Skip to main content

Check Out Our Holiday Bundles of Cheer!

We think these three amazing books will be perfect for your holiday reading! Reviewers Reveal Their Favorite Books of 2016

Take a look and see if any of their picks match yours --- and which titles you may want to consider reading in 2017!

Read Our Interview with Henry Neff and a Review of IMPYRIUM

Hazel is happy to leave ruling to her sisters so that she can study her magic. But the empress has other plans for her granddaughter...dark and dangerous plans.

Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid Returns With More Laughs And More Pressure

Greg Heffley must double down and prove his creative skills to his mother in order to earn back his video games while dodging Halloween frights.

The Dork Diaries Continue With Rachel Renee Russell’s 11th Installment

Nikki Maxwell must endure a week at her arch nemesis Mackenzie's new school and learns there might even be someone worse.

Get in the Holiday Spirit with Our New Picture Book Bookshelf

From classic holiday tales to nonfiction books about the science of snow, we're ringing in the holidays in all sorts of ways with our newest bookshelf.

Features and Contests

New Picture Books Roundup

Our Picture Books Roundup this month includes IT IS NOT TIME FOR SLEEPING by Lisa Graff, which tells the story of a boy who decides that it cannot be time for sleeping; Marla Frazee's THE BOSSIER BABY, the sequel to THE BOSS BABY; and Keith Baker HAP-PEA ALL YEAR which celebrates the months, seasons and holidays with colorful, vivid illustrations.

Cool & New Books

This month's Cool & New roundup includes THE BEACH AT NIGHT, a children's fable from the point of view of a lost doll, reimagined by critically aclaimed and bestselling adult author Elena Ferrante; THE LOST PROPERTY OFFICE by James R. Hannibal, which follows a boy named Jack who is great at finding everything --- except his father, who was in a secret society of detectives; and, lastly, the second book in the The Secrets of the Pied Piperseries, THE MAGICIAN'S KEY, where the main character, Max, has to go back to the Summer Isle to save her brother from the legendary Pied Piper. 

New in Paperback

Our New in Paperback roundup this month includes GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA by Rita Williams-Garcia, which chronicles the summer of a lifetime with the Gaither sisters in the rural South; WE MEET AGAIN, the third book in Stephan Pastis' Timmy Failure series, where Timmy must face academic probation in his quest for global domination; and Kirsten Miller and Jason Segel's second installment in the Nightmares! series, THE SLEEPWALKER TONIC, which follows Charlie's suspicions as rumors spread that no one is sleeping in Orville Falls.

Latest Reviews

Containing star charts, a guide to the constellations, and details about seasons and the movement of the objects we see in the sky, this classic book makes H. A. Rey’s passion for astronomy evident on every page.
Second edition updates concentrate on the planetary and solar system information in the latter part of the book. Facts and figures for each planet have been revised, and new scientific information has been added, such as Pluto’s reclassification as a dwarf planet.

When Rydr travels by train from Los Angeles to Chicago, she learns along the way that she can find family wherever she is.

Poppy, Marcus, Dash, Dylan, and Azumi are all trapped within Shadow House, a sinister estate where past and present intertwine. As they fight to find a way out, the kids think the ghosts of the house are the greatest danger they face. Little do the kids know it's the secrets they're each hiding that will prove even more lethal.

PATHFINDERS is a collective biography of sixteen diverse American men and women of African descent who made their mark on American history in the 18th to 20th centuries. People who dared to dream, take risks, and create goals not only for themselves, but for others and the betterment of their society, too.

Word of Mouse Written by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. Illustrated by Joe Sutphin. - Fiction

What makes Isaiah so unique? First, his fur is as blue as the sky --- which until recently was something he'd never seen, but had read all about. That's right ---Isaiah can read, and write. He can also talk to humans...if any of them are willing to listen! After a dramatic escape from a mysterious laboratory, Isaiah is separated from his "mischief" (which is the word for a mouse family), and has to use his special skills to survive in the dangerous outdoors, and hopefully find his missing family.

In shepherd boy Elric’s tiny village, people think children like his younger sister, Wynn, are changelings --- left by fairies and doomed to curse all around them. As a baby, Wynn was born with developmental delays, and according to the rules, she was supposed to be abandoned in the woods. Instead Elric’s mother saved his sister and hid her away for eleven years. But when their long-absent father returns, Elric realizes that folk songs and fantasies can’t protect them from the outside world.

Garvey’s father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading --- anything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garvey’s life changes. The chorus finds a new soloist in Garvey, and through chorus, Garvey finds a way to accept himself, and a way to finally reach his distant father --- by speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports. 

Ethan had been many things. He was always ready for adventure and always willing to accept a dare, especially from his best friend, Kacey. But that was before. Before the accident that took Kacey from him. Before his family moved from Boston to the small town of Palm Knot, Georgia. It’s also home to Coralee, a girl with a big personality and even bigger stories. Coralee may be just the friend Ethan needs, except Ethan isn’t the only one with secrets. Coralee’s are catching up with her, and what she’s hiding might be putting both their lives at risk.

It's a rogue's gallery of some of nature's roughest, meanest species. Whether it's nature's slimiest organisms or the weirdest mutations, THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO YUCK! celebrates survival of the fittest, grossest, craziest and creepiest things in nature, proving once and for all that life in the wild is anything but ordinary.

Swan Boy by Nikki Sheehan - Children's Fiction

When Johnny’s father dies, his family must leave their home, move to a tiny apartment in a busy city and start life over. When all hope for fitting in seems lost, a chance encounter with a swan sparks a series of events that result in Johnny playing the lead in his school’s all-boy version of Swan Lake.
But will he be strong or brave enough to beat his bullies, take care of his brother, support his mother and find a place for himself among all of the chaos in his life?

Maggie's dad is a Hollywood director, and he has her whole life planned: Not only will she grow up to be an entertainment lawyer and work for him, he literally blackmails her to date the boy who's starring in his new movie. But Maggie loves Preston, the British boy who stole her heart, and despite the risk that her dad will make her mother miserable if she doesn't give in, Maggie decides to go for it, designing a red-carpet gown for a young duchess that puts her and the duchess in the limelight. Once there, she turns to Preston and issues a challenge: Can a girl who has given up the glamorous life any other girl would the girl for him?

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s CHARLOTTE'S WEB. In SOME WRITER!, the two-time Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. 

There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill hospital. One morning, Emmaline climbs over the wall of the hospital’s abandoned gardens and discovers a white horse with a broken wing has left the mirror-world and entered her own. The horse, named Foxfire, is hiding from a dark and sinister force. If Emmaline is to keep him from finding her new friend, she must surround Foxfire with treasures of brilliant shades. But where can Emmaline find color in a world of gray?