It's hard to believe that summer is officially over and the first day of fall, Wednesday, Sept. 22, is upon us.
Mother Nature didn't waste any time in letting us know that a new season has begun with the cool temperatures and leaves on the trees starting to turn brilliant bright colors.
So there will be people raking leaves into a pile and then they're run and jump into the leaves. When you're done playing in the leaves and enjoying the outdoors come to the Cherokee Public Library to relax and read a good book or check out a good book to take home and read.
Speaking of good books. We have some new books that have just arrived and I would like to share some of them.
"Click, Clack, Splish, Splash: A Counting Adventure" by Doreen Cronin stars Duck as the instigator of mischievous, though well-intentioned fun. As the farmer naps on the couch near his soothing fish tank, Duck and the barnyard animals sneak into the house on a hush-hush mission--something that involves "3 buckets piled high" outside the window and "4 chickens standing by.
This book offers a comical introduction to numerals one through 10. A great book for children ages 2-5. Another children's book is "Hot Rod Hamster" by Cynthia Lord.
Junior racing fans will get a vicarious thrill with this story of a tiny driver who dares to burn rubber with the big boys. The story has two halves: the construction of the hot rod and the big race.
Once wheeled and oiled it's off to the track, where the racing rodent wins and then has to make the toughest choice of all: which trophy to take. The reading level for this book and the above book are ages 4-8.
"Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary" (Fablehaven) by Brandon Mull and "Sabotaged" (Missing) by Margaret Peterson Haddix are also new books. The reading level is for boys and girls ages 9-12.
There is a shocking secret in the Fablehaven book. Two hidden artifacts have been found. Three more remain unrecovered. The race is on to acquire all five of the artifact keys.
"Haddix concentrates on the action, suspense and mystery in "Sabotaged." Best of the series so far" according to Kirkus Reviews.
Those who like graphic novels check out a new series "Lunch Lady" by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Three school students have always wondered about their school lunch lady.
What does she do when she isn't dishing out the daily special? Little do they know, Lunch Lady doesn't just serve sloppy joes--she also serves justice.
A couple of new young adult books are "Dark Flame (The Immortals)" by Alyson Noel and Skinny by Ibi Kaslik.
A YA Book Blogger wrote this about "Dark Flame." "One of the bet books I've read this yearÖ With immortal lovers, trustworthy friends, betraying fortune tellers, and freaky identical twins, what more could you ask for? . . . I can't wait for the next in the series."
"Skinny" is about a young woman's battle with anorexia. Kaslik's first novel hits the mark with characters with whom teens will empathize, and tackles a relevant and painful subject with grace according to Kim Dare of Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia.
These are only a few of the new books people can check out from the Cherokee Public Library. So come and browse.