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July 2017

Series Updates

July 2017

In our July series update, we have some great additions to our favorite series! First is SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART by Robert Beatty. In the third book in the Serafina series, Serafina must uncover the truth about what has happened to her and the Biltmore Estate and find a way to harness her strange new powers before it's too late. Next is THE ZODIAC LEGACY #3: The Age of Bronze written by Stuart Moore and illustrated by Paolo Henrique. The next part of the Zodiac Legacy follows Steven Lee and his teammates as they fight against Maxwell, the head of the Vanguard organization, and the army of robots he sent after them! And finally, we have KATANA AT SUPER HERO HIGH by Lisa Yee. In the fourth addition to the DC Super Hero Girls series, a mysterious force gives Katana the responsiblity of guarding a hundred ancient Samurai swords, and now Katana must use the help of her super classmates to find out why she was chosen and for what reason.

Molly's Story: A Dog's Purpose Novel by W. Bruce Cameron - Fiction

July 3, 2017

 

Molly knows that her purpose is to take care of her girl, C.J., but it won’t be easy. Neglected by her mother, Gloria, who won’t allow her to have a dog, C.J. is going through some tough times. Molly’s job is to stay hidden in C.J.’s room, cuddle up to her at night, and protect her from bad people. And no matter what Gloria does to separate them, nothing will keep Molly away from the girl that she loves.
Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream by Monica Brown - Fiction

July 3, 2017


It's Halloween --- Lola and Ben's favorite holiday. She loves pumpkins, scary costumes, monsters, and ghosts --- and she likes to scare people, too. But when Lola plays a scary joke on her super best friends, Josh Blot and Bella Benitez, it doesn't go as planned. Can Lola learn from her mistake and still have a happy halloween?

The Friendship Bracelet by Arlene Stewart - Fiction

July 4, 2017


As a class klutz and all-around misfit, Olivia Jones' life is tough enough. Then her best friend Alex reveals that her family is moving all the way to Paris! How is Olivia supposed to face middle school without her BFF? But when Olivia discovers an old friendship bracelet in her mother's drawer, she realizes that it might just be the key to stay connected to Alex, even when they're an entire ocean apart. And with the creation of a new friendship bracelet club, it might even be the key to making new friends too...

Amazon Adventure: How Tiny Fish Are Saving the World's Largest Rainforest (Scientists in the Field Series) Written by Sy Montgomery with photographs by Keith Ellenbogen - Nonfiction

July 4, 2017


Join the award-winning author Sy Montgomery and the photographer Keith Ellenbogen as they traverse the river and rainforest to discover how tiny fish, called piabas, can help preserve the Amazon, its animals, and the rich legacy of its people. Amazon Adventure is an eye-opening --- and ultimately hopeful --- exploration of how humanity’s practices are affecting and shaping not only the Amazon, but our entire environment.

Lights, Camera, Middle School! (Babymouse Tales from the Locker) Written by Jennifer L. Holm with illustrations by Matthew Holm - Graphic Novel

July 4, 2017


For Babymouse, middle school is like a monster movie. You can never be sure who’s a friend and who’s an enemy, and the halls are filled with mean-girl zombies. Instead of brains, the zombies hunger for stuff --- the perfect wedge sandals or the right shade of sparkly lip gloss --- and they expect everyone to be just like them. But Babymouse doesn’t want to fit in --- she wants to stand out! So she joins the film club to write and direct a sweeping cinematic epic. Will making the film of her dreams turn into a nightmare?

Fashion Face-Off (Fashion Academy) by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk - Fiction

July 4, 2017


Mickey Williams is a top student at Fashion Academy of Brooklyn, the premiere school for aspiring designers. So it's no surprise when her teacher selects her to compete in a new competitive fashion TV show. Even better? Her BFF JC is selected too! But with a major prize at stake, the friendly competition turns into a full-on wardrobe war and the fabric starts flying! Can Mickey stop her TV debut from turning into a fashion (and friendship) fiasco?

Katana at Super Hero High (DC Super Hero Girls) by Lisa Yee - Science Fiction

July 4, 2017


Sword-wielding Katana isn’t like most high school students --- but with classmates like Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Supergirl, Super Hero High isn’t like most high schools! In addition to training to be a super hero, Katana also follows the noble warrior traditions of the Samurai. Now a mysterious presence has given her the responsibility of guarding a hundred ancient Samurai swords --- but why her, and for what purpose? With the help of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Ms. Martian, and some of her other super friends, she intends to find out. 

