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Curious about what books will be released in the months ahead so you can pre-order or reserve them? Then click on the months below.

Please note we have not included every book that is coming out, but rather some that caught our eye --- and that we thought should catch yours as well.

April 2014


Across a War-Tossed Sea by L. M. Elliott - Children's, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Disney-Hyperion | 9781423157557 | Published April 1, 2014

To escape the terror of the London Blitz, ten-year-old Wesley and fourteen-year-old Charles were evacuated from England to Virginia. But just when they think they are safe from the war, they encounter Nazis, from a nearby POW camp and U-boats torpedoing American ships off the coast. Suddenly, Charles, Wesley, and their new family must face the dangers of a foreign war too close to home.
Bad Bye, Good Bye written by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Jonathan Bean - Children (Ages 0-6), Children (Ages 6-8), Children's, Picture

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780547928524 | Published April 1, 2014

“Bad truck, bad guy; bad wave, bad bye . . .” A boy and his family are packing up their old home, and the morning feels scary and sad. But when he arrives at his new home, an evening of good byes awaits: bye to new friends, bye to glowing fireflies, bye to climbing trees. The New York Times bestselling author Deborah Underwood's spare text and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner Jonathan Bean's lush, layered illustrations perfectly capture the complex emotions of moving day. The child-centric transition from dreary morning to cheerful evening comforts young readers facing big changes of their own.

Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells - Mystery, Youth Fiction

HMH Books | 9780544238336 | Published April 1, 2014

File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (All the Wrong Questions) by Lemony Snicket - Children's, Mystery, Youth Fiction

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316284035 | Published April 1, 2014

Paintings have been falling off of walls, a loud and loyal dog has gone missing, a specter has been seen walking the pier at midnight -- strange things are happening all over the town of Stain'd-By-The-Sea. Called upon to investigate thirteen suspicious incidents, young Lemony Snicket collects clues, questions witnesses, and cracks every case. Join the investigation and tackle the mysteries alongside Snicket, then turn to the back of the book to see the solution revealed.
Found by Salina Yoon - Children's, Picture

Walker Childrens | 9780802735591 | Published April 1, 2014

When Bear finds a lost stuffed toy bunny in the forest, he begins to worry. After all, the stuffed bunny must feel lonely and want to return safely to its owner and home! But as Bear diligently searches for the bunny’s owner, posting notices high and low, he begins to grow attached to his newfound friend. What will happen when the bunny’s owner finally comes forward? Was Bear meant to find Bunny all along? Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon's spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring to life this endearing story celebrating love and friendship in many forms, reminding us that nothing is lost that is not meant to be found.

Greetings from the Graveyard (43 Old Cemetery Road) by Kate Klise - Children (Ages 9-12), Children's, Supernatural Fiction

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780544105676 | Published April 1, 2014

The bestselling trio from Spence Mansion is launching a greeting card company called Greetings from the Graveyard. But what kind of card do you send to an ex-girlfriend who threatens to publish the love letters of Ignatius B. Grumply? And what do you send when the town of Ghastly is rocked by its first crime wave and two escaped convicts are on the loose? If you’re Olive C. Spence, you send for your old butler, T. Leeves, who arrives just in time for tea—and trouble!

Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust written by Loic Dauvillier, illustrated by Greg Salsedo and Marc Lizano - Children (Ages 6-8), Children (Ages 8-10), Graphic Novel, Holocaust

First Second | 9781596438736 | Published April 1, 2014

Dounia, a grandmother, tells her granddaughter the story even her son has never heard: how, as a young Jewish girl in Paris, she was hidden away from the Nazis by a series of neighbors and friends who risked their lives to keep her alive when her parents had been taken to concentration camps.
Dounia and her mother rediscover each other as World War II  ends . . . and a young girl in present-day France becomes closer to her grandmother, who can finally, after all those years, tell her story. 
Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider by Ridley Pearson - Children (Ages 8-10), Children (Ages 9-12), Children's, Fantasy

Disney-Hyperion | 9781423164906 | Published April 1, 2014

Deception and betrayal rock the Kingdom Keepers as the merciless group of Disney villains known as the Overtakers stage an unexpected comeback. But a discovery by the Keepers provides them with one hope of victory-a lost icon. It was believed to be gone forever. The Keepers have one last chance to preserve the heart of the Kingdom-Disneyland-from a terrifying destruction decades in the making.

London for Children by Matteo Pericoli - Illustrated , Children (Ages 6-8), Children's Nonfiction

Pan Macmillan | 9781447213130 | Published April 1, 2014

Did you know that a polar bear used to fish near the Tower of London, or that ice bowling on the frozen Thames was once popular? Enjoy a journey through London and discover its stories and secrets in this fun, dynamic timeline-style history. Two 37-foot-long, vibrant drawings with eye-opening facts; from the battles of Roman London and the Princes in the Tower, to the Gunpowder Plot and the great Victorian stink!

My Life As a Joke by Janet Tashjian - Children (Ages 9-12), Children's, Humor, Youth Fiction

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) | 9780805098501 | Published April 1, 2014

Derek Fallon discovers all the angst that comes with being twelve—he just wants to feel grown up, but life gets in the way with a series of mishaps that make him look like a baby. He passes out during a worm dissection in science class, falls flat on his face in gym class and gets a fat lip that causes him to lisp all day, and his plans for a monster-truck party turn into a bouncy house disaster. Why isn’t being in middle school as great as Derek imagined? Thankfully, with a little help from his friends—and, ironically, a Toys for Tots fundraiser—things seem like they could start shaping up at last.

Ocean Secrets (A Fairy Houses Mystery #2) by Tracy Kane and Genevieve Aichele - Illustrated , Children's, Environment

Light Beams Publishing | 9780976628958 | Published April 1, 2014

Swimming in the tidal pool, Kate and Luke peers through her mask at the undersea world below. Kate finds a structure of rocks adorned with seaweed, shells, and starfish --- it looks like an underwater fairy castle! Exploring the Isles of Shoals, the two friends discover the magic along these rocky shores; while out at sea, a secret new world of adventure awaits, where pirates, ghosts, and a feisty seal are just the beginning.

Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat by Gail Jarrow - Children's Nonfiction, History, Medicine

Calkins Creek | 9781590787328 | Published April 1, 2014

One hundred years ago, a mysterious and alarming illness spread across America’s South, striking tens of thousands of victims. No one knew what caused it or how to treat it. People were left weak, disfigured, insane, and in some cases, dead. Award-winning science and history writer Gail Jarrow tracks this disease, commonly known as pellagra, and highlights how doctors, scientists, and public health officials finally defeated it.

Schools of Hope: How Julius Rosenwald Helped Change African American Education by Norman H. Finkelstein - African American Interest, Children's Nonfiction, History

Calkins Creek | 9781590788417 | Published April 1, 2014

When Booker T. Washington, the famed African American educator, asked Julius Rosenwald, the wealthy president of Sears, Roebuck and Company and noted philanthropist, to help him build well-designed and fully equipped schools for black children, the face of education in the South changed for the better. It was the early 1900s, a time of discrimination, racial segregation, and inadequate education for African Americans. Rosenwald created a special fund that in just twenty years built more than 5,300 schools attended by 600,000 black students.

Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight written by Wendy Mass and Michael Brawer, illustrated by Elise Gravel - Children (Ages 6-8), Children (Ages 8-10), Children's, Science Fiction

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316243193 | Published April 1, 2014

It's not every day a regular kid like Archie gets to wake up at midnight. But today is Take Your Kid to Work Day, and Archie is finally allowed to ride along in his dad's taxi cab. He has been waiting eight years, eight months, and eight days for this moment to arrive. But he's about to discover his dad is no ordinary cab driver...In fact, he drives an intergalactic space taxi! All night long, he shuttles aliens from one corner of the universe to another. And being a space taxi copilot is no easy task: Archie must steer them into wormholes, keep them from crashing into planets, deal with a very unusual cat...and save the universe from an evil mastermind!


Surprise by Mies van Hout - Children (Ages 0-6)

Lemniscaat USA | 9781935954347 | Published April 1, 2014

With bright and vivid pictures of birds and chicks, the beloved creator of HAPPY and FRIENDS illustrates the stages of parenthood from expecting and caring, to encouraging and letting go. 

The 26 Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths - Youth Fiction

Feiwel & Friends | 9781250026910 | Published April 1, 2014

Andy and Terry live in a 26-story treehouse. (It used to be 13 stories, but they've expanded.) It has a bumper car rink, a skate ramp, an antigravity chamber, an ice cream parlor with 78 flavors, and the Maze of Doom—a maze so complicated that nobody who has gone in has ever come out again. Well, not yet, anyway. This time, the two friends have a whole week to finish their next book, and Andy even knows what it should be about—the story of how he and Terry first met. But, life is NEVER boring in the treehouse, and emergency shark operations, giant storms, and wooden pirate heads are just the beginning….

The Bravest Princess: A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess by E. D. Baker - Adventure, Children's, Fairy Tale, Fantasy

Bloomsbury USA Childrens | 9781619631366 | Published April 1, 2014

Sleeping Beauty's younger, non-magical sister, Annie, still can't rest while trouble in the kingdom threatens her good friend, Snow White. Snow White's evil stepmother has disappeared, and her father wants her married off right away--but who should she choose? How can she tell which prince is best? It's Annie and her good friend Liam to the rescue!

The Magic Trap (The Lemonade War Series) by Jacqueline Davies - Children (Ages 9-12), Children's, Youth Fiction

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780544052895 | Published April 1, 2014

Jessie and Evan Treski have waged a lemonade war, sought justice in a class trial,unmasked a bell thief, and stood at opposite ends over the right to keep secrets.  Now they are creating a magic show—a professional magic show, in their own backyard! They practice, they study, and they practice some more. And who shows up? Their father, who has done such a good job of disappearing over the past few years.

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems - Children's, Picture

Disney-Hyperion | 9781423190875 | Published April 1, 2014

The Pigeon really needs a bath! Except, the Pigeon's not so sure about that. Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It's going to take some serious convincing to try and get the Pigeon to take the plunge.

The Summer Experiment by Cathie Pelletier - Science Fiction

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | 9781402285783 | Published April 1, 2014

Award-winning author makes her children's book debut with an unforgettable character.

The Summer Experiment by Cathie Pelletier - Youth Fiction

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | 9781402285783 | Published April 1, 2014

Roberta is convinced she and her best friend Marilee can win the State Science Fair if only they can find an amazing project to showcase. And they've got the whole summer to work on it. But in order to win they'll need to defeat their chief competitor, "The Four Hs of the Apocalypse": Henry Horton Harris Helmsby. When mysterious lights begin to appear over her hometown, Roberta has a brilliant idea: finding aliens in Allagash and proving they exist would win her first place for sure. Four Hs could never top that...or could he?
West of the Moon by Margi Preus - Children's, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 10+

Amulet Books | 9781419708961 | Published April 1, 2014

The Life of Ty: Non-Random Acts of Kindness written by Lauren Myracle, illustrated by Jed Henry - Children (Ages 6-8), Children's

Dutton Juvenile | 9780525422662 | Published April 3, 2014

Ty Perry’s second-grade life is crazier than ever. He’s trying hard not to worry too much, but that’s not easy when his brain is filled with so many thoughts, like finally finding a pet for Baby Maggie, his sometimes-crazy classmates, and the dreaded neck-pinch-of-death. And then there’s his upcoming recitation about doing an act of kindness in front of the whole class!

