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Siblings Connor and Cordelia Uncover the Secrets Behind a Mysterious Town

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The True Story of a 1944 Circus Fire Brimming with Mystery

Full of primary source documents and interviews, BIG TOP BURNING unravels what might have happened on that tragic July afternoon.

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Four Girls from Four Unique Cultures Become Four Very Powerful Wildcats

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Children's Choice Book Awards Winners

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!

 

New Picture Books Roundup

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. 

 

Cool & New Books

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. 

New in Paperback

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.

 

Latest Reviews

The Storm Makers written by Jennifer E. Smith, illustrated by Brett Helquist - Fantasy/Adventure

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.

Woundabout by Lev Rosen and Ellis Rosen - Fiction

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.

Valiant by Sarah McGuire - Fiction

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.

Inside this book, you'll find stories of 50 extraordinary people. Intriguing facts await curious readers, amateur historians, and anyone who aspires to the altogether extraordinary!

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon to the Isle of the Lost --- a dark and dreary place protected by a force field that makes it impossible for them to leave. Mal learns from her mother, Maleficent, that the key to true darkness, the Dragon's Eye, is located inside her scepter in the forbidden fortress on the far side of the island. She'll just need a little help from her "friends." In their quest for the Dragon's Eye, these four kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain't so bad.

Ivy Green’s mama has gone off with a charismatic preacher called Hallelujah Dave to The Great Good Bible Church of Panhandle Florida. At least that’s where Ivy and her dad think Mama is. Paul Dobbs, one of Ivy’s schoolmates, is also having a crummy summer. Paul has always wanted to be an astronaut, and now that NASA’s space shuttle program has been scrapped, it looks like his dream will never get off the ground. Although Ivy and Paul are an unlikely pair, it turns out they are the perfect allies for a runaway road trip to Florida. 

Orpheus in the Underworld: A TOON Graphic illustrated by Yvan Pommaux and translated by Richard Kutner - Comics / Graphic Novel
Son of a muse, the young musician Orpheus has everything: talent, beauty, courage, love. Then, in a moment, everything is lost. His bride Eurydice is killed in a terrible accident on their wedding night. Armed only with his lyre, Orpheus enters the desolate Underworld, where no mortal has ever gone before. He's determined to achieve the impossible --- bring his wife back to life, restore their happiness, and ensure he's never in danger of losing her again.