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Edwards, Michelle. ROOM FOR THE BABY New York : Random House, 2012 IL K-3, RL K-3 ISBN 0375870903 It won't be long before the new baby comes. But the boy is really nervous. There just doesn't seem to be any room for the baby. Mom is really good at recycling and reusing donated items from the neighbors. And they are all kept in the room that they plan to use for the new baby. The room is full of boxes of odds and ends, worn out clothes and leftover yarn. Is there anyway that the room will be ready for the baby in time?
Aguirre, Ann. ENCLAVE New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2011 IL YA ISBN 0312650086 Duece has been chosen to be a Huntress and help keep the Enclave safe. The Enclave is a small community that survives underground. It has been years since a plague wiped out everyone Topside. And now the only world Duece knows is Enclave and other small communities they trade with. There are monsters known as Freaks who live in the underground that attack the communities and the hunters protect the citizens of Enclave. But then the unthinkable happens. Duece and fellow hunter Fade are banished from Enclave. Fade says he used to live Topside and that is where they should go. But what is left there? Duece only knows what she has been told all her life. And she is not so sure that this is a good idea.
Wright, Bil. PUTTING MAKEUP ON THE FAT BOY New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2011 IL YA, RL 5.5 ISBN 1416939962 Carlos is 16 and he has all the confidence in the world. He is a wanna be make up artist who is working towards his goal. He lands a part time job at Macy’s and is sure that he is on his way to becoming famous. When a real star comes in and loves what Carlos can do he may just be on that road. But things are not going to be that easy for Carlos. He has a lot to deal with. His sister’s boyfriend is abusive, his boss’s jealousy of Carlos’ talent and his own crush on another boy at school.
Welsh, M. L. HEART OF STONE New York : David Fickling, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 5.9 ISBN 0385752431 After defeating the Mistress in the first book of the series, Verity Gallant and her friend have been enjoying the summer sailing and relaxing. They thought the danger was over. But that is simply not the case. The Earth Witch is determined to come back and crush Verity and all the happy stories. Is Verity up to the challenge this time? She is determined to find a way. With lots of library research and some luck, she may just be able to defeat the Earth Witch.
Watson, Renee . HARLEM’S LITTLE BLACKBIRD New York : Random House, 2012 IL K-3, RL 3.5 ISBN 0375869735 Way back about 100 years ago, a little girl name Florence Mills was learning to sing. Her mother used to sing around the house and Florence loved to join in. It is said that she had an amazing voice. So amazing, that she was asked to sing professionally when she was only a teenager. But things were different back then. You see, Florence was black and only whites were allowed in the theater. That didn’t change Florence’s mind about wanting to be a famous singer. She traveled around Europe and did all she could to make her career. And Florence was successful. But she was much more than just a singer. Read about this incredible woman in Harlem’s Little Blackbird.
Stone, Jeff. PHOENIX New York : Random House, 2012 IL 5-8, RL 5.7 ISBN 0375870180 This is the first book in a follow up series to Stone’s Five Ancestors series. In this book, we meet Phoenix, an orphaned teenager from Indiana. He loves trail bike racing and is pretty good at it. When he learns that his grandfather is actually almost 400 years old, things get interesting for him. He is soon off to China to get back the dragon bone that has been keeping his grandfather alive. More adventures await as he tries to get the dragon bone back from some super bad guys.
St. John, Warren. OUTCASTS UNITED : THE STORY OF A REFUGEE SOCCER TEAM THAT CHANGED A TOWN New York : Delacorte, 2012 IL YA ISBN 0385741944 This is the true story of a remarkable woman and the children she touched. When Luma emigrated from Jordan, she wasn’t sure what life in the United States would hold for her. Cut off from her family’s wealth, she needed to make it on her own. One thing she was sure of was her love of soccer and of coaching. Fate brought her to a small town in Georgia and to the parking lot of a run down apartment complex. Here she met the boys that would change her life. They were refugees from many nations bonded together by their love of soccer. Luma threw herself into their lives as a soccer coach, friend and advocate. Learn how this small refugee soccer team changed lives and a whole town.
Stephens, John. THE FIRE CHRONICLE New York : Knopf, 2012 IL 5-8, RL 5.1 ISBN 0375868712 After saving the town of Cambridge Falls during their adventure in The Emerald Atlas (2011), Kate, Michael, and Emma are caught up between warring factions. Kate is stuck in 1899 in Manhattan. Michael and Emma are sent to Antarctica to find the next book. The children will face some magical places, and much adventure on their way to the next book.
Spinner, Stephanie. ALEX THE PARROT : NO ORDINARY BIRD New York : Knopf, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 5.9 ISBN 0375868461 “The bigger the brain, the smarter the creature.” At least that’s what scientists thought before they met an African Grey parrot who would change their thinking. Alex, short for Avian Learning Experiment, was raised by Irene Pepperberg. She bought Alex when he was just a year old. She believed that she could teach the bird to talk and perform mathematics. No one paid too much attention to this since most scientists believed that birds were not very smart. But Alex sure proved them wrong. Read about the incredible story of Alex and Irene.
