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July 2016

New in Paperback

July 2016

Our New in Paperback roundup this month includes KNIGHTLEY AND SON, Rohan Gavin's fun new mystery series featuring a father and son duo; RIVER RUNS DEEP by Jennifer Bradbury, where an ill boy discovers runaways hiding in the secret tunnels within Mammoth Cave; and THE COPPER GAUNTLET by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, the second book in the best-selling Magisterium series, in which Callum and his friends search for the stolen Alkahest and find themselves in grave danger.

The Dragon Lantern: A League of Seven Novel Written by Alan Gratz with illustrations by Brett Helquist - Fiction

June 9, 2015

 

Archie Dent is convinced that he and his friends Hachi and Fergus are the first three members of a new League of Seven: a group of heroes who come together to fight the Mangleborn whenever the monsters arise to destroy humanity. His belief is put to the test when they are forced to undertake separate missions.

Secrets of Selkie Bay by Shelley Moore Thomas - Fiction

July 7, 2015

 

As Cordie Sullivan, the oldest daughter, tries to learn more about her mother's vanishing, she must find the strength to help her family move ahead, even as she discovers an increasing number of clues that point to a hidden island off the coast --- a mythical kingdom of the selkies.

Lost by S.A. Bodeen - Youth Fiction

July 28, 2015


Sarah Robinson and her family are shipwrecked on a remote and mysterious island. Their food is running out, and their fear is escalating-there is no sign of rescue. The mysterious girl they found unconscious at the beach is healing, and what she tells them about the strange island and especially about someone called the Keeper has the family on edge. When Sarah's dad and Marco's younger brother go missing, the mystery becomes dangerous.

The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium, Book 2) by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare - Fiction

September 1, 2015

 

Call escapes to the Magisterium --- but things only intensify there. The Alkahest --- a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic --- has been stolen. And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes --- and get closer to an even more dangerous truth.

Dinosaur Dictionary for Kids: The Everything Guide for Kids Who Love Dinosaurs by Bob Korpella - Nonfiction

July 1, 2016


Packed with hundreds of illustrated definitions about dinosaurs and the world in which they lived, DINOSAUR DICTIONARY FOR KIDS is certain to spark any kid's enthusiasm for dinosaurs. Learn about dinosaurs that lived on land, animals that swam the waters and species that patrolled the skies. Find out about dinosaur extinction, how scientists date fossils and what it takes to become a paleontologist. Sidebar topics, fun activities and quick quizzes make learning about dinosaurs even more fun!

Firestormers: Elite Firefighting Crew Written by Carl Bowen with illustrations by Marc Lee - Fiction

July 1, 2016

 

From the makers of SHADOW SQUADRON comes another elite crew of heroes, but these heroes fight a very different battle: the war against wildfires. With the climate changing and the population growing, wildfires have increased in number, size, and severity. Only an elite group of men and women are equipped to take on these immense infernos: Firestormers!

Space Dictionary for Kids: The Everything Guide for Kids Who Love Space by Amy Anderson and Brian Anderson - Science

July 1, 2016


Packed with hundreds of illustrated definitions about astronomy and space, SPACE DICTIONARY FOR KIDS is certain to spark any kid's enthusiasm for the solar system and galaxy. Explore cosmology, stars and galaxies, the solar system, space exploration, exoplanets and astrobiology. Hop on an astronomy timeline to learn the story of how primitive ancient beliefs evolved over centuries to become a high-technology science. Divided into sections for quick access to the easy-to-understand definitions and amazing full-color illustrations, SPACE DICTIONARY FOR KIDS is a must-have for any kid's home library!

Michelangelo for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities by Simonetta Carr - History

July 1, 2016

 

MICHELANGELO FOR KIDS offers an in-depth look at his life, ideas, and accomplishments, while providing a fascinating view of the Italian Renaissance and how it shaped and affected his work. Budding artists will come to appreciate Michelangelo’s techniques and understand exactly what made his work so great. Twenty-one creative, fun, hands-on activities illuminate Michelangelo’s various artistic mediums as well as the era in which he lived

The Phantom of the Theater: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure (Creepella Von Cacklefur #8) by Geronimo Stilton - Children's Fiction

July 2, 2016


The famouse opera singer Violetta von Cacklefur is in Gloomeria to perform at the Royal Mousetropolitan Theater! But the mischievous phantom of the theater has an old grudge against her. It's up to Creepella and Geronimo to track him down in the theater's spooky basement...before the curtains rise and he ruins the show!

