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November 2016

Cool & New

November 2016

This month's Cool & New roundup includes THE BEACH AT NIGHT, a children's fable from the point of view of a lost doll, reimagined by critically aclaimed and bestselling adult author Elena Ferrante; THE LOST PROPERTY OFFICE by James R. Hannibal, which follows a boy named Jack who is great at finding everything --- except his father, who was in a secret society of detectives; and, lastly, the second book in the The Secrets of the Pied Piper series, THE MAGICIAN'S KEY, where the main character, Max, has to go back to the Summer Isle to save her brother from the legendary Pied Piper. 

Kate the Great: Winner Takes All by Suzy Becker - Fiction

November 1, 2016


Fifth grader Kate (the Great) is back in business. Specifically the food-drive business, as she, Brooke, and (odd) Nora try to win the Junior Guides competition. But lately their trio has felt imbalanced, with Kate on the outside. It doesn’t help that the American Revolution unit at school is turning everyone against each other. Armed with her smarts, an artillery of doodles, and maybe even some advice from Eleanor Roosevelt, Kate must find a way to keep her friends, old and new.
Double Down (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11) by Jeff Kinney - Graphic Novel

November 1, 2016


The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his “creative side.” As if that’s not scary enough, Halloween’s just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle. When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie...and will he become rich and famous in the process?
Caveboy Dave: More Scrawny Than Brawny Written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Phil McAndrew. - Graphic Novel

November 1, 2016


Dave Unga-Bunga has always been more scrawny than brawny. This is a major problem when your village expects you to become a meat-bringer. At age twelve, all young cave-people must stalk through the eerie mushroom forests for a prehistoric beast the village can feast on. But Dave would much rather invent stuff for a better life --- like underwear to make loincloths less itchy and cutlery to make eating less filthy.

A Celebration of Beatrix Potter: Art and letters by more than 30 of today's favorite children's book illustrators by Beatrix Potter - Nonfiction

November 1, 2016


With illustrious tales of characters like Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, and Jemima Puddle-Duck, Beatrix Potter established herself as one of the most cherished and influential author/illustrators of children's literature. To mark her milestone birthday, this gorgeous collection features beautiful illustrations of Potter's characters, as interpreted by well-known illustrators. Each illustration is accompanied by text from the artist explaining what that character means to them, making this a true celebration of Beatrix Potter.

Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Flight Log by Michael Kogge - Science Fiction

November 1, 2016


Like many a great epic, 'Star Wars' is rooted in a rich history of armed conflict. Now, for the first time, the facts, figures and backstories of major clashes and combatants in the Star Wars universe have been documented in this volume. It combines action-filled narrative with encyclopedic knowledge.

Archie Greene and the Alchemists' Curse by D. D. Everest - Fantasy

November 1, 2016


Archie and a few other apprentices, including his cousins Thistle and Bramble, have been marked with this powerful symbol and appear to be chosen to reestablish the club. They don’t know who chose them. They don’t know why. And they don’t know what perils they are about to face because the Golden Circle has returned.

Nothing but Trouble by Jacqueline Davies - Fiction

November 1, 2016


When Lena moves in with her creative spirit and outrageous perspective, middle school takes off with a bang. Someone starts pulling the kind of pranks that send their rule-loving new principal into an uproar --- complete with purple puffs of smoke, parachuting mice, and a scavenger hunt that leads to secret passageways. Suddenly the same-old football games, election for class president, and embarrassing stories feel almost exciting. And for the first time in her life, Maggie begins to wonder if there might be more to Odawahaka than she ever saw coming!
The Beach at Night Written by Elena Ferrante, illustrated by Mara Cerri, and translated by Ann Goldstein - Fiction

November 1, 2016


Elena Ferrante returns to a story that animated the novel she considers to be a turning point in her development as a a writer: The Lost Daughter. But this time the tale takes the form of a children's fable told from the point of view of the lost (stolen!) doll, Celina. Celina is having a terrible night, one full of jealousy for the new kitten, Minù, feelings of abandonment and sadness, misadventures at the hands of the beach attendant, and dark dreams. But she will be happily found by Mati, her child, once the sun rises. 

