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October 2016

Cool & New

October 2016

This month's Cool and New roundup includes some great fairy tale books such as THE LAND OF STORIES: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales by Chris Colfer, which contains 35 classic fairy tales as well as a little bit of extra magic. The fun continues with DISENCHANTED: The Trials of Cinderella, where Megan Morrison continues her princess retelling series; and get ready to laugh out loud with BILLY SURE KID ENTREPRENEUR IS NOT A SINGER by Luke Sharpe, where Billy and Manny find out they are contestants on a T.V. singing competition.

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The Thief's Apprentice (Master Diplexito and Mr. Scant) by Bryan Methods -

October 1, 2016

Oliver, the meek son of a wealthy British industrialist, discovers the identity of a notorious thief, a man who has been skillfully evading Scotland Yard and snatching priceless artifacts for sport: Mr. Scant, his family butler. After first fearing for his life, Oliver discovers Mr. Scant's secret within a secret: the butler's crimes are actually a series of strikes against an underground group of business tycoons trying to master black magic.

Baylor's Guide to the Other Side by Robert Imfeld - Fantasy

October 4, 2016

There are a few things you should know about Baylor Bosco: He’s 13-years-old, he has a twin sister and he really does NOT like ghosts…which is problematic because he’s a medium and sees ghosts everywhere. Oh, and his twin sister, Kristina? She’s a ghost too. They’ve been working as a pair for years, expertly relaying messages from ghosts to their still-living loved ones. Baylor’s even managed to come up with an introductory phrase --- one that he has to use far too often. 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 2) Written by J. K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay - Fiction

October 4, 2016

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike. And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone --- or something --- starts turning Hogwarts students to stone.

Stick Dog Slurps Spaghetti by Tom Watson - Fiction

October 4, 2016

Stick Dog and his gang of hungry hounds want to play tug-of-war. Their search for rope leads to something even better --- spaghetti!  Once they get a taste, they must get some more. It will be their most difficult mission ever --- and will demand all of Stick Dog’s problem-solving skills. They’ll need to scale the tallest mountain in the suburbs and sneak into a restaurant filled with people.

Fizzopolis #2: Floozombies! Written by Patrick Carman and illustrated by Brian Sheesley - Fiction

October 4, 2016

What do you get when you mix burptastic Fuzzwonker Fizz with crummy Flooze candy in the Fizzomatic machine? Floozombies, of course! Harold Fuzzwonker, his best good buddy, Floyd, and the Fizzies have a real problem on their hands, in the shape of slimy, gloppy monsters. Not only must Harold protect Floyd and the secret recipe for Fuzzwonker Fizz from the sneaky Snood family, he also has to stop the Floozombies before they take over the town, all while guarding the biggest secret of all: Fizzopolis!

The Doorway and the Deep by K. E. Ormsbee - Fiction

October 4, 2016

Travel back to the enchanting and treacherous land of Limn, where Lottie Fiske has escaped the murderous Southerly king for a while --- but other perils are hard on her heels. War is coming to the beautiful world of magic that Lottie has come to love. Events are pushing her to the North, where many answers --- about her parents, about her abilities, about this world and others --- await. But the road to the north is full of dangers, and so are the answers.

Phoenix Written by SF Said with illustrations by Dave McKean - Science Fiction

October 11, 2016

Lucky lives a relatively normal life on a remote moon of the planet Aries One, safe from the turmoil and devastation of the interstellar war between Humans and Aliens. Lucky has seen images of the horned, cloven-hooved Aliens before, but he’s never seen one up close. Then one night, he dreams that the stars are singing to him --- and wakes to evidence suggesting that he is not so normal after all. When Lucky’s mother sacrifices herself to help him escape an elite Human military force called the Shadow Guards, he must rely on the Alien crew of a ramshackle starship.

