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September 2016

Cool & New

September 2016

This month's Cool and New roundup includes NIGHTMARES! The Lost Lullaby, the third volume in Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller's hilariously scary series; THE OMINOUS EYE, the second book in Tracey Hecht's Nocturnals series, in which a new friend joins the Nocturnal Brigade to help fight a terrible beast; and BRIGHTWOOD by Tania Unsworth, the story of a young girl and the mysterious mansion she calls home.

The Wild Ones by C. Alexander London - Fiction

August 30, 2016

The wild animals of Ankle Snap Alley have been disappearing, and Kit knows exactly why: The People are animal-napping them and taking them to the zoo! Not only that, but they are at the very same zoo where Kit's mother is being held captive. So Kit decides to round up the Moonlight Brigade and lead the charge to set the Wild Ones free. But this rescue mission might be his most difficult one yet. The Flealess and some of the zoo animals have teamed up against Kit --- and the Rat King brings warnings of coming danger!

Origami Chic: A Guide to Foldable Fashion by Sok Song - Non-fiction

September 1, 2016

Transform a simple sheet of paper into a runway-ready outfit with easy-to-follow instructions and illustrated diagrams from origami master Sok Song. With 30 unique origami models and fashion-forward folding papers, you'll create one-of-a-kind gowns and sophisticated dresses for elegant occasions, as well as everyday items such as jeans, sweaters and jackets --- plus accessories to complete every look. Everything you need to create a custom origami wardrobe is included --- all you have to do is fold.
Monster Science: Could Monsters Survive (And Thrive!) in the Real World? by Helaine Becker and Phil McAndrew - Science

September 6, 2016

In a completely original approach to exploring science, six different kinds of monsters --- Frankenstein, vampires, bigfoot, zombies, werewolves and sea monsters --- are explored and exposed to scientific principles. For example, the chapter on Frankenstein delves into how electricity and organ transplants work in the human body and whether they could really bring someone back to life --- all presented in short, readable sections. There's also historical background on each monster, as well as trivia and jokes in sidebars, and fun quizzes at the end of every chapter for readers to test their knowledge.

Destination: Mars (revised edition) by Seymour Simon - Nonfiction

September 6, 2016


Seymour Simon explores the Red Planet through fascinating facts and amazing full-color photographs. Readers will learn about the recent discovery of water, the Valles Marineris --- the biggest valley on Mars --- the ice caps, recent expeditions and more.

The Dark Talent: Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson - Children's Fantasy

September 6, 2016

Alcatraz Smedry has successfully defeated the army of Evil Librarians and saved the kingdom of Mokia. Too bad he managed to break the Smedry Talents in the process. Even worse, his father is trying to enact a scheme that could ruin the world, and his best friend, Bastille, is in a coma. To revive her, Alcatraz must infiltrate the Highbrary --- known as the Library of Congress to Hushlanders --- the seat of Evil Librarian power.   

Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke - Graphic Novel

September 6, 2016

Jack might be the only kid in the world who's dreading summer. But he's got a good reason: summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy. It's a lot of responsibility, and it's boring, too, because Maddy doesn't talk. Ever. But then, one day at the flea market, Maddy does talk --- to tell Jack to trade their mom's car for a box of mysterious seeds.

Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure Written by Ann M. Martin with Annie Parnell and Illustrated by Ben Hatke - Fantasy

September 6, 2016


Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has gone away unexpectedly and left her niece, Missy Piggle-Wiggle, in charge of the Upside-Down House and the beloved animals who live there: Lester the pig, Wag the dog and Penelope the parrot, among others. Families in town soon realize that like her great-aunt, Missy Piggle-Wiggle has inventive cures for all sorts of childhood (mis)behavior: The Whatever Cure and the Just-a-Minute Cure, for instance. What is a stressed out parent to do? Why, call Missy Piggle-Wiggle, of course!
The Most Frightening Story Ever Told by Philip Kerr - Children's Mystery

September 6, 2016

Billy Shivers doesn’t have a lot of excitement in his life. He prefers to spend his days reading alone in the Hitchcock Public Library. So it is a bit out of character when he finds himself drawn to the Haunted House of Books, and a competition daring readers to survive an entire night inside. The Haunted House of Books is a cross between a bookstore and a booby trap. It’s a creeky old mansion full of dark hallways and things that go bump in the night, and the store’s ill-tempered owner, Mr. Rapscallion, only adds to the mystery.

