Congratulations to the winners of the Children's Choice Book Awards, including Jimmy Gownley, whose book THE DUMBEST IDEA EVER! won for the Book of the Year, 5th through 6th grade category, and J.A. White, who won the Children's Choice Debut Author award for THE THICKETY: A Path Begins.See all the winners, here!
Our picture book roundup this month includes OUT OF THE WOODS by Rebecca Bond, a true story about animals and humans forced together by a devastating forest fire; SEEN AND NOT HEARD by Katie May Green, an imaginative book where dainty pictures of children come to life every night; and LILLIAN’S RIGHT TO VOTE written by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Shane W. Evans, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 with one African American woman’s tales about family and suffrage.
In this month’s roundup we have THE GOLDEN SPECIFIC by S.E. Grove, the highly anticipated sequel to the bestselling THE GLASS SENTENCE, which follows a boy and girl in a world where history, magic and time are precariously intertwined; IRA'S SHAKESPEARE DREAM written by Glenda Armand and illustrated by Floyd Cooper, a nonfiction biography that witnesses the rise of an African American actor despite the period’s racism; and BACKYARD WITCH: Sadie’s Story written by Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge and illustrated by Deborah Marcero, where a lonely girl befriends a witch and together they embark on a new adventure.
July’s paperback roundup includes HEROES OF HURRICANE KATRINA (Ten True Tales) by bestselling author Allan Zullo, which recounts the harrowing true tales of real-life people during the natural disaster; THE GREAT DEPRESSION FOR KIDS: Hardship and Hope in America, with 21 Activities by Cheryl Mullenbach, exploring the struggles and spirit of people during the 1930s; and MISSION: Tiger Rescue by Kitson Jazynka, a National Geographic book about all things related to the striped feline.
As Cordie Sullivan, the oldest daughter, tries to learn more about her mother's vanishing, she must find the strength to help her family move ahead, even as she discovers an increasing number of clues that point to a hidden island off the coast --- a mythical kingdom of the selkies.
For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it's the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles).
A stranger informs Simon that he is a Storm Maker --- part of a clandestine group of people entrusted with controlling and taming the weather --- and that he is in great danger. Soon Simon and his twin Ruby must race against the clock as they try to master Simon's powers in time to stop a rogue Storm Maker's treacherous --- and potentially deadly --- plans.
The world is not a fair place, and Colm Candorly knows it. While his parents and eight sisters seem content living on a lowly cobbler's earnings, Colm can't help but feel that everyone has the right to a more comfortable life. It's just a question of how far you're willing to go to get it. Colm soon finds himself part of a family of warriors, mages and hunters, learning to work together in a quest to survive and, perhaps, to find a bit of treasure along the way.
In the wake of tragedy, siblings Connor and Cordelia and their pet capybara are sent to the precariously perched town of Woundabout to live with their eccentric aunt. Woundabout is a place where the mayor has declared that routine rules above all, and no one is allowed to as questions --- because they should already know the answers.
Big Top Burning investigates the 1944 Hartford circus fire and invites readers to take part in a critical evaluation of the evidence. The fire broke out at 2:40 p.m. Thousands of men, women, and children were crowded under Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s big top watching the Flying Wallendas begin their death-defying high-wire act. Suddenly someone screamed “Fire!” and the panic began. By 2:50 the tent had burned to the ground. Not everyone had made it out alive.
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At 13, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives, wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways…until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else --- an even more unpredictable new force in her life.
As a baby, Jake Cutler was separated from his family and left on the planet Remota, deep in the seventh solar system. Eleven years later and Jake isn't like other boys-he has purple eyes and carries a secret within himself that could change the entire universe.
Saville hates sewing. How can she not when her father, the Tailor, loves his bolts of velvet and silk far more than he's ever loved her? Yet, when he is struck ill shortly after they arrive in the city of Reggen, Saville must don boy's clothes in the hopes of gaining a commission from the king to keep them fed.
Micah believes in the stories his dying Grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus: the invisible tiger guarding the gates, the beautiful flying birdwoman and the magician more powerful than any other ---- the Man Who Bends Light. Finally, Grandpa Ephraim offers proof. The Circus is real. And the Lightbender owes Ephraim a miracle. With his friend Jenny Mendoza in tow, Micah sets out to find the Circus and the man he believes will save his grandfather.