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Patterson and Grabenstein Team Up Again for POTTYMOUTH AND STOOPID

What's in a name? When two boys are given nasty nicknames, they become as bad as their names --- but can they change?

A BABYSITTER'S GUIDE TO MONSTER HUNTING is Full of Laugh-Out-Loud Fears

In this debut by Joe Ballarini, a babysitter takes on more than she can chew when her easy night of child-watching turns into a monster chase!

Read Our Interview with Svetlana Chmakova and a Review of BRAVE

In the follow-up to AWKWARD, Chmakova introduces new students, new issues and plenty of new lessons you won't want to miss.

Magic is Real in THE CASTLE IN THE MIST by Amy Ephron

Tess and her brother, Max, are shocked when their aunt's boring home turns into a magical adventure after the discovery of a magical key.

Kristin Bailey Delivers a Lovely Fairy Tale with THE SILVER GATE

A young boy must protect his changeling sister in this original fairy tale with a classical feel.

Read Our Interview with the Authors of SCI-FI JUNIOR HIGH

Scott Seegert and John Martin have turned junior high upside down in this wacky, galactic tale of aliens and smarts!

August's Features and Contests

In this month's series update, we have some great additions to our favorite series! First is SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART by Robert Beatty. In the third book in the Serafina series, Serafina must uncover the truth about what has happened to her and the Biltmore Estate and find a way to harness her strange new powers before it's too late. Next is THE ZODIAC LEGACY #3: The Age of Bronze written by Stuart Moore and illustrated by Paolo Henrique. The next part of the Zodiac Legacy follows Steven Lee and his teammates as they fight against Maxwell, the head of the Vanguard organization, and the army of robots he sent after them! And finally, we have KATANA AT SUPER HERO HIGH by Lisa Yee. In the fourth addition to the DC Super Hero Girls series, a mysterious force gives Katana the responsiblity of guarding a hundred ancient Samurai swords, and now Katana must use the help of her super classmates to find out why she was chosen and for what reason.


Latest Reviews

The List by Patricia Forde - Dystopian

The city of Ark is the last safe place on Earth. To make sure humans are safe, everyone in Ark must speak List, a language of only 500 words. Everyone that is, except Letta. As apprentice to the Wordsmith, Letta can read all the words that have ever existed. One day her master disappears and the leaders of Ark tell Letta she must shorten List to fewer words. Then Letta meets a boy who somehow knows all the words that have been banned. Letta's faced with a dangerous choice: sit idly by and watch language slowly slip away or follow a stranger on a path to freedom...or banishment.

Loops, variables, input/output --- Lucy can’t wait to get started with the new coding club at school. Finally, an after school activity that she’s really interested in. But Lucy’s excitement turns to disappointment when she’s put into a work group with girls she barely knows. All she wanted to do was make an app that she believes will help someone very special to her. Suddenly, Lucy begins to get cryptic coding messages and needs some help translating them. She soon discovers that coding --- and friendship --- takes time, dedication, and some laughs!
The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library Written by Linda Bailey with illustrations by Victoria Jamieson. - Fiction

Eddie is a tiny green bug who loves to read and who lives behind the chalkboard in the fourth-grade classroom with his parents, his 53 brothers and sisters and his aunt Min. But when Aunt Min goes to the school library to read a book and never returns, Eddie leaves the comfort of his home for the first time and makes the dangerous trek through Ferny Creek Elementary School to find her. 

Since 2012, the organization Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired over 40,000 girls across America. Now its founder, Reshma Saujani, wants to inspire you to be a girl who codes! Bursting with dynamic artwork, down-to-earth explanations of coding principles and real-life stories of girls and women working at places like Pixar and NASA, this graphically animated book shows what a huge role computer science plays in our lives and how much fun it can be. Whether you’re a girl who’s never coded before, a girl who codes, or a parent raising one, this entertaining book will have you itching to create your own apps, games and robots to make the world a better place.

It's “lights, camera, cook!” for four tween contestants --- energetic Tate, charming Rae, worldly Caroline, and hyper-competitive Oliver --- who are all about to enter a televised cooking competition. What will the kids cook up? How will they all get along on- and off-camera? Which junior chef will have the grit --- and maybe the grits --- to make it through each challenge? And which junior chef will have to hang their apron up for good?

Jeremy and Justin are twins, but they couldn’t be any more different from each other. Jeremy is a risk taker who likes to get his hands dirty; Justin prefers to read, focus, and get all his facts straight before jumping in. But they do have one important thing in common: They both love video games. When Jeremy wins a cereal-box charm that brings his favorite video game to life, villains and all, he finds that he’s in way over his head. Justin knows everything there is to know about the rules of the game --- he read the handbook, of course --- and Jeremy isn’t afraid to try new things.

A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO CODING is an easy-to-follow guide to the basics of coding, using the free programming languages of Scratch and Python. These step-by-step projects will have young coders talking to their own chatbots or making their own computer games in no time. Accessible, engaging, and fun, this book is bursting with eye-catching illustrations and fantastic projects to introduce aspiring young programmers to the world of coding.

Ross Stevens has changed schools twelve times in the last three years but when his beloved Pops becomes ill, Ross and his mom must plant roots --- which means no more school moves. And no more moves mean no more school exits, and Ross has perfected the science of leaving a school with an epic prank. Worse, it means he will actually have to learn how to make friends and do a science project, two things he’s never had to do before.

Braced by Alyson Gerber - Fiction

Rachel Brooks is excited for the new school year. She's finally earned a place as a forward on her soccer team. Her best friends make everything fun. And she really likes Tate, and she's pretty sure he likes her back. After one last appointment with her scoliosis doctor, this will be her best year yet. Then the doctor delivers some terrible news: The sideways curve in Rachel's spine has gotten worse, and she needs to wear a back brace twenty-three hours a day. The brace wraps her in hard plastic from shoulder blades to hips.

From award-winning author Elissa Brent Weissman comes a collection of quirky, smart, and vulnerable childhood works by some of today’s foremost children’s authors and illustrators ---revealing young talent, the storytellers they would one day become, and the creativity they inspire today. Everyone’s story begins somewhere…
For Babymouse, middle school is like a monster movie. You can never be sure who’s a friend and who’s an enemy, and the halls are filled with mean-girl zombies. Instead of brains, the zombies hunger for stuff --- the perfect wedge sandals or the right shade of sparkly lip gloss --- and they expect everyone to be just like them. But Babymouse doesn’t want to fit in --- she wants to stand out! So she joins the film club to write and direct a sweeping cinematic epic. Will making the film of her dreams turn into a nightmare?

Harper doesn’t trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family’s new house is haunted. Harper isn’t sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of déjà vu, but she can’t remember why. She knows that the memories she’s blocking will help make sense of her brother’s behavior and the strange and threatening sensations she feels in this house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?