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A Girl Hidden in the Biltmore Estate is the Only One Who Can Stop a Mysterious Evil

"The book is like a tapestry, intricate parts coming together to create something rousing, vibrant and beautiful." Read the full review, here!

Double the Fun or Double the Trouble?

Two is always better than one, right? Get ready for National Twins Day (August 7-9) with these YA and middle-grade reads dedicated to your favorite doubles.

Val Will Do Anything to Repair Her Friendship with Lanora

A strange boy and an even stranger book might just hold the key to fixing a lost friendship.

Siblings Connor and Cordelia Uncover the Secrets Behind a Mysterious Town

"A poignant adventure that celebrates both individuality and the power of community." Read the full review, here!

Booksellers from Around the Country Chime in on Their Top Summer Picks!

Trying to figure out what to read this summer? These booksellers have some great ideas!

Cordie's Mother Has Vanished --- Is It Because She is Really a Selkie?

"...an engaging and lyrical story of children coming to grips with their first brush of loss and adult responsibility." Read the full review, here!

Features and Contests

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 THE DAY THE CRAYON CAME HOME by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers, the follow-up to the beloved THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT in which a slew of lost art supplies attempt to return to their owners; MARVELOUS CORNELIUS: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil Bildner, illustrated by John Parra; a heartwarming true story about the difference a garbage collector made during this natural disaster; and CAN WE HELP?: Kids Volunteering to Help Their Communities by George Ancona, a photo journal depicting children of all ages giving back to their community.

 

Cool & New Books

In this month's roundup we have GOODBYE STRANGER by bestselling author Rebecca Stead, a tale about friendship and the woes of seventh grade; LILLIPUT by Sam Gayton, a tale inspired by GULLIVER’S TRAVELS that follows a three-inch-tall girl on her epic journey through 18th-century London; and Rick Riordan's mythology guide in a sarcastic narrative: PERCY JACKSON'S GREEK HEROES.


New in Paperback

This month's roundup includes NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS GUIDE TO PHOTOGRAPHY by Nancy Honovich and Annie Griffiths, which helps kids of all ages take the perfect picture; DARTH PAPER STRIKES BACK by Tom Angleberger, the second book in the Origami Yoda series; and GOOSEBUMPS THE MOVIE: The Movie Novel by R.L. Stine, a book that echoes the plot of the October 2015 Goosebumps film, complete with images.

 

Latest Reviews

Antonio Willie Giroux lived in a hotel his mother ran on the edge of a lake. He loved to explore the woods and look for animals, but they always remained hidden away. One hot, dry summer, when Antonio was almost five, disaster struck: a fire rushed through the forest. Everyone ran to the lake --- the only safe place in town --- and stood knee-deep in water as they watched the fire. Then, slowly, animals emerged from their forest home and joined the people in the water. 

There are more than just tunnels and stalagmites in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave; there are mysteries hiding around every turn. The truths they conceal are far more stunning than anything Elias could ever have imagined, and he finds himself caught right in the middle of it all. But how can he focus on saving his own life when so many others are in danger?

In the vein of THE OUTSIDERS and the early Western novels of Elmore Leonard, this inventive debut novel, a cross between the cult classic Mad Max movie series and Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD, blends adrenaline-fueled action with an improbable yet tender romance to offer a rich and vivid portrayal of misfits and loners forced together in their struggle for a better life.

Val doesn't know what to do until a stray cat leads her to a strange boy who lives in an even stranger bookshop. Together they embark on a quest. Will they be able to save a lost friend? Will they get lost themselves? Or will they find a way to help each other become who they want to be?

When children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore's corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of the Biltmore's owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak's true identity before all of the children vanish one by one.

A hurricane, a tragic death, two boys, one marble. When ten-year-old Zavion loses his home in Hurricane Katrina, he and his father are forced to flee to Baton Rouge. And when Henry, a 10-year-old boy in northern Vermont, tragically loses his best friend, Wayne, he flees to ravaged New Orleans to help with hurricane relief efforts --- and to search for a marble that was in the pocket of a pair of jeans donated to the Red Cross. 

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).

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.