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May 2017

Series Updates

May 2017

Continue the series you love with our May Series Update! First, we have BILLY SURE KID ENTREPRENEUR AND THE ATTACK OF THE MYSTERIOUS LUNCH MEAT written by Luke Sharpe with illustrations by Graham Ross. In this twelfth installment, Billy must invent something to stop the attack of the evil lunch meat that has been turning his classmates into zombies. Next up, we have Chris Grabenstain's WELCOME TO WONDERLAND #2: Beach Party Surf Monkey, which follows all the chaos as P.T. and Gloria try to convince their favorite celebrities to shoot a movie in the Wonderland motel. Finally, we have THE TRIALS OF APOLLO BOOK TWO: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riodan, in which Apollo embarks on a quest to reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus and save the Oracles after his father, Zeus, turns him into a mortal 16-year-old boy as a punishment.
 
Guts & Glory: The American Revolution by Ben Thompson - Nonfiction

December 31, 1969


From George Washington crossing the icy Delaware, to Molly Pitcher fearlessly firing her cannon, the people of the American Revolution were some of the bravest and most inspiring of all time. Jump into a riot in the streets of Boston, join the Culper Spy Ring as they steal secrets in the dead of night, and watch the signing of the Declaration of Independence in this accessible guide to the birth of the United States.

Spirit Riding Free: The Adventure Begins by Suzanne Selfors - Fiction

May 2, 2017

Twelve-year-old Lucky Prescott craves adventure, but as a young lady of society she’s only been allowed to experience adventure through books. That is, until one fateful day when Lucky, her father, and her aunt leave the city and travel to their new home out west --- the Wild West. SPIRIT RIDING FREE: The Adventure Begins is the story of a girl and a wild horse, equally out of place in a strange, new world, but equally fierce and brave. With each other to lean on, will these two free spirits be able to find their place in the West?
 
Don’t forget to tune-in to the new Netflix original series on May 5th!
Confidentially Yours #6: Vanessa's Design Dilemma by Jo Whittemore - Fiction

May 2, 2017


When middle school style gurus Vanessa Jacobs and Katie Kestler decide to hold a fashion show to introduce their clothing line to the entire town, they’re beyond thrilled to learn that a buyer from a local boutique will be attending. This is their chance to break into the fashion world! But when Vanessa advertises runway model tryouts at school, she encounters a posting that uses the Lincoln Letters advice column to encourage students to guess the identities of the anonymous students who have been writing to the newspaper about their embarrassing problems.

The Berenstain Bears' Show-and-Tell by Mike Berenstain - Fiction

May 2, 2017


It’s that time of year again: show-and-tell day! Sister has to find something extra-cool and fun to take to school for show-and-tell. But Sister is not sure what to bring, especially since show-and-tell is becoming more like show-off time. With Brother’s help, will Sister finds something truly special to bring to class?

5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior Written by Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel with illustrations by Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller and Boya Sun - Fantasy

May 2, 2017


The Five Worlds are on the brink of extinction unless five ancient and mysterious beacons are lit. When war erupts, three unlikely heroes will discover there’s more to themselves than meets the eye...The clumsiest student at the Sand Dancer Academy, Oona Lee is a fighter with a destiny bigger than she could ever imagine. A boy from the poorest slums, An Tzu has a surprising gift and a knack for getting out of sticky situations. 

 
  
Marty Pants #1: Do Not Open! by Mark Parisi - Fiction

May 2, 2017


Marty Pants is different from your typical middle schooler. He has the soul of an artist, and as an artist, he notices things --- the kinds of things other kids don’t seem to see. So when Marty discovers a plot on his teacher’s computer to take over the world, Marty knows this is a danger he can’t just ignore. But no one, not his best friends Parker and Roongrat or his mother, father, sister, arch-enemy, Simon, or Chief of Police Pickels, believes him. So, it’s up to Marty to save the world --- his way.