Spinelli, Eileen. COLD SNAP New York : Knopf, 2012 IL K-3, RL 5.0 ISBN 0375857001 What do you think about when you think of winter? Do you think of beautiful snow? Playing in the snow? Having a good time? Or do you think of bitter cold? In this story, the town is going through a cold wave. For a week, it gets colder and colder. We see the icicle on the statue of the town founder getting longer and longer as the cold goes on. And the townspeople go from playing in the snow, to trying to stay warm. But the mayor’s wife has a great idea. Can you guess what it may be?
Smiley, Jane. PIE IN THE SKY New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012 IL 5-8, RL 4.0 ISBN 0375869689 Abby has been training her horse for competition. But True Blue isn’t responding to her training. Instead of going over the jumps, he just goes right through them and no one is impressed at his performance. But one of the judges reaches out to Abby to train one of his horses when a classmate stops riding. Pie in the Sky is a beautiful horse – and expensive. He has a mind of his own and will take some training in order to be a show horse. Is Abby up to the challenge?
Shank, Marilyn Sue. CHILD OF THE MOUNTAINS New York : Delacorte, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 3.7 ISBN 0385740794 Growing up poor in West Virginia in the 1950s was hard for Lidia. She lives with her mother, brother and grandmother in the Appalachian Mountains. After Gran dies, it gets worse for them. Then Lidia’s brother dies from cystic fibrosis. Can things possibly get worse? They can’t believe that Lidia’s mother has been charged with killing BJ. There is no way that this can be happening. Send to live with an uncle , Lidia finds herself in a strange place with people she doesn’t know. The kids at school tease her about her homemade clothes and her hillbilly way of talking. Lidia knows that the only way to get back home is to prove her mother is innocent.
Saunders, Kate. BESWITCHED New York : Delacorte Press, 2011 IL 5-8, RL 5.0 ISBN 0385740751 Flora is not exactly happy that her parents have decided to ship her off to boarding school. But there is nothing she can do about it. On the train to school something weird happens. Flora is magically transported to 1935! No cell phones or ipods. Not even a television. How can she possibly get by? But Flora is determined to understand her new life and try to figure out why she is there.
Salm, Arthur. ANYWAY : A STORY ABOUT ME WITH 138 FOOTNOTES, 27 EXAGGERATIONS, AND 1 PLATE OF SPAGHETTI New York : Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 4.5 ISBN 1442429305 Twelve year old Max cannot believe his parents dragged him to this boring family camp. And plan to stay the whole summer! Max just has to do something to make this all tolerable. So he reinvents himself into Mad Max. He is not the bad boy of the camp. He is fearless and daring and cool. But can he keep this up?
Rose, Caroline Starr. MAY B : A NOVEL New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 3.7 ISBN 158246393X Life on the frontier is certainly never easy but young May is going to find that things can get worse. Her parent ship her off to a remote farm where she is to work for the family. Her father promises her that he will come to get her before Christmas. But that is probably not going to happen. When the couple she is working for leaves, May is left alone in the remote house with little food and little fuel. The blizzards rage outside and the wolves howl in the night. May is alone and needs to find a way to survive. May’s story is told in verse.
Rivers, Phoebe. MISCHIEF NIGHT New York : Simon Spotlight, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 3.8 ISBN 144245380X Sara is still trying to cope with all the paranormal activity in her New Jersey town. She would rather just be normal but can’t deny her psychic abilities. Especially with all these ghosts around. And now it is Halloween and there are more ghostly encounters than ever. When Sara unwittingly releases the ghost of a young boy, she might be in for more than she can handle.
Rivers, Phoebe. HAUNTED MEMORIES New York : Simon Spotlight, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 4.1 ISBN 1442453818 Being a psychic may seem like a cool thing. But to Sara, it is most definitely not. She and her dad have moved to a town that seems to have more than enough ghosts in it. But Sara is determined to be normal. She has a vision of a really cute boy and she is sure that the two of them belong together. But when she meets him, she finds that he has a ghost attached to him. A ghost that doesn’t seem to want Sara in his life.
Rivers, Phoebe. GHOST TOWN New York : Simon Spotlight, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 4.0 ISBN 1442440384 In the first book of the series, Saranormal, we meet 12-year-old Sara Collins. Sara is a pretty normal kid except for one thing. She is a psychic. She has been able to see ghosts for as long as she can remember. She doesn’t tell anyone about it because she just wants to be normal. But now she and her dad are moving to the coast of New Jersey. And this is a town with more than its share of ghosts.
