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August 2016

Cool & New

August 2016

This month's Cool & New roundup includes FUZZY, a fast-paced story from bestselling authors Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger about a robot learning the ins and outs of middle school; THE BRONZE KEY, the magical third book in Cassandra Clare and Holly Black's Magisterium series; and David Stabler's KID ARTISTS, a collection of stories about the childhoods of 16 famous artists from Claude Monet to Dr. Seuss.

Jonny Jakes Investigates the Old School Ghoul Written by Malcolm Judge with illustrations by Alan Brown - Children's Science Fiction

June 2, 2016

It's been over a hundred years since Head Teacher Victory Piggot terrified his last pupil, but now he's back! Sort of. It's up to Jonny Jakes to investigate, before Piggot unleashes unspeakable horrors on the school! Meet Jonny Jakes, undercover reporter for banned school newspaper The Woodford Word. Nothing will stop his pursuit of the truth. Not teachers. Not parents. Not double detention.

The Zodiac Legacy #1 Written by Stuart Moore Created by Stan Lee with Illustrations by Paulo Henrique - Graphic Novel

August 2, 2016

When twelve magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, a Chinese-American teenager named Steven will be thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He'll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.

The Nora Notebooks, Book 2: The Trouble with Babies by Claudia Mills and Katie Kath - Humor

August 2, 2016

Nora Alpers has just become a 10-year-old aunt. A new family member isn’t the only thing stressing Nora out. At school, Nora has to write journals in the voice of a pioneer on the Oregon Trail and prepare for the annual science fair. Science is normally Nora’s best subject --- until Nora ends up being paired with science-hating, cat-obsessed Emma! How will Nora ever learn to be a good aunt if she’s trying to survive the Oregon Trail and arguing against Emma’s unscientific science-fair ideas?

Kid Beowulf: The Blood-Bound Oath by Alexis E. Fajardo - Graphic Novel

August 2, 2016

Inspired by the epic poem "Beowulf," this fun new series follows the adventures of 12-year-old twin brothers Beowulf and Grendel as they travel to distant lands and meet fellow epic heroes! In book one of the series, our heroes' destiny is tied to the past, when a prince named Hrothgar begins a quest for power --- one that leads him to a fiery dragon, an enchanted sword and an oath sworn in blood. But when Hrothgar breaks his oath he breaks his kingdom, and the only thing that will save it is a family he’s forgotten and heroes not yet born…

Inspector Flytrap Written by Tom Angleberger with illustrations by Cece Bell - Children's Mystery

August 2, 2016

INSPECTOR FLYTRAP introduces kids to the humorous and wacky world of Inspector Flytrap’s Detective agency, home to the world-renowned solver of mysteries. The plant detective works tirelessly with his assistant Nina the Goat on his community’s unsolved cases. In the first chapter, Inspector Flytrap --- wheeled everywhere on a skateboard by his goat sidekick --- heads to the Art Museum’s Secret Lab to discover what important message lies in a recently discovered Da Vinci flower painting.

Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends Written by David Stabler with illustrations by Doogie Horner - Biography

August 9, 2016

KID ARTISTS chronicles the childhoods of 16 celebrated artists --- everyone from Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh to Mary Cassat, Frida Kahlo, Jean-Michel Basquiat and even Dr. Seuss! Readers will learn funs facts such as Georgia O’Keeffe was so enthralled by nature that she once ate dirt just to see what it tasted like and Jackson Pollock lost the top of his right index finger in a childhood accident (and the severed tip was eaten by a rooster!).

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Growing Up Written by Tommy Greenwald with illustrations by J. P. Coovert - Fiction

August 9, 2016

Graduation day is finally here! Charlie Joe has been waiting for this moment his entire middle school career. This might even be the best day of his life. Just make it through the ceremony and he's free. But suddenly things around him are starting to change. Words like "responsibility" and "college prep" keep popping out of his friend's mouths. Come to think of it, doesn't high school bring more teachers and more books? Maybe this whole growing up thing isn't such a good idea after all. Surely Charlie Joe can figure out a way to put the brakes on growing up --- and fast!

Bone: Coda 25th Anniversary Special Illustrated by Jeff Smith with contributions by Stephen Weiner - Graphic Novel

August 9, 2016

Ride along with the Bone cousins and their friend Bartleby the Rat Creature as they brave the dangerous journey across the desert back toward Boneville in their rickety cow cart. Also included is the complete text of THE BONE COMPANION fully illustrated for the first time! All this plus rare behind the scenes photos & memories, and an afterword by the author thanking the comics community and the readers all add up to make this a truly special commemorative volume of BONE to add to your collection!