Lunch Witch #2: Knee-deep in Niceness by Deb Lucke - Graphic Novel

October 11, 2016

Grunhilda the Witch has a weakness…a tiny soft spot on her otherwise black and crusty heart. She hides the nice feelings she gets whenever she receives a letter from former student Madison. But her familiars are onto her. They search her hovel and find a huge collection of letters from Madison --- evidence that, once again, the witch has fallen off the straight-and-narrow path of wickedness. Mr. Williams has a solution, but it involves making a meanness potion from THE-BOOK-THAT-IS-NOT-TO-BE-USED-FOR-GOOD. Things go dreadfully wrong when he accidentally releases Positivity Potion instead. Birds are singing. Flowers are growing. The principal cancels school! The entire town of Salem is exuberant. Grunhilda has to find a way to fix the town, find her familiars who run away in the confusion, and return her heart to its original black and crusty state. All before the ancestors wake up.

School Ship Tobermory by Alexander McCall Smith - Children's Fiction

October 11, 2016

Ben and Fee MacTavish are twins who’ve been homeschooled on a submarine. Now they’re heading to the School Ship Tobermory. This is no ordinary school --- it’s a sailing ship where kids from around the world train to be sailors and learn about all things nautical. When a film crew arrives on a nearby ship, the Albatross, Ben is one of the lucky kids chosen as a movie extra. But after a day’s filming, his suspicions are aroused. Are the director and crew really shooting a film? Or are they protecting a secret on the lower decks of the Albatross? 
Survival: True Stories by Tom McCarthy - Children's Nonfiction

October 11, 2016

Tales of survival are as old as humanity! In SURVIVAL: True Stories, readers discover accounts of survival that required innovation, a thirst for adventure and even a bit of brutality. Whether it’s Shackleton on the frozen landscape of Antarctica or William Bligh and his loyal followers adrift in the Pacific after mutiny on the Bounty, survival is a fascinating topic.

Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella (Tyme #2) by Megan Morrison - Fiction

October 11, 2016

Ella Coach has one wish: revolution. Her mother died working in a sweatshop, and Ella wants every laborer in the Blue Kingdom to receive fairer treatment. But to make that happen, she'll need some high-level support...

It's a Doggy Dog World (Crimebiters #2) Written by Tommy Greenwald and illustrated by Adam Stower - Mystery/Adventure

October 11, 2016

Jimmy is sure that his dog Abby is special. After all, it was Abby who (with the help of Jimmy & friends) helped nab the criminal Barnaby Bratford and shut down Barnaby's babysitting service, a front for robbing the nice folks of Quietville. Jimmy's parents, on the other hand, are starting to feel like Abby is one destructive little dog (she chewed up Mom's entire shoe collection!) and they insist on enrolling Abby in obedience training. The only problem is that the longer Abby's in class, the more normal (read: boring) she becomes.

Magical Mission (Geronimo Stilton #64) by Geronimo Stilton - Fiction

October 11, 2016

I was traveling to London, England on a secret mission! I had to investigate some strange occurrences --- someone was trying to get their paws on the crown jewels! Trap came along, too, to compete in a big magic show. And before I could solve my mystery, Trap needed my perform an impossible magic trick. Could I do it all? Squeak!

Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur Is NOT A SINGER! Written by Luke Sharpe and illustrated by Graham Ross - Fiction

October 11, 2016

Billy and Manny are thrilled to be guest judges on Sing Out and Shout, everyone’s favorite singing competition TV show --- that is, until they find out they’re not judges, they’re contestants! When Manny sings, everyone cheers. But when Billy takes the stage, his voice CRACKS! and breaks a mirror! How will Billy survive the competition? Could inventing a Magical Microphone do the trick?

Atticus Claw Goes Ashore by Jennifer Gray - Fiction

October 11, 2016

Atticus is on beach cleaning duty with the kittens when he finds a message in a bottle from Fishhook Frank. Fishhook is marooned on a desert island, but he promises Atticus treasure in exchange for his rescue! The treasure contains a sleeping mermaid who has the power to grant any wish. Atticus sets out to rescue Fishhook Frank and find the Casket of Desires with his owners, the Cheddar family. But it's not all plain sailing. The pirate with the biggest beard-sweater in the nautical world.

