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August 2016

New in Paperback

August 2016

Our New in Paperback roundup this month includes A BLIND GUIDE TO STINKVILLE by Beth Vrabel, which explores many different issues --- albinism, blindness, depression, dyslexia, growing old, and more; THE LEAGUE OF UNEXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN by Gitty Danesharvi, where a covert network uses the nation's most average, normal and utterly unexceptional children as spies; and UPSIDE-DOWN MAGIC by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins, in which three students of magical school's magic has a tendency to turn wonky at the worst possible moments.

The Lazarus Plan Written by John Sazaklis and Illustrated by Ethen Beavers - Graphic Novel

August 1, 2016


Ra's Al Ghul plans to unleash an undead army and cleanse humanity from the earth! Can Batman follow the clues to track down the super-villain in time to stop his evil plans? Will the Dark Knight be outnumbered, or will he be able to even the odds? Can he use his high-tech gadgets or will he need to rely on his wits to stop Ra's and save the world?

Clayface Returns Written by John Sazaklis with Illustrations by Ethen Beavers - Graphic Novel

August 1, 2016


Clayface has returned to Gotham City, and he's looking for revenge! Can the Caped Crusader tell the difference between the imposter and his real friends and enemies? Can Batman and Robin stop Clayface or will they need some help from their friends? Will the Dynamic Duo be able to defeat the shape-shifting villain or will Clayface finally get his revenge?

Museum Mysteries: The Case of the Soldier's Ghost Written by Steve Brezenoff with illustrations by Lisa K. Weber - Children's Mystery

August 1, 2016


A ghost has been spotted lurking around Capitol City's American History Museum. It seems someone or something is unhappy with the museum's recent exhibit on the Vietnam War. Can Raining Sam, the son of the head of educational programs at the museum, and his friends figure out who's behind the haunting before someone gets hurt?

Magic and Misery: Traditional Tales from Around the World Written by Maggie Pearson with illustrations by Francesca Greenwood - Fiction

August 1, 2016


A little old man learns the secret behind a magical fiddle. An undersea princess leaves her amber palace for love. A mule waits for revenge on the one who wronged her...Explore folktales, myths, legends and fables from around the world. From magical to funny, tender to terrifying, these stories carry the spirit of diverse cultures and traditions around the world.

Ghosts and Goblins: Scary Stories from Around the World Written by Maggie Pearson with illustrations by Francesca Greenwood - Fiction

August 1, 2016


A lone traveler battles a ghost in a haunted house. A werewolf's bride is on the hunt to feed her husband dinner. A vampire waits outside a girl's window for the perfect moment to pounce. This collection of traditional tales and myths from cultures around the world looks at all things spooky. From magical to ridiculous, mysterious to terrifying, watch out for things that go boo in the night!

Gandhi for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities by Ellen Mahoney - Biography

August 1, 2016


With his wire-rimmed glasses, homespun cloths and walking stick, Mohandas Gandhi is an international symbol of nonviolence, freedom, simplicity and peace. Tracing Gandhi's evolution from a shy boy in India to a courageous, world-traveling spiritual and political leader who worked tirelessly to help India achieve independence from England, GANDHI FOR KIDS will inspire young readers to make connections between his ideas and contemporary issues such as bullying and conflict resolution, healthful eating from local sources and more.
Sherlock Sam and the Ghostly Moans in Fort Canning: Book Two by A.J. Low - Science Fiction

August 2, 2016


When ghostly sounds fill the air at one of Singapore's most-loved historical attractions, Sherlock Sam finds himself in the middle of an intriguing mystery. Ghosts don't exist...or do they? Will this puzzle prove too difficult for Sherlock Sam and Watson to solve?

Riley (Puppy Pals) by Susan Hughes - Children's Fiction

August 2, 2016


Kat and her BFF Maya love playing with the puppies at her aunt Jenn's grooming business, Tails Up! When a sweet golden retriever puppy named Riley is boarded at Tails Up!, Kat and Maya couldn't be more excited! Riley is supersweet and friendly. But when a new girl named Grace shows up in Kat's class, she finds herself wishing Grace was as easy to get along with as Riley. Kat is disappointed to find herself paired up with Grace, who can't seem to get that mean look off of her face! But is Grace unkind, or is she just lonely? Maybe Riley can help her figure it out.

Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived In The White House Written by Julia Moberg with illustrations by Jeff Albrecht Studios - Biography

August 2, 2016


Remember Socks? Who didn’t love Barney? We’ll sure miss Bo. Who will the next Presidential Pet be? Did you know that John Quincy Adams kept an alligator in the bathtub, while Thomas Jefferson's pride and joy was his pair of bear cubs? Andrew Jackson had a potty-mouthed parrot, and Martin Van Buren got into a fight with Congress over his two baby tigers. Find out all about the weird, wacky, little, big, scary, strange animals that have lived in the White House.

Planet Kindergarten written by Sue Ganz-Schmitt, illustrated by Shane Prigmore - Youth Fiction

August 2, 2016

 

This clever picture book will prepare young explorers to boldly go where they have never gone before: Planet Kindergarten. Suit up for a daring adventure as our hero navigates the unknown reaches and alien inhabitants of this strange new world. Hilarious and confidence-boosting, this exciting story will have new kindergarteners ready for liftoff!

Sherlock Sam and the Missing Heirloom in Katong: Book One by A.J. Low - Science Fiction

August 2, 2016

 

In SHERLOCK SAM AND THE MISSING HEIRLOOM IN KATONG, Auntie Kim Lian’s precious Peranakan cookbook disappears, and Sherlock Sam cannot eat her delicious ayam buah keluak anymore! Will Sherlock Sam be able to use his super detective powers to find this lost treasure?

Who Was Milton Bradley? Written by Kirsten Anderson with illustrations by Tim Foley and Nancy Harrison - Biography

August 2, 2016


Born in Maine in 1836, Milton Bradley moved with his family to the working-class city of Lowell, Massachusetts, at age 11. His early life consisted of several highs and lows, from graduating high school and attending Harvard to getting laid off and losing his first wife. These experiences gave Bradley the idea for his first board game: The Checkered Game of Life. He produced and sold Life across the country and it quickly became a national sensation. Working with his company, the Milton Bradley Company, he continued to produce board games, crayons and kid-friendly school supplies.

Old Wolf written by Avi with illustrations by Brian Floca - Fiction

August 2, 2016

 

In the computer game world of Bow Hunter --- Casey’s world --- there are no deaths, just kills. In the wolf world --- Nashoba’s world --- there have been no kills. For this is March, the Starving Time in the Iron Mountain region of Colorado, when wolves and ravens alike are desperate for food. And when 13 year old Casey crosses their path, two very different approaches to hunting collide.

Who Is Hillary Clinton? Written by Heather Alexander with illustrations by Dede Putra and Nancy Harrison - Biography

August 2, 2016


At age 14, Hillary Clinton thought it would be thrilling to become an astronaut, so she sent an application to NASA. The reply was a flat out rejection: the space program didn't take women. It was a critical moment for the young girl, one that made her realize the world she lived in needed changing and that she had better try to make those changes happen. Clinton's life has been a thrilling series of firsts --- First Lady of the US, then first First Lady to become a US Senator, Secretary of State and possibly the first woman to run as the Democratic candidate for President.

The Nora Notebooks, Book 1: The Trouble with Ants written by Claudia Mills, illustrated by Katie Kath - Fiction

August 2, 2016

 

With real science facts, a classroom backdrop, an emphasis on friendship and appealing black-and-white interior illustrations from artist Katie Kath, The Nora Notebooks is perfect for newly independent readers --- especially budding scientists like Nora! --- and adults who want to encourage awareness of STEM subjects in young readers.