Potter, Ellen. THE HUMMING ROOM New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2012 IL 5-8, RL 4.5 ISBN 0312644388 Roo is a 12-year old trying to keep it together. Her drug dealing father has been killed and now Roo is alone. Sent to live with an uncle she never knew, she is in for adventures big time. The uncle lives on an isolated island. Roo begins to explore the island and keeps hearing a humming sound. When she finally finds the source of the noise, she is shocked to find cousin Phillip. He is not what Roo expected to find. This book is inspired by the Secret Garden but stands on its own with a story of mystery and friendship.
Oxley, Jennifer. THE CHICKEN PROBLEM New York : Random House, 2012 IL K-3, RL 2.6 ISBN 0375969896 When Peg and her cat have a bit of a picnic, they decide to share a piece of pie with one of the chickens. But they accidentally let out all the chickens. All 100 of them! Now they have to get them back into the chicken coop. All 100 of them! How will they know when they have all the chickens back? Do you think you could help?
Osborne, Mary Pope. A PERFECT TIME FOR PANDAS New York : Random House, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 3.8 ISBN 0375968261 Jack and Annie are off on another adventure. This time they end up in China at a panda reserve. How cool is that? This should be a fun adventure. But it just isn't meant to be that easy. What are the odds that they land in China the exact day that a major earthquake is about to hit. Is this the adventure where everything goes wrong?
Nielsen, Jennifer A. ELLIOT AND THE GOBLIN WAR New York : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2010 IL 3-6, RL 4.7 ISBN 1402240198"Only seven children who have read this book lived to tell about it." Are you brave enough to see if you will be a lucky reader? Elliot is out on Halloween and finds a girl in a goblin costume. She is being chased by goblins. It turns out that she is actually a brownie and this is a war between the brownies and the goblins. And Elliot finds himself right in the middle of it.
Ness, Patrick. THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO Cambridge : Candlewick Press, 2008 IL YA ISBN 0763639311 Has anyone ever told you they could read your mind? What if it was true. What if everyone could read minds? In this story, that is what happens. A virus has infected the population of a space colony and now all the thoughts are public. And you can't avoid them. It is a very noisy place. There are no women left and Todd is the only child in the colony. He is one month away from becoming a man and things are getting even stranger. He is told to run and leave the town. When he does, he finds something extraordinary -- a girl. And she has no noise. Now they are being pursued by the crazy preacher, they are on the run and Todd soon discovers the secrets of Prentisstown.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. EMILY AND JACKSON HIDING OUT New York : Delacorte, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 3.9 ISBN 0375989781 Emily and Jackson are happy living with Aunt Hilda. In the last book, Emily inherited $10 million and a bad guy try to steal it from her. But that is behind them now. The two orphans are happy living on the farm and the money is safely tucked away in the bank. But now someone else is trying to find a way to get Emily’s money. And she and Jackson are hiding out.
New York : Random House, 2012
IL K-3, RL
Railroad Hank is a “fine little train”. With a good heart. When he learns that Granny Brett is feeling blue, he rushes off to help her feel better. Along the way he gets advice from those he meets on how to cheer Granny Brett up. Follow along as he gets some unusual suggestions.
Moore, Carley. THE STALKER CHRONICLES New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012 IL YA ISBN 0374371806Cammie Bliss is trying to overcome her reputation as a stalker. She’s not like a crazy, dangerous stalker. She just has a tendency to go a bit overboard with her attention. Like slipping notes into lockers. Calling a lot and pretending to need homework help. Taking a few – ok lots – of photos of the boy. But that is all behind her. She is a sophomore now and oh so much more mature. But then she meets Toby. He’s the new boy in school and he seems to like Cammie. Will she end up going overboard again and ruin another relationship.
Mone, Gregory. DANGEROUS WATERS : AN ADVENTURE ON THE TITANIC New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 5.2 ISBN 1596436735 Patrick is a 12 year old boy living in Belfast in the early 1900s. His brother has gotten a job on a luxury ship that is sailing to America. Patrick sneaks aboard the ship with stolen papers to try to work his way to America as well. But shoveling coal is just not the thing for Patrick. After he passes out, he is sent to work with the waitstaff. His job is to empty the big spittoons aboard the ship. In spite of this awful job, fortune finds Patrick in the form of a wealthy book collector who takes him under his wing. More adventure awaits him as he sails to America on the maiden voyage of the Titanic.
Lowry, Lois. SON New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2012 IL YA ISBN 0547887205 Even if it has been a few years since you finished The Giver, you will be able to pick right up in this new book. During the Ceremony of Twelve, we meet Claire who has been chosen to be a Birthmother. When she gives birth to her first product, she has some difficulties and is deemed not fit to continue. She is reassigned but before she leaves her former assignment, she learns that she has given birth to a baby boy and she learns his number. She knows it is against all the rules to ever have contact with her son. He will be assigned parents at next year’s ceremony. Through a series of events, Claire meets her son and gets to spend time with him. She can’t tell anyone that this is her son or she will be in trouble and probably never see him again. He is a very active baby and screams most of the time. He is deemed not ready for parents at his first ceremony. After another year, he is still not ready so the elders make a decision that will change Claire’s life forever.
Kuhlman, Evan. BROTHER FROM A BOX New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 5.2 ISBN 1442426586 Matt’s computer genius father has a big surprise for the family. It’s a robot. It is actually a bionically modified lifeform. It sure looks human and even calls Matt his brother. Matt has to bring his new brother Norman to school with him and pretend he is normal. But Norman is a bit of an attention freak and just wants to show off. He even flirts with the girls. Matt isn’t sure what to think now. But when it seems as if some bad guys are out to steal Norman, Matt must help him.
Kendall, Jane F. TENNESSEE ROSE New York : Random House, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 5.1 ISBN 0375970061 Tennessee Rose is a Tennessee Walking Horse living in the south just before the Civil War. She loves to practice her running walk that these horses are famous for. Levi, a young slave is her groom and she loves it when he spends time with her. As war looms, the horse wonders what the future will hold for her. And for Levi.
Kelly, Katy. MELONHEAD AND THE VEGALICIOUS DISASTER New York : Delacorte Press, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 4.6 ISBN 0375990151 Have your parents ever gone on a health kick? Did they make you eat lots of vegetables and other “good for you” foods? Maybe you didn’t like it so much. Well, Adam “Melonhead” Melon is not so crazy about his mother’s new cooking ideas. She is making him eat more and more vegetables. Melonhead is also having a problem wit his new teacher who is really mean. Melonhead and his friends come up with a plan to fix all his problems. But will it work?
Hopkinson, Deborah. ANNIE AND HELEN New York : Schwartz & Wade, 2012 IL K-3, RL 3.9 ISBN 0375857060 Helen Keller was a remarkable person. She lost her sight and her hearing when she was very young and grew up in a world with no sound and no light. I can’t even imagine what her life was like. When her parents hired Annie Sullivan to teach Helen, it was a life changer. Annie was able to break down the walls to Helen’s world and help her understand the world around her.
Holm, Jennifer L. SQUISH NO. 1, SUPER AMOEBA New York : Random House, 2011 IL 3-6, RL 2.2 ISBN 0375937838 Move over Babymouse, there’s a new hero in town. From the creators of Babymouse comes Squish. Squish is a little amoeba who has dreams of becoming a superhero. But first he must make it through school and all that comes with it. And then there are his friends Pod and Peggy. This new series will have you laughing right along with Squish.
Frost, Helen. HIDDEN New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011 IL 5-8, RL 4.9 ISBN 0374382212 Wren's mother has just run into the gas station to pay the bill. Wren stayed in the car listening to the radio. She was in the back seat and doesn't know her life was about to change forever. When the man jumped in the car and took off, he didn't see Wren so she ducked under a blanket to hide. For the next couple of days, she is trapped in the man's garage hoping he doesn't find her. But someone knows she is there. His daughter. At least Wren thinks she does. Darra leaves food and water for her. Wren is finally able to escape. Years later she is at her exclusive summer camp when she hears familiar voices. And the new girl has a name that Wren hadn't thought of in years -- Darra. Can this really be the same girl? And when Darra is introduced to Wren, she knows right away who she is. How will these girls deal with this unimaginable situation?
Empson, Jo. RABBITYNESS Auburn, ME : Child’s Play, 2012 IL K-3, RL 2.5 ISBN 1846434920 Rabbit enjoys doing the same things as all the other rabbits. He enjoys jumping, hopping, twirling his whiskers, burrowing and sleeping. But he also enjoys doing un-rabbity types of things like painting and music. The other animals enjoy having Rabbit around because of all the things he does. But what happens when he disappears?
Cotler, Stephen L. CHEESIE MACK IS COOL IN A DUEL New York : Random House, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 6.3 ISBN 0375864385 Cheesie and Georgie are back for another adventure. This summer they are heading off to summer camp in Maine. They will be the oldest kids in the Little Guys cabin. And they are looking forward to it. They’ll get to make the campfires and even choose the teams. But what they don’t know is that they will be put in the Big Guys cabin. So now they are the youngest and are picked on. And Cheesie’s biggest bully is in the cabin too. How is he going to get out of this one?
Dotlich, Rebecca Kai. WHAT CAN A CRANE PICK UP? New York : Knopf, 2012 IL K-3, RL 1.8 ISBN 0375867260 Do you like to watch construction vehicles? What is your favorite? A dump truck, a steam shovel? What about a crane? They are really strong and can pick up a lot of things. Can they pick up a car? Or a truck? What do you think? What can a crane pick up?
