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ELLINWOOD — There are new chapter books to read to children at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
“Two Crafty Criminals!” by Philip Pullman. The author follows the adventures of two tricky criminals and how they were captured by the daring detectives of the New Cut Gang. Filled with daring acts of bravery, outrageous ruses and brilliant disguises, the New Cut Gang prove themselves super-sleuths of the highest order.
“Looking For Me In This Great Big Family” by Betsy R. Rosenthal. Twelve-year-old Edith asks many questions and makes many observations in this delightful poetry format book. Questions like, why does she have to wear hand-me-down, down, downs? And why does she have to work in Dad’s diner until after midnight? And why does God take away people she loves?
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again” by Frank Cottrell Boyce. The beloved classic children’s story is brought back to life, when a family finds an old engine and fits it to their camper van. They have no idea that the engine used to belong to an extraordinary flying car, and now it wants to be on the move again.
“The Moon Over High Street” by Natalie Babbitt. The author of “Tuck Everlasting” provides a wonderful story where a young man must make choices that will affect his friendships, his life and his home town.
“Caddy’s World” by Hilary McKay. In young Caddy’s world, things are always changing. Now everything turns upside down. Her mother spends most of her time in the hospital with a fragile new baby, and her father has come home from London to “organize” the family. Caddy soon learns that endings are not always the end, and an unpredictable world is also full of surprises.
“Big Nate Goes For Broke” by Lincoln Peirce. Mighty Jefferson Middle School ALWAYS wins. Then Nate decides it’s time to go from zeroes to heroes! Will Nate crack under the pressure of the “Ultimate Snowdown”, or lead his school to its biggest victory ever?
“Ellray Jakes Walks the Plank!” by Sally Warner. Ellray is in charge of caring for his class’s mascot, Zip the goldfish, over spring break. But disaster strikes, and Zip is a goner. Now Ellray is taking the blame for that and many more disasters, and he is suddenly walking the plank for everything. Is this fair? NO!

Sharon Sturgis is the librarian at the Ellinwood School/Community Library.