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Preet P.’s Review of “Naruto Volume 2”:

Naruto Volume 2 is the second book in the series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. This book is packed with humorous quotes, mind-blowing drama, and suspenseful action. I rate this book 5 stars. The main protagonist, Naruto Uzumaki, who is a knucklehead ninja, strives to be his land’s hokage, the most honorable position in the military. Sasuke, Naruto’s rival, is bloodthirsty for revenge on a mysterious family member. Sakura, the only female ninja in Team 7, has a crush on Sasuke, while he ignores her but picks on Naruto who likes her. Last but not least, Kakashi is Team 7’s instructor. He is known as the “Copycat Ninja” for stealing and manipulating over 1000 Jutsus with his special Sharingan Eye. All four characters have been assigned a mission to escort Tazuna, a bridge builder building a bridge that will stop all seaport trade/travel. Gato, an infamous billionaire, has made all his money from seaport trade/travel and has assigned “The Demon of the Mist” to exterminate Tazuna and anyone with him!

Preet P.’s review of “Naruto Volume 7”:

This is the 7th volume of the manga series “Naruto,” art and story by Masashi Kishimoto. We pick up where we left off in the 6th volume, at the second trial of the Chunin Exams. Team 7, alongside Team 10 (Ino, Choji, and Shikamaru) are fighting ninjas from the Sound Village. Orochimaru, a dangerous man from the Sound Village, has put a curse on Sasuke and if Sasuke survives the curse he will be granted immense power. The ninja from the Sound Village have been to look over Sasuke, but the sound ninja disobey Orichimaru and try to kill Sasuke but Sasuke kills them with his immense power. Later on in the book, we figure out that a mysterious boy, Gaara, with an even more mysterious past has set a record of 97 minutes on the Chunin exam without a scratch on him. Rating: 5 stars.

Preyas P.’s review of “Naruto Volume 63”:
This volume is the 63rd book in the series about a young, inspiring ninja, written by Masashi Kishimoto. In my opinion, this book is definitely worth 5 stars, because this comedy/action series is jam-packed with action and quotes. This book was mainly about unmasking Tobi to see who he was, which was none other than Obito Uchiha! This book was also about Obito’s childhood and what caused him to start the war (Kakashi killing Rin, whom Obito loves). Other than that, this book was just Naruto, Kakashi, Guy, and Killer Bee fighting Obito and the reanimated Madara Uchiha. Rating: 5 stars.

Preyas P.’s review of “Naruto Volume 67”:

I, for one, loved this book because it was full of action and fighting. If I were to rate this book, I’d give it 5 stars at the max. The parts I loved were when Naruto and Sasuke both gang up on Obito, and also when Naruto figures out he can use sage mode in Kurama mode. But I didn’t like when Obito was talking smack about Minato and how he couldn’t save his wife and junk, which made Naruto activate sage mode and rasengan that fool to where they found out sage senjutso attacks damage him. Rating: 5 stars.

Nathan T.’s review of “Small Steps”:

A book that many people don’t know about is Small Steps, the sequel to the award-winning book, Holes. One summer afternoon, Armpit was working on landscaping for someone when his friend whom he had met at Camp Green Lake, X-Ray, addressed him with a crafty plan to earn money selling concert tickets at a higher value than what they had originally been marketed for. Armpit reluctantly chose to go along even though he was trying to hold a steady life. Their first “mission” was at the concert of the overwhelmingly famous Kaira Deleon. Instead of selling the tickets, he decided to take his neighbor, Ginny, a little girl with cerebral palsy, to the concert when a girl he admired declined his offer. Halfway in, Armpit looked down and noticed that Ginny was having a seizure. After taking her to the doctor, he met Kaira who was there to check on Ginny. The next day, Kaira called Armpit and asked him to have breakfast with her. Armpit was absolutely flabbergasted. It’s not every day that you have breakfast with a popstar. When Armpit comes home, he hears a knock on the door. A policeman approaches him because the tickets he used were supposedly counterfeit. How is Armpit going to turn his life around now that he might have to go through a legal battle over counterfeit tickets?

If you liked Holes and need a book that picks up the story from where it left off, Small Steps is the way to do it. The book is targeted toward people 5th-8th grade. There’s minor cursing, but it shouldn’t get in the way of reading such a good book. I hope you enjoy Small Steps just as much as I did.

Resources for Parents: It’s Back to School Time!

By: Christy V. Temple

Okay, it’s that time of year and ready or not it’s back to the classrooms. I know for some it’s an exciting time getting back into the swing of things. For others, perhaps they are lamenting the fact that Summer goes by way too fast. I am in that latter group but whether or not I like it, the fact is that school is back in session so we might as well make the best of it.

This can be a very stressful time for kids but also for parents too as they are juggling work and the pressures of making sure that everything goes well at school. Sometimes we like to think that we can do it all but most of the time that’s just not possible. The whole idea of being able to do many things at once is really a misnomer. It just doesn’t work very well.

