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September 2016

New in Paperback

September 2016

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.

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Just a Drop of Water by Kerry O'Malley Cerra - Youth Fiction

September 2, 2014

 

Ever since he was little, Jake Green has longed to be a soldier and a hero like his grandpa, who died serving his country. But then the tragedy of September 11 happens. It’s quickly discovered that one of the hijackers lived nearby, making Jake’s Florida town an FBI hot spot. Two days later, the tragedy becomes even more personal when Jake’s best friend, Sam Madina, is pummeled for being an Arab Muslim by their bully classmate, Bobby. Soon after, Sam’s father is detained by the FBI and Jake’s mom doubts the innocence of Sam’s family, forcing Jake to choose between his best friend and his parents. When Jake finds out that Sam’s been keeping secrets, too, he doesn’t know who his allies are anymore. But the final blow comes when his grandpa’s real past is revealed to Jake. Suddenly, everything he ever knew to be true feels like one big lie. In the end, he must decide: either walk away from Sam and the revenge that Bobby has planned, or become the hero he’s always aspired to be.

Hidden in the Haunted School (The Boxcar Children Mysteries) by Gertrude Chandler Warner - Mystery

September 1, 2016


The old abandoned school in Silver City is being fixed up as an art center and the Boxcar Children volunteer to help clean up the place. But the other volunteers are scared by the spooky goings-on in the school --- doors lock by themselves, and chalkboard messages appear out of nowhere! Will the Aldens find out the secret of the haunted school?

The Baking Life of Amelie Day written by Vanessa Curtis with illustrations by Jane Eccles -

September 1, 2016

 

Thirteen-year-old Amelie Day loves to bake so she's thrilled when she's invited to compete in the Best Teen Baker of the Year contest. But Amelie has Cystic Fibrosis, and some days she can barely breathe. Determined not to let her condition or her mom stop her from taking part, Amelie musters all her Flour Power. But will it be enough to get her to the top?

The Election Day Dilemma (The Boxcar Children Mysteries) by Gertrude Chandler Warner - Mystery

September 1, 2016


Cousin Alice is running for mayor in her town, and the Aldens are helping with her campaign! But Alice’s campaign posters are torn down and painted over --- and the same thing happens to her opponent! Then posters for a third candidate appear around town, but nobody has ever seen him in person. Will the town elect a mystery man for mayor? The Aldens are on the case!
Secrets in Somerville (The Sleuths of Somerville) by Michele Jakubowski and Amerigo Pinelli - Mystery

September 1, 2016


A new kid has arrived in Somerville, and he has brought along a bit of mystery. Something about Jace and his mother just doesn't add up. Astrid, Rowan and Quinn want to be welcoming, but they also have to get to the bottom of things. What they discover brings the group together and whets their appetite for adventure.
Night on Fire by Ronald Kidd - Fiction

September 1, 2016

 

Thirteen-year-old Billie Simms doesn't think her hometown of Anniston, Alabama, should be segregated, but few of the town's residents share her opinion. So when Billie learns that the Freedom Riders, a group of peace activists riding interstate buses to protest segregation, will be traveling through Anniston on their way to Montgomery, she thinks that maybe change is finally coming. But what starts as a series of angry grumbles soon turns to brutality as Anniston residents show just how deep their racism runs. Through her own decisions and actions and a few unlikely friendships, Billie is about to come to grips with the deep-seated prejudice of those she once thought she knew and with her own inherent racism that she didn't even know she had.

Mick's Buried Treasure (The Sleuths of Somerville) Written by Michele Jakubowski with illustrations by Amerigo Pinelli - Mystery

September 1, 2016


People in Somerville love to trade stories about days gone by. The towns young sleuths aren't always interested, but when they hear a local legend of buried treasure, they know it's too tasty to resist. Astrid, Rowan, Quinn and Jace set off to solve the mystery. What they discover is sweeter than they could have imagined.
Origami Chic: A Guide to Foldable Fashion by Sok Song - Non-fiction

September 1, 2016


Transform a simple sheet of paper into a runway-ready outfit with easy-to-follow instructions and illustrated diagrams from origami master Sok Song. With 30 unique origami models and fashion-forward folding papers, you'll create one-of-a-kind gowns and sophisticated dresses for elegant occasions, as well as everyday items such as jeans, sweaters and jackets --- plus accessories to complete every look. Everything you need to create a custom origami wardrobe is included --- all you have to do is fold.
The Journey That Saved Curious George (Young Readers Edition): The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H. A. Rey written by Louise Borden with illustrations by Allan Drummond - Biography

September 6, 2016


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.