Werewolf Weekend by B.A. Frade - Fiction

September 6, 2016


Twelve-year-old Emma is excited to spend a weekend away at best friend Samantha's house for an epic sleepover with Sam and her out-of-town cousins. But things take a turn for the spooky when Emma's peculiar new book, Tales from the Scaremaster, shows it has a mind of its own-and weaves a story starring Emma and some cousins hiding a very creepy secret!

The Unbelievable FIB 2: Over the Underworld by Adam Shaughnessy - Adventure

September 6, 2016

It’s been a year since friends ABE and Pru joined Mister Fox’s Fantasy Investigation Bureau --- otherwise known as the Unbelievable FIB --- to save their hometown from an invasion of Viking gods and giants. Life has been incredibly ordinary ever since. But that’s all about to change when the Norse Allfather, Odin, appears with terrible news: Baldur, his favorite son, has been murdered. It’s the first step in a fated chain of events that leads to Ragnarok --- the end of the world.

Anton and Cecil: Cats on Track (Book 2) Written by Lisa Martin and Valerie Martin, illustrated by Kelly Murphy. -

September 13, 2016

Terrible news has reached cat brothers Anton and Cecil: their rodent friend Hieronymus has been captured. Anton and Cecil must try to rescue the mouse who once saved Anton’s life. Boarding one of the monstrous machines the mice call “landships,” the brothers travel to the Wild West. In the face of many dangers, can Anton and Cecil find the courage and wit to save Hieronymus?

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier - Graphic Novel

September 13, 2016

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake --- and her own.

Wrong Place, (Really) Wrong Time (In Due Time) by Nicholas O. Time - Science Fiction

September 13, 2016

When librarian Valerie Tremt gives student Luis Ramirez a chance to go back in time. He plans to go back to 1696 and see exactly where Captain William Kidd left buried treasure and then return to the spot and retrieve it.  But when he returns from his time traveling adventure without any treasure, he is inconsolable. His older brother Rafael doesn’t believe he time traveled at all. Luis decides there’s only one way to convince him. He brings The Book of Memories home to show Rafael, despite Ms. Tremt’s warning that the book is never to leave the library without her permission. Luis ignores her warning --- after all, it’s just a book. What could possibly go wrong?

Class Election (Secrets to Ruling School 2) by Neil Swaab - Fiction

September 13, 2016

The competition is fierce, but luckily, you’ve got a killer campaign manager on your side. With Max’s help, you’ll conquer all the steps of running for office and winning votes, including advertisements, endorsements, campaign speeches and more. Along the way, you’ll learn more essential skills for thriving in middle school, including making a viral video, trading your lunch in the school cafeteria and putting a positive spin on any situation.

The Ominous Eye: The Nocturnals, Book 2 Written by Tracey Hecht with illustrations by Kate Liebman - Children's Fiction

September 20, 2016

When a violent jolt fractures the earth, the Nocturnal Brigade sets out to investigate its source. Along their journey, Dawn, Bismark and Tobin meet an unfamiliar reptile --- a tuatara --- who reveals that a giant beast caused the destruction and will soon strike again. The tuatara --- with her special insights --- is the only one who can help them stop this fearsome predator…but can she be trusted? 

Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat - Graphic Novel

September 27, 2016


Meet Abbie Wu. Abbie is in crisis --- and not just because she’s starting middle school or because she’s stuck in a family that doesn’t quite get her or because everyone seems to have a Thing except her. Abbie Wu is always in crisis.

Timmy Failure: The Book You're Not Supposed to Have by Stephan Pastis - Mystery

September 27, 2016

This book was never meant to exist. No one needs to know the details. Just know this: there’s a Merry, a Larry, a missing tooth and a teachers’ strike that is crippling Timmy Failure’s academic future. Worst of all, Timmy is banned from detective work. It’s a conspiracy of buffoons. He recorded everything in his private notebook, but then the manuscript was stolen. If this book gets out, he will be grounded for life. Or maybe longer. And will Timmy’s mom really marry Doorman Dave?

The Creeps: Book 3: Curse of the Attack-o-Lanterns by Chris Schweizer - Science Fiction

September 27, 2016

When rule breaking during one of their investigations lands the detectives in “service detention,” the four friends find themselves lugging pumpkins off a foreclosed pumpkin patch. To thank them for their service, Sheriff Obie allows each Creep to take home a pumpkin. Once carved, the jack-o-lanterns come to life --- and attack everyone within reach! It turns out the pumpkins came from a cursed patch, and to stop the Attack-o-Lanterns from destroying their town, the Creeps will have to team up with the patch’s owner, Old Lady Bitterwood, who happens to be a witch.