The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation): The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown - Nonfiction

August 2, 2016

 
Out of the depths of the Great Depression comes the astonishing tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant. With rowers who were the sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew was never expected to defeat the elite East Coast teams, yet they did, going on to shock the world by challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler. 
Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11 written by N. Griffin with illustrations by Kate Hindley - Fiction

August 2, 2016

 

The day the hamster disappears from Smashie McPerter’s class begins like any other. Well, except for the fact that the teacher is out sick and Smashie’s class is stuck with Mr. Carper, the worst substitute in the world. And except for the mysterious business with the glue. And except for the fact that Smashie is wrestling with a terrible problem, which only partly stems from her extreme aversion to hamster feet. As the peaceable and productive days of Room 11 turn into paranoia-fueled chaos, as natural suspects produce natural alibis and motives remain unmotivated, Smashie and her best friend, Dontel, are forced to the limits of their parlor-room detecting to set things right.

Madeline at the White House by John Bemelmans Marciano - Children's Fiction

August 2, 2016


Readers will see Washington, D.C., as never before when Madeline takes a midnight sightseeing tour on a magic carpet of cherry blossoms. Invited to the White House by Candle, the president’s lonely only daughter, for the annual Easter Egg hunt and roll, Madeline and the other little girls have a rollicking good time, and introduce Candle to the joys of occasionally breaking the rules.

Mrs. Noodlekugel and Drooly the Bear by Daniel Pinkwater and Adam Stower - written by [1], illustrated by [2]

August 2, 2016

 

 When their father decides to compete to be speed-knitting champion of the world, Nick and Maxine are happy to stay with their babysitter, Mrs. Noodlekugel, along with her talking cats and four mice who wear glasses. What they don’t expect is a dripping-wet, whiskered man in the kitchen the next morning! Captain Noodlekugel has left his seafaring life to train animals for the circus, and he’s even brought with him a hefty bear named Drooly for practice. But whenever he tries to teach Drooly to dance, the bear wobbles and falls asleep on the tulips. When Drooly goes missing, the siblings must try to figure out where a big clumsy bear might go!

Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume Two written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen - Fiction

August 2, 2016


Francine Poulet is the greatest animal control officer in Gizzford County. She hails from a long line of Animal Control Officers. She’s battled snakes, outwitted squirrels and stared down a bear. She is never scared --- until, that is, she’s faced with a screaming raccoon that may or may not be a ghost. Maybe Francine isn’t cut out to be an animal control officer after all! But the raccoon is still on the loose, and the folks on Deckawoo Drive need Francine back.

Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls Written by Liz Kessler with illustrations by Sarah Gibb - Fiction

August 2, 2016

 

A field trip to a mysterious island quickly turns into an adventure when Emily Windsnap and Aaron discover a secret lookout point from which they spot a ghostly ship that no one else seems to be able to see. Only Emily, with her ability to transform from mermaid to human, can enter Atlantis to try to bring the ship’s passengers back before the portal is closed forever. Emily knows that if she fails, not only will the passengers never see their loved ones again, but Emily won’t be able to return either. Will she be able to resist the allure of Atlantis and return home before it’s too late?

Don't Vote for Me by Krista Van Dolzer - Children's Fiction

August 2, 2016


It's class president election time, and no one is surprised when Veronica Pritchard-Pratt is the only name on the list. She's the most popular girl in school, a social giant who rules the campaign every single year. David, for one, is sick of the tyranny --- which he says. Out loud. When Veronica hears about this, she issues a public challenge to David. But as the campaign wages on, and David and Veronica are also paired up for a spring musical recital, David learns this Goliath is more than just a social giant-and maybe deserves to win more than he does....

Appleblossom the Possum by Holly Goldberg Sloan - Fiction

August 2, 2016

 

Appleblossom the Possum decides to spy on a human family --- and accidentally falls down their chimney! The curious Appleblossom, her faithful brothers --- who launch a hilarious rescue mission --- and even the little girl in the house have no idea how fascinating the big world can be. But they're about to find out!

Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors Written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong with illustrations by John Parra. - Picture

August 2, 2016


In this lively picture book, children discover a world of colors all around them: red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas, and sweet corn cake. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the colors found in every child's day!

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir written by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez - Nonfiction

August 2, 2016


In this poetic memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margarita’s worlds collide in the worst way possible. How can the two countries she loves hate each other so much? And will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?

