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May 2016

New in Paperback

May 2016

In paperback titles this month we have THE BLACKTHORN KEY, Kevin Sands' adventurous story about an apothecary's apprentice on a journey to save the world; Poly Holyoke's THE NEPTUNE CHALLENGE, the hit sequel to THE NEPTUNE PROJECT in which Nere and her friends must infiltrate a high-tech undersea fortress; and THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, an award-winning novel of love and survival during World War II.

The Friendship Riddle by Megan Frazer Blakemore - Fiction

May 5, 2015

 

Ruth Mudd-O'Flaherty has been a lone wolf at her new middle school ever since her best friend, Charlotte, ditched her for "cooler" friends. Who needs friends when you have fantasy novels? One day she finds a note in an old book...and in that note is a riddle, one that Ruth can't solve alone. With a tantalizing set of clues before her, Ruth must admit she needs help, the kind that usually comes from friends. Ruth must decide: Is embarking on this quest worth opening herself up again?

The Boys of Fire and Ash by Meaghan McIsaac - Fantasy

May 12, 2015


Abandoned at birth, the Brothers of the Ikkuma Pit know no mothers. They fend for themselves, each training their Little Brother to survive until they turn sixteen, when it’s their Leaving Day. No boy knows what’s beyond the forest. But when Urgle’s Little Brother, Cubby, is carried off by troll-like predators, Urgle and two of his Brothers embark on a quest to rescue him from a place from which no one has ever returned.

The Celebrity Cat Caper (The Boxcar Children Mysteries) by Gertrude Chandler Warner - Children's Fiction

May 1, 2016

 

The Aldens are excited to meet their favorite celebrity --- Walter the Cat, who makes the funniest videos on the Internet! And when this celebrity cat inherits a million dollars from his owner, he becomes even more famous! But someone seems to be angry about the will and is stealing things from Walter's house. Is this cat too famous for his own good?

The Great Good Summer by Liz Garton Scanlon - Fiction

May 3, 2016

 

Ivy Green’s mama has gone off with a charismatic preacher called Hallelujah Dave to The Great Good Bible Church of Panhandle Florida. At least that’s where Ivy and her dad think Mama is. Paul Dobbs, one of Ivy’s schoolmates, is also having a crummy summer. Paul has always wanted to be an astronaut, and now that NASA’s space shuttle program has been scrapped, it looks like his dream will never get off the ground. Although Ivy and Paul are an unlikely pair, it turns out they are the perfect allies for a runaway road trip to Florida. 

Alien in My Pocket #8: Space Invaders Written by Nate Ball with illustrations by Macky Pamintuan - Children's Science Fiction

May 3, 2016


Zack has grown fond of his troublesome buddy, Amp, since the four-inch-tall alien crash-landed his spaceship through Zack’s bedroom window. They’ve gotten into more than their fair share of trouble together, but they’ve always invented a way out of it. Until a fleet of ships from Amp’s home planet filled the sky and started firing its weapons. Zack and Amp have to do the thing most kids only dare imagine --- save the world!

The Copernicus Legacy: The Golden Vendetta by Tony Abbott - fiction

May 3, 2016

 

It's been two months since the Kaplan family hunted down the Serpens relic, but when the evil Galina Krause suddenly and violently reappears, Wade, Darrell, Lily and Becca have no choice but to face her again. Now they must race to find an artifact said to be crafted by Leonardo da Vinci himself --- perhaps the strangest Guardian of all. Along the way, they uncover another layer to Galina's sinister endgame...and there might not be enough time to stop it.

The Truth Game (The Dirt Diary) by Anna Staniszewski - Children's Fiction

May 3, 2016


Rachel Lee thought that ninth grade would be different. That she would be different. Holding hands with Evan in the hallway, future president of the baking club...but it feels like she and BFF Marisol are drifting apart. At first, Rachel thought the Truth Game app would be a great way to do a little anonymous confessing, to see how others handle their friendship fails. But when her painful truths become public, Rachel's in danger of losing her best friend --- permanently.

A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery - Romance

May 3, 2016

 

Twin sisters Kelsey and Michelle Maxfield look identical --- but they couldn't be more different. But despite their differences, Kelsey and Michelle can't live without each other --- until everything changes. When Michelle dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. As the only one who knows about her sister's boyfriend, Peter, Kelsey tries to tell him what happened to Michelle. But when she finally connects with Peter online, he thinks that Kelsey is Michelle and says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey lets Peter believe that she is Michelle. But soon she finds herself falling for the one boy she shouldn't want.

