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An 11-Year-Old Irish Boy Gets Thrown Into an Epic Battle of Good and Evil

When Jack wakes up, he finds himself in a fantastical world --- and he's destined to both save and destroy it. Click here to win a copy!

The Author/Illustrator of Little Elliott, Big City Takes Us Behind The Scenes

Learn how the character of Mouse came to be, and get a sneak peek at some early sketches of Elliot and Mouse!

Two Dads, Four Boys and a Whole Lot of Misadventures

Between Sam, Jax, Eli and Frog, cats, a turtle and an invisible cheetah, nothing is boring in the Fletcher family.

Hilarity Ensues in the Fifth Book Featuring Kevin Spencer

When Kevin decides to plan a double wedding in his backyard, things get delightfully out of control.

Go Behind the Scenes of THE BRILLIANT WORLD OF TOM GATES

This bestselling British series finally makes it to the United States, and we couldn't be more excited!

31 Days of Harry Potter

July 31, 2014
Happy birthday Harry Potter! The Boy Who Lived has come a long way from his days receiving used socks as presents from his cruel aunt and uncle on Privet Drive, and we want to celebrate. What’s...
July 30, 2014
When trying to figure out my favorite Harry Potter memory, I was stuck. Really, truly stuck. So I took the easy way out, and made a compilation instead. Here’s a top five:
July 29, 2014
Stephanie Burgis --- author of the Kat, Incorrigible series --- knows a thing or two about magic; in the first book, 12-year-old protagonist Katherine Ann Stephenson discovers that she inherited her...

Features and Contests

New Harry Potter Story!

Just in time for our "31 Days of Harry Potter" feature, J.K. Rowling published a new story about Harry and the gang as adults! Check out the story --- which was first released on Pottermore on July 8th --- here.

 

 

Tribute to Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers, the prolific and award-winning writer of DOWN TO THE LAST OUT, THE CRUISERS, DARIUS & TWIG and more, passed away on July 1st. Click here to read our tribute.

 

July's New Picture Books Roundup

Our August picture book roundup includes BONJOUR CAMILLE by Laia Aguilar, Felipe Cano, which follows young Camille’s whirlwind morning and boundless imagination in bold colors and collage-style illustrations; QUEST, a wordless picture book about friends who must rescue an enchanted king by Aaron Becker, the illustrator behind the Caldecott Honor book JOURNEY; and DAY DREAMERS by Emily Martin, a wistful ode to letting one’s mind wander. 

Cool & New Books

Our August roundup includes 365 DAYS OF WONDER  by R.J. Palacio, the follow-up to the bestselling novel WONDER that shares words of wisdom from beloved character Mr. Browne; THE BADGER KNIGHT by National Book Award winner Kathryn Erskine, which follows an albino boy’s epic journey through England and Scotland at the height of Medieval times, and PORTRAITS OF HISPANIC AMERICAN HEROES by Juan Felipe Herrera, illustrated by Raúl Colón, a visually stunning tribute to Hispanic Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the arts, politics, science, humanitarianism and athletics.  

 

New in Paperback

Among the paperbacks this month we have THE MUSEUM BOOK by Jan Mark and illustrated by Richard Holland, a mixed-media ode to museums and the practice of collecting; the graphic novel SISTERS, the companion to SMILE that highlights the complexities of author Raina Telgemeier’s relationship with her younger sister, Amara; and the AMELIA BEDELIA Chapter Books Boxed Set by Herman Parish and illustrated by Lynne Avril, which includes all four AMELIA BEDELIA chapter books along with 60 exclusive stickers.

Latest Reviews

In Kat Stephenson's Regency England, magic is even more shocking than a stolen kiss. But now that she's eighteen, it's time for wild and magical Kat to be introduced to high society by her older sisters, whether she likes it or not...and to finally have a romance of her own!

Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she's also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn't seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.

It’s wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house. As objects go missing and tempers flare, Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about Greenglass House—and themselves.

For the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march for voting right from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Newberry Medalist Russell Freedman has written a riveting account of this pivotal event in the history of civil rights. Illustrated with more than forty photographs, this is an essential chronicle of events every American should know. 