The Zodiac Legacy #3: The Age of Bronze Written by Stuart Moore, created by Stan Lee, with illustrations by Paulo Henrique - Science Fiction

July 11, 2017


It’s a heavy-metal battle royale when Maxwell --- head of the Vanguard organization with the evil powers of the Dragon Zodiac --- sends an army of robots against Steven Lee, the teenaged Tiger, and his team. Using their new and mysterious powers of the ancient Zodiac, Steven and his teammates must work together like never before to defeat the robotic invaders!

Wilf the Mighty Worrier: King of the Jungle (A Wilf the Mighty Worrier Novel) by Georgia Pritchett - Fiction

July 11, 2017


Things Wilf was worried about before: 1. Fish sucking his toes when he goes for a paddle. 2. Garden gnomes coming to life. 3. Losing his 'How to Stop Worrying' leaflet. Things Wilf is worried about now: 1. Alan coming on holiday to Africa with him. 2. Alan raising an army of terrifying animals in his quest for world domination. 3. Being the only person who can stop Alan. As usual. Join Wilf on an animal-tastic jungle adventure, with laughs on every page and exuberant illustrations by the talented Jamie Littler.

The Sands of Shark Island (School Ship Tobermory) by Alexander McCall Smith - Mystery

July 11, 2017


Ben and Fee MacTavish and their schoolmates on board the School Ship Tobermory are headed thousands of miles from their base in Mull to a small island in the Caribbean. They will learn extraordinary details about Captain Macbeth’s past and come face to face with modern-day pirates. The students and crew aboard the Tobermory will have to band together and use their wits to escape harm and overcome the evil pirates.

Pigs Might Fly Written by Nick Abadzis with illustrations by Jerel Dye - Science Fiction

July 11, 2017


All the sensible hogfolk in Pigdom Plains know that if pigs were meant to fly, they’d have been born with wings --- but there’s no convincing Lily Leanchops. The daughter of renowned inventor Hercules Fatchops, Lily has watched her father’s flying machines fail time and time again. Working in secret, Lily is trying to build what her father couldn’t: an aircraft that actually works. And of course, she’s following his example and employing scientific principals alone --- not magic. (Well, a protection spell or two doesn’t count, right?)

The Spider's Curse (The Hidden World of Changers) by H.K. Varian - Fantasy

July 11, 2017


Fiona, Mack, Gabriella, and Darren are Changers, a magical line of shapeshifters that can transform into mythological creatures, from werewolves and selkies to lightning birds and spirit foxes. Mack has abandoned his friends to join their enemy, the Shadow Fox. Gabriella wants to find Mack as soon as possible, but it’s too dangerous. The Changers need magical protection before they confront the Shadow Fox again.

Adventures from the Land of Stories: Queen Red Riding Hood's Guide to Royalty by Chris Colfer - Fantasy

July 11, 2017


From beloved author Chris Colfer comes a magnificent guide for anyone who is either royal, or might one day become royal after narrowly escaping Death by Wolf. Read the pages within for boundless wisdom regarding royal style and advice on how to handle one's subjects. We wish you a long and successful reign (provided you are not an enemy of our kingdom).

Teacher's Pet (Marguerite Henry's Misty Inn) Written by Judy Katschke with illustrations by Serena Geddes - Fiction

July 11, 2017


Willa just started school again and everyone in her class has come up with clever ideas for their back-to-school projects. Even her best friends Lena and Sarah are preparing something different: a Double-Dutch demonstration. At first Willa thinks her father’s fabulous raspberry torte will be perfect, but at the last minute, the raspberries don’t cooperate! Just in the nick of time she realizes the best idea is in her own barnyard: Starbuck! She’ll show her class how to groom him, something she’s an expert at!

Adventures from the Land of Stories: The Mother Goose Diaries by Chris Colfer - Fantasy

July 11, 2017


Mother Goose has had centuries of adventure and finally she's allowing her favorite readers to take a peek at all her secrets. Who else gossiped with Queen Elizabeth I, taught geography to Napoleon, marched for equal rights with Martin Luther King Jr., and served as Andy Warhol's muse?

The Emperor of Mars (Secrets of the Dragon Tomb) by Patrick Samphire - Science Fiction

July 18, 2017


If Edward thought life was going to be easy in Lunae City, he was very, very wrong. The moment he intercepts a thief escaping from Lady Harleston’s town house, he is caught in a terrible scheme that threatens all of Mars. Soon he’s fighting off vicious sea serpents, battling a small army of heavily armored thugs, and trying to unpick an impossible mystery. Edward doesn’t know whom he can trust. Will he make the right choice? Or will his family --- and his entire planet --- fall victim to the treacherous Emperor of Mars?

Vampire Vacation (Tales from the Scaremaster) by B.A. Frade - Horror

July 18, 2017


Best friends Zoe and Mateo are excited for their families' annual winter break vacation together. This year, they're going somewhere new: a ski lodge that promises to give them fun days snowboarding and sledding, and cozy nights with hot cocoa and scary stories around the fireplace. But the last thing they expect is for scary stories to come to life! Enter Tales from the Scaremaster, a mysterious book with a mind of its own that starts writing Zoe and Matt's story. The book weaves a tale of a ski lodge neighbor with a bloodsucking secret

Crushed (Happily Ever Afterlife #2) by Orli Zuravicky - Fantasy

July 25, 2017


Lucy is ready for her next challenge at Limbo Central Middle School: joining a club. Or actually, forming one. Lucy and her best friend Cecily were awesome ballet dancers in life, so obviously they can start a Dance Club in the afterlife! Not according to Georgia Sinclaire. The head of the Cheerleading squad wants to forbid cheerleaders from even trying out for Lucy and Cecily's club.

The Haunted Dinosaur: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure (Creepella von Cacklefur #9) by Geronimo Stilton - Horror

July 25, 2017


A terrible haunted dinosaur is wreaking havoc throughout Mysterious Valley! He's scattering bones and leaving destruction in his wake. Creepella steps up to the task of taming this creature --- and brings Geronimo along for the adventure!

Ghostcoming! (Happily Ever Afterlife #1) by Orli Zuravicky - Fantasy

July 25, 2017


Lucy has just joined the afterlife, and as a brand-new ghost she's mostly see-through, not able to stand or sit normally, stuck in the ballet clothes she was wearing before she crossed over...and stuck in middle school. Can't a ghost get a break? But then the cutest (ghost) boy she's ever seen turns out to be her very own guide to school, and things start looking brighter. Maybe she's not quite solid yet, but Lucy is definitely going to make this the best afterlife ever!

The Force Oversleeps (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #5) by Jarrett J. Krosoczka - Science Fiction

July 25, 2017


Victor Starspeeder is back at Jedi Academy for year two, but it's not going the way he'd planned. He was thrilled about Drama Club and hoped to get the lead in this year's musical...But a new kid got the role! What gives?! Plus, he keeps oversleeping and getting to class late...Worst of all, his big sister Christina is getting ready to graduate from Jedi Academy, and there are rumors going around that she's a Sith! What's a Padawan to do?

Wandmaker's Apprentice by Ed Masessa - Fantasy

July 25, 2017


Henry Leach the Eighth and his sister, Brianna, have survived a faulty spell, defeated a wicked spellcaster, and saved the world...but their greatest accomplishment might be convincing Grand Wand Master Coralis to take them on as official apprentices. For the first time in centuries, the reclusive Wand Master has opened the doors to his castle and invited a new generation of Wandmakers to learn the secrets of the craft. But danger lurks around every corner in a world of magic, curses, and fantastical beasts. And the greatest threat of all may come from within the Wandmakers' own ranks.

Final Girl #3 (The Kat Sinclair Files) Written by Michelle Schusterman with illustrations by Stephanie Olesh - Horror

July 25, 2017


As Passport to Paranormal sets off for Beijing and Seoul, Kat is ready to take her ghostbusting abroad. She hasn't seen the Thing since Argentina, but weird things have been happening ever since. Kat's handwriting is appearing in strange places and the film crew on P2P gets footage of two Kats. Mi Jin has a theory: it's a doppelganger. But Kat needs a solution, and fast, because whatever the Thing has become, it's lashing out at the people Kat cares about most.

Stick Dog Craves Candy by Tom Watson - Fiction

July 25, 2017


Stick Dog and the gang are on their usual hunt for food, but there is something unusual going on. Little humans are dressed up as creepy witches and spooky ghosts, all carrying big orange buckets! Their search leads them to something unexpected and delicious and sweet --- candy! Once they get a taste, they will stop at nothing to get more. The gang will have to avoid terrifying witches and even escape a creepy haunted house! Will Stick Dog's smarts, courage, and patience be enough to lead his buddies to the best treats ever?