Stay a Spell: In Due Time, Book 2 by Nicholas O. Time - Adventure

July 5, 2016


Jada doesn’t want to go anywhere special. All she wants to do is go back to last week and study for the spelling test she failed to make her parents happy. Ms. Tremt says Jada can use THE BOOK OF MEMORIES to go back a week, but Jada ends up in 1977 instead! Jada finds herself in the designer’s studio where her Aunt Katie is an intern. She watches as Katie learns just how important spelling can be. Later, Jada decides to make a quick trip to ancient Egypt to get some fashion tips from Cleopatra. But being in the past is so thrilling that Jada almost misses the deadline to return home.

Surviving Middle School: Navigating the Halls, Riding the Social Roller Coaster, and Unmasking the Real You by Luke Reynolds - Children's Nonfiction

July 5, 2016

 

A nonfiction guide to middle school that skillfully teaching life lessons to not just help kids find their footing during the tough years between elementary and high school, but to find the joy in their new adventures and challenges. Covering topics like bullying, peer pressure, grades, dealing with difficult parents and love and romance, this rare book reaches kids at a deeper level during an age when they are often considered too young to appreciate it. Readers will learn to find their own voice, begin to explore their genuine identity, and definitely laugh out loud along the way.

Seven Wonders Book 5: The Legend of the Rift by Peter Lerangis - Fiction

July 5, 2016


Jack, Marco, Cass and Aly’s quest to find the seven magic orbs buried beneath each of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World has hit a perilous snag. King Uhla’ar has kidnapped Aly and taken her and an orb back through a rift in time. A giant, merciless behemoth guards the opening, and so Jack and his friends realize that their only hope to rescue Aly is to rush to find the rest of the lost Loculi. This mission takes them around the world --- to the Temple of Artemis to fend off a mighty army and then to the Lighthouse of Alexandria, where they wind up swallowed in the belly of a beast. But before all is said and done, they must return to where it all began, to Atlantis, to save Aly, themselves…and the world.

Olympig! by Victoria Jamieson - Sports & Recreation

July 5, 2016

 

Boomer the Pig has been training hard for the Animal Olympics, so when he loses his first race, he shrugs it off and cheerfully moves on. One event after another, Boomer keeps losing, and the frustration begins to get to him. But even after coming in last in every sport, there's no getting this Olympig down.

Lola Levine is Not Mean! by Monica Brown - Children's Fiction

July 5, 2016

 
Lola loves writing in her diario and playing soccer with her team, the Orange Smoothies. But when a soccer game during recess gets "too competitive," Lola accidentally hurts her classmate Juan Gomez. Now everyone is calling her Mean Lola Levine!
Going, Going, Gone: In Due Time, Book 1 by Nicholas O. Time - Adventure

July 5, 2016

 

Librarian Valerie Tremt tells three students that one of the library books, THE BOOK OF MEMORIES, is actually a time travel portal. Now that he can time travel, 12-year-old Matt knows exactly where he wants to go. His grandfather Joe was on the path to becoming a major league baseball player until he slipped and fell into the pool and hurt his ankle. The injury turned out to be a career-ending one. Matt wants to go back in time to prevent the accident from ever occurring, so his grandfather can have the career he deserved! But can he successfully alter his grandfather’s past without changing his own future?

Science Experiments You Can Eat Written by Vicki Cobb with illustrations by Tad Carpenter - Nonfiction

July 5, 2016


Kids take the reins in the kitchen with this hands-on book of edible science experiments! With contemporary information that reflects changes in the world of processing and preserving foods, this cookbook demonstrates the scientific principles that underpin the chemical reactions we witness every day --- just by cooking. This book uses food to make science accessible to a range of tastes. Also included is essential information on eating healthfully, plus additional resources for further exploration.

Lola Levine: Drama Queen (Book 2) by Monica Brown - Children's Fiction

July 5, 2016

 
Seven-year-old Lola Levine is fierce on the soccer field. She can do a slide tackle (although she's not supposed to) and even likes gooey worms. Nothing scares Lola! That is, until she is auditioning in front of EVERYONE for her class play. After Lola is overcome with stage fright, she's cast as Squirrel #2, a non-speaking part! Lola is more than a little disappointed, and she looks to her bubbe for advice and comfort. But on opening night, the curtain rises, and she finds herself smack in the middle of an exasperating turn of events. 
Secondhand Heroes: Brothers Unite by Justin LaRocca Hansen - Science Fiction

July 5, 2016

 

Tuck and Hudson are just two average suburban brothers --- until their mother buys them a scarf and an umbrella at a yard sale. Quickly, the brothers realize that these ordinary-looking objects are full of magic, and that, with the help of their squirrel sidekick, they can use that magic to fight evil. As the boys move from fighting their neighborhood nemesis to facing bigger foes, they become Stretch and Brella, the unstoppable brother superhero duo.

