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June 2016

New in Paperback

June 2016

Our New in Paperback roundup this month includes THE LAND OF STORIES: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer, in which the Bailey twins and their friends travel beyond the kingdom to stop the Masked Man's scheme; MOONPENNY ISLAND by Tricia Springstubb, where a girl grows to see the truth about herself and her loved ones as she learns about fossils; and SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty, in which a 12-year-old girl races to uncover the Man in the Black Cloak's identity before he kidnaps all the children.

Stonebird by Mike Revell - Fiction

June 2, 2015

 

When 10-year-old Liam's family moves to be near his grandmother who is suffering from dementia, he's left to navigate his new neighborhood, school and grandmother's illness all by himself. The one place he seems to find solace is a rundown church where he finds an over-sized gargoyle that keeps drawing him in. Shy Liam's only means of confidence during shared story time is to tell tales of the gargoyle. His classmates mock him at first but are soon captivated by his storytelling. As his home life gets harder and the bullies more relentless, the gargoyle seemingly brings Liam's stories to life. But is the old stone bird really alive, or is it just Liam's imagination finding ways to help him through a difficult time?

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty - Fiction

July 14, 2015

 

When children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore's corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of the Biltmore's owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak's true identity before all of the children vanish one by one.

The Doublecross: And Other Skills I Learned as a Superspy by Jackson Pearce - Fiction

July 14, 2015

 

When both his mother and father go missing on a secret mission --- likely captured by his spy agency's number one enemy --- it's Hale's time to step up and (with a little help from his acrobat-cheerleader little sister) save the day.

Lyla Lyte and the Loot Tree Written by I'deyah Ricketts with illustrations by Katie Williams - Fiction

June 1, 2016


What if money grew on a tree? Lyla's dream of a new library in Coverfield was just about to come true, until Mayor Crinkle announced that the town was hit with an unexpected financial deficit and the plans for the library were put on hold. Lyla and the Troops can't sit back and do nothing. Along with their new member, Mary Englemouth, they come up with the idea to grow money. But they encounter trouble from someone who returns to Coverfield with plans of winning the upcoming mayoral election, and the Troops are definitely in the way. Will they loose the battle in building a new library?

The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer - Fiction

June 7, 2016

 

The Masked Man is on the loose in the Land of Stories, and it's up to Alex and Conner Bailey to stop him...except Alex has been thrown off the Fairy Council, and no one will believe they're in danger. Fairy tales and classic stories collide in the fourth adventure in the bestselling Land of Stories series as the twins travel beyond the kingdoms! 

The Education of Ivy Blake by Ellen Airgood - Fiction

June 7, 2016

 

In this uplifting companion to PRAIRIE EVERS, shy, introverted Ivy must find her footing when her reckless mom turns her world upside down.

The Swap by Megan Shull - Fiction

June 7, 2016

The Demon Curse (Young Houdini) by Simon Nicholson -

June 7, 2016


When Harry and his friends Billie and Arthur are called to New Orleans by the mysterious Order of the White Crow, the trio is faced with magic of an entirely different kind. The town is turning blame on the local fisherman --- the very community that helped raise Billie. But it soon becomes clear there are other evils at play, and the three friends know something even more sinister is afoot.

The Laura Line by Crystal Allen - Family, Fiction

June 7, 2016

 

Thirteen-year-old Laura Dyson wants two things in life: to be accepted by her classmates and to be noticed by ultra-cute baseball star Troy Bailey. But everyone at school makes fun of her and Troy won’t give her a second glance. When Laura is forced to learn the history of the slave shack on her grandmother’s property for a school assignment, she discovers the self-esteem she’s been missing.

Thor's Serpents: Blackwell Pages Book 3 by Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr - Fantasy

June 7, 2016


Thirteen-year-olds Matt, Laurie, and Fen have beaten near-impossible odds to assemble their fellow descendants of the Norse Gods and complete epic quests. Their biggest challenge lies ahead: battling the fierce monsters working to bring about the apocalypse. But when they learn that Matt must fight the Midgard Serpent alone and Fen and Laurie are pulled in other directions, the friends realize they can't take every step of this journey together. Matt, Laurie, and Fen will each have to fight their own battles to survive, to be true to themselves, and to one another --- with nothing less than the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

Guts & Glory: The Vikings by Ben Thompson -

June 7, 2016


From battle-axe-wielding tribes plundering the greatest cities of Europe to powerful kings and queens ruling their dominions with iron fists, the Vikings were some of the most feared and fearless figures in European history. Find the bravest heroes, the most menacing villains, and unbelievably awesome facts and myths inside this action-packed overview that will amaze kids with tales of a people so incredible...it's hard to believe they were real.