Boys of Blur by N. D. Wilson - Adventure, Children (Ages 8-10), Children (Ages 9-12), Children's

Random House Books for Young Readers | 9780449816738 | Published April 8, 2014

When Charlie moves from Palm Beach to the small town of Taper, Florida, he discovers a different world. Pinned between the everglades and the swampy banks of Lake Okeechobee, the small town produces sugar cane . . . and the fastest runners in the country. But there are things in the swamp, roaming the cane at night, that cannot be explained, and they seem connected to sprawling mounds older than the swamps. Together with his step-second cousin Herman "Cotton" Mack, the fastest boy on the muck, Charlie hunts secrets in the glades and on the muck flats where the cane grows secrets as old as the soft earth, secrets that haunted, tripped, and trapped the original native tribes, ensnared conquistadors, and buried runaway slaves. Secrets only the muck knows.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, illustrated by Joe Berger - Youth Fiction

Candlewick | 9780763659837 | Published April 8, 2014

The Tootings are stuck in 1966! Somebody’s stolen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and left them behind. But that’s not their biggest problem. Their biggest problem is that Little Harry’s been kidnapped by whoever stole their magical car. There’s only one solution: the Tootings must find the Potts — the family that originally built Chitty. Sharing their combined knowledge of how Chitty works, the families may stand a chance of rescuing Little Harry and finding the most brilliant car in the world. But a fiendish criminal has different plans, ones that involve flying Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to the moon and putting an explosive scheme into action.

Duck & Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills - Children's, Picture

Schwartz & Wade | 9780385372350 | Published April 8, 2014

In this delightful follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Duck & Goose and Duck, Duck, Goose, Duck wants to go on an adventure. Goose doesn't. He doesn't see the point. After all, why would they go anywhere when they're happy right where they are? But then Goose sees the ocean and loves it. Who doesn't? Well, Duck, for one!

Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser - Children's, Picture

HarperCollins | 9780062083197 | Published April 8, 2014

Fancy Nancy is back in New York Times bestselling team Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser's tenth picture book, Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century—all about weddings. Not only does Nancy help out the bride in this wonderful story, she also gets to attend a fabulous party reception! Fans of Fancy Nancy and weddings alike will laugh along with Nancy as she discovers how truly special even the simplest wedding can be. Little girls will delight in learning about bridal traditions with their favorite fancy girl, and as in all Fancy Nancy books, Nancy's wisdom and creativity shine through to spark the joy of imagination in young readers.

Fly Away by Patricia MacLachlan - Children (Ages 8-10), Children (Ages 9-12), Children's, Fiction

Margaret K. McElderry Books | 9781442460089 | Published April 8, 2014

Everyone in Lucy’s family sings. Opera. Rap. Lullabies. Everyone, except Lucy. Lucy can’t sing; her voice just won’t come out. Just like singing, helping Aunt Frankie prepare for flooding season is a family tradition --- even if Frankie doesn’t want the help. And this year, when the flood arrives, danger finds its way into the heart of Lucy’s family, and Lucy will need to find her voice to save her brother.
Furious Jones and the Assassin's Secret by Tim Kehoe - Mystery, Youth Interest

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers | 9781442473379 | Published April 8, 2014

When his dad’s book turns out to contain deadly secrets, twelve-year-old Furious Jones is thrust into a web of mystery and danger in this gripping page-turner.

Furious Jones, the twelve-year-old son of a famous thriller writer, lives with his grandfather after his mother was mysteriously gunned down right in front of him a year ago. Curious to know more about his estranged dad, he goes to see him speak about his upcoming novel to a packed audience—and to his shock and horror, he witnesses his father get shot as well.

When Furious discovers that his dad’s upcoming novel contains dangerous and fiercely protected secrets, he sets out to discover who killed his father, and what exactly they were trying to cover up.


Galapagos George by Jean Craighead George - Children's Nonfiction, Natural History, Nonfiction

HarperCollins | 9780060287931 | Published April 8, 2014

This is the story of the famous Lonesome George, a giant tortoise who was the last of his species, lived to be one hundred years old, and became known as the rarest creature in the world. His story gives us a glimpse of the amazing creatures inhabiting the ever-fascinating Galápagos Islands.

Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light - Illustrated , Children (Ages 0-6), Children's

Candlewick | 9780763666484 | Published April 8, 2014

In the heart of the city, among the taxis and towers, a small boy travels uptown and down, searching for his friend. Readers will certainly spot the glorious beast, plus an array of big-city icons they can count. Is the dragon taking the crosstown bus, or breathing his fiery breath below a busy street? Maybe he took a taxi to the zoo or is playing with the dogs in the park.

Jubilee!: One Man's Big, Bold, and Very, Very Loud Celebration of Peace written by Alicia Potter, illustrated by Matt Tavares - Children (Ages 6-8), Children (Ages 8-10), Children's Nonfiction, History, Picture

Candlewick | 9780763658564 | Published April 8, 2014

As a young boy growing up in Ireland, Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore loved music — the louder, the better! This love of music followed him to Boston in 1849, where he became a bandleader. During the brutal Civil War, it was music that kept up his spirits and those of his fellow soldiers. So when the war ended and peace was restored to the country, Patrick had an idea. He would create the biggest, boldest, loudest concert the world had ever known to celebrate. A peace jubilee! But with twelve cannons, forty church bells, one thousand musicians, and ten thousand singers, just how would all of this sound? Matt Tavares’s spirited illustrations burst with sound words in perfect harmony with Alicia Potter’s triumphant story of the joy of music.

Judy Moody and Stink: The Big Bad Blackout written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Youth Fiction

Candlewick | 9780763665203 | Published April 8, 2014

Judy and Stink and the whole Moody family hunker down with beans and batteries, ready to wait out the storm. But along with massive rain and strong winds, Hurricane Elmer throws down ghosts, squirrels, and aliens. Spooky! Just when things couldn’t possibly get any freakier — flicker, flicker, gulp! — the lights go O-U-T out. The Moodys are smack-dab in the middle of a big bad blackout! Grandma Lou proposes musical board games and some good old-fashioned storytelling. Will Hurricane Elmer go down in Moody family history as bad news, a happy memory, or simply an LBS (Long Boring Story)?

