Children & Teens Books of the Week

New in Hardcover
The Street Beneath My Feet Cover Image
By Charlotte Guillain, Yuval Zommer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781682971369
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Words & Pictures - March 1st, 2017

It’s easy to rush from place to place, but Charlotte Guillain’s The Street Beneath My Feet (Quarto, $22.95), helps curious thinkers stop and discover the incredible world below the surface. Guillain guides readers through each layer of the Earth, while Yuval Zommer’s rich illustrations help to illuminate the journey deep underground. Geologic vocabulary is seamlessly integrated into the narrative, so that by the end of the trip readers will have grasped a solid understanding of the Earth’s layers. The book unfolds into a beautifully illustrated, two-sided map of what lies beneath our feet—from the street to the inner core, and back up again. Ages 6-9. Cristina Strunk.

Blast from the Past
Toilet: How It Works Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626722156
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Square Fish - April 14th, 2015

He taught us all about castles, cathedrals, pyramids and The Way Things Work. Now bestselling author and illustrator David Macaulay takes readers on a guided tour of human waste in Toilet: How It Works (Square Fish, $7.99). He starts with a brief overview of the human digestive system before describing—from the tank and the handle, to the stopper and the float—precisely how a toilet functions. Then it’s off on a journey below as Macaulay describes septic tanks and sewer systems, including specifics about how wastewater and sludge are treated. It’s an informative and entertaining work featuring Macaulay’s whimsical “squiggly line” ink and watercolor illustrations, labelled cutaway diagrams, and a helpful glossary at the back. It’s a book that will have young readers and grown-ups bowled away and flushed with pride! Ages 7-10. Marc Villa.

YA Pick
Downsiders Cover Image
ISBN: 9780689839696
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Simon Pulse - February 1st, 2001

Talon Angler lives Downside—underneath New York City as part of an underground society (literally) that has existed in the tunnels beneath the surface for as long as anyone can remember. Lindsay Matthias is a discontented New York prep school student who hails from a broken family. The two meet when Talon ventures Topside on a mission of mercy, sparking a friendship between the two rooted in mutual curiosity about their respective worlds, and about each other. But it also triggers a crisis that brings to light truths about this mysterious world’s very existence that could spell the end for all of the Downsiders (Simon Pulse, $7.99). Neal Shusterman has constructed an adventure story about a clash of civilizations unlike any other. He combines elements of science-fiction, speculative fiction and fantasy to create a rich, sophisticated story that is humorous, fun, and thought-provoking. Ages 12-15. Marc Villa.