Could You Escape a Deserted Island? book
Could You Escape a Deserted Island?
Written by Blake Hoena
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Could you escape a deserted island? You became the hero of your adventure the moment you washed ashore. Will your choices lead to rescue, or being marooned forever?

Could You Escape the Paris Catacombs? book
Could You Escape the Paris Catacombs?
Written by Matt Doeden
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Could you escape the Paris Catacombs? You became the hero of your own adventure the moment you stepped underground. Will you escape the skeletal maze, or be trapped with the ghosts of France forever?

Carrie and the Great Storm book
Carrie and the Great Storm
Written by Jessica Gunderson and illustrated by Matt Forsyth
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In early September 1900, twelve-year-old Carrie of Galveston is looking forward to spending Saturday night at her friend's house, until her parents are invited to a very important party and she is forced to stay home and take care of her little brother; but a boring chore turns into a nightmare when the storm surge from the Great Hurricane hits and their house is swept off its foundation--and Carrie must think quickly and not panic if she is going to keep herself and her brother alive.

Out of Step book
Out of Step
Written and illustrated by Jake Maddox
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Last season Mercy Anderson was one of the best dancers on her school's dance team when they almost made it to the state championship, but a sudden growth spurt has made her awkward and unsure of her moves--a personal coach would help bring her back to competition level, but can she earn enough money dog walking to pay for the training?

Ruth and the Night of Broken Glass book
Ruth and the Night of Broken Glass
Written by Emma Carlson Berne and illustrated by Matt Forsyth
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In the late summer and early fall of 1938, ten-year-old Ruth Block, along with her father, mother, and best friend, Miriam, must navigate the increasing pressure placed on the Jewish population in Frankfurt, Germany. Ruth grows more worried by the day. Her father's stationery store is shut down; she and Miriam are belittled on the street; their school is closed. Then one night in November, the family's apartment is broken into. Ruth's father is dragged into the square and arrested, along with hundreds of other Jewish men. Ruth, her family, her friends, and her community struggle to survive the fiery night and the terrifying, uncertain future ahead of them. Featuring nonfiction support material, a glossary, and reader response questions, this Girls Survive story takes readers to Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, one of history's most important moments.

Balance Beam Boss book
Balance Beam Boss
Written by Jake Maddox and illustrated by Katie Wood
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

Twelve-year-old Sofia Martinez is the best gymnast at Riverside Gymnastics Center, but when a fall from the balance beam (usually her best event) results in a concussion, she finds herself afraid of the beam, and equally afraid to tell anyone about her fear of falling--Sofia needs help before her trauma drives her away from gymnastics forever.

If You're Scary and You Know It! book
If You're Scary and You Know It!
Written by Carole Gerber and illustrated by Noel Ill
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-5

If you're scary and you know it, moan and groan . . . Set to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It," this festive holiday book is perfect for all of the boys and gouls roaming around on Halloween night! Ghosts moan and groan, while pirates yo ho! If You're Scary And You Know It! is sure to be a Halloween hit!

Sadiq and the Fun Run book
Sadiq and the Fun Run
Written by Siman Nuurali and illustrated by Anjan Sarkar
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-8

Eight-year-old Sadiq wants to try out for the youth football team like his friends, but his parents feel he is too young, and instead suggest that he take up running and join the track club--Sadiq feels that running is wimpy, but the coach convinces him that running races can be fun as well.

Physics Animated! book
Physics Animated!
Written by Tyler Jorden and illustrated by Elsa Martins
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Engage with Newton on gravity and explore mass, lift, friction, and other amazing laws of physics with the most exciting and interactive physics book available for your little genius! With explanations and real-life examples of Newton's Three Laws, this interactive board book invites children to pull the levers, turn the wheels, and watch as an airplane lifts off, a roller coaster zooms around a loop, and a boat floats. Each concept is animated and interactive to introduce and explore some of most important aspects of our physical world. Kids will delight in seeing centripetal force, inertia, thrust, and more come to life. A perfect tool for instructing and inspiring little physicists of all ages.

The Day Punctuation Came to Town book
The Day Punctuation Came to Town
Written by Kimberlee Gard and illustrated by Sandie Sonke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

There's a new family in town: the Punctuations! When Exclamation Point, Question Mark, Period, and Comma join the letters at school, they form words like Wow! and Why? and Yes. But Comma isn't sure where he belongs. He just seems to get in the way. Is he really important? Kids, parents, and teachers will enjoy this latest installment in the Language Is Fun series. With colorful illustration and clever wordplay, The Day Punctuation Came to Town is a wonderful introduction to punctuation and the important role it plays in language.

Charlotte Spies for Justice book
Charlotte Spies for Justice
Written by Nikki Shannon Smith and illustrated by Alessia Trunfio
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In 1864 twelve-year-old former slave Charlotte is lucky enough to live on a plantation near Richmond, Virginia, owned by a Miss Van Lew, who hates slavery, and when Charlotte overhears a conversation she realizes that her mistress is gathering information and passing it on to the Union army; Charlotte is eager to help, (especially since her own cousin, Mary, is involved) but her enthusiasm may endanger them all--or help free 400 Union soldiers who are being moved from Richmond further south.

Lit for Little Hands: A Christmas Carol book
Lit for Little Hands: A Christmas Carol
Written by Brooke Jorden and illustrated by David Miles
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Bah! Humbug! Charles Dickens' classic Christmas ghost story, a tale of human nature and second chances, comes to life for children! Tons of interactive elements invite kids to follow the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he is haunted by the Ghosts of Christmas and learns the value of kindness. Much more than a primer,Lit for Little Hands: A Christmas Carol tells the actual story in simple, engaging prose, and fans of the novella will be delighted by the book's attention to detail and clever use of original dialogue. And the book's use of super-sturdy board means everyone can enjoy this tale of Christmas spirit over . . . and over . . . and over again!

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