The Kindness Club: Chloe on the Bright Side by Courtney Sheinmel - Fiction

November 1, 2016


Chloe Silver has always been good at looking on the bright side. Even though her parents got divorced and she's moved to a new town, she knows that she will make great friends at her new school. So when she is assigned a science project with offbeat Lucy Tanaka and nerdy Theo Barnes, they have fun creating an experiment that tests out the laws of science through different acts of kindness...officially forming The Kindness Club.

The Dragon's Gate (Chronicles of the Black Tulip) Written by Barry Wolverton and illustrated by Dave Stevenson - Fiction

November 1, 2016


Mouse is determined to follow the map to a place called the Dragon’s Gate, convinced it will explain who she really is and the powers she possesses. Bren has had enough adventure for one lifetime and would like nothing more than to return to his father in Map. But nothing goes according to plan when the survivors of the Albatross are rescued by Lady Jean Barrett, a charismatic archaeologist with a sense of destiny. The only way for Bren, Mouse, and Barrett to all get what they want is to work together on a dangerous journey into the heart of China, a kingdom long closed to outsiders, where the greatest secrets about Mouse and Bren are waiting to be unveiled.

How to Train Your Dragon: How to Fight a Dragon's Fury by Cressida Cowell - Fiction

November 1, 2016


The Doomsday of Yule has arrived, and the future of dragonkind lies in the hands of one boy with nothing to show --- but everything to fight for. Hiccup's Quest is clear...But can he end the rebellion? Can he prove himself to be King of the Wilderwest? Can he save the dragons? The stakes have never been higher, as the very fate of the Viking world hangs in the balance!

The Secrets of the Pied Piper 2: The Magician's Key by Matthew Cody - Fantasy

November 8, 2016


On the Summer Isle, siblings Max and Carter discovered the magical land where the villainous Pied Piper led the children of Hamelin centuries ago. But only Max made it back. Now she is determined to rescue her brother. To do so, she will have to find the one and only key to the Summer Isle. That key is controlled by Vodnik, a dastardly magician and soul stealer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
Legendtopia Book #1: The Battle for Urth by Lee Bacon - Fiction

November 8, 2016


Have you ever been on a school trip that went totally, epically wrong? That’s what happens when Kara visits Legendtopia, a fantasy-theme restaurant with her class. She’s just trying to retrieve her prized necklace when she stumbles through a small wooden door...and into a magical world where dragons breathe fire and an evil sorceress is out to get her!

Atlantis Lost (Atlantis Saga) by T.A. Barron - Fiction

November 8, 2016


The veil between the Spirit Realm and the mortal world has fallen, and the evil lord Narkazan is primed to claim the magical Starstone for himself once and for all. But when tragedy befalls Promi's newly reunited family, he knows that he can't let Narkazan ruin everything his parents held dear. With his friends beside him, Promi battles Narkazan in the Spirit Realm, to ensure that the Starstone remains safe from Narkazan's mortal followers. But how far will Promi have to go to keep the world and the people he loves safe?

The Selkie Song (The Hidden World of Changers) by H.K. Varian - Fiction

November 8, 2016


When Fiona’s father finds out that Fiona is a Changer, he reveals a long-kept secret: Fiona’s mother is alive, and a selkie Changer just like her. Determined to reunite her family and unlock her own selkie powers, Fiona heads to the ocean to begin the search, but is she really ready to take such a big step? And how easy will it be to find her mother, when she’s spent so many years in the wild sea?

Balance Keepers, Book 3: The Traitor of Belltroll by Lindsay Cummings - Fantasy

November 8, 2016


Albert and his Balance Keepers teammates have been called back to the Core for immediate action! There’s a serious Imbalance in the fantastical underground Realm of Belltroll. Without intervention, everything from New York to Yellowstone above could be swallowed by earthquakes. It’s clear the mysterious traitor who caused last term’s chaos is at it again, and with a vengeance.