The Fallen Star: The Nocturnals Book 3 Written by Tracey Hecht with illustrations by Kate Liebman - Mystery

May 2, 2017


In THE FALLEN STAR, Dawn, Tobin, and Bismark awaken one evening to a disaster: all of the forest's pomelos have been mysteriously poisoned! As the Nocturnal Brigade sets out to investigate, they encounter Iris, a mysterious aye-aye, who claims monsters from the moon are to blame. While the three heroes suspect a more earthly explanation, the animals of the valley are all falling ill. And then Tobin gets sick, too! The Nocturnal Brigade must race to find answers, and the cure, before the pomelo blight threatens to harm them all.

Bigfoot (Behind the Legend) Written by Erin Peabody with illustrations by Victor Rivas - Science

May 2, 2017


Behind the Legend looks at creatures and monsters throughout history and analyzes them through a scientific, mythbusting lens, debating whether or not the sightings and evidence provided are adequate proof of their existence. In Bigfoot, readers learn about all the sightings and proof of it, from the famous photograph and video to footprints and other evidence. It also discusses additional history about the monster, such as how Bigfoot became a major figure in popular culture, and how other versions of the creature (such as the Yeti) have been seen around the world. 

The Whispers in the Walls by Sophie Cleverly - Historical Fiction

May 2, 2017


At the bidding of their cold-hearted stepmother, twin sisters Scarlet and Ivy are sentenced to board for a year at Rookwood School. The headmaster is cruel, the hallways are drafty and there seems to be a thief afoot. When the finger of suspicion is pointed at Scarlet, she'll do whatever it takes to clear her name --- including some late-night detective work. But in the darkness of Rookwood, mysteries of the past come to light. The walls are talking of secrets past, and it's up to Scarlet and Ivy to listen to their story...

Quest for the Golden Arrow (Time Stoppers) by Carrie Jones - Fantasy

May 2, 2017


Annie is no longer a Nobody --- she's a Time Stopper, one of the last humans who can control time. Now, she's found a home in the enchanted town of Aurora alongside all sorts of mystical creatures alongside, and made three best friends in Eva the dwarf, Bloom the last elf, and Jamie, who might be a troll. Then Annie discovers that the wicked Raiff has kidnapped her beloved new guardian. To save her, Annie must win the trust of a riddle-loving dragon and search for a magical bow and arrow. But as Annie and her friends embark on this mission, she learns some shocking secrets about her past.

From Percy Jackson: Camp Half-Blood Confidential (An Official Rick Riordan Companion Book): Your Real Guide to the Demigod Training Camp (Trials of Apollo) by Rick Riordan - Fantasy

May 2, 2017


In response to an awful camp orientation video created by the god Apollo, Percy Jackson and other residents of Camp Half-Blood answer such questions as "What is this place?" and "Do I get to keep the T-shirt?" Newbies can check out the section on the Divine Cabins, read up on Magical Landmarks, and consult the chapter of Training Arenas. But CAMP HALF-BLOOD CONFIDENTIAL explores much more than just the buildings and grounds. It includes info that can only be learned from those who live there. 

An Elephant & Piggie Biggie! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems - Fiction

May 2, 2017


Mo Willems, a #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, celebrates ten years of Elephant & Piggie in this special bind-up collection: TODAY I WILL FLY!; WATCH ME THROW A BALL; CAN I PLAY TOO?; the award-winning LET'S GO FOR A DRIVE!; and I REALLY LIKE SLOP!

Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! The Good for Nothing Button by Mo Willems and Charise Mericle Harper - Fiction

May 2, 2017


Yellow Bird has a button. It does...nothing! It is a good for nothing button. Red Bird and Blue Bird are excited to try the button. But when they press it, they discover that the button makes them happy. Happy is something! A flabbergasted Yellow Bird insists the button does nothing. But it sure does seem to be making him mad. Mad is something! The hilarious debate that follows takes readers on an emotional roller coaster that pokes at the power of imaginative play.