Many people claim to have the ability to multitask but I personally have found that it really isn’t possible. Somewhere along the way one or all of the tasks tends to suffer as you need to really focus on one thing at a time. Believe me, I’ve tried doing it myself and the older you get the harder it is to do this. Therefore, it’s better to just take it slow and easy and do one thing at a time. Easier said than done in this fast-paced world but necessary nonetheless.

Sometimes one of the reasons why we try to multitask stems from the fact that we don’t always have the right resources at our fingertips to help us out with the questions that need to be answered regarding the rearing and raising of our children. Not everyone has access to the best information and that’s one of the reasons why public libraries are so necessary so that we can offer those services to the public.

Therefore, since it is back to school time and parents do have a lot on their plates to juggle, let me provide some resources that I believe would be valuable to them in this new school year.

Here are some books that I believe will be useful at the Daviess County Public Library:

  • Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World by: Susan Sachs Lipman
  • Screen-Smart Parenting: How to Find Balance and Benefit in Your Child’s use of Social Media, Apps, and Digital Devices by: Jodi Gold
  • The Working Parent’s Guide to Homeschooling by: Robyn Dolan
  • Planet Middle School: Helping your child through the Peer Pressure, Awkward moments, & Emotional Drama by: Kevin Leman
  • Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World
  • Speak Up and Get Along: Learn the Mighty Might, Thought Chop, and More Tools to Make Friends, Stop Teasing, and Feel Good about Yourself by: Scott Cooper (juvenile nonfiction)
  • Finding Quality Early Child Care: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents About What Matters Most by: Sarah Taylor Vanover
  • Child Decoded: Unlocking Complex Issues in your Child’s Learning, Behavior or Attention
  • The Organized Child: An Effective Program to Maximize your Kid’s Potential—in School and in Life by: Richard Gallagher
  • The Everything Parents Guide to Children with Autism: Expert, Reassuring Advice to Help Your Child at Home, at School, and at Play by: Adelle Jameson Tilton

Additionally, here are some Internet resources that should be helpful as well:


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Top 15 bestsellers in nonfiction

By: Christy V. Temple

Okay, it’s the end of the month of November and I thought I would do things a little differently this time for my end-of-month blog. Instead of me waxing poetic about a particular topic of my choosing or discussing one of our many databases that we have available to the public, I thought I would instead give a listing of the top 15 bestsellers in nonfiction for the week ending December 3rd.

So, without further adieu, here is a list of the top 15 bestsellers in adult nonfiction that I gleaned from the Library Journal website:

Hardcover nonfiction bestselling titles:

Promise me, Dad by: Joe Biden

Obama by: Pete Souza

Leonardo Da Vinci by: Walter Isaacson

Bobby Kennedy by: Chris Matthews

Hacks by: Donna Brazile

Grant by: Ron Chernow

Sisters First by: Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans by: Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

Killing England by: Bill O’Reilly

What Happened by: Hillary Rodham Clinton

God, Faith, and Reason by: Michael Savage

What Unites Us by: Dan Rather

Endurance by: Scott Kelly

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by: Neil deGrasse Tyson

We were eight years in power by: Ta-Nehisi Coates

I hope this list gives you some ideas of new nonfiction to try out for these cold, winter days ahead. In the meantime, I hope you have a great week and stop by the Daviess County Public Library to check out one of these great books today!

LeRedBaron on Writing

Hello , DCPL readers!
Today I’m going to talk not about reading, but writing. When I was younger I read a lot. I dreamed constantly about fantasy worlds, and in fourth grade my teacher had us do creative writing, and my ideas moved to the paper.
I didn’t share them much, mostly because they were all works in progress, and I didn’t want them to be either ruined or lost, and I couldn’t work on them if someone else had them.
Then, in seventh grade, I found out about google docs. I could share them with my friends, with differing levels of editing power (once or twice they would delete everything, then undo it to give me a heart attack). More power to me, I could edit them anywhere with internet and a device.
Finally, during my sophomore year, my cousin introduced me to the site, Wattpad, a story sharing website that allows people to post and edit their works. I have several stories posted, though most are unfinished. It’s a fun way to let other authors (and readers) see my stories and give me feedback.
I have seen all sorts of fiction books (I haven’t searched out any non fiction, so I don’t actually know if they have that, but my guess is they do). There is a lot of teen/young adult fiction, including werewolves, science fiction, romance, and of course, my genre, fantasy. There are some children’s books, though I personally haven’t read them, and therefore can’t say if they’re good or not.
My favorite book I’m writing is Knight of the Dawn, a collab project with my cousin. I’m writing from the perspective of a dragon hunter, Macus Drake, while she writes from the point of view of a dragon protector, or Knight of the Dawn (hence the title), named Willow Rose. These two meet and a battle of wits ensues back and forth as they both try to take advantage of the other.
I find that Wattpad calls to both the reader and the writer in me, and it has been a fun, enjoyable tool for both of these sides. Like I said, I write, and if you want to go look me up, I write clean, good fantasy and science fiction stories, most of which I am still working on. My pen name is currently LeRedBaron. I hope you enjoy my stories and Wattpad as a whole if you do check it out!
Until next time

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