Goblins on the Prowl by Bruce Coville - Fantasy

July 5, 2016

 

In the year since William and Fauna freed the goblins from imprisonment in Toad-in-a-Cage Castle, peace has reigned. Then one cold night William receives a strange book that leads him and Fauna to a mysterious stone toad. When an accidental spell brings the giant toad to life, it hops away with William between its jaws! Determined to save her friend, Fauna ventures forth on a journey through dangerous lands. And in order to save William and reveal the mystery behind the stone toad, Fauna might have to divulge a secret that could turn her friends against her forever.

Knightley and Son by Rohan Gavin - Youth Mystery Fiction

July 12, 2016

 

The detective Alan Knightley just woke up after a four-year coma. While he was out, his son Darkus read of all his old cases, and he's learned a lot about detective work. Good thing too --- because they find themselves caught up in a conspiracy. Because Alan is still recovering, he tends to fall asleep at the worst possible moments, meaning that young Darkus might just have to solve this mystery by himself.

The Book of Dares for Lost Friends by Jane Kelley - Fiction

July 12, 2016

 

Val doesn't know what to do until a stray cat leads her to a strange boy who lives in an even stranger bookshop. Together they embark on a quest. Will they be able to save a lost friend? Will they get lost themselves? Or will they find a way to help each other become who they want to be?

The School for Good and Evil #3: The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani - Fiction

July 12, 2016


Former best friends Sophie and Agatha thought their ending was sealed when they went their separate ways, but their storybook is about to be rewritten --- and this time theirs isn't the only one. With the girls apart, Evil has taken over and the forces of Good are in deathly peril. Will Agatha and Sophie be able to work together to save them? Will they find their way to being friends again? And will their new ending be the last Ever After they've been searching for?

Backyard Witch: Sadie's Story written by Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge with illustrations by Deborah Marcero - Fiction

July 12, 2016

 

What is that in Sadie's old playhouse in the backyard? A witch has moved in! A kind and funny witch, who's looking for her two lost friends. Together, Sadie and the witch have a curious adventure, one that makes Sadie see her neighborhood --- and herself --- with new eyes.

Retribution: The Earthfall Trilogy, Book 2 by Mark Walden - Science Fiction

July 12, 2016


After the harrowing events of EARTHFALL, 12-year-old Sam and his fellow resistance members meet an enigmatic man named Mason who is slowly building an army to fight back against the invaders, the Voidborn. They combine forces on a mission to disable Voidborn technology in Tokyo. But Sam soon discovers that Mason isn’t content to just destroy the Voidborn’s machines; he plans to destroy the Voidborn once and for all with a plan that will cost the lives of millions.But something is coming, something even worse than the Voidborn. Something that might mean the end for them all.

Atticus Claw Breaks the Law by Jennifer Gray - Children's Fiction

July 12, 2016


When Atticus receives a mysterious message asking him to a meeting in a sleepy coastal town, he packs his bags and sets off. The world's greatest cat burglar likes a good mystery and this time curiosity has got the better of him. The writer of the message, it turns out, is none other than Jimmy the Magpie, gang leader. He wants Atticus to steal all the jewels in town and leave the humans baffled. And what could be more straightforward? But when Atticus moves in with Inspector Cheddar and his family, he starts to wonder if a life of crime is really for him...

K-9 (Knightley and Son, Book 2) by Rohan Gavin - Fiction

July 12, 2016


London's Youngest detective is back...Darkus Knightley, tweed-wearing, megabrained, fiercely logical 13-year-old investigator of the weird, was just getting used to having his private-eye dad back in his life. Then Alan Knightley went off radar again, leaving Darkus with the family mutt, a traumatized ex–police dog, as his only partner in crime-solving.

