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January 2013

Cool & New

January 2013

January's roundup of Cool & New Books includes Dav Pilkey's CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND TEH REVOLTING REVENGE OF THE RADIOACTIVE ROBO-BOXERS where George and Harold must go back in time to change everything back because Tippy Tinkletrouseres went back in time and prevented the creation of Captain Underpants; 33 MINUTES by Todd Hasak-Lowy which follows Sam Lewis and his countdown to when his former best friend is going to kick his butt; and Jerry Spinelli's HOKEY POKEY, which takes place where childhood is at its best...until Jack gets his bike stolen from a girl and everything begins to fall apart.

Shadow Breakers by Daniel Blythe - Thriller


Miranda's new home is a dull seaside town where nothing ever happens until something strange and sinister does happen and Miranda sets out to uncover the mystery. Is Miranda just chasing shadows or does the darkness lie within?

33 Minutes Written by Todd Hasak-Lowy, Illustrated by Bethany Barton - Fiction


In 33 minutes, Sam Lewis is going to get his butt kicked. He knows this because his former best friend, Morgan Sturtz told him she was going to kick his butt at recess. How did their friendship turn into this? Is Sam really going to get his butt kicked?

Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin - Thriller


In October of 1775, Secret Service agents raid the workshop of master counterfeiter Ben Boyd. When Boyd is arrested, members of his counterfeiting ring gather to discuss a plan to get him out of jail. Their plan: to steal the body of Abraham Lincoln and demand Boyd's release as ransome. Will it work?

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool - Fiction


After Jack's mother dies, he is sent to boarding school in Maine. At school he meets Early Auden, a strange boy who collects stories about a great black bear that is often sighted in nearby mountains. When the boys find themselves unexpectedly alone at school, they set off on an adventure through the Appalachian Trail to find the bear.

Road Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen - Fiction


Ben and his dad haven't been getting along lately, so when Dad suggests a road trip to rescue a border collie, Ben sees right through his plan. To avoid the bonding road trip, Ben invites  his thuggish friend Theo, and Atticus, the family dog along for the ride. Told from the point of view of Ben and Atticus, this will be a road trip Ben never forgets.

Stick Dog Written and Illustrated by Tom Watson - Fiction


Follow Stick Dog as he goes on an epic quest for the perfect burger.

Jinx by Sage Blackwood - Science Fiction


In the Urwald, Jinx has always known, you do not step off of the path because there are fearsome things waiting for you. However, when Jinx meets Simon Magnus, a wizard (wizards are evil), he begins to question this conventional wisdom and longs to explore beyond the path. What is more dangerous --- life on the path or off?

Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff - Historical Fiction


In 1944, WWII is raging and Jayna is living in upstate New York with her big brother Rob. Rob is called to duty, but before he goes he tells her that they may have a secret grandmother in Brooklyn.  When Jayna learns that Rob is missing in action, she sets off on a trip to Brooklyn in the hopes of finding her grandmother.

The Tell-Tale Start: The Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe, Book 1 Written by Gordon McAlpine, Illustrated by Sam Zuppardi - Fiction


Edgar and Allan Poe are twelve-year-old identical twins who happen to be t he great-great-great-great-grandnephews of Edgar Allan Poe. The two love their black cat, Roderick Usher, and when he is kidnapped and transported away to the midwest, the boys decide it's time for a road trip. Along the way mayhem and mystery ensue.

Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers by Dav Pilkey - Fiction


The last time we saw George and Harold, they were doomed to roam the planet as evil zombie nerds because Tippy Tinkletrousers had gone back in time and prevented the boys from creating Captain Underpants in the first place! Now they will have to find a way to change everything back!

Never Say Die by Will Hobbs - Fiction


Nick Thrasher is an accomplished Inuit hunter at fifteen, but when he and his brother Ryan Powers are thrown into a freezing river, that may not be enough to keep the two alive; especially with a "grolar bear" (a mix between a grizzly and a polar bear) on the loose.

Hideout (Swindle) by Gordon Korman - Fiction


When Griffin Bing and his friends met Luthor, he was an attack dog for slimy S. Wendell Palomino, aka Swindle. The kids rescued Luthor and thought that was the last they'd see of Swindle, but they were wrong. Swindle has returned and he wants his dog back. Can six kids use three hideouts to protect one very large dog?

The Seven Swords: Otherworld Chronicles, Book Two by Nils Johnson-Shelton - Fantasy


The two worlds remain divided, Merlin is missing and their friend Qwon Onakea may be lost to the Otherworld forever. The only solution is for Artie to claim his throne as King Arthur reborn. To do this, Artie must gather his knights and recover each of the Seven Swords. But nothing can prepare him for the Peace Sword, which killed the original King Arthur more than 1,000 years ago...

Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli - Fiction


Hokey Pokey is a place where childhood is at its best. The rules are simple, the games are fun, and there are no grown ups. Hoever, when Jack, one of the biggest kids, gets his bike stolen by a girl everything in Hokey Pokey starts to fall apart for Jack. Most troubling of all, he begins to hear a faint train whistle, and everyone knows that there are no trains in Hokey Pokey; just tracks.

The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket Written by John Boyne, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers - Fiction


Barnaby Brocket has one thing that sets him apart from other eight-year-olds: he floats. His parents want him to be normal, but he can't help who he is. When the unthinkable happens and Barnaby finds himeslf on a trip around the world, will he discover who he truly is?