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Gephart, Donna. OLIVIA BEAN, TRIVIA QUEENNew York : Delacorte, 2012IL 3-6, RL 5.9ISBN 0385740522Olivia has one special time of the day. Between 7:30 and 8:00 in the evening. It's when she sits down and watches Jeopardy. She and her father used to watch together -- before he left, got a new family and moved to the other side of the country. But it doesn't stop Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen from enjoying her special show. When she learns that they are looking for contestants for Kids' Week, she just knows she has to get on the show. For a variety of reasons. She has always wanted to be on the show. And it is filmed near her father's new home. But with her mother losing her job and her father's distance and the strange behavior of her next door neighbor, Tucker, Olivia has her work cut out for her.
McQuirk, Leslie. IF ROCKS COULD SING : A DISCOVERED ALPHABETNew York : Tricycle Press, 2011IL K-3, RL 0.8ISBN 1582463956This is a fun little alphabet book. The author has found rocks that look like various items in the book. "E is for elephant" shows us a rock that is shaped like an elephant's head. This is one book that you simply have to look at yourself.
Martin, Emily Winfield. ODDFELLOW'S ORPHANAGENew York : Random House, 2012IL 3-6, RL 5.8ISBN 0375869956A book about an orphanage. You are probably expecting cruel staff and children who are trying to find a way out. But you will be surprised to find that this orphanage is run by kind, caring people. The headmaster is Oddfellow Bluebeard and he is willing to take in anyone in need. Not only children but a hedgehog and a family of bears. Instead of math and reading, the students learn fairytales and cryptozoology. The story begins with the arrival of Delia, a young orphan.
Grant, Michael. FEARNew York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2012IL YAISBN 0061449156It has now been a year since the kids from Perdido Beach found themselves trapped in the FAYZ. They had to survive hunger, plague, mutations, unnatural creatures and much more. And it is only getting worse. Caine and his crew now rule over Perdido Beach. Sam and some of the kids have set up near the lake. There is a tenuous cease fire between the two groups. But now they find they need each other to combat the new threat. The FAYZ is going dark. The dome is going black. If they are left in total darkness, what will happen to them? And their enemy from the dark is determined to grow.
Norriss, Andrew. I DON'T BELIEVE IT, ARCHIE!New York : David Fickling Books, 2011IL 3-6, RL 4.1ISBN 0385752504Have you ever had anything weird happen to you? Like maybe a piano rolls down the street at you? Or you end up in a bank robbery? OK, you may not have these types of things happen to you. But for Archie, it's an everyday event. Would you believe him if you heard about these strange things? When he makes a new friend, he finally may have someone who can tell people that Archie is telling the truth.
MacLachlan, Patricia. YOUR MOON, MY MOON : A GRANDMOTHER'S WORDS TO A FARAWAY CHILDNew York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011IL K-3, RL 1.8ISBN 1416979506This is the story of a grandmother who is thinking about her grandson. She lives in New England and her grandson lives in Tanzania which is a country in Africa. Although they are now living far away from each other, the grandmother doesn't stop thinking about him and remembering all the times they spent together. She worries that he may not remember these times. But she wants him to know that when she sees the moon, it is the same moon he is seeing.
Lu, Marie. LEGENDNew York : Putnam's, 2011IL YAISBN 039925675XIn a distant future, North America has been split into two nations that are at war. June, a brilliant 15-year-old is being groomed by the Republic to be a soldier. Day is also 15 but he is a criminal who is wanted by the Republic. When Day is accused of killing June's brother, June uses all her training and cunning to track him down. June goes undercover in the Lake district and is exposed to a world she has never experienced. And she meets a boy who she is instantly attracted to. What will she do when she learns that she is falling in love with Day, the boy she has sworn to bring to justice?
Kline, Lisa Williams. SUMMER OF THE WOLVESGrand Rapids, MI : Zonderkidz, 2012IL 5-8ISBN 0310726131Diana is not so thrilled with this family trip. Her mother has remarried and now the family includes a new step-dad and step-sister. Diana is happy about the chance to go riding. Stephanie is just the opposite. She was injured when thrown from a horse and has no desire to get back on one. It is obvious to everyone that the two step-sisters are nothing alike. But that week at the ranch will change everything. And it starts when the girls see the wolves.
Juster, Norton. NEVILLENew York : Scwartz & Wade Books, 2011IL K-3, RL 3.3ISBN 0375967656Have you ever been the new kid on the block? Dreading having the teacher introduce you to a brand new class? Not having any friends? It isn't a good feeling. And that is just what the boy in this story is going through. His mother suggests he take a walk around the neighborhood and see what there is to see. And he comes up with a rather unique way to meet the kids on the block.
Hurley, Tonya. GHOSTGIRL : LOVESICKBoston : Little, Brown, 2010IL YAISBN 0316070262Charlotte has graduated from Dead Ed which is an alternative high school for dead teenagers. And now she is ready for her first assignment. So she is heading back to Hawthorn High to help other students. Petula who is giving away all her possessions. Scarlett who is now dating Charlotte's former boyfriend. And Darcy. So Charlotte has become a guardian angel for her friends as they get ready for the prom.