A Whole New Ballgame written by Phil Bildner with illustrations by Tim Probert - Fiction

July 12, 2016

 

Rip and Red are best friends whose fifth-grade year is nothing like what they expected. They have a crazy new tattooed teacher named Mr. Acevedo, who doesn't believe in tests or homework and who likes off-the-wall projects, the more "off" the better. They also find themselves with a new basketball coach: Mr. Acevedo! Easy-going Rip is knocked completely out of his comfort zone. And for Red, who has autism and really needs things to be exactly a certain way, the changes are even more of a struggle. But together these two make a great duo who know how to help each other --- and find ways to make a difference --- in the classroom and on the court.

River Runs Deep by Jennifer Bradbury - Fiction

July 19, 2016

 

There are more than just tunnels and stalagmites in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave; there are mysteries hiding around every turn. The truths they conceal are far more stunning than anything Elias could ever have imagined, and he finds himself caught right in the middle of it all. But how can he focus on saving his own life when so many others are in danger?

Bone Soup by Cambria Evans - Picture Book

July 19, 2016


Known across the land for his infamous appetite, Finnigin is never seen without his eating stool, his eating spoon and his gigantic eating mouth. When Finnigin finds himself in a new town on Halloween, he hopes to join a great feast with the creatures who live there. But not a body or soul will share any of their food with the ever-famished Finnigin. So what’s a hungry skeleton to do? Armed only with his wits and a special ingredient, will Finnigin be able to stir up a cauldron’s worth of Halloween magic?

Billy Sure, Kid Entrepreneur and the Invisible Inventor Written by Luke Sharpe with illustrations by Graham Ross - Children's Fiction

July 19, 2016

Everyone is talking about Billy Sure, the boy genius and millionaire inventor whose inventions have become instant hits. From the All Ball that turns into any sports ball to his hovercraft, Sure Things, Inc. can do no wrong! Billy has been working on an invisibility invention for years --- but it isn’t quite right yet. Now suddenly there’s a new inventor on the scene who claims to have developed it first. But it might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Will Billy’s dream of creating the world’s first invisibility spray disappear?

Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko - Fiction

July 19, 2016

 

San Francisco, 1900. The Gilded Age. A fantastic time to be alive for lots of people…but not 13 year old Lizzie Kennedy, stuck at Miss Barstow’s snobby school for girls. Lizzie’s secret passion is science, an unsuitable subject for finishing-school girls. Lizzie lives to go on house calls with her physician father. On those visits to his patients, she discovers a hidden dark side of the city --- a side that’s full of secrets, rats and rumors of the plague.

The King of Kazoo by Norm Feuti - Fantasy

July 26, 2016


Scatterbrained Cornelius, King of Kazoo, and his resourceful daughter, Bing, explore a mysterious cave at the top of Mount Kazoo. There they discover a famous alchemist named Quaf is planning a dangerous and forbidden experiment. Now Cornelius, Bing and the brilliant royal inventor Torq must go all out to stop Quaf before his crazy undertaking threatens the entire kingdom.

The Boy Project: Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister: A Wish Novel by Kami Kinard - Children's Fiction

July 26, 2016


Kara McAllister just had her best idea yet. She's going to take notes on all of the boys in her grade (and a few elsewhere) in order to answer a seemingly simple question: How can she find the right boy for her? But Kara's project turns out to be a lot more complicated than she imagined. Soon there are secrets, lies and an embarrassing incident in the boy's bathroom. Plus, Kara has to deal with mean girls, her slightly spacey BFF and some surprising uses for duct tape. Still, if Kara's research leads her to the right boy, everything may just be worth it...

The Map Trap by Andrew Clements - Fiction

July 26, 2016

 

Alton Barnes loves maps. He’s loved them ever since he was little, and not just for the geography. Because maps contain more information than just locations, and that’s why he likes to draw maps as well as read them. Regular “point A to point B” ones, sure, but also maps that explain a whole lot more --- like what he really thinks about his friends. And teachers. Even the principal.

The Hypnotists Book 3: The Dragonfly Effect by Gordon Korman - Adventure

July 26, 2016


The government has promised to protect Jax Opus and his family from enemies that want to use his hypnotic power to bring more evil into the world. But protection has its price --- and soon Jax learns that if the government is going to help him, it's going to want some help in return. The reach of Jax's hypnotic talents is especially dangerous because he doesn't have to be looking at people directly to control them. Even worse? Jax is not the only person who can do this. He is up against a hypnotic mastermind who has more than a few tricks up his sleeve.

