A book review of “Elementals: Ice Wolves”

This book review is by one of our local young people:

Review for Elementals: Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman

If I could pick one word to describe this book, it would be astounding! I was launched
into a world of fast-paced action and magic from the first page, and I found myself devouring every word of it. This is a very well-written work, with artful prose and a beautifully painted culture and society full of magical shapeshifters.

The main character – Anders – struggles with self-esteem issues, which I imagine many
people can find relatable in today’s world. There is a smattering of violence, but it is not
described graphically – unlike other books, such as Warriors by Erin Hunter or Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland – which makes it appropriate for the younger readers who are looking for some action. The fighting is just that – fighting. There are no heads getting ripped off or people being burned alive or bones getting smashed, and I found this surprisingly refreshing. The story also has some educational and inspirational purposes, as it teaches readers how to believe in themselves, as well as trust their friends to protect and stand by them during tough times. Also included are morals surrounding being supportive of your siblings, which is a valuable lesson to teach young readers. As to education, throughout the story there are subtle explanations of wolf behavior, such as nonverbal signaling, which I found to be accurate in all respects.

Overall this was a wonderful read, and I am eagerly awaiting the next installment in the
series. In fact, the only problem I had with the story is this – it was too short! I highly
recommend it to anyone who has an abiding love for fantasy and animals.

– J. Browning

Thank you to all our library patrons and Menands residents

The trustees of the Menands Public Library would like to give a BIG thank you to all those who completed the library survey and/or participated in the library focus group.  The input that these activities generated will be used as the library develops its three-year long range plan.
More information on the long-range plan will be shared over the next few months in the Village Activities and on the library website.

The Menands Library Board needs you!

Dear Neighbors,

The Menands library is run by a small board of volunteer trustees that meets once per month. The trustees serve five year terms. Each year one board seat comes up for election in May, and the new board member starts their term in July when another board member’s term ends. The vote is held at the same time as the school budget vote, and any resident of Menands is eligible to run.

If are or know of a Menands resident who would like to run, candidate petitions are available from Aileen Nicoll at Menands School. The candidate needs to collect 50 signatures from fellow Menands residents in order to get on the ballot.

The election will be held on May 15th, so it’s best to start as soon as possible!

The board would love to have you.

Book Review of “A Possibility of Whales”

This is a review of the new book A Possibility of Whales  by S. D., a 6th grader:

(This review contains possible spoilers for the story.)

In the book A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers, there is a girl named Natalia.  She lives with her dad and doesn’t know who her mom is.  Natalia moves to a lot of different places because her dad is a famous movie star named Xan Gallagher.  She lives in San Francisco and makes a new friend named Solly (pronounced “sol-yay”).  Then she moves to Canada and makes a new friend named Harry.  His parents thought he would be a girl and they named him Harriet–Harry for short.

To celebrate Natalia’s 13th birthday, her dad takes her to Mexico and invites Harry and his parents.  Since Natalia loved whales so much, her dad let her go on a boat with Harry to see some whales, but the boat breaks and the whale saves them from drowning.

I recommend that 12 year-olds or higher read this book.

Another book review! “Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans”

This review is by Aditya:

The book Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans by Russell Ginns was very enjoyable.  This book included a lot of interesting facts about things all over the world.  The book is about a girl named Samantha whose uncle goes missing.  The uncle left things behind for her family, but Samantha thinks that what she got is unfair.  Her sister got a check for $2.4 billion dollars.  Her brother Nipper got the New York Yankees.  Samantha only got a rusty red umbrella that says, “Watch out for the RAIN”

Suddenly, Samantha notices some marks on the umbrella that lead her and her brother to many different places in the world.  The names of the places are Dynamite, Paris, Baraboo, Duck, Zzyzx, Wagga Wagga, Wahoo, and Exit.  They traveled around the world in a magtrain.  Some of these places did make sense at first, but then they took a closer look at the names and they figured out what they meant.

While they are visiting all these places, there are ninjas trying to steal the umbrella.  The ninjas trace Samantha and Nipper down by placing a chip on them so they can be located.  Soon, Samantha figures out that the umbrella her uncle gave her is very precious.  This umbrella leads her to some super-secret plans.

This book would be a very good read for kids from third to fifth grade who like suspense and mystery.  In conclusion, this book was very enjoyable and I think it is going to be very popular in the future.

-Adityamithran Sivakumar