Librarians' Picks: 'Into the Wild Nerd Yonder'
Montgomery County librarians pick their favorites and popular selections from the public library system.
Each week, librarians from Montgomery County Public Libraries will pick a few books they think should be added to your summer reading list. Take a look and let us know what you think of the read!
Recommendations for kids:
Everything on It: Poems and Drawings, by Shel Silverstein
For fans and newcomers alike, this collection of 130 poems and drawings looks at the difficulties and joys of being young and growing up. Clever word play and humor make this a great read-aloud selection.
Section: Juvenile Nonfiction
Call number: J 811 SIL
Age recommendation: grades 4-Up
Demolition, by Sally Sutton
Illustrations and rhyming text show the enormous and powerful machines used to demolish a building so that a playground can be built.
Section: Juvenile Fiction, Picture Book
Published by: Candlewick Press, 2012
Age recommendation: 3 to 5
Another Brother, by Matthew Cordell
Life for Davy was glorious as long as he had his mother and father to himself. But then he got a brother…and another…and another…and TWELVE! And they copy everything he does! It drives him around the bend! Dad explains to Davy, "When they get older, your brothers will have their own interests. Then they won't copy you." Davy longs for that day. Do you think he’s happy when that day comes?
Published by: Feiwell & Friends, 2012
Age recommendation: 4 to 6
Case Closed: Nine Mysteries Unblocked by Modern Science, by Susan Hughes
The first female pharaoh disappears—was she murdered? The ancient city of Ubar—why did it vanish without a trace? This book contains one chapter per mystery that ends with a conclusion, but poses a question that still needs to be answered.
Section: Juvenile Nonfiction
Call number: J 909 HUG
Age recommendation: grades 6 to 9
Recommendations for teens:
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder, by Julie Halpern
Sophomore year begins with betrayal by Jessie's two best friends. Where can she find new pals? Fans of everything geek will adore Jessie's induction into the world of nerds, including Dungeons & Dragons and medieval role playing. Her narration is the real draw: It's witty and true to character, conveying—among other things—her anxiety about joining the outcasts. (Annotation from Horn Book Guide.)
Section: Young Adult Fiction
Age recommendation: 14 and up
Recommendations for adults:
The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris, by John Baxter
In this breathtaking guided tour of the most beautiful walks through Paris—including the favorite walking routes of many acclaimed artists and writers who have called this magical city home—the author recalls his many encounters and adventures in the City of Lights.
Section: Adult Nonfiction
Call number: 914.404 BAX
The Bible Salesman, by Clyde Edgerton
Henry is an innocent, 20-year-old Bible salesman. Preston has been looking for a new patsy to help him with his car theft ring. As the two travel around the South, the reader learns not only about their escapades but also about Henry's upbringing, his first romance, and, finally, his questioning of the very religion that had him out on the road in the first place. In this comedic novel, Edgerton, the author of seven best sellers (e.g., Walking Across Egypt), gives us a satisfying twist on the coming-of-age tale. (Annotation adapted from Library Journal.)
Section: Adult Fiction