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April 2016

New in Paperback

April 2016

In paperback titles this month, we have THE BOOK THAT PROVES TIME TRAVEL HAPPENS, a time-bending adventure from Henry Clark in which three diverse children find themselves in the year 1852 after visiting a mysterious fortune-teller; DR. CRITCHLORE'S SCHOOL OF MINIONS: Book 1, the first book in a contemporary fantasy series written by Sheila Grau, where kids can discover that being unorthodox isn't always such a bad thing; and PIECES AND PLAYERS by Blue Balliett, in which students of Mrs. Sharpee's class find themselves in the midst of a mysterious museum robbery. Can these students follow the suspicious clues to solve this puzzle? 

Always Abigail by Nancy Cavanaugh - Fiction

August 5, 2014


Abigail and her two best friends are poised for a life of pom-poms and popularity. But not only does Abigail end up in a different homeroom, she doesn't make the squad. Then everyone's least favorite teacher pairs Abigail up with the school's biggest outcast, Gabby Marco, for a year-long "Friendly Letter Assignment." Abigail can hardly believe her bad luck. As her so-called best friends and entire future of popularity seems to be slipping away, Abigail has to choose between the little bit of fame she has left or letting it go to be a true friend.

The Ultimate Guide to Gardening: Grow Your Own Indoor, Vegetable, Fairy, and Other Great Gardens (Craft It Yourself) by Lisa J. Amstutz - Children's Nonfiction

April 1, 2016

 

Full of how-to projects for any level of gardener, this book includes step-by-step instructions with accompanying full-color photographs. Whether youre planting flowers outdoors, or indoor vegetables, youll find a range of unique gardens you can grow yourself. Tips and techniques are included, as well as variations to make each project your own.

The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks - Graphic Novel

April 5, 2016


Every nation that invades the City gives it a new name. But before long, new invaders arrive and the City changes hands once again. The natives don't let themselves get caught up in the unending wars. To them, their home is the Nameless City, and those who try to name it are forever outsiders.
Kaidu is one such outsider. He's a Dao born and bred --- a member of the latest occupying nation. Rat is a native of the Nameless City. At first, she hates Kai for everything he stands for, but his love of his new home may be the one thing that can bring these two unlikely friends together.

The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens by Henry Clark - Science Fiction

April 5, 2016

 

The year 1852 is a dangerous time for three non-white children, and they must work together to dodge slave-catchers and save ancestors from certain death --- all while figuring out how to get back to the future. Fortunately, they have a guide in the helpful hints embedded in an ancient Chinese text called the I-Ching, which they interpret using Morse Code. But how can a three-thousand-year-old book be sending messages into the future through a code developed in the 1830s? Find out in this mind-bending, time-bending adventure!

Little Dee and the Penguin by Christopher Baldwin - Children's Fiction

April 5, 2016

 

When Little Dee meets a motley crew of animals deep in the forest, she knows she’s found the perfect set of new friends. Between the bossy vulture, the slightly dim dog, the nurturing bear, and the happy-go-lucky penguin, this mismatched group of big personalities doesn’t always get along --- but they’re a family. And they’re on the run. A pair of hungry polar bears are after the penguin, and the rest of the team are determined to protect her.

How to Turn $100 into $1,000,000: Earn! Save! Invest! by James McKenna, Jeannine Glista, and Matt Fontaine - Nonfiction

April 5, 2016


Written in a humorous but informative voice that engages young readers, it’s the book that every parent who wants to raise financially savvy and unspoiled children should buy for their kids. It is packed with lively illustrations to make difficult concepts easy to understand --- all as a way of building financial literacy, good decision-making, and the appreciation of a hard-earned dollar.

Left Behind (Vet Volunteers) by Laurie Halse Anderson - Fiction

April 5, 2016

 

When Sunita joins Dr. Gabe and another Vet Volunteer on a house call at a local horse farm, she is concerned to discover a lone lamb housed in one of the stalls. She knows that sheep are flock animals, and that without other sheep and lambs around, this little lamb will not thrive. Can she and her fellow Vet Volunteers help educate the owner, and find a new home for it with others of its kind?

Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done by Stephan Pastis - Fiction

April 12, 2016

 

Timmy Failure is about to crack the biggest case of his generation: a school competition to find a stolen globe. It has a $500 prize, which is guaranteed to set him up for life. But someone is clearly trying to game the system. So it’s up to Timmy Failure, along with Total and his eccentric Great-Aunt Colander, to avenge these shenanigans. Defeat this injustice. That is, if he can get his entry form in on time...

The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger - Children's

April 12, 2016

 

Dark times have fallen on McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight’s back --- and not a moment too soon, as the gang faces the FunTime Menace: a new educational program designed to raise students’ standardized test scores. When Principal Rabbski cancels the students’ field trip --- along with art, music and LEGO classes --- to make time for FunTime, the students turn to Origami Yoda for help.

Babymouse #20: Babymouse Goes for the Gold by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm - Graphic Novel

April 12, 2016

 

Babymouse has big dreams . . . and wet whiskers. She has joined the swim team and is ready to dive in. Next stop, the Olympics! But competitive sports aren’t really her strong suit. Will hard work and determination earn her a gold medal?

Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions: Book 1 Written by Sheila Grau with illustrations by Joe Sutphin - Fiction

April 12, 2016


Welcome to Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions, the premier trainer of minions for Evil Overlords everywhere. No student is prouder to be at Dr. Critchlore’s than Runt Higgins, a twelve-year-old werewolf. He loves his classes --- like History of Henchmen and Introduction to Explosives. He loves his friends --- like Darthin the gargoyle and Syke the tree nymph. And he loves his foster family, who took him in when his wolf pack couldn’t. After a series of disasters, each worse than the next, it’s clear that someone is trying to shut the school down. It’s up to Runt, who knows the place better than anybody, to figure out who’s behind the attack...and to save his home, and Dr. Critchlore himself, from total destruction. 

The Kingdom of Wrenly: The Pegasus Quest by Jordan Quinn - Children's Fiction

April 19, 2016

 

When a shooting star streaks across the night sky, Prince Lucas makes a wish for an epic adventure. Little did he know it would come true! As Lucas and Clara set out to investigate some mysterious happenings in Wrenly, they find a Pegasus that is lost and in danger. Will the two friends be able to help the mystical creature find its way back home to a floating castle high above in the clouds? 

Pieces and Players by Blue Balliett - Fiction

April 26, 2016


The kids have been drawn in by the very mysterious Mrs. Sharpe, who may be playing her own kind of game with the clues. And it's not just Mrs. Sharpe who's acting suspiciously --- there's a ghost who mingles with the guards in the museum, a cat who acts like a spy, and bystanders in black jackets who keep popping up.

Heart of a Dolphin by Catherine Hapka - Children's Fiction

April 26, 2016

 

When Annie spots a dolphin trapped in fishing line in the cove near her house, she rushes to free him. Everyone cheers when she returns to shore, but only Annie knows that she and the dolphin have forged a special bond. He's become her friend --- and keeps returning to the cove to visit and play!

I Am Princess X Written by Cherie Priest with Illustrations by Kali Ciesemier -

April 26, 2016

 

Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure. However a few years later Libby was in a car accident and she passed away with her mom and Princess X died with her. Years later May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window. Princess X? When May looks around, she sees the Princess everywhere: Stickers. Patches. Graffiti. There's an entire underground culture, focused around a webcomic at IAmPrincessX.com. The more May explores the webcomic, the more she sees disturbing similarities between Libby's story and Princess X online. And that means that only one person could have started this phenomenon---her best friend, Libby, who lives.