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Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure by Torben Kuhlmann

Have you ever wondered where Thomas Edison got the idea for his lightbulb design? It turns out he may have had a little help…

Young mouse Pete has a mystery to solve, and he knows just who to ask for help – the Professor at the University of Mice.  Pete’s many-greats-grandfather boarded a ship to cross the Atlantic with a mysterious treasure generations ago, and was never heard from again.  He left no trace behind – only an ancient piece of paper that tells the tale of a sea voyage and a great treasure.

With the help of a little research and a magnifying glass, Pete and the Professor discover that the ship, the H.M.S. Atlantis, went down in a tragic accident.  All the human passengers were saved – bit what became of the mice, and all their belongings?  With that, Pete is off on a great scientific quest – to find a way to get to the bottom of the ocean and search the wreck of the Atlantis for his family treasure.  But can the two mice find a way to build an underwater submersible that will take them to the ocean floor, allow them to explore the deepest depths, evade the sea’s largest and most terrifying creatures, and make it safely back home again?  With a little ingenuity and a lot of scientific perseverance, Pete and the Professor are sure to find a way.

The third in Torben Kuhlmann’s marvelous series of books celebrating exploration and innovation, Edison is the perfect mix of history, the science of invention, the thrill of exploration, and, of course, mice making their way in a human world.  Gorgeously detailed illustrations reveal the wonder and beauty of the world through the eyes of small, clever creatures, making this hybrid picture/chapter book an adventure story perfect for all ages.  Shared aloud or pored over on your own, no matter how old you are, make sure you explore a little bit of mouse history with Pete and the Professor this spring.  And, once you’ve hunted for treasure with Pete for awhile, make sure you take a trip to the skies in Lindbergh, and then even further to the moon with Armstrong!

A Fine Dessert History Story Time!

Join Miss Megan and Lindsey from the Goodhue County Historical Society for a fun-filled history story time on Friday, December 28 and 10:30 AM!  We’ll read the marvelous A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, and then Lindsey will treat us to a look at some historical kitchen appliances (have you ever tried to whip cream with a twig whisk?  Me either!).  And then, my favorite part – we’ll do a little whisking ourselves and create yummy homemade whipped cream!  Not to worry, we’ll also have non-dairy whipped cream on hand so kiddos who are dairy-free will be able to enjoy the fun of whipping cream and tasting some of our sweet treat.  Books and treats – what could be a better way to wrap up the year?

Registration for this program is recommended so we can be sure to have enough cream on hand – call or stop by the library to sign your kiddos up.  Program attendance is limited to 24 children.

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

Cyd definitely knows how to pick a great middle grade read – she totally called all the awards for The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, and she’s done it again by loving this book way before it was shortlisted for the National Book Award.  Read on to hear what she has to say about this great book!

One of my favorite fictional characters is Forrest Gump. I have never known anyone as honest, sincere and truly GOOD as Forrest, but I would love to meet someone like him one day.  In this book, The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle, I found Forrest Gump once again.

Meet Mason Buttle, an extremely large, extremely sweaty 7th grader.  Mason also happens to have a severe case of dyslexia and can be a little slow in understanding some things.  He does, however, know how to be a true friend. Loyal, honest and good-natured, Mason is a favorite target of bullying by the neighborhood boys. Grieving over the death of his best friend, Benny Kilmartin, who turned up dead in the Buttle family’s apple orchard, Mason has also been under a cloud of suspicion.  The lead investigator, Lt. Baird, is sure Mason is not being truthful about what he knows about Benny’s death.

There are two bright lights in Mason’s life – his new friend, tiny Calvin Chumsky and Moonie, his mean neighbor’s sweet dog.  When Calvin goes missing, Mason finds himself in even deeper trouble. He HAS to find out what happened to Calvin…and Benny. Will anyone believe him?

Author Leslie Connor fills this story with intriguing and well developed characters – and many twists and turns as we are led through the back story following Mason’s conversations with the detective and his own journals entries he composes (using a speak-and-write computer program).

A 2018 National Book Award Finalist and Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2018 recipient, this book is a must read – don’t let the “Young Teen” classification dissuade you! I would love to have you to meet Mason Buttle.