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CIRCUS MIRANDUS Author Cassie Beasley Returns with TUMBLE & BLUE

Tumble Wilson and Blue Montgomery are determined to fix their ancestors’ mistakes and banish their bad luck to reclaim their destinies.

Jason Reynolds' Track Series Continues with PATINA

Patina uses running as a release, but it can only do so much. When Coach notices her bad attitude, she has to figure out how to change for the better.

Meet Jackie Robinson in the Latest Magic Tree House Book!

When the Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to 1947, they participate in a very important baseball game.

Girls Who Code Founder Reshma Saujani Brings Coding to Books

In the new Girls Who Code series, Saujani applies basic computer science to both fiction and nonfiction that is fun and accessible for young girls.

Get Ready to Laugh Out Loud with James Patterson's Newest Book

When 12-year-old Jimmy decides to start a book company for kids, he runs into several obstacles. But anything can happen when you dream big!

Reunite with Lucy & Andy in THE STONE COLD AGE

Neanderthals Lucy & Andy are back to their pranks. This time, the cave is feeling awfully cramped since the humans moved in.

August's Features and Contests

In this month's series update, we have some great additions to our favorite series! First is SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART by Robert Beatty. In the third book in the Serafina series, Serafina must uncover the truth about what has happened to her and the Biltmore Estate and find a way to harness her strange new powers before it's too late. Next is THE ZODIAC LEGACY #3: The Age of Bronze written by Stuart Moore and illustrated by Paolo Henrique. The next part of the Zodiac Legacy follows Steven Lee and his teammates as they fight against Maxwell, the head of the Vanguard organization, and the army of robots he sent after them! And finally, we have KATANA AT SUPER HERO HIGH by Lisa Yee. In the fourth addition to the DC Super Hero Girls series, a mysterious force gives Katana the responsiblity of guarding a hundred ancient Samurai swords, and now Katana must use the help of her super classmates to find out why she was chosen and for what reason.


Latest Reviews

Jimmy loves reading so much that he's inspired to start a book company for kids --- run by kids. It's a bit dream for a twelve-year-old boy --- some would even say it's laugh-out-loud ridiculous! But that doesn't stop Jimmy from dreaming even bigger! His company will be as imaginative and fun as Willy Wonka's chocolate factory...with a Ferris wheel instead of an elevator, a bowling alley in the break room, and a river filled with floating books! He just has to believe in himself and his idea. (And maybe win the Lotto.)
Thornhill by Pam Smy - Horror
1982: Mary is a lonely orphan at the Thornhill Institute For Children at the very moment that it's shutting its doors. When her few friends are all adopted or re-homed and she’s left to face a volatile bully alone, her revenge will have a lasting effect on the bully, on Mary, and on Thornhill itself. 2017: Ella has just moved to a new town where she knows no one. From her room on the top floor of her new home, she has a perfect view of the dilapidated, abandoned Thornhill Institute across the way, where she glimpses a girl in the window.

When a family disaster forces the four Rothbaum children to live with their aunt Gladys, they immediately know there is something strange about their new home. Strangest of all are the doors --- there are none. Every doorway is a wide-open passageway! Their unease only grows when Aunt Gladys disappears for long stretches of time, leaving them alone to explore the strange house. When they discover just what Aunt Gladys has been doing with all her doors, the shocked siblings embark on an adventure that changes everything they believe about their family and the world.

When the red moon rises over the heart of the Okefenokee swamp, legend says that the mysterious golden gator Munch will grant good luck to the poor soul foolish enough to face him. But in 1817, when TWO fools reach him at the same time, the night’s fate is split. With disastrous consequences for both...and their descendants. Now, Tumble Wilson and Blue Montgomery are determined to fix their ancestors’ mistakes and banish the bad luck that’s followed them around for all of their lives. They’re going to face Munch the gator themselves, and they’re going to reclaim their destinies.

The List by Patricia Forde - Dystopian

The city of Ark is the last safe place on Earth. To make sure humans are safe, everyone in Ark must speak List, a language of only 500 words. Everyone that is, except Letta. As apprentice to the Wordsmith, Letta can read all the words that have ever existed. One day her master disappears and the leaders of Ark tell Letta she must shorten List to fewer words. Then Letta meets a boy who somehow knows all the words that have been banned. Letta's faced with a dangerous choice: sit idly by and watch language slowly slip away or follow a stranger on a path to freedom...or banishment.

Loops, variables, input/output --- Lucy can’t wait to get started with the new coding club at school. Finally, an after school activity that she’s really interested in. But Lucy’s excitement turns to disappointment when she’s put into a work group with girls she barely knows. All she wanted to do was make an app that she believes will help someone very special to her. Suddenly, Lucy begins to get cryptic coding messages and needs some help translating them. She soon discovers that coding --- and friendship --- takes time, dedication, and some laughs!
The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library Written by Linda Bailey with illustrations by Victoria Jamieson. - Fiction

Eddie is a tiny green bug who loves to read and who lives behind the chalkboard in the fourth-grade classroom with his parents, his 53 brothers and sisters and his aunt Min. But when Aunt Min goes to the school library to read a book and never returns, Eddie leaves the comfort of his home for the first time and makes the dangerous trek through Ferny Creek Elementary School to find her. 

Since 2012, the organization Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired over 40,000 girls across America. Now its founder, Reshma Saujani, wants to inspire you to be a girl who codes! Bursting with dynamic artwork, down-to-earth explanations of coding principles and real-life stories of girls and women working at places like Pixar and NASA, this graphically animated book shows what a huge role computer science plays in our lives and how much fun it can be. Whether you’re a girl who’s never coded before, a girl who codes, or a parent raising one, this entertaining book will have you itching to create your own apps, games and robots to make the world a better place.

It's “lights, camera, cook!” for four tween contestants --- energetic Tate, charming Rae, worldly Caroline, and hyper-competitive Oliver --- who are all about to enter a televised cooking competition. What will the kids cook up? How will they all get along on- and off-camera? Which junior chef will have the grit --- and maybe the grits --- to make it through each challenge? And which junior chef will have to hang their apron up for good?

Jeremy and Justin are twins, but they couldn’t be any more different from each other. Jeremy is a risk taker who likes to get his hands dirty; Justin prefers to read, focus, and get all his facts straight before jumping in. But they do have one important thing in common: They both love video games. When Jeremy wins a cereal-box charm that brings his favorite video game to life, villains and all, he finds that he’s in way over his head. Justin knows everything there is to know about the rules of the game --- he read the handbook, of course --- and Jeremy isn’t afraid to try new things.

A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO CODING is an easy-to-follow guide to the basics of coding, using the free programming languages of Scratch and Python. These step-by-step projects will have young coders talking to their own chatbots or making their own computer games in no time. Accessible, engaging, and fun, this book is bursting with eye-catching illustrations and fantastic projects to introduce aspiring young programmers to the world of coding.