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May 2016

Cool & New

May 2016

This month's Cool and New roundup includes THE PARENT AGENCY, Daniel Baddiel's story about a magical world where kids choose their own parents; THE LOST TWIN, the start of a new series by Sophie Cleverly that follows a young girl as she tries to find her missing sister; and THE DRAKE EQUATION, a hilarious science fiction adventure from Bart King about a young boy with peculiar powers.

The Lost Cipher by Michael Oechsle - Children's Fiction

May 1, 2016


Lucas's father has recently died in Afghanistan, and to help him cope, his grandmother sends him to Camp Kawani, a camp for kids who have lost a parent. While there, he hears about the local legend of Thomas Jefferson Beale. Beale supposedly hid a hoard of gold in the mountains 200 years before. The location is encrypted in a set of codes no one has ever been able to decipher. Lucas and his newfound friends decide to track down the treasure.

No Better Friend: Young Readers Edition: A Man, a Dog, and Their Incredible True Story of Friendship and Survival in World War II by Robert Weintraub - Nonfiction

May 3, 2016


NO BETTER FRIEND tells the true story of Frank Williams, a radarman in Britain's Royal Air Force, and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met as prisoners of war during World War II. Judy, who became the war's only official canine POW, was a fiercely loyal dog who sensed danger-warning her fellow prisoners of imminent attacks and, later, protecting them from brutal beatings. Frank and Judy's friendship, an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstances, is one of the great recently uncovered stories of World War II.

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk - Fiction

May 3, 2016


Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount.

The Hidden Oracle: The Trials of Apollo Book One by Rick Riordan - Children's Fiction

May 3, 2016


After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favor. But Apollo has many enemies-gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds - Youth Fiction

May 3, 2016


Genie’s summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn to spend the summer with their grandparents --- in the COUNTRY! The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Genie thinks Grandpop must be the bravest guy he’s ever known, but then Ernie lets him down in the bravery department. It’s his fourteenth birthday, and, Grandpop says to become a man, you have to learn how to shoot a gun. Genie thinks that is AWESOME until he realizes Ernie has no interest in learning how to shoot. Dumbfounded by Ernie’s reluctance, Genie is left to wonder --- is bravery and becoming a man only about proving something, or is it just as important to own up to what you won’t do?

The Truth Game (The Dirt Diary) by Anna Staniszewski - Children's Fiction

May 3, 2016


Rachel Lee thought that ninth grade would be different. That she would be different. Holding hands with Evan in the hallway, future president of the baking club...but it feels like she and BFF Marisol are drifting apart. At first, Rachel thought the Truth Game app would be a great way to do a little anonymous confessing, to see how others handle their friendship fails. But when her painful truths become public, Rachel's in danger of losing her best friend --- permanently.

Hippopotamister by John Patrick Green - Fiction

May 10, 2016


The zoo isn't what it used to be. It's run down, and Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he'll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. He's a good employee, whether he's a construction worker, a hair stylist, or a sous chef. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself.

Theodore Boone: The Scandal by John Grisham - children's fiction

May 10, 2016

 

When an anonymous tip leads the school board to investigate a suspicious increase in scores at another local middle school, Theo finds himself thrust in the middle of a cheating scandal. With insider knowledge and his future on the line, Theo must follow his keen instincts to do what’s right in the newest case for clever kid lawyer Theo Boone. 

The Skeleth by Matthew Jobin - Fiction

May 10, 2016

 

One ambitious lord, eager for the chance to conquer and rule, succumbs to temptation and helps to free the Skeleth—eerie, otherworldly beings said to be unstoppable in battle. The Skeleth merge with the bodies of their victims, ruling their minds and turning them into remorseless killers. Teamed up with the legendary hero Tristan and his best friends—Katherine the trainer of war-horses and Tom the runaway slave—Edmund searches for a magical weakness in the Skeleth, something that might allow him to break their never-ending curse.

