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July 2016

Cool & New

July 2016

This month’s Cool & New roundup includes TEDDYCATS, the first installment of a new series by Mike Storey about mysterious creatures and their hidden kingdom; Chris Colfer’s THE LAND OF STORIES: An Author’s Odyssey wherein the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man’s reign of terror; and THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL: The Ever Never Handbook written by Soman Chainani with illustrations by Michael Blank,  a handbook that offers the students of the School of Good and Evil a guide to surviving.

Dinosaur Dictionary for Kids: The Everything Guide for Kids Who Love Dinosaurs by Bob Korpella - Nonfiction

July 1, 2016


Packed with hundreds of illustrated definitions about dinosaurs and the world in which they lived, DINOSAUR DICTIONARY FOR KIDS is certain to spark any kid's enthusiasm for dinosaurs. Learn about dinosaurs that lived on land, animals that swam the waters and species that patrolled the skies. Find out about dinosaur extinction, how scientists date fossils and what it takes to become a paleontologist. Sidebar topics, fun activities and quick quizzes make learning about dinosaurs even more fun!

Saved by the Boats: The Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11 Written by Julie Gassman with illustrations by Steve Moors - Nonfiction

July 1, 2016


September 11, 2001 was a black day in U.S. history. Amid the chaos, sea captains and crews raced by boat to the tragic Manhattan scene. Nearly 500,000 people on Manhattan Island were rescued that day in what would later be called the largest sea evacuation in history. In this rarely told story of heroism, we come to understand that in our darkest hours, people shine brightly as a beacon of hope.

Firestormers: Elite Firefighting Crew Written by Carl Bowen with illustrations by Marc Lee - Fiction

July 1, 2016

 

From the makers of SHADOW SQUADRON comes another elite crew of heroes, but these heroes fight a very different battle: the war against wildfires. With the climate changing and the population growing, wildfires have increased in number, size, and severity. Only an elite group of men and women are equipped to take on these immense infernos: Firestormers!

The Phantom of the Theater: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure (Creepella Von Cacklefur #8) by Geronimo Stilton - Children's Fiction

July 2, 2016


The famouse opera singer Violetta von Cacklefur is in Gloomeria to perform at the Royal Mousetropolitan Theater! But the mischievous phantom of the theater has an old grudge against her. It's up to Creepella and Geronimo to track him down in the theater's spooky basement...before the curtains rise and he ruins the show!

Stay a Spell: In Due Time, Book 2 by Nicholas O. Time - Adventure

July 5, 2016


Jada doesn’t want to go anywhere special. All she wants to do is go back to last week and study for the spelling test she failed to make her parents happy. Ms. Tremt says Jada can use THE BOOK OF MEMORIES to go back a week, but Jada ends up in 1977 instead! Jada finds herself in the designer’s studio where her Aunt Katie is an intern. She watches as Katie learns just how important spelling can be. Later, Jada decides to make a quick trip to ancient Egypt to get some fashion tips from Cleopatra. But being in the past is so thrilling that Jada almost misses the deadline to return home.

Supergirl at Super Hero High (DC Super Hero Girls) by Lisa Yee - Science Fiction

July 5, 2016


Supergirl is the new girl in school --- and she just also happens to be the most powerful teenager in the galaxy! After losing her home planet of Krypton and everyone she knows, Supergirl has made a new home on Earth, but she’s isn’t so sure that Super Hero High School is the right place for her. Wonder Woman, other new friends and a kindly librarian make her feel welcome, but breached inter-dimensional portals, invading alien armies and bad dreams shake her confidence. It’s not easy being a super hero and a high school student all at once!

My Near-Death Adventures: I Almost Died. Again. by Alison DeCamp - Historical Fiction

July 5, 2016

 

It is 1895 Michigan. But now, instead of helping out rough-and-tumble lumberjacks, Stanley Slater (aka Stan the Man) must go to school. And on top of that, he has to look after Cuddy, a younger boy, before and after school. When his ne’er-do-well father shows up in town, Stan finally has a chance to meet the man he’s dreamed about for so long.

