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Patterson and Grabenstein Team Up Again for POTTYMOUTH AND STOOPID

What's in a name? When two boys are given nasty nicknames, they become as bad as their names --- but can they change?

A BABYSITTER'S GUIDE TO MONSTER HUNTING is Full of Laugh-Out-Loud Fears

In this debut by Joe Ballarini, a babysitter takes on more than she can chew when her easy night of child-watching turns into a monster chase!

Newbery Medal Winner Kwame Alexander Shares Fun Rules for Life

In THE PLAYBOOK, Alexander shares stories of failure and success on and off the court for a quick, encouraging read.

Magic is Real in THE CASTLE IN THE MIST by Amy Ephron

Tess and her brother, Max, are shocked when their aunt's boring home turns into a magical adventure after the discovery of a magical key.

Read Our Interview with the Authors of SCI-FI JUNIOR HIGH

Scott Seegert and John Martin have turned junior high upside down in this wacky, galactic tale of aliens and smarts!

Check Out These Great Nonfiction Picture Books

You may think picture books are just for the youngest of readers, but with fascinating concepts and gorgeous illustrations, readers of all ages will love these books!

June's Features and Contests

In this month's series update, we have some great new additions to some of our favorite series! First up, we have THE MISADVENTURES OF MAX CRUMBLY 2: Middle School Mayhem by Rachel Renée Russell. In the second book in the Max Crumbly series, Max is surrounded by three grizzled criminals and only his friend and sidekick Erin can save him from this pickle. Next is John Claude Bemis' the next book in the Out of Abaton series, OUT OF ABATON, BOOK 2: Lord of Monsters, which follows Pinocchio and Lazuli as they fight off a monster set on destroying Abaton. And finally, we have THE FROG PRINCESS RETURNS by E.D. Baker, the next book in the Tales of the Frog Princess series. In this book, Emma has to restore order after the Fairy Queen disappears, leaving Greater Greensward open for very dangerous people to take over.


Latest Reviews

Ruthie Mizrahi and her family recently emigrated from Castro’s Cuba to New York City. Just when she’s finally beginning to gain confidence in her mastery of English --- and enjoying her reign as her neighborhood’s hopscotch queen --- a horrific car accident leaves her in a body cast and confined her to her bed for a long recovery. As Ruthie’s world shrinks because of her inability to move, her powers of observation and her heart grow larger and she comes to understand how fragile life is, how vulnerable we all are as human beings, and how friends, neighbors, and the power of the arts can sweeten even the worst of times.

When Emmaline Beaumont's father started building the ghost machine, she didn't expect it to bring her mother back from the dead. But by locking himself in the basement to toil away at his hopes, Monsieur Beaumont has become obsessed with the contraption and neglected the living, and Emmaline is tired of feeling forgotten.

Pottymouth and Stoopid Written by James Patterson with illustrations by Stephen Gilpin. - Fiction
David and his best friend Michael were tagged with awful nicknames way back in preschool when everyone did silly things. Fast-forward to seventh grade: "Pottymouth" and "Stoopid" are still stuck with the names --- and everyone in school, including the teachers and their principal, believe the labels are true. So how do they go about changing everyone's minds? 

 

Daisy has only ten weeks to prove her usefulness or else be sent back to the pound. Yet if she goes back, who will protect Colonel Victor from his PTSD attacks? Or save the littler human, Micah, from those infernal ear muzzles he calls earphones? What if no one ever adopts her again?

A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting #1 Written by Joe Ballarini with illustrations by Vivienne To. - Horror

When Kelly Ferguson’s Halloween plans switch from party-going to babysitting, and Baby Jacob gets kidnapped by the Boogeyman’s minions, Kelly learns there’s a whole lot more to childcare than free snacks and Netflix. Now, with the help of an ancient handbook and a secret society of butt-kicking babysitters, Kelly sets out to destroy the Boogeyman before he brings Jacob’s nightmares to life. But when the trail leads to her school’s big Halloween bash, Kelly will have to prove she can save the world --- without totally embarrassing herself in front of her friends.