Pirates and Shipwrecks: True Stories by Tom McCarthy - Children's Nonfiction

October 11, 2016

PIRATES AND SHIPWRECKS: True Stories features true tales that whet kids’ appetites for history by engaging them in genres with proven track records --- mystery and adventure. History is made of near misses, unexplained disappearances, unsolved mysteries and bizarre events that are almost too weird to be true --- almost! The Mystery & Mayhem series delves into the past to provide kids with a jumping-off point into a lifelong habit of appreciating history.

Animas, Book Two Flight of the King by C. R. Grey - Fiction

October 11, 2016

Winter vacation has never seemed so long. Normally, Bailey would enjoy the break from schoolwork, but this year he can't wait to get back to Fairmount Academy in order to spend more time with his Animas, the white tiger Taleth. After years without his kin, Bailey's anxious to strengthen the bond that connects him to the magnificent animal at last.

Why is Art Full of Naked People?: And other vital questions about art by Susie Hodge - Nonfiction

October 18, 2016

WHY IS ART FULL OF NAKED PEOPLE? is an irreverent and informative primer that asks tricky questions about what makes art art. What is with all the fruit? Why is art so weird nowadays? There are questions about how art views the world, from cave paintings through to Cubism, from the Renaissance to contemporary art, questions about different genres, including still-life painting, landscapes and portraits, and questions about the role and value of art in the past and today.

Hamster Princess: Ratpunzel by Ursula Vernon - Graphic Novel

October 18, 2016

Princess Harriet Hamsterbone does not like sitting around at home. How’s a princess supposed to have any fun when her parents are constantly reminding her to be careful and act princessly? So when her pal Prince Wilbur needs help finding a stolen hydra egg, Harriet happily takes up the quest.  The thief’s trail leads them to a wicked witch and a tall tower, occupied by a rat whose tail has more to it than meets the eye!

Return of the Forgotten Written by Lisa Fiedler and illustrated by Vivienne To - Fiction

October 18, 2016

Hopper is determined to reach out to his brother-gone-bad, to see if he can talk some sense into the young rodent. But then Hope, the youngest of Zucker and Firren’s new litter, goes missing, and all signs point to Pup as culprit. Meanwhile, Firren is rattled not only by the disappearance of her daughter, but a shameful secret from her past that she’s kept hidden for years.

Commander in Cheese #3: Have a Mice Flight! Written by Lindsey Leavitt and illustrated by Ag Ford - Fiction

October 18, 2016

Ava loves airplanes. And the president’s airplane, Air Force One, is the most famous of all! She and her brother Dean need to sneak onto that plane, which means they have to hide in the president’s daughter’s backpack. It’s actually pretty easy (even though they get stuck with Secret Service mouse Gregory as a babysitter). But where is this plane going? They’ll find out...up, up, and away!

Rebellion of Thieves (A Robyn Hoodlum Adventure) by Kekla Magoon - Fiction

October 18, 2016

Robyn Loxley can't rest now that she's the #1 Most Wanted Fugitive, Robyn Hoodlum. The harsh Nott City governor, Ignomus Crown, may have increased the reward for her capture, but this won't stop Robyn from masterminding her biggest mission yet: infiltrating the governor's mansion to rescue her parents. The perfect opportunity arises when the Iron Teen contest comes to Sherwood. If Robyn scores high enough, she'll be invited to a dinner at the mansion. But performing well in the contest could put her directly in Crown's sights. Can she and her crew of misfit friends pull off such a grand scheme, or are they walking into bigger trouble than they can handle?