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands - Fiction

May 3, 2016

 

Following a series of murders, an apothecary’s apprentice must solve puzzles and decipher codes in pursuit of a secret that could destroy the world in this suspenseful debut novel.

Bailey (Puppy Pals) by Susan Hughes - Youth Fiction

May 3, 2016


It's a new school year and things haven't been great for Kat. She's being teased, and her best friend, Maya, is in a different class. But things start to look up when her Aunt Jenn opens a kennel and dog-grooming salon, and the girls are allowed to help out with a puppy named Bailey! The girls do such a great job that Aunt Jenn asks them to come back and help again. They decide to start a scrapbook of their favorite puppies so they can be ready for the day they get to adopt one themselves!

Kerri Strug and and the Magnificent Seven (Totally True Adventures) by Kaitlin Moore - Nonfiction

May 3, 2016


In 1996, seven gymnasts --- the Magnificent Seven --- are America’s best chance to win its first team gold medal. Kerri Strug is one of them. After years of training, Kerri wants to do her best for the team. But the competition is tough --- and full of surprises! Can Kerri help Team USA make history?

Moone Boy: The Blunder Years by Chris O'Dowd and Nick V. Murphy - Fiction

May 3, 2016

 

Martin Moone is 11 and completely fed up with being the only boy in a family of girls. He's desperate for a decent wingman to help him navigate his idiotic life. So when best mate Padraic suggests Martin get an imaginary friend --- or "IF" for short --- he decides to give it a go.

Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes - Fiction

May 3, 2016

 

It's Maddy's turn to have a bayou summer. At first she misses life back home in the city, but soon she grows to love everything about her new surroundings --- the glimmering fireflies, the glorious landscape and something else, deep within the water, that only Maddy sees. Could it be a mermaid? And when a disastrous oil leak threatens the bayou, she knows she may also be the only one who can help. Does she have what it takes to be a hero?

The Lost Track of Time Written by Paige Britt with illustrations by Lee White - Fiction

May 10, 2016


She dreams of being a writer, but how can she pursue her passion when her mother schedules every minute of her life? Then one day, Penelope discovers a hole in her schedule --- an entire day completely unplanned! --- and she mysteriously falls into it. What follows is a mesmerizing journey through the Realm of Possibility where Penelope sets out to find and free the Great Moodler, the one person who may have the answers she seeks. Along the way, she must face an army of Clockworkers, battle the evil Chronos, take a daring Flight of Fancy, and save herself from the grip of time.

The Disappearance of Emily H. by Barrie Summy - Fiction

May 10, 2016

 

Emily Huvar vanished without a trace. And the clues are right beneath Raine’s fingertips. Literally. Raine isn’t like other eighth graders. One touch of a glittering sparkle that only Raine can see, and she’s swept into a memory from the past. If she touches enough sparkles, she can piece together what happened to Emily.

The Arctic Code (Dark Gravity) by Matthew J. Kirby - Fiction

May 10, 2016


It is the near future, and the earth has entered a new ice age. Eleanor Perry is the daughter of a climatologist and lives in Tucson, one of the most popular destinations for refugees of the Freeze. But when Dr. Perry found something that may hold the key to their survival, she disappears. This search will launch Eleanor on a ace to unlock the mysteries of what has happened to our planet, solving the riddle of the cold that could be humanity's end --- and uncovering a threat to the earth that may not be of this world.

The Neptune Challenge by Polly Holyoke - Fiction

May 10, 2016

 

Genetically engineered to survive in the ocean, Nere and her friends are recovering from their treacherous journey to Safety Harbor, an undersea refuge founded by the scientists of the Neptune Project. Tasked with infiltrating the kidnapper's high-tech undersea base, Nere soon discovers that rescuing the missing Neptune kids isn't all there is to her mission: the secret to saving the world's oceans is hidden somewhere deep inside this vast fortress, and she and her friends will have to risk everything to find it. 

