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Andrew Luck Book Club

Andrew Luck Book Club

I often get recognized by my teammates and the media for my passion for Andrew Luck Book Club 150reading. And it’s no secret that I enjoy sharing suggestions for books with my teammates, family and friends. So starting this online book club felt like a natural and really fun opportunity. AndrewLuckBookClub.com will be a platform for me to share my love of reading with an even larger audience. By using #ALBookClub on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, let’s build a community of readers. ~ Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck Takes Book Club to Airwaves – The Andrew Luck Book Club will air monthly on Monday nights at 9 p.m. on 90.1 FM, and listeners can also access the show via podcast.

 


Andrew’s Picks So Far:

A Long Way from ChicagoAugust 2018 Pick: A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck Print, E-book, E-audiobook

A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.

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From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E FrankweilerJuly 2018 Pick: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg Print, CD, E-book, E-audiobook

Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.

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The Original Adventures of Hank the Cow DogJune 2018 Pick: The Original Adventures of Hank the Cow Dog by John R. Erickson Print

Hank the Cowdog, Head of Ranch Security, is framed for the murder of a chicken and becomes an outlaw with the coyotes.

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Percy Jackson's Greek GodsMay 2018 Pick: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan Print, CD

Percy Jackson, a modern-day demigod, tells the origin stories of the gods of Olympus and provides an insider’s point of view – with plenty of attitude – in this illustrated collection.

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George and the Unbreakable CodeApril 2018 Pick: George and the Unbreakable Code by Lucy & Stephen Hawking Print

George and Annie must travel further into space than ever before in order to prevent all computers from being hacked.

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RedwallRedwall by Brian Jacques Print, E-book, E-audiobook, CD

The hero of this enthralling tale is Matthias, a young mouse who must rise above his fears and failures to save his friends at Redwall Abbey.

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The Trumpet of the SwanThe Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White Print, E-book, E-audiobook, CD

Louis, a voiceless Trumpeter swan, finds himself far from his wilderness home when he determines to communicate by learning to play a stolen trumpet.

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The Autobiography of Santa ClausThe Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn Print

This story of St. Nicholas is based on historical facts and laced with the magic of legend told from the perspective of Santa himself. It is filled with details of Nicholas’s life, the beginnings of his gift giving, the expansion of his holiday calling, and more.

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The Phantom TollboothThe Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Jester Print, E-book,
CD

A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.

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ReunionReunion by Fred Uhlman Print

The story of two teenagers, Hans and Conrad, whose profound friendship is pulled apart by the Nazi regime and its toxic ideas.

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Despite the HeightDespite the Height by Ivory Latta

The true story of Ivory Latta, one of the smallest women to play for the WNBA. Follow young Ivory as she learns to play basketball, perfect her game, and outplay her big brothers – all despite her height.

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WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio Print, E-book

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2014-2015, 4-6 Nominee.

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Black BeautyBlack Beauty by Anna Sewell Print, E-Book, E-audiobook

A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters.

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Where the Sidewalk EndsWhere the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein Print

A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author’s own drawings.

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The Lost Years of MerlinThe Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron Print, CD, E-book, E-audiobook

A young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.

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Zen ShortsZen Shorts by Jon J. Muth Print
When Stillwater, a giant panda, moves into the neighborhood, the stories he tells to three siblings teach them to look at the world in new ways. To Addie he tells a story about the value of material goods. To Michael he pushes the boundaries of good and bad. And to Karl he demonstrates what it means to hold on to frustration.

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Number the StarsNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry Print, CD, E-book, E-audiobook
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis. Newbery Medal winner, 1990.

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Little House on the PrairieLittle House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder Print, CD, E-book, E-audiobook
Pa’s homestead thrives, Laura gets her first job in town, blackbirds eat the corn and oats crops, Mary goes to college, and Laura gets into trouble at school, but becomes a certified school teacher.

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The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis Print, CD, E-book, E-audiobook
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

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HatchetHatchet by Gary Paulsen Print, CD, E-book
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.

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Maniac MageeManiac Magee by Jerry Spinelli Print, CD, E-book, E-audiobook
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee’s life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries. Newbery Medal winner, 1991

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Kids Changing the World, Like You!

Kids Changing the World, Like You!

Kids Who Are Changing the World

Kids Who Are Changing the World tells the stories of forty-five children around the world who are taking steps to help the environment. Some of them are raising money, some of them are organizing peaceful protests, and some of them are raising awareness by doing art projects or speaking.

Listed below are books about more ways you can give back to your community as well as books about kids, both real and imagined, who have made a real difference.

Super Deeds – Be a Force for Good! This summer, you can be one of those kids. You can get started taking action right now! Help the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Department of Child Services and IndyPL provide children in foster care with a backpack filled with 25 books. Use your reading points to select and donate prize books, or donate new and gently used books from home.


Social Action Guides for Kids:

Do Something a Handbook for Young ActivistsDo Something! A Handbook for Young Activists – Describes projects for the young activist, such as fighting hunger, ending poverty, and saving the environment.