Galante, Cecilia. WILLA BEAN's CLOUD DREAMSNew York : Random, 2011IL K-3, RL 3.4ISBN 0375969470Willa Bean lives in a pink fluffy world of Cloud Four. She is a cupid. And everyone knows that cupids can fly. All except Willa Bean. She is a cloud bound cupid. What will happen when she starts school tomorrow at Cupid Academy?
Galante, Cecilia. BE BRAVE, WILLA BEANNew York : Random, 2011IL K-3, RL 3.4ISBN 0375969489Willa Bean is a young cupid. Willa Bean lives on Cloud Four with her parents, big sister Arieland her baby brother Louie. Cupids need to learn how to help humans. They go to school and learn to help people who are having a hard time. This is Willa Bean's story about how she learned to fly.
Farley, Steven. THE BLACK STALLION AND THE LOST CITYNew York : Random House, 2011IL 5-8, RL 5.4ISBN 0375968377Alec Ramsey and the Black Stallion are in Greece filming a movie about Alexander the Great. When Black chases an albino stallion, they get lost and stumble on a lost city. A city filled with the fountain of youth and inhabited by Diomedes, the Greek hero.
Eaton, Maxwell. THE FLYING BEAVER BROTHERS AND THE FISHY BUSINESSNew York : Knopf, 2012IL K-3, RL 1.9ISBN 0375964487The Beaver Brothers, Ace and Bub, are back with a new adventure. This time they are up against a gang of fish who are chopping down all the trees on the island. And why would they be doing that, you ask? They want to make cheap toy fish sticks. To make matters worse, they are burning the parts of the trees they don't use causing the air to get really bad. Once again our adventurous brothers are called upon to find a way to save the island.
Eaton, Maxwell. THE FLYING BEAVER BROTHERS AND THE EVIL PENGUIN PLANNew York : Knopf, 2012IL K-3, RL 1.9ISBN 0375964479Have you ever seen a penguin? Maybe you studied them in school. Aren't they cute? Well, you may just change your mind after reading this book. We first meet the Beaver Brothers. Ace and Bub love adventure. They live on an island with others and they are always on the lookout for something fun to do. Ace hopes to win the island surf contest. But those evil penguins get in the way. The penguins are trying to use a giant refrigerator to freeze the island to make a winter wonderland. Can Ace and Bub find a way to stop them?
Doyle, Bill H. EVEREST : YOU DECIDE HOW TO SURVIVE!New York : Chronicle Books, 2011IL 3-6, RL 5.8ISBN 0811871231Have you ever dreamed of climbing Mount Everest? Or at least like to think about what it might be like. Well, here is your chance to join a team and take the trip. At least on paper. In this book, you make the decisions on what the team will do. Throughout the book, you will find alternative paths to take. If you take the right one, your team will reach the top. If you take the wrong one, it could result in disaster. Choose carefully.
DiCamillo, Kate. BINK AND GOLLIE, TWO FOR ONESomerville, MA : Candlewick, 2012IL K-3ISBN 0763633615Bink and Gollie are very different. And they are best friends. Today they have come to the state fair in hopes of winning prizes and having a day of fun. Bink wants to win the Wack a Duck game. And Gollie has her sites on the talent show. Come along with the two girls and enjoy at day at the fair.
Craddock, Erik. STONE RABBIT. 7, DRAGON BOOGIENew York : Random House, 2012IL 3-6, RL 2.5ISBN 0375869123When the electricity goes out, Stone Rabbit and his friends get really bored really quick. But what can they do without electricity? Andy suggests they play a board game -- Dragons and Stuff. They don't want to play that. That game is for nerds and socially awkward adults. But what else is there to do? When they start to play, they find themselves transported into a fantasy medieval world filled with nerdy knights, wacky wizards and deranged dragons. Will they be able to figure out the game so they can get home?
Bozarth, Jan. SUMI'S BOOKNew York : Yearling, 2011IL 3-6, RL 5.2ISBN 0375865756In this new Fairy Godmother Academy story, we meet 13-year-old Sumi Hara. She loves fashion and is always dressed perfectly. When she arrives at the Academy, she learns that she is a shape shifter. Well, she isn't very good at it yet but she is trying. Kano is appointed her guide but Sumi can't understand why Kano doesn't like her.
Krilanovich, Nadia. CHICKEN, CHICKEN, DUCK!New York : Tricycle Press, 2011IL K-3ISBN 1582463859Have you ever played the game Duck, Duck, Goose? Well this bossy duck is playing a slightly different game. He orders the other animals around and puts them where he wants them. But what is he doing? "Chicken Chicken Duck/ Goat Sheep Llama/ maa maa baa baa snuffle cluck/ QUACK!"