Project (Un)Popular Book #2: Totally Crushed by Kristen Tracy - Fiction

May 9, 2017


Perry can’t figure out what she’s doing wrong. Her best friend, Venice, has a boyfriend, making her feel totally left out --- especially when Venice doesn’t seem to have time for Perry or her problems. Yearbook has gotten a little bit better, but Anya is still out to get her, and instead of getting to work on something fun, Perry’s stuck covering the “What’s Hot” section. Even her attempt to help the geeks is backfiring. And when her older sister takes one of the biggest dorks at school under her wing, Perry feels completely betrayed.

Bodyguard: Ransom, Book 4 by Chris Bradford - Fiction

May 9, 2017


Connor Reeves and the the twin daughters of an Australian media-mogul he is tasked to protect are under attack --- and the odds are far from even. In the middle of the ocean somewhere off the coast of Somalia, a group of merciless pirates, wielding enormous firepower, hijack the twins' yacht and incapacitate the ship's adult crewmembers. Yet the pirates are out for money rather than blood, and seeing a golden opportunity, they demand a multi-million-dollar ransom in exchange for returning the twins to safety. But there's a flaw in their plan. They didn't count on Connor being aboard.

Gabby Garcia's Ultimate Playbook by Iva-Marie Palmer - Fiction

May 9, 2017


If life were a baseball game, all-star pitcher Gabby Garcia would be having her Best. Season. EVER! Until she’s suddenly sent to another school and her winning streak is about to disappear --- both on and off the field. But Gabby never gives up! She has a PLAN to keep her champion status intact, and every step of is written out --- PLAY by PLAY. How could it not work?

Hamster Princess: Giant Trouble by Ursula Vernon - Fantasy

May 9, 2017


Princess Harriet Hamsterbone doesn't go looking for trouble. She prefers to think of it as looking for adventure. But when she climbs to the top of an enormous beanstalk and sneaks into the castle at the top, Harriet finds plenty of both. The castle is home to one very poetically challenged giant rabbit with two unusual prisoners --- a girl who is half harp, half hamster, and an extremely large goose. This calls for a heroic rescue, and Harriet is just the hamster for the job.

Hang Ten for Dear Life! (In Due Time) by Nicholas O. Time - Science Fiction

May 9, 2017


When class clown, Kai Mori, gets an opportunity to travel back in time, he’s ready to make a big splash! He and his crush, Maria, dive straight into turn-of-the-century Hawaii to meet Kai’s great-great-aunt Akemi, his first relative to emigrate from Japan. But when bad guy, Tim Raveltere, follows them through time, it’s up to Kai to use his quick wit for more than just making Maria laugh. Will Kai save the day or will his great plans bellyflop as badly as his comedy routines? Join Kai and Maria in the latest wacky time travel adventure from Sands Middle School!

Knock About with the Fitzgerald-Trouts Written by Esta Spalding with illustrations by Sydney Smith - Fiction

May 9, 2017


Welcome to the further adventures of the plucky Fitzgerald-Trout siblings, who live on a tropical island where the grown-ups are useless, but the kids can drive. In this second installment, the delightfully self-reliant siblings continue their search for a home. This time, their pursuit will bring them face-to-face with a flood, illegal carnivorous plants, and the chance to win an extraordinary prize at a carnival. Will they finally find a place to call home?

Mark of the Plague by Kevin Sands - Historical Fantasy

May 9, 2017


The Black Death has returned to London, spreading disease and fear through town. A mysterious prophet predicts the city’s ultimate doom --- until an unknown apothecary arrives with a cure that actually works. Christopher’s Blackthorn shop is chosen to prepare the remedy. But when an assassin threatens the apothecary’s life, Christopher and his faithful friend Tom are back to hunting down the truth, risking their lives to untangle the heart of a dark conspiracy. And as the sickness strikes close to home, the stakes are higher than ever before…

Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur and the Attack of the Mysterious Lunch Meat Written by Luke Sharpe with illustrations by Graham Ross. - Fiction

May 9, 2017


There’s something mysterious oozing its way down the Fillmore Middle School cafeteria, and yup --- it’s more mysterious than normal! There’s a new lunch lady in charge, and her menu is so terrible it can’t be solved with a sprinkle of Gross-to-Good Powder. But there’s something even worse than disgusting school lunch happening. Everyone who eats the new food turns into a zombie! First Petula Brown, then Peter MacHale, then --- oh no, Manny? Billy’s got to invent something to stop the attack of the evil lunch meat, but could this be a food fight that Sure Things, Inc. can’t win?