Inspector Flytrap Written by Tom Angleberger with illustrations by Cece Bell - Children's Mystery

August 2, 2016


INSPECTOR FLYTRAP introduces kids to the humorous and wacky world of Inspector Flytrap’s Detective agency, home to the world-renowned solver of mysteries. The plant detective works tirelessly with his assistant Nina the Goat on his community’s unsolved cases. In the first chapter, Inspector Flytrap --- wheeled everywhere on a skateboard by his goat sidekick --- heads to the Art Museum’s Secret Lab to discover what important message lies in a recently discovered Da Vinci flower painting.

Kid Beowulf: The Blood-Bound Oath by Alexis E. Fajardo - Graphic Novel

August 2, 2016


Inspired by the epic poem "Beowulf," this fun new series follows the adventures of 12-year-old twin brothers Beowulf and Grendel as they travel to distant lands and meet fellow epic heroes! In book one of the series, our heroes' destiny is tied to the past, when a prince named Hrothgar begins a quest for power --- one that leads him to a fiery dragon, an enchanted sword and an oath sworn in blood. But when Hrothgar breaks his oath he breaks his kingdom, and the only thing that will save it is a family he’s forgotten and heroes not yet born…

Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Football by Howard Bryant - Fiction

August 2, 2016

 

Recounting momentous stories of football's past and present, and accompanied by iconic photos, Top Ten Lists to chew on and debate, and a Top 40-style Timeline of Key Moments, this comprehensive collection details twenty of the greatest Super Bowls in NFL history --- and expands on their relevance within the larger scope of dynasties, giants of the coaching world, and marquee players making history. From the upsets to the blowouts to the nail-biting finishes, this is the perfect book for young fans eager to kick off their football schooling.

Inspector Flytrap in The President's Mane Is Missing Written by Tom Angleberger with illustrations by Cece Bell - Children's Mystery

August 2, 2016


In INSPECTOR FLYTRAP IN THE PRESIDENT’S MANE IS MISSING, we once more follow the Detective Agency and their BIG DEAL cases. Inspector Flytrap and Nina the Goat return in a set of mysteries involving the President of the United States and a very large horse statue that mysteriously attracts a threat from outer space.

House Arrest by K. A. Holt - Fiction

August 9, 2016

 

Timothy is on probation. It's a strange word --- something that happens to other kids, to delinquents, not to kids like him. And yet, he is under house arrest for the next year. He must check in weekly with a probation officer and a therapist, and keep a journal for an entire year. And mostly, he has to stay out of trouble. But when he must take drastic measures to help his struggling family, staying out of trouble proves more difficult than Timothy ever thought it would be.

Hostage by Willo Davis Roberts - Children's Thriller

August 9, 2016


Sixth-grader Kaci Drummond longs for excitement and to be noticed just as her sister Jodie is for dancing, or her brother Jeff is for playing the piano. Shortly after her family moves to a new house, Kaci returns home in the middle of the school day and stumbles upon a burglary. The robbers kidnap her, and when a nosy neighbor suspects that something is wrong and tries to help, they take her as well. Kaci quickly discovers that the elderly woman not only has some good ideas, but also helps them both keep up their courage. Can the two hostages band together to escape their captors?

Heather Has Two Mommies written by Leslea Newman with illustrations by Laura Cornell - Fiction

August 9, 2016

 

Heather’s favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, and two pets. And she also has two mommies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy, but Heather doesn’t have a daddy. Then something interesting happens. When Heather and her classmates all draw pictures of their families, not one drawing is the same. It doesn’t matter who makes up a family, the teacher says, because "the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love one another."
The Old House by Willo Davis Roberts - Children's Mystery

August 9, 2016


All Buddy ever wanted was a normal family. But with her mother dead, her father missing, and her brother on the road searching for him, Buddy has a hard time believing it will ever happen. Instead she’s living with relatives she hardly knows who resent her for reasons she can’t figure out. Despite all this, Buddy clings to the hope that her father is out there, somewhere, and that her brother will find him so they can be a family again. Until then will Buddy find a way to accept her new life and figure out the mystery behind her relatives’ disapproving stares?