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill - Fantasy

August 9, 2016


Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule --- but Xan is far away.

Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger - Children's Science Fiction

August 16, 2016

When Max befriends her new robot classmate Fuzzy, part of the Vanguard One Middle School’s new Robot Integration Program, she helps him learn everything he needs to know about surviving middle school. Little do they know that surviving is going to become a matter of life and death because Vanguard has an evil presence at its heart: a digital student evaluation system named BARBARA that might be taking its mission to shape the perfect student to extremes!

The Unbelievable FIB 1: The Trickster's Tale by Adam Shaughnessy - Children's Fiction

August 16, 2016


When mythical beings invade the usually ordinary Middletown, it’s up to eleven-year-old Pru and her classmate ABE --- with help from an uncommonly rude squirrel and the enigmatic Mister Fox --- to save their town from being destroyed by battling Norse gods. But first they have to find the lost Eye of Odin, source of all knowledge --- and the key to stopping a war that could destroy both human and immortal realms.

For Magnus Chase: Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds (An Official Rick Riordan Companion Book): Your Introduction to Deities, Mythical Beings, & Fantastic Creatures by Rick Riordan - Fantasy

August 16, 2016

This "who's who" guide to the gods, goddesses and other important figures of Norse mythology was commissioned by Helgi, who, after more than a millennium as manager of Hotel Valhalla, became fed up with answering the same questions from newly deceased heroes at check-in. The profiles provide essential stats, interviews and personal reflections so you can identify the gods and avoid those awkward introductions. Handy facts about other beings round out this go-to tome. You'll never see Ratatosk as a cute little rodent or confuse a dwarf with an elf ever again!
Squish #8: Pod vs. Pod Written and illustrated by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm - Fiction

August 23, 2016

Uh-oh! Squish’s friend Pod just hasn’t been himself lately. One minute he’s happy-dancing; the next he’s sobbing in his soup. What’s going on? (Hint: “mitosis” is the process that splits single-celled organisms. That’s right, splits.) It is truly pod vs. pod --- and may the best pod, umm, win?

Secret Coders: Paths & Portals Written by Gene Luen Yang with Illustrations by Mike Holmes - Graphic Novel

August 30, 2016

There's something lurking beneath the surface of Stately Academy --- literally. In a secret underground classroom Hopper, Eni and Josh discover that the campus was once home to the Bee School, an institute where teachers, students and robots worked together to unravel the mysteries of coding. Hopper and her friends are eager to follow in this tradition and become top-rate coders. But why are Principal Dean and the rugby team suddenly so interested in their extracurricular activities?

Framed! (A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery) by James Ponti - Mystery

May 2, 2017

Florian is 12 years old and has just moved to Washington. He’s learning his way around using TOAST (Theory of All Small Things). It’s a technique he invented to solve life’s little mysteries such as: where to sit on the on the first day of school, or which Chinese restaurant has the best eggrolls. But when he teaches it to his new friend Margaret, they uncover a mystery that isn’t little. In fact, it’s HUGE, and it involves the National Gallery, the FBI and a notorious crime syndicate known as EEL. Can Florian decipher the clues and finish his homework in time to help the FBI solve the case?

The Bronze Key (Magisterium, Book 3) by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare - Children's Fantasy

July 25, 2017

Students at the Magisterium are supposed to be safe. Under the watchful eyes of the mages, they are taught to use magic to bring order to a chaotic world. But now the chaos is fighting back. Call, Tamara, and Aaron should be worrying about things like pop quizzes and magic contests. Instead, after the shocking death of one of their classmates, they must track down a sinister killer…and risk their own lives in the process. As Call, Tamara, and Aaron discover, magic can only be as good as the person who wields it. In evil hands, it has the capacity to do immeasurable harm, unless it is stopped in time.

The Iron Tomb by Peter Vegas - Children's Adventure

August 1, 2017

When Sam Force goes to Egypt to spend the summer with his uncle Jasper, he’s ready for the usual vacation filled with lessons about the pharaohs and ancient gods. Instead, Sam arrives at the airport and learns that his uncle is missing and wanted by the police. Sam sets off to find his uncle using the series of clues that Jasper left behind. But a group of mysterious men are hot on his trail, and Sam knows they’re willing to do whatever it takes to track down Jasper. With the help of his new friends, and by using his knowledge of ancient Egyptian history, Sam makes his way across Egypt to find his uncle --- and uncover the secret of the Iron Tomb.