Breakout! (Camp Rolling Hills #3) by Stacy Davidowitz - Fiction

May 9, 2017


It’s the end of the summer, which means one thing: Color War time! Color War is the event of the summer, a massive camp-wide competition. The camp is divided into two teams, Blue and White, with upper campers vying for the envied spot of lieutenant, a team leader position. Jenny assumes she’s got lieutenant in the bag, being a “popular girl” and all. And Play Dough sure hopes he does too --- members of his family have been White team lieutenants for generations! But when assignments are announced, both are in for a surprise.

Disaster Diaries: Robots! by R. McGeddon - Science Fiction

May 23, 2017


Sam, Arty and Emmie get more than they bargained for when Arty creates CHARLES for the school science fair. CHARLES is meant to be a helpful, chore-completing robot, but when he malfunctions, he proves to be a maniacal droid bent on destruction --- all in the name of ‘tidying up’ the town of Sitting Duck for good. When CHARLES raises his robot army --- complete with pesky hairdryers and dangerous refrigerators --- Sam, Arty and Emmie must take on their own creation to save the town once more!

Science Comics: Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared Written by Alison Wilgus with illustrations by Molly Brooks - Science

May 23, 2017


Follow the famous aviators from their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, to the fields of North Carolina where they were to make their famous flights. In an era of dirigibles and hot air balloons, the Wright Brothers were among the first innovators of heavier than air flight. But in the hotly competitive international race toward flight, Orville and Wilbur were up against a lot more than bad weather. Mechanical failures, lack of information, and even other aviators complicated the Wright Brothers’ journey.

Fakespeare: Star-Crossed in Romeo and Juliet Written by M.E. Castle with illustrations by Daniel Jennewein - Fiction

May 23, 2017


Are you ready to embark on a journey to Italy, where you’ll find yourself right in the middle of a major feud between two rival pizza-making families: the Montagues and the Capulets? A swordsman and perfumer will hunt you. There will be disguises, fake pizza, and tomato fights (make sure to duck!). You must help Becca, her stepbrother Sam, and her dog Rufus convince Romeo Montague to ask Juliet Capulet on a date, or you will all be stuck in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet forever!

Spirit of the Jungle (New Jungle Book Adventures) by Bear Grylls - Fiction

May 30, 2017

 

After being washed away down the Wainganga River during a flash flood, Mak wakes up alone in the Indian jungle.The jungle is full of danger --- poisonous snakes, cunning monkeys, and desperate poachers --- and every step Mak takes might be his last. Mak finds help and friendship from other jungle creatures, but he will need all his skill and luck to survive and make his way back home.
Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard - Fiction

May 30, 2017


Darkus Cuttle can't believe his eyes when a huge insect drops off the pants leg of his horrible new neighbor. It's a giant beetle --- and it seems to want to communicate. But how can a boy be friends with a beetle? And what does a beetle have to do with the disappearance of his dad and the arrival of the terrifying Lucretia Cutter, with her taste for creepy fashion?

Claws of Life (Teddycats) by Mike Storey - Fantasy

May 30, 2017


The Teddycats made it out of Cloud Kingdom with nary a scratch, and it's all thanks to our hero, Bill. But adjusting to life in Horizon Cove isn't exactly easy, and the fact that the Teddycats know next to nothing about surviving in the wild doesn't help. Everyone's looking to Bill for guidance, but he's not exactly a wilderness expert himself. So what's a young Teddycat to do? Lucky for Bill, the Teddycats aren't the only animals in Horizon Cove: their new neighbors are a flock of odd but hospitable tropical birds who call themselves the Pets. 