The Power Within (The Hidden World of Changers) by H.K. Varian - Fantasy

September 6, 2016


Darren, Fiona, Mack and Gabriella are Changers, a magical line of shapeshifters that can transform into mythological creatures, from werewolves and selkies to lightning birds and spirit foxes. They still have a lot to learn when it comes to their powers, but the kids are finally showing some progress fighting as a team, and the First Four think they’re ready for a new mission. Young Changers in the area have been mysteriously disappearing, and it’s up to the kids to figure out who --- or what --- is behind it. But ever since his parents announced their divorce, Darren has been having a rough time coping...and his lightning abilities are going haywire.
The Sixth Man (The Triple Threat #2) by John Feinstein - Fiction

September 6, 2016

 

When Max comes out as gay, not everyone on the basketball court takes the news in stride. Snide comments and cold shoulders escalate into heated protests and an out-and-out war with the school board. While controversy swirls around them, the Lions have to decide: Will personal issues sink their season, or can they find a way to stand together as a team?

Switch by Ingrid Law -

September 6, 2016

 

Gypsy Beaumont has always been a whirly-twirly free spirit, so as her thirteenth birthday approaches, she hopes to get a magical ability that will let her fly, or dance up to the stars. Instead, she wakes up on her birthday with blurry vision...and starts seeing flashes of the future and past. But when Momma and Poppa announce that her very un-magical, downright mean Grandma Pat has Alzheimer’s and is going to move in with them, Gypsy’s savvy --- along with her family’s --- suddenly becomes its opposite.

Top Dog Written by Daphne Maple with illustrations by Annabelle Metayer - Children's Fiction

September 6, 2016


In this third book, Taylor discovers that not everyone in Roxbury Park is as welcoming as her two best friends, Kim and Sasha. A girl at school won’t stop picking on Taylor for being new. Even worse, the Dog Club is under attack, too! A fancy dog grooming shop across town has set up a competing dog day care and unless the girls figure out how to keep their customers, the Pampered Puppy might put them out business --- for good.

Big Nate: Revenge of the Cream Puffs by Lincoln Peirce - Graphic Novel

September 6, 2016


Here come the Cream Puffs!  Nate and his baseball team, saddled with the most embarrassing moniker in Little League history, want to show the world they’re not just a bunch of cupcakes. But it won’t be easy. Their opponents mock them. The local sports section misprints Nate’s name --- THREE TIMES. And now, on the day of the big game, illness and injuries have the team facing a crushing defeat...unless the unlikeliest Cream Puff of all can come in from the bullpen and save the day.  

Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle Written by George Hagen, illustrated by Scott Bakal - Fantasy

September 6, 2016


How can 12-year-old Gabriel find his missing father, who seems to have vanished without a trace? With the help of Paladin—a young raven with whom he has a magical bond that enables them to become one creature—he flies to the foreboding land of Aviopolis, where he must face a series of difficult challenges and unanswerable riddles that could lead to his father . . . or to his death.
 

Graveyard Slot #2 (The Kat Sinclair Files) Written by Michelle Schusterman with illustrations by Stephanie Olesh - Children's Mystery

September 6, 2016


After a couple months at home dealing with her mother's upcoming wedding and trying on itchy bridesmaid dresses, Kat is more than happy to head off on another ghost-hunting and ghostbusting adventure with her dad --- especially since the cast and crew of Passport to Paranormal are headed to Brazil and Argentina and her new friends Jamie and Haley will be joining them. But the ghosts in South America are just as spooky and unpredictable as the ghosts they encountered in Europe and once again Kat finds herself involved in some mysteries that she might not be able to unravel.

Dead Air #1 (The Kat Sinclair Files) by Michelle Schusterman - Fiction

September 6, 2016

When Kat Sinclair’s dad tells her his new job hosting the ghost-hunting TV show Passport to Paranormal means they’ll be living on the road and visiting the world’s most haunted places, Kat packs her bags without a second thought. But the ghostbusting life isn’t as cool as Kat expected. The cast and crew don’t always get along, the producer’s annoying nephew has unexpectedly shown up, and Kat thinks the show --— and her dad --— might be cursed. Kat decides to start writing a blog with “a behind the scenes look at the creepiest show on TV.” But she soon discovers that going behind the scenes may just reveal more than she really wants to know.