Under Suspicion: A Friday Barnes Mystery Written by R.A. Spratt with illustrations by Phil Gosier - Mystery

August 1, 2017

Getting arrested was the last thing Friday expected after solving the swamp-yeti mystery at her boarding school. But she better clear her name fast! She’s got new cases to investigate, like a scandalous quiche bake-off, a decades old mystery buried in her school’s backyard and why the new boy, Christopher, is being so nice to her.
Patrick Griffin's Last Breakfast on Earth by Ned Rust - Science Fiction

August 8, 2017

When Patrick Griffin passes out after a chemistry experiment gone bad, he wakes up in a strange parallel world, where everyone has huge eyes and tiny ears, and is addicted to smartphones called "binkies." Patrick thinks it's all a weird dream, but he's about to wake up to an adventure beyond his wildest imagination. Meanwhile, a huge rabbit-like creature named Mr. BunBun is roaming through Patrick's hometown, leaving a trail of chaos behind it. Its mission? To save Earth from imminent doom.

The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase by Wendy Mass - Adventure

August 29, 2017

It has been a few months since the Harmonicandy was chosen as the winner of the nationwide candymaking contest. Forever changed by the experience, Logan, Miles, Philip and Daisy have returned to their regular lives. But when presented with the chance to go on tour to promote the new candy, they each have very different reasons for hitting the road. The stakes are a lot higher than they thought, however, and a decades-old secret is revealed. They've already learned to trust one another. Now they'll have to trust themselves in order to face what lies ahead and save what really matters.

Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume Three Written by Kate DiCamillo with illustrations by Chris Van Dusen - Children's Fiction

September 12, 2017

Baby Lincoln’s older sister, Eugenia, is very fond of telling Baby what to do, and Baby usually responds by saying “Yes, Sister.” But one day Baby decides to depart on a Necessary Journey, even though she doesn’t know where she’s headed or what to do. Will her impulsive adventure take her away from Eugenia for good?

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi - Fantasy

November 14, 2017

It's been almost three years since Father disappeared and Alice is determined to find him. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver and in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself --- and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

The Trouble with Twins by Kathryn Siebel - Adventure

January 9, 2018

Arabella and Henrietta are identical twins with nothing in common. They’re the best of friends...until one day they aren’t. Plain and quiet Henrietta has a secret plan to settle the score, and she does something outrageous. When the deed is discovered, Henrietta is quickly banished --- sent to live with her eccentric great-aunt Priscilla on Chillington Lane. Suddenly life with pretty, popular Arabella doesn’t seem so awful. And, though she’s been grievously wronged, Arabella longs for her sister, too. So she hatches a plan of her own and embarks on an unexpected journey to reunite with her other half.

Judy Moody and the Bucket List Written by Megan McDonald with illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds - Children's Fiction

April 10, 2018

Judy is visiting Grandma Lou one day when she accidentally finds an uber-mysterious list of activities --- a Bucket List! Judy then decides that she’ll make her own bucket list of all the things she wants to do, and soon Judy is off running and trying to cross off all her items. But what happens if Grandma Lou achieves everything on her list? Does that mean she’ll be ready to...kick the bucket?

Lucy & Andy Neanderthal by Jeffrey Brown - Graphic Novel

April 10, 2018

The laugh-out-loud adventure features Lucy and her goofball brother Andy, as the Paleo pair take on a wandering baby sibling, bossy teens, cave paintings and a mammoth hunt. But what will happen when they encounter a group of humans? Humorous and entertaining, Jeffrey Brown’s signature comical touch enlivens the scientific and historical content, including a special paleontologist section that helps to dispel common Neanderthal myths.

Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm - Historical Fiction

April 10, 2018

Grown-ups lie. That’s one truth Beans knows for sure. He and his gang know how to spot a whopper a mile away, because they are the savviest bunch of barefoot conchs (that means “locals”) in all of Key West. Not that Beans really minds; it’s 1934, the middle of the Great Depression. With no jobs on the island, and no money anywhere, who can really blame the grown-ups for telling a few tales? Besides, Beans isn’t anyone’s fool. In fact, he has plans. Big plans. And the consequences might surprise even Beans himself.