Cook, Robin.CRITICALNew York : Berkley Books, 2008 IL ADISBN 0425222888Medical Examiner Laurie Montgomery is surprised when she keeps finding cases of a deadly staph infection in patients who have been treated at the Angel surgical hospitals. When she contacts the owner of the specialty hospitals, she finds that they are doing all they can to stop the infections. They even closed down in order to disinfect the surgical rooms and tested all the employees for the infection. But nothing they do can stop the cases from coming. What is going on here? Laurie is determined to find out. But is she putting her own life on the line as she searches for the cause of this outbreak?
Cody, Matthew. SUPER New York : Knopf, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 5.5 ISBN 0375868941 In the first book of the series, Daniel finds that he is not powerless after all. Although not as gifted as his friends, the Supers of Noble’s Green, Daniel did help in vanquishing Herman Plunkett. But now a new evil has descended in the form of one Theo Plunkett. He is wealthy and smooth talking and may have his uncle’s power. More adventures await the Supers as they try to keep their powers.
Burg, Shana. LAUGH WITH THE MOON New York : Delacorte, 2012 IL 5-8, RL 5.0 ISBN 0385734719 After Clare’s mother passes away, her father thinks he can help her by taking her halfway around the world. They pack up and leave Boston and head to Malawi where he will be working in a hospital. Clare is definitely not happy about leaving all she knows behind to live in a place she knows nothing about. When Clare volunteers to help out in a school, she sees the harshness of life in Malawi. The poverty, lack of food, no running water, no electricity all haunt her. But she also finds a community that is vibrant and full of life.
Blume, Lesley M. M. THE WONDROUS JOURALS OF DR. WENDELL WIGGINS New York : Knopf, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 5.2 ISBN 0375968504 Dr. Wiggins’ journals were once thought lost. The greatest paleozoologist of all time traveled the world in search of ancient creatures. He was interested in creatures who lived before humans. And the loss of his journals would be devastating. But it has been found and it is here for you to enjoy. Read about his fantastical findings such as the two headed mammoth buffalo in Nebraska, the rainbow spitting cobras in India and, of course, the hummingbird people from South Africa.
Beil, Michael D. SUMMER AT FORSAKEN LAKE New York : Knopf, 2012 IL 5-8, RL 6.5 ISBN 0375867422 Nicholas and his twin sisters want to get out of the city for the summer. They are excited about staying with Great Uncle Nick at Forsaken Lake in Ohio. But the summer might bring them more than they bargained for. Nick teams up with a local and they come across lots of mysteries. Just who was the Seaweed Strangler?
Bacon, Lee. JOSHUA DREAD New York : Deleacorte Press, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 6.3 ISBN 0385741855 When you are in middle school, it can sometimes be embarrassing for your friends to meet your parents. But what if you are Joshua Dread and your parents are The Botanist and Dr. Dread and they are out to destroy the world? Joshua must fight zombies, killer robots and teenage girls to help save the world and his parents.
Amara, Philip. SO, YOU WANT TO BE A COMIC BOOK ARTIST? : THE ULTIMATE GUIDE ON HOW TO BREAK INTO COMICS! New York : Aladdin, 2012 IL 5-8, RL 7.0 ISBN 1582703582 The title of this book pretty much says it all. So, You Want to be a Comic Book Artist. Do you like to draw? Do you sometimes draw comics? This book may be just want you need to help you go further. Learn how to create a great character. Write a story. And even get some publicity. Give it a try.
Alko, Selina. DADDY CHRISTMAS AND HANUKKAH MAMA New York : Knopf, 2012 IL K-3, RL 3.2 ISBN 0375960937 Sadie’s family celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah in her home. She tells us that she is a mix of two traditions. And she loves it that way. We get to visit the family as they blend traditions into their own special time of year.
Condie, Ally. REACHED New York : Dutton Books, 2012 IL YA ISBN 0525423664 In the final book in the Matched trilogy, we find Cassia working for the Rising within Society. She is working as a sorter for Society. Ky is now flying airships for the Rising. And Xander is a medical official who is secretly working for the Rising. They are all waiting for the Rising to begin. And to get back to each other. When the Plague strikes, Xander works tirelessly helping patients. The Rising takes the opportunity to strike. They promise a cure for the Plague. They successfully take over and are able to cure those who are affected by the Plague. But then it mutates. And there is no cure. And now people are quarantined and cannot travel. There is no way for Xander, Cassia and Ky to reach each other. And not all of them are immune to the new Plague. Hold on to your hat and be prepared for lots of twists and turns as they try to find a cure for the Plague and most of all, to reach each other.
Jukes, Mavis. THE NEW KID New York : Knopf, 2011 IL 3-6, RL 4.4 ISBN 0375858792 Have you ever been the new kid in school? It is not a good feeling, is it? Carson Blum has moved to a new home and is going to a new school. And he knows no one. The school is large and seems very different from the very small Montessori school he was used to. Will he find any friends? Will he ever fit in? What do you think will happen to Carson?