Lantern Sam and the Blue Street Bandits by Michael D. Beil - Children (Ages 8-10), Children (Ages 9-12), Mystery, Noir, Youth Fiction

Knopf Books for Young Readers | 9780385753173 | Published April 8, 2014

Lantern Sam is the wise-cracking, sarcastic, talking cat (for those who can hear him, that is) who lives onboard the Lake Erie Shoreliner train and is one of the best detectives no one knows about. He doesn't have much patience for humans (unless they bring him sardines), but when 10-year-old traveler Henry can't find his new friend, the exuberant Ellie, Sam's enlisted to help. A ransom note is soon discovered and just like that, Sam and Henry are on the case, with the help of Clarence the Conductor (who supplies Sam's sardines). But is Ellie still on board the train? Did the salesman with his trunk full of samples sneak her off? And why does that couple keep acting so suspicious?  

Lulu's Mysterious Mission written by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Kevin Cornell - Youth Fiction

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 9781442497467 | Published April 8, 2014

Lulu has put her tantrum-throwing days behind her. That is, until her parents announce that they are going on vacation—WITHOUT LULU. Not only that, but they are leaving her with the formidable Ms. Sonia Sofia Solinsky, who says hello by bellowing, “The Eagle has landed,” and smiles at you with the kind of smile that an alligator might give you before eating you for dinner.
The second her parents are out of the house, Lulu tries out several elaborate schemes to bring them straight back. But just when she seems to finally be making some headway, her babysitter reveals an astonishing secret…one that has Lulu crossing her fingers that her parents will go on vacation all the time—without her!
Monster High: Ghoulfriends 'til the End by Gitty Daneshravi - Paranormal, Youth Fiction

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316222518 | Published April 8, 2014

The ghoulfriends' new GFF, Wydowna Spider, starts to clear the cobwebs about the mysterious threat to Monster High. The previous generation of monsters formed a secret society that seems bent on turning the school into something that's more like a prison! But when Rochelle Goyle, Robecca Steam, and Venus McFlytrap uncover a second ancient group of monsters...the fate of the student disembody is in their hands!

Poached by Stuart Gibbs - Children (Ages 8-10), Children (Ages 9-12), Children's, Fiction

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers | 9781442467774 | Published April 8, 2014

School troublemaker Vance Jessup bullies Teddy into his scheme for a cruel prank at FunJungle, a state-of-the-art zoo and theme park, but the plan goes awry. Teddy sneaks into the koala exhibit to hide. But when the koala goes missing, Teddy is the only person on the exhibit cameras. Teddy didn’t commit the crime --- but if he can’t find the real culprit, he’ll be sent to juvie as a convicted koala-napper.
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat - Children (Ages 0-6), Children's, Picture

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316199988 | Published April 8, 2014

This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and-at long last-is given his special name: Beekle.


The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure written by Doreen Cronin , illustrated by Kevin Cornell - Youth Fiction

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 9781442496767 | Published April 8, 2014

Meet the Chicken Squad: Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie. These chicks are not your typical barnyard puffs of fluff, and they are not about to spend their days pecking chicken feed and chasing bugs. No sir, they’re too busy solving mysteries and fighting crime.

So when Squirrel comes barreling into the chicken coop, the chicks know they’re about to get a case. But with his poor knowledge of shapes (“Big” is not a shape, Squirrel!) and utter fear of whatever it is that’s out there, the panicky Squirrel is NO HELP. Good thing these chicks are professionals.

But even professionals get worried. Especially once they see that round, shiny, green, BIG thing in the yard. What if it’s a UFO full of aliens who want chickens as pets? It’s up to the Chicken Squad to crack a case that just might be out of this world.

The Lost Children of the Far Islands by Emily Raabe - Fantasy, Youth Fiction

Knopf Books for Young Readers | 9780375870910 | Published April 8, 2014

Twins Gus and Leo and their little sister, Ila, live a quiet life in Maine—until their mother falls ill, and it becomes clear her strength is fading because she is protecting them from a terrible evil.
Soon the children are swept off to a secret island far in the sea, where they discover a hidden grandmother and powers they never knew they had. Like their mother, they are Folk, creatures who can turn between human and animal forms.
Now they must harness their newfound magic for a deeper purpose. The ancient, monstrous King of the Black Lakes will stop at nothing to rise to power, and they are all that stands in his way. Their mother’s life hangs in the balance, and the children must battle this beast to the death—despite a dire prophecy that whoever kills him will die.
Can Gus, Leo, and Ila overcome this villain? Or has he grown too strong to be defeated? 
The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin - Adventure, Children's, Fantasy

Philomel | 9780399159985 | Published April 8, 2014

Everyone in Moorvale believes the legend: The brave knight Tristan and the famed wizard Vithric, in an epic battle decades ago, had defeated the evil Nethergrim and his minions. To this day, songs are sung and festivals held in the heroes' honor. Yet now something dark has crept over the village. First animals disappear, their only remains a pile of bones licked clean. Then something worse: children disappear. The whispers begin quietly yet soon turn into a shout: The Nethergrim has returned!

The Very Fairy Princess: Graduation Girl! written by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, illustrated by Christine Davenier - Children's, Picture

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316219600 | Published April 8, 2014

The end of the school year is here, and Very Fairy Princess Gerry is getting ready to graduate! She always loves a celebration, but can't help but feel a little sad as she empties her cubby, takes down her art projects, and says goodbye to her class pet, Houdini the hamster. She's also a little nervous about leaving Miss Pym... what if her new teacher doesn't let Gerry wear her wings and crown? Change can be hard, even for a fairy princess! Thankfully, she realizes that new things can bring their own sparkle.