Disaster Diaries: Brainwashed! by R. McGeddon - Fiction

November 8, 2016


Sitting Duck is the kind of town where the mayor was vaporized by aliens, so there is a vacancy. Ravenous zombie hordes and swarms of power-hungry aliens are just some of the disasters that the town has faced, so this new mayor had better be good. Now a new evil genius has arisen --- and he’s running for mayor! Thanks to his homemade brainwashing device, he just might win the election and then move on to world domination.
The Lost Property Office (Section 13) by James R. Hannibal - Fiction

November 8, 2016


Thirteen-year-old Jack Buckles is great at finding things. Not just a missing glove or the other sock, but things normal people have long given up on ever seeing again. If only he could find his father, who has disappeared in London without a trace. But Jack’s father was not who he claimed to be. It turns out that he was a member of a secret society of detectives that has served the crown for centuries --- and membership into the Lost Property Office is Jack’s inheritance.
Train Wreck: Kansas, 1892 by Kathleen Duey and Karen A. Bale - Fiction

November 8, 2016


The circus is the first home where Maximo has ever felt safe. He dreams of becoming an animal trainer and envies Jodi --- a girl who was born and raised in the circus and is already an accomplished performer. When a train wreck sets a herd of elephants and a dangerous Bengal tiger loose on the countryside, both Max and Jodi must face their worst fears.
 

Dork Diaries 11: Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy by Rachel Renée Russell - Fiction

November 15, 2016

Nikki Maxwell has the worst luck. Of all the schools she could have been assigned to for the student exchange week program, she’s stuck at North Hampton Hills, her arch nemesis MacKenzie Hollister’s new school. Even worse, there might just be someone at NHH who can out-MacKenzie MacKenzie! At least Nikki can write about every moment of drama in her diary, so readers won’t miss a moment of it.
 

Houston, We Have a Klutz! (In Due Time) by Nicholas O. Time - Fiction

November 15, 2016


“Graceless Grace” is the smartest seventh grader at Sands Middle School, but she’s constantly being teased for stumbling over doorjambs and knocking over lunch trays. And lately, the name-calling has been even worse. So when Ms. Tremt offers to lend THE BOOK OF MEMORIES to Grace for an extended trip, she decides to go completely out of this world. She travels back to 1969 to stow away on Apollo 11 and become the first kid, the first female, and maybe even the first person to walk on the moon. 

Hilda and the Bird Parade (Hildafolk) by Luke Pearson - Graphic Novel

November 15, 2016


Finding herself lost on the streets of Trolberg, Hilda befriends a talking raven. Together they encounter all manner of bizarre creatures from outcast Trolls to ferocious Salt Lions and deadly Rat Kings --- maybe the city isn't so boring after all.

Science Comics: Volcanoes: Fire and Life by Jon Chad - Graphic Novel

November 15, 2016


A lot of magic happens under the Earth's crust. Thanks to magma vents, shifting continental plates, and volcanic eruptions, we know that our planet is alive and in motion. Alongside Aurora, a young explorer, you'll learn that volcanoes are just one of the massively powerful forces at work on our planet. From catastrophic destruction to the creation of new land masses, volcanoes have made their mark on our amazing Earth. 

The Zodiac Legacy #2: Power Lines Written by Stuart Moore and created by Stan Lee - Fiction

November 29, 2016


Steven Lee, fifteen-year-old leader of the Zodiac team, wields the awesome power of the Tiger-but now he's missing. So when a high-speed train runs amok in France, it's up to the other members of the team to stop it: Liam, the powerful Ram; Duane, the Pig, who controls information; and Roxanne, the fierce Rooster, with her unstoppable sonic power. But can they trust their new member-the former villain called Ox?