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When Rose's Dad Let's Her Dog Out in a Storm, She'll Do Anything She Can to Find Him

A girl obsessed with homonyms will charm readers and make them shed a few tears

Popeye, Batman and a Cotton Ball Bunny

Kate DiCamillo, Nick Bruel and more share their most memorable (and hilarious) Halloween costumes growing up...prepare to get inspired!

Join the Duck Dynasty Crew in These Fun Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Tales

You can travel through time or go to outerspace with the Robertsons in this wacky series. Learn more with our review, interview and excerpt!

Win a Copy of Acclaimed Novelist Sandra Dallas's First Children's Book

"A wonderful tool for classrooms to use when discussing the hurtful effects of prejudice..." Enter the contest, read the review & read an excerpt, here!

Celebrate October 31 with These Spooky Reads

There are pumpkins, ghouls and ghosts aplenty in this roundup of picture books (and a couple middle grade books) perfect for Halloween!

"A Wonderful Companion" to the Newbery Honor book ELIJAH OF BUXTON

"Curtis tastefully combines snippets of history with themes of racism, friendship and the power of family." Read the full review,  here!

Features and Contests

October's New Picture Books Roundup

Our October roundup includes BLIZZARD by John Rocco, a story of the Blizzard of 1978 and the 53 inches of show it brought to Rhode Island; MARCEL THE SHELL: The Most Surprised I’ve Ever Been by Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate, the second book based on the tiny, sneakers-wearing seashell of YouTube fame; and SEBASTIAN AND THE BALLOON by Philip C. Stead, the story of a bored little boy who builds himself a hot air balloon and goes for an adventure in the sky.

 

Cool & New Books

Our October roundup includes STRIKE! by Larry Dane Brimner, a nuanced history of the United Farm Works; MARY POPPINS: 80 Anniversary Collection by P.L. Travers, the anniversary edition of four classic stories of everyone’s favorite nanny; and RAIN REIGN by Ann M. Martin, told from the point of view of a girl with OCD and Asperger’s syndrome.

 

New in Paperback

Among the paperback titles released this month, we have TEMPLE GRANDIN by Sy Montgomery and Temple Grandin, the compelling biography of an autistic woman who revolutionized the livestock industry; MACHINE WARS by Michael Pryor, the story of Bram Argent, on the run from a paranoid superintelligence; and BINK AND GOLLIE: The Complete Marvelous Collection by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, which includes three hilarious stories about two best friends, Bink and Gollie.

Latest Reviews

Blue Mountain by Martine Leavitt - Youth Fiction

Tuk the bighorn sheep is told he will be the one to save his herd, but he is young and would rather play with his bandmates than figure out why the herd needs saving. As humans encroach further and further into their territory, there is less room for the sheep to wander, food becomes scarce, and the herd's very survival is in danger. Tuk and his friends set out to find Blue Mountain, a place that Tuk sometimes sees far in the distance and thinks might be a better home. The journey is treacherous, filled with threatening pumas and bears and dangerous lands, leading Tuk down a path that goes against every one of his instincts. Still, Tuk perseveres, reaching Blue Mountain and leading his herd into a new, safe place.

Feisty eleven-year-old Veronica Morgan believes that a furry lemon beagle from the neighborhood pet store will be the solution to the endless worries she has about life in general and friendship in particular. This is a problem, since her bumbling psychiatrist parents won’t buy her the puppy she wants or stop meddling in her life at her challenging new school. But things never turn out the way you plan, particularly if you never stop expecting the worst to happen, and haven’t taken a chance on being a true friend yourself. 

Centaur Rising by Jane Yolen - Youth Fantasy Fiction

One night during the Perseid meteor shower, Arianne thinks she sees a shooting star land in the fields surrounding her family’s horse farm. About a year later, one of their horses gives birth to a baby centaur. The family has enough attention already as Arianne’s six-year-old brother was born with birth defects caused by an experimental drug—the last thing they need is more scrutiny. But their clients soon start growing suspicious. Just how long is it possible to keep a secret? And what will happen if the world finds out?

Urban Outlaws by Peter Jay Black - Youth Fiction
Deep beneath the city live five extraordinary kids: world-famous hacker Jack, gadget geek Charlie, free runner Slink, communications chief Obi, and decoy expert Wren. Orphans bonded over their shared sense of justice, the kids have formed the Urban Outlaws, a group dedicated to outsmarting criminals and handing out their stolen money through Random Acts of Kindness (R.A.K.s). But the kids find themselves in serious trouble when they're caught in an epic battle to control Proteus, a genius super-computer. Proteus can crack any code in the world-and steal top-secret documents in nanoseconds. It's down to the Urban Outlaws to use their guile, guts, and skill to destroy the computer, avert world domination . . . and stay alive.
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin - Youth Fiction
Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She’s thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose’s obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different – not her teachers, not other kids, and not her single father. When a storm hits their rural town, rivers overflow, the roads are flooded, and Rain goes missing. Rose’s father shouldn’t have let Rain out. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search.

The hunt for Copernicus's first relic sent Wade, Darrell, Lily, and Becca to the far reaches of the world and put them in serious danger. But they never imagined Sara Kaplan—Darrell and Wade's mother—would be kidnapped by the conniving Galina Krause. Now they must race the evil Teutonic Order to find the Serpens relic and rescue Sara before it's too late.

Arcady's Goal by Eugene Yelchin - Youth Historical Fiction

For twelve-year-old Arcady, soccer is more than just a game. Sent to live in a children’s home after his parents are declared enemies of the state, it is a means of survival, securing extra rations, respect, and protection. Ultimately, it proves to be his chance to leave. But in Soviet Russia, second chances are few and far between. Will Arcady seize his opportunity and achieve his goal? Or will he miss his shot?

When Ned and his identical twin brother tumble from their raft into a raging, bewitched river, only Ned survives. Villagers are convinced the wrong boy lived. Sure enough, Ned grows up weak and slow, and stays as much as possible within the safe boundaries of his family’s cottage and yard. But when a Bandit King comes to steal the magic that Ned’s mother, a witch, is meant to protect, it's Ned who safeguards the magic and summons the strength to protect his family and community.

Sleeping has never been so scary. And now waking up is even worse!

Charlie Laird has several problems.  

1. His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch.

2. He had to move into her purple mansion, which is NOT a place you want to find yourself after dark.

3.He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect. Like even a nap. 

Rhyme Schemer by K. A. Holt - Youth Fiction

Kevin has a bad attitude. He's the one who laughs when you trip and fall. In fact, he may have been the one who tripped you in the first place. He has a real knack for rubbing people the wrong way—and he's even figured out a secret way to do it with poems. But what happens when the tables are turned and he is the one getting picked on? Rhyme Schemer is a touching and hilarious middle-grade novel in verse about one seventh grader's journey from bully-er to bully-ee, as he learns about friendship, family, and the influence that words can have on people's lives.