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Anna Meriano Delivers a Delicious Treat with LOVE SUGAR MAGIC

In this series starter, a young Mexican-American girl learns that her family has been adding a secret ingredient to their cakes: magic.

Prepare for the Black Panther Movie with BLACK PANTHER by Ronald L. Smith

When the young prince of Wakanda is sent to a public school in Chicago, he begins his journey to becoming the legendary hero.

Return to Super Hero High with Harley Quinn

In the latest installment of Lisa Yee's blockbuster series, Harley Quinn takes the spotlight.

Read Our Interview with Nidhi Chanani, Author of PASHMINA

PASHMINA was one of the best books of 2017, and Nidhi Chanani stopped by our blog to tell us more about it!

THE WONDERLING is a Magical Tale of Courage

When a fox-like creature takes steps to leave his abusive orphanage, he discovers his true destiny and the joys of magic.

A 9-Year-Old Reporter Cracks a Local Case in HERO DOG!

From real-life reporter Hilde Lysiak comes a female sleuth young readers will adore!

February's Features and Contests

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

DC Super Hero Girls: Date with Disaster! Written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Yancey Labat - Comic Books/Graphic Novels

Catwoman is out alone on the prowl one night when KABOOM --- an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs! Star students Batgirl and Lois Lane both know the lab incident is fishy, and they meet later to share clues. But nothing could've prepared Batgirl for what they see next --- Batgirl's dad on a date! And with the school dance coming up, everyone is pairing off. The girls place a personal ad for Commissioner Gordon while they investigate the explosion, but they're about to discover more than who is behind the attack on S.T.A.R. Labs. Could it be that posting an ad looking for dates for the commissioner is like advertising catnip for criminals?

Arlo Finch thought becoming a Ranger meant learning wilderness skills, like camping and knots. But upon arriving in the tiny town of Pine Mountain, Arlo soon learns there's so much more. His new friends Indra and Wu teach him how to harness the wild magic seeping in from the mysterious Long Woods --- a parallel realm of wonder and danger. A dark and ancient force is sending threats into the real world...our world. Through perilous adventures and close calls, Arlo is awakened to his unique destiny --- but the obstacles he faces will test the foundations of the Ranger's Vow: loyalty, bravery, kindness and truth.

Emmeline's gift of controlling shadows has isolated her from the rest of the world, but she's grown to be content, hidden away in her mansion with Dar, her own shadow, as her only company. With the noble's guards on her trail, Emmeline's only hope of clearing her name is to escape capture and perform the ritual that will set Dar free. But Emmeline's not sure she can trust Dar anymore, and it's hard to keep secrets from someone who can never leave your side.

Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble Written by Anna Meriano with illustrations by Mirelle Ortega - Fantasy & Magic

Leonora’s family owns the best bakery in Rose Hill, spending their days conjuring delicious cookies and cakes for any occasion, including Dia de los Muertos. Leo hopes that she can help out this year, but she is told she’s too young. Sneaking out of school, she discovers that her mother, aunt and four sisters are brujas who pour a little bit of magic into everything they bake. Leo knows that she has magic as well and is more determined than ever to join the business. And when her best friend needs help, Leo has the perfect opportunity to try out her craft. It’s just one little spell, after all…what could possibly go wrong?

Long before she was one of the Little Rock Nine, Melba Pattillo Beals was a warrior. Frustrated by the laws that kept African-Americans separate but very much unequal to whites, she had questions. Why couldn’t she drink from a "whites only" fountain? Why couldn’t she feel safe beyond home --- or even within the walls of church?  Adults all told her: Hold your tongue. Be patient. Know your place. But Beals had the heart of a fighter --- and the knowledge that her true place was a free one.

Life is comfortable for 12-year-old T'Challa in his home of Wakanda, a technologically advanced African nation. When he's not learning how to rule a kingdom from his father, the reigning Black Panther, he's off breaking rules with his best friend, M'Baku. But then his father announces that he's sending T'Challa and M'Baku to South Side Middle School in the heart of Chicago. Despite being given a high-tech suit and a Vibranium ring in case of an emergency, T'Challa realizes he might not be equipped to handle life in America, especially when it comes to hiding his identity as the prince of a powerful nation, and avoiding Gemini, a classmate who is rumored to be involved in dark magic.

Right before Wavie's mother died, she gave Wavie a list of instructions to help her find her way in life, including this one: Be brave, Wavie B! You got as much right to a good life as anybody, so find it!  Now Wavie's back in the Holler --- and in the clutches of her Aunt Samantha Rose. Life with the devilish Samantha Rose and her revolting cousin Hoyt is no picnic, but there's real pleasure in sleeping in her own mother's old bed, and making friends with the funny, easygoing kids her aunt calls the "neighborhood-no-accounts." With their help, Wavie just might be able to prevent her aunt from becoming her legal guardian, and find her courage and place in the world.

THE FANTSTIC BODY is the ultimate kids’ reference guide to the human body! Jam-packed with fun facts, cool diagrams and gross stories, and written by a successful, practicing pediatrician, this go-to guide will captivate curious readers for hours on end. Through humor, science and engaging illustrations, this fun and comprehensive reference book is perfect for kids who want to know more about the mysterious stuff going on inside their bodies.

For as long as Robinson can remember, it’s just been her and Grandpa. But Grandpa’s memory has been getting bad. On top of that, she can’t resist using her fists when bullies like Alex make fun of her for not having a mom. Now she’s stuck in group guidance, and to make things worse, Alex is there too. Robbie can't open up some therapy group, especially not with Alex in the room. Besides, if she told anyone how forgetful Grandpa’s been getting, they’d take her away from him. He’s the only family she has --- and it’s up to her to keep them together, no matter what.

Your mission: Find Victor Dowd’s missing sketchbook. And discover one of the most unusual stories of World War II. And meet Victor Dowd, a real-life sergeant who with his fellow Ghost Army troops fought his way from Normandy, through France and eventually across the Rhine. Using spycraft materials included in a sealed envelope, readers will discover and unravel the clues embedded in the book’s text and illustrations and uncover the mystery of Victor Dowd’s missing sketchbook.

Funny girl Harley Quinn loves fighting crime with her classmates like Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Supergirl, but she always does it her with own madcap style --- and a big mallet! It's no surprise that Harley can't resist getting involved in a dance competition and organizing an outrageous battle of the bands. But when a high-tech carnival comes to town, Harley knows that things aren't what they seem and that only she can get to the bottom of the mystery --- and deliver a great punch line while doing it!