The Curse of the Were-Hyena by Bruce Hale - Mystery

July 5, 2016


Mr. Chu, the coolest teacher ever, has developed some very unusual habits, like laughing hysterically for no reason, sniffing people's homework and chasing chickens. When best friends Carlos and Benny decide to find out what's happening to him, they get caught up in some moonlight madness. And it looks like just the beginning of the weirdness that has arrived in the town of Monterrosa... This first entry in a silly, sassy, and suspenseful new series will leave readers howling with laughter.

Science Experiments You Can Eat Written by Vicki Cobb with illustrations by Tad Carpenter - Nonfiction

July 5, 2016


Kids take the reins in the kitchen with this hands-on book of edible science experiments! With contemporary information that reflects changes in the world of processing and preserving foods, this cookbook demonstrates the scientific principles that underpin the chemical reactions we witness every day --- just by cooking. This book uses food to make science accessible to a range of tastes. Also included is essential information on eating healthfully, plus additional resources for further exploration.

The School for Good and Evil: The Ever Never Handbook Written by Soman Chainani with illustrations by Michael Blank - Fantasy

July 12, 2016


Every year, students flock to the School for Good and Evil, ready to prepare for life in a fairy tale. The highest-ranked students become the heroes and villains of the fairy tales, while the lowest end up enchanted animals or plants (if they’re lucky, that is). This handbook is a personal guide to help students to the top of their class --- from surviving Uglification, to picking your own sidekick or henchman, to earning a part in the yearly school musical and so much more.

The Inside Job: (And Other Skills I Learned as a Superspy) by Jackson Pearce - Fiction

July 12, 2016

 

Hale, who turned double-agent against the corrupt spy organization he was raised in, knows his super-spy parents can't come home until the Sub Rosa Society is neutralized --- and that he and his friends are all that's standing between SRS and their worldwide crimes. So Hale wants to hit the bad guys where it hurts: their bank account. Hale and his allies all travel to Switzerland and discover that this won't be a smash-and-grab job like they expected.

The Wolves of Currumpaw by William Grill - Historical Fiction

July 12, 2016

 

THE WOLVES OF CURRUMPAW is a beautifully illustrated modern re-telling of Ernest Thompson Seton's epic wilderness drama LOBO, THE KING OF CURRUMPAW originally published in 1898. Set in the dying days of the old west, Seton's drama unfolds in the vast planes of New Mexico, at a time when man's relationship with nature was often marked by exploitations and misunderstanding.

Atticus Claw Breaks the Law by Jennifer Gray - Children's Fiction

July 12, 2016


When Atticus receives a mysterious message asking him to a meeting in a sleepy coastal town, he packs his bags and sets off. The world's greatest cat burglar likes a good mystery and this time curiosity has got the better of him. The writer of the message, it turns out, is none other than Jimmy the Magpie, gang leader. He wants Atticus to steal all the jewels in town and leave the humans baffled. And what could be more straightforward? But when Atticus moves in with Inspector Cheddar and his family, he starts to wonder if a life of crime is really for him...

Retribution: The Earthfall Trilogy, Book 2 by Mark Walden - Science Fiction

July 12, 2016


After the harrowing events of EARTHFALL, 12-year-old Sam and his fellow resistance members meet an enigmatic man named Mason who is slowly building an army to fight back against the invaders, the Voidborn. They combine forces on a mission to disable Voidborn technology in Tokyo. But Sam soon discovers that Mason isn’t content to just destroy the Voidborn’s machines; he plans to destroy the Voidborn once and for all with a plan that will cost the lives of millions.But something is coming, something even worse than the Voidborn. Something that might mean the end for them all.

K-9 (Knightley and Son, Book 2) by Rohan Gavin - Fiction

July 12, 2016


London's Youngest detective is back...Darkus Knightley, tweed-wearing, megabrained, fiercely logical 13-year-old investigator of the weird, was just getting used to having his private-eye dad back in his life. Then Alan Knightley went off radar again, leaving Darkus with the family mutt, a traumatized ex–police dog, as his only partner in crime-solving.

Stars So Sweet by Tara Dairman - Children's Fiction

July 19, 2016

 

As the summer winds down and Gladys Gatsby prepares to start middle school, she is nervous about juggling schoolwork and looming deadlines from her secret job as the New York Standard’s youngest restaurant critic. When her editor pushes for a face-to-face meeting to discuss more opportunities with the paper, Gladys knows she must finally come clean to her parents. But her perfectly planned reveal is put on hold when her parents arrive home with a surprise.