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky - Fiction

June 7, 2016


Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: "he" is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender's body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection, or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson's true self itches to break free. Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher's wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit?

The Book of Storms by Ruth Hatfield - Youth Fantasy Fiction

June 7, 2016

 

Eleven-year-old Danny O’Neill has never been what you’d call adventurous. But when he wakes the morning after a storm to find his house empty, his parents gone, and himself able to hear the thoughts of a dying tree, he has no choice but to set out to find answers. He soon learns that the enigmatic Book of Storms holds the key to what he seeks . . . but unraveling its mysteries won’t be easy. If he wants to find his family, he’ll have to face his worst fears and battle terrifyingly powerful enemies, including the demonic Sammael himself.

How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg - Young Adult Nonfiction

June 7, 2016

 

Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes, epic failures even lead to super successes . . . sometimes they become deep dark secrets. But remember—to fail is human, to laugh about our shortcomings divine. From Montezuma II’s mistaking a conqueror for a god to Isaac Newton turning from science to alchemy to J. Bruce Ismay’s jumping the lifeboat line on the Titanic, How They Choked knocks fourteen famous achievers off their pedestals to reveal the human side of history.
How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer by Taryn Souders - Children's Fiction

June 7, 2016

 

Chloe McCorkle knew a summer camp where you had to learn a career was a bad idea. She tried to tell her parents, but they just had to go on vacation to Alaska and ship her off for two weeks. It's not ideal, but she's going to try to make the best of it.  But Chloe quickly discovers there's only one area at which she excels; she manages to get more demerits than anyone else in camp...

Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave by Jen White - Fiction

June 7, 2016

 

It's easy to be brave when your eight-year-old sister, Billie, looks up to you as her protector. Twelve-year-old Liberty feels it's her job to look after Billie once they are sent to live with their father, whom they haven't seen since they were very young. Dad is unpredictable on his best days, but when he abandons the girls at a gas station in the middle of nowhere, Liberty's courage is truly put to the test.

Moonpenny Island written by Tricia Springstubb with illustrations by Gilbert Ford - Fiction

June 7, 2016

 
Moonpenny is a tiny island in a great lake. When the summer people leave and the ferries stop running, just the tried-and-true islanders are left behind. Flor and her best, her perfect friend, Sylvie, are the only eleven-year-olds for miles and miles --- and Flor couldn't be happier. But come the end of summer, unthinkable things begin to happen. Sylvie is suddenly, mysteriously, whisked away to school on the mainland. Flor's mother leaves to take care of Flor's sick grandmother and doesn't come back. Her big sister has a secret, and Flor fears it's a dangerous one.Meanwhile, a geologist and his peculiar daughter arrive to excavate prehistoric trilobites, one of the first creatures to develop sight. Soon Flor is helping them. As her own ability to see her life on this little lump of limestone evolves, she faces truths about those she loves --- and about herself --- she never imagined.
The Gathering Storm (The Hidden World of Changers) by H.K. Varian - Fiction

June 14, 2016

 

Mack, Fiona, Darren and Gabriella aren’t exactly friends at their middle school --- in fact, they couldn’t have anything less in common. But when they start developing powers, including the ability to transform into mythological animals, they find out that they are Changers, a magical line of shapeshifters that history has forgotten. But there’s little time for questions. A powerful warlock is racing toward their town, destroying everything in his wake.

The Golden Specific (The Mapmakers Trilogy) by S. E. Grove - Fiction

June 14, 2016

 

Sophia discovers that a crucial piece of the puzzle exists in a foreign Age. At the same time, Theo discovers that his old life outside the law threatens to destroy the new one he has built with Sophia and her uncle Shadrack. What he and Sophia do not know is that their separate discoveries are intertwined, and that one remarkable person is part of both.

