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Another Day As Emily


              Another Day As Emily by Eileen Spinelli Eleven-year-old Suzy just can’t win. Her brother is a local hero for calling 911 after seeing their elderly neighbor collapse, and only her best friend was able to win a role in the play they both auditioned for. Feeling cast aside from all angles, Suzy sees ... Read More »

The Surrender Tree


                The Surrender Tree : Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle Cuba has fought three wars for independence, and still she is not free. This history in verse creates a lyrical portrait of Cuba. Read More »

Nana In the City


            Nana In the City by Lauren Castillo A young boy is frightened by how busy and noisy the city is when he goes there to visit his Nana, but she makes him a fancy red cape that keeps him from being scared as she shows him how wonderful a place it is. A Caldecott ... Read More »

BookSpeak! Poems About Books


            BookSpeak! Poems About Books by Laura Purdie Salas and Illustrated by Josee Bisaillon Presents a series of poems which pay tribute to the limitless worlds available through books, as characters plead for sequels, strut fancy jackets, and have a raucous party in the aisles after a bookstore closes for the night.   Read More »

Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind


              Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind by Jeff Miller Book 2 of The Nerdy Dozen Series Neil Andertol never thought playing video games would make him a real-life hero. But then his favorite game, Chameleon, turned out to be the training simulator for an actual fighter jet, and Neil and the eleven other ... Read More »

Ms. Marvel : No Normal


                Ms. Marvel. 1, No Normal by G. Willow Wilson (Writer) and Adrian Alphona (Illustrator) Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City – until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When ... Read More »

Story Thieves


              Story Thieves by James Riley Except for reading the Kiel Gnomenfoot magic adventure series, Owen’s life is boring until he sees his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the school library and he learns that Bethany is half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, ... Read More »

The Grimjinx Rebellion


              The Grimjinx Rebellion by Brian Farrey When the Palatinate Mages unveil their plot to take over the Five Provinces, thirteen-year-old Jaxter Grimjinx and his family of thieves must lead the rebellion to overthrow them. Book 3 of The Vengekeep Prophecies Read More »

The Case of the Missing Moonstone


              The Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stratford In an alternate 1826 London, Ada Lovelace (the world’s first computer programmer) and Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) meet as girls and form a secret detective agency. Their first case involves a stolen heirloom, a false confession, and an array of fishy suspects. Book 1 ... Read More »

Smek for President!


              Smek for President! by Adam Rex Gratuity “Tip” Tucci and her alien friend, J.Lo, journey to New Boovworld, one of Saturn’s moons, to clear J.Lo’s name after a string of misunderstandings.   Sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex   Read More »