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When A Stray Dog is Injected with DNA-Changing Serum, Everything Changes

Learn all about this epic animal adventure from the review, interview and excerpt!

Celebrate Lassie's Anniversary with 20 Great Dog Books

Love everythiing that slobbers, rolls over, chases after tennis balls and wags its tail? Then you'll LOVE our dog-themed bookshelf!

A Whimsical and Chilling Adaptation of a 1910 Classic

From the Hodag to the Snoligoster, these crazy critters are sure to set the mood for Halloween.

The Marvels Blends Words and Pictures in a Beautiful Tribute to Storytelling

The author of THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET and WONDER is back with another stunning, genre-bending tale.

A Whimsical "Autobiography" Celebrating Imaginations Everywhere

"This is easily one of the best books I have ever read...if you have a heart it will melt, if you have a brain it will wonder." Read the full review, here!

Suzy Is Determined To Prove That Her Best Friend Died of a Jellyfish Sting

Click here to read a review and excerpt of this "amazing debut from an author capable of writing in a genuine and smart voice."

Features and Contests

Children's Choice Book Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Children's Choice Book Awards, including Jimmy Gownley, whose book THE DUMBEST IDEA EVER! won for the Book of the Year, 5th through 6th grade category, and J.A. White, who won the Children's Choice Debut Author award for THE THICKETY: A Path Begins.See all the winners, here!


New Picture Books Roundup

This month’s roundup includes THE RAGGEDY ANN 100TH ANNIVERSARY TREASURY by Johnny Gruelle with illustrations by Jan Palmer, a compendium of five classic tales celebrating everyone’s favorite red-headed doll; ¡VÁMONOS! LET’S GO! by Rene Colato Lainez with illustrations by Joe Cepeda, a bilingual celebration of the popular kid’s song “The Wheels on the Bus”; and HELLO RUBY: Adventures in Coding by Linda Liukas, a tale that introduces young ones to “The ABC’s of Programming” through storytelling and interactive activities. 

Cool & New Books

This month’s Cool and New roundup includes the latest book in the hilarious detective series Timmy Failure, TIMMY FAILURE: Sanitized for Your Protection by Stephan Pastis; DREAM ON, AMBER by Emma Shevah with illustrations by Helen Crawford-White, about a half-Japanese, half-Italian girl with a ridiculously long name who’s attempting to overcome her father’s abandonment; and HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 1) by J. K. Rowling with illustrations by Jim Kay, the long-anticipated, large bound picture book version of everyone’s favorite wizard book. 

New in Paperback

In paperback titles this month we have GAY & LESBIAN HISTORY FOR KIDS: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights, with 21 Activities by Jerome Pohlen, the latest title in the For Kids series; SHADOW SQUADRON: Rogue Agent by Carl Bowen and Benny Fuentes with illustrations by Wilson Tortosa, the most recent title featuring the elite team of soldiers responsible for completing the most difficult of missions; and BEYOND THE LAUGHING SKY by Michelle Cuevas and Julie Morstad, a beautiful tale that follows Nashville, who is not quite boy, not quite bird.

Latest Reviews

When Castor the stray dog is captured by a group of strange men and taken to a dark laboratory full of terrifying creatures, everything changes: These scientists inject strays with DNA-changing serum, making them into strange, new breeds called Unnaturals and forcing them to fight one another in a ring. Soon, Castor is transformed from a German Shepard mutt into a powerful beast with huge eagle wings. It will take courage to survive, but it will take even more for him to save the Unnaturals....

Gary Paulsen is an adventurer who competed in two Iditarods, survived the Minnesota wilderness, and climbed the Bighorns. None of this would have been possible without his truest companion: his animals. Sled dogs rescued him in Alaska, a sickened poodle guarded his well-being, and a horse led him across a desert. His understanding and admiration of animals is well known, and in THIS SIDE OF WILD, which has taken a lifetime to write, he proves the ways in which they have taught him to be a better person.

When Silly is brought into her sisters' world, the truth is more exciting than she ever imagined. The sisters have discovered a magical place that gives them what they truly need: an escape from the complications of their home life. But there are dark truths there, too. Silly hopes the magic will be the secret to saving their family, but she's soon forced to wonder if it could tear them apart.

Archer B. Helmsley wants an adventure. His grandparents were famous explorers…until they got stuck on an iceberg. Now Archer's mother barely lets him out of the house. As if that would stop a true Helmsley. Archer enlists Adelaide --- the girl who, according to rumor, lost her leg to a crocodile --- and Oliver --- the boy next door --- to help him rescue his grandparents.

On all other nights, the train departs from Stain'd Station and travels to the city without stopping. But not tonight. You might ask, why is this night different from all other nights? But that's the wrong question. Instead ask, where is this all heading? And what happens at the end of the line?

Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what it takes!

In a book that tackles the biggest challenges facing us today, Chelsea Clinton combines facts, charts, photographs and stories to give readers a deep understanding of the world around them --- and how anyone can make a difference. With stories about children and teens who have made real changes big and small --- in their families, their communities, in our country and across the world --- this book will inspire readers of all ages to do their part to make our world a better place.

The Sleeper and the Spindle written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell - Fairy Tale

In this captivating and darkly funny tale, Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell have twisted together the familiar and the new, as well as the beautiful and the wicked, to tell a brilliant version of Snow White's (sort of) and Sleeping Beauty's (almost) stories. This story was originally published (without illustrations) in RAGS & BONES. This is the first time it is being published as an illustrated, stand-alone edition, and the book is a beautiful work of art.

The Fall by James Preller - Fiction

As Sam explores the events leading up to the tragedy, he must face a difficult and life-changing question: Why did he keep his friendship with Morgan a secret? And could he have done something-anything-to prevent her final actions?

Rory Rooney likes to be prepared for anything. But Rory isn’t prepared when he suddenly and inexplicably turns green and finds himself stuck in an experimental hospital ward. The doctors are just as baffled as Rory is, and that’s when he begins to wonder: What if this isn’t caused by his genes, or a virus, or something he ate? What if it’s something even more extraordinary?