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Reviews by Sue K.: Appleton Public Library

Originally posted in: APL Picks for Kids

Gregor the Overlander

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Author: Suzanne Collins

Book 1 of the Underland Chronicles

In this fantasy, eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister, Boots, fall into an amazing underground world underneath New York City. This Underland is populated with humans and various giant-sized talking creatures. These creatures include bats called “fliers”, cockroaches called “crawlers”, spiders called “spinners”, and rats called “gnawers.” They have all lived in harmony but “The Prophecy of Gray” has changed that existence. The prophecy states that Gregor may be the “overlander” destined to save the humans from the warlike rats. Gregor is more interested in finding his way home, until he discovers that fulfilling the prophecy might also mean finding his father. Thus there are two quests unfolding in this story. One is that the Underlanders must fulfill the Prophecy of Gray and prevent being annihilated by the rats. The other is Gregor’s quest to find his father and bring him home.

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Originally posted in: APL Picks for Kids

The Burning Bridge

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Author: John Flanagan

Book 2 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series

This sequel is packed with exciting adventures. Will, his friend Horace, and the Ranger Gilan, travel to Celtica, a neighboring country to Arluen, to ask for their help in the battle against the rebel warlord Morgarath. When they arrive in Celtica they find all the people gone. They encounter a girl, Evanlyn, hiding from the Wargals. She describes how the Celts were either killed or enslaved by these creatures. Gilan rides to tell the king of the news and Will, Horace, and Evanlyn are left to find out what the Wargals want with the Celts.

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Learn how to make a beautiful tissue paper flower with Sue from the Appleton Public Library! All you need to create your flower is  1 piece of construction paper (pick your own color!), a small piece of green construction paper for the stem and leaves, small squares of colored tissue paper in multiple colors, glue, and a pencil.   This video will show you how to do this craft. Enjoy!

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Paper Cloud Craft

Learn how to make a stuffed paper cloud with Sue from the Appleton Public Library! All you need to make your cloud is 2 pieces of white paper, a black marker, streamers or tissue paper cut in strips, scissors, and a stapler. This video will show you how to make this craft. Enjoy!

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