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June 2017

Series Updates

June 2017

In this month's series update, we have some great new additions to some of our favorite series! First up, we have THE MISADVENTURES OF MAX CRUMBLY 2: Middle School Mayhem by Rachel Renée Russell. In the second book in the Max Crumbly series, Max is surrounded by three grizzled criminals and only his friend and sidekick Erin can save him from this pickle. Next is John Claude Bemis' the next book in the Out of Abaton series, OUT OF ABATON, BOOK 2: Lord of Monsters, which follows Pinocchio and Lazuli as they fight off a monster set on destroying Abaton. And finally, we have THE FROG PRINCESS RETURNS by E.D. Baker, the next book in the Tales of the Frog Princess series. In this book, Emma has to restore order after the Fairy Queen disappears, leaving Greater Greensward open for very dangerous people to take over.

The Detour of the Elephants (The Boxcar Children Great Adventure) Created by Gertrude Chandler Warner with illustrations by Anthony VanArsdale - Mystery

June 1, 2017

In this all-new very special miniseries, the Aldens have been recruited by a secret society to return lost artifacts and treasures to their rightful locations --- all around the world! The Aldens follow a clue to Beijing, China, where they uncover their next mission --- to return a mysterious clay artifact to its rightful owner. Their journey leads them to a scenic section of the Great Wall, but a thief threatens to ruin their trip and endanger their precious cargo. 

Princess Juniper of Torr by Ammi-Joan Paquette - Fantasy

June 6, 2017

Princess Juniper might have conquered her challenges up in the Hourglass Mountains, but back home in Torr, chaos reigns. The castle has been invaded. Juniper’s father, King Regis, is behind bars. And all his loyal subjects are imprisoned along with him. Juniper and her friends must find a way to rescue their kingdom! But how? With tricks and spies, secrets and lies piling up at every turn, the friends are in more danger than ever. But Juniper won’t let that stop her! As Crown Princess, it’s up to her to lead the way and figure out how to save her home and her father.

The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 2: Middle School Mayhem by Rachel Renée Russell - Graphic Novel

June 6, 2017

When we last left our hero, Max Crumbly, he had crash-landed on top of a Mighty Meat Monster pizza after taking a late night tumble through the vents at South Ridge Middle School --- and he was completely surrounded by three ruthless criminals! Will Max be shredded to bits like mozzarella cheese on the hard and crunchy pizza crust of doom? Can his friend and sidekick, computer whiz Erin, help get him out of this sticky situation alive?

Heidi Heckelbeck and the Magic Puppy Written by Wanda Coven with illustrations by Priscilla Burris - Fiction

June 6, 2017

When Heidi stumbles across a lost puppy at the park, she promises to find the cute critter’s family. Along with Bruce and Lucy, Heidi tries her hardest to solve this mystery. They check the local dog park, visit the vet’s office, and even hang up Found Puppy posters, but they can’t find the owners anywhere. So Heidi decides to use just a teensy-weensy pinch of magic that sets off a mega-gigantic case of magic puppy trouble. Maybe this is why witches only have cats for pets?

Out of Abaton, Book 2 Lord of Monsters by John Claude Bemis - Fantasy

June 6, 2017

With royal banquets, a regal wardrobe and a whole new set of rules, Pinocchio has a lot to adjust to in his new life as prester alongside Princess Lazuli. But before they can get comfortable, they are interrupted by an unwelcome guest --- a monster! And this isn't just any monster; it's a beast that was imprisoned centuries earlier. Desperate to locate the prison and make sure none of its other monsters were able to escape, Lazuli, Pinocchio and their Celestial Brigade set out to save Abaton. But when Pinocchio tries to use his powers, they have an unintended effect: he is turning back into a wooden automa. And if he's not careful, he may lose his human form forever.

The Book of Shadows by Ruth Hatfield - Fiction

June 6, 2017

Danny's cousin Tom has been killed --- and forgotten. All memories of Tom have been erased, as though he had never existed. For a while, there is peace. Until Danny remembers. Determined to restore what has been lost, Danny seeks out Cath, living far from civilization. But other troubles loom.

The Rogue World by Matthew J. Kirby - Science Fiction

June 6, 2017

After the shattering new discoveries they made in Egypt, Eleanor and her mother, Samantha, have been separated: Samantha working with the sinister Dr. Watkins to ensure the survival of only a small number of humans, and Eleanor and her friends uniting in the desperate hope of saving the entire planet. 

Danger is Totally Everywhere: School of Danger Written by David O'Doherty with illustrations by Chris Judge. - Fiction

June 6, 2017

In this third wacky handbook about how to avoid danger of every kind --- from vampiric teachers to haunted books --- Dr. Noel Zone joins the teaching staff of the local school after a small mishap involving his Danger Mobile (a shopping cart). But any POD (Pupil of Dangerology) knows that schools are full of danger in the classrooms, in the lunchroom and most definitely in the gymnasium. 

