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Return to Berrybrook Middle School with CRUSH

In the third installment of Svetlana Chmakova's hit series, we meet Jorge, a big softhearted guy who is dealing with a major crush.

Robert Beatty’s WILLA OF THE WOOD is a Fantastical, Compelling Story of Hope

Beatty’s new novel for middle graders follows a brave young heroine through a journey full of magic, mystery, imagination and adventure.

BUMBLEBEE AT SUPER HERO HIGH is an Action-Packed Tale of Girl Power

Lisa Yee’s series continuation is jam-packed with iconic female superheroes in their high school years, solving crimes with sass and sting!

Babymouse is Back with Another Story About Surviving Middle School!

Jennifer Holm and Matthew Hold tackle technology in this relatable tale of growing up with everyone’s favorite teen mouse.

Ellen Oh’s Follow-Up Novel is a Haunting Tale That Will Leave You Spooked and Satisfied

Follow spirit hunter Harper Raine as she faces spine-chilling new challenges on her family’s vacation to a remote tropical island.

Check Out Some of the Great Series We've Updated this Month!

Whether you love adventures on the high seas, spooky mysteries or fun tales of friendship, there's something for everyone in this month's update!

This Month's Features and Contests

Special Feature: CRUSH by Svetlana Chmakova
Jorge seems to have it all together. He's big enough that nobody really messes with him, but he's also a genuinely sweet guy with a solid, reliable group of friends. The only time he ever really feels off his game is when he crosses paths with a certain girl... But when the group dynamic among the boys starts to shift, will Jorge be able to balance what his friends expect of him versus what he actually wants?

 

Series Update: In this month's series update, we have some great additions to our favorite series! Click here to see our full series list.

Latest Reviews

It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat --- by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for "A Room to Talk"), they discover it's safe to talk about what's bothering them --- everything from Esteban's father's deportation and Haley's father's incarceration to Amari's fears of racial profiling and Ashton's adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.

Emily and her sister, Holly, were as close as sisters could be. But Holly died three months ago, and Emily's world is shattered. Emily is surprised to find that she misses Holly's teddy bear, Bluey, too. But Bluey was buried with Holly. Then one night, Emily dreams of talking toys, who tell her they have come with a message from Bluey. Emily is convinced she can be reunited with him. But there's something strange about the barrier between the toy world and the real world --- magic is spilling out, and it's wreaking havoc on Emily's world. Is finding Bluey is worth risking the lives of those she loves?

Willa, a young night-spirit forest girl, is her clan's best thief. She creeps into the cabins of the day-folk under cover of darkness and takes what they won't miss. It's dangerous work, but Willa will do anything to win the approval of the padaran, the leader of the Faeran people. When Willa's curiosity leaves her hurt and stranded in the day-folk world, she calls upon her ancient powers and the unbreakable bonds of her forest allies to escape. Only then does she begin to discover the shocking truth: that not all day-folk are the same, and that the foundations of her Faeran society are under attack. 

Breakout by Kate Messner - Fiction

Nora Tucker is looking forward to summer vacation in Wolf Creek --- two months of swimming, popsicles and brushing up on her journalism skills for the school paper. But when two inmates break out of the town's maximum security prison, everything changes. Everyone is on edge, and fear brings out the worst in some people Nora has known her whole life. Even if the inmates are caught, she worries that home might never feel the same. BREAKOUT is a thrilling story that will leave readers thinking about who's really welcome in the places we call home.

Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic --- dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines and many more. In TREES we follow an acorn as it learns about its future as Earth's largest, longest-living plant. Starting with the seed's germination, we learn about each stage until the tree's maturation, different types of trees and the roles trees take on in our ecosystem.

Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk - Graphic Novel/Fantasy

Sixth grade was SO much easier for Danny. All her friends were in the same room and she knew exactly what to expect out of life. Now that she's in seventh grade, she's in a new middle school, her friends are in different classes and forming new cliques, and she is totally, completely lost. What Danny really needs is a new best friend! So when she inherits a magic sketchbook from her eccentric great-aunt in which anything she sketches in it comes to life, she draws Madison, the most amazing, perfect and awesome best friend ever. 

Denis Egan is dead. He’s okay with that. It’s been five years since he died, and the place where souls go is actually pretty nice. However, something is standing in his way. His twin brother Matt can’t let go of him, and as long as the living are holding on to his memory, Denis can’t rest in peace. To uncover the truth about what happened, Denis teams up with Matt. But visiting for too long has painful consequences for Denis, and Matt’s renewed interest in his brother’s passing is driving a wedge between his parents. Can the boys solve Denis’s death without breaking apart the family he’s left behind? 

When Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, Percy Jackson is the prime suspect. Percy and his friends have just ten days to find Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve an Oracle's riddle; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods. This deluxe gift edition of the internationally best-selling first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, lavishly illustrated by series artist John Rocco, is a must-have for Riordan fans.

When 12-year-old Della Kelly finds her mother talking to people who aren't there, Della worries that the sickness that put her mama in the hospital four years ago is back. With her daddy struggling to save the farm and her mama in denial about what’s happening, it’s up to Della to heal her mama for good. But when the Bee Lady says that the solution might have less to do with fixing Mama’s brain and more to do with healing her own heart, Della must learn that love means accepting her mama just as she is.

For an assignment in Ms. June Moone's art class, the girls are working on their very own comic books. The character-created comic pages give us a glimpse into each girl's personality. But Harley isn't satisfied with her comics creation and thinks a little of Ms. Moone's special paint will really help her drawings come to life! The problem? Harley's drawings literally come to life!