Wandmaker by Ed Masessa - Fiction

May 10, 2016


Magic is real --- and it runs in the family --- in this charming fantasy adventure about a boy who must balance his magical education with the demands of big-brotherhood, perfect for fans of Jenny Nimmo and Angie Sage. Henry Leach the Eighth doesn't know it yet, but he's descended from a long line of wandmakers. That means he has inherited mysterious powers, a trunk full of strange artifacts...and a whole host of problems. His biggest problem at the moment, however, is his little sister, Brianna. And she takes troublemaking to new heights when she's caught in the crossfire of Henry's first major spell!

Hilo Book 2: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick - Graphic Novel

May 17, 2016


DJ and Gina are TOTALLY ordinary kids. But Hilo...isn’t. HILO is just settling into life on earth (Bowling? Knock-knock jokes? OUTSTANDING!) when strange portals begin opening up all over town. And HOLY MACKEREL! Even STRANGER creatures are coming through them! But it will take more than a GIANT MUTANT CHICKEN, A VIKING HIPPO, A MAGICAL WARRIOR CAT, or even a few MILLION KILLER VEGETABLES to stop Team Hilo...er, WON’T IT? Can Hilo, DJ and GINA figure out how to send these creatures back to their worlds before they DESTROY the earth?

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

May 17, 2016


Billy and Manny know exactly what Sure Things, Inc.’s Next Big Thing will be --- a hovercraft! But when they start to build it, they notice it’s a little…haywire. The hovercraft dips, dives, twirls and spins, until one day, it’s gone entirely, and so is Emily! Can Billy find his sister and fix the hovercraft, or will this be a crash landing for Sure Things, Inc.?

Disaster Diaries: Zombies! written by R. McGeddon with illustrations by Jamie Littler - Children's Fiction

May 24, 2016

 

Sam and Arty are looking forward to summer vacation so much that they barely notice when their bumbling science teacher causes an explosion of purple goo that drenches their classmate, Simon. They’re sure Simon will be fine --- he looks a little gray, but things like this happen all the time in the town of Sitting Duck. But Simon is not fine --- and totally loses his head when he becomes a zombie! Soon the town is crawling with rabid zombies looking for braaaaaains! 

Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog by Ralph Hardy - Children's Fiction

May 31, 2016

 
For 20 years, the great hero Odysseus struggles to return to Ithaka. After ten years beneath the walls of Troy, he begins the long journey back home. He defeats monsters. He outsmarts the Cyclops. He battles the gods. He does whatever it takes to reunite with his family. And what of that family --- his devoted wife, Penelope; his young son, Telemachos; his dog, Argos? For those 20 years, they wait, unsure whether they will ever see Odysseus again. But Argos has found a way to track his master. Any animal who sets foot or wing on Ithaka brings him news of Odysseus’s voyage --- and what a voyage it is!
Wishing Day by Lauren Myracle - Science Fiction/Fantasy

March 7, 2017


On the third night of the third month after a girl’s thirteenth birthday, every girl in the town of Willow Hill makes three wishes. Natasha is the oldest child in a family steeped in magic, though she’s not sure she believes in it. She misses her mother, who disappeared nearly eight long years ago. She has a crush on one of the cutest boys in her class. And amid the chaos of a house full of sisters, aunts, and a father lost in grief, she aches to simply be noticed. So Natasha goes to the willow tree at the top of the hill on her Wishing Day, and she makes three wishes. What unfolds is beyond anything she could have imagined.
Curiosity House: The Screaming Statue written by Lauren Oliver with illustrations by H. C. Chester - Children's Fiction

March 14, 2017

 

Four extraordinary children must avenge their friend’s death, try to save their home, and unravel the secrets of their past . . . before their past unravels them.

The Lost Twin by Sophie Cleverly - Fiction

April 4, 2017


When shy Ivy's troublemaking twin Scarlet vanishes from Rookwood boarding school, Ivy is invited to "take her place." But when Ivy arrives, she discovers the school's true intention; she has to pretend to be Scarlet. She must think like Scarlet, act like Scarlet, become Scarlet. What on earth happened to the real Scarlet, and why is the school trying to keep it a secret? Luckily for Ivy, Scarlet isn't about to disappear without a fight. 

A Clatter of Jars by Lisa Graff - Children's Fiction

May 2, 2017

 
For Talented kids, the place to be is Camp Atropos, where they can sing songs by the campfire, practice for the Talent show, and take some nice long dips in the lake. But what the kids don't know is that they've been gathered for a reason --- one that the camp's director wants to keep hidden at all costs.
The Secret Destiny of Pixie Piper written by Annabelle Fisher with illustrations by Natalie Andrewson - Children's Fiction

May 2, 2017

 

Pixie Piper, an ordinary fifth grader, discovers she is a direct descendant of Mother Goose --- and she has the magical ability and poetry power to prove it!

Mother-Daughter Book Camp by Heather Vogel Frederick - Children's Fiction

May 2, 2017


After so many summers together, Emma, Jess, Megan, Becca and Cassidy are reunited for one final hurrah before they go their separate ways. The plan is to spend their summer as counselors at Camp Lovejoy in a scenic, remote corner of New Hampshire, but things get off to a rocky start when their young charges are stricken with a severe case of homesickness. Hopefully, a little bit of bibliotherapy will do the trick, as the girls bring their longstanding book club to camp.

Time Stoppers by Carrie Jones - Children's Fiction

May 2, 2017

 

Annie Nobody thought she was, well, nobody, living in a nowhere town where nothing goes her way. Day 1 at her newest foster home proves to be dreadful, too . . . and things get even worse when she's chased by something big and scary that definitely wants to eat her.

Princess Juniper of the Anju by Ammi-Joan Paquette - Children's Fiction

May 2, 2017

 

Juniper arrives at the Anju settlement just as the tribe members are about to begin ritual trials to select their next leader. Juniper, whose mother had been next in line for the Anju throne, throws her own hat in the ring. As she competes, however, she must answer the question that's been tugging at her heart: Does she want to rule the Anju because they are her mother's people, or does she have less noble intentions in mind?

Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp - Children's Fiction

May 2, 2017

 

Everyone seems to want a piece of Ivy Pocket. Her adoptive parents keep trying to get her to clean the funeral home, even though Ivy’s certain she’s already the picture of a perfect daughter. A beautiful heiress named Estelle wants Ivy to uncover the dark truth behind her brother’s death. Her new friend, Miss Carnage, keeps asking Ivy the most curious questions (the poor, clueless dear). To top it all off, Ivy must protect the Clock Diamond from the evil Miss Always, who seems to be lurking around every corner!

The Parent Agency Written by David Baddiel, Illustrated by Jim Field. - Children's Fiction

May 2, 2017


A boy travels to an alternate world where kids get to choose their own parents in this zany, internationally bestselling adventure, which combines the be-careful-what-you-wish-for humor of The Chocolate Touch with the classic appeal of Roald Dahl. Barry Bennett is sick of his parents. They’re boring, they’re too strict, and it’s their fault his name is Barry. So he makes a wish for better ones --- and is whisked away to the Parent Agency, where kids get to pick out their perfect parents.

Island of the Sun (Dark Gravity Sequence) by Matthew J. Kirby - Fiction

May 9, 2017


Eleanor and her friends have shut down the mysterious Concentrator in the Arctic, but their mission is far from over. The earth is still spinning out of its orbit and growing colder by the day. Their only chance is to find the other Concentrators embedded around the world and deactivate them before it’s too late, but it won't be easy. The Global Energy Trust has branded Eleanor, her mother, and their friends international terrorists and is tracking their every move. They'll stop at nothing to harness the power of the Concentrators in order to preserve the select few people its leaders deem worthy, and Eleanor is soon forced to ask herself whether it’s worth risking the lives of the entire human race for a slim chance to save it.

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand - Fiction

May 16, 2017

The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Alison Levy - Children's Fiction

May 16, 2017


The Fletchers are back on Rock Island, home of all their best summer memories. But from their first day on vacation, it’s clear that this year, things have changed. Their favorite lighthouse is all boarded up‘ and the Fletcher boys can’t figure out why or how to save it. Add a dose of Shakespeare, a very tippy kayak, a video camera, (maybe, possibly, or not) a swimming cat and some new neighbors, and the recipe for a crazy vacation is complete.

