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August 2017

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August 2017

Dinosaur Empire! (Earth Before Us #1): Journey through the Mesozoic Era by Abby Howard - History

August 1, 2017


Ronnie is just a normal fifth-grader trying to pass her science class’s impossible quiz on the history of dinosaurs...until she happens upon her neighbor --- Ms. Lernin --- a retired paleontologist. With the assistance of Science Magic, Ronnie and Ms. Lernin travel back through time and space to experience the Mesozoic Era firsthand. They visit three important time periods in the development of the Mesozoic Era: the Triassic, the Jurassic, and the Cretaceous. Along the way, Ronnie finds herself face-to-face with real-life dinosaurs and reptiles, like stegosauruses, velociraptors, and thalattosaurs. 

Baseball: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #29: A Big Day for Baseball Written by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce and illustrated by Carlo Molinari - Children's Nonfiction

August 1, 2017


When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in MAGIC TREE HOUSE #29: A BIG DAY FOR BASEBALL, they had lots of questions. When was baseball invented? What are the rules? Who was Jackie Robinson? Who are some other baseball greats? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts about America’s national pastime. 

Ruby Starr by Deborah Lytton - Children's Fiction

August 1, 2017


Ruby Starr has always loved books. She loves them so much that she started a lunchtime book club called The Unicorns. But then one dark and stormy night (okay it was the morning of a sunny day) Charlotte, a new student comes to town. Charlotte wants to turn the book club into a drama club, and she's spending a lot of time with Ruby's best friend. Ruby's going to have to use her imagination and love of reading to solve this big problem before she loses her school friends and her book friends for good.

The Imagination Box: Beyond Infinity by Martyn Ford - Science Fiction

August 1, 2017


Timothy Hart is getting used to the good life with his new Imagination Box. Anything he can imagine, he can create! There’s only one rule: the Box must not leave Tim’s room at the hotel where he lives. But Tim has never been good at following rules. Tim is feeling pretty good... Until he notices the strange people following him, and then chasing him, and then his beloved Imagination Box being ripped from his hands. He’ll need the help of a Top-Secret Scientific Institution if he’s going to save the Imagination Box from corruption of the worst possible kind.

The Shackleton Sabotage (The Boxcar Children Great Adventure) by Gertrude Chandler Warner and Anthony VanArsdale - Fiction

August 1, 2017


The Aldens chart a course for Sydney, Australia, and as the children tour the famed Sydney Opera House, their next puzzle falls right into their laps. They need to find the rightful owner of a rare Australian coin. The Aldens find the coin's owner, but a saboteur is hot on their heels. Next up the Aldens travel to frigid Antarctica, where they need to return an artifact to the hut Shackleton used on his expeditions to the South Pole. The trip is a success, but when the Aldens return, they learn the identity of the person who has been trying to ruin their plans. Will the saboteur keep them from returning the seventh and final artifact?

Atticus Claw Hears a Roar by Jennifer Gray - Fiction

August 7, 2017


Everyone's favorite cat detective is back! Atticus finds a mysterious case in the attic. Inside is a book leading to the treasure of the lost jaguar gods. Get ready for a fun-filled jungle adventure with the Cheddar family.

The Professor and the Puzzle (Nancy Drew Diaries) by Carolyn Keene - Mystery

August 8, 2017


Nancy, Bess, and George are excited to attend Oracle College’s annual Greek mythology themed gala. But the festive sprit turns troubled when a student falls from the balcony mid-speech. Nancy’s investigations quickly reveal this was a case of collegiate sabotage. Can she find the campus menace before someone else gets hurt?

The Forever Court by Dave Rudden - Fantasy

August 8, 2017


The door between our world and the world of the dark has been blasted open. Now the Knights must face the court of the Endless King. Denizen finally feels like a true Knight, and the court has requested a meeting to thank him for saving the King’s daughter. When the Knights encounter the members of the Forever Court, the meeting almost immediately dissolves into a battle. There is another order of people who can communicate with the monsters of the dark. A family who worship the dark. And they will stop at nothing to bring the shadows back to power.

Adolf Hitler (History's Worst) by James Buckley, Jr. - Biography

August 15, 2017


On a list of the worst people ever, Adolf Hitler is certainly at or near the top. Born the son of a low-ranking government official, no one would have predicted that the young Adolf would grow up and become the leader of millions of Germans as well as one of the most despised figures of the twentieth century. When Hitler entered politics, he found himself surrounded by people who agreed with him. Who would listen to his rants and would happily follow his every decree and cheer his every word. But why did people let him do that? Why did they follow him? And what made Adolf Hitler so popular?

Jack the Ripper (History's Worst) by Michael Burgan - Nonfiction

August 15, 2017


In 1888, London was terrorized by a mysterious man with a knife. Between the end of August and beginning of November, this man committed five known murders --- possibly more. Then, just as suddenly as they started, the killings stopped. Dubbed “Jack the Ripper” by the press, he slipped through the dark, foggy streets of London’s Whitchapel district, targeting women and leaving no witnesses and no clues as to his identity. The police were stumped. The press went wild. But no one could find Jack the Ripper.

The Wild Ones: Great Escape by C. Alexander London - Fantasy

August 15, 2017


The wild animals of Ankle Snap Alley have been disappearing, and Kit knows exactly why: The People are animal-napping them and taking them to the zoo! Not only that, but they are at the very same zoo where Kit's mother is being held captive. So Kit decides to round up the Moonlight Brigade and lead the charge to set the Wild Ones free. But this rescue mission might be his most difficult one yet. The Flealess and some of the zoo animals have teamed up against Kit --- and the Rat King brings warnings of coming danger!

Who Was Alexander Hamilton? Written by Pamela Pollack and Meg Belviso with illustrations by Dede Putra - Biography

August 22, 2017


Born in the British West Indies and orphaned as a child, Alexander Hamilton made his way to the American Colonies and studied to become a lawyer. He joined a local militia during the American Revolution, rose to the rank of Major General, and became the chief aide to General George Washington. After the war, he became the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. The end of his life became a national scandal when he was shot and killed in a duel with then-Vice President Aaron Burr.

Beast & Crown by Joel Ross - Fantasy

August 22, 2017


Boot boy Ji is tired of scrubbing soles and untangling shoelaces. He doesn’t want to bow and scrape. All he wants is freedom --- for himself and his friends. He decides to risk everything for a chance to accompany a young nobleman to the Diadem Rite, a magical ritual that chooses the heir to the Summer Crown. Ji doesn’t care about crowns or ceremonies, but he vows that this trip will grant him and his friends new lives, far away from boots and bowing. What Ji doesn’t know is that he and his friends have a dangerous part to play in the Diadem Rite. One that will change them forever.

The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy by M. A. Larson - Fantasy

August 22, 2017


Evie and Maggie are still enjoying the glow of their victory as they travel into the forest on their coach. But the happiest day of Evie's life is suddenly turned upside-down when they're ambushed by witches. They dash back to the Academy, only to learn that the witches have been attacking every coach that tries to leave. With their supplies nearly depleted, the Academy surrounded by witches, and new dangers looming outside the castle walls, Evie must devise a plan to save her friends and clear a path for the princesses and knights to escape.

Wedgie & Gizmo Written by Suzanne Selfors and illustrated by Barbara Fisinger - Humor

August 22, 2017


When a bouncy, barky dog and an evil genius guinea pig move into the same house, the laughs are nonstop! Wedgie is so excited, he can’t stop barking. He LOVES having new siblings and friends to protect. He LOVES guinea pigs like Gizmo! He also LOVES treats! But Gizmo does not want to share his loyal human servant with a rump-sniffing beast! He does not want to live in a pink Barbie Playhouse. Or to be kissed and hugged by the girl human. Gizmo is an evil genius. He wants to take over the world and make all humans feel his wrath. But first he must destroy his archenemy, Wedgie, once and for all!

The Demons' Door: A Haunted Mystery by Chris Grabenstein - Horror

August 22, 2017


Zack is staying at the Hanging Hill summer theater, a place where he and his family hope to recover from the fiery fallout of Zack’s last ghostly encounter. The theater is all set to stage Zack’s stepmother’s play…or so they think. What Zack doesn’t know is that the director has another show in mind, and that production requires a child born under a full moon. A child who will not survive opening night. And Zack? He was born under a full moon. Zack has battled evil spirits before, but this time he’ll learn that just because it’s a playhouse doesn’t mean that the ghosts are playing.

