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June 2016

Cool & New

June 2016

This month's Cool & New roundup includes THE WOLF'S BOY by Susan Williams Beckhorn, an engaging tale about an outcast and a wolf making their way north during an Ice Age winter; PROJECT (UN)POPULAR BOOK #1 by Kristen Tracy, where two friends are determined to photograph more than just the popular kids for the yearbook; and THE GATHERING STORM (The Hidden World of Changers) by H.K. Varian, a story about four kids who must master their newfound shapeshifting abilities in time to save their home.

The Ninja Librarians: Sword in the Stacks by Jen Swann Downey - Fiction

June 7, 2016


After stumbling upon the secret society of time-traveling ninja librarians, Dorrie has finally joined Petrarch's Library as an apprentice! One day, she'll actually go on missions to rescue people whose words have gotten them into trouble. For now she's taking some interesting classes. But on a training mission to 1912 England, Dorrie finds herself dangerously close to a member of the Stronghold --- the Library's biggest enemy. This is her opportunity! Dorrie can spy on the enemy, find the missing key...and become a real Librarian! But if she makes a mistake, Dorrie could lead their enemy right to the very place she's trying to save...and everyone she cares about.

The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 1: Locker Hero by Rachel Renée Russell - Fiction

June 7, 2016


Max is about to face the scariest place he’s ever been --- South Ridge Middle School! He has been home-schooled by his grandmother until now, and he’s begged his parents to finally let him start attending public middle school. He’s starting to question that choice, though, with the Thomas Silver Problem. As in, Thomas Silver keeps stuffing Max in his locker. If only Max could be like the hero in all the comics he likes to read --- or the ones he draws --- and magically escape the locker and defeat Tommy. Unfortunately, Max’s uncanny, almost superhuman ability to smell pizza from a block away won’t exactly save any lives or foil bad guys. But that doesn’t mean Max won’t do his best to be the hero his school needs!

Mister Cleghorn's Seal by Judith Kerr - Children's Fiction

June 7, 2016

 

What do you do if you find an abandoned seal pup on a rock in the middle of the sea? Well, take it home with you to your flat, of course. At least that’s what Mr Albert Cleghorn thought, though perhaps he hadn’t considered all the complications…This is the story of what then happened to Mr Cleghorn and Charlie the seal in their determination to find a home for Charlie and, incidentally, happiness for them both.

The Color of Darkness by Ruth Hatfield - Fantasy

June 7, 2016


After rescuing his parents, Danny returns to his old life, burying the taro that allowed him to speak to animals, trees, and the very storms that led to his adventure. Danny thinks he's left magic and mystery behind, but Sammael, a creature of terrible imagination, refuses to let him go. A strange new girl, Cath, enters Danny's world, bringing with her a message: Danny's cousin Tom has sold his soul to Sammael. It's up to Danny and Cath to find Tom and stop Sammael, who seeks to destroy humankind once and for all.

The Emerald Mask (The Hidden World of Changers) by H.K. Varian - Fantasy

June 14, 2016

 

Gabriella, Darren, Fiona and Mack are Changers, a magical line of shapeshifters that can transform into mythological creatures, from werewolves and selkies to lightning birds and spirit foxes. And they’ve just saved the world from a warlock bent on destroying life as we know it. Now, the Changers are training hard to control their growing powers. Something that seems easy for everyone except Gabriella. Gabriella loves the speed and strength that comes with being a jaguar, so much so that her transformations are out of control.

The Gathering Storm (The Hidden World of Changers) by H.K. Varian - Fiction

June 14, 2016

 

Mack, Fiona, Darren and Gabriella aren’t exactly friends at their middle school --- in fact, they couldn’t have anything less in common. But when they start developing powers, including the ability to transform into mythological animals, they find out that they are Changers, a magical line of shapeshifters that history has forgotten. But there’s little time for questions. A powerful warlock is racing toward their town, destroying everything in his wake.

Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare by Gene Barretta - Biography

June 14, 2016

 

President Abraham Lincoln grew up in a one-room log cabin. President John F. Kennedy was raised in the lap of luxury. One was a Republican and one a Democrat. They lived and served a hundred years apart.Yet they had a number of things in common. Some were coincidental: having seven letters in their last names. Some were monumental: Lincoln's support for the abolitionist movement and Kennedy's support for the civil rights movement. They both lost a son while in office. And, of course, both were assassinated.

Mission Atomic (the 39 Clues: Doublecross Book 4) by Sarwat Chadda - Mystery

June 28, 2016


Confidential until July 2016!

The Haunter (Goosebumps Most Wanted Special Edition #4) by R. L. Stine - Children's Horror

June 28, 2016


On Halloween night, eager to prove he can be brave, Sammy Baker follows his friends to the Marple House, an abandoned mansion on the other side of town.Just past midnight, he feels a cold tingle at the back of his neck. The cold seeps down, a heavy chill he has never felt before. Soon, his whole head feels like a block of ice. He's about to scream-but the cold feeling vanishes. Sammy doesn't realize that he has just met The Haunter, and that his nightmares are only just beginning.

Your Presidential Fantasy Dream Team Written by Daniel O’Brien with illustrations by Winston Rowntree. - Nonfiction

June 28, 2016


What if a zombie apocalypse or a robot uprising threatened the nation and you had the power to recruit some of the nation’s finest presidents to help save the day? By studying the most successful squads in history, Daniel O’Brien has identified the perfect ingredients for a victorious team. Which president would you choose for: the Brain, the Brawn, the Moral Compass, the Loose Cannon, and the Roosevelt? Choose wisely --- the fate of the world is in your hands!

Of Enemies and Endings by Shelby Bach - Children's Fiction

June 28, 2016

 

The whole fairy-tale world is on high alert. The Snow Queen and her minions are targeting Characters, and Ever After School is the only safe refuge left. Rory Landon knows a final confrontation is inevitable, and she worries about the safety of her family and friends --- particularly Chase, who has been acting very strange lately.

Project (Un)Popular Book #1 by Kristen Tracy - Fiction

May 9, 2017

 

Perry and her best friend, Venice, are excited to be yearbook photographers and tell the story of their school through their art. But that’s before they find out the truth: the spontaneous moments they’re supposed to capture are all faked. Yearbooks should include everybody --- even the dorks. But until she starts taking flattering shots of popular people, none of her candids will ever be chosen. Fighting back isn’t going to win her any friends --- she might even lose some.

The Wolf's Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn - Historical Fiction

June 6, 2017


Kai burns to become a hunter and to earn a rightful place among his people, but that can never be. He was born with a clubfoot. It is forbidden for him to use or even touch a hunter's sacred weapons. Shunned by the other boys, Kai turns to the yellow wolves for companionship. When Kai discovers a motherless cub in the pack, he risks everything to save her. But as winter draws near, Kai's wolf grows ever more threatening in the eyes of the People, and when the worst happens, Kai knows they must leave for good.

The Tick-Tock Man: Gadgets and Gears, Book 3 by Kersten Hamilton and James Hamilton - Historical Fiction

June 13, 2017


Wally and Noodles are back to the business of scientific innovation --- and fun. In London, they meet a young pickpocket named Dobbin who works for a mysterious criminal called the Tick-Tock Man. Soon they are racing through secret tunnels in a bid to help Dobbin’s little sister. Can the brave boy-scientist and his loyal sidekick find the one person who can save her before it’s too late? History and technology collide in this humorous series brimming with mad science.

The Jupiter Pirates #3: The Rise of Earth by Jason Fry - Children's Science Fiction

June 13, 2017


For Tycho Hashoone and his family, space privateering is more than a business --- it’s a way of life. Now that the Jovian Union needs their help more than ever, their way of life is about to get a lot more complicated. Earth is preparing to mount an arms race. Meanwhile, the Ice Wolves of Saturn are still on the offensive, and their ruthless tactics make them look like the pirates of old. Trapped between two formidable foes, the Jovian Union has asked for all hands on deck --- and that includes the Hashoones and the Shadow Comet. With so many players vying for power, Tycho will have to decide once and for all where his allegiances lie. Because the day when his mother will step down as ship captain is approaching fast --- and the fate of much more than the Shadow Comet hangs in the balance.

Compass South by Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock - Children's Fiction

June 27, 2017

After escaping the Black Hook Gang in 1860 New York City, 12-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra flee to New Orleans, become separated, and try to find each other in San Francisco, while being followed by pirates who think they hold the key to treasure.

Girl vs. Boy Band: The Right Track by Harmony Jones - Fiction

June 27, 2017

 

Talented but painfully shy eighth-grader Lark secretly writes feisty, heartfelt songs about her life-about school, crushes on boys, not getting along with her mom, and missing her dad who lives in Nashville. But that secret becomes harder to keep when Lark's mother, a music record executive at her own label, announces that British boy band Abbey Road will be coming to live with them while they make their first album!

School of the Dead by Avi - Horror

July 25, 2017


For most of Tony Gilbert’s life, he has thought of his uncle as “Weird Uncle Charlie.” That is, until Uncle Charlie moves in with Tony and his family. Uncle Charlie is still odd, but he and Tony become fast friends. When Uncle Charlie dies suddenly, Tony is devastated. Then he starts seeing Uncle Charlie everywhere! It doesn’t help that Tony switched schools. The Penda School is eerie enough without his uncle’s ghost making it worse. On top of that, rumors have been circulating about a student who went missing shortly before Tony arrived. Could that somehow be related to Uncle Charlie’s ghost?