It's Your WorldIt’s Your World – In a book for young people, Chelsea Clinton informs readers about issues facing our world and what kids can do to help solve them.


The Kids' Guide to Service ProjectsThe Kids’ Guide to Service Proects – Over 500 service ideas for young people who want to make a difference.


The Power of ChildrenThe Power of Children – The Power of Children Awards program (POCA) was established in 2005. In ten years of its existence, it has recognized fifty young people who have made enormous positive impacts on their communities and the world. The Power of Children offers profiles of these fifty young trailblazers, educators, and helpers, describing the projects that led to their awards.


Pay It Forward KidsPay It Forward Kids – Meet ordinary kids from across North America who have done extraordinary things, all on their own initiatives. They have set out to pay it forward to someone else, with astonishing results. The ripple effect of their deeds have inspired others to join their causes, and in some cases, to start missions of their own. These powerful stories demonstrate that you are never too young to make a difference or to improve the life of another. Kindness can be done by anyone, you just need to step up and start.


PhilanthropartiesPhilanthroparties – Why just party when you can party with a purpose? Seventeen-year-old Lulu Cerone shows teens how to bring social activism into their daily lives—and have fun while doing it—with this colorful DIY party planning guide perfect for every socially conscious kid!


Real Kids Who Made a Difference:

Painting for Peace in FergusonPainting for Ferguson – Painting for peace in Ferguson is the story of a community coming together, hundreds of artists and volunteers, black and white, young and old, to bring hope and healing to their community using the simplest of all tools- a paintbrush. Written in child-friendly verse, the actual artwork painted on hundreds of boarded up windows in Ferguson, South Grand and surrounding areas illustrates the story.


Luna and MeLuna and Me: the True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest – Social activism combines with environmentalism in this picture book bio of Julia Butterfly Hill and Luna, the thousand-year-old redwood tree whose life she saved.


Malala Activist for Girls' EducationMalala Activist for Girls’ Education – Describes how a young Pakistani activist was violently targeted by the Taliban for her efforts to secure educational rights for girls.


Our Heroes How Kids Are Making a DifferenceOur Heroes: How Kids are Making a Difference – Biographies of ten children from around the world who never set out to be heroes or to be famous, but whose actions have made the world a better place.


The Youngest MarcherThe Young Marcher – Presents the life of nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks who became the youngest known child to be arrested for picketing against Birmingham segregation practices in 1963.


We Will Not Be SilentWe Will Not Be Silent: the White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler – A carefully researched portrait of Hans and Sophie Scholl describes how they questioned the beliefs of Austria’s Hitler Youth and risked their freedom and lives to organize a resistance campaign with other students.


We've Got a JobWe’ve Got the Job: the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March – Discusses the events of the 4,000 African American students who marched to jail to secure their freedom in May 1963.


The Boys Who Challenged HitlerThe Boys Who Challenged Hitler – Presents the story of a group of Danish boys who formed a resistance organization against the Nazi occupation of their country.


Stories About Kids Who Made a Difference:

The End of the WildThe End of the Wild – Eleven-year-old Fern helps to take care of her impoverished family by foraging for food in the forest, but when a fracking company rolls into town, she realizes that her peaceful woods and her family’s livelihood could be threatened.


FlushFlush – With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2007-2008, 6-8 Nomine.


HootHoot – Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.


Judy Moody Saves the WorldJudy Moody Saves the World – When Judy Moody gets serious about protecting the environment, her little brother Stink thinks she is overdoing it, but she manages to inspire her third grade class to undertake an award-winning, environment- saving project.


Operation RedwoodOperation Redwood – In northern California, Julian Carter-Li and his friends old and new fight to save a grove of redwoods from an investment company that plans to cut them down.


SlackerSlacker – When eighth-grader Cameron Boxer creates the Positive Action Group at school he intends it as a diversion to fool his parents, teachers, and sister into letting him continue to concentrate on his video-gaming–but before he knows it other kids are taking it seriously, and soon he finds himself president of the P.A.G., and involved in community service, so the boy who never cared about anything is now the center of everything, whether he likes it or not.


Violet Mackerel's Pocket ProtestViolet Mackerel’s Pocket Protest – Violet and Rose organize a protest to save the big oak tree in Clover Park.

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Graphic Novels for Kids

Graphic Novels for Kids

Snow White

Snow White a Graphic Novel is the classic Snow White story set after World War I. During the war while many men were serving in the military, many women did things they had not done before, like working outside the home in factories and businesses. During this time more women went to college and they won the right to vote. It is a really interesting time to set a story like Snow White, a story about a girl who seems to rely entirely on other people to rescue her or take care of her.

In this telling, Snow is strong and resilient and brave. She relies on her friends. Seven friends. I bet if you try to guess who they are, you’ll be wrong! This time around, Snow is rescued, but she does her own rescuing too! A great ending to a book that changes up the Snow White story to highlight how you get by with a little help from your friends!

