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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

September'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 Brimmer, 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

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.
Pennyroyal Academy by M. A. Larson - Youth Fantasy Fiction

A girl from the forest arrives in a bustling kingdom with no name and no idea why she is there, only to find herself at the center of a world at war.  She enlists at Pennyroyal Academy, where princesses and knights are trained to battle the two great menaces of the day: witches and dragons. There, given the name “Evie,” she must endure a harsh training regimen under the steel glare of her Fairy Drillsergeant, while also navigating an entirely new world of friends and enemies. As Evie learns what it truly means to be a princess, she realizes surprising things about herself and her family, about human compassion and inhuman cruelty. And with the witch forces moving nearer, she discovers that the war between princesses and witches is much more personal than she could ever have imagined.

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

Do you smell smoke? Young apprentice Lemony Snicket is investigating a case of arson but soon finds himself enveloped in the ever-increasing mystery that haunts the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Who is setting the fires? What secrets are hidden in the Department of Education? Why are so many schoolchildren in danger? Is it all the work of the notorious villain Hangfire? How could you even ask that? What kind of education have you had?

Will the future be what we think, or will our predictions be laughably wrong? Get a glimpse of what’s coming—and how we know—in this firsthand look at futurology, the science of predicting the future. What will the future look like? From “living” homes to computers as thin as paper to cars that drive themselves, you’ll get a peek at what’s coming just around the corner in Hello from 2030. In the year 2030, issues we’re just now starting to address will be a very big deal. Like: What will 8 billion people eat? How can humans produce less trash? Which cool technologies will be used to figure all this out? Packed with real-world relevance and brain-stretching scenarios, this book empowers the problem solvers of tomorrow to start taking action today.

Benji and Red couldn't be more different. They aren't friends. They don't even live in the same town. But their fates are entwined. A chance meeting leads the boys to discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. Both of them have encountered a strange presence in the forest, watching them, tracking them. Could the Madman of Piney Woods be real?

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Volume 2 written by Neil Gaiman illustrated by P. Craig Russell - Youth Graphic Novel
Inventive, chilling, and filled with wonder, Neil Gaiman's THE GRAVEYARD BOOK reaches new heights in this stunning adaptation. Artists Kevin Nowlan, P. Craig Russell, Galen Showman, Scott Hampton, and David Lafuente lend their own signature styles to create an imaginatively diverse and yet cohesive interpretation of Neil Gaiman's luminous novel.

Octobia May is girl filled with questions. Her heart condition makes her special - and, some folks would argue, gives this ten-year-old powers that make her a "wise soul." Thank goodness for Auntie, who convinces Octobia's parents to let her live in her boarding house that is filled with old folks. That's when trouble, and excitement, and wonder begin.

Machine Wars by Michael Pryor - Youth Science Fiction

Unknown to the world, a superintelligence has emerged—and it wants to eliminate Bram Argent. The paranoid superintelligence can control any machine connected to the net, and it uses these machines as unstoppable agents to achieve its ends. Controlling the entire world is its only way to ensure its own existence. Bram's mother is a high-level computer scientist who has evidence of the possibility of the emergence of a superintelligence. But the superintelligence has become aware of her, and has decided she needs to be eliminated. Now she's in hiding. Bram must flee and find his parents, while being hunted by every machine on the planet. His friend Stella is caught up in the pursuit and becomes a target because of their friendship. Together, they must survive in an interconnected world where any machine might instantly become a lethal predator.

In the 1960s, while the United States was at war and racial tensions were boiling over, Filipino American workers were demanding fair wages and decent living conditions in California’s vineyards. When the workers walked out of the fields in September 1965, the great Delano grape strike began. Did the signing of labor contracts with growers in 1970 mean an end to the problems of American field laborers, or was it a short-lived truce?