Theodore Boone: The Fugitive by John Grisham - Mystery

May 10, 2016

 

Theo thought the danger had passed, but he’s about to face off against an old adversary: accused mur­derer and fugitive Pete Duffy. On a field trip to Washington, DC, Theo spots a familiar face on the Metro: Duffy, who jumped bail and was never seen again. Theo’s quick thinking helps bring Duffy back to Strattenburg to stand trial. But now that Duffy knows who he is, Theo is in greater danger than he’s ever been in before. Even when every­thing is on the line, Theodore Boone will stop at nothing to make sure a killer is brought to justice.
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord - Fiction

May 10, 2016


When Lucy's family moves to an old house on a lake, Lucy tries to see her new home through her camera's lens, as her photographer father has taught her. When she discovers that he's judging a photo contest, Lucy decides to enter anonymously. As she seeks out subjects for her photos, Lucy gets to know Nate, the boy next door. But slowly the camera reveals what Nate doesn't want to see: his grandmother's memory is slipping away. This summer, Nate will learn about the power of art to show truth. And Lucy will learn how beauty can change lives...including her own.

Twintuition: Double Vision by Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry - Fantasy

May 10, 2016


When their mother's new job forces them to move from bustling San Antonio to middle-of-nowhere Aura, Texas, Caitlyn tries to stay positive, focusing on meeting new people and having new adventures. Cassie, on the other hand, is convinced that it's only a matter of time until they'll be sick of Aura and ready to move back to the big city. But being the new kids isn't their only challenge. The girls start experiencing strange visions, and they must work together to change the future before it can happen.

Philadelphia! (Recipe for Adventure) by Giada De Laurentiis - Youth Fiction

May 10, 2016


In this adventure, Zia sends the entire Bertolizzi family to the city of brotherly love --- Philadelphia! Known as the "birthplace of America," Philadelphia welcomes the family with its historic blend of colonial buildings, national landmarks, and equally revolutionary cuisine. Their Philadelphia tour guide, Emma, shows the family that foodie destinations like Reading Terminal Market and 9th Street have as rich a history as the Liberty Bell.

The Telling Stone: Time Out of Time Book Two by Maureen Doyle McQuerry - Fantasy

May 10, 2016

 

In book two, the excitement and mystery continue as Timothy, his sister, Sarah, and their friend Jessica journey from America to Edinburgh, Scotland, where they seek the Four Treasures of Ireland, especially the Telling Stone. They must keep the treasures from falling into the hands of Balor, who can use them to deprive the world of good. The children pass through Time out of Time as they undertake their quest and encounter a number of mythic and folkloric characters, including the Tuatha Dé Danann, Gwydon, Cerridwyn, and others. In this book, a code hidden in a map is the key to finding the Stone, and readers work alongside Timothy, Sarah, and Jessica to decode the message. Along with the code, the book includes a glossary of the many historical, literary, and folkloric references mentioned in both volumes.
Six by M. M. Vaughan - Fiction

May 10, 2016

 

Parker and his family share a secret: they can, with the help of advanced technology, communicate between themselves through their thoughts. And then Parker’s dad, on the cusp of a technological breakthrough, is kidnapped. Thanks to a message his dad sent via thoughts before the signal cut off, Parker is suddenly on a rescue mission. But all the signs point to one thing: the company his dad works for is up to something big. Huge. A perfectly sinister project that threatens far more than Parker’s family. A project called SIX.

Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt - Fiction

May 10, 2016


It's 1948 in Rippling Creek, Louisiana, and Tate P. Ellerbee's new teacher has just given her class an assignment --- learning the art of letter-writing. Luckily, Tate has the perfect pen pal in mind: Hank Williams, a country music singer whose star has just begun to rise. Tate and her great-aunt and -uncle listen to him on the radio every Saturday night, and Tate just knows that she and Hank are kindred spirits.

Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson - Fiction

May 10, 2016

 

Sweet, shy Tabitha Crum, the neglected only child of two parents straight out of a Roald Dahl book, doesn’t have a friend in the world --- except for her pet mouse, Pemberley, whom she loves dearly. But on the day she receives one of six invitations to the country estate of wealthy Countess Camilla DeMoss, her life changes forever.

Bedtime Is Canceled by Cece Meng - Children's Fiction

May 10, 2016

 

The note read: Bedtime is canceled. Maggie thought of it. Her brother wrote it. A news reporter read it. This was big news. He reported it. Before they knew it, the whole city discovered that bedtime had officially been canceled, so no one went to sleep!