Kalifus Rising: Legends of Orkney by Alane Adams -

September 6, 2016


Sam Baron just freed Orkney from the ravages of the Red Sun --- but now, imprisoned by Catriona, leader of the Volgrim Witches, Sam finds the darker side of his half-god, half-witch heritage released, and he fears he might destroy what he saved. Unable to resist the witches' enchantments, Sam has become their most potent weapon. Sam’s only hope for salvation lies with his three best friends and a mystical artifact known as the Moon Pearl. As Sam's friends rush to save him, other forces are at work in Orkney's shadows --- forces that could help free Sam, or condemn him to the darkness forever.

Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke - Graphic Novel

September 6, 2016


Jack might be the only kid in the world who's dreading summer. But he's got a good reason: summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy. It's a lot of responsibility, and it's boring, too, because Maddy doesn't talk. Ever. But then, one day at the flea market, Maddy does talk --- to tell Jack to trade their mom's car for a box of mysterious seeds.

Last in a Long Line of Rebels by Lisa Lewis-Tyre -

September 6, 2016

 

Lou might be only twelve, but she’s never been one to take things sitting down. So when her Civil War-era house is about to be condemned, she’s determined to save it --- either by getting it deemed a historic landmark or by finding the stash of gold rumored to be hidden nearby during the war. As Lou digs into the past, her eyes are opened when she finds that her ancestors ran the gamut of slave owners, renegades, thieves and abolitionists. Meanwhile, some incidents in her town show her that many Civil War era prejudices still survive and that the past can keep repeating itself if we let it. 

Super Hero High Yearbook! by Shea Fontana - Science Fiction

September 6, 2016


At Super Hero High School, the galaxy's most powerful teens master the fundamentals of what it means to be a hero. Now young fans can meet the amazing Amazon warrior Wonder Woman, the mighty Supergirl, the whiz-kid Batgirl, and many more of DC Comics' most iconic Super Heroes and Super-Villains as they take on the biggest challenge of their lives --- high school!

Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard - Fiction

September 6, 2016

 

The signs are everywhere, Jory's stepfather, Caleb, says. Red leaves in the springtime. Pages torn from a library book. All the fish in an aquarium facing the same way. A cracked egg with twin yolks. Everywhere and anywhere. And because of them, Jory's life is far from ordinary. He must follow a very specific set of rules: don't trust anyone outside the family, have your work boots at the ready just in case, and always, always watch out for the signs. The end is coming, and they must be prepared. 
 
School is Jory's only escape from Caleb's tight grasp. With the help of new friends, he begins to explore a world beyond his family's farm. Then Caleb notifies the family that the time has come for final preparations: digging in their backyard canyon at night. Every night. 
 
As the hole gets deeper, so does Jory's doubt about whether Caleb's prophecy is true. When the real reason for their digging becomes clear, Jory must choose between living his own life or following behind Caleb, shutting his eyes to the bright world he's just begun to see.

Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull - Biography/Science/Technology

September 6, 2016

 

Scientists have a reputation for being focused on their work --- and maybe even dull. But take another look. Did you know that it’s believed Galileo was scolded by the Roman Inquisition for sassing his mom? That Isaac Newton loved to examine soap bubbles? That Albert Einstein loved to collect joke books, and that geneticist Barbara McClintock wore a Groucho Marx disguise in public? 

 

My Weird School: Talent Show Mix-Up Written by Dan Gutman with illustrations by Jim Paillot - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


Mr. Cooper’s class is having a talent show. But A.J. has a problem --- he doesn’t have a talent! What will he do when the big day comes? Join A.J. and the gang from Ella Mentry School as they show young readers why they attend the weirdest --- and most fun! --- school around.

Pinkalicious: Apples, Apples, Apples! by Victoria Kann - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


Pinkalicious and the Pinkertons are all excited when they return from their trip to the orchard with lots of Pink Lady apples to munch on! After realizing they have more apples than the family could possibly use, Pinkalicious finds ways to share the apples with others.

