times, in spite of the instances where I personally rolled my eyes with certain characters’ antics (Soos, Grenda, and Candy could get to be a bit too much for me at times), and it is a beautiful show, taking full advantage of its pacific northwest setting.

    What I personally love about the show is how well it (mostly) perfectly executes its story. The show revolves around Dipper and Mable Pines, who have come to spend their summer with their strange “Grunkle” Stan, who owns an eccentric road attraction known as the Mystery Shack in the forest heart of the Pacific Northwest.  It is located somewhere near the town of Gravity Falls, where the people are as strange and often lovable as their homeland is.  Even the insidious little Gideon Gleeful.

    The idea of spending the summer working in Stan’s roadside attraction is interrupted when Dipper and Mabel discover a mysterious journal that had been kept by an unknown writer who detailed strange creatures and going-ons in the town and the surrounding, breath-taking land and forest.    

    Dipper is instantly attached to the journal, becoming obsessive with discovering the overriding secret behind the strange journal, coming face to face on numerous occasions with odd, hilarious, and oftentimes dangerous things as he searches for what is going on with the town.  He is far from alone in his journey, however, as the story often involves or actively follows the antics his twin sister Mabel causes, and he is oftentimes distracted by his growing adoration of the seemingly clueless and unattainable sole cashier of the Mystery Shack, Wendy.

    In my opinion, the best time to watch the show would be in the height of summer and through mid fall, when the summer in the show itself takes place.

    If you’re wanting to check (most) of the first season out, you can find the show collected in two DVDs, called Gravity Falls: Six Strange Tales and Gravity Falls: Even Stranger. The ACPL owns both of these, so there’s no reason why you can’t check the show out.   At the moment, these two abridged collections of the episodes is the only way that Disney has given the show a physical release, so even though they contain only certain episodes of the first season, it is the best way to see if the show is something for you, short of streaming it through Hulu.

    by Cindy H | Sep 20, 2017
    Blossom is a possum. She loves to make Glitter Glam headbands, jam on her flute, and recite poetry by heart. If anyone asks her to do any of those things in public, however, she freezes up and covers her face; she is scared people will make fun of her. She begins to realize, though, that when her other classmates do things like play a solo in music class, or answer a teacher's question, that even if they make a mistake everything seems to be okay. Slowly, she begins opening up more. She raises her hand in class, reads at the library poetry slam, and sings out loud. Although some things are still a little too scary, she is proud of herself for the times she tries.

    Blossom Plays Possum (Because She's Shy)
    , written by Birdy Jones and illustrated by Janet McDonnell, is a very sweet book. As a shy person, I could definitely relate to Blossom. Describing how she "plays possum" whenever she gets embarrassed or scared is a perfect way to describe how shy children (and older people!) sometimes feel. At the end of the book there are tips for parents and caregivers on how to empathize with and help your shy little one break out of their shell. Perhaps after reading this book, you could try some of the techniques, such as practicing for situations that make your child nervous at home first, before attempting it at school. The most important thing is to be patient and understanding about how difficult certain situations can be for them, and to be a good role-model and supporter so they know they always have someone looking out for them.

    This picture book is recommended for children ages 4-8. It is available in print at the library. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by Miriam R | Sep 15, 2017
    One chair. One woman. When she opens her mouth, 200 students and teachers are mesmerized for 50 minutes. Premiere Hoosier storyteller, Doyne Carson, brings to life the story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth as she portrays Abigail Gollaher, the sister of Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood friend, Austin Gollaher in this exciting dramatic presentation. In a time when technology, media hype and glitz catch our attention, the simple act of a well told story still captures our total attention.

    Meet Abe Lincoln's Friend Doyne Carson

    Tuesday, October 24th @ 9:45 am & 12:45 pm
    Wednesday, October 25th @ 9:45 am & 6:00 pm
    Thursday, October 26th @ 9:45 am

    Important information to know: Main Library Children's Services hosts all programs in the Main Library theater. Daytime programs are designed primarily for 4th and 5th grade public, private, and homeschool students.  Group registration begins on Monday, September 18, after 9 am by calling 421-1220 until spaces are filled.