Camp Rolling Hills by Stacy Davidowitz -

May 10, 2016

 

Finally, it's summer! Stephanie --- aka Slimey --- has been counting the days until she can return to her favorite place in the entire world, Camp Rolling Hills. New kid Bobby, on the other hand, is pretty sure he's in for the worst summer of his life. He does not understand his weirdo cabinmates, the group singing, and the unfortunate nicknames (including his: Smelly). But he does understand Slimey, and the two soon fall in crush. This summer might not be so bad after all!

Crossing Over by Stacy Davidowitz - Children's Fiction

May 10, 2016

 

There's only one thing Melman loves more than soccer: her summers at Camp Rolling Hills. So she's pumped to be back --- until she realizes her bunkmates have gone totally boy-crazy over the school year and plastered their cabin in pink. Pink posters, pink t-shirts...it seems that the only not-pink thing in the cabin is Melman herself. That is, until she's given a dare in front of the entire camp: wear a pink princess dress. For Three. Whole. Days.

Dog Beach Unleashed by Lisa Greenwald - Children's Fiction

May 10, 2016

 

Remy can’t wait for another summer on Seagate Island. It’s time to bring back her successful dog-sitting business on Dog Beach and see her favorite friends. But instead of sunny days and fun in the sand, the summer is off to a rainy start. Remy and the dogs have cabin fever, and, to make matters worse, her friendship with her longtime pal, Bennett, is starting to feel complicated. What can one 12-year-old do to create summer magic when the summer doesn’t seem to be showing up?

Honey by Sarah Weeks - Youth Fiction

May 10, 2016


Melody has lived in Royal, Indiana, for as long as she can remember. It's been just her and her father, and she's been okay with that. But then she overhears him calling someone Honey --- and suddenly it feels like everyone in Royal has a secret. Meanwhile, a dog named Mo is new to Royal. He doesn't remember much from when he was a puppy...but he keeps having dreams of a girl he is bound to meet someday. This girl, he's sure, will change everything.

If I Were You by Leslie Margolis - Fiction

May 10, 2016

 

Twelve-year-old Katie is insanely jealous of her best friend, Melody. Turns out Melody is jealous of Katie, too. When they both wish for the exact same thing at the exact same time, to redo summer as each other, their wishes come true. Katie is Melody and Melody is Katie and neither one has the experience she expected. 

Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel (Tyme #1) by Megan Morrison - Fantasy

May 10, 2016

 

In all of Tyme, from the Redlands to the Grey, no one is as lucky as Rapunzel. She lives in a magic tower that obeys her every wish; she reads wonderful books starring herself as the heroine; her hair is the longest, most glorious thing in the world. And she knows this because Witch tells her so --- her beloved Witch, who protects her from evil princes, the dangerous ground under the tower, even unhappy thoughts. Rapunzel can't imagine any other. Then a thief named Jack climbs into her room to steal one of her enchanted roses. He's the first person Rapunzel's ever met who isn't completely charmed by her (well, the first person she's met at all, really), and he is infuriating ---  especially when he hints that Witch isn't telling her the whole truth. Driven by anger at Jack and her own nameless fears, Rapunzel descends to the ground for the first time, and finds a world filled with more peril than Witch promised…and more beauty, wonder, and adventure than she could have dreamed.

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot - Fiction

May 10, 2016

 

Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is a completely average 12-year-old. Then one completely average day, everything goes wrong...Until a limo containing Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia pulls up to invite her to New York to finally meet her father. Maybe Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison isn't so average after all!

Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy - Fiction

May 10, 2016


Lana and Cassie have met only once before, at the wedding of Lana's Grandpa Howe and Cassie's Grandma Tess two months ago. The two girls couldn't be more different, and they didn't exactly hit it off --- but they're about to spend an entire week together for their grandparents' honeymoon, road-tripping from California to Maine in the backseat of a Subaru.

Fort by Cynthia DeFelice - Fiction

May 17, 2016

 

In this boys-will-be-boys summer story about friendship and revenge, 11-year-old Wyatt and his friend Augie aren't looking for a fight. They're having the best summer of their lives hanging out in the fort they built in the woods. But when two older boys mess with the fort, the friends are forced to launch Operation Doom, with unexpected results for all concerned.