The Friendship Code: Girls Who Code, Book 1 by Stacia Deutsch and Reshma Saujani - Fiction

August 22, 2017


Loops, variables, input/output --- Lucy can’t wait to get started with the new coding club at school. Finally, an after school activity that she’s really interested in. But Lucy’s excitement turns to disappointment when she’s put into a work group with girls she barely knows. All she wanted to do was make an app that she believes will help someone very special to her. Suddenly, Lucy begins to get cryptic coding messages and needs some help translating them. She soon discovers that coding --- and friendship --- takes time, dedication, and some laughs!

No Way Out (Shadow House, Book 3) by Dan Poblocki - Horror

August 29, 2017


Poppy, Dash, Azumi, and Dylan may have made it out of Shadow House --- but the grounds are a whole new nightmare. Someone they thought was a friend is hunting them, and there's no place that's safe now that they've woken the shadow creature. If they want to survive, they'll have to figure out once and for all what the house wants from them, and what-or who-they'll need to leave behind in order to escape...or risk being trapped within Shadow House forever.

The Bad Guys in Attack of the Zittens (The Bad Guys #4) by Aaron Blabey - Humor

August 29, 2017


It's a zombie kitten apocalypse! Can the Bad Guys save the world from evil Dr. Marmalade's meowing monsters?!? They'll need help from foxy Agent Fox, a swampy secret zombie antidote, and the feistiest, toothiest, hungriest granny around. Get ready to watch the fur fly!

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 by Lauren Tarshis - Historical Fiction

August 29, 2017


The battlefield was soaked in blood. Screams of injured soldiers rang through the air. Eleven-year-old Nathaniel Knox knelt behind a rock, his gun clutched in his shaking hands. Nate had been heading to New York City to find his father. But now he was trapped in a terrible gunfight between American and British troops.This Revolutionary War had started as a thrilling fight for freedom. The 13 American colonies were breaking apart from England, away from King George III. The colonies would band together to become a brand-new country: The United States of America!

Ada Lace Sees Red (An Ada Lace Adventure) Written by Emily Calandrelli with contributions by Tamson Weston and illustrations by Renee Kurilla - Mystery

August 29, 2017


Ada Lace is building a new robot! She’s determined to beat Milton in the upcoming robotics competition. But she’s distracted --- Ada finds her dad’s art class impossible, while Nina is the star of the class, basking in the glory of being Mr. Lace’s star pupil. When Mr. Lace suggests that Nina put on an art show, Ada becomes jealous and loses her temper. Now Ada isn’t speaking to her dad, she’s falling behind in art class, and she still doesn’t know how to fix her robot. As the competition looms closer, Ada starts to wonder if there might be a way to use both science and art to solve her problems.

Ada Lace, on the Case (An Ada Lace Adventure) Written by Emily Calandrelli with contributions by Tamson Weston and illustrations by Renee Kurilla - Mystery

August 29, 2017


Ada Lace --- third-grade scientist and inventor extraordinaire --- has discovered something awful: her neighbor’s beloved Yorkie has been dognapped! With the assistance of a quirky neighbor named Nina (who is convinced an alien took the doggie) and her ever-growing collection of gadgets, Ada sets out to find the wrongdoer. As their investigation becomes more and more mysterious, Ada and Nina grow closer, proving that opposites do, in fact, attract.

Guardians of the Gryphon's Claw (A Sam London Adventure) by Todd Gallicano - Action Adventure

August 29, 2017


Haunted by a dream of a mythical gryphon, Sam London uncovers an ancient secret that will change the way he sees the world forever. Recruited by Dr. Vance Vantana, an eccentric zoologist and park ranger sent by the government, Sam is whisked away on an adventure that takes him to the farthest reaches of the globe. Along this journey, Sam learns an incredible truth: mythical creatures are real and living among us in our national parks. But Sam’s dream is an omen that the secret may now be in danger.

Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties (Dog Man #3) by Dav Pilkey - Graphic Novel

August 29, 2017


He was the best of dogs...He was the worst of dogs...It was the age of invention...It was the season of surprise...It was the eve of supa sadness...It was the dawn of hope...Dog Man, hasn't always been a paws-itive addition to the police force. While he can muzzle miscreants, he tends to leave a slick of slobber in his wake! This time, Petey the cat's dragged in a tiny bit of trouble --- a double in the form of a super-cute kitten. Dog Man will have to work twice as hard to bust these furballs and remain top dog!

Science Comics: Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield by Falynn Koch - Science

August 29, 2017

We get to know the critters behind history's worst diseases. We delve into the biology and mechanisms of infections, diseases and immunity, and also the incredible effect that technology and medical science have had on humanity's ability to contain and treat disease.

Big Nate: A Good Old-Fashioned Wedgie by Lincoln Peirce - Graphic Novel

August 29, 2017


Need a way to shut up some snooty kid when he gloats about his private school? Looking for the perfect response when your best friend joins the grammar police? Want a quick and easy way to out-snap even the snappiest comeback? Nate Wright has the answer: a good old-fashioned wedgie! The whole gang from P.S. 38 is back for more hijinks, hilarity, and underwear hoisting in this new collection of Big Nate comics. Can Chad somehow survive on a diet of kale and soy nuts? Are Jenny and Artur EVER going to break up?

Lucy & Andy Neanderthal: The Stone Cold Age (Lucy and Andy Neanderthal) by Jeffrey Brown - Graphic Novel

April 10, 2018


Neanderthal siblings Lucy and Andy are back to their paleo pranks. This time, they have to put up with more than just each other --- the cave is feeling awfully cramped since the humans moved in. They’re in the Ice Age, and legroom comes at a real premium! Jeffrey Brown skillfully blends humor and history with paleontologist sections: Timeline of Key Discoveries, Ice Age Fact vs. Fiction, Silly Cavemen Myths, and more.

Vanished! (Framed!) by James Ponti - Mystery

April 24, 2018


Florian Bates --- the only kid on the FBI Director’s speed dial and several international criminals’ most wanted lists --- must uncover the truth behind a series of middle school pranks that may or may not involve the daughter of the President of the United States in this hilarious second novel in the T.O.A.S.T. Mystery series. Middle school is hard. Solving cases for the FBI is even harder. Doing both at the same time --- well that’s just crazy. But that doesn’t stop Florian Bates!

Paddington Goes to Town by Michael Bond - Fiction

June 26, 2018


Paddington doesn’t intentionally turn his friend’s wedding into an uproar by getting the wedding ring stuck on his paw. Nor does he plan for Mr. Curry to slip on his marmalade sandwich in the middle of an important golf shot. But these sorts of things and more just happen when Paddington goes to town.

Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies by Jonathan Rosen - Horror

July 31, 2018


Twelve-year-old Devin has a problem. His cousin, Tommy, thinks Devin's new neighbor is a warlock...but nobody believes him. But soon strange things start happening. Things like the hot new Christmas toy, the Cuddle Bunny, coming to life. That would be great, because, after all, who doesn't love a cute bunny? But these aren't the kind of bunnies you can cuddle with. These bunnies are dangerous. Devin and Tommy set out to stop the mob of bunnies, but will they have enough time before the whole town of Gravesend is overrun by the cutest little monsters ever?

Bones of the Sun God (Pyramid Hunters) by Peter Vegas - Mystery

July 31, 2018


Sam Force heads to Belize to continue his investigation into his parents’ mysterious disappearance and to learn more about secret of the pyramids. But after being kidnapped by crocodile cultists, will he ever be able to find the answers he’s looking for?

Patrick Griffin's First Birthday on Ith by Ned Rust - Science Fiction

August 7, 2018


After learning Earth is about to be destroyed, 12-year-old Patrick Griffin is on a mission. Under the protection of a powerful griffin, Patrick and his friend Oma travel through abandoned cities on the planet Ith, hiding from the enemy while they work out a plan to overthrow the alternate world's sinister government. Back on Earth, the gigantic jackalope Mr. BunBun and nine adorable numbats race to warn humans about impending doom. But time is running out. The evil Rex Abraham is back on Ith and will stop at nothing to continue his domination of the Three Worlds.

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

August 7, 2018


Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is turning thirteen. Even better, she’s finally starting to get the hang of this princess thing. Just in time, too, since her half-sister, Princess Mia Thermopolis, is expected to give birth to twins any day now! It’s pretty much the worst time possible for a school field trip, but everyone is insisting that Olivia must attend the Royal School Winter Games. Between Grandmère chaperoning, Olivia’s snobby cousin Luisa complaining about her relationship woes and everyone insisting that Olivia has a crush on Prince Khalil, things are quickly turning into a royal mess!

Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World by Reshma Saujani - Nonfiction

August 14, 2018


Since 2012, the organization Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired over 40,000 girls across America. Now its founder, Reshma Saujani, wants to inspire you to be a girl who codes! Bursting with dynamic artwork, down-to-earth explanations of coding principles and real-life stories of girls and women working at places like Pixar and NASA, this graphically animated book shows what a huge role computer science plays in our lives and how much fun it can be. Whether you’re a girl who’s never coded before, a girl who codes, or a parent raising one, this entertaining book will have you itching to create your own apps, games and robots to make the world a better place.

Battlesong: Book Three in the Icebreakers Trilogy by Lian Tanner - Fantasy

August 14, 2018


With her Fletcher papa and twin brother, Nat, she travels West Norn, bringing joy to its downtrodden people through song and story. Proud and defiant, Fetchers have always been hunted by the Devouts for preserving the old ways. So when devious Brother Poosk captures Papa, Gwin must rescue him --- whatever the cost. Meanwhile, the Oyster's crew and the Sunkers lay siege to the Citadel. But without their Sleeping Captain, can they ever win against the ruthless Devouts? Can Petrel, Fin, Sharkey and Rain ever bring light back to such a dark world?

No Rules: A Friday Barnes Mystery Written by R.A. Spratt and illustrated by Phil Gosier - Mystery

August 14, 2018


Friday Barnes has been deported to Switzerland...but we need her back! Highcrest Academy has descended into chaos. Someone's fired all the teachers as an epic prank, and suspicion falls on Ian Wainscott, Friday's nemesis (who's also desperately in love with her). There's also the problem of the new vice principal and his questionable behavior. It's hard to take someone seriously when he's wearing tie-dyed shirts, right? Can Friday prove Ian's innocence, find the prankster, and save her school? If it involves running, then probably not, but otherwise...Friday's on the case!

The Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo! Written by Stephen Bramucci with illustrations by Arree Chung - Action & Adventure

October 2, 2018


Ronald Zupan is a daring master adventurer! But he actually hasn't experienced any grand adventures...until his world-traveling parents are kidnapped on his twelfth birthday. Teaming up with his trusty butler Jeeves, his quick-witted fencing nemesis Julianne Sato and his pet cobra Carter, Ronald sets course for the jungle of Borneo where his parents were last sighted. If they can crash-land a plane and outrun a hungry snow leopard, surely they can find the secret lair of Zeetan Z, the world's most ruthless pirate! But as their adventure becomes more and more dangerous, can Ronald and his companions muster enough courage to see this adventure through?

Patina by Jason Reynolds - Contemporary Fiction

October 23, 2018


Patina, or Patty, runs like a flash. She runs to escape the taunts from the kids at the fancy-schmancy new school she’s been sent to since she and her little sister had to stop living with their mom. She runs from the reason WHY she’s not able to live with her “real” mom any more: her mom has The Sugar, and Patty is terrified that the disease will kill her. But can you ever really run away from any of this? As the stress builds up, it’s building up a pretty bad attitude as well. Coach won’t tolerate bad attitude, and now he wants Patty to run relay…where you have to depend on other people? How’s she going to do THAT?

A Big Day for Baseball Written by Mary Pope Osborne and illustrated by Ag Ford - Historical Fiction

January 8, 2019


Jack and Annie aren’t great baseball players...yet! Then Morgan the librarian gives them magical baseball caps that will make them experts. They just need to wear the caps to a special ballgame in Brooklyn, New York. The magic tree house whisks them back to 1947! When they arrive, Jack and Annie find out that they will be batboys in the game --- not ballplayers. What exactly does Morgan want them to learn? And what’s so special about this game? They only have nine innings to find out!