Legendtopia Book #2: The Shadow Queen by Lee Bacon - Fantasy

June 13, 2017

Kara and her royal BFF, Prince Fred, are on the most important mission of their lives. Kara’s long-lost dad is trapped in the magical kingdom of Heldstone --- and the two friends are on an epic quest to rescue him. It won’t be easy. Heldstone is bustling with parades and parties in preparation for the Luminary Ball, an incredible celebration of the royal family. But not everyone is in the mood to celebrate

The Giant's Seat (The Extraordinary Journeys of Clockwork Charlie) by Dave Butler - Fantasy

June 13, 2017

Charlie lived a quiet life --- until his father was suddenly kidnapped by the Iron Cog. In the midst of searching for his father, Charlie discovered the shocking truth about himself: he is one of his father’s inventions --- a living clockwork boy! Now separated from his friends, Charlie finds himself in the service of a very tough company of dwarves, who view him only as a machine --- that is, until a heroic act makes them his closest allies. Soon Charlie must rescue his friends and face the Iron Cog head-on.

A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting #1 Written by Joe Ballarini with illustrations by Vivienne To. - Horror

June 20, 2017

When Kelly Ferguson’s Halloween plans switch from party-going to babysitting, and Baby Jacob gets kidnapped by the Boogeyman’s minions, Kelly learns there’s a whole lot more to childcare than free snacks and Netflix. Now, with the help of an ancient handbook and a secret society of butt-kicking babysitters, Kelly sets out to destroy the Boogeyman before he brings Jacob’s nightmares to life. But when the trail leads to her school’s big Halloween bash, Kelly will have to prove she can save the world --- without totally embarrassing herself in front of her friends.

Ghost Attack (Monster Itch #1) by David Lubar - Fantasy

June 27, 2017

When Alex and his cousin Sarah are visiting their grandparents, Alex gets terrible red, itchy hives. Yikes! He's allergic to a ghost! Even worse, the ghost won't leave him alone --- he wants Alex and Sarah's help. Can they solve the ghost's mystery and get rid of Alex's awful rash before it ruins everything?

Attack of the Jack (Goosebumps SlappyWorld #2) by R. L. Stine - Horror

June 27, 2017

Devin and his sister Violet are visiting their Uncle Jack for the summer. He lives in an old house by the seashore. Jack was a sailor and he has collected strange and fascinating items from the sea. Exploring a back room, Devin and Violet discover a locked trunk. A pirate's chest. The trunk is wrapped in old, heavy chains and locked with a huge rusted lock. But they manage to get it open. They lift the lid slowly --- and see that it's filled with antique jack-in-the-boxes. Huh?

Battle for Amphibopolis, The (Nnewts #3) by Doug TenNapel - Fantasy

June 27, 2017

In the final, epic installment of the Nnewts trilogy, the fate of all Nnewts hangs in the balance! Herk, falling under the influence of Blakk Mudd, is slowly turning into a Lizzark and abandoning his Nnewt friends. Herk's siblings, Sissy and Zerk, have been corrupted by evil and the Lizzark army is still threatening Amphibopolis with total destruction. Now the Nnewts need a true hero to step up and save the day before it's too late!

The High Note (Girl vs Boy Band 2) by Harmony Jones - Fiction

June 27, 2017

A few months after winning her school's talent show with her original song Homesick, eighth-grader Lark's star is on the rise. Not only did she impress her classmates, but now she's making waves on YouTube, thanks to her friend Mimi uploading a video of Lark's singing. A record executive is interested in signing Lark to his label, which infuriates Lark's mom, who runs her own record label. Meanwhile, Lark's friends in the British boy band Abbey Road are still trying to make it big in the U. S. As they're being primed for fame, Lark worries that she's losing touch with her new friends...

Operation: Secret Recipe (Geronimo Stilton #66) by Geronimo Stilton - Mystery

June 27, 2017

My family and I traveled to Milan, Italy, for a special event: the unveiling of the precious ancient parchment containing the secret, original recipe for panettone, a traditional sweet holiday bread. But right before the big moment, the recipe was stolen! And the thief was masquerading! Could I catch the thief and clear my name?

Hamstersaurus Rex vs. Squirrel Kong Written by Tom O'Donnell with illustrations by Tim Miller. - Youth Fiction

June 27, 2017

Sam and Hammie Rex discover a terrifying giant squirrel hiding in the woods behind Horace Hotwater Middle School. But nobody else believes Squirrel Kong is real. Then Hammie Rex takes the blame for Squirrel Kong’s destructive rampages, and the principal threatens to send him away to home for dangerous, troubled small pets. To save his hamster friend, can Sam prove that Squirrel Kong is the true menace?

The Secret Grave: A Hauntings Novel by Lois Ruby - Horror

June 27, 2017

Hannah and Scooter's sprawling, ramshackle house is named for the lethal plant that grows in the dark woods behind it. Hannah knows she's not supposed to explore the forest or nearby Moonlight Lake. But she's feeling lonely and desperate for an adventure. And there Hannah meets Cady, a mysterious girl who promises everything Hannah's been missing. Only Cady has a secret: Cady wants Hannah all to herself.