The Jupiter Pirates #2: Curse of the Iris by Jason Fry - Children's Science Fiction

May 17, 2016


It's been a tough year for Tycho Hashoone and his family. Hostilities between the Jovian Union and Earth have reached a boiling point. The privateering business hasn't exactly been booming. And the ongoing contest for the captain's seat of the Shadow Comet has the three Hashoone siblings perpetually on edge. Then the Hashoones intercept a ship --- one with a long-dead crew, its final mission a warning to all who seek their fortunes in space. Following clues from the mysterious ship, they embark on a hunt for the long-lost treasure of the Iris. But in his quest for the Iris cache, Tycho is going to dig up much more than he bargained for. Because like old pirate treasure, family secrets never stay buried for long.

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai - Youth Fiction

May 17, 2016


A California girl born and raised, Mai can't wait to spend her vacation at the beach. Instead, though, she has to travel to Vietnam with her grandmother, who is going back to find out what really happened to her husband during the War. Mai's parents think this trip will be a great opportunity for their daughter to learn more about her culture. But to Mai, those are their roots, not her own. To survive her trip, Mai must find a balance between her two completely different worlds.

Soccer on Sunday (Magic Tree House, No. 52) written by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca - Fiction

May 24, 2016

Just in time for the 2014 Fifa World Cup, Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on Sunday will take Jack and Annie to a soccer field in Mexico where they must find the final secret of greatness for Merlin. On the field, they'll meet a young soccer player who dreams of one day playing in the World Cup just like his hero, the great Brazilian soccer player, Pelé!
The Fog Diver by Joel Ross - Fiction

May 24, 2016

 

Once the Fog started rising, the earth was covered with a deadly white mist until nothing remained but the mountaintops. Now humanity clings to its highest peaks, called the Rooftop, where the wealthy Five Families rule over the lower slopes and floating junkyards. Thirteen-year-old Chess and his friends Hazel, Bea and Swedish sail their rickety air raft over the deadly Fog, scavenging the ruins for anything they can sell to survive. But now survival isn't enough. 

Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Unpleasant Penguins from Pluto (Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot #9) Written by Dav Pilkey with illustrations by Dan Santat - Children's Fiction

May 31, 2016


President Penguin is peeved because Pluto is no longer considered a real planet. Now he plans to make things very unpleasant for anyone who stands in his way. Can Ricky, Lucy and their friends defeat this tiny terror and keep Squeakyville safe?

Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel - Picture Book

May 31, 2016


The votes are in --- it's a Bad Kitty landslide! It's time to elect a new president of the Neighborhood Cat Coalition! Who will win the election? The candidate chosen by the kitties on the right side of the street or the candidate chosen by the kitties on the left side of the street? When election time rolls around, one candidate (guess who?) will discover that she never bothered to register to vote and the entire election will be decided by a surprise, last minute absentee ballot sent by Old Kitty.

Bridget Wilder: Spy-in-Training by Jonathan Bernstein - Fiction

May 31, 2016


Up until Bridget’s birthday the most exciting moment in her life was when Dale Tookey maybe, sort of, smiled at her one time. But that was before --- before she found a mysterious present at her doorstep, before she was transported to a covert CIA agency called Section 23 and before she became Bridget Wilder: Spy-in-Training. Now Bridget’s busting boys out of detention, being chauffeured by a talking car, and infiltrating the popular girls’ clique to steal secret codes, all while undercover as a semi-awkward middle school girl. But will she be able to keep up with her new action-packed life?

Commander in Cheese #1: The Big Move Written by Lindsey Leavitt with illustrations by Ag Ford - Children's Fiction

May 31, 2016


If you are a mouse, then you might know about Ava and Dean Squeakerton. They are kind of famous, for mice. That’s because Ava and Dean and the rest of their family live in the White House. A new president is moving into the White House, and best of all she has kids! That means cool kid treasures for Ava and Dean Squeakerton. The only problem is that sneaking around means Ava and Dean will have to be quiet, and they aren't so good at that. But moving day is so busy, nobody would notice two mice searching for toys...right?

Commander in Cheese #2: Oval Office Escape by Lindsey Leavitt and Ag Ford - Children's Fiction

May 31, 2016


For years, Ava and Dean have roamed the tunnels below the West Wing without fear. But now there’s a new pet in town, one that rhymes with hat and rat and whose name is spelled C-A-T. In the history of the White House, thirty-seven Squeakertons have died because a C-A-T was hungry. Now Ava and Dean are worried that they might be added to that list. Will the Squeakerton siblings ever get to explore the White House again? Or is this game of C-A-T and mouse just too dangerous?

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley - Historical Fiction

May 31, 2016


Nine-year-old Ada has never left her apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who takes the kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan --- and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?