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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!

Birds, Cape Cod and an Ailing Mom

As her mother suffers from depression, Chirp looks for solace in the natural world and her new neighbor

"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

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.

Hansel and Gretel written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti - Youth Picture Book

Best-selling author Neil Gaiman and fine artist Lorenzo Mattotti join forces to create HANSEL & GRETEL, a stunning book that’s at once as familiar as a dream and as evocative as a nightmare. Mattotti’s sweeping ink illustrations capture the terror and longing found in the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Neil Gaiman crafts an original text filled with his signature wit and pathos that is sure to become a favorite of readers everywhere, young and old.

In a world between wars, a young man on the cusp of taking priestly vows is suddenly made a fugitive. Fleeing the accusations of police who blame him for a murder, as well as more sinister forces with darker intentions, Vango attempts to trace the secrets of his shrouded past and prove his innocence before all is lost. As he crisscrosses the continent via train, boat, and even the Graf Zeppelin airship, his adventures take him from Parisian rooftops to Mediterranean islands to Scottish forests. A mysterious, unforgettable, and romantic protagonist, Vango tells a thrilling story sure to captivate lovers of daring escapades and subversive heroes.

Ever since he was little, Jake Green has longed to be a soldier and a hero like his grandpa, who died serving his country. Right now, though, he just wants to outsmart—and outrun—the rival cross country team, the Palmetto Bugs. But then the tragedy of September 11 happens. It’s quickly discovered that one of the hijackers lived nearby, making Jake’s Florida town an FBI hot spot. Two days later, the tragedy becomes even more personal when Jake’s best friend, Sam Madina, is pummeled for being an Arab Muslim by their bully classmate, Bobby. According to Jake’s personal code of conduct, anyone who beats up your best friend is due for a butt kicking, and so Jake goes after Bobby. But soon after, Sam’s father is detained by the FBI and Jake’s mom doubts the innocence of Sam’s family, forcing Jake to choose between his best friend and his parents. When Jake finds out that Sam’s been keeping secrets, too, he doesn’t know who his allies are anymore. But the final blow comes when his grandpa’s real past is revealed to Jake. Suddenly, everything he ever knew to be true feels like one big lie. In the end, he must decide: either walk away from Sam and the revenge that Bobby has planned, or become the hero he’s always aspired to be.