The Cottage in the Woods by Katherine Coville - Fiction

August 9, 2016


Ursula is a young she-bear who has come to work as a governess at the Vaughn estate. Although she is eager to instruct her young charge, Teddy, she is also frightened, especially when inexplicable things happen in the huge house after dark. Ursula is sure she has heard footsteps in the hallways at night, and that something is following her during her walks in the Enchanted Forest. Then there is Mr. Bentley, a young bear also employed by Mr. Vaughn, whose superior disposition is enough to drive Ursula to tears...and yet why does he also make her heart race? As Ursula works to unravel the mysteries of the Vaughn manor, she will have to be very, very careful. After all, true love, justice, and a girl with golden locks are at stake. And in the Enchanted Forest, not every fairy tale is destined for a happily ever after.

The Chess Queen Enigma: A Stoker & Holmes Novel by Colleen Gleason - fiction

August 9, 2016


In this third installment of the Stoker and Holmes series, Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes have reluctantly agreed to act as social chaperones and undercover bodyguards for Princess Lurelia of Betrovia, who has arrived in London to deliver a letter that details the secret location of an ancient chess queen that's been missing for centuries. But when the letter --- which will heal a centuries-old rift between England and the Betrovians --- is stolen out from under Evaline and Mina's watchful eyes, the two girls are forced into a high-stakes race to ensure they find the chess queen before anyone else does.

Atticus Claw Settles a Score by Jennifer Gray - Comedy

August 9, 2016


Atticus Grammatticus Cattypus Claw, the world's greatest REFORMED cat burglar is back. This time, the tabby with talent is on the right side of the law. And when Jimmy Magpie and his gang are busted out of jail by a mysterious villain and an evil cat called Ginger Biscuit, Atticus knows from bitter experience he's going to need all his skill and courage to catch them. Can Atticus overcome his murky past with the help of the Cheddar family in order to prevent the biggest crime in history AND settle a score of his own?

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money by Tommy Greenwald - Fiction

August 9, 2016


Charlie Joe’s weekly allowance just isn’t cutting it and he desperately needs money to buy a Botman, the latest gadget to sweep his middle school. Only catch is, he wants to earn the money by doing the least amount of work possible. After several failed attempts, including a near disastrous day of dog-walking, Charlie Joe hatches a plan to throw his own bar mitzvah (no gifts please—checks only) even though he’s not Jewish. Hilarity ensues when throwing a fake coming-of-age party turns out to be much harder than it looks.

Anne of Green Bagels by Jon Buller and Susan Schade - Graphic Novel

August 9, 2016


On her first day at her new school, Anne is saddled with the nickname Anne of Green Bagels, thanks to the health-food sandwich her grandmother has made her for lunch. Already her father has left home to try out his newest crackpot invention, the Pedestrian Mobile Home and her mother has moved them from New Mexico to the cookie-cutter community of Megatown. Then she meets Otto, who shares her interest in music and in her favorite TV show. Together they prepare to enter the school talent show with an original composition.

A Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel - fiction

August 9, 2016

 

This is a stirring small-town story that explores many different issues --- albinism, blindness, depression, dyslexia, growing old, and more --- with a light touch and lots of heart. Beth Vrabel’s characters are complicated and messy, but they come together in a story about the strength of community and friendship.

Atticus Claw Learns to Draw by Jennifer Gray - Comedy

August 9, 2016


Famous works of art are going missing. Atticus is on the case. The prime suspect is Ricardo Butteredsconi --- Italian theme park entrepreneur and art connoisseur. Then Inspector Cheddar goes missing from the Tate Modern, and Atticus and his friends suspect Butteredsconi and his evil pet pig. Atticus has to act fast if he wants to stop Inspector Cheddar becoming a waxwork!
Bone: Coda 25th Anniversary Special Illustrated by Jeff Smith with contributions by Stephen Weiner - Graphic Novel

August 9, 2016


Ride along with the Bone cousins and their friend Bartleby the Rat Creature as they brave the dangerous journey across the desert back toward Boneville in their rickety cow cart. Also included is the complete text of THE BONE COMPANION fully illustrated for the first time! All this plus rare behind the scenes photos & memories, and an afterword by the author thanking the comics community and the readers all add up to make this a truly special commemorative volume of BONE to add to your collection!

P Is for President written by Wendy Cheyette Lewison with illustrations by Valerio Fabbretti - Picture Book

August 16, 2016


Being President of the United States is a big job --- he biggest job in all of America! Follow the president as he or she campaigns, runs, moves into the White House, and works to fix problems. Learn about historically significant presidents along the way, and see what it takes to be president. Do you have what it takes to run the U.S.?

Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue! An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger - Youth Fiction

August 16, 2016

 

At McQuarrie Middle School, the war against the FunTime Menace wages on. Our heroes have one battle under their belts, but to defeat the Dark Standardized Testing Forces they’re going to need an even bigger, even more surprising ally: Principal Rabbski. Will the gang’s former enemy don a finger puppet and join the Rebellion --- or will her transformation to Empress Rabbski, Dark Lord of the Sith, be complete?

The Berenstain Bears Pirate Adventure by Mike Berenstain - Fiction

August 16, 2016


Ahoy, beary! Join the Berenstain Bears as they embark on a high seas adventure full of cannonballs, scallywags, and --- of course --- treasure in this low-cost paperback format! X marks the spot for Captain Cub, Brown Bear the Pirate and Honey Bones on the isle of their imagination.

Icebreaker by Lian Tanner - Fiction

August 16, 2016

 

Petrel is an outcast on the ancient ship, an icebreaker, that has been following the same course for 300 years. But Petrel is a survivor. She lives in the ship's darkest corners, and trusts no one except two large gray rats --- that is, until a mysterious boy is discovered barely alive on an iceberg, and brought onto the ship. He claims to have forgotten even his name. The tribes don't trust strangers, so Petrel hides the boy, hoping he will be her friend. What she doesn't know is that the ship guards a secret --- a secret the boy has been sent to destroy.

The Unbelievable FIB 1: The Trickster's Tale by Adam Shaughnessy - Children's Fiction

August 16, 2016

 

When mythical beings invade the usually ordinary Middletown, it’s up to eleven-year-old Pru and her classmate ABE --- with help from an uncommonly rude squirrel and the enigmatic Mister Fox --- to save their town from being destroyed by battling Norse gods. But first they have to find the lost Eye of Odin, source of all knowledge --- and the key to stopping a war that could destroy both human and immortal realms.

The League of Unexceptional Children by Gitty Daneshravi - Fiction

August 16, 2016


What is the League of Unexceptional Children? I'm glad you asked. You didn't ask? Well, you would have eventually and I hate to waste time. The League of Unexceptional Children is a covert network that uses the nation's most average, normal and utterly unexceptional children as spies. Why the average kids? Why not the brainiacs? Or the beauty queens? Or the jocks? It's simple: People remember them. But not the unexceptionals. They are the forgotten ones. Until now!

"Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?" (All the Wrong Questions) written by Lemony Snicket with illustrations by Seth Godin -

August 16, 2016


On all other nights, the train departs from Stain'd Station and travels to the city without stopping. But not tonight. You might ask, why is this night different from all other nights? But that's the wrong question. Instead ask, where is this all heading? And what happens at the end of the line?

Goblin Hood written by Sue Fliess with illustrations by Piper Thibodeau - Picture Book

August 16, 2016


This rhyming story follows a cast of spooky characters perfect for the Halloween season. Goblin Hood and the gremlins of Scarewood Forest are working to prepare the candy for Halloween. One day, a witch decides that she wants all the candy for herself. It’s up to Goblin Hood to steal from the witch and give to the poor little gremlins!

Back in the Saddle by Catherine Hapka - Children's Fiction

August 16, 2016


Haley has been focused on one goal with her pony Wings: entering an upcoming competition in the fall and winning. She’s so busy trying to make that happen that her grades drop and her family is worried. And then, when the big day finally arrives, Haley falls off Wings and is eliminated! It’s the worst thing she can imagine after all her hard work and sacrifice. Can she get back on her horse and regain her self-confidence?