The Shattered Lens: Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson - Adventure

July 19, 2016


Alcatraz Smedry is up against a whole army of Evil Librarians with only his friend Bastille, a few pairs of glasses and an unlimited supply of exploding teddy bears to help him. This time, even Alcatraz's extraordinary talent for breaking things may not be enough to defeat the army of Evil Librarians and their giant librarian robots.

Billy Sure, Kid Entrepreneur and the Invisible Inventor Written by Luke Sharpe with illustrations by Graham Ross - Children's Fiction

July 19, 2016

Everyone is talking about Billy Sure, the boy genius and millionaire inventor whose inventions have become instant hits. From the All Ball that turns into any sports ball to his hovercraft, Sure Things, Inc. can do no wrong! Billy has been working on an invisibility invention for years --- but it isn’t quite right yet. Now suddenly there’s a new inventor on the scene who claims to have developed it first. But it might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Will Billy’s dream of creating the world’s first invisibility spray disappear?

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #35: Dragons and Mythical Creatures: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #55: Night of the Ninth Dragon Written by Natalie Pope Boyce and Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Carlo Molinari - Nonfiction

July 26, 2016

Track the facts about dragons, unicorns, mermaids and more --- with Jack and Annie! When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in Magic Tree House Super Edition #2: Night of the Nine Dragons, they had lots of questions. What do tales about dragons have in common? Are mermaids real? How do unicorns use their horns? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts about their favorite creatures from myths and legends. And just what might some of those creature sightings really be?
Night of the Ninth Dragon (Magic Tree House, No. 55) Written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Fiction

July 26, 2016


Magic Tree House is the #1 bestselling chapter book series! In their NEW adventure, Jack and Annie return to Camelot! In this thrilling adventure steeped in history, Mary Pope Osborne introduces readers to classic Welsh legends and continues her own story of King Arthur, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table.
Laugh-Out-Loud Spooky Jokes for Kids by Rob Elliott - Humor

July 26, 2016

From the #1 bestselling author of LAUGH-OUT-LOUD JOKES FOR KIDS comes a brand-new joke collection with hundreds of spooky knee-slappers to make you cackle about monsters, mayhem and more. Rob Elliott’s irresistible comedic genius returns to make your little ghosts and goblins laugh with nonstop puns, jokes and other absurdities about everything that goes bump in the night. This refreshing classic is a perfect fit for the entire family to enjoy together!

Skeleton Island (An Araminta Spookie Adventure, Book 2) by Angie Sage - Fiction

July 26, 2016

 

Araminta and her best friend Wanda are going on a school trip to Skeleton Island, a place rumored to be the site of a scary ghost shipwreck. And when the pair is stranded overnight, they discover that there might be more truth to the island's name than they would have preferred. Now some terrifying pirate skeletons are on the loose, and they want to take the girls down to Davy Jones's locker with them!

The Hypnotists Book 3: The Dragonfly Effect by Gordon Korman - Adventure

July 26, 2016


The government has promised to protect Jax Opus and his family from enemies that want to use his hypnotic power to bring more evil into the world. But protection has its price --- and soon Jax learns that if the government is going to help him, it's going to want some help in return. The reach of Jax's hypnotic talents is especially dangerous because he doesn't have to be looking at people directly to control them. Even worse? Jax is not the only person who can do this. He is up against a hypnotic mastermind who has more than a few tricks up his sleeve.

Clayton Stone, Facing Off by Ena Jones - Adventure

July 30, 2016


Thirteen-year-old Clayton's new assignment for the Special Service means adopting a new identity indefinitely. He has to leave behind his friends and beloved lacrosse team to live as Max Carrington, a student at the Sydney Brown School, where the President's son Kyle is a seventh grader. But Clayton isn't the only new kid at school and there's something odd about his fellow outsider, James Scott. To make matters worse, Clayton's new lacrosse team is set to play Masters Academy in the playoffs. It looks like he will face off against his best friends and former teammates!

Lola Levine and the Ballet Scheme by Monica Brown - Children's Fiction

November 1, 2016


When new classmate Bella, a ballet dancer, walks into Lola's class at Northland Elementary, all Lola can see is pink everywhere --- pink ribbons, a pink sweatshirt and pink tennis shoes. Pink is Lola's least favorite color. Plus, Ballet isn't nearly as hard as soccer, is it? Lola and Bella can't seem to stop squabbling. But when a mishap during class lands them in Principal Blot's office, Lola's mom comes up with a scheme --- a ballet scheme --- that just might make these classroom rivals realize that ballerinas and soccer players have more in common than they ever thought possible.