Trouble the Water by Frances O'Roark Dowell - Fiction

May 23, 2017


From the award-winning author of DOVEY COE comes a sweeping tale of the friendship between a black girl and a white boy and the prejudices they must overcome in segregated Celeste, Kentucky, as the pair try to solve the mysteries surrounding a lonely old dog. Eleven-year-old Callie is fearless, stubborn and a little nosy. So when she sees an old yellow dog wandering around town by itself, you can bet she’s going to figure out who he belongs to. But when her sleuthing leads her to cross paths with a white boy named Wendell who wants to help, the segregated town doesn’t take too kindly to their budding friendship.

A Storm Too Soon: A Remarkable True Survival Story in 80 Foot Seas (True Storm Rescues) by Michael J. Tougias - Nonfiction

May 23, 2017

 

When a 47-foot sailboat disappears in the Gulf Stream in the throes of a disastrous storm, it leaves behind three weary passengers struggling to stay alive

The Drake Equation by Bart King - Science Fiction

June 20, 2017

 

Noah Grow is a bird-watcher.  Right now, Noah is on a quest to find a wood duck. According to his calculations, aka the Drake Equation, the odds are good-really good-for spotting one. That's why he gets off the bus at the wrong stop. And that's how he ends up running down a hill, crashing into a fence, and landing right next to a strange, glittery disk. Noah and his best friends, Jason and Jenny, soon discover that the mysterious disk gives Noah peculiar powers.

You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen Written by Carole Boston Weatherford with illustrations by Jeffery Boston Weatherford - History

July 4, 2017


Award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford’s innovative history in verse celebrates the story of the Tuskegee Airmen: pioneering African-American pilots who triumphed in the skies and past the color barrier. From training days in Alabama to combat on the front lines in Europe, this is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the groundbreaking African-American pilots of World War II. In vibrant second-person poems, Carole Boston Weatherford teams up for the first time with her son, artist Jeffery Weatherford, in a powerful and inspiring book that allows readers to fly, too.

The Lost Compass by Joel Ross - Youth Fiction

July 25, 2017


Chess and his crew --- Hazel, Swedish, Loretta, and Bea --- may have escaped the slums, but they cannot escape the Fog that threatens to swallow the entire mountaintop city of Port Oro. Only one thing can stop the Fog: an ancient machine known as the Compass. And only one person can find it: Chess. With the help of his crew, Chess faces dangerous encounters and deadly driftsharks to unearth the hidden instrument. It’s a race against time to save this sanctuary in the sky.
It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas - Children's Fiction

August 15, 2017

 

Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name --- Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can't distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home.

The Firefly Code by Megan Frazer Blakemore - Children's Fiction

September 12, 2017

 

Mori and her friends live a normal life on Firefly Lane in their utopian community, Old Harmonie. In a world this safe and perfect, they've never had to question anything . . . never had to wonder about how their lives came to be. Until a new girl named Ilana moves in. She's so perfect that Mori and her friends are curious . . . Where exactly did Ilana come from, and why does she act so strange sometimes?

Mayday by Karen Harrington - Children's Fiction

January 2, 2018


Wayne Kovok lives in a world of After. After his uncle in the army was killed overseas. After Wayne and his mother survived a plane crash while coming back from the funeral. After he lost his voice. He's always used his love of facts to communicate. Without his voice, how will he wow the prettiest girl in school? How will he stand up to his drill-sergeant grandfather? And how will he share his hopes with his deadbeat dad? It's not until Wayne loses his voice completely that he realizes how much he doesn't say.

Return to the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel by Melissa de la Cruz - Fantasy

February 20, 2018


Mal's an expert at intimidating her enemies, but she's broken the habit since leaving her villainous roots behind. So when she and her friends Evie, Carlos, and Jay all receive threatening messages demanding they return home, Mal can't believe it. Especially since she and her friends have a sneaking suspicion that their villainous parents are behind the messages. And when Evie looks into her Magic Mirror, what she sees only confirms their fears. Maleficent's just a tiny lizard after her run-in with Mal at Ben's Coronation, but she's the worst villain in the land for a reason. Could she have found a way to escape? Whatever's going on, Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay know they have to sneak back to the Isle and get to the bottom of it.