    Wednesday night’s presentation is for adults and families.  Scout troops, homeschool families, senior care facilities and other groups are encouraged to register for this evening performance by calling 421-1220 on or after Monday, September 18.


    by Mary Voors | Sep 13, 2017

    Hey Kids!

    Entries are now being accepted in the Allen County Public Library's annual Poetry Contest for kids and teens.

    This year there is no theme; young poets are encouraged to Just Write It! by choosing a favorite topic and writing a poem to submit. Entries from kids and young adults will be accepted at all ACPL locations through November 6, 2017.

    Hey Teachers!

    Many teachers use this contest as an opportunity to develop a poetry lesson plan and then enter all their students’ successful poetry work in the contest.

    This the 35th year the Allen County Public Library has offered this annual poetry contest. We will make booklets containing all the winning poems available for you to keep in your classroom to inspire future poets.

    Hey, Homeschoolers!

    This poetry contest is for you, too! Students in public, private, parochial, charter, online, and home schools can all participate. Just drop your poem off at any Allen County Library.

    Check out the official rules, get writing, and drop your poem off at your local library. We can't wait to read your poems!
    Complete rules for the 2017 ACPL Poetry Contest

    by Becky C | Sep 11, 2017
    A fifth-grader recently asked me for books like Sherlock Holmes.  Together, we found several!  Most of the books in this post feature a teenage Sherlock, but Wild Boy and Ingrid are young protagonists who demonstrate deductive reasoning that would make Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's creation proud.

     The Initiation
    The Initiation by Ridley Pearson.  The rivalry between Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty gets an update in this contemporary re-imagining which sees the two future archenemies rooming together at the elite Baskerville Academy.  First in a trilogyGrades 5 and up
     The Dark Lady
     The Dark Lady by Alessandro Gatti.  Gatti brings together younger versions of three fictional characters -- Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler, and Maurice Leblanc's "gentleman thief" Arsene Lupin.  First in a series. Grades 4 and up.
     Wild Boy
     The Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones.  Wild Boy is a sideshow circus freak with Sherlockian powers of deduction.  After being unfairly accused of murder, he and his acrobat/pickpocket friend Clarissa begin their own investigation through the gritty, smoky streets of Victorian London.  First in a seriesGrades 5 and up.
     The Case of the Missing Marquess
     The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer.  Enola Holmes sets out to the heart of London to uncover her mother's whereabouts and finds herself mixed up in the kidnapping of the young Marquess of Basilwether.  Enola must escape murderous villains, free the spoiled Marquess, and elude her shrewd older brother -- all while collecting clues to her mother's disappearance!  First in a seriesGrades 4 and up.
     Death Cloud
     Death Cloud by Andy Lane. On break from boarding school, 14 year-old Sherlock Holmes is staying with his aunt and uncle in Hampshire. When local people die from symptoms resembling the plague, Holmes begins to investigate. First in a seriesGrades 6 and up.
     Eye of the Crow
     Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock.  13-year-old Sherlock Holmes prefers observing street life and reading crime blotters to attending school.  He becomes obsessed with a gruesome murder, an interest that eventually lands him in jail.  There, he's visited by Irene Doyle, a young philanthropist who becomes his crime-solving partner. To prove his innocence, Sherlock makes a daring escape and sets about solving the crime.  First in a series. Grades 5 and up.
     The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas
    The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas by Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin.  The Baker Street Irregulars go everywhere, see everything, and overhear everyone. Wiggins, Ozzie, Simon, and the rest -- with the aid of Pilar, a gypsy girl -- help Sherlock Holmes solve the case of the deaths of the Amazing Walendas.  First in a series. Grades 5 and up.
     Raven League
    The Raven League by Alex Simmons.  Kicked out of The Baker Street Irregulars, Archie forms the Raven League in order to help the presumably kidnapped Holmes. The League attempts to track the villains while trying to convince Dr. Watson that Holmes is indeed missing.  First in a series. Grades 4 and up.
     Down the Rabbit Hole
     Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams .  13 year-old Ingrid is a fleet-footed soccer player with a knack for stage acting-skills.  She's also an avid reader of Sherlock Holmes.  When her cleats are found at the scene of a crime, she uses her intellect to solve the case and clear her name. First in a series. Grades 6 and up.

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    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her favorite books are The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman..