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October 2016

New in Paperback

October 2016

Our New in Paperback roundup this month includes BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson, the author's bestselling collection of poems about growing up and finding her place; THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING by Shelley Pearsall, where Arthur T. Owens is given a second chance in the form of 120 hours of community service; and Matthew Cody's THE SECRETS OF THE PIED PIPER 1: The Peddler's Road, the first book of a wild fantasy adventure in which Max and Carter are led on a mysterious quest on the Summer Isle by the Piper.

Orphan Trains: Taking the Rails to a New Life by Rebecca Langston-George - Nonfiction

October 1, 2016


Tells the story of seven orphans who were settled with families in the Midwest by the Children's Aid Society.

Scrap City by D. S. Thornton and Charlie Bowater - Sci Fi/Fantasy

October 1, 2016

 

Would you believe that under the ground, right beneath your city, was another city? Would you believe it was populated with Scrappers, people built of metal and glass and stone? Jerome has no choice but to believe it after he befriends Arkie, a Scrapper. So when Arkie's city is in danger, Jerome knows he must help. But helping Arkie means hurting Jerome's dad, the only real family Jerome still has . . .

The Friend Garden Written by Kim Black and Ana Buchmaster with Illustrations by Nina Byerly - Fiction

October 1, 2016

New town, new school, new friends? this could be a very overwhelming week for one shy girl. And when she tries hiding from the world by staying in her room, her grandma suggests the strangest remedy?gardening.What does gardening have to do with friendship? Find out by taking a stroll in THE FRIEND GARDEN.
 

Scariest Stories Ever Told by Roberta Simpson Brown - Fiction/Short Stories

October 1, 2016


These chilling tales are filled with familiar themes to make anyone feel safe --- the grouchy old teacher, a family telling one another ghost stories in an old cabin, well meaning yet clueless parents --- but jam packed with enough ghouls, ghosts, and menacing spirits to give anyone the chills. 

Santa's Eleven Months Off by Mike Reiss and Michael G. Montgomery - Picture Book

October 1, 2016


In this uproarious tale by popular author and Simpsons writer Mike Reiss, Santa recovers from a hectic December by embarking on an hilarious campaign of adventure and self-improvement --- from sumo wrestling to international espionage to continuing education (including Elf Esteem and Basic Reindeer Labor Laws). But no matter where he goes or what he does, he's still our beloved Santa Claus. So, thanks, Santa, for all your hard work. Go ahead and take the year off!

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall - Fiction

October 4, 2016

 

It was a bitterly cold day when Arthur T. Owens grabbed a brick and hurled it at the trash picker. Arthur had his reasons, and the brick hit the Junk Man in the arm, not the head. But none of that matters to the judge --- he is ready to send Arthur to juvie for the foreseeable future. Amazingly, it’s the Junk Man himself who offers an alternative: 120 hours of community service...working for him.

The Toymaker's Apprentice by Sherri L. Smith - fiction

October 4, 2016

 

Stefan Drosselmeyer is a reluctant apprentice to his toymaker father until the day his world is turned upside down. His father is kidnapped and Stefan is enlisted by his mysterious cousin, Christian Drosselmeyer, to find a mythical nut to save a princess who has been turned into a wooden doll. Embarking on a wild adventure through Germany, Stefan must save Boldavia’s princess and his own father from the fanatical Mouse Queen and her seven-headed Mouse Prince, both of whom have sworn to destroy the Drosselmeyer family.   

Wilf The Mighty Worrier: Saves The World by Georgia Pritchett - Children's Fiction

October 4, 2016

 
When The Most Evil Man in the World moves in right next door, Wilf is understandably alarmed. Panicked, in fact-totally and utterly freaked out. The neighbor, Alan, is a self-styled Evil Lunatic, with a grumpy robot sidekick and a dog named Kevin Phillips to prove it. Seriously, what kind of maniac gives his dog a surname? And why do the three of them always look like they're up to no good?
 
The only ally Wilf has in his desperate struggle to put a stop to Alan's ridiculous --- but also quite upsetting, really, when you think about it --- plans to destroy the world is his little sister, Dot (and her trusty "blanky," of course).
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel and Jon Klassen - fiction

October 4, 2016

 

For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp’s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to “fix” the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered.

The Water and the Wild written by K. E. Ormsbee with illustrations by Elsa Mora - Fantasy

October 4, 2016

 

A green apple tree grows in the heart of Thirsby Square, and tangled up in its magical roots is the story of Lottie Fiske. For as long as Lottie can remember, the only people who seem to care about her are her best friend, Eliot, and the mysterious letter writer who sends her birthday gifts. But now strange things are happening on the island Lottie calls home, and Eliot's getting sicker, with a disease the doctors have given up trying to cure. Lottie is helpless, useless, powerless --- until a door opens in the apple tree. Follow Lottie down through the roots to another world in pursuit of the impossible: a cure for the incurable, a use for the useless, and protection against the pain of loss.

Here Comes Santa Cat by Deborah Underwood and Claudia Rueda - Picture

October 4, 2016

 

Cat took on a bunny in Here Comes the Easter Cat, but now Christmas is coming, and Cat has a hunch he's not on Santa's "nice" list. Which means? No presents for Cat. So he tries to be good, but children, it seems, aren't wild for his brand of gift-giving. Still, Cat might surprise himself, and best of all, he may just get to meet the man in the red suit himself—and receive a holiday surprise of his own. Fans of Pete the Cat, Splat the Cat, and Bad Kitty will delight in this holiday treat.

A Prince Without a Kingdom: Vango Book Two by Timothee de Fombelle - Historical Fiction

October 4, 2016

 

Fleeing dark forces and unfounded accusations across Europe in the years between World Wars, a young man named Vango has been in danger for as long as he can remember. Narrow escapes, near misses and a dash of romantic intrigue will rivet adventurous teens to their seats as Vango continues to unravel the mysteries of his past. In the shadow of a rapidly changing world, can Vango find those who have hunted him for so long and uncover his true identity?

Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain by Russell Freedman - Nonfiction

October 4, 2016

 

Angel Island, off the coast of California, processed around one million immigrants from Japan, China, and Korea between 1892 and 1940. Drawing from memoirs, diaries, letters, and "wall poems," Russell Freedman describes the immigrants; the immigration process; detention and deportation; changes in immigration policy; and the renaissance of Angel Island as a historic site open to visitors.

A Year in the Life of a Complete and Total Genius by Stacey Matson - Children's Fiction

October 4, 2016

 
Arthur Bean, soon-to-be a rich and famous author, has set two goals for himself: to win the school writing contest and to win the heart of his secret crush, Kennedy. But his life has had some major twists and turns lately, and the recent loss of his mother definitely complicates things.
Atlantis in Peril by T.A. Barron - Fiction

October 4, 2016

 

In ATLANTIS RISING, Promi and Atlanta saved their homeland by transforming it into the magical island of Atlantis. They had hoped that would keep it out of the clutches of the evil spirit warlord Narkazan. But Narkazan has returned, more determined than ever to conquer the spirit realm and Atlantis as well. Will the destiny of the mystical isle lie in the boat of Greek sailors who wash up on shore? The powers of the ethereal oceanglass? Or will the growing bond between Promi and Atlanta cause the strongest magic?

File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (All the Wrong Questions) by Lemony Snicket - Children's Fiction

October 4, 2016

 

Paintings have been falling off of walls, a loud and loyal dog has gone missing, a specter has been seen walking the pier at midnight -- strange things are happening all over the town of Stain'd-By-The-Sea. Called upon to investigate thirteen suspicious incidents, young Lemony Snicket collects clues, questions witnesses, and cracks every case. Join the investigation and tackle the mysteries alongside Snicket, then turn to the back of the book to see the solution revealed.

 

Mister Max: The Book of Kings: Mister Max 3 written by Cynthia Voigt, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno - Fiction

October 11, 2016

 

Ever since Max’s parents were spirited away on a mysterious ship, he has longed to find them. He’s solved case after case for other people in his business as “solutioneer.” And he’s puzzled out the coded messages sent by his father. He doesn’t know exactly what’s happened, but he knows his parents are in danger --— and it’s up to Max to save them.

Mr. Mistoffelees: The Conjuring Cat Written by T.S. Eliot and illustrated by Arthur Robins - Picture Book

October 11, 2016


Following Arthur Robins' critically acclaimed picture book of MACAVITY (already sold 10k) he turns his attentions to the magical Mr. Mistoffelees with delightfully hilarious results. Perfect for ages 3+, children (and parents) will love reading aloud about the Original Conjuring Cat. To sit alongside other classics such asTHE GRUFFALO, THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA, and SPOT.

Secrets of the Circus (Three-Ring Rascals, Book 5) Written by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise. -

October 11, 2016


Everyone has a secret. So says Sir Sidney, owner of the world’s best circus. But sometimes a little secret can become a big problem. That’s exactly what happens when Gert’s secret pen pal, a pig named Pablo, escapes from his farm and climbs on board Sir Sidney’s circus train to avoid being sold to Prinkle’s Pork Chops. It turns out Farmer Farley doesn’t want to sell Pablo, either, but if he doesn’t, he may lose his farm.

Lunch Witch #2: Knee-deep in Niceness by Deb Lucke - Graphic Novel

October 11, 2016


Grunhilda the Witch has a weakness…a tiny soft spot on her otherwise black and crusty heart. She hides the nice feelings she gets whenever she receives a letter from former student Madison. But her familiars are onto her. They search her hovel and find a huge collection of letters from Madison --- evidence that, once again, the witch has fallen off the straight-and-narrow path of wickedness. Mr. Williams has a solution, but it involves making a meanness potion from THE-BOOK-THAT-IS-NOT-TO-BE-USED-FOR-GOOD. Things go dreadfully wrong when he accidentally releases Positivity Potion instead. Birds are singing. Flowers are growing. The principal cancels school! The entire town of Salem is exuberant. Grunhilda has to find a way to fix the town, find her familiars who run away in the confusion, and return her heart to its original black and crusty state. All before the ancestors wake up.

Pirates and Shipwrecks: True Stories by Tom McCarthy - Children's Nonfiction

October 11, 2016


PIRATES AND SHIPWRECKS: True Stories features true tales that whet kids’ appetites for history by engaging them in genres with proven track records --- mystery and adventure. History is made of near misses, unexplained disappearances, unsolved mysteries and bizarre events that are almost too weird to be true --- almost! The Mystery & Mayhem series delves into the past to provide kids with a jumping-off point into a lifelong habit of appreciating history.
 

Animas, Book Two Flight of the King by C. R. Grey - Fiction

October 11, 2016


Winter vacation has never seemed so long. Normally, Bailey would enjoy the break from schoolwork, but this year he can't wait to get back to Fairmount Academy in order to spend more time with his Animas, the white tiger Taleth. After years without his kin, Bailey's anxious to strengthen the bond that connects him to the magnificent animal at last.

Finders Keepers by Shelley Tougas - Fiction

October 11, 2016

 

Christa spends every summer at the most awesome place in the whole world: her family's cabin on Whitefish Lake in Wisconsin. Only her dad recently lost his job and her parents have decided to sell the cabin. But not if Christa can help it. Everyone knows there is Al Capone blood money hidden somewhere in Whitefish Lake, and her friend Alex's cranky grandpa might have the key to finding it. If she finds it, she can keep it and save her family and their beloved cabin.

