New Children’s Books

  • The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson
  • Furry, Feathery and flippered familiars save Jack and two other wizards in training after they have been kidnapped by an evil queen. Aldwyn the cat, Skylar the blue-jay, and Gilbert the frog use magic, friends and street smarts to save the day.

  • Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
  • Mr. Terupt knows how to get the best from his students. He doesn’t let them get by with much but does let them have fun learning. After an accident on a snowy day everything and everyone changes.

  • Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
  • Two cousins who have grown up in different cultures struggle to get along. Skye and Hiroshi finally become friends when they fly the dragon kite as their grandfather taught them and Skye understood how important it was to Hiroshi.

  • Doll Bones by Holly Black
  • Three children have spent their childhood make believe quests with dolls/action figures. As they grow up, a real quest presents itself. The three go in search of a resting place for a doll that is really a ghost
    child. The adventure proves daunting but the friendships among them grow stronger.

  • Dancing Home by Alma Flor Ada
  • Finding out where one belongs is the theme of this novel. Margarita known as Margie wants to be a true American. Born in Texas, she rejects her heritage until a cousin from Mexico joins the family as her sister. Fighting insecurities and embarrassing experiences, Margie begins to embrace the joys of both her American and Mexican roots. Told from the points of view of both girls helps the reader empathize with them.

  • Paperboy by Vince Vawter
  • Summer, Memphis, 1959. An eleven year old boy has many problems dealing with his stuttering. Taking over his friend’s paper route for a month, the boy learns much about Civil Rights, loneliness, abuse, alcoholism, and the
    vast possibilities of words. Growing up and making decisions is part of life.

  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • This is a clever book about a library filled with book puzzles. Children solve puzzles to win a grand prize. This will lure young people into a world of reading.

  • Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
  • The King and Queen are ambushed and Cecile with her secret knowledge must protect their home and save the kingdom. Twists and turns make this adventure a page turner.

  • Guys Read: Funny Business edited by Jon Scieszka
  • This collection of short stories is from some of our favorite authors. Jeff Kinney, Jack Gantos, Christopher Paul Curtis, Kate DiCamillo, and Eoin Colfer have written some very funny stories for this book.

  • Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
  • Ben Ripley may achieve his life’s dream of becoming a spy. He is secretly recruited to attend the Academy of Espionage. Ninjas, kidnapping, computer hacking, and being used to find a mole are reasons to follow this plot. This book will keep readers guessing!

  • Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
  • This is a follow up book to The Wednesday Wars. Our main character Doug has moved to upstate New York and discovers that the power of art can overcome many adversities. This is a great story for all ages.

  • Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
  • Eleven-year-old Jack has an enormous secret to keep. His mother has abandoned him in a state park in Maine during one of her “spinning” times. Jack tries to get home without letting anyone know he is alone. He takes comfort in a toy elephant that is a symbol of hope. His journey is one that you will want to follow all the way to the end.

  • How to Train your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell
  • If you are a fan of this series, we have filled in and added new copies. Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third was not always the greatest Viking Hero. His memories tell of his reluctant adventures to becoming a hero.

  • Summer on the Moon by Adrian Fogelin
  • Socko’s mom moves to take care of his grandfather and also to leave a tough neighborhood behind. Socko hates to leave his friend but not the tough gang and its leader, Rapp, who are out to recruit him. They move to an unfinished housing development where Socko spends his “summer on the moon”. This story shares the struggles and effects of economic hardships.

  • The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby
  • Three children’s lives are interwoven like the gears of a clock. Giuseppe, Frederick, and Hannah are all longing to escape the circumstances of their lives. They must trust one another through mysterious circumstances and perilous adventures. Readers will enjoy this remarkable story.

  • A Dog’s Way Home by Bobbie Pyron
  • Abby and Tam are an award winning agility team. On their way home from a contest there is an accident and they are separated. Tam’s crate is thrown from the truck and she lands in a river. Abby is injured and sent to the hospital. As time passes they never give up hope of finding each other. If you are a fan of Lassie, the Incredible Journey, or Shiloh, you will love to follow this story.

CM – Reading with Ringling

Chatsworth-Murray Library read with Ringling!/h2>

The event was a great success! Check out some pictures:

Thanks for joining the Chatsworth Library in welcoming Rob Ringling.

Reading with Ringling

The text of the flyer:


CHATSWORTH, GA (January 15, 2014) —

Want to learn what it takes to soar on the flying trapeze or just what goes into those cream pies that the clowns throw? Then join Rob Ringling, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Ambassador of Laughter, for some serious fun on January 15. 2014 at CHATSWORTH-MURRAY COUNTY LIBRARY located at 706 Old Dalton-Ellijay Road, Chatsworth, Georgia.

He is no class clown, but is certain to add amusement to a special 30-minute circus storytime, which will encourage children not only to read, but also to discover, dream and learn! The library event is free and open to the public. For more information on the additional libraries the clowns plan to visit, go to

Rob, the Ambassador of Laughter, will be in town to help kick-off “Reading with Ringling Bros.!” The library reading program is easy and fun for kids to participate. The best part is that kids can earn a free circus ticket by simply doing their library reading! Children from ages 2-12 enroll with the librarian, who will give kids everything to start their library reading. For more information, visit

(706) 695-8739

DW – New Teen Books

The teen department has some new books that are ready for check out!

Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon

No Easy Way Out by Dayna Lorentz

Glass by Ellen Hopkins

Everlost by Neal Shusterman

Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

The Last Apprentice: Grimalkin the Witch Assistant by Joseph Delaney

  • Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon.
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • Ella and Z have been friends forever, but Z has always been ‘the weird kid’ in their class. This was okay back in third or fourth grade, but by now their other friends have ditched both Z and Ella. He doesn’t care, but Ella longs to be part of a group where people won’t make fun of her.

    When a new boy, Bailey, moves to town, he befriends Ella because they are the only two black kids in class. Bailey is popular–popular eough to make Ella cool and give her a wider circle of friends, but only if she stops hanging out with Z. Ella is faced with a difficult decision: remain loyal to the boy who has been her best and only friend for years…or embrace the opportunity to be one of the popular kids–what she has always longed to be.

    Ella’s decision will affect not just her, but everyone around her. Can she make the right choice?

  • No Easy Way Out by Dayna Lorentz. (Sequel to No Safety in Numbers)
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • It’s been seven days since Lexi, Ryan, Marco, Shay, and thousands of other shoppers were quarantined in their suburban mall. Seven days of no showers, no information, limited food, and rising panic. Seven days of watching as a mystery virus sweeps through the mall, killing hundreds of people.

    The government has pulled out, leaving the shoppers to their fate. Lexi’s mother, a senator, takes charge. She enforces strict rules, and uses Marco to help control the rule-breakers, most of whom are also teens. But Marco has his own agenda, and begins a dangerous game, playing all the angles. Caught in his web are Shay, Lexi, Ryan, Mike, and Drew.

    But unbeknownst to all of them, it’s not just Marco who can’t be trusted, and as the days pass, each of them will learn the price of making a mistake.

  • Glass by Ellen Hopkins. (Book 2 in the Crank series)
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  • Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it’s all the same: a monster. And once it’s got hold of you, this monster will never let you go.

    Kristina thinks she can control it. Now with a baby to care for, she’s determined to be the one deciding when and how much, the one calling the shots. But the monster is too strong, and before she knows it, Kristina is back in its grips. She needs the monster to keep going, to face the pressures of day-to-day life. She needs it to feel alive.

    Once again the monster takes over Kristina’s life and she will do anything for it, including giving up the one person who gives her the unconditional love she craves–her baby.

  • Everlost by Neal Shusterman. (Book 1 of the Skinjacker Trilogy. Book 3, Everfound, is available as well. Book 2 can be placed on hold.)
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • Nick and Allie don’t survive the car accident…but their souls don’t exactly get where they’re supposed to go either. Instead, they’re caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places that no longer exist. It’s a magical, yet dangerous place where bands of lost children run wild and anyone who stands in the same place too long sinks to the center of the Earth.

    When they find Mary, the self-proclaimed queen of lost kids, Nick feels like he’s found a home, but Allie isn’t satisfied spending eternity between worlds. Against all warnings, Allie begins learning the ‘Criminal Art’ of haunting, and ventures into dangerous territory, where a monster called the McGill threatens all the souls of Everlost.

  • Pretty Amy: A Novel by Lisa Burstein.
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  • Amy is fine living in the shadows of beautiful Lila and uber-cool Cassie, because at least she’s somewhat beautiful and uber-cool by association. But when their dates stand them up for prom, and the girls take matters into their own hands–earning them a night in jail outfitted in satin, stilettos, and Spanx–Amy discovers even a prom spent in handcuffs might be better than the humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” now filling up her summer. Even worse, with Lila and Cassie parentally banned, Amy feels like she has nothing–like she is nothing.

    Navigating unlikely alliances with her new coworker, two very different boys, and possibly even her parents, Amy struggles to decide if it’s worth being a best friend when it makes you a public enemy.

  • I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. (Book 1 of the Lorien Legacies. Books 2 and 3 are also available.)
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • We may be walking past you right now.
    We are watching as you read this.
    We may be in your city, your town.
    We are living anonymously.
    We are waiting for the day when
    We will find each other.
    We will make our last stand together–if
    We win,
    We are saved, and
    You are saved as well.
    If we lose, all is lost.

    Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books–but we are real.

    Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing.

    But they know.

    They caught Number One in Malasia.
    Number Two in England.
    And Number Three in Kenya.
    They killed them all.

    I am Number Four.

    I am next.

  • The Last Apprentice: Grimalkin the Witch Assassin by Joseph Delaney. (Book 9 of the Last Apprentice series)
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  • One witch is the most feared, the most ruthless, and the most deadly of all the witches in the county. If she hunts for you, she will find you. If you have crossed her, you don’t stand a chance. She is the witch assassin and her name is Grimalkin.

    Grimalkin’s one alliance is with Tom Ward, the Spook’s apprentice. With Tom, she plans to rid the world of the most terrifying evil, the Fiend, who once did her great wrong.

    Grimalkin has never been defeated. But can she survive an enemy created for the sole purpose of destroying her?

Have you read any of these books?

FreeFile Eligibility!

Can you FreeFile your 2013 Georgia Taxes this year? The maximum income limit has been raised, so check it out!

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