Dreamer, Wisher, Liar by Charise Mericle Harper - Children (Ages 8-10), Children (Ages 9-12), Children's, Fiction

Balzer + Bray | 9780062026750 | Published April 15, 2014

When seven-year-old Claire shows up, she turns Ash's carefully constructed life upside down. Ash must protect a carefully hidden secret: she has discovered a magical jar in her basement. It has the power to send her back in time and provides a window into another friendship between two girls. Discovering her own connection to the girls' story shows Ash that her life is full of surprises and friends she never saw coming.
Monster Needs His Sleep by Paul Czajak - Children's

Scarletta Kids | 9781938063268 | Published April 15, 2014

It’s time for bed, and Monster needs to go to sleep. But he just keeps finding more things to stay awake for! It isn’t until Monster admits he is afraid of the dark that he finds a glowing solution to his nighttime problem.
The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler - Adventure, Children's, Fantasy

Kathy Dawson Books | 9780803739758 | Published April 15, 2014

When Alice's father goes down in a shipwreck, she is sent to live with her uncle Geryon--an uncle she's never heard of and knows nothing about. He lives in an enormous manor with a massive library that is off-limits to Alice. But then she meets a talking cat. And even for a rule-follower, when a talking cat sneaks you into a forbidden library and introduces you to an arrogant boy who dares you to open a book, it's hard to resist. Especially if you're a reader to begin with. Soon Alice finds herself INSIDE the book, and the only way out is to defeat the creature imprisoned within. It seems her uncle is more than he says he is. But then so is Alice.

The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand by Jen Swann Downey - Children's, Fiction, Science Fiction

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | 9781402287701 | Published April 15, 2014

Petrarch's Library travels through time to anywhere there's trouble, like the Spanish Inquisition, or ancient Greece, or...Passaic, New Jersey, where Dorrie and her brother Marcus accidentally find the library's secret society of ninja librarians. But when a traitor surfaces, Dorrie and Marcus are prime suspects. Can they clear their names before the only passage back home closes forever?
The School of Good and Evil: A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani - Fantasy, Youth Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062104922 | Published April 15, 2014

Best friends Sophie and Agatha return to the spectacular world where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one. Together, they have the strength to face unseen enemies and new threats. But what will happen when they are torn apart?

Welcome to Dog Beach (The Seagate Summers Book One) by Lisa Greenwald - Children's, Fiction

Amulet Books | 9781419710186 | Published April 15, 2014

Eleven-year-old Remy loves Seagate, the island where her grandmother had a house and where her family spends every summer vacation. But Seagate feels different year’s different without her dog, Danish, and without her two best friends. Remy takes comfort in the company of Dog Beach --- which is where she hatches her plan to bring her friends closer and recapture the Seagate magic.

Camp Rex by Molly Idle - Children's, Picture

Viking Juvenile | 9780670785735 | Published April 22, 2014

What could be more fun than a camping trip with a good friend? When that friend is T. Rex! It’s important to set a few wilderness safety guidelines first. . . like making sure he stays on the trail. And does not disturb the local wildlife. And knows how to build a safe campfire. But sometimes dinosaurs have a different way of doing things, and that’s why it’s best to be prepared . . . for anything!

It Is Night by Phyllis Rowand and Laura Dronzek - Illustrated , Children (Ages 6-8), Children's

Greenwillow Books | 9780062250247 | Published April 22, 2014

A little girl says good-night and finds the perfect beds for each and every animal, for dolls big and small, and even for a railroad train. The elephant belongs in the jungle, the dog in the doghouse, and the train on its tracks, of course --- but wait! But no matter where their beds should be, each animal or object is a toy. And so they all belong tucked into bed with the little girl because she loves them all.

It's an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall - Illustrated , Children (Ages 6-8), Children's

Greenwillow Books | 9780062252067 | Published April 22, 2014

Five carpenter ants at home in their tree stump hear a noise. One ant thinks it is a hungry aardvark lurking, just waiting to eat them. One ant makes a hole in the stump to see. Orange light floods the stump --- it's not an aardvark, proclaims the ant chorus. It's orange! So what is lurking outside? This funny picture book features die-cut holes, suspenseful page turns, a surprise ending, and a rainbow of colors.

Lily the Unicorn by Dallas Clayton - Children's, Picture

HarperCollins | 9780062116680 | Published April 22, 2014

Lily the unicorn loves making new friends and going on adventures! So when Lily meets her new pal, Roger the penguin, she plans all sorts of fun for them. But Roger is afraid of trying new things. What if he tries and fails? In this sweet story about friendship, Lily teaches young readers that the world is a fun, amazing place. Fans of An Awesome Book! and An Awesome Book of Love! will be thrilled by Dallas Clayton's delightful picture book filled with lively and detailed illustrations.

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel - Children (Ages 8-10), Children (Ages 9-12), Children's, Fiction

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers | 9781442472884 | Published April 22, 2014

Will Everett embarks on an adventure aboard The Boundless, the greatest train ever built! When Will finds the key to a train car containing priceless treasures, he becomes the target of sinister figures from his past. Will must join a traveling circus and enlist the aid of Maren a girl who is an expert escape artist. With villains on their heels, can Will and Maren reach Will's father and save the Boundless?
The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones - Children (Ages 8-10), Children (Ages 9-12), Children's, Fantasy, Fiction

Greenwillow Books | 9780062295071 | Published April 22, 2014

Aileen comes from a long line of magic makers, and her Aunt Beck is the most powerful magician on Skarr. But Aileen's magic has yet to reveal itself. When Aileen is sent over the sea on a mission for the King, she worries that she'll be useless and in the way. A powerful (but mostly invisible) cat changes that. With every obstacle Aileen faces, she becomes stronger and more confident, and her magic blooms.

There Will Be Bears by Ryan Gebhart - Adventure, Children's, Outdoor

Candlewick | 9780763665210 | Published April 22, 2014

Thirteen-year-old Tyson loves hanging out with his roughneck Grandpa Gene, who’s a lot more fun than Tyson’s ex–best friend, Brighton. These days, Bright just wants to be seen with the cool jocks who make fun of Tyson’s Taylor Swift obsession and dorky ways. So when Grandpa Gene has to move to a nursing home that can manage his kidney disease, Tyson feels like he’s losing his only friend. Not only that, but Tyson was counting on Grandpa Gene to take him on his first big hunt. So in defiance of Mom and Dad’s strict orders, and despite reports of a scary, stalking, man-eating grizzly named Sandy, the two sneak off to the Grand Tetons. Yes, there will be action, like shooting and dressing a six-hundred-pound elk. Is Tyson tough enough? There will be heart-pounding suspense: is Grandpa Gene too sick to handle the hunt, miles away from help? And, oh yes, there will be bears.

