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Justin LaRocca Hansen’s BROTHERS UNITE is a Nostalgic Comic Adventure

Stretch and Brella are a pair of ordinary brothers whose extraordinary yard sale discovery turns them into superheroes.

Serafina Returns in Robert Beatty's SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF

Serafina must defeat a new evil before it engulfs her beloved home and embrace her destiny in this dazzling mix of fantasy and historical fiction.

MS. BIXBY’S LAST DAY is a Heartfelt Novel About The Teacher You Never Forget

From John David Anderson comes the story of three students who team up to give their favorite teacher the last day she deserves.

From Newbery Medalist Karen Cushman Comes GRAYLING’S SONG

Grayling’s mother has been turned into a tree by evil forces and it is up to her to save her. It’s time for Grayling to be a hero.

Experience the Magic of Family in THE SEVENTH WISH by Kate Messner

Charlie feels forgotten by her family. When a fish offers to grant her a wish in exchange for its freedom, she must decide if it’s worth the risk.

Features and Contests

New Picture Books Roundup

Our Picture Book roundup this month includes T.S. Eliot's MACAVITY, just in time for the Broadway revival of “Cats!”; A UNICORN NAMED SPARKLE, an adorable story by Amy Young in which a girl orders a unicorn from the newspaper and receives something unexpected; and THE NOT SO QUIET LIBRARY, a humorous and quirky story from Zachariah OHora about two boys and their weekly trip to the library with their father, which celebrates the power of books.

Cool & New Books

This month's Cool & New roundup includes THE WOLF'S BOY by Susan Williams Beckhorn, an engaging tale about an outcast and a wolf making their way north during an Ice Age winter; PROJECT (UN)POPULAR BOOK #1 by Kristen Tracy, where two friends are determined to photograph more than just the popular kids for the yearbook; and THE GATHERING STORM (The Hidden World of Changers) by H.K. Varian, a story about four kids who must master their newfound shapeshifting abilities in time to save their home.

New in Paperback

Our New in Paperback roundup this month includes THE LAND OF STORIES: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer, in which the Bailey twins and their friends travel beyond the kingdom to stop the Masked Man's scheme; MOONPENNY ISLAND by Tricia Springstubb, where a girl grows to see the truth about herself and her loved ones as she learns about fossils; and SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty, in which a 12-year-old girl races to uncover the Man in the Black Cloak's identity before he kidnaps all the children.

Latest Reviews

Magic Tree House is the #1 bestselling chapter book series! In their NEW adventure, Jack and Annie return to Camelot! In this thrilling adventure steeped in history, Mary Pope Osborne introduces readers to classic Welsh legends and continues her own story of King Arthur, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table.

Ever since she was a baby, the words people use to describe Elyse have instantly appeared on her arms and legs. At first it was just "cute" and "adorable," but as she's gotten older and kids have gotten meaner, words like "loser" and "pathetic" appear, and those words bubble up and itch. Now as she's starting middle school and her friends are drifting away, she receives an anonymous note saying "I know who you are, and I know what you're dealing with. I want to help." As Elyse works to solve the mystery of the note sender, she also finds new ways to accept who she is and to become her best self.

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes - Historical Fiction

When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Deja can't help but feel confused. She sets off on a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side. But just as she gets closer to answering big questions about who she is, what America means, and how communities can grow (and heal), she uncovers new questions, too.

It is 1895 Michigan. But now, instead of helping out rough-and-tumble lumberjacks, Stanley Slater (aka Stan the Man) must go to school. And on top of that, he has to look after Cuddy, a younger boy, before and after school. When his ne’er-do-well father shows up in town, Stan finally has a chance to meet the man he’s dreamed about for so long.

Compass South by Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock - Children's Fiction

After escaping the Black Hook Gang in 1860 New York City, 12-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra flee to New Orleans, become separated, and try to find each other in San Francisco, while being followed by pirates who think they hold the key to treasure.

Dara Palmer's Major Drama by Emma Shevah - Children's Fiction

Dara Palmer longs for stardom --- but when she isn't cast in her middle school's production of The Sound of Music, she get suspicious. It can't be because she's not the best. She was born to be a famous movie star. It must because she's adopted from Cambodia and doesn't look like a typical fraulein. (That's German for girl.) So irrepressible Dara comes up with a genius plan to shake up the school: write a play about her own life. Then she'll have to be the star.

Twelve-year-old Maria lives a lonely, latchkey-kid's life in the Bronx. She keeps her worries to herself, not wanting to be a burden. Then Mom whisks them to an altogether different world on Martha's Vineyard, where she's found a job on a seaside estate. While the owner keeps her mother busy, Maria has the freedom to explore a place she thought could only exist in the movies. Making friends with a troublesome local, Maria stumbles upon an old map that she is sure will lead to pirate's plunder --- but treasure may not be the most valuable thing she discovers for herself this special summer.
Found alone in a rowboat as a child, clutching a shard of the rare starshell needed for spell-casting, Brinne Seabourne has spent the past years keeping house for an irritable magician and his obnoxious apprentice, Peter. When Brine and Peter get themselves into a load of trouble and flee, they blunder into the path of the legendary pirate ship the Onion. Before you can say "pieces of eight," they're up to their necks in the pirates' quest to find Magical North.

Supergirl is the new girl in school --- and she just also happens to be the most powerful teenager in the galaxy! After losing her home planet of Krypton and everyone she knows, Supergirl has made a new home on Earth, but she’s isn’t so sure that Super Hero High School is the right place for her. Wonder Woman, other new friends and a kindly librarian make her feel welcome, but breached inter-dimensional portals, invading alien armies and bad dreams shake her confidence. It’s not easy being a super hero and a high school student all at once!

Soar by Tracy Edward Wymer - Children's Fiction

Eddie learned everything there is to know about birding from his dad, including the legend of the Golden Eagle. But when Eddie was in 6th grade, Dad "flew away" for good. Now Eddie is starting 7th grade and trying to impress Gabriella, the new girl. The annual 7th grade Science Symposium (which Dad famously won) is looming, and Eddie is determined to claim the blue ribbon for himself. With Mr. Dover, the science teacher, seemingly against him, and with Mouton, the class bully, making his life miserable on all fronts, Eddie is determined to overcome everything and live up to Dad's memory.

Tuck and Hudson are just two average suburban brothers --- until their mother buys them a scarf and an umbrella at a yard sale. Quickly, the brothers realize that these ordinary-looking objects are full of magic, and that, with the help of their squirrel sidekick, they can use that magic to fight evil. As the boys move from fighting their neighborhood nemesis to facing bigger foes, they become Stretch and Brella, the unstoppable brother superhero duo.

Who grows our juicy fruits and yummy vegetables? Who raises animals for our tasty eggs, milk and meat? Who catches fresh fish for our table? Farmers and fishermen show off their bounty in this lively look at the people who produce the food on which we all rely. In a book filled with bright and enticing photographs and an accessible text, Shelley Rotner's latest book offers a breakdown of the farm-to-table process that is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarten students.

Araminta and her best friend Wanda are going on a school trip to Skeleton Island, a place rumored to be the site of a scary ghost shipwreck. And when the pair is stranded overnight, they discover that there might be more truth to the island's name than they would have preferred. Now some terrifying pirate skeletons are on the loose, and they want to take the girls down to Davy Jones's locker with them!