The Monster's Daughter: Book 2 of the Ministry of SUITs by Paul Gamble - Science Fiction

July 25, 2017


There is more trouble in Belfast: odd things are happening at the aquarium, giant crabs are staging jail breaks, and formerly harmless bath bombs are destroying bathrooms left and right. Fortunately, our brave new recruits --- Jack, a curious boy skilled at logical thinking, and Trudy, the most dangerous girl in school --- are on the case. Armed with the best Ministry training (as long as you don't panic everything will be fine) and full access to Ministry supplies (those that weren't ruined in the recent flood), we are confident that they can discover and foil this villainous plot.

Monsters Unleashed by John Kloepfer - Horror

March 20, 2018


Freddie Liddle has a big problem: Monsters. Giant, fire-breathing, electric-shocking, bone-crunching monsters are attacking his town. Even worse, it’s Freddie’s fault. After drawing monsters based on the meanest bullies in his class, Freddie used his school’s 3D printer to make models of them. But the last thing he expected was that the monsters would come to life and keep growing, and GROWING, and GROWING.

Five Elements #2: The Shadow City by Dan Jolley - Fantasy

March 27, 2018


In the past two weeks, Gabe Conway has fought a six-winged dragon, bound himself to the element of fire, and rescued one of his best friends from the twisted parallel dimension known as Arcadia. Now he has to find a way to do something even more impossible: destroy Arcadia forever --- before a sinister cult unleashes its nightmare of death and destruction across San Francisco.

Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Serafina, Book 3) by Robert Beatty - Mystery

May 1, 2018


Something has happened to Serafina. She has awoken into a darkness she does not understand, scarred from a terrible battle, only to find that life at Biltmore Estate has changed in unimaginable ways. Old friends do unthinkable things and enemies seem all around. A mysterious threat moves towards Biltmore, a force without a name, bringing with it violent storms and flooding that stands to uproot everything in its path. Serafina must uncover the truth about what has happened to her and find a way to harness her strange new powers before it's too late.

Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullen - Mystery

June 5, 2018


After a botched escape plan from her boarding school, Abigail is stunned to discover the school is actually a cover for an elite spy ring called The Center, along with being training grounds for future spies. Even more shocking? Abigail’s mother is a top agent for The Center and she has gone MIA, with valuable information that many people would like to have --- at any cost. Along with a former nemesis and charming boy from her grade, Abigail goes through a crash course in Spy Training 101, often with hilarious --- and sometimes painful --- results.

Ghost of a Chance (100 Dresses) by Susan Maupin Schmid - Fantasy

June 26, 2018


Inside an enchanted castle, there’s a closet --- a closet with one hundred magical dresses that only Darling Dimple can wear. Each one disguises her as somebody else. It turns out that Darling needs disguises. A thief is on the loose! Someone is causing an uproar among the servants --- moving things around, stealing clothes from the laundry, and even pocketing Princess Mariposa’s jewels. Then Darling and her friend Roger think they spot a ghost roaming the halls. Could the culprit be a spirit? Can Darling and Roger get to the bottom of it all?

Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh - Horror

June 26, 2018


Harper doesn’t trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family’s new house is haunted. Harper isn’t sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of déjà vu, but she can’t remember why. She knows that the memories she’s blocking will help make sense of her brother’s behavior and the strange and threatening sensations she feels in this house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?

Lights, Camera, Cook! (Next Best Junior Chef) Written by Charise Mericle Harper with illustrations by Aurélie Blard-Quintard - Fiction

July 17, 2018


It's “lights, camera, cook!” for four tween contestants --- energetic Tate, charming Rae, worldly Caroline, and hyper-competitive Oliver --- who are all about to enter a televised cooking competition. What will the kids cook up? How will they all get along on- and off-camera? Which junior chef will have the grit --- and maybe the grits --- to make it through each challenge? And which junior chef will have to hang their apron up for good?

Wormwood Mire by Judith Rossell - Mystery

August 14, 2018


Eleven-year-old Stella Montgomery has always wondered about her family. What happened to her mother? And could she have a long-lost sister somewhere? Stella’s awful Aunts refuse to tell her anything, and now they have sent her Stella away to the old family home at Wormwood Mire, where she must live with two strange cousins and their governess. But dark secrets slither and skulk within overgrown grounds of the moldering house, and Stella must be brave if she’s to find out who --- or what --- she really is…