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Lily's Dog Introduces Her to a Friend Like No Other

Newbury Honor Author Cynthia Lord explores the friendship between a small-town girl and the daughter of migrant workers.

The Gaither Sisters are Back, and This Time They're Headed Down South

This companion to ONE CRAZY SUMMER and P.S. BE ELEVEN is "heartwarming" and "uproariously funny."

Philemon Must Get Back to The Letter A in His Second Adventure

Originally published in French in 1963, this fantastical graphic novel is filled with adventure.

The Creator of Amelia's Notebook Opens Up About the Last Book

Get the inside scoop on this beloved series, which is ending after 20 years!

International Respect for Chickens Month

Celebrate everyone's favorite fowl with three great kids' books!

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!

Best of 2014 Lists

This is the time of year when “Best Of” lists are everywhere. Although we at Kidsreads.com don’t have a “Best Of” list of our own, we’ve compiled a number of them for you here. See which of your top picks appear on these lists and which titles you feel should've been included but weren't. Perhaps you’ll even find some books to add to your reading list as we head into the new year!

 

New Picture Books Roundup

Our May roundup includes MARKET MAZE by Roxie Munro, a colorful and mesmerizing maze book that helps kids understand where food comes from and how it gets to their tables; ICE CREAM SUMMER by three-time Caldecott Honoree Peter Sis, a delectable picture book that is as breezy, sweet and irresistible as ice cream in summer; and THE WIZARD OF OZ: The Classic Edition by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by Charles Santore, a large-bound, abridged version of Dorothy’s timeless tale.

 

Cool & New Books

Our May roundup includes POP GOES THE CIRCUS!, the newest book in the Kate and M. Sarah Klise’s Three Ring Rascals series in which a circus mouse and a runaway girl form an unlikely best friendship;  FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCESS by Meg Cabot, a middle grade spin-off of The Princess Diaries series featuring Mia Thermopolis’s younger half-sister, Olivia; and EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World’s Most Fascinating Individuals by Michael Hearst and illustrated by Aaron Scamihorn, which shares true stories of 50 extraordinary people throughout history.

 

New in Paperback

In paperback this month we have UNLOCKING THE TRUTH: Three Brooklyn Teens on Life, Friendship and Making the Band by Charisse Jones, the true story of a rock band on the cusp of massive stardom; WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE by Rebecca Behrens, in which First Daughter Audrey discovers Alice Roosevelt’s diary; and URBAN OUTLAWS by Peter Jay Black, the first book in an action-packed series about five extraordinary kids dedicated to outsmarting criminals.

Latest Reviews

When Lily's blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar and runs away across the wide-open blueberry barrens of eastern Maine, it's Salma Santiago who manages to catch him. Salma, the daughter of migrant workers, is in the small town with her family for the blueberry-picking season. After their initial chance meeting, Salma and Lily bond over painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather, and Salma's friendship transforms Lily's summer. But when Salma decides to run in the upcoming Blueberry Queen pageant, they'll have to face some tough truths about friendship and belonging. Should an outsider like Salma really participate in the pageant-and possibly win?

So annoying...In Young-hee's life everything feels wrong. It seemed like only yesterday that her world was just as it should be. But now her dad is gone, her mom is overextended, and Young-hee is forced to move back to Seoul --- and not a nice part of Seoul, either. Then Young-hee stumbles into a magical world, where the fairy stories of her childhood are real and all the frustrations of her everyday life fade away --- until Bum is kidnapped, and the only way Young-hee can save him is by finding the magical pullocho plant.

Ruth Mudd-O'Flaherty has been a lone wolf at her new middle school ever since her best friend, Charlotte, ditched her for "cooler" friends. Who needs friends when you have fantasy novels? One day she finds a note in an old book...and in that note is a riddle, one that Ruth can't solve alone. With a tantalizing set of clues before her, Ruth must admit she needs help, the kind that usually comes from friends. Ruth must decide: Is embarking on this quest worth opening herself up again?

When her four campers don’t get along, counselor Hannah has an idea. They gather in the kitchen at the Moonlight Ranch Summer Camp. There, they measure, mix, stir and bake. As they bite into their warm sugar cookies, they finally seem to be friends. But summer doesn’t last forever. And if the bond is going to survive the long school year, these kids will need a plan, a plan that just might require cookies.

Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure. However a few years later Libby was in a car accident and she passed away with her mom and Princess X died with her. Years later May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window. Princess X? When May looks around, she sees the Princess everywhere: Stickers. Patches. Graffiti. There's an entire underground culture, focused around a webcomic at IAmPrincessX.com. The more May explores the webcomic, the more she sees disturbing similarities between Libby's story and Princess X online. And that means that only one person could have started this phenomenon---her best friend, Libby, who lives.

Emily Huvar vanished without a trace. And the clues are right beneath Raine’s fingertips. Literally. Raine isn’t like other eighth graders. One touch of a glittering sparkle that only Raine can see, and she’s swept into a memory from the past. If she touches enough sparkles, she can piece together what happened to Emily.

Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown feels like a fish out of water when she and her parents move from Los Angeles to the farm they’ve inherited from a great-uncle. But farm life gets more interesting when a cranky chicken appears and Sophie discovers the hen can move objects with the power of her little chicken brain: jam jars, the latch to her henhouse, the entire henhouse...

Look closely at the map in your library, classroom or home to discover eight fantastic letters: A-T-L-A-N-T-I-C! You'll be shocked at all the magic that one little word can hold. The farm boy Philemon knows better than anyone what the Atlantic promises; he tumbled down a well last year and fell out the other side onto the island of "A"! That time, Philemon barely escaped with his life. Now he must return to the Atlantic and search for the friend he left behind.

Martin Moone is 11 and completely fed up with being the only boy in a family of girls. He's desperate for a decent wingman to help him navigate his idiotic life. So when best mate Padraic suggests Martin get an imaginary friend --- or "IF" for short --- he decides to give it a go.

Augie Hobble lives in a fairy tale --- or at least Fairy Tale Place, the down-on-its-luck amusement park managed by his father. Yet his life is turning into a nightmare: he's failed creative arts and has to take summer school, the girl he has a crush on won't acknowledge him and Hogg Wills and the school bullies won't leave him alone. Worse, a succession of mysterious, possibly paranormal, events have him convinced that he's turning into a werewolf.

On a class trip to Washington, DC, Wyatt, his best friend, Matt, and a few kids from Culver Middle School find themselves in a heap of trouble --- not just with their teachers, who have long lost patience with them --- but from several mysterious men they first meet on their flight to the nation's capital. In a fast-paced adventure with the monuments as a backdrop, the kids try to stay out of danger and out of the doghouse while trying to save the president from attack --- or maybe not.

Joey and Johnny are best friends, but they could not be more different. Johnny leaves everything up to chance. Joey is serious. But there is something these two boys have in common: They are ninjas. And they're both students at Kick Foot Academy, the premier ninja school in Lemming Falls. But Kick Foot Academy's reputation is about to be put to the test. Their rivals at Red Moon Clan have mysteriously come into possession of state-of-the-art weapons --- something that is totally not ninja. And now they have challenged Kick Foot Academy to a Test of Three, culminating in an epic Battle Royal. The outcome will determine which ninja school reigns supreme...and which shuts down forever.