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December 2016

Cool & New

December 2016

This month's Cool & New roundup includes WORD OF MOUSE by James Patterson, which tells the story of a mouse with blue fur who can read, write and talk to humans! Next up is a book that will be a favorite for all nonfiction readers and sports fans: ALL HEART, in which Carli Lloyd tells the inspiring story of how she became one of the world's biggest soccer stars. Last, but not least, we have the first installment of Aaron Blabey's newest book series, THE BAD GUYS, where Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake and Mr. Shark go on a series of adventures to try and become the "Good Guys."

The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix by Kate Saunders - Fiction

December 1, 2015


Oz and Lily have a top-secret mission. Alba the witch has gotten her hands on a magical chocolate phoenix and is plotting to use it for some serious evil. With the help of an army of rats and an unreliable talking cat, the children must pursue her not only across London but through time itself. This might be their toughest adventure yet.

The Circle of Lies (Hunters of Chaos) by Crystal Velasquez - Fiction

February 16, 2016


Ana’s life changed dramatically when she accepted a position at an exclusive boarding school in New Mexico. She found three great new friends —-- Shani, Doli, and Lin --— and together, they discovered that they each had the power to turn into a wildcat. Their new friendship and powers were put to the test in a battle against the god Anubis and his newly resurrected Brotherhood of Chaos.
Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur and the Everything Locator Written by Luke Sharpe and illustrated by Graham Ross. - Fiction

December 6, 2016


What’s a kid entrepreneur to do when he loses his math homework? Invent the Everything Locator, of course! Billy’s next invention is a device that will find any lost item and return it to you. But the Everything Locator has one teeny, tiny problem…it returns every item that Billy has ever lost, all at once! Will Billy find a way to make everything right with the Everything Locator? Will he even be able to dig his way out of this pile of junk?
All Heart: My Dedication and Determination to Become One of Soccer's Best by Carli Lloyd and Wayne Coffey - Nonfiction

December 6, 2016


In the summer of 2015, the U.S. women’s national soccer team won the World Cup behind an epic performance by Carli Lloyd. Carli, a midfielder, scored three goals in the first sixteen minutes—the greatest goal-scoring effort in the history of World Cup finals. But there was a time when Carli almost quit soccer. She struggled with doubts and low confidence. Carli tells the full inspiring story of her journey to the top of the soccer world —-- an honest, action-packed account that takes readers inside the mind of a hardworking athlete.

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition by Misty Copeland - Nonfiction

December 6, 2016


As the first African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has been breaking down all kinds of barriers in the world of dance. But when she first started dancing—at the late age of thirteen --- no one would have guessed the shy, underprivileged girl would one day make history in her field.
Rise of the Titans by Kate O'Hearn - Fantasy

December 6, 2016


The ancient rivalry between the Olympians and the Titans has been rekindled. However, this time the Titans have a secret weapon --- a weapon that rivals the Flame of Olympus. The balance of power is tipped in Saturn’s favor now that he has found his own Flame of Titus. Olympus is almost in his grasp! And just when the Olympians need Emily most, she finds her own grip on the flame weakening.

Jed and the Junkyard War by Steven Bohls - Science Fiction

December 6, 2016


At least until the morning of his twelfth birthday, when Jed wakes to discover his parents missing. Something is wrong. Really wrong. Jed just doesn't realize it's floating-city, violent-junk-storm, battling-metals, Frankensteined-scavengers kind of wrong. A cryptic list of instructions leads Jed into a mysterious world at war over...junk. Here, batteries and bottled water are currency, tremendously large things fall from the sky, and nothing is exactly what it seems.

Word of Mouse Written by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. Illustrated by Joe Sutphin. - Fiction

December 12, 2016


What makes Isaiah so unique? First, his fur is as blue as the sky --- which until recently was something he'd never seen, but had read all about. That's right ---Isaiah can read, and write. He can also talk to humans...if any of them are willing to listen! After a dramatic escape from a mysterious laboratory, Isaiah is separated from his "mischief" (which is the word for a mouse family), and has to use his special skills to survive in the dangerous outdoors, and hopefully find his missing family

Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Missing Goop by N. Griffin and Kate Hindley - Mystery

December 13, 2016


When the third-graders of Room 11 learn that they all must take part in a musicale, Smashie can’t wait to sing something heartfelt and loud. But the others are not so eager. Luckily, Charlene’s mom has agreed to donate her special gel that lengthens and sculpts hair into shapes, and soon, with the help of some retro sixties go-go dancing, all the kids are raring to go. That is, until their jars of goop go missing! Who would steal their beloved Herr Goop, and why? Time for Smashie and her best friend, Dontel, to get out their Investigation Notebooks!