The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales Written by Chris Colfer and illustrated by Brandon Dorman - Fiction

October 18, 2016

This gorgeous, full-color companion book to the Land of Stories series will appeal to new and old fans alike, who will delight in favorite classics such as "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Jack and the Beanstalk," and more. Here is the beloved fairy-tale treasury that Alex and Conner fall into in The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell --- a beautifully designed addition to the series, and the magical book that started it all!

Into the Outlands: Quirk's Quest written by Robert Christie and illustrated by Deborah Lang - Fantasy

October 18, 2016

Setting out to explore the remote Outlands of Crutonia are the brave and multifarious crew of the H.M.S. Gwaniimander, under the command of Captain Quenterindy Quirk --- a leader whose confidence exceeds his competence by several lengths of his own bushy tail. Quirk’s voyage of discovery is quickly plunged into disaster and mystery, as the expedition encounters carnivorous giants, an unstable sorceress, and a valley of indestructible creatures. With the crew decimated, the ship destroyed, and a malign force plotting worse fortune, can Quirk and his compatriots hold together their royal mission?

Middle School: Dog's Best Friend (Middle School: Book 8) Written by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts. Illustrated by Jomike Tejido - Fiction

October 24, 2016

Life in middle school is finally starting to seem bearable-until Rafe spots his grandmother standing on the free-meal line at the local soup kitchen. In order to help bring in more money, Rafe concocts a brilliant plan-a dog-walking business that soon turns into a huge money-making neighborhood empire. He'll even have extra cash to buy his own WormHole Deluxe Multi-Platform GameBox! That is, until two terrible twins launch the Great Dog War by sabotaging Rafe's flyers and stealing his customers.

Heroes for My Son by Brad Meltzer - Nonfiction

October 25, 2016

New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer brings together a remarkable group of heroes with one thing in common: they were ordinary people who became extraordinary. The 52 featured figures represent the spectacular potential we all have within us to change the world. The format allows for reading straight through or at your own pace, and includes photos, quotes, brief biographies and vignettes that highlight the single moment that made each person great. The wonderfully diverse heroes included in the book are men, women, historical, contemporary, athletes, actors, inventors, politicians and so many more.

Heroes for My Daughter by Brad Meltzer - Nonfiction

October 25, 2016

New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer brings together a remarkable group of heroes with one thing in common: they were ordinary people who became extraordinary. The 60 featured figures represent the spectacular potential we all have within us to change the world. The format includes photos, quotes, brief biographies and vignettes that highlight the single moment that made each person great. The wonderfully diverse heroes included in the book are women, men, historical, contemporary, athletes, actors, inventors, politicians and so many more.

Heroes of Pearl Harbor (Ten True Tales) by Allan Zullo - Nonfiction

October 25, 2016

A massive bomb explosion destroys the battleship USS Arizona and pitches Cassin Young, captain of the nearby USS Vestal, overboard into a flaming oil slick. Julio DeCastro and Joe Bulgo can hear sailors trapped inside the capsized USS Oklahoma, which is rapidly filling with water. After toiling all day and all night with their pneumatic hammers, can the exhausted workers save their comrades in time? These and other real-life heroes risked their lives during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, which forced America into World War II. You will never forget their courageous true stories.

Epic Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce - Graphic Novel

October 25, 2016

Hundreds of cartoons, selected by Peirce and presented with his witty and informative commentary, trace the evolution of the Big Nate comic strip and its colorful cast of characters.  Also included is an exclusive Q&A featuring Peirce and Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney, detailing the friendship and mutual admiration that contributed to each cartoonist’s success. Featuring highlights from 1991 to 2015, EPIC BIG NATE is a must-have for Big Nate fans of all ages! 
Ryan Quinn and the Rebel's Escape Written by Ron McGee and illustrated by Chris Samnee - Fiction

October 25, 2016

Ryan Quinn hopes his traveling days are over. The son of a United Nations worker, he’s grown up in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa --- everywhere but home. He’s finally settled at a great school in New York and is making friends when, suddenly, his world is turned upside down.Ryan is blindsided when his father disappears and his mother is abducted. Left with nothing but questions, he soon discovers his parents have been leading a double life. They actually work with the Emergency Rescue Committee, an underground organization that has performed dangerous rescue missions since World War II, and they’ve been secretly training Ryan to follow in their footsteps.