Tyler Makes a Birthday Cake! by Tyler Florence and Craig Frazier - Illustrated , Children (Ages 6-8), Children's, Cooking, Food

HarperCollins | 9780062047601 | Published April 22, 2014

On Tofu's birthday, Tyler wants to give his best pal a perfect party with a big birthday cake! Tyler and Tofu venture into the kitchen, where Mr. Baker takes them on an imaginary journey around the world to find ingredients for a perfect carrot cake. But when Tyler says it's a treat for Tofu, he discovers that not all of his favorite foods are good for dogs. Luckily, Mr. Baker can cook up a canine snack in time for the party!

Blubber by Judy Blume - Youth Fiction

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 9781481414401 | Published April 29, 2014

“Blubber is a good name for her,” the note from Caroline said about Linda. Jill crumpled it up and left it on the corner of her school desk. She didn’t want to think about Linda or her dumb report on whales just then. Jill wanted to think about Halloween.

But Robby grabbed the note and before Linda stopped talking it had gone halfway around the room. There was something about Linda that made a lot of kids in her fifth-grade class want to see how far they could go…but nobody, Jill least of all, expected the fun to end where it did.

Charlie and the New Baby (Charlie the Ranch Dog) by Ree Drummond and Diane De Groat - Illustrated , Children (Ages 6-8), Children's, Family

HarperCollins | 9780062297501 | Published April 29, 2014

There's nothing that makes Charlie's soul rejoice more than naps and bacon. But when his daily routine of eating and sleeping is interrupted by a new baby calf, Abigail, Charlie is not happy! Things go from bad to worse when Charlie sees everyone rubbing Abigail's belly --- instead of his; feeding her --- instead of him; and tucking Abigail in at the end of the day --- in Charlie's bed. Will Charlie be able to adjust to the new addition?

Deenie by Judy Blume - Youth Fiction

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 9781481414418 | Published April 29, 2014

Deenie’s mother wants her to be a model, with her face on magazine covers—maybe even in the movies—but Deenie wants to spend Saturdays with her friends Janet and Midge, tracking Harvey Grabowsky, the captain of the football team, around Woolworth’s. She wants to be a cheerleader, too, and go to the seventh-grade mixer to hear Buddy Brader play his drums.

Instead, Deenie is diagnosed with scoliosis. And that means body stockings to squeeze into, a roomful of strangers to face, and a terrifying brace that she’ll need to wear for years that goes from her neck to her hips. Suddenly Deenie has to cope with a kind of specialness that’s frightening—and might be hers forever.

Gravity by Jason Chin - Illustrated , Children (Ages 6-8), Children's Nonfiction, Science

Roaring Brook Press | 9781596437173 | Published April 29, 2014

What keeps objects from floating out of your hand? What if your feet drifted away from the ground? What stops everything from floating into space? Gravity. As in his previous books, Jason Chin has taken a complex subject and made it brilliantly accessible to young readers in this unusual, innovative, and very beautiful book.
Iggie's House by Judy Blume - Youth Fiction

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 9781481414104 | Published April 29, 2014

Iggie’s House just wasn’t the same. Iggie was gone, moved to Tokyo. And there was Winnie, cracking her gum on Grove Street, where she’d always lived, with no more best friend and two weeks left of summer.

Then the Garber family moved into Iggie’s house—two boys, Glenn and Herbie, and Tina, their little sister. The Garbers were black and Grove Street was white and always had been. Winnie, a welcoming committee of one, set out to make a good impression and be a good neighbor. That’s why the trouble started.

Because Glenn and Herbie and Tina didn’t want a “good neighbor.” They wanted a friend.

It's Not the End of the World by Judy Blume - Youth Fiction

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 9781481414357 | Published April 29, 2014

Karen couldn’t tell Mrs. Singer why she had to take her Viking diorama out of the sixth-grade showcase. She felt like yelling, “To keep my parents from getting divorced!” But she couldn’t say it, and the whole class was looking at her anyway.

Karen’s world was ending. Her father had moved out of the house weeks before; now he was going to Las Vegas to get divorced, and her mother was pleased! She had only a few days to get the two of them together in the same room. Maybe, if she could, they would just forget about the divorce. Then the Newman family could be its old self again—maybe. But Karen knew something she didn’t know last winter: that sometimes people who shouldn’t be apart are impossible together.

Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague - Fantasy, Youth Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062274625 | Published April 29, 2014

Thirteen-year-old Margaret knows her father is innocent, but that doesn't stop the cruel Judge Biggs from sentencing him to death. Margaret is determined to save her dad, even if it means using her family's secret—and forbidden—ability to time travel. With the help of her best friend, Charlie, and his grandpa Josh, Margaret goes back to a time when Judge Biggs was a young boy and tries to prevent the chain of events that transformed him into a corrupt, jaded man. But with the forces of history working against her, will Margaret be able to change the past? Or will she be pushed back to a present in which her father is still doomed?

Starring Sally J Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume - Youth Fiction

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 9781481414371 | Published April 29, 2014

Sally J. Freedman was ten when she made herself a movie star. She would have been happy to reach stardom in New Jersey, but in 1947 her older brother Douglas became ill, so the Freedman family traveled south to spend eight months in the sunshine of Florida. That’s where Sally met her friends Andrea, Barbara, Shelby, Peter, and Georgia Blue Eyes—and her unsuspecting enemy, Adolf Hitler. While she watches and waits, and keeps a growing file of letters under her bed, Sally’s Hitler will play an important—though not quite starring—role in one of her grandest movie spectaculars.

The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett - Children's, Picture

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers | 9781442483194 | Published April 29, 2014

A little girl sees a shiny new bicycle in the shop window. She hurries home to see if she has enough money in her piggy bank, but when she comes up short, she knocks on the doors of her neighbors, hoping to do their yardwork. They all turn her away except for a kindly old woman. The woman and the girl work through the seasons, side by side. They form a tender friendship. When the weather warms, the girl finally has enough money for the bicycle. She runs back to the store, but the bicycle is gone! What happens next shows the reward of hard work and the true meaning of generosity.


