Young writers and books for young readers

By Gina Bravo

The Benjamin Friends of the Library, and the library staff would like to congratulate the following Essay Contest Winners!

• Hearst Elementary: Fourth graders Poppie Kost, Mateo Malm and Taya O’Harran

• Nazareth School: Eighth grader Claire DaValle

• St. Therese Academy: Fourth grader John McNamara and eighth grader Armando Uribe

Hats off to everyone who participated! Thank you and hope to see you back in the future for other fun contests and events.

51WFuDJ+LmL._SX354_BO1,204,203,200_As you might have heard, our Summer Reading Program, “Read for the Win!” is in full swing. Stop by the library to check out some of these awesome game and sports-themed books to enjoy this summer. For more reading recommendations for kids from ages 0-18, check out our website at This list of selections has been hand-picked just for you by librarians throughout San Diego:

“Magic Kitten: A Splash of Forever #14,” by Sue Bentley

Alice overcomes her fear of water, and learns to enjoy her school’s swimming lessons with the help of a cuddly, cute kitten named Flame.

“Secret Coders,” by Gene Luen Yang & Mike Holm

Calling all coders! This author is a superstar, and a high-school coding teacher to boot. Secret Coders is all about games, and is chock-full of clues, puzzles and challenges! Put the clues together to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what it takes!

61qhp4rbajl_1_“Breakaway: Beyond the Goal,” by Alex Morgan

This uplifting memoir will inspire you to give your best effort, whether you are going for a goal in soccer, or want to change the world! Enjoy words of wisdom from one of the U.S. National Team’s top scorers, and follow her journey to the top!

“Vanishing Act: Mystery at the U.S. Open,” by John Feinstein

When a player goes missing right before her match, aspiring sports writers Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are on the case in this action-packed mystery! Read along and test your deduction skills, as well as brush up on tennis knowledge in this fun follow-up to “Last Shot.”

The Benjamin Friends of the Library would also like to take this opportunity to invite anyone interested in joining this altruistic bunch of folks to please contact Karen Carter at to get connected and start volunteering!

—Gina Bravo is the OCA managing librarian at the Allied Gardens/Benjamin Branch Library. Reach her at

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