The Emerald Mask (The Hidden World of Changers) by H.K. Varian - Fantasy

June 14, 2016

 

Gabriella, Darren, Fiona and Mack are Changers, a magical line of shapeshifters that can transform into mythological creatures, from werewolves and selkies to lightning birds and spirit foxes. And they’ve just saved the world from a warlock bent on destroying life as we know it. Now, the Changers are training hard to control their growing powers. Something that seems easy for everyone except Gabriella. Gabriella loves the speed and strength that comes with being a jaguar, so much so that her transformations are out of control.

Binny in Secret Written by Hilary McKay with illustrations by Micah Player - Fiction

June 14, 2016

 

When a storm damages the roof of their home, Binny and her family must move to a rental home out in the country. Binny, her sensible older sister Clem, and her rambunctious brother James (and his chickens) begin adjusting to a new household. Then one of James’s beloved chickens vanishes. What kind of creature is lurking in the undergrowth? And does it need Binny’s protection?

Hog in the Fog: A Harry and Lil Story written by Julia Copus, illustrated by Eunyoung Seo - Picture Book

June 14, 2016


Lil is expecting Harry the Hog for tea, but there's a swirling fog outside and Harry is nowhere to be seen. Lil sets off to find her friend. Luckily she meets Deer, Sheep and Crow along the way, who all join in the hunt to find the hog in the fog.

The Dungeoneers by John David Anderson - Fiction

June 21, 2016

 

The world is not a fair place, and Colm Candorly knows it. While his parents and eight sisters seem content living on a lowly cobbler's earnings, Colm can't help but feel that everyone has the right to a more comfortable life. It's just a question of how far you're willing to go to get it. Colm soon finds himself part of a family of warriors, mages and hunters, learning to work together in a quest to survive and, perhaps, to find a bit of treasure along the way.

The Haunter (Goosebumps Most Wanted Special Edition #4) by R. L. Stine - Children's Horror

June 28, 2016


On Halloween night, eager to prove he can be brave, Sammy Baker follows his friends to the Marple House, an abandoned mansion on the other side of town.Just past midnight, he feels a cold tingle at the back of his neck. The cold seeps down, a heavy chill he has never felt before. Soon, his whole head feels like a block of ice. He's about to scream-but the cold feeling vanishes. Sammy doesn't realize that he has just met The Haunter, and that his nightmares are only just beginning.

The Cheese Experiment (Geronimo Stilton #63) by Geronimo Stilton - Children's Fiction

June 28, 2016


A strange epidemic has broken out --- mice everywhere are covered in weird blue spots! Mouse Island's most famouse doctor immediately sets to work with his team to try to find the cure...but someone is trying to stop him. Can he figure out who before he ends up blue himself?

Your Presidential Fantasy Dream Team Written by Daniel O’Brien with illustrations by Winston Rowntree. - Nonfiction

June 28, 2016


What if a zombie apocalypse or a robot uprising threatened the nation and you had the power to recruit some of the nation’s finest presidents to help save the day? By studying the most successful squads in history, Daniel O’Brien has identified the perfect ingredients for a victorious team. Which president would you choose for: the Brain, the Brawn, the Moral Compass, the Loose Cannon, and the Roosevelt? Choose wisely --- the fate of the world is in your hands!

Princess Juniper of the Hourglass by Ammi-Joan Paquette - Fiction

June 28, 2016

 

For her thirteenth nameday all Princess Juniper wants is a country of her own. So when rumblings of unrest start in his kindgom, Juniper's father decides to grant his daughter's wish and sends her to a small, idyllic corner of the Hourglass Mountains until trouble blows over. Once there, Juniper discovers that ruling a small country is a bit harder than she'd expected.

Of Enemies and Endings by Shelby Bach - Children's Fiction

June 28, 2016

 

The whole fairy-tale world is on high alert. The Snow Queen and her minions are targeting Characters, and Ever After School is the only safe refuge left. Rory Landon knows a final confrontation is inevitable, and she worries about the safety of her family and friends --- particularly Chase, who has been acting very strange lately.

The Berenstain Bears Visit the Firehouse by Mike Berenstain - Picture Book

June 28, 2016


Ding, ding, ding! With an alarm bell, a sliding pole, and three big trucks, the firehouse is an exciting place to visit. Come along as the Berenstain Bears meet everyday heroes --- firefighters! Young readers will love learning all about what it takes to save the day in this 8x8 picture book.