The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy - Children (Ages 8-10), Children (Ages 9-12), Children's, Fantasy, Fiction

Walden Pond Press | 9780062118486 | Published April 29, 2014

Posters across the thirteen kingdoms say that Briar Rose has been murdered --- and the four Princes Charming are the prime suspects. Now they're on the run in a desperate attempt to clear their names. Along the way, they discover that Briar's murder is just one part of a nefarious plot to take control of all thirteen kingdoms --- a plot that will lead to the doorstep of a familiar fortress for a final showdown with a familiar enemy.

The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham - Action Adventure, Children (Ages 8-10), Children (Ages 9-12), Children's, Fantasy

HarperCollins | 9780062271501 | Published April 29, 2014

Strange things are happening in Village Drowning, and a terrifying encounter has eleven-year-old Rye O'Chanter convinced that the monstrous, supposedly extinct Bog Noblins have returned. Now Rye's only hope is an exiled secret society so notorious its name can't be spoken aloud: the Luck Uglies. As Rye dives into Village Drowning's maze of secrets, rules, and lies, she'll discover the truth behind the village's legends of outlaws and beasts . . . and that it may take a villain to save them from the monsters.

The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth - Children's, Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction

Algonquin Young Readers | 9781616203290 | Published April 29, 2014

Devin doesn’t remember life before the world got hot; he has grown up farming the scorched earth with his grandfather in their remote valley. When his grandfather dies, Devin heads for the city. Once there, among the stark glass buildings, he finds scores of children, just like him, living alone on the streets. They tell him rumors of a place for abandoned children, with unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family. But only the luckiest get there.

An act of kindness earns Devin an invitation to the home, but it’s soon clear that it’s no paradise. As Devin investigates the intimidating administrator and the zombie-like sickness that afflicts some children, he discovers the home’s horrific true mission. The only real hope is escape, but the place is as secure as a fortress.


Then Again, Maybe I Won't by Judy Blume - Youth Fiction

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 9781481414388 | Published April 29, 2014

If his parents or his friend Joel or Joel’s sixteen-year-old sister Lisa knew what Tony was thinking about a lot of the time, they’d probably freak out. About snitching on Joel, who Tony knows is a shoplifter. About watching Lisa undress each night and liking what he sees. About money and the changes money makes in people (especially his mother).

Hung up at thirteen. That’s Tony Miglione—especially this morning in math class in front of Miss Tobin, for everyone to see...

Baa, Moo, I Love You! by Sandra Magsamen - Children's, Picture

LB Kids | 9780316133586 | Published April 8, 2014

Learn the names of six animals and their sounds as friendly farm animals say hello to each other on each spread. Featuring sturdy tabs to turn and a die-cut handle built right into the book, this is the perfect story for little ones to read together with parents or flip through on their very own.


Horrible Harriet's Inheritance by Leigh Hobbs - Children (Ages 8-10), Children (Ages 9-12), Children's, Youth Fiction

Allen & Unwin | 9781741149852 | Published April 1, 2014

You may remember Horrible Harriet—she's wicked, wild, and larger than life, and she invented Mr. Chicken. Well Harriet is back, to claim her inheritance and fill in the gaps in her impressive family tree along the way. These include queens, warriors and yes, a vampire, too. This is the story of how she obtains her rightful inheritance, and in the process learns a lot about her famous and infamous ancestors. This hilarious, subversive tale is uniquely told in Horrible Harriet's own words.

The Lost Stone (The Kingdom of Wrenly) written by Jordan Quinn, illustrated by Robert McPhillips - Fantasy, Youth Fiction

Little Simon | 9781442496903 | Published April 1, 2014

Meet Lucas, the eight year-old prince, and Clara, the daughter of the queen’s seamstress. Lucas is an only child who longs to make friends and go on adventures. Clara knows the kingdom well, so she and Lucas team up and explore the lands of Wrenly!

In The Lost Stone, Lucas and Clara search for Queen Tasha’s missing emerald. On their exciting adventure, they travel to all the main attractions of Wrenly: Primlox (the island of fairies), Burth (the island of trolls), Crestwood (the island of dragons), Hobsgrove (the island of wizards), and the beautiful Mermaid’s Cove. King Caleb has promised to reward the person who finds the precious stone, and Lucas and Clara are determined to search the entire kingdom until they find it!

World War I for Kids: A History with 21 Activities by R. Kent Rasmussen - History, Nonfiction, Youth Interest

Chicago Review Press | 9781613745564 | Published April 1, 2014

One hundred years after the start of the “Great War,” World War I for Kids provides an intriguing and comprehensive look at this defining conflict that involved all of the world’s superpowers. Why and how did the war come about? What was daily life like for soldiers in the trenches? What roles did zeppelins, barbed wire, and the passenger ship Lusitania play in the war? Who were Kaiser Wilhelm, the Red Baron, and Edith Cavell? Young history buffs will learn the answers these questions and many others, including why the western front bogged down into a long stalemate; how the war ushered in an era of rapid military, technological, and societal advances; and how the United States’ entry helped end the war. Far from a dry catalog of names, dates, and battles, this richly illustrated book goes in depth into such fascinating topics as turn-of-the-20th-century weaponry and the important roles animals played in the war, and explains connections among events and how the war changed the course of history.

