Friday, October 28, 2011

November Book Selection

Our November book will be The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger. We will meet on Monday, November 28th to discuss the book and make our very own origami Yoda's to bring home! Copies of the book are available at the Children's Desk. Stop by and pick one up today!

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

October Meeting Wrap-Up

The Book Buddies Book Club met Monday afternoon to discuss our October book, The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn. We had a terrific discussion and everyone who came really enjoyed the book.

Following our discussion we talked about how to write a mystery/ghost story and what elements are necessary to create a spooky atmosphere and creepy characters. There are a couple of great websites to go to if you are interested in writing your own mysteries:

Mysterynet's Kids Mysteries

Scholastic's Mystery Writing with Joan Lowery Nixon

Also don't miss this interview with our October author Mary Downing Hahn!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Meeting Reminder

Just a reminder that the Book Buddies Book Club will meet this coming Monday, October 24th at 3:30pm to discuss The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn. We'll meet in the John Clarke Children's Program Room for our book discussion and snacks. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Books for Halloween

Looking for a spooky story to get you in the spirit of Halloween? Try one of these ghostly tales...

The Ghost's Grave by Peg Kehret

Apprehensive about spending the summer in Washington State with his Aunt Ethel when his parents get an overseas job, twelve-year-old Josh soon finds adventure when he meets the ghost of a coal miner.

Ghost Town: Seven Ghostly Stories by Joan Lowery Nixon

A collection of stories about eerie encounters in various ghost towns across the United States. Each story is accompanied by an afterword about the actual town on which the story is based.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac

After her parents disappear and she is turned over to the care of a strange "great-uncle," Molly must rely on her dreams about an old Mohawk story for her safety and maybe even for her life.

Something Upstairs: A Tale of Ghosts by Avi

When he moves from Los Angeles to Providence, Rhode Island, Kenny discovers that his new house is haunted by the spirit of a black slave boy who asks Kenny to return with him to the early nineteenth century and prevent his murder by slave traders.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Author Mary Downing Hahn

Mary Downing Hahn is the author of our October book, The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall. She has written many wonderful ghost stories for children. Come in to the library and check out her books today!

All the Lovely Bad Ones: A Ghost Story (2008)

While spending the summer at their grandmother's Vermont inn, two prankster siblings awaken young ghosts from the inn's distant past who refuse to "rest in peace."

Deep and Dark and Dangerous: A Ghost Story (2007)

When thirteen-year-old Ali spends the summer with her aunt and cousin at the family's vacation home, she stumbles upon a secret that her mother and aunt have been hiding for over thirty years.

The Old Willis Place: A Ghost Story (2004)

Tired of the rules that have bound them ever since "the bad thing happened," twelve-year-old Diana ignores her brother's warnings and befriends the daughter of the new caretaker, setting in motion events that lead to the release of the spirit of an evil, crazy woman who once ruled the old Willis place.

Wait till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story (1986)

Molly and Michael dislike their spooky new stepsister Heather but realize that they must try to save her when she seems ready to follow a ghost child to her doom.

And find out more about Mary Downing Hahn and her books by visiting her website!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October Book Selection

The October Book Buddies book will be The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn. It's a ghost story perfect for the days leading up to Halloween and the first Book Buddies book by the incredible queen of children's ghost stories, Mary Downing Hahn. We'll meet to discuss this book on Monday, October 24th at 3:30pm in the John Clarke Children's Program Room.

*It's not too late to sign up for Book Buddies! If you are in grades 3, 4, or 5 and are interested in joining our book club simply call the library (401-847-8720 ext. 204) or email me at Copies of the book are available for check out at the Children's Desk.*

Want to know more about The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall? Read on.....

In the nineteenth century, ten-year-old Florence Crutchfield leaves a London orphanage to live with her great-uncle, great-aunt, and sickly cousin James, but she soon realizes the home has another resident, who means to do her and James harm.