The Tundra Trials (Bounders) by Monica Tesler - Fiction

December 13, 2016


After discovering that Earth Force is waging a covert alien war, Jasper and his friends return to space and continue their training. This time, Earth Force brings them to the remote planet of Gulaga, where the cadets compete in the Tundra Trials: a grueling pod race across the planet’s frigid landscape.

Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Basketball by Howard Bryant - Nonfiction

December 20, 2016


Fast-paced, adrenaline-filled, and brimming with out-of-this-world athleticism, basketball has won the hearts of fans all across America—yet it is particularly popular among kids and teens. Giants of the game like Steph Curry, LeBron, and Michael Jordan have transcended the sport to become cultural icons and role models to young fans. From the cornfields of Indiana and the hills of North Carolina, to the urban sprawl of New York City, Chicago and L.A., love of the game stretches from coast to coast. 
Horizon (Horizon, Book 1) by Scott Westerfeld - Fiction

December 27, 2016


When a plane crash-lands in the arctic, eight young survivors step from the wreckage expecting to see nothing but ice and snow. Instead they find themselves lost in a strange jungle with no way to get home and little hope of rescue. Food is running out. Water is scarce. And the jungle is full of threats unlike anything the survivors have ever seen before --- from razor-beaked shredder birds to carnivorous vines and much, much worse.

The Wearle (The Erth Dragons #1) by Chris d'Lacey - Fantasy

December 27, 2016


A Wearle of dragons set out on an expedition from their home planet and was never heard from again. Now, a new Wearle, determined to find the first, has come to the place its creatures call Erth. Gabrial, who still has the blue scales of a young dragon, is eager to prove himself, and to find his missing father. But when Gabrial causes an accident that results in a baby dragon going missing, he'll have to prove himself worthy of remaining with the Wearle at all.
The Bad Guys (The Bad Guys #1) by Aaron Blabey - Fiction

December 27, 2016


They sound like bad guys, they look like bad guys...and they even smell like bad guys. But Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Shark are about to change all of that...Mr. Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys' first good mission. They are going to break two hundred dogs out of the Maximum Security City Dog Pound. Will Operation Dog Pound go smoothly? Will the Bad Guys become the Good Guys? And will Mr. Snake please stop swallowing Mr. Piranha?!

Dog Man Unleashed (Dog Man #2) by Dav Pilkey - Graphic Novel

December 27, 2016


Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, is still learning a few tricks of the trade. Petey the cat is out of the bag, and his criminal curiosity is taking the city by storm. Something fishy is going on! Can Dog Man unleash justice on this ruffian in time to save the city, or will Petey get away with the purr-fect crime?

Anton and Cecil, Book 3: Cats Aloft Written by Lisa Martin and Valerie Martin. Illustrated by Kelly Murphy. - Fiction

December 27, 2016

 

Tuckered out from a journey across the Wild West, cat brothers Anton and Cecil are ready to head east for home --- until a minor stop to change trains in Chicago turns into a major escapade. The brothers are recruited by a police bloodhound to help solve a case: puppies are disappearing right off their leashes!

Bollywood Burglary (Geronimo Stilton #65) by Geronimo Stilton - Fiction

December 27, 2016


My detective friend Hercule Poirat and I were headed to India. A Bollywood star we're friends with had received a valuable ruby and wanted us to help her protect it... which meant that I ended up acting in the movie she was filming! Rancid ricotta --- I'm a terrible actor! Even worse, just when we least expected it, the ruby was stolen. Could we find the thief?

Showing Off (Upside-Down Magic #3) by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins - Fiction

December 27, 2016


The kids in Upside-Down Magic know their magic is a little out of control. But that doesn't make them weird --- it only makes them human. When things get messy, it's up to Nory, Bax, and their friends to find their way out of trouble before something really wacky happens.

You Can't Hide (Shadow House, Book 2) by Dan Poblocki - Horror

December 27, 2016


Poppy, Marcus, Dash, Dylan, and Azumi are all trapped within Shadow House, a sinister estate where past and present intertwine. As they fight to find a way out, the kids think the ghosts of the house are the greatest danger they face. Little do the kids know it's the secrets they're each hiding that will prove even more lethal.

Peter Powers and the Rowdy Robot Raiders! Written by Kent Clark and Brandon T. Snider. Illustrated by Dave Bardin. - Graphic Novel

March 7, 2017


Everyone in Peter Powers' family has super awesome superpowers --- except Peter. All he can do is make ice cubes and flash freeze little stuff. At least his brother and sister have finally stopped picking on him --- mostly. But at school, an even more menacing bully has it out for Peter and his friends. As if that wasn't enough, Boulder City is being raided by robots! When his parents are captured, will Peter and his siblings be able to work together and save the day? Or will the town --- and possibly the world--be iced?