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #35: Dragons and Mythical Creatures: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #55: Night of the Ninth Dragon Written by Natalie Pope Boyce and Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Carlo Molinari - Nonfiction

July 26, 2016

Track the facts about dragons, unicorns, mermaids and more --- with Jack and Annie! When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in Magic Tree House Super Edition #2: Night of the Nine Dragons, they had lots of questions. What do tales about dragons have in common? Are mermaids real? How do unicorns use their horns? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts about their favorite creatures from myths and legends. And just what might some of those creature sightings really be?
The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden by Emma Trevayne - Fiction

July 26, 2016

 

Grave robbing is a messy business. And for Thomas Marsden, on what was previously an unremarkable spring night in London, it becomes a very spooky business. For lying in an unmarked grave and half covered with dirt is a boy the spitting image of Thomas himself. Desperate to unearth the truth about himself and where he comes from, Thomas is about to discover magic, ritual, and the uncanny truth that sometimes the things that make a boy ordinary are what make him extraordinary.

Field Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen - Fiction

July 26, 2016

 

Ben has been invited to try out for a special hockey academy. But Dad wants Ben to catch up to the school field trip instead. So Ben, Dad and their dogs, Atticus and Conor, jump into their truck. Ben concocts a secret plan to make the tryout, but Atticus and Conor are on to him. Ben and Dad’s road trip turns into a wacky adventure full of new friends and surprises.

Infinity Ring Eight: Eternity by Matt de la Pena - Fiction

July 26, 2016


Dak, Sera, and Riq have fixed the Great Breaks in history . . . but the SQ isn't beaten yet, and the biggest, boldest Infinity Ring adventure of all time has just begun!

Gargoyle Hall (An Araminta Spookie Adventure, Book 1) by Angie Sage - Fiction

July 26, 2016


Well-intentioned trouble maker Araminta Spookie has been “helpful” one too many times, so her family has decided to send her to boarding school. Upon arrival, Araminta is surprised to discover that Gargoyle Hall makes her haunted home seem positively cozy. Strange moans and clanks echo down the halls, and the two class leaders are equally creepy. Most of the other students have been scared away, but Araminta is determined to find out what-or who-is menacing the school.

Laugh-Out-Loud Spooky Jokes for Kids by Rob Elliott - Humor

July 26, 2016

From the #1 bestselling author of LAUGH-OUT-LOUD JOKES FOR KIDS comes a brand-new joke collection with hundreds of spooky knee-slappers to make you cackle about monsters, mayhem and more. Rob Elliott’s irresistible comedic genius returns to make your little ghosts and goblins laugh with nonstop puns, jokes and other absurdities about everything that goes bump in the night. This refreshing classic is a perfect fit for the entire family to enjoy together!

Nightborn (Thrones and Bones) by Lou Anders - Youth Fantasy/Adventure

July 26, 2016


Karn Korlundsson is a gamer. Not a riddle solver. But in order to rescue his best friend, Thianna Frostborn, he will need to travel to the city of Castlebriar, learn how to play a board game called Charioteers, decipher the Riddle of the Horn, and tangle with elves. Meanwhile, Desstra is in training to join the elite agents of the dark elves. When she crosses paths with Karn, she is not all that she appears to be. The lengths to which Karn will go in the name of friendship will be sorely tested. Who knew that solving a riddle could be so deadly?

Vincent Paints His House by Tedd Arnold - Fiction

July 30, 2016

 

Vincent is ready to paint his house. The only problem is choosing the color. He thinks white would be nice…until the spider convinces him that red is better. Red looks great, but the bird thinks blue would be best. Vincent likes blue too. "Stop!" says the mouse, because the mouse prefers green. Before long, Vincent has a list of requests: the termite wants orange, the caterpillar loves yellow and the ladybug insists on purple. With a little creativity --- and a lot of color—Vincent does a brilliant job!

Mousetropolis by R. Gregory Christie - Picture Book

July 30, 2016

 
City Mouse leaves his noisy apartment for a vacation in the country --- only to find drab meals, unseen predators, unbearable heat and too much quiet! So City Mouse takes his country cousin to Mousetropolis, where a rodent can indulge in rich food and rub elbows with the elite.
Doctor Nice by Valeri Gorbachev - Fiction

July 30, 2016


It was a busy day at Doctor Nice's office. The waiting room was full of patients with various winter ailments from Mrs. Pig's frostbitten nose to the goat kids' headaches, caused by their head-butting style of hockey play. Never fear, Doctor Nice comes up with the perfect cures for them all.