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The Lunch Witch is Back in KNEE-DEEP IN NICENESS by Deb Lucke

When Mr. Williams accidentally casts positivity spell over Salem, Grunhilda must figure out a way to turn the town back to normal.


In this debut novel from Wade Albert White, mystery, magic and mayhem come together for one awesome adventure!

Nadia Hashimi's Middle Grade Debut is Heartfelt and Insightful

When a young girl is forced to live life as a boy, she learns about friendship, freedom and herself.

Raina Telgemeier's GHOSTS is a Moving Graphic Novel

Following a big move, young Catrina must put aside her fears and learn the true meaning of family and friendship --- and ghosts.

Jennifer Weiner Makes her Middle Grade Debut with THE LITTLEST BIGFOOT

Alice Mayfair, unseen and unnoticed, wants a friend. When she rescues a lonely Bigfoot named Millie from drowning, her life changes forever.

Run Away With Jason Reynolds’ Newest Novel --- GHOST

Ghost wants to be the fastest runner at his school, he’ll have to work hard so his new team can qualify for the Junior Olympics.

Features and Contests

New Picture Books Roundup

Our Picture Book roundup this month includes A CHILD OF BOOKS, from acclaimed author-illustrator team Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston, in which beautiful prose poetry shows readers the rewards of reading and sharing stories; THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS by Beatrix Potter, which was written in 1941 and has only now been brought to life with illustrations by Quentin Blake; and THE JOURNEY, a haunting but important tale of turmoil, tragedy and the strength of family from newcomer Francesca Sanna.

Cool & New Books

This month's Cool and New roundup includes NIGHTMARES! The Lost Lullaby, the third volume in Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller's hilariously scary series; THE OMINOUS EYE, the second book in Tracey Hecht's Nocturnals series, in which a new friend joins the Nocturnal Brigade to help fight a terrible beast; and BRIGHTWOOD by Tania Unsworth, the story of a young girl and the mysterious mansion she calls home.

New in Paperback

Our New in Paperback roundup this month includes GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA by Rita Williams-Garcia, which chronicles the summer of a lifetime with the Gaither sisters in the rural South; WE MEET AGAIN, the third book in Stephan Pastis' Timmy Failure series, where Timmy must face academic probation in his quest for global domination; and Kirsten Miller and Jason Segel's second installment in the Nightmares! series, THE SLEEPWALKER TONIC, which follows Charlie's suspicions as rumors spread that no one is sleeping in Orville Falls.

Latest Reviews

You don't just read this ghost story. You step into it. Some houses are more than just haunted...they're hungry. Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus and Azumi don't know this at first. They each think they've been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there's nothing innocent about Shadow House. Something within its walls is wickedly wrong. Nothing --- and nobody --- can be trusted. Hallways move. Doors vanish. Ghosts appear. Children disappear. And the way out? That's disappeared, too... Enter Shadow House...if you dare.

Zoe Reindeer considers herself “just Zoe” --- never measuring up to her too-perfect older sister or her smarty-pants little brother. Truthfully, though, she’d rather just blend in with the plants at the family business, Doc Reindeer’s Exotic Plant Wonderland. She does have one friend, Q, but he’s moving away and she doesn’t know what she’ll do without him. That is until a tall astronomer from Madagascar comes to the nursery looking for a Baobab tree. His visit starts a ball rolling that makes Zoe long for real adventures, not just imaginary ones.

Hook's Revenge, Book 2: The Pirate Code Written by Heidi Schulz with illustrations by John Hendrix - Adventure
Jocelyn Hook decides the most practical plan is to hunt down her father's famous fortune. But the map proves to be a bit harder to crack than Jocelyn had hoped, and she's convinced that the horrible Peter Pan might be the only one with the answers. Of course, he doesn't really feel like helping her, so Jocelyn kidnaps his mother. Evie, though, is absolutely thrilled to be taken prisoner. Along with the problem of her all-too-willing captive, Jocelyn must also contend with Captain Krueger, whose general policy is that no deed is too dastardly when it comes to stealing Hook's treasure.
Bounce by Megan Shull - Fiction

When Frannie makes one desperate, crazy wish --- BOOM! --- she magically bounces into a whole new life, with a totally different family. And. It. Is. Amazing! There’s only one catch: waking up as someone else keeps happening. Plunged into lives and adventures she’s only imagined --- from being a pop star to meeting one super-cute boy --- Frannie finds courage in the unforgettable friends and families she meets along the way.

Alice Mayfair, 12 years old, slips through the world unseen and unnoticed. Ignored by her family and shipped off to her eighth boarding school, Alice would like a friend. And when she rescues Millie Maximus from drowning in a lake one day, she finds one. But Millie is a Bigfoot, part of a clan who dwells deep in the woods. Most Bigfoots believe that people --- NoFurs, as they call them --- are dangerous, yet Millie is fascinated with the No-Fur world. She is convinced that humans will appreciate all the things about her that her Bigfoot tribe does not: her fearless nature, her lovely singing voice and her desire to be a star.
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier - Graphic Novel

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake --- and her own.

The laugh-out-loud adventure features Lucy and her goofball brother Andy, as the Paleo pair take on a wandering baby sibling, bossy teens, cave paintings and a mammoth hunt. But what will happen when they encounter a group of humans? Humorous and entertaining, Jeffrey Brown’s signature comical touch enlivens the scientific and historical content, including a special paleontologist section that helps to dispel common Neanderthal myths.

In 1940, Hans and Margret Rey fled their Paris home as the German army advanced. They began their harrowing journey on bicycles, pedaling to Southern France with children’s book manuscripts, including what would become the international sensation CURIOUS GEORGE, among their few possessions. Louise Borden combed primary resources, including Hans Rey’s pocket diaries, to tell this dramatic true story, and now elementary school readers can follow the Rey’s amazing journey in this Young Reader's Edition.

Six of the most common “critters” that live in and on our bodies are introduced here: bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, protists and mites. Each one has its own preferred environment, and readers will be startled (and likely a little grossed out!) by the many places they live. Just as surprising, only some of them are “bad guys” that cause disease, and many of them are actually “good guys” that keep us healthy. With its cutting-edge information about a topic children will find fascinating, this book makes an excellent complement to a life science lesson on the human body.

Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She's nine years old, barely four feet tall and the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seen --- always using logic and a bit of pluck (which yes, some might call “bossiness”) to solve the toughest crimes. When 11-year-old John Watson moves downstairs, Shelby finds something that's eluded her up till now: a friend. The easy-going John isn't sure of what to make of Shelby, but he soon finds himself her most-trusted (read: only) partner in a dog-napping case that'll take both their talents to crack.

Respected anthologist Leonard S. Marcus turns his literary microscope to the world of comics, which has lately morphed and matured at a furious pace. Powerful influences from manga to the movies to underground comix have influenced the thirteen artists and writers interviewed in these pages to create their own word-and-picture narratives. Here are their moving, funny, inspirational stories: true tales from the crucible of creative struggles that led each to become a master of one of today’s most vibrant art forms. 
One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi - Children's Fiction

Obayda’s family is in need of some good fortune and her aunt has an idea to bring the family luck: dress Obayda, the youngest of four sisters, as a boy, a bacha posh. Life in this in-between place is confusing, but once Obayda meets another bacha posh, everything changes. Their transformation won’t last forever, though --- unless the two best friends can figure out a way to make it stick and make their newfound freedoms endure.