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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.

Get Transported to FURTHERMORE in Tahereh Mafi’s Middle Grade Debut

Alice’s father left three years ago and she is determined to find him, but to do that she must embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Learn the True Meaning of Family in Barbara O’Connor’s WISH

Charlie has been making the same wish every day for years, but when she has to move it seems like her wish will never come true.

Newbery Medal Winner Sharon Creech Shares an Uplifting Tale in MOO

Following one family’s move from the city, an unexpected bond develops between 12 year old Reena and one very ornery cow.

Chills, Thrills and Whimsy Abound in DR. FELL AND THE PLAYGROUND OF DOOM

In David Neilsen’s debut, a mysterious man moves into the neighborhood, but Jerry, Nancy and Gail see through his enchanting personality.

GROVER CLEVELAND, AGAIN! Will Captivate Young History Fans

Ken Burns --- America's beloved documentarian --- brings the presidents to life for our nation's children with fun facts and illustrations.

Features and Contests

New Picture Books Roundup

Our Picture Book roundup this month includes the final book in Aaron Becker’s highly acclaimed trilogy --- RETURN --- in which a lonely girl turns back to a fantastic world for friendship and adventure; LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG FUN by Mike Curato, in this third story Little Elliot and mouse go to the amusment park and have a lot of fun; and DO NOT BRING YOUR DRAGON TO THE LIBRARY, which asks what might happen when a dragon steps into a library. 

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 A BLIND GUIDE TO STINKVILLE by Beth Vrabel, which explores many different issues --- albinism, blindness, depression, dyslexia, growing old, and more; THE LEAGUE OF UNEXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN by Gitty Danesharvi, where a covert network uses the nation's most average, normal and utterly unexceptional children as spies; and UPSIDE-DOWN MAGIC by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins, in which three students of magical school's magic has a tendency to turn wonky at the worst possible moments.

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. 

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.

Strange things are happening around Niklas Summerhill’s home. A green-eyed beast is killing animals in the woods, and the nightmares that have haunted Niklas since his mother died grow more terrifying with every night. When the beast turns out to be a troll brought to life from his own games, Niklas knows he has to stop it. With the help of his lynx companion, he finds a portal to another world. But this realm is also in danger. The evil Sparrow King is hunting down the few survivors from a devastating war, and a dark, blood-thirsty plant is infecting the valley. Niklas must try to save both worlds. But first he has to uncover the truth about his mother’s last words: "I’m a Thornghost."