Five Elements #1: The Emerald Tablet by Dan Jolley - Fantasy

June 27, 2017

When Gabe Conway and his friends find a strange old map in his uncle’s office and follow it to a crumbling secret chamber beneath San Francisco, they think they’re just having one last adventure before Gabe moves away. They don’t expect to end up bound to the magic of the elements, or to set off a chain of events that none of them can explain. But they’re about to get more of an adventure than they bargained for.

If The Magic Fits by Susan Maupin Schmid - Children's Fiction

July 25, 2017

Inside an enchanted castle, there’s a closet --- a closet with one hundred dresses that nobody ever wears. Dresses like those need a good trying-on, and Darling Dimple is just the girl to do it. When she tries on Dress Number Eleven, something unbelievable happens. She transforms into the castle’s Head Scrubber! It turns out that each dress can disguise her as someone else. And Darling is about to have an adventure that calls for a disguise or two...or a hundred.

A Legend of Starfire by Marissa Burt - Fiction

August 22, 2017

The Land of Nod used to be just a name in a nursery rhyme to Wren. But when she discovered the secret magic of stardust, she learned that some of those rhymes had secrets of their own --- and the Land of Nod is real. A few months ago, the evil Magician Boggen attempted to escape his exile on Nod and return to Earth. Wren stopped him, but Boggen is still out there.

TodHunter Moon, Book Three: StarChaser (World of Septimus Heap) Written by Angie Sage and illustrated by Mark Zug - Fiction

September 12, 2017

Almost one year ago, Alice TodHunter Moon left her PathFinder village to become Apprentice to ExtraOrdinary Wizard Septimus Heap. Now in faraway lands, the Castle is in peril. The brilliant blue stone is crumbling to dust and both the witch Marisa and the wicked Red Queen have their eyes on the throne. But as Tod sets off on a hazardous journey to find a new Keystone, her life may be in the greatest danger of all. Can she save the Castle while evading the fate that befell her mother?
The League of Unexceptional Children: Get Smart-ish by Gitty Daneshravi - Mystery

September 19, 2017

Jonathan Murray: 12 years old. Wears khaki pants to tell the world he plans on driving the speed limit when he grows up. Saved the world once; it was probably a fluke. Shelley Brown: 12 years old. Narrates her imaginary exploits as if she is the subject of a documentary film. Saved the world once; it was probably a fluke. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has called upon Jonathan and Shelley to catch a criminal who has stolen a virus that makes people less smart. 

The Enchanted Files: Hatched by Bruce Coville - Fiction

September 19, 2017

Meet Gerald. Gerald is a griffin --- a creature with the body of a lion and the head of an eagle. According to the Code of the Griffins, that means he should be:
1. Brave and fierce in all situations!
2. A guardian of a great treasure!
3. Completely and totally hidden from the human realm!
But what if a Griffin ISN’T brave or fierce? What if he’s NEVER found a great treasure (or ANY treasure for that matter)? What if he feels like such an embarrassment that the only thing left to do is run away?
Making Mistakes On Purpose (Ms. Rapscott's Girls) by Elise Primavera - Children's Fiction

October 3, 2017

Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents is not your typical boarding school. Students arrive in boxes, birthday cake is served for breakfast and two very talented corgis assist the rather quirky headmistress. This semester, the girls will learn how to get to The Top, but the semester is not off to a good start. One of the girls doesn’t make it back to school and when her friends try to rescue her, they wind up at the Bottom of the Barrel. Luckily, Ms. Rapscott knows that learning to fail is the secret to Going Far in life.  

