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Summer is here and we're celebrating with these fantastic featured titles --- read on to build your reading list!

Read Our Interview with Justin LaRocca Hansen & a Review of BROTHERS UNITE

Stretch and Brella are a pair of ordinary brothers whose extraordinary yard sale discovery turns them into superheroes.

GROVER CLEVELAND, AGAIN! Will Captivate Young History Fans

Ken Burns --- America's beloved documentarian --- brings the presidents to life for our nation's children with fun facts and illustrations.

Return to the Magic Tree House with the 55th Book in the Series

In NIGHT OF THE NINTH DRAGON, Jack and Annie return to Camelot. Experience Mary Pope Osbourne’s take on classic Welsh legends.

Step Into a New Fantasy World in THE VOYAGE TO THE MAGICAL NORTH

Twelve-year-old Brine is a girl with a past, if only she could remember what it is. She winds up on a pirate ship on a quest to find Magical North.

From Newbery Medalist Karen Cushman Comes GRAYLING’S SONG

Grayling’s mother has been turned into a tree by evil forces and it is up to her to save her. It’s time for Grayling to be a hero.

Features and Contests

New Picture Books Roundup

Our Picture Book roundup this month includes the final book in Aaron Becker’s highly acclaimed trilogy --- RETURN --- in which a lonely girl turns back to a fantastic world for friendship and adventure; LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG FUN by Mike Curato, in this third story Little Elliot and mouse go to the amusment park and have a lot of fun; and DO NOT BRING YOUR DRAGON TO THE LIBRARY, which asks what might happen when a dragon steps into a library. 

Cool & New Books

This month's Cool & New roundup includes THE WOLF'S BOY by Susan Williams Beckhorn, an engaging tale about an outcast and a wolf making their way north during an Ice Age winter; PROJECT (UN)POPULAR BOOK #1 by Kristen Tracy, where two friends are determined to photograph more than just the popular kids for the yearbook; and THE GATHERING STORM (The Hidden World of Changers) by H.K. Varian, a story about four kids who must master their newfound shapeshifting abilities in time to save their home.

New in Paperback

Our New in Paperback roundup this month includes A BLIND GUIDE TO STINKVILLE by Beth Vrabel, which explores many different issues --- albinism, blindness, depression, dyslexia, growing old, and more; THE LEAGUE OF UNEXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN by Gitty Danesharvi, where a covert network uses the nation's most average, normal and utterly unexceptional children as spies; and UPSIDE-DOWN MAGIC by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins, in which three students of magical school's magic has a tendency to turn wonky at the worst possible moments.

Latest Reviews

Lost in Ghostville by John Bladek - Children's Adventure

Someone has kidnapped all the ghosts in town, including his Grandma! Suddenly, Trey’s goofy plan to get on TV and meet his hero --- famous ghost-hunter Rex Rangler --- turns into a race to save his beloved Grandma’s spirit. Written by debut middle-grade author John Bladek, LOST IN GHOSTVILLE is a funny, fast-paced novel filled with humor, adventure and, of course, spirit!

When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna --- and that stubborn cow, Zora.

It's been almost three years since Father disappeared and Alice is determined to find him. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver and in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself --- and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

It has been a few months since the Harmonicandy was chosen as the winner of the nationwide candymaking contest. Forever changed by the experience, Logan, Miles, Philip and Daisy have returned to their regular lives. But when presented with the chance to go on tour to promote the new candy, they each have very different reasons for hitting the road. The stakes are a lot higher than they thought, however, and a decades-old secret is revealed. They've already learned to trust one another. Now they'll have to trust themselves in order to face what lies ahead and save what really matters.

A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee - Historical Fiction

Annabel Grey is primed for a proper life as a young lady in Victorian England. But when her mother suddenly disappears, she’s put in the care of two eccentric aunts who thrust her into a decidedly un-ladylike life. Before Annabel can assess the most ladylike way to respond to her current predicament, she is swept up in an urgent quest. Annabel is pitted against another young witch, Kitty, to rescue the sacred Moreover Wand from the dangerous underworld beneath London. It doesn’t take long for Annabel to see that the most dangerous part of her journey is her decision to trust this wild, magical girl.

Inspired by the epic poem "Beowulf," this fun new series follows the adventures of 12-year-old twin brothers Beowulf and Grendel as they travel to distant lands and meet fellow epic heroes! In book one of the series, our heroes' destiny is tied to the past, when a prince named Hrothgar begins a quest for power --- one that leads him to a fiery dragon, an enchanted sword and an oath sworn in blood. But when Hrothgar breaks his oath he breaks his kingdom, and the only thing that will save it is a family he’s forgotten and heroes not yet born…

Bera doesn't ask for much in life. She's a solitary, humble troll, tending her island pumpkin patch in cheerful isolation. She isn't looking for any trouble. But when trouble comes to find her, it comes in spades. A human baby has arrived in the realm of the trolls and nobody knows where it came from, but Bera seems to be the only person who doesn't want it dead. There's nothing to it but to return the adorable little thing to its parents. Like it or not, Bera's gone and found herself a quest.

Many things come with instructions, but unfortunately money isn’t one of them. DOLLARS & SENSE is a basic operating instruction manual for money that will teach readers about the history of money, the way our American economy works, and how to make important decisions about personal finance.

With his wire-rimmed glasses, homespun cloths and walking stick, Mohandas Gandhi is an international symbol of nonviolence, freedom, simplicity and peace. Tracing Gandhi's evolution from a shy boy in India to a courageous, world-traveling spiritual and political leader who worked tirelessly to help India achieve independence from England, GANDHI FOR KIDS will inspire young readers to make connections between his ideas and contemporary issues such as bullying and conflict resolution, healthful eating from local sources and more.
Wish by Barbara O'Connor - Fiction

Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. But when she is sent to North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.