Ugly by Robert Hoge - Children's Fiction

February 7, 2017

When Robert Hoge was born, he had a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs. Surgeons removed the tumor and made him a new nose from one of his toes.  Amazingly, he survive --- with a face that would never be the same. Strangers stared at him. Kids called him names and adults could be cruel, too. Everybody seemed to agree that he was “ugly.” But Robert refused to let his face define him.

Going Wild by Lisa McMann - Science Fiction

May 2, 2017


Charlie Wilde knew her life would change forever when her family moved from the city of Chicago to the suburbs of Arizona…and that was before she found the bracelet. After putting it on, she notices odd things start to happen. Suddenly Charlie seems to have the speed of a cheetah and the strength of an elephant --- and that’s just the beginning. She would be thrilled about her transformation if she had any idea how to use the device or control her amazing powers.

Lock and Key: The Initiation by Ridley Pearson - Mystery/Adventure

May 2, 2017

In Ridley Pearson’s newest trilogy, he delves into the origins of the rivalry between literature’s most famous enemies --- Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty, told from the perspective of James’s observant little sister, Moria. Before James grew up to be a ruthless, remorseless villain, he was a curious boy from Boston thrown into a boarding school with an unlikely roommate: Sherlock Holmes (“Lock” to his friends). An heirloom Bible, donated by the Moriarty family more than a hundred years ago, has gone missing, and it doesn’t take long for the two to find themselves embroiled in the school-wide scandal.

The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat - Fantasy

August 1, 2017

All Izzy wants is for something interesting to happen in her sleepy little town. But her wish becomes all too real when a mysterious song floats through the woods and lures her little sister Hen into the forest...where she vanishes. A frantic search leads to a strange hole in the ground that Izzy enters. But on the other side, she discovers that the hole was not a hole, this place is not Earth and Hen is not lost. She's been stolen away to the land of Faerie and it's up to Izzy to bring her home.

The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White - Children's Fiction

August 1, 2017

Anne has spent most of her 13 years dreaming of the day she and her best friend Penelope will finally leave Saint Lupin's Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children. When the big day arrives, a series of very curious happenings lead to Anne being charged with an epic quest. Anne, Penelope and new questing partner Hiro have only days to travel to strange new locales, solve myriad riddles and triumph over monstrous foes --- or face the horrible consequences.

Frank Einstein and the EvoBlaster Belt (Frank Einstein series #4) Written by Jon Scieszka with illustrations by Brian Biggs - Science Fiction

August 8, 2017

Kid-genius and inventor Frank Einstein loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination and definitely unusual. Frank --- along with his best friend, Watson, and Klink and Klank --- once again finds himself in competition with his classmate and archrival T. Edison and his sign-language-speaking sidekick, Mr. Chimp, over Frank’s newest invention: the EvoBlaster Belt, which allows the user to evolve and devolve into other forms of life, blasting from one species to another.

The Secret Keepers written by Trenton Lee Stewart with illustrations by Diana Sudyka - Children's Fiction

September 5, 2017

When Reuben discovers an extraordinary antique watch, he soon learns it has a secret power. At first he is thrilled with his new treasure, but as one secret leads to another, Reuben finds himself torn between his innately honest nature and the lure to be a hero. Now he is on a dangerous adventure as he races to solve the mystery before it is too late. Even with fearless Penny, mighty Jack and the wise Mrs. Genevieve on his side, can Reuben outwit and outmaneuver the sly villain called The Smoke?

The Best Man by Richard Peck - Children's Fiction

September 5, 2017

Archer Magill has spent a lively five years of grade school with one eye out in search of grown-up role models. Three of the best are his grandpa, the great architect; his dad, the great vintage car customizer and his uncle Paul, who is just plain great. These are the three he wants to be. Along the way he finds a fourth --- Mr. McLeod, a teacher. In fact, the first male teacher in the history of the school. But now here comes middle school and puberty. Change. Archer wonders how much change has to happen before his voice does.

Trailblazers: 33 in Science Who Changed the World by Rachel Swaby - Nonfiction

September 12, 2017

Virginia Apgar. Sally Ride. Rachel Carson. These names are etched in history and included here as part of this awe-inspiring collection of profiles of some of the world’s most influential women in science. Author Rachel Swaby delves into the minds of 33 such women, whose vision, creativity, passion and dedication have helped make important strides in the world of science --- who have in fact changed the world. Middle grade kids will be fascinated by these snapshot profiles of some of history’s most important female scientists.

