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December 2016

New in Paperback

December 2016

Our New in Paperback roundup for December brings us some great new additions to popular series. First up, we have the second book in the Mark of the Thief series by Jennifer Nielson, RISE OF THE WOLF, where Nic must once again harness his magic and gather the strength to defeat his enemies. Then we have the fifth installment of the Pegasus series by Kate O'Hearn, RISE OF THE TITANS, where Emily and Pegasus must venture to Hawaii in order to save Olympus. Finally we have the second book in James Riely's Story Thieves series, THE STOLEN CHAPTERS, which follows Owen, Kiel and Bethany as they confront secrets, stolen memories and some very familiar faces.

The First Snowfall written by Anne F. Rockwell, illustrated by Harlow Rockwell - Youth Picture Book

November 4, 2014

Snow falls and falls all through the night. And when morning comes, it’s time for fun! Watch the snowplows sweep the streets. Shovel walkways! Build a snowman! Sled! Ski! There are so many wonderful things to do in this magical snow-covered world!

The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau - Children's Fiction

October 27, 2015

Nothing exciting happens on the Hill of Dust, in the remote mountains of Mexico in the 1950s. There's no electricity, no plumbing, no cars, just day after day of pasturing goats. And now, without his sister and mother, eleven-year-old Teo's life feels even more barren. And then one day, the mysterious young Esma, who calls herself the Gypsy Queen of Lightning, rolls into town like a fresh burst of color. Against all odds, her caravan's Mistress of Destiny predicts that Teo and Esma will be longtime friends. Suddenly, life brims with possibility.

Steve Jobs: Thinking Differently (A Real-Life Story) by Patricia Lakin - Nonfiction

December 6, 2016

In this comprehensive biography for middle grade readers, discover the story of the “Thomas Edison of our time.”

The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence - Children's Fiction

December 6, 2016

Less than forty-eight hours after twelve-year-old Chris sets off on a sailing trip down the Alaskan coast with his uncle, their boat sinks. The only survivors are Chris and a boy named Frank, who hates Chris immediately. Chris and Frank have no radio, no flares, no food. Suddenly, they’ve got to forage, fish and scavenge the shore for supplies. Chris likes the company of a curious, friendly raven more than he likes the prickly Frank. But the boys have to get along if they want to survive.

Rise of the Titans by Kate O'Hearn - Fantasy

December 6, 2016

The ancient rivalry between the Olympians and the Titans has been rekindled. However, this time the Titans have a secret weapon --- a weapon that rivals the Flame of Olympus. The balance of power is tipped in Saturn’s favor now that he has found his own Flame of Titus. Olympus is almost in his grasp! And just when the Olympians need Emily most, she finds her own grip on the flame weakening.

Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur and the Everything Locator Written by Luke Sharpe and illustrated by Graham Ross. - Fiction

December 6, 2016

What’s a kid entrepreneur to do when he loses his math homework? Invent the Everything Locator, of course! Billy’s next invention is a device that will find any lost item and return it to you. But the Everything Locator has one teeny, tiny problem…it returns every item that Billy has ever lost, all at once! Will Billy find a way to make everything right with the Everything Locator? Will he even be able to dig his way out of this pile of junk?
Demon Dentist written by David Walliams with illustrations by Tony Ross - Science Fiction/Fantasy

December 6, 2016

Something strange is happening in Alfie's town. Instead of shiny coins from the tooth fairy, kids are waking up to dead slugs, live spiders, and other icky, terrible things under their pillows. Who would do something so horrific? Alfie is sure that Miss Root, the new dentist in town, is behind it all. There's nothing Alfie hates more than going to the dentist, but to solve this mystery, he may have to book a dreaded appointment....

Herbert Rowbarge by Natalie Babbitt - Fiction

December 6, 2016

Everyone in town knows Herbert Rowbarge as the wealthy creator of the Rowbarge Pleasure Dome, a fantastic amusement park. But his past is murky. What the town doesn’t know is that Herbert was born a penniless orphan, sustained only by his desire to create something beautiful: An amusement park with a carousel featuring pairs of identical animals. Everything he’s achieved has been a product of that single-minded determination. What Herbert himself doesn’t know is that he is a twin. All he knows is that he has never felt complete. 