Atticus Claw Goes Ashore by Jennifer Gray - Fiction

October 11, 2016


Atticus is on beach cleaning duty with the kittens when he finds a message in a bottle from Fishhook Frank. Fishhook is marooned on a desert island, but he promises Atticus treasure in exchange for his rescue! The treasure contains a sleeping mermaid who has the power to grant any wish. Atticus sets out to rescue Fishhook Frank and find the Casket of Desires with his owners, the Cheddar family. But it's not all plain sailing. The pirate with the biggest beard-sweater in the nautical world.

Big Game by Stuart Gibbs - Mystery

October 11, 2016

 

When someone takes aim at Rhonda Rhino, FunJungle’s pregnant (and endangered) Asian greater one-horned rhinoceros, the zoo steps up security measures in order to protect this rare animal and her baby.But the extra security isn’t enough --- someone is still getting too close for comfort. Teddy and company start to suspect that whoever is after Rhonda is really after her horn, which is worth a lot of money on the black market. For the first time ever, the head of the zoo enlists Teddy for help --- for once, he doesn’t have to sneak around in order to investigate --- and the results are even more wacky, and even more dangerous, than ever before.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson - Narrative Poetry

October 11, 2016


Raised in South Carolina and New York, Jacqueline Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world.

The Secrets of the Pied Piper 1: The Peddler's Road by Matthew Cody - fiction

October 18, 2016

 

It is said that in the thirteenth century, in a village called Hamelin, a piper lured all of the children away with his magical flute, and none of them were ever seen again. 

The Loch Ness Punster (43 Old Cemetery Road) by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise -

October 18, 2016

 

In the seventh and final installment of the popular 43 Old Cemetery Road series, twelve-year-old Seymour Hope has inherited a castle in Loch Ness, Scotland. It could be the perfect summer vacation spot for Seymour and his parents, Olive C. Spence and Ignatius B. Grumply. But Iggy wants nothing to do with the castle. Why? Because it was owned by his uncle Ian, a world-famous psychiatrist and the world’s worst punster. So Iggy stays home to write, and Seymour and Olive set off for Scotland --- each with a secret.

Four Perfect Pebbles by Lila Perl and Marion Blumenthal Lazan - Nonfiction

October 18, 2016


Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal family --- father, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albert --- were trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to get to Holland, but soon thereafter it was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years the Blumenthals were forced to live in refugee, transit and prison camps, including Westerbork in Holland and Bergen-Belsen in Germany, before finally making it to the United States. Their story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope and the will to survive.

Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon - Fiction

October 18, 2016

 

The night her parents disappear, 12 year old Robyn Loxley must learn to fend for herself. Her home, Nott City, has been taken over by a harsh governor, Ignomus Crown. After fleeing for her life, Robyn has no choice but to join a band of strangers --- misfit kids, each with their own special talent for mischief. Setting out to right the wrongs of Crown's merciless government, they take their outlaw status in stride. But Robyn can't rest until she finds her parents. 

A Sliver of Stardust by Marissa Burt - Fantasy

October 18, 2016

 

Wren Matthews thought she'd outgrown nursery rhymes a long time ago. But that was before she knew that songs of twinkling little stars and four-and-twenty blackbirds were the key to an ancient, hidden magic. Wren's discovery catapults her into a world of buried secrets, strange dreams and a mountain fortress under an aurora-filled sky. But just as she starts to master her unique abilities, her new world begins to crumble around her…and only she can save it.

The Boy Who Knew Everything by Victoria Forester - Fantasy

October 25, 2016


Conrad Harrington III doesn't want to be a super genius; he just wants to live a normal life. But with Conrad's father the newly-elected President of the United States, he knows being normal isn't really an option. When suspicious disasters suddenly start happening all over the globe, his best friend Piper McCloud knows the world needs Conrad's gifts --- and that all of the exceptional children need him to lead them in order to put a stop to it.

Connect the Stars by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague - Fiction

October 25, 2016

 

When 13 year olds Aaron and Audrey meet at a wilderness camp in the desert, they think their quirks are enough to prevent them from ever having friends. But as they trek through the challenging and unforgiving landscape, they learn that they each have what it takes to make the other whole.