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Karl, Get Out of the Garden!

Written by Anita Sanchez and illustrated by Catherine Stock

Do you know what a Solanum caule inermi herbaceo, foliis pinnatis incises, racemis simplicibus is?* Carolus (Karl) Linnaeus started off as a curious child who loved exploring the garden. Despite his intelligenceā€”and his motherā€™s scoldingsā€”he was a poor student, preferring to be outdoors with his beloved plants and bugs. As he grew up, Karlā€™s love of nature led him to take on a seemingly impossible task: to give a scientific name to every living thing on earth. The result was the Linnaean systemā€”the basis for the classification system used by biologists around the world today. Backyard sciences are brought to life in beautiful color. Back matter includes more information about Linnaeus and scientific classification, a classification chart, a time line, source notes, resources for young readers, and a bibliography. *itā€™s a tomato!

Karma Khullar's Mustache

Written and illustrated by Kristi Wientge

In the tradition of Judy Blume, debut author Kristi Wientge tackles the uncomfortableā€”but all too relatableā€”subject of female body hair and self-esteem with this ā€œsparkling and triumphant tale of a middle school misfitā€ (Heather Vogel Frederick). Karma Khullar is about to start middle school, and she is super nervous. Not just because it seems like her best friend has found a newer, blonder best friend. Or the fact that her home life is shaken up by the death of her dadima. Or even that her dad is the new stay-at-home parent, leading her mother to spend most of her time at work. But because sheā€™s realized that she has seventeen hairs that have formed a mustache on her upper lip. With everyone around her focused on other things, Karma is left to figure out what to make of her terrifyingly hairy surprise all on her own.

Kasey & Ivy

Written and illustrated by Alison Hughes

Through twenty-six letters to her friend Nina, twelve-year-old Kasey chronicles the often humorous observations and impressions of her unexpected, month-long stay in a geriatric ward for the treatment of a rare but treatable bone disease (ā€œosteo-something-something-itisā€). Kasey tries to make her life less dull by wearing her own nightgowns, surrounding herself with her favorite stuffies and developing an unusual exercise routine. Hospital food, insomnia and the germy communal bath are enduring sources of dread, but some new (and unexpected) friends make her life bearable.

Kate's Really Good at Hockey

Written by Christina Frey, Howard Shapiro and illustrated by Jade Gonzalez

Young Kate Kazmaier discovers her own skills and family legacy while at an elite girl's summer hockey campBest. Summer. Ever. That's what Kate Kazmaier thinks when she receives an invitation to an elite girl's summer hockey camp. Some of the best 9 - 12 year old hockey players, from around the world, will be there and Kate who lives hockey 24-7, can't wait to go. Everything would be perfect except for one thing, she has to stay with her grandmother who she barely knows. Little does she know that her grandmother, Abby, was a female hockey pioneer. Forced to cut her hair and say that her name was Abe because there were no girls teams when she was young, she schooled the boys back then and became one of the best goalies in Canada. That is until her true identity was found out.She never let any hurdle stop her and Kate learns from Abby that there is more to playing hockey than simply being the best player on the ice, it's about being the best person off the ice. Kate teaches Abby a thing or two as well. Mainly how ones relationship with the past ultimately shapes their future. Together they form an unlikely yet strong bond that gets tested in ways they never could have imagined.

Kate, Who Tamed the Wind

Written by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Lee White

A wild wind blows on the tippy-top of a steep hill, turning everything upside down for the man who lives there. Luckily, Kate comes up with a plan to tame the wind. With an old wheelbarrow full of young trees, she journeys up the steep hill to add a little green to the manā€™s life, and to protect the house from the howling wind. From award-winning author Liz Garton Scanlon and whimsical illustrator Lee White comes a delightfully simple, lyrical story about the important role trees play in our lives, and caring for the world in which we live.


Written and illustrated by Obert Skye

A schoolwide event inspired by the Hunger Games and a girl with the strength of Katniss Everdeen (plus a scaly mermaid tail)ā€”is Rob Burnside in store for even more trouble than usual? Find out in Book 4 in Obert Skye's middle grade Creature from My Closet series. Rob Burnside's life is in ruins. After his escapades with Pinocula and his resulting outrageous lies, everyone is fed up with him. Rob needs help. And his science laboratory closet is there to give him a hand. Meet Katfish, a mashup of Katniss from the Hunger Games and the Little Mermaid. This girl is strong as nails and sports a tail. Everyone at Rob's school is excited about an upcoming riff on the Hunger Games created by Principal Smelt: the Fun-ger Games. Rob is less excited because the principal and his mom have roped him into participating. But Katfish is sticking around to help Rob out with girl advice, Fun-ger Games tips, and how to get people to stop hating him. What could go wrong? Praise for Katfish: "Drawing from The Wimpy Kid school of adolescent humor, scenes like a drenching water balloon mishap, a food fight at the family dinner table, and a clever parody of 'The Fun-ger Games,' should appeal to reluctant and enthusiastic readers alike. The line drawings are reminiscent of doodles middle school boys draw when they should be taking notes. Engaging cartoons, quick dialogue in speech squares, and generous white space break up text segments, make this book an inviting, independent read." ā€”Children's Literature Read the Creature in My Closet series: Wonkenstein Potterwookie Pinocula Katfish The Lord of the Hat Batneezer

Katie and the Class Pet

Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tammy Lyon, Fran Manushkin

When Katie is chosen to take the class pet, Binky the guinea pig, home for the weekend, she runs into a problem.

Katie and the Fancy Substitute

Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tammy Lyon

There is an elegant substitute teacher in class today, but Katie's attempts to impress her keep going wrong.

Katie Blows Her Top

Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tammy Lyon

Katie's class is building model volcanoes, but when most of the ingredients end up on Katie, she blows her top.

Katie Cox Goes Viral

Written and illustrated by Marianne Levy

Everybody's watching Katie Cox... Katie Cox is used to going unnoticed, by her mom, her dad, even her best friend. But when a video of her singing in her bedroom goes viral, she becomes a superstar overnight. As the views skyrocket and a recording contract beckons, the real world starts to feel very far away. It isn't long before Katie starts riding high on her newfound fame. But the higher she goes, the further there is to fall...

Katie Cox Vs. the Boy Band

Written and illustrated by Marianne Levy

Katie Cox never meant to become a pop star. And she didn't mean to start a war with Karamel (a.k.a. the World's Cheesiest Boy Band). Now her first concert is just days away. Cool? Maybe. But with her school friends more interested in her fame than her feelings, and an army of Karamel fans ready to take her down, this battle goes way beyond the charts.

Katie Finds a Job

Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tammy Lyon

As Career Day at school approaches, Katie has great ideas for helping her friends present their future professions, but cannot think of a job that she would like to do.