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Check Out Greg Heffley's Latest Misadventure!

In the newest installment of this bestselling series, Greg and his family embark on an epic road trip.

A First Edition of Charlotte's Web Leads to a Hunt for Treasure

When Truly moved to Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, she never expected to be greeted by a mystery in her family's bookstore

A Month of Celebratory Blog Posts by Authors, Reviewers and Editors

Go behind-the-scenes on recent picture books and reminisce about old favorites.

Kidsreads.com Interviews The Curse of the Buttons Author to Celebrate National Button Day

Anne Ylvisaker talks about her book and her own quirky collection.

A Novel in Verse About One Seventh Grader's Journey From Bully to Bullied

"Both Kevin and Holt...tackle ideas and topics that many readers may never have seen addressed in poetry." Read the full review, here!

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!

Features and Contests

November's New Picture Books Roundup

Our November roundup includes THE LITTLE MOON RAVEN, the story of Little Raven who wants to fly to the moon by Marcus Pfister, author of the classic picture book THE RAINBOW FISH; MALALA: A Brave Girl from Pakistan by Jeanette Winter, the brave story of Malala Yousafzai, winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize; and PATCHWORK GOES UNDER COVER by Jacqueline Schmidt, about a stuffed bear looking for a cozy spot to sleep.

 

Cool & New Books

Our November roundup includes DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney, the latest adventure for Greg Heffley and his family; THE MAP TO EVERYWHERE by Carrie Ryan and J.P. Davis; the story of Fin and Marrill’s search for the famed map that will help them navigate a magical waterway; and THOMAS PAINE: Crusader for Liberty: How One Man's Ideas Helped Form a New Nation by Albert Marrin, the real-life story of “The Father of the American Revolution,” Thomas Paine.

 

New in Paperback

Among the paperback titles released this month, we have WILL SPARROW'S ROAD by Karen Cushman, the story of a runaway boy in the rowdy world of Elizabethan England; THE US CONGRESS FOR KIDS: Over 200 Years of Lawmaking, Deal-Breaking and Compromising, with 21 Activities by Ronald A. Reis, Henry A. Waxman and Kristi Noem, an interactive guide to the history of inner workings of the U.S. Congress; and FROZEN IN TIME: Clarence Birdseye's Outrageous Idea About Frozen Food by Mark Kurlansky, the true story of the man who revolutionized the frozen food industry.

Latest Reviews

What if you could tune your TV to the year 1963, and watch -- live? A new theme park attraction allows visitors to not only observe, but talk with the people of that turbulent decade. For 16-year-old Amy, it's the perfect escape from her own time -- an era she doesn't seem to fit in with. Things get complicated, however, when Amy falls for a 60s teenage boy on the bewitching TV screen. Trying to build a relationship across time proves maddening, especially while computers constantly bleep any language that might impact the future. Fortunately, Amy acquires a "magic clicker" which defeats this annoying restriction. But gaining the ability to speak freely comes with a heavy responsibility: Amy now has the power to alter history!

When some people kill, they are jailed or even executed. When others do, they are celebrated as heroes. Though this example is extreme, it’s just one of many that author and lawyer Teri Kanefield explores in depth. From an examination of what constitutes a crime, why and how we punish people who commit crimes, how the government determines these rules, to how citizens have reacted when they feel laws aren’t fair, this book will challenge young readers’ thinking about law and order, crime and punishment, while giving them specific legal cases to ponder along the way. For ages 12 and up, this examination of the legal system will also include historical photography to help bring each legal case to life.

This is not the kind of history taught in schools or normally presented on television or in popular movies. This riveting young readers’ edition challenges prevailing orthodoxies to reveal the dark reality about the rise and fall of the American empire for curious, budding historians who are hungry for the truth. Based on the latest archival findings and recently declassified information, this book will come as a surprise to the vast majority of students and their teachers—and that’s precisely why this edition is such a crucial counterpoint to today’s history textbooks.

Uneducated as a boy, Thomas Paine grew up to become one of the most influential writers of the 18th century. He brought the world Common Sense, Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason; simply written, verbal battles against political, civil, and religious ignorance.