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley - Fiction

August 16, 2016

 

Micah believes in the stories his dying Grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus: the invisible tiger guarding the gates, the beautiful flying birdwoman and the magician more powerful than any other ---- the Man Who Bends Light. Finally, Grandpa Ephraim offers proof. The Circus is real. And the Lightbender owes Ephraim a miracle. With his friend Jenny Mendoza in tow, Micah sets out to find the Circus and the man he believes will save his grandfather.

Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus (Origami Yoda) by Tom Angleberger - Fiction

August 16, 2016

 

After successfully fighting to save their field trip in Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue!, Tommy and the gang prepare for a well-earned day of fun and adventure in Washington, DC . . . but of course it won’t be that easy! This trip to the nation's capital will be full of shifting alliances and betrayals, carsickness and sugar rushes. Trouble starts even before the buses leave school, when Principal Rabbski decrees the field trip an “origami-free zone.” Dwight secretly folds a Yoda from a Fruit Roll-Up, but will Fruitigami Yoda be a match for Harvey's sour, hate-filled pickle of darkness?

City of Thirst by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis - Fantasy

August 16, 2016

When the magical waters of the Pirate Stream begin flooding Marrill's world, the only way to stop the destruction is to return to the Stream and find the source of the mysterious Iron Tide. Reunited with her best friend Fin --- who has been forgotten all over again --- Marrill, her disbelieving babysitter, and the Enterprising Kraken crew must make the treacherous trek to the towering, sliding, impossible world of Monerva and uncover the secrets of its long-lost wish machine. 

Saving Mr. Terupt by Robert Buyea - Fiction

August 23, 2016

 

Everyone is missing Mr. Terupt. When a fight threatens to break up the group forever, they think their favorite teacher is the only one who can help them. But the kids soon find out that it’s Mr. Terupt who needs saving.

Squish #8: Pod vs. Pod Written and illustrated by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm - Fiction

August 23, 2016


Uh-oh! Squish’s friend Pod just hasn’t been himself lately. One minute he’s happy-dancing; the next he’s sobbing in his soup. What’s going on? (Hint: “mitosis” is the process that splits single-celled organisms. That’s right, splits.) It is truly pod vs. pod --- and may the best pod, umm, win?

Life of Zarf: The Troll Who Cried Wolf by Rob Harrell - Graphic Novel

August 23, 2016


Even after rescuing the king from deadly Snuffweasels, Zarf is scum on the bottom rung of the middle school social ladder. After all, he is still a troll. But at least he still has his two best friends, Kevin and Chester...until Kevin disappears, that is. Now Zarf is at an all-time low. It seems a band of wolves are seeking revenge for the constant disgrace they’ve suffered over the years, and Little Red Ridinghood’s kid might be next on their list. Now it’s up to Zarf to crank out a solution from that troll brain of his, and save his best friend before it’s too late.

Caminar by Skila Brown - Fiction

August 23, 2016


Set in 1981 Guatemala, a lyrical debut novel tells the powerful tale of a boy who must decide what it means to be a man during a time of war.  After the soldiers arrive in his village, a neighbor is found dangling from a tree with a sign on his neck: Communist. Mama tells Carlos to run and hide, then try to find her...Numb and alone, he must join a band of guerillas as they trek to the top of the mountain where Carlos’s abuela lives.  A novel in verse inspired by actual events during Guatemala’s civil war,  CAMINAR is the moving story of a boy who loses nearly everything before discovering who he really is.

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!

365 Days of Wonder by R. J. Palacio - Fiction

August 30, 2016

 

In the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Wonder, readers were introduced to memorable English teacher Mr. Browne and his love of precepts. Simply put, precepts are principles to live by, and Mr. Browne has compiled 365 of them—one for each day of the year—drawn from popular songs to children’s books to inscriptions on Egyptian tombstones to fortune cookies. His selections celebrate kindness, hopefulness, the goodness of human beings, the strength of people’s hearts, and the power of people’s wills.

Secret Coders: Paths & Portals Written by Gene Luen Yang with Illustrations by Mike Holmes - Graphic Novel

August 30, 2016


There's something lurking beneath the surface of Stately Academy --- literally. In a secret underground classroom Hopper, Eni and Josh discover that the campus was once home to the Bee School, an institute where teachers, students and robots worked together to unravel the mysteries of coding. Hopper and her friends are eager to follow in this tradition and become top-rate coders. But why are Principal Dean and the rugby team suddenly so interested in their extracurricular activities?

Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins - Children's Fantasy

August 30, 2016


It's never easy when your magic goes wonky. For Nory, this means that instead of being able to turn into a dragon or a kitten, she turns into both of them at the same time. For Elliott, the simple act of conjuring fire from his fingertips turns into a fully frozen failure. For Andres, wonky magic means he's always floating in the air or sitting on the ceiling. For Bax, a bad moment of magic will turn him into a...actually, he'd rather not talk about that. Nory, Elliott, Andres and Bax are just four of the students in Dunwiddle Magic School's Upside-Down Magic class, where lessons are unconventional, students are unpredictable, and magic has a tendency to turn wonky at the worst possible moments.

Island of Graves: The Unwanteds, Book 6 by Lisa McMann - Children's Fiction

August 30, 2016

 

Everything Aaron has worked so hard to build in Quill has crumbled. Fallen from the height of power and influence and left for dead in a foreign place, Aaron has lost everything, and now he must humbly beg for food from those who saved his life.
 
In Artimé, Alex chooses his people over his brother and abandons his search for Aaron, closing the door on that relationship forever. The Artimeans need his focus now more than ever as they face the terrifying power of a new enemy who has taken control of Quill --- the notoriously evil Gondoleery Rattrapp.
 
Desperate to stop her, Alex embarks on a risky mission to enlist help from an unlikely ally, and along the way he’s determined to rescue a lone sailor from monstrous beasts with mysterious origins --- a sailor who just might show Alex a different world. As he prepares for an epic war with all of Quill and Artime hanging in the balance, Alex must place his faith in a reckless plan...and hope that he and all of his friends make it through alive.
A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder - Fiction

August 30, 2016

 

In a small river village where the water is cursed, a girl’s bravery could mean the difference between life and death in this lilting, luminous tale from the author of PARCHED AND AUDACITY. When Luna’s little sister falls ill with the river sickness, everyone knows she has only three weeks to live. Luna is determined to find a cure for her beloved sister, no matter what it takes. Even if that means believing in magic…

Hit & Miss by Derek Jeter - Sports

August 30, 2016


Inspired by Derek Jeter’s own life, this middle grade novel is about what it takes to be a champion on and off the field.

I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 (I Survived #14) by Lauren Tarshis - Children's Historical Fiction

August 30, 2016


It was one the most beautiful mountains in America, Mount St. Helens, in Washington State. But what many didn't know was that this peaceful mountain had an explosive past. But below ground, pressure had been building, and soon, Kaboom! Mount St. Helens would erupt with terrifying fury. Eleven-year-old Jessie Marlowe knew the mountain well, and never imagined that this serene wilderness could turn deadly. But on May 10th, 1980, Jessie finds herself in the middle of the deadliest volcanic eruption in U.S. history. Trapped on the mountain, she must escape clouds of poisonous gas, boiling rivers, and landslides of rock, glacial ice, and white-hot debris.

Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez - Fiction

August 30, 2016

 

Cassie Arroyo, an American studying in Rome, has her world ripped apart when someone tries to kill her father, an art history professor at an Italian university. Cassie sets out to uncover what is happening, only to learn that she is a member of an ancient bloodline that enables her to use the Spear of Destiny --- a legendary object that can alter the future. Now running from a secret organization intent on killing those from her bloodline, Cassie must --- with the help of some friends --- decipher the clues that will lead her to the Spear.

The Keeper: Vega Jane, Book 2 by David Baldacci - Children's Fiction

January 31, 2017


Vega Jane was always told there was nothing outside Wordwood but the Quag. And she believed it --- until the night she stumbled across a secret that proved that everything she knew was a lie. In order to leave Wormwood and discover the truth about her world, Vega and her best friend Delph must find a way to make it across a terrifying land of bloodthirsty creatures and sinister magic. But the Quag is worse than Vega Jane's darkest imagining. It's a living, breathing prison designed to keep enemies out and the villagers of Wormwood in. It will try to break her. It will try to kill her.