Kids: A Good Book Is Great Way To Travel

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Nothing to do -- bored to death -- does this sound familiar?

Well, kids, believe it or not, getting lost in a good book is a great way to travel to faraway lands -- be the most awesome athlete or most popular girl in school. The young adult area in the library is chock-full of exciting reading material just for you.

"Love, Star Girl" by Jerry Spinelli -- Star Girl has moved and left everything behind: Arizona, Mica High, enchanted desert places -- and Leo.

Her life feels like a parade of unhappy events until she meets her wonderfully bizarre new neighbors. Dootsie is the curly headed five-year-old "human bean" and Batty Lou hasn't been out of her house in five years. Then along comes Perry Dellophane, the blue eyed thief who soon lays claim to Star Girl's heart.

In letters to Leo, Star Girl finds hope in new places, donut angels and moon flowers -- that turning-point day when dark tips to light. In this companion novel to "Star Girl" award-winning Newberry Medalist, Jerry Spinelli continues his beloved heroine's story in a tale of hurt and healing, promise and revelation, solstice and sunbeams.

"The Titan's Curse" by Rick Riordan is the third in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. First came "The Lightning Thief," second was the "Sea of Monsters" and book three finds Percy Jackson receiving an urgent distress call from his friend, Grover.

As he prepares for battle, he knows he'll need his powerful demigod allies, Annabeth and Thalia, at his side, his trusty bronze sword, Riptide; and a ride from his mom.

The demigod's race to the rescue to find that Grover has made an important discovery; two new half-bloods whose parentage is unknown.

The Titan Lord Kronos has set a most devious trap for which the young heroes have fallen. Hilarious and action-packed, this third adventure finds Percy faced with his most dangerous challenge so far, the chilling prophecy of the Titan's Curse.

"Come June Tenth" by Ann Rinaldi -- when President Lincoln issues his Emancipation Proclamation abolishing slavery, Luli's family, like hundreds of other Texas slave owners, decides to keep the news a secret. Not even Sis Groosie is told that she is free.

Then, two years later, one day in June, Union soldiers arrive and the secret that was so closely guarded threatens to tear the family apart.

Historical novelist Ann Rinaldi paints the story of one family's awakening to the true meaning of freedom and explores the events that led up to the creation of Juneteenth, a celebration of freedom that continues today.

"Alice in the Know" by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor -- It's the summer before her junior year and Alice is looking forward to three months of excitement and drama. But instead, she finds herself working in a local department store, trying to stop shoplifters and more "real life" problems than she could have imagined.

A good friend becomes ill, Lester has more romance problems and the gang from Mark Stodmeister's pool is starting to grow up a bit faster than Alice finds comfortable.

Fortunately for Alice, her family and friends are with her through it all.

Funny and touching, the author proves once again that she understands what real girls feel and think.

"Little (Grrrl) Lost" by Charles de Lint -- when fourteen year old T.J. and her family are forced to move from their farm to the Newford suburbs, she has toeave her best friend and give up her beloved horse, Red.

She's lonely, depressed and furious -- until she makes a surprising new friend.

Meet Elizabeth, a punked-out teen runaway, trying to find her place in the world.

Elizabeth's got an attitude but she happens to be a "Little," standing only six inches tall, and her family lives inside the walls of T.J.'s house. T.J. and Elizabeth form a prickly friendship that's put to the test when each girl finds herself in dangerous territory, without any way to help the other.

Their story is a delightful combination of gritty realism, magic, humor and hope set in the invented city of Newford. Two girls, two worlds -- one magical novel.

Book lovers, ages 7 to 17 years old, listen up.

The library is starting up a book club for kids. You'll get to read and discuss great books, watch a movie.

There will be drinks and eats for everyone. Call Payson Library, (928) 474-9260, ask for Harryette Stanley. Come join the fun.

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