How can 12-year-old Gabriel find his missing father, who seems to have vanished without a trace? With the help of Paladin—a young raven with whom he has a magical bond that enables them to become one creature—he flies to the foreboding land of Aviopolis, where he must face a series of difficult challenges and unanswerable riddles that could lead to his father . . . or to his death.

An inspiring tribute to Hispanic Americans who have made a positive impact on the world. This visually stunning book showcases twenty Hispanic and Latino American men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the arts, politics, science, humanitarianism, and athletics.  Gorgeous portraits complement sparkling biographies of Cesar Chavez, Sonia Sotomayor, Ellen Ochoa, Roberto Clemente, and many more. Complete with timelines and famous quotes, this tome is a magnificent homage to those who have shaped our nation.

Adrian is small for his age, even for an almost thirteen year old. It doesn't help that  he has albinism, which makes those he meets wonder if he's an angel or a devil. His father is a bowyer, and all Adrian wants to do is become apprenticed and go off to war as an archer. But that's not what his father wants for him. Since Adrian can write, his father wants him to be a scribe. That's just about the last thing Adrian wants.

Fourteen-year-old J.D. discovers why he never fit in at the creepy orphanage -- he's the son of Frankenstein's monster! The boy always wanted a big family. Now he's got a doozy: the donors of his jigsaw puzzle-papa! Old photos, maps, artifacts, and entries from the mad scientist's own journals will plunge the reader into J.D.'s quest to track down his Frankenstein family. But will he be in time? A shadowy stalker seeks the journals -- and J.D. -- to build a new, more powerful monster!

Charlie Joe’s weekly allowance just isn’t cutting it and he desperately needs money to buy a Botman, the latest gadget to sweep his middle school. Only catch is, he wants to earn the money by doing the least amount of work possible. After several failed attempts, including a near disastrous day of dog-walking, Charlie Joe hatches a plan to throw his own bar mitzvah (no gifts please—checks only) even though he’s not Jewish. Hilarity ensues when throwing a fake coming-of-age party turns out to be much harder than it looks.

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods Written by Rick Riordan, illustrated by John Rocco - Mythology

 

"A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don't need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week." So begins PERCY JACKSON'S GREEK GOD, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic--and sarcastic asides--to the classics. 

An Irish boy’s life explodes into a fantastical adventure when he travels through time and must face his fears, discern good from evil, and develop into a strong leader if he is to fulfill his destiny—to save the world or destroy it.

What is a museum? Why would anyone amass shells, words, clocks, teeth, trains, dinosaurs, mummies . . . or two-headed sheep? Find out where the word "museum" comes from and what unusual items (unicorn horns? mermaids?) some early museums placed on view. Jan Mark’s humorous and conversational insights take readers through museums’ multifaceted history, while Richard Holland’s eye-catching mixed-media illustrations lend their own quirky flair. With vivid examples from all around the world, this wonderful book puts museums — and the many artifacts lovingly stored there — on display in a whole new light.

After successfully fighting to save their field trip in Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue!, Tommy and the gang prepare for a well-earned day of fun and adventure in Washington, DC . . . but of course it won’t be that easy! This trip to the nation's capital will be full of shifting alliances and betrayals, carsickness and sugar rushes. Trouble starts even before the buses leave school, when Principal Rabbski decrees the field trip an “origami-free zone.” Dwight secretly folds a Yoda from a Fruit Roll-Up, but will Fruitigami Yoda be a match for Harvey's sour, hate-filled pickle of darkness?

Bracken and Nettle are the last young witches in the valley. Their mothers disappeared years ago in search of the secret Door to a world without humans, leaving the girls in the care of thirteen ancient witches. When the magical veil that protects their valley from humans is broached and the Wellspring Water needed to repair it is polluted, it is up to the girls to save the coven. Seeking stones, a wishing necklace, a wily raccoon, human Witchfriends, and their lost mothers help Bracken and Nettle on their quest.

Twelve-year-old Mysti Murphy wishes she were a character in a book. If her life were fictional, she'd magically know how to deal with the fact that her best friend, Anibal Gomez, has abandoned her in favor of being a "hipster." She'd be able to take care of everyone when her dad has to spend time in the hospital. And she'd certainly be able to change her family's secret.