New! GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA by Rita Williams-Garcia (Fiction, Family Life )
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, and the two 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. --- Reviewed by Anita Lock.
New! DEAR HANK WILLIAMS by Kimberly Willis Holt (Fiction, Family Relationships)
It's 1948 in Rippling Creek, Louisiana, and Tate P. Ellerbee's new teacher has just given her class an assignment --- learning the art of letter-writing. Luckily, Tate has the perfect pen pal in mind: Hank Williams, a country music singer whose star has just begun to rise. Tate and her Great Aunt and Uncle listen to him on the radio every Saturday night, and Tate just knows that she and Hank are kindred spirits. --- Reviewed by Aimee Rogers.
New! THE WATER AND THE WILD by Katie Elise Ormsbee and illustrated by Elsa Mora (Fantasy)
A green apple tree grows in the heart of Thirsby Square, and tangled up in its magical roots is the story of Lottie Fiske. For as long as Lottie can remember, the only people who seem to care about her are her best friend, Eliot and the mysterious letter writer who sends her birthday gifts. But now strange things are happening on the island Lottie calls home, and Eliot's getting sicker, with a disease the doctors have given up trying to cure. Lottie is helpless, useless, powerless --- until a door opens in the apple tree. Follow Lottie down through the roots to another world in pursuit of the impossible: a cure for the incurable, a use for the useless and protection against the pain of loss. ---Reviewed by Emma Kantor.
New! THE CARTOON GUIDE TO ALGEBRA by Larry Gonick (Education, Graphic Novel)
Using engaging graphics and lively humor, Gonick covers all of the algebra essentials, including linear equations, polynomials, quadratic equations and graphing techniques. He also offers a concise overview of algebra’s history and its many practical applications in modern life. --- Reviewed by Anita Lock.
New! CATCH YOU LATER, TRAITOR by Avi (Adventure, Mystery)
Brooklyn, New York, 1951. Twelve-year-old Pete Collison is a regular kid who loves Sam Spade detective books and radio crime dramas, but when an FBI agent shows up at Pete’s doorstep accusing his father of being a Communist, Pete finds himself caught in a real-life mystery. At the same time, Pete’s class turns against him, thanks to similar rumors spread by his own teacher. As Pete follows the quickly accumulating clues, he begins to wonder if the truth could put his family’s livelihood --- and even their freedom --- at risk. --- Reviewed by Anita Lock.
New! OMEGA CITY by Diana Peterfreund (Adventure, Science Fiction)
Gillian Seagret discovers a missing page from Dr. Underberg's diary in her father's mess of an office --- a space-themed riddle promising to lead to Dr. Underberg's greatest invention. Enlisting the help of her younger brother, her best friend and their NASA-obsessed schoolmate, Gillian sets off on a journey into the ruins of Omega City. But while Gillian wants to save her dad's reputation by bringing Dr. Underberg's secrets to light, there are others who will stop at nothing to make sure they stay buried...forever. --- Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.
New! THE GIFT OF CHARMS (The Land of Dragor) by Julia Suzuki (Fantasy)
In a secret land, far away from the habitation of man, dwell the world's last remaining dragons. In their mystical valley, they live their daily lives, but all is not well and their talents are fading. Things change, however, when Yoshiko --- a dragon with a unique destiny --- is born: he must go on a dangerous mission to the human world to help the clans regain their missing magic! --- Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.
NEW! JOEY AND JOHNNY, THE NINJAS: Get Mooned by Chris Pallace and Kevin Serwacki (Fiction)
Joey and Johnny are best friends --- and ninjas and students at Kick Foot Academy, the premier ninja school in Lemming Falls. But Kick Foot Academy's reputation is about to be put to the test. Their rivals at Red Moon Clan have mysteriously come into possession of state-of-the-art weapons --- something that is totally not ninja. And now they have challenged Kick Foot Academy to a Test of Three, culminating in an epic Battle Royal. The outcome will determine which ninja school reigns supreme...and which shuts down forever. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.
NEW! THE WORST CLASS TRIP EVER by Dave Barry (Fiction)
On a class trip to Washington, D.C., Wyatt, his best friend, Matt and a few kids from Culver Middle School find themselves in a heap of trouble --- not just with their teachers, who have long lost patience with them --- but from several mysterious men they first meet on their flight to the nation's capital. In a fast-paced adventure with the monuments as a backdrop, the kids try to stay out of danger and out of the doghouse while trying to save the president from attack --- or maybe not. Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin.