Lovric, Michelle. THE UNDROWNED CHILD New York : Delacorte Press, 2011 IL 5-8, RL 6.0 ISBN 0385908148 In the year 1899, Venice is seeing some unprecedented natural disasters. The waters around Venice are heating up and now sharks are prowling the lagoon. And children are dying from a mysterious plague. When Teo and her parents travel to Venice to help, Teo meets a young Venetian boy and the two of them set out to try to solve the mystery of why Venice seems to be under attack. They get help from a tattooed cat, mermaids, and other magical creatures. Just what is Teo’s connection to all of this?
Lopez, Diana. CHOKE New York : Scholastic Press, 2012 IL 5-8, RL 5.9 ISBN 0545418224 Windy Soto sees herself at solidly GP in school – general public. She is not a loser or popular. She just is. When a new girl comes to school, Windy is fascinated and drawn to the girl. Windy joins Nina for lunch and starts hanging around with her. Windy’s ticket to the in crowd comes when Nina asks her to be her breath sister. But that means she is going to have to play a very dangerous game. Will she make the right choice?
Levinthal, David. WHO PUSHED HUMPTY DUMPTY? AND OTHER NOTORIOUS NURSERY TALE MYSTERIES New York : Schwartz & Wade, 2012 IL K-3, RL 2.8 ISBN 0375841954 OK, we need to do some investigation now. Did Humpty really just fall off that wall? Or was he pushed? And what about that break in at the Bears house? And why didn’t Snow White make it to the beauty pageant? I sense that there is more going on here than we have been led to believe. And now detective Binky is going to get to the bottom of all these crimes.
Knowles, Jo. PEARL New York : Henry Holt, 2011 IL YA ISBN 0805092072 Meet Pearl. Or as everyone calls her, Bean. She and her best friend Henry both live in dysfunctional families. Bean lives with her mother who has a drinking problem and her grandfather. Henry lives with a mother who is afraid to go out. They are pretty used to the ways things are going but that is all about to change. When Bean’s grandfather dies, Bean is devastated but her mother seems to have been freed from a burden. As the family secrets start to come out, Bean doesn’t know what to believe anymore.
Cody, Matthew. THE DEAD GENTLEMAN New York : Knopf, 2011 IL 5-8, RL 5.3 ISBN 0375855963 If you like steampunk literature, this is for you. Tommy Learner is living in New York City in 1900. He is a street kid who supports himself by stealing. One day he steals a magical metal bird from a strange looking man. Now he is being pursued by monsters. He is finally rescued by the Explorers’ Society, a group of dead gentlemen who travel through time. When the Dead Gentleman attacks the Explorers’ Society, Tommy is trapped. He is found by Jezebel but it is now modern time and Tommy is a ghost. And they must work together to save themselves.
Bruel, Nick. BAD KITTY FOR PRESIDENT New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2012 IL K-3, RL 4.3 ISBN 1596436697 Bad Kitty is back and this time she will shake up the political world. Well at least in the neighborhood. Old Kitty is going to step down as President of the Neighborhood Cat Association. And Bad Kitty is determined to win that election. And what a campaign it is. From the primaries to the debates and right up to election day, it is a close race. But what is going to happen on election day?
Carter, Scott William. WOODEN BONES New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 6.4 ISBN 1442427515 What do you think of when I say wooden boy? Do you think of the story of Pinocchio? He was a wooden puppet who became a real boy. In this book, Pino also has the gift of turning wood into real life. You see, it wasn't Geppetto's gift, it was Pinocchio who made the life possible. Now, you might think this is a cool thing to do. But it doesn't turn out that way. Everyone wants help bringing their loved ones back to life. On the run, the two are in for many adventures along the way.
Jenkins, Emily. LEMONADE IN WINTER New York : Schwartz & Wade, 2012 IL K-3, RL 2.2 ISBN 0375858830 Have you ever had a lemonade stand in front of your house? Did you make any money? Pauline and her brother decide to set up a lemonade stand to make some money. They are not only going to sell lemonade, they are going to sell limeade. And lemon-limeade. And they are sure they will make lots of money. There is just one thing they didn’t think of.
Gleitzman, Morris. THEN New York : Henry Holt, 2010 IL YAISBN 0805090274 This is the second book about Felix and Zelda as they try to survive during the Nazi takeover of Poland in 1942. The book picks up where the last one, Once, left off. After Felix and Zelda escape from a train on the way to a concentration camp, the two children must hide. They are taken in by a Polish farmwife who dyes their hair and makes them memorize new identities. Will this keep them safe?
Gershator, Phillis. MOO, MOO, BROWN COW, HAVE YOU ANY MILK? New York : Random House, 2011 IL K-3, RL 1.5 ISBN 0375967443 A young boy visits the animals on the farm. He learns what they do and how they make his life so much better. "Sleep tight, farm friends. / May I dream with you? / 'Yes, sir, yes, sir, yes, please do.'"
James, Brian. LIFE IS BUT A DREAMNew York : Feiwel & Friends, 2012IL YAISBN 0312610041Sixteen-year-old Sabrina is artistic and has a very vivid imagination. But is it more than just a case of creating a fantasy world. She ends up in the hospital and diagnosed with a mental illness. Her hallucinations have gotten worse and her family cannot ignore the symptoms. Sabrina has schizophrenia and there is no cure. With treatment, her condition improves but then she meets Alec, a fellow patient. Alec tried to convince Sabrina that they are not mentally ill. It is the people around them that have the issues. She must decide whether to believe Alec and stop taking her meds or to trust her family and doctors.
Howse, Emily. ZITFACENew York : Marshall Cavendish, 2011IL YAISBN 0761458301Meet Olivia Hughes. You may think she has everything. She is an actress and appears on lots of tv commercials. She is popular at school. And has some very good friends. All that is about to change. Olivia breaks out in a severe case of acne. She tries to pretend that it isn’t acne. Maybe it’s spider bites. But she will have to accept the truth and all that comes with it. Her acting career may just be in jeopardy. No one wants a zitface to sell their products. And her boyfriend is pulling away as well. And those friends she had – they are just not there for her.
Harvey, Jacqueline. ALICE-MIRANDA ON VACATIONNew York : Delacorte, 2010IL 3-6, RL 4.8ISBN 0385739958Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones has survived her first semester at boarding school. Now it is time to head home for vacation. And who has she invited to spend break with her? None other than the school’s second-best tantrum thrower, Jacinta Headlington-Bear. At the family’s estate, things are not always what they seem. Soon Alice-Miranda finds herself caught up in a mystery than involved a famous movie star, a mysterious man, the maid and a new bully. What could possibly be going on here?
Gutman, Dan. THE TALENT SHOW New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2010 IL 3-6, RL 5.4 ISBN 1416990038 What would you do if you town was hit by a tornado and practically destroyed? Would you want to move away? Or would you want to do all you could to rebuild? The kids of Cape Bluff want to find a way to help rebuild. What better way than to put on a talent show? The biggest problem with this idea is that there is very little talent in Cape Bluff.
Daly, Cathleen. FLIRT CLUB New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2011 IL 5-8, RL 5.1 ISBN 1596435720 Eighth graders Izzy and Annie are drama geeks. And rather clueless when it comes to attracting boys. But they are determined to change that. They start a secret club that they call the Flirt Club and together they set out to study successful flirting techniques that they can employ. Told through notes, lists and journal entries, we follow the girls as the try to find their way in middle school.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE New York : Wendy Lamb Books, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 3.8 ISBN 0385904878 Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana and her teacher has hopes for Deza’s future. But it is a time of high unemployment and poverty. They call it the Great Depression and there are few jobs around Gary. Deza’s father sets off to find work in Flint, Michigan and soon, Deza, her mother and brother follow hoping to catch up with him. They settle in Hooverville outside of Flint and there the family hopes to see Dad again. As they cling to hope, they must find ways to support themselves. Life is hard but the family lives by their motto “We are a family on a journey to a place called Wonderful.”
Crockett, S. D. AFTER THE SNOW New York : Square Fish, 2012 IL YA ISBN 1250016762 When he returned home, they were all gone. And all he found was snow - just like always. It has been years since the oceans stopped working and the ice age began. Willo's family escaped to the mountains and scratched out a subsistence by illegal trapping and hiding from the government. But that is all changed now and Willo is alone. He leaves the hut behind on his way to try to find his family. Along the way he finds a young girl who is in worse shape than he is. Her father has been eaten by wolves and her little brother is close to death. At first Willo leaves her behind but his conscious just won't let him. He returns to find her brother has died and the small hut is surrounded by hungry wolves. Willo risks everything to save her but what will he do with her now. Just another mouth to feed. What lies ahead for the two?
Burkhart, Jessica. POPULAR New York : Aladdin Mix, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 4.3 ISBN 1442419504 Lauren is enjoying her popularity at Canterwood Crest Academy. She has a new boyfriend and things are all going her way. But is she taking on too much? All this pressure may just be too much for her.
Burkhart, Jessica. COMEBACK New York : Aladdin Mix, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 4.3 ISBN 1442419520 Lauren enjoys being the It-girl at Canterwood Crest. But she might just be losing that title. And an important competition is coming up that may just change everything. And what happens when someone from her past shows up? Lauren is determined to overcome all obstacles but is that possible?
Almond, David. MY NAME IS MINA New York : Delacorte, 2010 IL 5-8, RL 4.6 ISBN 0385740735 Almond scored a big hit with his book Skellig. In that story, we first met Mina. We find out so much more about her in the prequel to Skellig. Mina should be asleep. Everyone else in the house is. But Mina loves the night. She is staring out the window at the night and on her table is a blank notebook. What should she write in it? Should she write about the night and the things in it? Or should she write about Mina?
