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October 2012

Cool & New

October 2012

October's roundup of Cool & New Books includes Rachel Renée Russell's Dork Diaries 5: TALES FROM A NOT-SO-SMART MISS KNOW-IT-ALL, where Nikki finds herself in charge of the advice column for her school  newspaper; THE CUP AND THE CROWN, Diane Stanley's return to the intriguing world of The Silver Bowl to tell Molly's latest adventure; Rick Riordan's THE MARK OF ATHENA: The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three where Percy, Hazel and Frank are reunited with Jason, Piper and Leo...but who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?; and "WHO CAN THAT BE AT THIS HOUR?," the first of Lemony Snicket's new series, All the Wrong Questions, where he gives an account, that no one should read, about his apprenticeship in an organization that nobody knows about.

The Golden Door by Emily Rodda - Fantasy


The walled city of Weld is under attack from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the night, bringing death and destruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy sending invaders, and the heroes of Weld answer the call one by one, never to return. Rye is officially too young to go, but his brothers are among the lost and he must find them. What terrors await him beyond the Wall?

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle -


It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. "Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."

Boot & Shoe by Marla Frazee - Fiction


Boot and Shoe were born into the same litter, and now they live in the same house. They eat out of the same bowl, pee on the same tree, and sleep in the same bed. But they spend their days apart --- Boot on the back porch because he’s a back porch kind of dog, and Shoe on the front porch because he’s a front porch kind of dog. This is exactly perfect for them. But then a crazy neighborhood squirrel arrives...and everything goes topsy-turvy!

Dork Diaries 5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All by Rachel Renée Russell - Fiction


Nikki Maxwell develops a sudden interest in student journalism that may or may not have to do with the fact that mean girl Mackenzie has started writing a gossip column. So Nikki joins the school newspaper staff --- and ends up as an advice columnist! It’s fun at first, answering other kids’ letters. But when Miss Know-It-All’s inbox is suddenly overflowing with pleas for guidance, Nikki feels in need of some help herself.

Each Kindness Written by Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis - Fiction


Maya is the new girl at school, and she's different. So different that Chloe and her friends won't let Maya play with them, but when Maya stops coming to school, Chloe is sad she missed a chance to show a little kindness.

Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger - Fiction


Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. And Sophie has a secret --- she’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she’s not alone. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and almost instantly she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.

The Cup and the Crown by Diane Stanley - Historical Fiction

Master storyteller Diane Stanley returns to the intriguing world of The Silver Bowl to tell Molly's latest exciting adventure. The Cup and the Crown will be enjoyed by fans of Molly and by readers who are meeting this spirited heroine for the first time.

The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three by Rick Riordan - Fantasy


Percy, Hazel and Frank are reunited with Jason, Piper and Leo, but they number only six --- who will complete the Prophecy of Seven? The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land to find the Doors of Death....but most of the prophecy remains a mystery.

The Sandman by William Joyce - Fiction

One foggy night, the Man in the Moon has a startling thought: When the moon is less than full and bright, who will keep children safe at night? His keen eye falls upon a sleepy little fellow living on a sleepy little island who is a sweet-dreamer extraordinaire.  Since good dreams always trump bad ones, this means Pitch, the Nightmare King, will be further thwarted in his nefarious quest to terrorize children. So Sanderson Mansnoozie seems the perfect choice.

The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver - Fantasy


When Liza's brother, Patrick, changes overnight, Liza knows exactly what has happened: The spindlers have gotten to him and stolen his soul. To rescue Patrick, Liza must go Below, facing her greatest challenge at the spindlers' nests, where she encounters the evil queen and must pass a series of deadly tests --- or else her soul, too, will remain Below forever.

Behind the Bookcase by Mark Steensland and Kelly Murphy - Action Adventure


Spending the summer at her grandmother's house is the last thing Sarah wants to do. But her parents are staying there as they fix up the house after Grandma Winnie died. The tedious work turns into a thrilling mystery when Sarah discovers an unfinished letter her grandmother wrote: Strange things are happening behind the bookcase...

Cold Snap Written by Eileen Spinelli, Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman - Humorous


It's snowy cold in the town of Toby Mills. The thermometer is sinking toward zero, and the icicle hanging from the nose of General Toby's statue is growing closer to the ground. The newspaper headline reads "COLD SNAP!" The people of the town are losing hope — and the feeling in their toes — until the mayor's wife saves the day with a toasty treat.