Listed below are even more Favorite graphic novels & comics. They definitely aren’t just about superheroes anymore. In the list you will find a diverse cast of characters whose stories are set in different and interesting places.


eBooks:

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Attack of the Ninja FrogsAvatar the Last AirbenderBabymouse Goes for the GoldCalamity JackCaveboy DaveDog ManDork Diaries OMGGhostsJedi Academy Return of the PaduwanLast Kids on Earth Zombie ParadeLowriders from SpaceNoodleheads See the FutureOwly Flying LessonsRocket and Groot Fight BackSHerlock HolmesSonic Kindred SpiritsThe Secret of the SphinxThe Truth About StaceyThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

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Anne of Green GablesGoldie VanceMuppets King ArthurOddly NormalPeanuts Where Beagles DareStar Wars Rogue OneThe Adventures of Kung Fu RobotThe BackstagersThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Print Books:

A Wrinkle in TimeAvengers AssemblingBatman and Robin AdventuresBraveMega PrincessReal FriendsSita's RamayanaThe BreadwinnerThe Tea Dragon SocietyWe're Out of HereWhere's HalmoniEl DeafoRedwall the Graphic NovelThe Graveyard BookThe Lightning Thief Graphic NovelMiddle School the Worst Years of My LifeSunny Side UpRoller GirlsMissile MouseAmuletSmileZebrafishSecret Science AllianceCalvin and HobbesDiary of a Wimpy KidBig NateJoey FlyLunch LadyAmelia RulesCaptain UnderpantsRapunzel's RevengeInto the Volcano
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Drawing Superheroes & Villains

Drawing Superheroes & Villains

Superhero Drawing Class – For kids ages 6 – 17. Learn the basics of drawing human figures so you can start sketching your favorite superhero characters.

How to Draw Superman, Batman and Other DC Comics

 

We have a lot of drawing books at the library. You can learn to draw NASCAR, forest animals, sea creatures, cartoon characters, buildings and much more. Each book includes step-by-step directions. How to Draw Batman, Superman, and Other DC Super Heroes and Villains is a great place to start learning how to draw the action poses of your favorite superheroes. You can start to draw right now by checking out an e-book with your IndyPL library card, or come into one of our branches to check out print books. We also have graphic novels starring your favorite characters and books about cartoonists. Listed below are several that are about comics, graphic novels and superheroes.


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Young Artists Draw MangaHow to Draw AnimeKids Draw Manga
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Comic FunHow to Write a Comic BookSpectacular SuperheroesBig Book of CartooningWhat Are Graphic NovelsYou Can Draw Manga

Print Books:

The Ultimate Guide to Creating ComicsHow to Draw Comic HeroesHow to Draw Superman and His Friends and FoesHow to Draw Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern and Other DC Super HeroesHow to Draw Batman and His Friends and FoesHow to Draw th eJoker, Lex Luthor and Other DC Super VillainsHow to Draw Comic Book HeroesHow to Draw Manga WarriorsThe Art of Drawing Manga HeroesHow to Draw Manga Action FiguresHow to Draw Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesDraw Comics and Graphic NovelsDrawing the Heroes in Your Graphic NovelDrawing Awesome Cartoon CharactersWho Is Stan Lee?Boys of SteelCreate Your Own Comic StripsComics: Investigate the History and Technology of American CartooningAdventures in Cartooning
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DIY Clubhouses, Forts & Models

DIY Clubhouses, Forts & Models

Build your Own Fort, Igloo and Other Hangouts A lazy summer day is a great time to build your own fort or clubhouse. Listed below are two kinds of books. You can get ideas for help getting started on a model-size structure like a fairy house, lego or minecraft creation, or you can get ideas for a fort, clubhouse or tree house that you can build for yourself and your friends. There are also some books about interesting architects. Architects are people who design the homes and buildings we live and work in. They are artists who create on a giant scale.

You can visit your neighborhood branch this summer to take a class from a real architect. You can learn some useful building principles and practice them on your own model. Maybe you can make a kid-size version later!

Character Clubhouse Design Class – Children ages 6 and older are invited to join Next Great Architects to design a clubhouse for their superhero or favorite character. They’ll learn a bit about architecture while they build. Participants are asked to bring a shoebox or small box. This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Branch Schedule

 

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E-books:

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The Fort That Jack BuiltBuilt to LastIn the Tree HouseFroggy Builds a Tree HouseDreaming Up

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Creating Fairy RetreatsThe Fort on Fourth StreetFrank Lloyd Wright for Kids

Print Books:

Bottle HousesBuilding BigBuilding on NatureFort Building TimeOliver Pig and the Best Fort EverTake Shelter at Home Around the WorldThe Illustrated Atlas of ArchitectureThe Lego ArchitectThe World is Not a RectangleAn Igloo on the Moon: Exploring ArchitectureCool StructuresLet's Build a ClubhouseUp In the LeavesCool Architecture
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