Judy Moody and Friends: Mrs. Moody in The Birthday Jinx by Megan McDonald and Erwin Madrid - Fiction

September 6, 2016


Make a wish, Mrs. Moody! Every year on Mom’s birthday, one way or another, something goes wrong-not-right. Maybe Judy’s been in a bad mood. Maybe Stink’s gotten a little carsick. Maybe Dad can’t bake Mom’s favorite carrot cake. But this year is going to be different. This year is going to be perfect. This year, Judy is going to do all she can to make sure Mom gets the happy birthday she deserves. Watch out! The Boss of Birthday (aka Judy) is on the job! Parsnip cake with avocado frosting, anyone?

Itty Bitty Kitty: Firehouse Fun Written by Joan Holub with illustrations by James Burks - Picture Book

September 6, 2016


Ava and Itty Bitty Kitty are off to visit the firehouse! Ava’s giant cat is usually less than purr-fectly behaved, and this trip is no exception! Will Itty Bitty’s nose for trouble make them new friends --- or make their visit to the firehouse a disaster?

Balance Keepers, Book 2: The Pillars of Ponderay by Lindsay Cummings - Fantasy

September 6, 2016


Albert Flynn is psyched to return to the Core, the magical world at the center of the earth where Balance Keepers fix problems in three underground Realms. Last term Albert and his Balance Keeper teammates Birdie and Leroy saved New York by fixing the Calderon Realm and were crowned First Unit, aka the Coolest Kids in the Core. Now Albert and his teammates have been called to the Core for an emergency training session…along with their archenemy, Hoyt. There’s a horrible Imbalance in the Ponderay Realm, and they have only seven days before California will be swallowed by hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis. Worse yet, it’s rumored there’s a traitor among them who is causing all this chaos.

Destination: Mars (revised edition) by Seymour Simon - Nonfiction

September 6, 2016

 

Seymour Simon explores the Red Planet through fascinating facts and amazing full-color photographs. Readers will learn about the recent discovery of water, the Valles Marineris --- the biggest valley on Mars --- the ice caps, recent expeditions and more.

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia -

September 6, 2016


Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible.

Swamp Scarefest by B.A. Frade - Horror

September 6, 2016

 

Aidan and Olivia live in a creaky old house on the edge of a dirty, swampy lake. Craving some excitement, they convince their parents to let them camp out by the lakeshore under a full moon, with only their dog for company. Aidan loves to scare his sister and has plenty of funny tricks up his sleeve for their campout. But the twins are about to find out that the creepy old book that washed ashore, Tales from the Scaremaster, has a mind of its own-and its mind is set on scares beyond Aidan's wildest dreams!

The Imaginary Written by A. F. Harrold with illustrations by Emily Gravett - Fiction

September 6, 2016


Rudger is Amanda Shuffleup's imaginary friend. Nobody else can see Rudger --- until the evil Mr. Bunting arrives at Amanda's door. Mr. Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumor has it that he even eats them. And now he's found Rudger.

Soon Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. He needs to find Amanda before Mr. Bunting catches him-and before Amanda forgets him and he fades away to nothing. But how can an unreal boy stand alone in the real world?

Werewolf Weekend by B.A. Frade - Fiction

September 6, 2016

 

Twelve-year-old Emma is excited to spend a weekend away at best friend Samantha's house for an epic sleepover with Sam and her out-of-town cousins. But things take a turn for the spooky when Emma's peculiar new book, Tales from the Scaremaster, shows it has a mind of its own-and weaves a story starring Emma and some cousins hiding a very creepy secret!

Took: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn - Fiction

September 6, 2016

 

Thirteen-year-old Daniel Anderson doesn’t believe Brody Mason’s crazy stories about the ghost witch who lives up on Brewster’s Hill with Bloody Bones, her man-eating razorback hog. He figures Brody’s probably just trying to scare him since he’s the new kid...a “stuck-up snot” from Connecticut. But Daniel’s 7 year-old sister Erica has become more and more withdrawn, talking to her lookalike doll. When she disappears into the woods one day, he knows something is terribly wrong. Did the witch strike? Has Erica been “took”?