Everyone in town knows Herbert Rowbarge as the wealthy creator of the Rowbarge Pleasure Dome, a fantastic amusement park. But his past is murky. What the town doesn’t know is that Herbert was born a penniless orphan, sustained only by his desire to create something beautiful: An amusement park with a carousel featuring pairs of identical animals. Everything he’s achieved has been a product of that single-minded determination. What Herbert himself doesn’t know is that he is a twin. All he knows is that he has never felt complete. 
Twelve-year-old Lucky Prescott craves adventure, but as a young lady of society she’s only been allowed to experience adventure through books. That is, until one fateful day when Lucky, her father, and her aunt leave the city and travel to their new home out west --- the Wild West. SPIRIT RIDING FREE: The Adventure Begins is the story of a girl and a wild horse, equally out of place in a strange, new world, but equally fierce and brave. With each other to lean on, will these two free spirits be able to find their place in the West?
 
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Brave by Svetlana Chmakova - Graphic Novel

In his daydreams, Jensen is the biggest hero that ever was, saving the world and his friends on a daily basis. But his middle school reality is VERY different --- math is hard, getting along with friends is hard...Even finding a partner for the class project is a huge problem. And the pressure's on even more once the school newspaper's dynamic duo, Jenny and Akilah, draw Jensen into the whirlwind of school news, social-experiment projects and club drama. Jensen has always played the middle school game one level at a time, but suddenly, someone's cranked up the difficulty setting. Will those daring daydreams of his finally work in his favor, or will he have to find real solutions to his real-life problems?

Molly Ayer has been in foster care since she was eight years old. Most of the time, Molly knows it’s her attitude that’s the problem, but after being shipped from one family to another, she’s had her fair share of adults treating her like an inconvenience. So when Molly’s forced to help an elderly woman clean out her attic for community service, Molly is wary. Just another adult to treat her like a troublemaker.
But from the very moment they meet, Molly realizes that Vivian, a well-off ninety-one-year-old, isn’t like any of the adults she’s encountered before.

The traditional Emperor’s Journey is meant to be uneventful. But as the princesses Seika and Ji-Lin --- twin sisters --- travel to pay respects to their kingdom’s dragon guardian, unexpected monsters appear and tremors shake the earth. The Hidden Islands face unprecedented threats, and the old rituals are failing. With only their strength, ingenuity, and flying lion to rely on, can the sisters find a new way to keep their people safe?

Armstrong and Charlie by Steven B. Frank - Historical Fiction

Charlie isn’t looking forward to sixth grade. If he starts sixth grade, chances are he’ll finish it. And when he does, he’ll grow older than the brother he recently lost. Armstrong isn’t looking forward to sixth grade, either. When his parents sign him up for Opportunity Busing to a white school in the Hollywood Hills, all he wants to know is "What time in the morning will my alarm clock have the opportunity to ring?"  When these two land at the same desk, it's the Rules Boy next to the Rebel, a boy who lost a brother elbow-to-elbow with a boy who longs for one.

Obe Devlin has problems. His family's farmland has been taken over by developers. His best friend Tommy abandoned him for the development kids. And he keeps getting nosebleeds, because of that thing he doesn't like to talk about. So Obe hangs out at the creek by his house, in the last wild patch left, picking up litter and looking for animal tracks. One day, he sees a creature that looks kind of like a large dog, or maybe a small boar. And as he watches it, he realizes it eats plastic. Only plastic. No one has ever seen a creature like this before, because there's never been a creature like this before.

When the beloved president visited Ireland in 1963, he described it as the best four days of his life. And for a generation of Irish people, it was a trip they never forgot. This warmly told, bighearted picture book captures the fevered excitement in the buildup to the president’s visit, all seen through the eyes of a young boy named Patrick who wants to know more than anything what it would feel like to shake the president’s hand. Rooted in historical fact and marking the centennial of John F. Kennedy's birth.

Set in 1954, this compelling historical novel tells the story of a young girl’s struggles and triumphs in the aftermath of World War II. In Detroit, Michigan, twelve-year-old Marjorie Campbell struggles with the ups and downs of family life, dealing with her veteran father’s unpredictable outbursts, keeping her mother’s stash of banned library books a secret and getting along with her new older “brother." When a new girl from Germany transfers to Marjorie’s class, Marjorie finds herself torn between befriending Inga and pleasing her best friend, Bernadette. In all this turmoil, Marjorie tries to find her own voice and figure out what is right and who the real enemies actually are.