Yates, Louise. DOG LOVES DRAWING New York : Knopf, 2012 IL K-3, RL 2.8 ISBN 0375870679 Yes, Dog still loves books. Since he first discovered the joy of reading, he can be found giving books to others or reading them himself. But now he has received a book as a gift from Aunt Dora. This book is nothing like the other books he's seen. All the pages are blank. He realizes that this is a sketchbook and that he can create his own book. What will he draw?
Smith, Jenny. DIARY OF A PARENT TRAINER : YES, THAT MEANS YOU! LEARN TO TRAIN YOUR GROWN-UP! New York : Delacorte Press, 2012 IL 5-8, RL 5.6 ISBN 0385741987 Do you sometimes have trouble controlling your parents? Maybe you need some help. Thirteen year old Katie Sutton offers her expertise to help you train your grown-up. You'll learn about adult modes including "Angry Mode" and "Depressed Mode" and "Delirious Mode". Unfortunately for Katie, she finds that she may need the help herself. Her mother is dating a new, younger man who Katie is determined to get rid of. And then there is her ex-boyfriend who she is having second throughts about.
Shelton, Dave. A BOY AND A BEAR IN A BOAT New York : David Fickling Books, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 5.5 ISBN 0385752490 The boy has decided to take a journey. As he steps into the row boat, he gives his destination as "just over to the other side, please". You will notice that the ship's captain is a bit different. He's a bear. That doesn't faze our boy though. So off they go -- destination, the other side of the sea. It doesn't seem like such a long trip when they start out but they soon find that it is not as easy as they thought. There are storms, sea monsters and they are running out of food. And now they have found themselves in the middle of nowhere with only sea and sky in sight.
Matheis, Mickie. BEDTIME FOR BOO New York : Golden Books, 2012 IL K-3, RL 2.7 ISBN 0375869913 This is not your average bedtime story. Young Boo is a ghost and he is having trouble settling in to go to sleep. His mother tells him to listen to the sounds around him. Now, I don't know about you but I don't think these sounds would help me fall asleep. What about Boo?
Hoberman, Mary Ann. I LIKE OLD CLOTHES New York : A. A. Knopf, 2012 IL K-3, RL 3.0. ISBN 0375869514 When I was growing up, just about all my clothes were hand-me-downs from my sister or my cousins. Have you ever had hand-me-down clothes? What did you think about that? Did you wish for new clothes? Or did you like old clothes? The girl in this book loves old clothes. Why? Check it out and see.
Harvey, Matthea. CECIL THE PET GLACIER New York : Schwartz & Wade, 2012 IL K-3, RL 4.9 ISBN 0375867732 Do you sometimes think your family is really different from everyone else's? Well Ruby does. And she may be right. Her dad spends his time making topiaries which is shaping hedges like animals. Her mom spends her time making tiaras. Now there isn't a big market for either of these. And her parents are not above dancing right out in the open where anyone can see them. When Ruby asks for a pet, she never imagines what will happen on a vacation to Norway.
Duke, Kate. READY FOR PUMPKINS New York : Knopf, 2012 IL K-3, RL 2.2 ISBN 0375870687 Hercules, or Herky, has a very good life. He is the 1st grade guinea pig. The kids love him and he gets all he needs. He loves helping out with the Halloween Herk-o-Lantern and finds he loves, loves, loves pumpkin seeds. He keeps a few of them for later. When the children plant their class garden in the spring, Herky wishes he could plant one too. Will he get his chance? And what do you think he will plant?
Blair, Mary. A MARY BLAIR TREASURY OF GOLDEN BOOKS New York : Golden Book, 2012 IL K-3, RL 1.5 ISBN 037587044X Enjoy these books from years gone by. The five books in this collection were originally published in the 1950s and 1960s but they don't feel dated. The book also includes 21 standard folk songs and singing games. There are even some nursery rhymes in the collection. Whether you are a baby boomer and drawn to the nostalgia or finding these books for the first time, there is plenty to like in this treasury.
Westerfeld, Scott. THE MANUAL OF AERONAUTICS : AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO THE LEVIATHAN SERIES New York : Simon Pulse, 2012 IL YA ISBN 1416971793 Are you a fan of Westerfeld's Leviathan series? If so, you will love this companion book. It is loaded with details about all the machines and creatures that play a role in the series. The illustrations are color and show the details of the transports, the weapons, the walkers, and the uniforms. Find out more about the the marvels that Deryn and Alek encountered on their journeys.
Osborne, Mary Pope. PANDAS AND OTHER ENDANGERED SPECIES New York : Random House, 2012. IL 3-6, RL 5.0 ISBN 0375970258 Have you ever seen a panda bear? They are adorable. This book is filled with information about panda bears. Learn where they live, what they eat and how they spend their time. Like, when pandas are born, they are only about 6 inches long and weigh only three to five ounces. They are so helpless that the mother can't leave them and she may go three to four weeks without eating just to care for her baby. Learn about the panda and other endangered species that share our world.