I Don't Know How the Story Ends by J.B. Cheaney - Fiction

September 6, 2016

 

Isobel Ransom is anxious. Her father is away treating wounded soldiers in France, leaving Izzy to be the responsible one at home. But it's hard to be responsible when your little sister is chasing a fasttalking, movie-obsessed boy all over Hollywood! Ranger is directing his very own moving picture...and wants Izzy and Sylvie to be his stars. Izzy is sure Mother wouldn't approve, but scouting locations, scrounging film and "borrowing" a camera turn out to be the perfect distractions from Izzy's worries. There's just one problem: their movie has no ending. And it has to be perfect --- the kind of ending where the hero saves the day and returns home to his family. Safe and sound. It just has to.

The Vanishing Island by Barry Wolverton - Fiction

September 6, 2016

 

It's 1599, the Age of Discovery in Europe. But for Bren Owen, growing up in the small town of Map on the coast of Britannia has meant anything but adventure. That's when Bren meets a dying sailor, who gives him a strange gift that hides a hidden message. Cracking the code could lead Bren to a fabled lost treasure that could change his life forever, and that of his widowed father. 

Tom Gates: Everything’s Amazing (Sort of) by Liz Pichon - Fiction

September 6, 2016


Things are looking up for Tom Gates. The school dance is coming up and his birthday, too! What could possibly put him in a bad mood? Well, the words math lesson, for one thing. And that annoying twit Marcus Meldrew at school. And Granny Mavis threatening to bake Tom’s birthday cake (carrots!). And the fact that nobody seems to be noticing the long list of birthday presents Tom has prominently displayed. Worst of all, can it be true that Tom’s dad has volunteered to deejay the school dance wearing the wacky costume from his new job?

Wrong Place, (Really) Wrong Time (In Due Time) by Nicholas O. Time - Science Fiction

September 13, 2016


When librarian Valerie Tremt gives student Luis Ramirez a chance to go back in time. He plans to go back to 1696 and see exactly where Captain William Kidd left buried treasure and then return to the spot and retrieve it.  But when he returns from his time traveling adventure without any treasure, he is inconsolable. His older brother Rafael doesn’t believe he time traveled at all. Luis decides there’s only one way to convince him. He brings The Book of Memories home to show Rafael, despite Ms. Tremt’s warning that the book is never to leave the library without her permission. Luis ignores her warning --- after all, it’s just a book. What could possibly go wrong?

Until I Find Julian by Patricia Reilly Giff -

September 13, 2016

 

Newbery Honor–winning author Patricia Reilly Giff tells a vivid, contemporary story about a remarkable boy who risks everything for his family and a bold girl who helps him. At home in Mexico, Mateo knows where he belongs: with Mami, Abuelita, little brother Lucas and big brother Julian. When Julian leaves to work in el Norte, the United States, Mateo misses him. And when the family stops hearing from Julian, Mateo knows he has to find his beloved brother.

The Fall by James Preller - Fiction

September 13, 2016

 

As Sam explores the events leading up to the tragedy, he must face a difficult and life-changing question: Why did he keep his friendship with Morgan a secret? And could he have done something-anything-to prevent her final actions?

Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen - Picture Book

September 13, 2016


By the time she's two years old, Violet Van Winkle can fix nearly any appliance in the house. And by eight she's building elaborate flying machines from scratch --- mind-boggling contraptions such as the Tubbubbler, the Bicycopter, and the Wing-a-ma-jig. The kids at school tease her, but they have no idea what she's capable of. Maybe she could earn their respect by winning the blue ribbon in the upcoming Air Show. Or maybe something even better will happen --- something involving her best-ever invention, a Boy Scout troop in peril, and even the mayor himself!

The Doll People Set Sail (The Doll People Book 4) written by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin - Youth Fiction

September 13, 2016

 

Annabelle Doll, Tiffany Funcraft, and their families are whisked out to sea when the Palmers accidentally place them in a box destined for charity donation. And it turns out they're not alone-there are plenty of other doll people on the ship, too. After traveling thousands of miles, will they be able to find their way home? 

Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic by Jason Segel - Fiction

September 13, 2016

 

Charlie can’t shake the feeling that something strange is afoot. Charlotte’s herbarium used to be one of the busiest stores in Cypress Creek. Now her loyal following is heading to Orville Falls for their herbal potions. Weirder, though, Orville Falls is suddenly filled with...zombies? At least, they sure look like the walking dead. Rumor has it that no one’s sleeping in Orville Falls. And Charlie knows what that means.

