The Edmond Sun

April 8, 2013

4-9 Good Reads


The Edmond Sun



Ireland, 1917.

Darcy is a light gray Connemara pony with silver dapples. She’s fast and tough, whether she’s pulling a load of peat from the bog or riding around the rugged countryside with Shannon McKenna, her human family’s eldest daughter.

But when Mrs. McKenna needs a doctor, Darcy discovers a skill that will change her and her family’s life forever.

Like “Black Beauty,” this novel is told in first person from the horse’s point of view and includes an appendix of images and facts about Connemara ponies and Irish history.

Ages 8-12.



Teenie Greenies is a board book series that focuses on green topics in a fun way.

Who is a Teenie Greenie? It’s a home-grown, bred-in-the-bone eco-conscious young citizen of the world.

Series titles include “Eco People on the Go!,” “The Little Composter,” and “The Little Gardener.”

Teenie Greenie books are environmentally friendly in both content and substance. The series is printed on 85% recycled paper with soy ink and water-based varnish.

Heavy machinery and going green don’t mix? No way! This colorful, action-packed lift-the-flap board book takes toddlers on an environmentally friendly ride through the basics of recycling.

This is a perfect introduction to going green, teaching children to love and respect Earth and all living things.

Ages 0-4.



Million-copy best-selling “Halo” author and game developer Eric Nylund brings action-packed science fiction to a young audience with the third book in the Resisters series.

Despite their recent victory over the alien Ch’zar, Ethan Blackwood and his squadron have no time to rest. The Ch’zar are still relentlessly searching for the Seed Bank, the Resisters’ secret base — and they’re getting dangerously close.

If they find it, all the adults in the Seed Bank will be absorbed into the aliens’ collective mind.

Now Ethan and his friends must evade all Ch’zar scouts and find a new home for the Resistance. Once again, it’s all up to the kids.

Ages 10-14.



In the town of Placid, Wis., in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly.

But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn’t, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of “pigeoners” trailing the passenger pigeon migration.

And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body — wearing Agatha’s blue-green ball gown — everyone assumes the worst.

Except Georgie.

Refusing to believe the facts that are laid down (and coffined) before her, Georgie sets out on a journey to find her sister. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence to bring Agatha home.

Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she faces on the western frontier.

A lively, personal voice and a compelling blend of action, mystery, and history give this book tremendous kid appeal. An author’s note provides further information for young readers about the fascinating wild pigeon migration of 1871.

Ages 9-13.

NOTE: Email to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Horse Diaries: Darcy” and/or “The Little Recycler” and/or “The Resister: Titan Base.” Deadline is 10 a.m. April 15. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway. All entrants must be 18 or older to win.