Skunked!: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet Written by Jacqueline Kelly with illustrations from Teagan White and Jennifer L. Meyer - Historical Fiction

October 3, 2017

When soft-hearted Travis discovers an abandoned baby skunk, he can't help but bring him home and take care of him. Stinky, as Travis names him, settles in pretty well. But when Travis discovers Stinky's litter-mate, Winky, who is in need of some help, things get complicated around the Tate house. One skunk is a piece of cake; two is just asking for trouble. Will Travis and Callie be able to keep the critters away from Mother's careful eyes --- and nose?

Impyrium by Henry H. Neff - Fantasy

October 3, 2017

For over three thousand years, the Faeregine dynasty has ruled Impyrium. But the family’s magic has been fading, and with it their power over the empire. Many believe the Faeregines are ripe to fall. Hazel, the youngest member of the royal family, is happy to leave ruling to her sisters so that she can study her magic. But the empress has other plans for her granddaughter, dark and dangerous plans to exploit Hazel’s talents and rekindle the Faeregine mystique. Hob, a commoner from the remote provinces, has been sent to the city to serve the Faeregines --- and to spy on them.

Liberty (Dogs of World War II) by Kirby Larson - Fiction

December 26, 2017

Fish has a knack for inventing. His annoying neighbor, Olympia, has a knack for messing things up. But when his latest invention leads Fish to Liberty, a beautiful stray dog who needs a home, he and Olympia work together to rescue her.

A Blind Guide to Normal by Beth Vrabel - Fiction

January 2, 2018

Richie “Ryder” Raymond has a gift. He can find the punchline in any situation, even in his limited vision and prosthetic eye. During the past year at Addison School for the Blind, Ryder’s quick wit earned the respect and friendship of his classmates. Heading to mainstream, or “normal,” school for eighth grade is going to be awesome.

Rebel Genius by Michael Dante DiMartino - Fantasy

January 2, 2018

In 12 year-old Giacomo's Renaissance-inspired world, art is powerful, dangerous and outlawed. A few artists possess Geniuses, birdlike creatures that are the living embodiment of an artist's creative spirit. Those caught with one face a punishment akin to death, so when Giacomo discovers he has a Genius, he knows he's in serious trouble. Luckily, he finds safety in a secret studio where young artists and their Geniuses train in sacred geometry to channel their creative energies as weapons. But when a murderous artist goes after the three Sacred Tools --- Giacomo and his friends must risk their lives to stop him.

Welcome to Wonderland #1: Home Sweet Motel by Chris Grabenstein - Youth Fiction

April 3, 2018

Eleven-year-old P. T. Wilkie may be the greatest storyteller alive. But he knows one thing for a fact: the Wonderland Motel is the best place a kid could ever live! There’s only one thing the Wonderland doesn’t have, though --- customers. And if the Wonderland doesn’t get them soon, P.T. and his friend Gloria may have to say goodbye to their beloved motel forever. Luckily for them, Gloria is a business GENIUS, and OUTRAGEOUS is practically P.T.’s middle name. With Gloria’s smarts and P.T.’s world-famous stories and schemes, there’s got to be a way to save the Wonderland!
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2 The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan - Fiction

April 3, 2018

Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon --- the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki --- and the price he wants is very high.

Lou Lou and Pea and the Mural Mystery by Jill Diamond and Lesley Vamos - Mystery

April 24, 2018

Lou Lou Bombay and Peacock Pearl have been best friends since first grade. Every Friday afternoon, they get together in Lou Lou's backyard garden for their PSPP (Post-School Pre-Parents) tea party. But all plans go out the window when a series of small crimes crop up around El Corazón, their quaint and quirky neighborhood, right before the Día de Los Muertos procession. When clues start to appear in El Corazón's outdoor murals, the best friends join forces, using Lou Lou's floral expertise and Pea's artistic genius to solve the mysteries.