The Prizewinners of Piedmont Place by Bill Doyle - Children's Fiction

January 3, 2017

 

Cal Talaska can’t wait for his family to win the Great Grab Contest! The prize? Twenty minutes to grab anything in the world-famous Wish Shoppe! He knows his family will leave the competition in the dust, but first he has to convince them to compete!

Backyard Witch: Jess's Story Written by Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge with illustrations by Deborah Marcero - Fantasy

May 30, 2017


Jess is a superstar on the field and on the court. But she’s a disaster in the kitchen, much to the dismay of her chef mother. When Jess’s mom gets a chance to work in a famous kitchen for a week, Jess and her friends, Sadie and Maya, try to help out by making dinner. And...let’s just say that it goes up in flames. Enter Ms. M, the mysterious witch who appears right when you need her! Ms. M is a heroine to rival Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Ms. Frizzle. She doesn’t save the day herself, but she helps everyone save it for themselves.
Teddycats by Mike Storey - Children's Fiction

May 30, 2017

 

Bill is a young Teddycat, which means he’s one of the most special --- and mysterious --- animals in the jungle. There are a lot of perks to Teddycat life, but there’s also a lot of responsibility --- and rules --- that come with it.  The number one thing that Teddycats can never do is bring outsiders into Cloud Kingdom. Bill breaks this rule one fateful day, when he brings his buddy Luke, an Olingo, up into Cloud Kingdom. All of a sudden, predators are circling, the ground beneath Cloud Kingdom is littered with human traps, and the Teddycat sanctuary is under attack.

Rookie of the Year by Phil Bildner - Children's Fiction

June 6, 2017

 

Just when they think they've got the hang of things, Rip and Red find that fifth grade continues to challenge them in head-spinning ways. Tiki, a new girl whose Egyptian dad is an animal-rights activist, has just joined their class. She's charismatic, funny --- and she's got game! Rip has his world turned upside down as Tiki proves to be tough competition on the Clifton United basketball team and leads a rebellion against the lousy new food service in the school cafeteria.

The Monster War: A League of Seven Novel by Alan Gratz - Historical Fiction

June 13, 2017

 

Having discovered the monstrous secret of his origins, Archie Dent is no longer certain that he is worthy to be a member of the League of Seven. But with new enemies to face, he realizes that he may not have the luxury of questioning his destiny.

The Land of Stories: An Author's Odyssey by Chris Colfer - Science Fiction

June 13, 2017

 

When the twins and their friends enter worlds crafted from Conner's imagination, finding allies no one else could have ever dreamed of, the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man's reign of terror. Can the twins finally restore peace in the fairy tale world?

My Gym Teacher Is an Alien Overlord by David Solomons - Science Fiction

June 27, 2017

 

When Luke's annoying older brother became a superhero instead of him, Luke thought he couldn't get any more disgruntled --- until his friend Lara became a superhero, too.  Now Luke's feeling totally left out; even his best friend gets mad at him when Luke's attempts at crime-solving without superpowers go terribly awry.  So when Luke discovers an alien plot to overthrow the world, he's got nobody to turn to who'll listen...nobody but his sworn enemy.

Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty - Historical Fiction

July 3, 2017

 

Late one night, Serafina encounters a strange and terrifying figure in the forest, and is attacked by the vicious wolfhounds that seem to be under his control. Even worse, she's convinced that the stranger was not alone, that he has sent his accomplice into Biltmore in disguise. Someone is wreaking havoc at the estate. A mysterious series of attacks test Serafina's role as Biltmore's protector, culminating in a tragedy that tears Serafina's best friend and only ally, Braeden Vanderbilt, from her side.

The Crimson Skew by S. E. Grove - Science Fiction

July 4, 2017

 

It is late August 1892, and Sophia Tims is coming home from a foreign Age, having risked her life in search of her missing parents. Now she is aboard ship, with a hard-earned, cryptic map that may help her find them at long last. But her homecoming is anything but peaceful. A red fog of war is rising, and New Occident’s future hangs in the balance. . . .