Graceful by Wendy Mass - Fiction

May 30, 2017


Angelina D'Angelo has left town to see the world. It's now Grace's turn to use her magic to protect the people of Willow Falls, and she is up to the challenge. Mysterious postcards from Angelina begin showing up in the mail, Grace's parents are freaking out with worry, and something BIG is coming to town that will affect everybody who lives there. But all Grace is powerful enough to do is turn leftover meatloaf into pizza. Fortunately, she's not alone. Amanda, Leo, Rory, Tara, David, and Connor know a thing or two about magic and how it works. But none of them are prepared for what's coming, and none of them know how to stop it. Life in Willow Falls is about to change forever.

Space Runners #1: The Moon Platoon by Jeramey Kraatz - Science Fiction

January 2, 2018


In the year 2085, Benny Love is pretty used to surviving on what he and his family can scavenge on Earth. But when he wins a scholarship for a life-changing trip to visit the Lunar Taj, the first-ever resort on the Moon, Benny thinks he finally has a chance to give his family a better life. Benny can’t wait to fly his very own Space Runner, practice reverse bungee jumping, and explore craters on the dark side of the Moon. But he gets more than he expected when he and the other kids discover the Moon has secrets no one else knows about. 

Welcome to Wonderland #2: Beach Party Surf Monkey by Chris Grabenstein - Fiction

April 3, 2018

 

There’s always something wacky happening when you live in a motel, and P.T. (named after P. T. Barnum, of course) has grown up at the world’s wackiest! When word gets out that the hottest teen idols in Hollywood (plus current YouTube sensation Kevin the Monkey!) will be filming their next movie --- Beach Party Surf Monkey --- right in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida, P.T. and his friend Gloria know that the Wonderland would be the perfect location. Now they just have to convince the producers!
How to Be a Supervillain Written by Michael Fry with a foreword by James Patterson - Science Fiction

April 10, 2018

Victor Spoil comes from a long line of famous supervillains and he's fully expected to join their ranks one day. But to his family's utter disappointment, Victor doesn't have a single bad-guy bone in his body. He won't run with scissors, he always finishes his peas, and he can't stand to be messy. Hopeless! As a last-ditch effort before they give up and let him be a --- gasp! --- civilian, Victor's exasperated parents send him to apprentice under a disgraced supervillain called The Smear.

Twintuition: Double Dare by Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry - Paranormal

April 10, 2018


Identical twins Cassie and Caitlyn Waters may be able to see into the future, but with a teacher who suspects they have powers waiting to catch them midvision and the grandmother they just met in town to teach them how to better control what they foresee, the last thing they need is more trouble. Luckily, a class-wide game of Truth or Dare has begun and the twins are having fun competing. When a vision shows the girls’ friend getting hurt, Cassie and Caitlyn know that they’re the only ones who can prevent it.

Way of the Warrior Kid: From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL Way by Jocko Willink and Jon Bozak - Fiction

April 24, 2018


Fifth grade was the worst year of Marc’s life. He stunk at gym class, math was too hard for him, the school lunch was horrible, and his class field trip was ruined because he couldn’t swim. But what was most awful thing about fifth grade? Kenny Williamson, the class bully, who calls himself the "King of the Jungle." When Marc's mother tells him that his Uncle Jake is coming to stay for the whole summer, Marc can't wait. Uncle Jake is a for real, super-cool Navy SEAL. And Uncle Jake has a plan. He's going to turn Marc into a warrior.

Bow Wow: A Bowser and Birdie Novel by Spencer Quinn - Mystery

April 24, 2018


Sharp-eyed Birdie Gaux and her handsome dog Bowser can't help noticing that shark fever is causing some shady doings in town. For instance, where is Snoozy, the clerk who works at the Gaux family fishing store? He's the town's best fisherman, but suddenly he's missing. Is a rival bounty hunter behind Snoozy's suspicious disappearance? Or perhaps the marine biologist who said he'll do anything to keep the shark alive? Birdie and Bowser are determined to find Snoozy and bring him home safe, but the job is more dangerous than they know. 