Design Lines: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles written by Chris Oxlade, illustrated by Mike Lemanski - Children's Nonfiction, Transportation

Big Picture Press | 9780763671211 | Published April 8, 2014

The first in a series of concertina fold-out books, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles features one hundred iconic boats, bikes, and other examples of creative excellence. This is a comparative history of transportation, illuminated in a visually accessible timeline that can be read back to front, top to bottom, and right to left. Brought to life by Mike Lemanski, this book is a stylish tribute to vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

Information Graphics: Animal Kingdom written by Simon Rogers, illustrated by Nicholas Blechman - Children (Ages 6-8), Children's Nonfiction, Picture

Big Picture Press | 9780763671228 | Published April 8, 2014

The first in a visually stunning series, Information Graphics: Animal Kingdom shows just how interesting and humorous scientific information can be. Complex facts about the animal kingdom are reinterpreted as stylish information graphics that astonish, amuse, and inform, and tabbed chapters make information fast to find. Researched by the Guardian’s Datablog founder and illustrated by the award-winning designer Nicholas Blechman, this is a book of the highest pedigree.

Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs - Youth Fiction

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers | 9781442457546 | Published April 8, 2014

Ben Ripley is a middle-schooler whose school is not exactly average --- he’s spent the last year training to be a spy. So now that summer’s finally here, Ben’s ready to relax. Except a spy-in-training’s work is never done, and the threats from SPYDER, an enemy spy organization, are as unavoidable as the summer heat. Will Ben be able to keep his cover --- and his cool?

The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three by Rick Riordan - Action Adventure, Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult 10+

Disney-Hyperion | 9781423142003 | Published April 8, 2014

Percy, Hazel and Frank are reunited with Jason, Piper and Leo, but they number only six --- who will complete the Prophecy of Seven? The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land to find the Doors of Death....but most of the prophecy remains a mystery.

Loki's Wolves by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong - Fiction, Mythology

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316204972 | Published April 15, 2014

While Matt knew he was a modern-day descendent of Thor, he's always lived a normal kid's life. But now Ragnarok is coming, and it's up to Matt and his friends to fight in the place of the long-dead gods. Their lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team, find Thor's hammer and shield and prevent the end of the world.

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani - Youth Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062104908 | Published April 15, 2014

With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil. The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are...?

Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones - Children's, Fantasy, Fiction

Greenwillow Books | 9780062075130 | Published April 22, 2014

Earwig has been at the orphanage ever since she was a baby. She has her best friend, Custard, and everyone always does exactly what she wants. She never wants to leave, so she makes sure no one ever picks her. Then a very strange couple comes to the orphanage and chooses her out of all the other children. Earwig could be in for quite an unpleasant surprise. But so could the very strange couple.

Garden to Table: A Kid's Guide to Planting, Growing, and Preparing Food by Katherine Hengel - Children (Ages 8-10), Children (Ages 9-12), Children's Nonfiction, Cookbooks, Garden

Scarletta Junior Readers | 9781938063428 | Published April 22, 2014

Fill your plate with fresh, self-sustained produce that comes straight from your garden. Step-by-step planting, care and harvesting tips give the beginning gardener a good basic understanding of the growing process. Over 30 delicious recipes made with basil, carrots, green beans, leaf lettuce, potatoes, and tomatoes, complete with step-by-step photos, bring your homegrown foods to the table to share with others. Incorporating unique flavors and easy-to-grow veggies, these simple recipes will have you asking for seconds!

Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli - Children's, Fantasy, Fiction

Yearling | 9780440420514 | Published April 22, 2014

Hokey Pokey is a place where childhood is at its best. The rules are simple, the games are fun, and there are no grown ups. Hoever, when Jack, one of the biggest kids, gets his bike stolen by a girl everything in Hokey Pokey starts to fall apart for Jack. Most troubling of all, he begins to hear a faint train whistle, and everyone knows that there are no trains in Hokey Pokey; just tracks.

How to Train Your Dragon: How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel by Cressida Cowell - Fantasy, Youth Fiction

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316244084 | Published April 22, 2014

The Dragon Rebellion has begun, bringing the Vikings' darkest hour upon them. Hiccup has become an outcast, but that won't stop him from going on the most harrowing and important quest of his life. He must find the Dragon's Jewel in order to save his people...but where should he begin? Don't miss Hiccup's most dangerous adventure yet!

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff - Youth Fiction

Yearling | 9780307977960 | Published April 22, 2014

In a magical kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump, who has never known is full name, is the butt of everyone's joke. When he finds an old spinning wheel that spins straw into gold, his luck seems to change. Except, with each thread he spins, Rump weaves himself deeper into a curse. There's only one way to break the spell: Rump must go on a quest to find his true name.

Seven Wonders Journals: The Select and The Orphan by Peter Lerangis - Fantasy, Mythology, Youth Fiction

HarperCollins | 9780062238917 | Published April 22, 2014

THE SELECT tells the story of thirteen-year-old Burt Wenders, the first documented carrier of the G7W gene, and his fated voyage to the island that would eventually come to house the Karai Institute. In THE ORPHAN, learn the story of Daria, orphaned at a young age and enslaved by the Babylonians, and her valiant battle to escape the only city she's ever called home. These titles are together in print for the first time ever.
The Vanishing Coin (Magic Shop) by Kate Egan - Children's, Youth Fiction

Feiwel & Friends | 9781250040435 | Published April 22, 2014

Fourth grade was supposed to be a fresh start, but Mike’s already back in the principal’s office. He’s not a bad kid. He just can’t sit still. And now, his parents won’t let him play soccer anymore; instead he has to hang out with his new neighbor Nora, who is good at everything!  Then, Mike and Nora discover the White Rabbit. It’s an odd shop—with a special secret inside. Its owner, Mr. Zerlin, is a magician, and, amazingly, he believes Mike could be a magician, too. Has Mike finally found something he’s good at?

Theodore Boone: The Activist by John Grisham - Fiction

Puffin | 9780142423097 | Published April 22, 2014

Theodore Boone is back, and he’s facing his most dangerous case yet. As Strattenburg sits divided over a hot political and environmental issue, Theo finds himself in the middle of the battle. When he uncovers corruption beneath the surface, Theo will confront bigger risks than ever to himself and those he loves. But even face-to-face with danger, Theodore Boone will do whatever it takes to stand up for what’s right.

About Average by Andrew Clements - Fiction

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 9781416997252 | Published April 29, 2014

Can average be amazing? A girl challenges herself to become extraordinary in the latest from bestselling author Andrew Clements.