I Have a Dream Written by Martin Luther King, Jr., Illustrated by Kadir Nelson - Historical

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation's history. His words, paired with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson's magnificent paintings, make for a picture book to be treasured by children and adults alike.

On The Run by Clara Bourreau - Action Adventure


When Anthony finally learns the truth about his father, and the real reason why he hasn't seen him in years, his life changes overnight. Everyone at school starts to taunt Anthony about having a criminal for a father. When his father escapes from the courtroom, Anthony wants to be with him, and he gets the chance. Now father and son are on the run. But how far will they get?

Otter and Odder: A Love Story by James Howe and Chris Raschka - Picture Book / Social Issues


The day Otter found love, he wasn't looking for it. He was looking for dinner. But then he gazed into the round, sweet, glistening eyes of Myrtle the fish, and he knew.

Path of Beasts (Keepers) by Lian Tanner - Action Adventure


The city of Jewel is in peril once again, and Goldie and Toadspit want to get their city back. As Toadspit fights the Fugleman in a duel to the death, Goldie must walk the mysterious Beast Road, deep inside the Museum of Thieves, if she wants to save the city. The problem is, no one knows where it goes and no one has ever returned from it.

Snowman Magic Written by Katherine Tegen Illustrated by Brandon Dorman - Holiday


When George stays home from school for a snow day, he finds himself assembling a snowman. After his snowman is made, something unexpected happens! How long will George's enchanted fun with his new friend last?

The Fire Chronicle (Books of Beginning) by John Stephens - Fantasy


It's been six months since Kate, Michael, and Emma confronted the Dire Magnus, but the trail to their long-missing parents remains cold. Then Michael and Emma find a man who saw them 10 years ago --- three days after they disappeared. He knows about a map of a distant land, a place shrouded in mystery that may lead them to their parents. Only a perilous quest and a daring risk will help the children to harness the power of the Books of Beginning. But will it be enough to save them?

The Red Blazer Girls: The Secret Cellar by Michael D. Beil - Mystery


Mysteries seem to find the Red Blazer Girls: when Sophie finds a secret message in the antique fountain pen she bought for her father, the girls are on a case.The pen's original owner is a man full of secrets. His house is full of puzzles, and the Blazers will do anything to get to the bottom of things.

The Secret History of Hobgoblins by Ari Berk - Myths


Follow Professor Berk to gain knowledge about every aspect of the hobgoblin.

"Who Could That Be at This Hour?" (All the Wrong Questions) by Lemony Snicket - Mystery

In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn't be read. This is the first volume.

The Maelstrom: Book Four of The Tapestry Written and Illustrated by Henry H. Neff - Fantasy


The world is at the brink of ruin...or is it salvation? Astaroth has been weakened, and the demon Prusias is taking full advantage of the situation. His formidable armies are on the move, and Rowan is in their sights. Rowan must rely on Max McDaniels and David Menlo and hope that their combined powers can stop Prusias's war machine before it's too late.

The Vengekeep Prophecies by Brian Farrey - Fantasy


Jaxter Grimjinx is supposed to be a born thief. At least, he's supposed to be. But Jaxter is so clumsy that in his first solo heist, he sets the Castellan's house on fire and lands his family in the gaol. Then a suspiciously convenient prophecy emerges naming the Grimjinx clan as the soon-to-be heroes of Vengekeep. Now, Jaxter Grimjinx will have to become the hero he was truly born to be.

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Soccer Scheme #28 by Donald J. Sobol - Mystery


The boy detective is back with ten new exciting adventures  Following the classic formula, this new installment presents 10 new mysteries, complete with answers at the end of the book that allow the reader to solve the cases along with the boy detective. Join Encyclopedia as he takes on cases of an African killifish, a library book vandal, and a nail-biting soccer game.

If I Built a House Written and Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen - Fiction


Jack uses his imagination to build a house with everything a kid could want --- including a flying room and a gigantic slide!

Return to the Willows by Jacqueline Kelly - Fiction


Mole, Ratty, Toad, and Badger are back for more rollicking adventures in this sequel to THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. With lavish illustrations by Clint Young, Jacqueline Kelly masterfully evokes the magic of Kenneth Grahame's beloved children's classic and brings it to life for a whole new generation.

The Secret Prophecy by Herbie Brennan - Science Fiction