Journey to the City of Brotherly Love, the birthplace of American Independence, where history, food, and culture come alive!

ontheloosephillyOn The Loose In Philadelphia by Sage Stossel – The animals from the Philadelphia Zoo are roaming the City of Brotherly Love!  Discover the wacky and wild as they explore the famous sights around Philly.  There are more than 100 animals to find on the pages of this charming book.  PB

ballparkBallpark Mysteries #9: The Philly Fake by David A. Kelly – Nothing could be better than spending the 4th of July in Philadelphia, the birthplace of American independence – except maybe seeing a baseball game.  Right now the Phillies aren’t having any luck, and some think the mascot, the Philly Phanatic is to blame!  Can Mike and Kate figure out what is really causing all the trouble?  ER – 1/2

recipe8Recipe for Adventure: Philadelphia #8 by Giada De Laurentiis & Brandi Dougherty –  There is something surprisingly charming about this series from FoodTV celebrity chef De Laurentiis.  Perhaps it is the appealing food angle, but these stories are entertaining and informative in just the right balance.  Follow Alfie and Emilia to Philly as they explore culinary landmark Reading Terminal Market and get a taste of history as well.  ER-2/3

hopesFive Smooth Stones: Hope’s Revolutionary War Diary Book 1(My America) by Kristiana Gregory – Immerse yourself in the world of 9 year-old Hope as she recounts her life as a patriot living in Philadelphia as the battle for independence begins, and battles within her family arise as well.

gabriellaGabriella (American Girl: Girl of the Year 2017) by Teresa E. Harris – Philadelphia girl Gabriella loves to dance and feels most at home expressing herself in the studio.  Her stutter makes it hard to speak up, but discovering poetry gives her a chance to share her passions on a different stage.  Now her beloved Liberty Arts Center is in danger of closing and the time to speak up is now!  Can Gabriella find the strength to defend the place she loves?  MR-4/6

Looking for a Beforever American Girl?  Check out Addy Walker’s story as she escapes slavery and starts a new life in Philadelphia in 1864.

feverFever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson –  Riveting historical fiction about the yellow fever outbreak that ravaged the city of Philadelphia.  Told through the eyes of 16 year-old Mattie the horrors of the devastating illness, and the impact on the city, is realized in heartbreaking historical detail.  MR-5/6

samedifferentSame Difference by Siobhan Vivian – A chance to break out of her ordinary life leads Emily to a summer art program in Philadelphia.  However, finding her true self isn’t as easy as Emily expected.  Breaking away might be just as challenging as fitting in – and which path is the right one isn’t always clear.  YA -7+