NEW! RETURN TO AUGIE HOBBLE by Lane Smith (Fiction)
Augie Hobble lives in a fairy tale --- or at least Fairy Tale Place, the down-on-its-luck amusement park managed by his father. Yet his life is turning into a nightmare: he's failed creative arts and has to take summer school, the girl he has a crush on won't acknowledge him and Hogg Wills and the school bullies won't leave him alone. Worse, a succession of mysterious, possibly paranormal, events have him convinced that he's turning into a werewolf. Reviewed by Charles Payseur.
NEW! MOONE BOY: The Blunder Years by Chris O'Dowd and Nick V. Murphy (Fiction)
Martin Moone is 11 and completely fed up with being the only boy in a family of girls. He's desperate for a decent wingman to help him navigate his idiotic life. So when best mate Padraic suggests Martin get an imaginary friend --- or "IF" for short --- he decides to give it a go. Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin.
NEW! UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER by Kelly Jones, illustrated by Katie Kath (Fiction)
Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown feels like a fish out of water when she and her parents move from Los Angeles to the farm they’ve inherited from a great-uncle. But farm life gets more interesting when a cranky chicken appears and Sophie discovers the hen can move objects with the power of her little chicken brain: jam jars, the latch to her henhouse, the entire henhouse... Reviewed by Sally Tibbetts.
NEW! THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EMILY H. by Barrie Summy (Fiction)
Emily Huvar vanished without a trace. And the clues are right beneath Raine’s fingertips. Literally. Raine isn’t like other eighth graders. One touch of a glittering sparkle that only Raine can see, and she’s swept into a memory from the past. If she touches enough sparkles, she can piece together what happened to Emily. Reviewed by Hasnah Farraj.
NEW! SIX by M. M. Vaughan (Science Fiction)
Parker and his family share a secret: they can, with the help of advanced technology, communicate between themselves through their thoughts. And then Parker’s dad, on the cusp of a technological breakthrough, is kidnapped. Thanks to a message his dad sent via thoughts before the signal cut off, Parker is suddenly on a rescue mission. But all the signs point to one thing: the company his dad works for is up to something big. Huge. A perfectly sinister project that threatens far more than Parker’s family. A project called SIX. --- Reviewed by Rebecca Czochor.
NEW! FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCESS by Meg Cabot (Fiction)
Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is a completely average 12-year-old. Then one completely average day, everything goes wrong...until a limo containing Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia pulls up to invite her to New York to finally meet her father. Maybe Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison isn't so average after all! --- Reviewed by Sally Tibbetts.
New! YOUNG-HEE AND THE PULLOCHO by Mark James Russell (Youth Fiction, Fantasy)
In Young-hee's life, everything feels wrong --- her dad is gone, her mom is overextended and Young-hee is forced to move back to Seoul --- and not a nice part of Seoul, either. Then Young-hee stumbles into a magical world, where the fairy stories of her childhood are real and all the frustrations of her everyday life fade away --- until her brother Bum is kidnapped, and the only way Young-hee can save him is by finding the magical pullocho plant. --- Reviewed by Aimee Rogers.
New! THE SECRET COOKIE CLUB by Martha Freeman (Youth Fiction, Cooking)
When her four campers don’t get along, counselor Hannah has an idea. They gather in the kitchen at the Moonlight Ranch Summer Camp. There, they measure, mix, stir and bake. As they bite into their warm sugar cookies, they finally seem to be friends. But summer doesn’t last forever. And if the bond is going to survive the long school year, these kids will need a plan, a plan that just might require cookies. --- Reviewed by Kathleen M. Purcell.
New! THE FRIENDSHIP RIDDLE by Megan Frazer Blakemore (Youth Fiction)
Ruth Mudd-O'Flaherty has been a lone wolf at her new middle school ever since her best friend, Charlotte, ditched her for "cooler" friends. Who needs friends when you have fantasy novels? One day she finds a note in an old book...and in that note is a riddle, one that Ruth can't solve alone. With a tantalizing set of clues before her, Ruth must admit she needs help, the kind that usually comes from friends. Ruth must decide: Is embarking on this quest worth opening herself up again? --- Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin.