Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Staff Pick

The Underneath
By Kathi Appelt
Grade 4-up

Awarded a Newbery Honor last week, Kathi Appelt’s The Underneath is one of the best books for young readers I have read in a long time. It features an odd array of characters, including a snake, an alligator, an old hound, a cat and her kittens, and the sinister Gar-Face. This old-fashioned tale of friendship and family includes elements of mysticism and magic, love and betrayal. Appelt does a masterful job of building suspense—will good triumph over evil? Even if you are not an animal lover, The Underneath is a captivating read and will absolutely steal your heart.

Suzanne M., Spring City Public Library

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