Providing a historical perspective on all that is going on today, US CONGRESS FOR KIDS examines the major milestones in congressional history, including the abolition of slavery, extending the vote to African Americans and to women, and investigating misconduct in both government and private institutions. Kids will be engaged by the focus on dramatic stories, personalities, and turning points while also benefitting from the clear discussions of Congressional purpose, structure, history, and ongoing issues. Educational, hands-on activities that illuminate the workings of the U.S. Congress include making a House ceremonial mace, creating congressional money, making a capitol dome, and designing a Congressional Medal of Honor.

The kids who grew up to be president were like a lot of other children. Some struggled with schoolwork and got into fights; others pranked their teachers and infuriated their parents. William Howard Taft was forced to take dance lessons. Gerald Ford struggled with dyslexia. Teddy Roosevelt had a bedroom “museum” full of dead animals. Kid Presidents features 20 captivating true stories from the childhoods of American presidents, complete with lively text and more than 200 cartoon illustrations. Laugh-out-loud funny and packed with cool facts, it’s the perfect read for all young future leaders of the free world.

Get Happy by Mary Amato - Fiction

Minerva has been raised by her single mother after her father left them both. On her 17th birthday, she is shocked to discover that he has been trying to keep in touch, but her mother has been sabotaging his attempts. Furious at her mom, she begins to investigate her dad, a famous marine biologist, only to discover that he has a new family, including a beloved, and perfect, stepdaughter--a girl Minerva already knows and despises. As she makes her way, trying to build her performing and songwriting career, her jealousy takes over and threatens to derail her life completely.

Eleven-year-old Maddy loved working in her parents' bookstore... especially when joined by her pet flying toad Ralph. But that was before the mysterious Thimblewitch turned her mom & dad into kangaroo rats! Now Maddy's on the adventure of a lifetime. To save her parents, she'll need to sneak past an army of spider-goblins, scarecrow warriors, and much more... Fortunately, an assortment of new friends await, including the cloud cartographers Harry and Silvio, a bear and raccoon who explore the world in their moon-balloon. They'll help her along the way, but in the end, the fate of everyone will depend on Maddy's courage, compassion, and creativity.

Clod is an Iremonger. He lives in the Heaps, a vast sea of lost and discarded items collected from all over London. At the centre is Heap House, a puzzle of houses, castles, homes and mysteries reclaimed from the city and built into a living maze of staircases and scurrying rats. The Iremongers are a mean and cruel family, robust and hardworking, but Clod has an illness. He can hear the objects whispering. His birth object, a universal bath plug, says 'James Henry', Cousin Tummis' tap is squeaking 'Hilary Evelyn Ward-Jackson' and something in the attic is shouting 'Robert Burrington' and it sounds angry. A storm is brewing over Heap House. The Iremongers are growing restless and the whispers are getting louder. When Clod meets Lucy Pennant, a girl newly arrived from the city, everything changes. The secrets that bind Heap House together begin to unravel to reveal a dark truth that threatens to destroy Clod's world.

COOL ART, a neat primer on all things art, introduces all the key characters, moments, and movements in the history of art to the present day. From Caravaggio to Banksy, the Renaissance to Minimalism, young readers can explore the ideas, meaning, and techniques behind the world's masterpieces, with a hefty dose of fun along the way. Much more than a basic history of art, this fascinating book explains how color works, how to have a profound experience in an art gallery (and what not to say while you're there), and how to tap into one's own innate creativity and become an artist. Packed with intriguing and playful images, this is an ideal gift for all ages—not only will it engage young people in creative ideas, it will also provide a feast of useful facts for adults to impress their friends with at dinner parties.

Now that Truly Lovejoy’s father has been injured by an IED in Afghanistan and is having trouble finding work back home, the family moves from Texas to tiny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, to take over Lovejoy’s Books, a struggling bookstore that’s been in the family for one hundred years. With two older brothers and two younger sisters clamoring for attention, her mother back in school, and everyone up to their eyebrows trying to keep Lovejoy’s Books afloat, Truly feels more overlooked than usual. So she pours herself into uncovering the mystery of an undelivered letter she finds stuck in a valuable autographed first edtion of Charlotte’s Web, which subsequently goes missing from the bookshop. What’s inside the envelope leads Truly and her new Pumpkin Falls friends on a madcap treasure hunt around town, chasing clues that could spell danger.