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A Fantasy Adventure Brimming with Dragons, Goblins and Girls Named Alice

"Andrew Chilton gleefully melds numerous fantasy elements, along with plenty of originality." Read the full review, here!

Check Out All of the Winners and Honor Books, Here!

Want to know who won the Newbury, Caldecott and more? You came to the right place!

Saki Has Three Days To Reverse a Death Curse in a Japanese Village

A girl learns the value of family, tradition and friendship as she races against the clock in this "atmospheric tale." Read the review, here!

A Girl Learns to Forgive Herself at a Japanese Internment Camp in 1942

"The author paints such a vivid description of the life and times that I felt like I was right there experiencing it with Manami." 

A Visual Feast of a Bookshelf

Both fact and fiction, check out 20 picture books that celebrate painting, drawing and the people who do it best

Features and Contests

New Picture Books Roundup

In picture books this month, we have LOOKING FOR BONGO by Eric Velasquez, in which a little boy searches high and low for his stuffed animal; SUPER HAPPY MAGIC FOREST by Matty Long, in which five heroes embark on a colorful, zany adventure to retrieve The Magical Crystals of Life; and THE NIGHT GARDENER by Terry Fan with illustrations by Eric Fan, a beautiful ode to the jaw-dropping, mysterious topiaries that transform a town in the middle of the night. 

Cool & New Books

This month’s Cool and New roundup includes ECHO ECHO by Marilyn Singer with illustrations by Josee Masse, a unique book of reversible poems inspired by the Greek myths; PAX by Sara Pennypacker with illustrations by Jon Klassen, a powerful story about the friendship between a boy and his box; and THE KEY TO EXTRAORDINARY by Natalie Lloyd, a colorful, heartfelt tale in which Emma will do anything to save her family’s coffee shop and fulfill her special destiny.in his life.

 

New in Paperback

In paperback titles this month, we have TOM GATES: Excellent Excuses (and Other Good Stuff) by Liz Pichon, in which two weeks off of school doesn’t prevent Tom from getting into some hilarious mischief; PERCY JACKSON'S GREEK GODS by Rick Riordan and John Rocco, where readers can learn about the classic myths in Percy’s signature sarcastic tone; and HENRY DAVID THOREAU FOR KIDS: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities by Corinne Hosfeld Smith, where kids can discover the contributions of this great American thinker, writer and naturalist in an interactive way.

Latest Reviews

Mighty Apollo is known by all as the god of the sun, but there's more to this Olympian than a bright smile and a shining chariot. In the latest volume of Olympians, New York Times bestselling author George O'Connor continues to turn his extensive knowledge of the original Greek myths into rip-roaring graphic novel storytelling.

Study Hall of Justice (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #1) written by Derek Fridolfs with illustrations by Dustin Nguyen - Children's Fiction
Being the new kid at school is tough, especially when your school is called Doomvale Academy and your name is Bruce Wayne. There's a gang of jokers roaming the halls, a muscle-headed kid named Bane wants to beat you up and your headmaster Hugo Strange seems really, well, strange.
 
This inventive novel follows young Bruce Wayne and his friends Clark (Superman) and Diana (Wonder Woman) as they start a Junior Detective Agency to investigate their teachers and find out what's going on behind closed doors at Doomvale Academy, all before recess.
 
This all-new story presents a twist on the idea of junior sleuths, using comics, journal entries and doodles to reimagine Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman as three students in the same school. 
Audacity Jones is an eleven-year-old orphan who aches for adventure, a challenge to break up the monotony of her life at Miss Maisie's School for Wayward Girls. Life as a wayward girl isn't so bad; Audie has the best of friends, a clever cat companion and plenty of books to read. Still, she longs for some excitement, like the characters in the novels she so loves encounter.
 
So when the mysterious Commodore Crutchfield visits the school and whisks Audie off to Washington, DC, she knows she's in for the journey of a lifetime. But soon, it becomes clear that the Commodore has unsavory plans for Audie --- plans that involve the president of the United States and a sinister kidnapping plot.
My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter - Historical Fiction

Well-mannered Samuel and his mischievous younger brother, Joshua, are free black boys living in an orphanage during the end of the Civil War. Samuel takes the blame for Joshua's latest prank, and the consequence is worse than he could ever imagine. He's taken from the orphanage to the South, given a new name --- Friday --- and sold into slavery. What follows is a heartbreaking but hopeful account of Samuel's journey from freedom, to captivity and back again.

 
An act of kindness brings shy reporter Mr. Tibble into contact with the unusual Miss Minou. Tibble is close to losing his job because he only writes stories about cats. Fortunately, Minou provides him with real news. She gets the juicy inside information from her local feline friends, who are the eyes and ears of the neighborhood. Tibble is appreciative, but he wonders how she does it. He has noticed that Minou is terrified of dogs and can climb trees and rooftops with elegance and ease...It’s almost as if she’s a cat herself. But how can that be?

Cheryl Blackford's debut novel is set in England during WWII and told from the dual perspectives of 10-year old Lizzie, a homesick girl evacuated from bomb-blitzed Hull to the remote Yorkshire valley, and Elijah, a local gypsy boy. When Lizzie discovers an abandoned baby, she goes in search of the child's parents. But Lizzie's quest to reunite the baby with her family leads her to a forbidden friendship with Elijah, and both of them must come to  terms with a world clouded by prejudice and fear.

Secrets of Valhalla by Jasmine Richards - Children's Fiction
It’s not every day that you find a famous weatherwoman bound by magic to a tree deep in the woods. Or discover that the weatherwoman is in fact Sunna, the Norse Goddess of the Sun, and one of the seven day guardians who keep time in order. But that’s just what happens to new friends Buzz and Mary --- and it’s only the start of their adventure.
 
Now, as the people of Earth are forced to repeat the same Saturday over and over again, Buzz and Mary must journey to collect the Runes of Valhalla and awaken the other day guardians, before vengeful god Loki can get to them first.
THE BOY is a nameless slave on a mission to uncover his true destiny.
THE GOBLIN holds all the answers, but he’s too tricky to be trusted.
PLAIN ALICE is a bookish peasant girl carried off by a confused dragon.
And PRINCESS ALICE is the lucky girl who wasn’t kidnapped.
 
All four are tangled up in a sinister plot to take over the kingdom, and together they must face kind monsters, a cruel magician and dozens of deathly boring palace bureaucrats. They’re a ragtag bunch, but with strength, courage and plenty of deductive reasoning, they just might outwit the villains and crack the goblin’s puzzle. 
In a compelling, linear narrative, Miller takes readers along as she investigates a brutal crime: the August 4, 1892, murders of wealthy and prominent Andrew and Abby Borden. The accused? Mild-mannered and highly respected Lizzie Borden, daughter of Andrew and stepdaughter of Abby. Most of what is known about Lizzie’s arrest and subsequent trial (and acquittal) comes from sensationalized newspaper reports; as Miller sorts fact from fiction, and as a legal battle gets under way, a gripping portrait of a woman and a town emerges. 
 
With inserts featuring period photos and newspaper clippings --- and, yes, images from the murder scene --- readers will devour this nonfiction book that reads like fiction.
When Inge Maria arrives on the tiny island of Bornholm in Denmark to live with her grandmother, she's not sure what to expect. Her grandmother is stern, the people on the island are strange and children are supposed to be seen and not heard. But no matter how hard Inge tries to be good, mischief has a way of finding her. Could it be that a bit of mischief is exactly what Grandmother and the people of Bornholm need?  
Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban - Children's Fiction

Ten-year-old Manami did not realize how peaceful her family's life on Bainbridge Island was until the day it all changed. It's 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Manami and her family are Japanese American, which means that the government says they must leave their home by the sea and join other Japanese Americans at a prison camp in the desert. Manami is sad to go, but even worse is that they are going to have to give her and her grandfather's dog, Yujiin, to a neighbor to take care of. Manami decides to sneak Yujiin under her coat and gets as far as the mainland before she is caught and forced to abandon Yujiin. She and her grandfather are devastated, but Manami clings to the hope that somehow Yujiin will find his way to the camp and make her family whole again.