The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever! (The Wish List #1) by Sarah Aronson - Fantasy

April 24, 2018


Fairy-godmother-in-training Isabelle doesn't know what gusto is, but she's pretty sure she has what it takes to pass fairy godmother training with flying colors. But then Isabelle is assigned a practice princess who is not a princess at all. Nora is just a normal girl --- a normal girl who doesn't believe in fairy godmothers, or wishes come true, or happily ever afters. Isabelle has to change Nora's mind about magic and grant a wish for her. If she can't, Isabelle will flunk training and never become a great fairy godmother!

Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath by Jacob Sager Weinstein - Fantasy

April 24, 2018


Before Hyacinth Hayward moves from Illinois to London, she reads up on the city’s history. Too bad for her. Because the books are wrong. The truth is, London was built on magical rivers, and all the major events in its past have been about people trying to control the magic. Hyacinth discovers this when her mom is kidnapped. Somehow Hyacinth has to figure out who to trust, so she can save her mom and, oh yeah, not cause a second Great Fire of London.

The Supernormal Sleuthing Service #1: The Lost Legacy Written by Gwenda Bond and Christopher Rowe with illustrations by Glenn Thomas - Mystery

May 1, 2018


Stephen’s dad decided to move the two of them across the country to New York City, where he is taking over as head chef in an exclusive hotel. A hotel that has the most elite of clientele: monsters! Surprise! (Though they prefer to be called supernormals.) And an even bigger surprise? Stephen is part supernormal himself. When a magical family heirloom is stolen and Stephen is framed, he must work with two new friends to navigate this whole new world and clear his name. After all, consequences can be dire in the world of monsters.

York: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby - Mystery

May 1, 2018


It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher --- a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining.

P.S. Send More Cookies (The Secret Cookie Club) by Martha Freeman - Fiction

May 15, 2018


It’s not all sugar and spice for the girls of Flowerpot Cabin after they leave summer camp. Grace learns she isn’t good at everything when she gets volunteered to dogsit, Emma’s mom has a hard time when her beloved grandmother dies, Olivia’s brother makes a big announcement that starts a family feud, and Lucy isn’t sure how she feels when her dad pops back into her life. Meanwhile, beloved counselor Hannah continues to deal with the fallout from a summer romance.

A Fiery Friendship (Ages of Oz) by Lisa Fiedler and Sebastian Giacobino - Fantasy & Magic

May 15, 2018


Glinda’s peaceful life in Oz is shattered when her mother is imprisoned for practicing forbidden Magic. As she is ripped from her home by a fearsome bounty hunter sent by the Witch of the South, Glinda uncovers a startling truth: Oz is a world governed by the wickedest of the wicked, overrun with tyranny, corruption and dark power. And Glinda’s mother? She is actually a member of a secret society whose mission is to overthrow the four Wicked Witches and set the stage for the return of the rightful ruler of Oz. With the help of a feisty, purple-haired girl named Locasta, Glinda sets across the unforgiving landscape to rescue her mother…and save the future of Oz from the Wickeds before it’s too late.

Under Pressure (The Kicks) by Alex Morgan - Fiction

May 22, 2018


It’s spring, and school soccer season is back --- and so are the Kicks! Devin is excited to be reunited with her teammates, and she has high hopes for a championship win this time around. But it was easier being on the Kicks when nobody expected them to win. Now there are high expectations, and some of Devin’s teammates are worried about living up to them. As the start of the season approaches, the girls begin to feel the pressure. Will the Kicks get their heads in the game in time to start the season right?

Rise of the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel (The Descendants) by Melissa de la Cruz - Fantasy

May 22, 2018


Deep beneath the waves, King Triton's powerful trident has passed through the magical barrier that surrounds the Isle of the Lost-keeping villains in and magic out. And when Mal's longtime rival Uma, daughter of Ursula, gets wind of this, she can't believe her luck. The tide has dragged in something good for a change, and Uma is determined to get her wicked hands on it. But first, she needs a pirate crew. A storm is brewing back in Auradon, and when Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay hear that the trident has been washed away, they realize they'll have to find it before anyone from the Isle does.