Nightmares! The Lost Lullaby Written by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller with illustrations from Karl Kwasny - Horror

September 12, 2017

Charlie and his friends thought they’d put the twins out of business, but it seems they didn’t quite finish the job. Now the WOOLLY NIGHTMARES are closing in, and INK has shown up at Cypress Creek Elementary! Charlie’s convinced that INK is up to NO GOOD. And if he’s right, it could be a very long time before anyone’s dreams are sweet again.

Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Missing Goop by N. Griffin and Kate Hindley - Mystery

September 12, 2017

When the third-graders of Room 11 learn that they all must take part in a musicale, Smashie can’t wait to sing something heartfelt and loud. But the others are not so eager. Luckily, Charlene’s mom has agreed to donate her special gel that lengthens and sculpts hair into shapes, and soon, with the help of some retro sixties go-go dancing, all the kids are raring to go. That is, until their jars of goop go missing! Who would steal their beloved Herr Goop, and why? Time for Smashie and her best friend, Dontel, to get out their Investigation Notebooks!

The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg - Mystery

September 12, 2017

Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She's nine years old, barely four feet tall and the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seen --- always using logic and a bit of pluck (which yes, some might call “bossiness”) to solve the toughest crimes. When 11-year-old John Watson moves downstairs, Shelby finds something that's eluded her up till now: a friend. The easy-going John isn't sure of what to make of Shelby, but he soon finds himself her most-trusted (read: only) partner in a dog-napping case that'll take both their talents to crack.

The Mighty Odds: Book One by Amy Ignatow - Science Fiction

September 19, 2017

When a sweet nerd, an artsy cartoonist, a social outcast and the most popular girl in school are involved in a mysterious bus accident, this seemingly random group of kids starts to notice some very strange abilities they did not have before. This group --- who would never hang out under normal circumstances --- must now combine all of their strengths to figure out what happened during the bus accident.

Surrender the Key by D. J. MacHale - Children's Fiction

September 19, 2017

There’s a place filled with tales that don’t have an ending. Puzzles that won’t be solved until someone steps in to finish them. Enter the Library. Marcus and his friends have found the key to open it. And they need to use it, because, clearly, something is up. A strange guy in a bathrobe haunts them; fires rage and flare out in an instant; a peculiar old lady keeps telling them, “Surrender the key….” At first Marcus thinks he’s going nuts, until the mystery gets personal. The Library may hold some answers, but the clock is running out. Because on these library shelves, the stories you don’t finish might just finish you….

The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz and Hatem Aly - Fantasy

March 20, 2018

1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children: William, an oblate on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning village; and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions. They are accompanied by Jeanne's loyal greyhound, Gwenforte...recently brought back from the dead. Their adventures take them on a chase through France to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned. They’re taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon.

Brightwood by Tania Unsworth - Fiction

April 17, 2018

Daisy Fitzjohn knows there are two worlds: the outside world and the world of Brightwood Hall, her home --- and the only place she’s ever been. When Daisy’s mother leaves one morning, a strange visitor arrives on the estate, claiming to be a distant cousin, James Gritting. But as the days tick by and Daisy’s mother doesn’t return, Gritting becomes more and more menacing. He wants Brightwood for himself, and he will do anything to get it, unless Daisy, with only her imaginary companions to help her, can stop him.

Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick - Children's Fiction

June 5, 2018


A realistic contemporary story of two girls, both named Naomi, whose divorced parents begin to date. Other than their first names, Naomi Marie and Naomi Edith are sure they have nothing in common, and they wouldn’t mind keeping it that way. When Naomi Marie’s mom and Naomi Edith’s dad get serious about dating, each girl tries to cling to the life she knows and loves.

The Poet's Dog by Patricia MacLachlan - Fiction

September 4, 2018


Teddy is a gifted dog. Raised in a cabin by a poet named Sylvan, he grew up listening to sonnets read aloud and the comforting clicking of a keyboard. Although Teddy understands words, Sylvan always told him there are only two kinds of people in the world who can hear Teddy speak: poets and children. Then one day Teddy learns that Sylvan was right. When Teddy finds Nickel and Flora trapped in a snowstorm, he tells them that he will bring them home --- and they understand him.