Hook's Revenge, Book 2: The Pirate Code Written by Heidi Schulz with illustrations by John Hendrix - Adventure

September 13, 2016


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.
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures written by Kate DiCamillo with illustrations by K.G. Campbell - Humor

September 13, 2016

 

It begins with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight and misspelled poetry --- and that Flora will be changed too.

Anton and Cecil: Cats on Track (Book 2) Written by Lisa Martin and Valerie Martin, illustrated by Kelly Murphy. -

September 13, 2016


Terrible news has reached cat brothers Anton and Cecil: their rodent friend Hieronymus has been captured. Anton and Cecil must try to rescue the mouse who once saved Anton’s life. Boarding one of the monstrous machines the mice call “landships,” the brothers travel to the Wild West. In the face of many dangers, can Anton and Cecil find the courage and wit to save Hieronymus?

A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano - Fiction

September 13, 2016

 

Pram Bellamy is special --- she can talk to ghosts. She has her books, she has her aunts and she has her best friend, the ghostly Felix.

Then Pram meets Clarence, a boy from school who has also lost a parent and is looking for answers. Together they arrive at the door of the mysterious Lady Savant, who promises to help. But this spiritualist knows the true nature of Pram's power, and what she has planned is more terrifying than any ghost.

Judy Moody and Stink: The Wishbone Wish written by Megan McDonald with illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds - Youth Fiction

September 13, 2016


The town’s annual Turkey Trot race and festival is coming up, and Judy and Stink are training to win. Judy has decided that she is going to take home the big prize: a fat, juicy turkey. They can taste it already: the moist turkey, the hot gravy, the savory stuffing, the cranberry sauce! Beep! Beep! Beep! That’s the sound of Stink’s Rapidfire Ultra XE611M25 stopwatch going off as Judy and Stink hop, crawl and climb toward race day.

Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins? by Liz Kessler - Fiction

September 13, 2016


Jessica Jenkins has always been a perfectly ordinary girl --- until one day part of her arm vanishes in the middle of geography class! Jessica’s friends Izzy and Tom are determined to help her develop her newfound invisibility, though Jessica is more concerned with discovering where the ability came from. When it becomes apparent that there may be other kids developing strange powers of their own, Jessica marshals them into a slapdash band of “slightly superheroes.” But when an unscrupulous adult discovers the origin of their powers and kidnaps one of the team, the rest must put their heads --- and all of their skills --- together to avert disaster.

The Bamboo Sword by Margi Preus - Fiction

September 13, 2016

 

Set in 1853 in Japan, this novel follows Yoshi, a Japanese boy who dreams of someday becoming a samurai. He is taken up by Manjiro, the protagonist of Preus’s HEART OF A SAMURAI, and becomes his servant and secret watchdog. Aboard the commodore’s flagship is a cabin boy, Jack, who becomes separated from his American companions while on shore. When he and Yoshi cross paths, they set out on a grand adventure to get Jack back to his ship before he is discovered by the shogun’s samurai.

TodHunter Moon, Book Two: SandRider by Angie Sage - Fiction

September 13, 2016

 

Taking place seven years after the events of the original Septimus Heap series, TodHunter Moon tells the story of Alice TodHunter Moon, a young PathFinder who comes to the Castle with a Magyk all her own. In this second book, Tod sets out for the Desert of the Singing Sands to retrieve the Egg of the Orm --- a journey that will test not only her Magykal and PathFinding skills but her friendships, too.

The Secret Talent by Jo Whittemore - Fiction

September 13, 2016

 

Tim Antonides is feeling pretty good about sixth grade. He’s even begun to branch out and make some new guy friends. The only thing that could ruin his awesome reputation is his big secret --- he performs Greek folk dances with his twin sister, Gabby . . . complete with a super embarrassing outfit. Only his family and closest friends know, and he’s going to make sure it stays that way. But when the class bully, Ryan, discovers Tim’s hidden talent, he blackmails Tim into completing a list of almost-impossible tasks.

Dead Boy by Laurel Gale - Fiction

September 20, 2016

 

Crow is lonely. When Melody Plympton moves in next door, Crow finally has a chance at friendship and a shot at getting his life back from the mysterious wish-granting creature living in the park. But first there are tests to pass. And it means risking the only friend he’s had in years. Debut author Laurel Gale’s story about friendship fulfilled may be the most moving --- and most macabre --- yet.

