The Kansas City Public Library Hosts Bobby's Books for Boys Second Season

For Immediate Release:
October 20, 2011
Contact: Suzanne Monahan
816.701.3649
The Kansas City Public Library Hosts Bobby's Books for Boys Second Season

The Kansas City Public Library's own Bobby Gordon is back to lead another season of Bobby's Books for Boys Book Group, a monthly reading adventure for boys, ages 8-12, that is paired with games, activities, and snacks in the Kid Corner of Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The group meets every third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. to discuss and interact with the following selections:

Oct. 19 - Captain Nobody by Dean Pitchford
Ten-year-old Newt Newman is used to fading into the background: his parents are workaholics; his brother, Chris, is a high school football star; and he and his best buddies, JJ and Cecil, are ignored at school. Determined to get noticed this Halloween, the three friends vow to come up with original costumes. But then Chris takes a hit and is knocked into a coma during the Big Game. Worried about his brother, and with his parents camped out at the hospital, Newt has no interest in creating a costume. When JJ and Cecil arrive at his house for trick-or-treating, they help him transform an assortment of Chris's outgrown clothes into a get-up for a new superhero: Captain Nobody!

Nov. 16- Chronicles of the Red King: Secret Kingdom by Jenny Nimmo   

Bestselling author Jenny Nimmo is back with a brand-new series chronicling the origin and the adventures of Charlie Bone's magical ancestor, the Red King. Timoken is a prince born in a secret kingdom. At his birth, a forest jinni bestows magical gifts upon him: a cloak made by the last moon spider and a potion called Alixir. When the peaceful land is attacked, Timoken and his sister, Zobayda, must find a new kingdom to call home. Together, with only their magical gifts and a talking camel, the siblings set off. In this brand-new series, Nimmo takes readers on an extraordinary quest with one of her most powerful and mysterious characters, the one who started it all for Charlie Bone and the children of the Red King.  

Dec. 21- Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman
Thrill seekers and Gutman fans alike will welcome the opening installment of the Genius Files series, which follows twin 12-year-olds Coke and Pepsi McDonald on their cross-county vacation. The precocious brother and sister uncover a secret government plot to use "YAGs," or Young American Geniuses, to solve the complex problems of the nation, and find that they are on the list. Suddenly, their 3,000-mile road trip becomes a lot more exciting. The McDonalds' trek across the U.S. includes stops at the Donner Party Memorial, a museum of PEZ memorabilia, and the world's largest ball of twine, all while being pursued by dangerous "dudes with bowler hats."   

Jan. 18- Troubletwisters by Garth Nix
A spectacular new middle-grade fantasy series from New York Times bestselling authors Garth Nix and Sean Williams, in which two twins find that they must act as wards against a threatening Evil. The Evil has been trying to break into our dimension and dominate the earth for centuries. Unbeknownst to most of us, there are Wardens all over the globe, who protect humanity from the Evil that asserts itself at the Portals, which are the only places through which the Evil may pass into our world. Jaide and Jack Shield don't know that the world is under attack. They don't know that their dad and their Grandma X, who they move in with, are Wardens, or that they themselves are troubletwisters, young Wardens just coming into their powers.    

Feb. 15- Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom Book 1) by Garth Nix   

Arthur Penhaligon's school year is not off to a good start. On his first day, he suffers an asthma attack while running cross country and dreams that a mysterious figure hands him a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock. However, when he wakes up, he still has the key. That's when strange things begin to happen. Mister Monday dispatches terrifying, dog-faced Fetchers to retrieve it, a bizarre sleeping illness sweeps the city, and only Arthur can see the weird new house that appears in his neighborhood. The seventh grader knows it all has something to do with the key, one of seven elusive fragments of the Will to which he has become heir apparent, and a mysterious atlas. When he ventures inside the house, he meets more strange characters than he could have imagined, none of whom are what they seem. And, of course, he must battle Monday, who will do anything to get the key back. With the help of the key, Arthur must fight his way out. The first in a seven part series for middle graders    

Mar. 21-- Half Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer
Diminutive Fletcher Moon may not be the most popular 12-year-old in his Irish town but he's proud-maybe a little too proud-of the badge that he constantly flashes to let everyone know that he's an online graduate of a private detective academy in Washington, DC. The other kids admit that Fletcher, aka Half Moon, has solved several tough cases at Saint Jerome's Elementary and Middle School, so they come to him when they have a problem. But when super all-in-pink girly-girl April Devereux hires him to find a lock of a pop star's hair that she claims was stolen by one of the Sharkeys, a family of well-known criminals, everything starts going wrong for Fletcher. His precious badge is taken, he finds a single huge footprint at every crime scene, and he's picked up by the local police for arson when the Devereux playhouse burns down. When Fletcher goes on the run, who becomes his number-one ally? Young Red Sharkey.     

Space is limited. Those attending are asked to RSVP by calling 816.701.3481 ext. 3 or e-mailing PlazaKidCorner@kclibrary.org.