When I look for a book I take a ridiculously long time to make a decision . I marvel at the patrons who come into the library, go right to the shelf, grab a book and are checked out and gone in under five minutes.
Me? I stare at the shelves for fifteen minutes waiting for something to speak to me, oftentimes (although I hate to admit it) judging a book based solely on its cover.
It takes forever.
Then, when I get the book home, I’m dissatisfied, wishing for it to be like when I was a kid and it was so easy to go into the library, knowing that whatever I decided to take home, I would love.
Now, if all else fails, I turn to the section I found the most magic in as a kid– the Juvenile section.
These books are fun, easy to read, and are a quick read when you want to read something but don’t want to be strapped to a 400+ page novel. Think of them as the baby bother or sister to YA and Adult Fiction.
Here are some of my suggestions for dipping your toe into Juvenile literature:
“Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism” by Georgia Byng is the story of plucky, and hilarious, orphan Molly Moon as she and her trusty pug, Petula, find a book of hypnotism giving Molly the ability to control whoever she wants. But soon Molly comes face to face with something she didn’t except– a stranger who wants nothing more than to steal Molly’s secret. This book is part adventure, part mystery, and all funny, you can’t help fall in love with Molly.
There are 13 books in this series, which allows for some fun reading if you get hooked, which you will. The first book “The Bad Beginning” is relatively short, clocking in at a mere 162 pages, perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon read. It follows the the newly orphaned Baudelaire children, Sunny, Violet, and Klaus, as they duck and dive their way through life, and away from the evil Count Olaf. Read it for its nail biting moments and supreme creativity of the writer, Lemony Snicket, as he flings the children into increasingly dangerous situations as the series goes on.
One of my favorites, the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney opens the door in to the mind of middle school underdog, Greg Heffley as he tells the story of his life and of many other loveable and funny characters. The fact there are pictures in this book doesn’t hurt a bit, taking you back to the time when you might have kept a diary as a kid. It’s incredibly funny, heartwarming and let’s you go back to middle school, without all the torture of really going back. Read it for it’s loveable humor (oh, and the pictures.)
Chances are you’ve seen the movie, if you haven’t, wait, and read the book first. Told from the point of view of Joey, a farm horse sold to the army and forced on the front of World War I and away from his beloved owner, Albert, to pull heavy artillery and carry wounded soldiers. It’s an interesting look at the war full of love, friendship, and hope. Will he ever make it out of the war and will he ever find Albert? It’s a tear-jerker, so read it with a box of kleenex.
Another one that you might have seen on the big screen, “Percy Jackson and the Olypians: The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan is the story of young Percy Jackson, son of the Greek god of the sea, and his quest to find Zeus’s stolen lightening bolt. It’s the first book in a series that brings Greek mythology to life in a fun way. Read it for a humorous adventure and for an easy lesson on mythology.
All of these books and most of their sequels are available at the library! If you would like more information on these titles or would like more great Juvenile titles feel free to drop me a message or give me a call!
Until next time, happy reading!
-Elizabeth, ACL Staff.