Bravelands #1: Broken Pride by Erin Hunter - Fiction

February 6, 2018

For generations, the animals of the African plains have followed a single rule: only kill to survive. But when an unthinkable act of betrayal shatters the peace, the fragile balance between predators and prey will rest in the paws of three unlikely heroes.
Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive! Written by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson with illustrations by Lisa K. Weber. - Science

May 22, 2018

Did you know that there is a fungus that can control the mind of an ant and make it do its bidding? Would you believe there is such a thing as a corpse flower --- a 10-foot-tall plant with a blossom that smells like a zombie? How about a species of octopus that doesn’t live in water but rather lurks in trees in the Pacific Northwest? Every story in this book is strange and astounding. But not all of them are real. Can you guess which? Amaze yourself and trick your friends as you sort out the fakes from the facts!

Tournament of Champions Written by Phil Bildner with illustrations by Tim Probert. - Fiction

May 29, 2018

It's spring of their fifth-grade year and Rip and Red have a thrilling opportunity to participate in a weekend basketball tournament with a few other members of Clifton United. While the tournament is only a short bus ride away, both boys will travel outside their comfort zones. 

The Frog Princess Returns (Tales of the Frog Princess) by E. D. Baker - Fantasy

June 5, 2018

Two weeks after Emma's birthday, Prince Eadric --- having been turned from a frog into a human again --- is still in Greater Greensward. One day, a beautiful princess named Adara arrives at the castle in Greater Greensward for a visit, claiming to be Emma's distant cousin. But Adara has other motives that threaten Emma and Eadric's blossoming romance. Meanwhile, something is very wrong in Greater Greensward. Crops are dying, streams are drying up and large sections of trees in the enchanted forest are withering --- all because the Fairy Queen has disappeared.

The Silver Moon of Summer by Leila Howland - Fiction

June 5, 2018

This summer, the town of Pruet is turning 300, and a huge celebration is planned. On their first night back east, the girls make a promise not to fight with each other, ensuring that this will be the best summer yet. It shouldn’t be too hard. Each sister, after all, has her own focus during the visit. 

The Door Before (100 Cupboards Prequel) by N. D. Wilson - Fantasy

June 12, 2018

Hyacinth Smith can see things that others miss, stop attack dogs from attacking and grow trees where no trees have grown before. But she’s never had a real home. When her father tells them they’ve inherited a house from their great-aunt, Hyacinth sees trouble brewing. Their great-aunt has been playing with forces beyond her control, using her lightning-tree forest to create doors to other worlds. When one door opens, two boys tumble through...

Keeper of Myths by Jasmine Richards - Science Fiction

June 12, 2018

Ever since Buzz and his friend Mary returned from their quest to save the Runes of Valhalla, Buzz has been wishing something more exciting would happen in his sleepy town of Crowmarsh. Buzz’s wish is about to come true. Strange people are arriving in Crowmarsh, and it turns out that these visitors aren’t people at all --- they’re mythological gods! They’ve come to kidnap Buzz’s best friend, Sam, whose newfound power makes him the key to granting the wishes of the gods.

Nate the Great and the Missing Birthday Snake Written by Andrew Sharmat and Marjorie Sharmat with illustrations by Marjorie Sharmat - Mystery

June 19, 2018

Rosamond is having a birthday party for her cousin Lizzy! Nate the Great and his dog, Sludge, are invited. So are Lizzy’s four pet snakes. Nate believes that a good detective knows his limits. Nate does not want to go to a birthday party filled with dangerous, slimy guests. But when one of these “guests” goes missing, Nate and Sludge must face their fears to save the day!

Maya's Story (Backyard Witch) Written by Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge with illustrations by Deborah Marcero. - Fantasy & Magic

June 26, 2018

Maya has been preparing for the school spelling bee F-O-R-E-V-E-R. She spells every unusual word she hears, and even enlists her best friends, Sadie and Jess, to help her practice. But on the day of the bee, something terrible happens --- Maya loses. To Sadie. Enter Ms. M, who is substituting for the school librarian. Ms. M always knows just how to make everyone feel better...but she also always brings a little mischief. This time it involves a library poltergeist and an imaginary chicken!

Binny Bewitched Written by Hilary McKay with illustrations by Tony Ross - Fiction

June 26, 2018

Binny Cornwallis is not a thief. Or is she? In one greedy moment, she snatches some bills left behind at an ATM. After all it’s her mother’s birthday, and just think of what she could do with some cash in her never-quite-enough-money household. But of course she has to hide the money --- she can’t explain it. And in her tiny house, every hiding place is in danger of discovery. After a few tries, Binny does hide it. And she hides it so well she can’t find it again, even after she decides she wants to give it back!