In the darkly hilarious book series A Series of Unfortunate Events, author Lemony Snicket shares with readers everything he knows about the Baudelaire family. After much careful research on the Baudelaires, a very wealthy bunch who seem to be the unluckiest clan in the world, Snicket is an expert.
Get to know the only kid on the FBI Director’s speed dial and several international criminals’ most wanted lists all because of his Theory of All Small Things in this hilarious start to a brand-new middle grade mystery series.
So you’re only halfway through your homework and the Director of the FBI keeps texting you for help…What do you do? Save your grade? Or save the country?
If you’re Florian Bates, you figure out a way to do both.
In these action-packed cartooning adventures, kids will have as much fun making comics as reading them!
Once upon a time . . . a princess tried to make a comic. And with the help of a magical cartooning elf, she learned how --- well enough to draw her way out of an encounter with a dangerous dragon, near-death by drowning and into her very own adventure! Like the princess, young readers will discover that they already have the drawing and writing skills it takes to make a comic --- they just need a little know-how.
On his thirteenth birthday, Alcatraz --- a foster child --- gets a bag of sand in the mail which purports to be his ‘inheritance’ sent from his father and mother. The Librarians, of course, immediately steal the bag of sand from him. This sparks a chain of events which leads Alcatraz to realize that his family is part of a group of freedom fighters who resist the Evil Librarians --- the secret cult who actually rule the world.
The world’s only teenage spy must outwit the world’s most ingenious terrorists and madmen in this New York Times-bestselling series that keeps the action on overdrive. Perfect for young fans of James Bond.
When a four-inch tall alien named Amp crash-lands through Zack McGee’s bedroom window, Zack’s sure he’s about to become the first victim in a new War of the Worlds. But when Amp’s weapons turn out to be more ticklish than terrifying, Zack realizes that rather than protecting the world from Amp, it’s up to him to protect the alien in his pocket from the world. With illustrations on every spread, a how-to on launching a rocket, fun scientific facts and the hilarious adventures of Zack and Amp, this book is the perfect gift for any young reader!
Meet Gladys Gatsby: New York’s toughest restaurant critic. (Just don’t tell anyone that she’s in sixth grade.) When she’s mistakenly contacted to write a restaurant review for one of the largest newspapers in the world, Gladys must keep her identity a secret while juggling cooking and her dream career.
In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn't be read.
Perfect for fans of Pixar's THE INCREDIBLES, ALMOST SUPER is a fresh, funny middle grade adventure about two brothers in a family of superheroes who must find a way to be heroic despite receiving powers that are total duds. Filled with humor, heart and just the right kind of heroics, ALMOST SUPER is a winning story that will satisfy would-be heroes and regular kids alike.
Alvin is a second-grader who is afraid of everything, especially school, where he doesn’t say a word all day, but when he returns home, he turns into a superhero, a brother to his two siblings and a gentleman-in-training. With an even split between illustrations and text, this series will give younger readers plenty to look at, laugh over and learn about.
The grown-up Amelia Bedelia is a housekeeper who also plays many other roles: teacher, student, political candidate, amateur rocket scientist, baseball player, babysitter, librarian, musician, doctor, camper, construction worker . . . and the list continues! She does exactly what you tell her to do --- so be careful what you say.
Kaya, Felicity, Caroline, Josefina, Kirsten, Addy, Samantha, Rebecca, Kit, Molly, Maryellen and Julie all live in America; but their lives and circumstances are as different as the times they inhabit. From Kaya's world of the Nez Perce Indians to the groovy 1970s era of Julie, you will be totally caught up with these feisty all-American heroines and their adventures.
One of the most charming series for young girls stars a little white mouse wearing pink slippers and a pink tutu. Her name is Angelina, and she just loves to dance. She wants to become a famous ballerina someday, but in the meantime, she shares some great adventures with her cousin Henry, her best friend Alice and all the other mouselings from the village where they live.
On his twelfth birthday, Archie Greene receives a mysterious package containing an ancient book in a language he doesn't recognize. The gift leads him to a family he didn't know he had and a world he never knew existed.
Set in two sharply contrasting realms --- the aboveground world that humans inhabit and the imaginative underground netherworld where "the People" (otherwise known as fairies, gnomes, goblins and trolls) reside --- the Artemis Fowl series is an interspecies fantasy thrill ride that will keep readers alternately holding their breath in suspense and laughing out loud during many comic moments.
From the mind of Marc Brown comes the Arthur series, which has sold over 65 million books in the United States alone. The subsequent apps, e-books and television shows are enjoyed by children in more than 80 countries around the world. The books and television series have won numerous awards including the New York Times Bestseller list, several Emmys and The George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting (way to go, Arthur!).
Now young Arthur fans can enjoy longer stories about their favorite aardvark third-grader and his family and friends adapted from episodes of the television show. A series of chapter books which launched with ARTHUR’S MYSTERY ENVELOPE has a long list of titles --- and the list is growing every year! There is also a brand new series featuring all the goofy but charming gang of Arthur's neighborhood entitled Good Sports.
Hakata Soy is a former space hero who is doing his best to keep his head down at Astronaut Academy. Things aren't going so great, though. The most popular girl in school has it in for him. His best friend won't return his calls. And his new roommate is a complete jock who only cares about Fireball. Follow his adventures in this fun series of science fiction graphic novels.
In a magical land called Ellegandia, a young boy named Promi scrapes by, stealing pies, cakes and sweets to survive. But little does he know that his country is a pawn in an ages-old war between good and evil, battled both in the spirit realm and in the human world.
Atticus Claw used to be the world's greatest cat burglar but since he moved in with the Cheddar family, he has become the world's greatest cat detective. He's had loads of adventures and rescued Inspector Cheddar from villains more times than he can count on one paw. And whenever one adventure finishes there always seems to be another one just around the corner.
The New York Times called Ava and Pip “a love letter to language." Told in an inviting diary format, Ava and Pip is an endearing story about friendship, family, identity and inspiration. Outgoing Ava loves her older sister, Pip, but can’t understand why Pip is so reserved and never seems to make friends with others. When Ava uses her writing talents to help her sister overcome her shyness, both girls learn the impact their words and stories can have.
Books On Screen
As Halloween is coming up, you're probably brainstorming costumes --- should you go for a classic character or something spooky? Well, whatever your preference, there are some great movies coming out that are sure to match your mood. For those of you who love dressing up as a favorite fictional character, whether a Disney princess or a Hogwarts student, we know you'll be all about Pan, which tells the backstory of the boy who never grows up.