Friday Reads: New Children’s Books

It’s all about the kids this week at Friday Reads. Here is a selection of new children’s books at Danville Public Library.


Carmela Full of Wishes written by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Carmela, finally old enough to run errands with her brother, tries to think of the perfect birthday wish, while his wish seems to be that she stayed home.– Provided by Publisher.



33403610Carols and Crushes by Natalie Blitt

Charlie’s moment to shine has arrived: She’s determined to land a solo in this year’s holiday concert. With her best friend, Renee, and smart, cute Eric in chorus with her, this winter promises to be pitch-perfect. Until disaster strikes. The concert is suddenly in danger of being canceled. And Charlie has to partner up with annoying, oh-so-perfect Matthew. If they can’t work in harmony, Charlie’s favorite time of year will be ruined. Will she be able to save the show from a blizzard of problems — and figure out who makes her heart sing?

51j3f-jih9l-_sx329_bo1204203200_The Darkdeep by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs

Middle-schoolers Nico, Tyler, Ella, and Opal discover a hidden island in a forbidden cove that appears uninhabited, but something ancient has awakened knowing their wishes, dreams, and darkest secrets.




51dkefafgrl-_sy291_bo1204203200_ql40_Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night and tells her they need to leave home immediately, and this time Granny intends for them never to return.




51zjrvmvqkl-_sx370_bo1204203200_The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee

A knight who feels secure on his side of the wall that divides his book discovers that his side is not as safe as he thought, and the other side is not as threatening.





Note: All book covers are from Google Images and all book descriptions are from the SHARE Catalog.

Book Review: Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror by Junji Ito

51Ef1f4UnqL._SX337_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgAll month long in October, we will post reviews of books with spooky themes, whether outright horror or just uncanny. 

Uzumaki is a manga in three volumes. The book features a town called Kurozu-cho that is being haunted by spirals. By the shape. It’s such an incredibly clever concept, that an obsession with a shape can take on paranormal aspects such that it truly is quite spooky. In one chapter, a girl has a crescent-shaped scar in the center of her forehead that spontaneously becomes a spiral-shaped scar. And the scar sort of bores into her head so that she has this ever-growing spiral going deeper and deeper into her head. Think about that for a moment. I had a dream once where there was a hole in my face. The really creepy part is that in my dream I was totally unconcerned about this aberration, much like the girl seems to think the spiral is perfectly normal, that it in fact makes her better. Creepy.

Volume Two is rather episodic in nature, much like Volume One. This isn’t a complaint, mind you. It’s just that there’s so many stories to tell about this town of 6,000. The one that stuck out the most to me in this volume was the people who turn into snails. Snails have spiral-shaped shells, after all. It didn’t happen to everyone, just a certain few, starting with one rather slow-moving boy who then developed a spiral-shaped bump on his back. The bump became a shell and he turned into a snail. Then there were others. Eventually, they were penned up so that they couldn’t roam freely around, because who wants that, right?

I read most of this book while on my lunch break one day. I’m not sure this is the best book to read while eating. I found myself making a face similar to the one I make when I take cough syrup–grossed out with a nasty flavor in my mouth. The fact that a book can give me that reaction, tells me that it definitely fulfills its promise of being dead creepy.

There was a Kurt Vonnegut reference here that made me smile: Kirie woke up to hear birds outside her window singing “Poo-tee-weet.” In Slaughterhouse-Five, the birds ask this just after poor old Edgar Derby is shot, in response to the horror of the situation. I believe that in Uzumaki, “Poo-tee-weet” serves as an omen to Kirie that her life is only going to get worse. And worse.

Volume Three is the longest of the trilogy. The chapters aren’t nearly as episodic as in the past two volumes; Ito is bringing the story together toward its conclusion. The row houses mentioned earlier on in the first volume play a significant role in this volume. Basically the whole town falls apart and no one can leave. There is no logic, no clear reason; these things simply happen and there is nothing that can be done about it. So it goes.

If you want a truly creepy story to read this Halloween season, find a copy of Uzumaki (or any of Junji Ito’s other books). It’s like if Edward Gorey did an episode of The Twilight Zone.

I see a lot more spirals now that I’ve read this trilogy. Should I be worried?

Job Opening: Youth Services Part Time Library Assistant


PT Library Assistant Youth Services Dept.

25 hr/wk, day, evening, Sat. hours, as required.  $12.94/hr.  Assist in Teen Space & Children’s Dept.

Qualifications:  1-2 yrs. of college or equivalent; computer & tablet skills; knowledge of children’s and young adult literature; experience with children’s and teen’s programming.

Must reside in IL within 5 mi. of Danville city limits.

Applications available for download:  here.

Send completed application to:
Apply at Library Business Office, 9-4:30, October 15-19, 2018
No phone calls, please!


What’s New at the Library?



See what’s new this week at the Danville Public Library at:

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There are 19 new bestsellers, six new movies, two new music CDs, six new children’s books, and 13 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include “Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History,” “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: The Sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” and “In Pieces.” The new movies this week include “Three Identical Strangers,” “Hotel Artemis,” and “Uncle Drew.”

Book Review: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

51cFD7bn2HL._SX335_BO1,204,203,200_All month long in October, we will post reviews of books with spooky themes, whether outright horror or just uncanny.

I picked up the audiobook over the weekend primarily because it was read by the author. Let’s face it, the man has an awesome voice, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a sucker for accents. Neil Gaiman is a Storyteller, in the best and most complete sense of the word.

Anyhoo, Coraline is a story of a girl whose family has just moved into a flat in a house that has been repurposed to hold four apartments. One flat is empty and the other two house some eccentric folks indeed. Coraline’s parents are both busy working at home on their computers and have very little time to spend with their daughter. So she explores and her exploration leads her through a door in the wall to another apartment just like her own where she meets her Other Mother and Other Father who both have black buttons for eyes. The Other Mother doesn’t want Coraline to leave. Ever. It’s quite dark in parts, really, which makes the story all the more thrilling.

I really really liked this book and if you can get your hands on the audiobook, do so!

Reviewed by Jessica A.

Friday Reads: Bullying Prevention Month

October is Bullying Prevention Month. All month long, Danville Public Library will be hosting programs for parents, teachers, and students about bullying. Check out the full schedule on our website. The list below includes fiction, picture books, and resources for parents and teachers.

bully 1Bully : an action plan for teachers and parents to combat the bullying crisis / edited by Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen ; with Dina Santorelli.

A companion to the acclaimed film Bully, this book brings the story of the documentary beyond the closing credits, continuing the national conversation inspired by the film. Personal anecdotes from prominent antibullying activists and celebrities alongside essays from renowned experts, authors, government officials, and educators offer powerful insights, resources, and concrete steps to combat the bullying epidemic.

bully 2Tease Monster: A Book about Teasing vs. Bullying written by Julia Cook, illustrated by Anita DuFalla

When “One of a Kind” is laughed at by Purple One and called a name by Green One, is the Tease Monster to blame? This tale teaches readers the difference between friendly teasing and mean teasing, and why some teasing can have a negative bite if it’s meant to be hurtful and cause embarrassment.–Publisher.

bully 3.1I swear by Lane Davis

Who’s to blame when bullying leads to suicide? A gripping exploration of crucial importance seeks answers in and out of the courtroom. After years of abuse from her classmates, Leslie Gatlin decided she had no other options and took her own life. Now her abusers are dealing with the fallout. When Leslie’s parents file a wrongful death lawsuit against their daughter’s tormenters, the proceedings uncover the systematic cyber bullying and harassment that occurred. The ringleader of the accused girls maintains they are innocent. As the events leading up to her death unfold, it becomes clear that Leslie may have taken her own life, but her bullies took everything else. Told in alternating perspectives and through well-paced flashbacks, this timely novel sheds light on both the victims of bullying and the consequences bullies face.

bully 4Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying by Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

This book is designed to assist in identifying the warning signs of cyberbullying and prevent inappropriate behaviors. Cyberbullying is the intentional and repeated act of causing harm to others through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices. The authors help educators understand the potential consequences of this deliberate behavior and present strategies for effective identification, prevention, and response. Focusing on the way technology can facilitate or magnify bullying behavior, this comprehensive resource offers information, guidelines, and resources to give students the protection they need. Written by leading experts, this groundbreaking book offers the voices of youth affected by or involved in real cyberbullying incidents.

bully 5Confessions of a former Bully by Trudy Ludwig, illustrations by Beth Adams

Nine-year-old Katie’s punishment for bullying classmates includes making up for the hurt she has caused, and so she decides to write a book about bullying, why it is not okay, and how to start being a better friend.


bully 6Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Bully doesn’t have a kind word for any of his friends. When the other animals ask him to play, he responds in the way he’s been taught: Chicken! Slow poke! You stink! Seeger’s bold, graphic artwork, along with her spare but powerful words, make for a tender, hilarious, and thoughtful tale.

bully 7Sexual Harrassment and Bullying: a Guide to Keeping Kids Safe and Holding Schools Accountable by Susan L. Strauss

Despite headlines that label all harassment among youth as bullying, there is in fact a difference between sexual harassment and bullying. This book discusses the similarities and important differences between the two, offering firsthand accounts from victims and others involved in combating the activities that victimize students. It provides parents, youth advocates, scout leaders, and other concerned adults with practical steps to partner with schools to prevent and intervene on the behaviors to help keep kids safe. The book clearly identifies the steps to take to hold schools accountable when a student has been harassed or bullied, even when the school is not stopping the behavior. Providing examples throughout the work, Strauss helps readers become better acquainted with the various activities that constitute sexual harassment and bullying and what they can do to combat the problem.


Note: All book covers are from Google Images and all descriptions are from the SHARE Catalog.