Thomas Jefferson: President and Philosopher by Jon Meacham - Nonfiction

September 20, 2016

 

Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States. He was one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence. But he was also a lawyer and an ambassador, an inventor and a scientist. He had a wide range of interests and hobbies, but his consuming interest was the survival and success of the United States.
 
This book contains a note from Meacham and over 100 archival illustrations, as well as sections throughout the text about subjects such as the Boston Tea Party, the Library of Congress, and Napoléon Bonaparte.

Laugh-Out-Loud Christmas Jokes for Kids by Rob Elliott - Humor

September 20, 2016

 

The holiday season just got a whole lot merrier now that Rob Elliott is back with another instant classic full of fresh, frosty fun to bring the whole family together. These pages are bursting with laughter to warm up the fireside, the sledding slopes, and everywhere in between

The Creeps: Book 3: Curse of the Attack-o-Lanterns by Chris Schweizer - Science Fiction

September 27, 2016


When rule breaking during one of their investigations lands the detectives in “service detention,” the four friends find themselves lugging pumpkins off a foreclosed pumpkin patch. To thank them for their service, Sheriff Obie allows each Creep to take home a pumpkin. Once carved, the jack-o-lanterns come to life --- and attack everyone within reach! It turns out the pumpkins came from a cursed patch, and to stop the Attack-o-Lanterns from destroying their town, the Creeps will have to team up with the patch’s owner, Old Lady Bitterwood, who happens to be a witch.

Timmy Failure: We Meet Again by Stephan Pastis - Youth Fiction

September 27, 2016

 

His name is Failure. Timmy Failure. And his detective agency is on the verge of global domination. Global riches. Global fame. And yet the gods keep throwing him curveballs: for starters, academic probation. The coveted Miracle Report is the key to everything, including a good grade. It’s dirty business. It’s best you know nothing. But one thing is for sure: Timmy Failure will be triumphant again!

Who is Bruce Springsteen? by Stephanie Sabol - Biography

September 27, 2016


Not only was Bruce Springsteen "Born in the USA," he has risen to become a 20 time Grammy winner and American icon. Bruce Springsteen grew up in a blue-collar New Jersey town, where his parents struggled to make ends meet. Bruce didn't fit in at school but found solace in rock and roll and playing guitar. After the breakup of a local band he'd joined, Springsteen went out on his own and people began to take notice. He signed with Columbia Records and under pressure to come up with a hit, wrote "Born in the USA."

Lizard of Oz (Goosebumps: Most Wanted #10) by R. L. Stine - Horror

September 27, 2016


Kate Orton loves animals, especially unusual ones. So when she sees a pop-up ad on her computer for an amazing lizard from Australia, she has to have it. The ad says the lizard is actually a kind of chameleon --- it can change its color to blend in with its surroundings. But what makes this lizard really strange is that it's a copycat --- the ad says it can even change its shape. After anxiously checking the mail every day for two weeks, the package finally arrives. But when she finally opens it--there's no lizard inside. There's only an egg with a written warning.

Varmints by Andy Hirsch - Graphic Novel

September 27, 2016


Opie and Ned are adrift in the Old West, searching for the man who shot their Ma. These two youngsters only have each other, but with all their squabbling it's a miracle they still have that. When they get wind of the mysterious Pa ("crime kingpin of the West!"), Opie and Ned suddenly have something new: a mission. But tracking down the elusive (and deadly) Pa is going to take all the wiles these two kids have, and some new friends to boot.

Courage and Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs and Survivors in World War II Denmark by Deborah Hopkinson - Nonfiction

September 27, 2016

 

Award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson traces the stories of the heroic young men and women who would not stand by as their country was occupied by a dangerous enemy. Rather, they fought back. Some were spies, passing tactical information to the British; some were saboteurs, who aimed to hamper and impede Nazi operations in Denmark; and 95% of the Jewish population of Denmark were survivors, rescued by their fellow countrymen, who had the courage and conscience that drove them to act. 

Four Perfect Pebbles by Lila Perl and Marion Blumenthal Lazan - Nonfiction

October 18, 2016


Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal family --- father, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albert --- were trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to get to Holland, but soon thereafter it was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years the Blumenthals were forced to live in refugee, transit and prison camps, including Westerbork in Holland and Bergen-Belsen in Germany, before finally making it to the United States. Their story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope and the will to survive.