Alistair Grim's Odd Aquaticum: Odditorium, Book 2 by Gregory Funaro - Children's Fiction

December 6, 2016

Apprenticed to the mechanical marvel's strange proprietor, Alistair Grim, Grubb unfortunately must settle into his new position on the lam, as all of England is convinced that Alistair Grim is a villain. Grim, however, has come up with a plan to expose the real villain: Prince Nightshade, a wicked necromancer who wants the Odditorium's power source for himself.
The Stolen Chapters: Story Thieves Book 2 by James Riley - Children's Fiction

December 13, 2016

Owen Conners would never jump into a mystery. There are too many hidden clues, twists that make no sense and an ending you never see coming. Mysteries are just not Owen’s thing. So how exactly did he end up in one with his memory erased? How did Kiel Gnomenfoot, boy magician, lose all of his magic? Who’s the annoying guy wearing the question mark mask and Sherlock Holmes hat, taunting Owen and Kiel that Bethany is in grave danger? Bethany is trapped in a hidden room that’s slowly filling with water, and she can’t escape until her friends find her. But is she imprisoned by more than just chains and a locked door?
Earth Force Rising by Monica Tesler - Children's Fiction

December 13, 2016

Twelve-year-old Jasper is part of this team being sent out into space. After being bullied back on Earth, Jasper is thrilled to have something new and different to do with other kids who are more like him. But then Jasper and his new friends learn that they haven’t been told everything about Earth Force. They weren’t brought to space for astronaut training, but to learn a new, highly classified brain-sync technology that allows them to manipulate matter and quantum bound, or teleport. And it isn’t long before they find out this new technology was actually stolen from an alien society.
The Card People: Part 1: The Scissors of Fate by James Sulzer - Fiction

December 15, 2016

Devastated by the mysterious disappearance of his father, a genius scientist, Paul Kapadia notices that a deck of cards he and his father used for nightly games begins moving on its own. Soon the card people present themselves to Paul and plead for help in their battle for survival against the brutal scissors people. With the help of his younger brother Sam and an old friend Nim, Paul begins to unravel the stunning secret of the card people's existence and his father's desperate quest to make the world safe again. 

Bo at Iditarod Creek written by Kirkpatrick Hill, illustrated by LeUyen Pham - Youth Fiction

December 20, 2016


Ever since five-year-old Bo can remember, she and her papas have lived in the little Alaskan mining town of Ballard Creek. Now the family must move upriver to Iditarod Creek for work at a new mine, and Bo is losing the only home she’s ever known. Initially homesick, she soon realizes that there is warmth and friendship to be found everywhere . . . and what’s more, her new town may hold an unexpected addition to her already unconventional family.

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery - Young Adult Historical Nonfiction

December 27, 2016


As the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Albama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery proved that young adults can be heroes. Jailed 11 times before her 15th birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. for the rights of African-Americans. In this memoir, she shows today's young readers what it means to fight nonviolently (even when the police are using violence, as in the Bloody Sunday protest) and how it felt to be part of changing American history.

The Bad Guys (The Bad Guys #1) by Aaron Blabey - Fiction

December 27, 2016

They sound like bad guys, they look like bad guys...and they even smell like bad guys. But Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Shark are about to change all of that...Mr. Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys' first good mission. They are going to break two hundred dogs out of the Maximum Security City Dog Pound. Will Operation Dog Pound go smoothly? Will the Bad Guys become the Good Guys? And will Mr. Snake please stop swallowing Mr. Piranha?!

Rise of the Wolf (Mark of the Thief, Book 2) by Jennifer A. Nielsen - Children's Fiction

December 27, 2016


Nic may have escaped enslavement in the mines outside of Rome, but his troubles are far from over. The Praetor War --- the battle to destroy Rome from within --- is in full force, and Nic is caught in the crossfire. The secretive Praetors are determined to unlock a powerful amulet --- one sure to bring the empire to its knees. When the Praetors capture Nic's mother, Nic knows he must do anything to save her. He challenges the Praetors to a chariot race. If he wins, they will release his mother. But if he loses, he must hand over a magic that will certainly bring about the end of Rome as well as his own life.

Audacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby Larson - Children's Fiction

December 27, 2016

Audacity Jones is an eleven-year-old orphan who aches for adventure, a challenge to break up the monotony of her life at Miss Maisie's School for Wayward Girls. Life as a wayward girl isn't so bad; Audie has the best of friends, a clever cat companion and plenty of books to read. Still, she longs for some excitement, like the characters in the novels she so loves encounter.
So when the mysterious Commodore Crutchfield visits the school and whisks Audie off to Washington, DC, she knows she's in for the journey of a lifetime. 
Bollywood Burglary (Geronimo Stilton #65) by Geronimo Stilton - Fiction

December 27, 2016

My detective friend Hercule Poirat and I were headed to India. A Bollywood star we're friends with had received a valuable ruby and wanted us to help her protect it... which meant that I ended up acting in the movie she was filming! Rancid ricotta --- I'm a terrible actor! Even worse, just when we least expected it, the ruby was stolen. Could we find the thief?

Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart - Children's Fiction

December 27, 2016

Joseph Johnson has lost just about everyone he's ever loved. He lost his pa in an accident. He lost his ma and his little sister to sickness. And now, he's lost his pony --- fast, fierce, beautiful Sarah, taken away by a man who had no right to take her. Joseph can sure enough get her back, though. The odds are stacked against him, but he isn't about to give up.