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Laybourne, Emmy. MONUMENT 14 : SAVAGE DRIFT
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2014
In the final volume of the Monument 14 series, we find the kids living in a refugee camp. At least most of them are still together. Alex writes an article that gets published and now they are sure that their parents will find them. But he inadvertently puts Astrid in terrible danger. You see, there are some government officials who are taking pregnant women who have been exposed and running tests on them. Dean and Astrid are trying to keep her exposure secret but now the whole world knows. Dean, Astrid, Niko and Jake flee the camp to keep her safe. Niko has learned that Josie is alive and being held in another camp so the teens decide to rescue her as well. Join the teens as they run for their lives -- again.
Laybourne, Emmy. MONUMENT 14 : SKY ON FIRE
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2013
The second book in the Monument series finds the children going their separate ways trying to figure out how to survive the disaster. Several of the children have taken the school bus and set off for Denver airport. Rumors have spread that there is help at the airport and that anyone who gets there will be evacuated. The children who turn into monsters with exposure to the chemicals decide to stay at the store so they won't accidentally hurt the others. This means that Dean and Alex are taking separate paths. Alex is on the bus and we learn about their trip through him. Dean must stay at the store with Astrid and some of the children. Both groups must fight for survival as they are attacked by outsiders and become discouraged about their ability to continue. Their only hope is that the bus will get the kids to Denver in time.
Krosoczka, Jarrett J. PEANUT BUTTER AN JELLYFISH
New York : Knopf, 2014
IL K-3, RL 2.6
Peanut Butter is a little seahorse who lives in the sea. He and his best friend Jellyfish love swimming around the ocean and exploring their world. The one thing they don't love is Crabby the crab. His name really describes him. He is not very nice and he is always making fun of Peanut Butter and Jellyfish. He calls them names and says horrible things to them. They ignore him the best they can. When they are playing, they hear a little voice calling for help. Crabby is in trouble and he needs their help. Why should they bother?
THE WORST PRINCESS
New York : Random, 2014
IL K-3, RL 1.9
Princess Sue is living in a tower and dreaming that her Prince Charming will come and rescue her. Well, a prince does come and rescue her but he is certainly not her Prince Charming. The price wants Sue to be ladylike and wear fancy dresses and learn to be a proper princess. Sue is having none of it. She thinks the prince is a bit of a twit. What she does will probably surprise you. What is her happily ever after?
New York : Sleuth Penguin, 2008
IL 5-8, RL 4.6
Life for Alex and his family has calmed down since the arson they faced last year. But now there is a series of burglaries in the neighborhood. Alex's friend Rocky is upset because his house was broken into. They were only gone for an hour and when they got home, they found that someone was there and took a lot of their stuff. Then the new next door neighbor's house was burglarized. Of course Pete the cat has seen the whole thing but no one understands him. He keeps telling them but the humans just hear meow! Alex' little brother is in to playing spy and tries to track down clues. But what will happen when the burglars stop by Alex' house?
Isaacs, Anne. MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH
New York : Schwartz & Wade, 2014
IL K-3, RL 2.4
Tulip Jones is off to America after inheriting $35 million and a ranch in By-Golly Gully, Texas. At first Tulip is happy living on the ranch with her twelve pet tortoises and three ranch hands. But then word gets out that there is a rich widow living at the ranch and every single man from miles around is lined up to woo the lovely Tulip. Now she can't get anything done. How is she ever going to get rid of all these cowboys and get back to work?
THE SECRET OF PLATFORM 13
New York : Puffin, 1994
IL 5-8, RL 7.5
The Gump is a secret passage between The World and The Island. It only opens once every nine years. The last time it opened, the young prince was lost. His nannies decided to take a short visit to the World. While there, the baby was taken by Mrs. Trottle who wanted a baby for her own -- even if it means stealing one. Now, nine years later, a group of rescuers leave the Island on a quest to return the prince to his home. This unlikely troop -- an ogre, a hag, a wizard, and a fey will have to sneak around London unnoticed. They learn that the baby was stolen by Mrs. Trottle and they find her and her son Raymond. Raymond is a lazy, spoiled child. The rescuers are shocked and the thought of him becoming their king is not making them happy. But they have a job to do. They meet a young boy named Ben who is a servant in the home and he helps them get to Raymond. What will happen when the prince is returned to the Island?