A Kingdom Rises by J.D. Rinehart - Action & Adventure/Fantasy

May 29, 2018


An ancient prophecy says that when three stars appear in the sky, triplets will take the throne and peace will come to the land. The stars have appeared, and the triplets are Gulph, Tarlan and Elodie. But the prophecy appears to have failed. Tarlan saw Gulph die during a final confrontation with their undead father. As for his sister, Elodie, Tarlan’s convinced that she’s a traitor. With nothing left to believe in, Tarlan’s prepared to abandon both the cause and his pack of wild animals, and head north. But appearances can be deceiving. And in a world of magic and deceit, mistaking lies for truth can be deadly.

Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas - Fantasy

May 29, 2018


Effie Truelove believes in magic, as does her grandfather Griffin (although he refuses to do any magic, let alone teach Effie how to use it). After a mysterious incident leaves Griffin close to death, Effie is given an unusual silver ring and told she must look after her grandfather’s library of rare and powerful books. But then the books fall into the hands of shady scholar Leonard Levar, and Effie is propelled into the most dangerous adventure of her life.

Bug Girl Written by Benjamin Harper and Sarah Hines Stephens with illustrations by Anoosha Seyd - Science Fiction

May 29, 2018


Amanda Price adores all things bug-related --- from spiders to mantises --- like, seriously loves them. Unfortunately most of her fellow sixth-graders do not share her invertebrate obsession. They’re grossed out by it. Especially Amanda’s ex-best friend, Emily, who thinks Amanda is creepy weird. But when mysterious invaders menace the town of Oyster Cove and take both Amanda and Emily’s mothers captive, Amanda unexpectedly develops amazing insectile powers! Newly equipped with antennae and a glistening exoskeleton she uncovers a secret that changes everything.

The Journey to Dragon Island (The Accidental Pirates) by Claire Fayers - Fantasy

July 10, 2018


Reaching the edge of the world can't stop the crew of the Onion! It's westward ho in search of dragons, no matter the obstacles. And there are obstacles. Flesh-eating vines, violent locals, and mischievous magi --- not to mention Marfak West's ghost --- meet the pirates when they land on the Western Island, where a volcano threatens to end them all. Together, Brine and Peter might just be able to save the crew, the island, and themselves. Or they might all go up in flames. It really could go either way.

Bring Me the Head of Ivy Pocket Written by Caleb Krisp with illustrations by Barbara Cantini - Mystery

August 14, 2018


Since she came into possession of the Clock Diamond, Ivy Pocket has been chased, tricked, kidnapped, locked in an institution, and subjected to a truly terrible set of adoptive parents. Luckily, Ivy Pocket always lands on her feet --- having all the natural instincts of a frightened feline. With the Clock Diamond in hand, she hurries to rescue her best friend, Rebecca, who is being held prisoner in a parallel world. But Ivy Pocket has fallen ill, there’s a man in a white suit following her everywhere, and the Butterfields seem to be behind yet another plot to lock her away. 

Pixie Piper and the Matter of the Batter Written by Annabelle Fisher with illustrations by Natalie Andrewson - Fantasy

August 28, 2018


Pixie Piper and her best friend, Gray, are off to Chuckling Goose Farm, where descendants of Mother Goose spend the summer learning to master their magic. With her new friends, Rain and Pip, she makes up baking rhymes, plays with her goose, Destiny, and learns how to bake magic wishing cakes. The farm seems safe, but when Pixie finds a shard of glass that belongs to Raveneece, her old enemy, she begins to worry that the worrisome Sinister Sister isn’t as banished as she’d hoped. 

The Trials of Apollo Book Two: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan - Fantasy

October 2, 2018


Zeus has punished his son Apollo --- god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more --- by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers?